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Mitsubishi announced last month it will no longer sell its i-MiEV electric hatchback in the United States, ending a five-year run characterized mostly by disappointing sales. The company promises that eventually its SUV platforms will house plug-in hybrid or EV powertrains.
“We need to walk away from a dedicated [electric] model,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac’s marketing chief last month. “I think it will end up where all-wheel drive is today. Buyers that want it will tick the box.”
It's been five years since mainstream electric cars like the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt went on sale. In that time, plug-in car buyers have repeatedly complained about poor consumer experiences at car dealerships. Online forums provide numerous anecdotes about this apparent dealership bias against electric vehicles. And in the last year, the evidence has become far less anecdotal.
The new association, which represents the three largest charging network providers, will give its customers the ability to easily access and pay for public charging stations across the networks. This ability—referred to as interoperability—represents more than 90 percent of the public chargers in the United States.
In 2014, the total cost of ownership for EVs only fell below that of gas cars in four of 25 cities—though they beat hybrids in all 25 markets.
Hyundai will launch a new green car brand, according to a report this week in The Korea Herald. The company is expected to start with a new dedicated conventional gas-electric hybrid, followed by the release plug-in hybrid and pure EV versions of the same car.
We recently took the Audi A3 E-tron for a spin from San Francisco to and around Palo Alto, Calif. It’s a great car, but its appeal is a lot less about battery-power—and a lot more about style and road manners. Frankly, there are a lot more drivers who care about those things than about the battle between electrons and hydrocarbons.
The Volvo XC90 T8 is the company's first model to get a plug-in variant, although future editions of the S90 full-size SUV and XC60 crossover are expected in the next few years. Volvo will gradually add plug-in hybrid variants to its entire lineup—eventually offering plugs for all its vehicles as soon as 2020.
This week, Tesla began the process of wirelessly updating the software in all Model S and Model X vehicles to version 7.0. As a result, drivers will also be given the option of a fee-based upgrade to Tesla’s Autopilot system, which provides automated driving features. Could this be a step toward a future when electric cars autonomously drive to the nearest EV charging station?
The 2016 Chevy Volt made the media rounds this month, with auto journalists taking the customary “first drives” that precede any major new release. This will mark the first major refresh of the Volt since its debut five years ago. The first deliveries arrive at dealerships this week. The critics gave mostly glowing reports.
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