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Hybrids take 7% of California market in 1H 2013; PHEVs 0.7%; EVs 1.1%

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Hybrid vehicle market share (excluding plug-in hybrids) in California increased to 7% in the first half of 2013, up from 6.2% in 2012, according to the California Auto Outlook for the second quarter of 2013. percentage point dip, Toyota remained the dominant brand in the California market during the first half of 2013, with 18.5%

Strategic Vision: Tesla owners show differences from rest of EV buyers

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By comparison, Fuel Economy is the top priority for Volt, LEAF and Prius Plug-In owners (97%, 94% and 98%, respectively). While the field of electric vehicles (EVs) has grown with the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and the Toyota Prius Plug-In, Tesla buyers display unique differences. The LEAF, as a contrast, consumes 29 kWh/ 100 miles.

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Two case studies outline how Houston and Loveland are saving money with EVs in their fleets

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Its efforts to incorporate alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) into its fleet began in 2002 with an initial purchase of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), mainly the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape hybrid. In 2010, the city converted 15 Toyota Prius hybrids to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Earlier post.). Houston. Loveland.

2014 Honda Accord PHEV EPA-certified at 115 MPGe, on sale 15 Jan with MSRP of $39,780; LEV3/SULEV20 compliance

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2014 Accord PHEV. The revised 2013 Honda Crosstour and 2013 Honda CR-Z also made their auto-show debuts. Click to enlarge.

Prius PHV top-selling PHEV in UK in 2012 with 470 units

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Toyota’s Prius PHV was the best-selling plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in the UK in 2012, achieving 470 sales from its launch date in July 2012 and outselling its nearest rival, the Vauxhall Ampera, despite it being on sale 3 months longer than the Toyota. Overall, the brand sold 12,840 hybrid vehicles in the UK in 2012, an increase of 15.2%

EPA rates Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid with 620-mile range, 21 in EV mode

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Ford’s new Fusion Energi—its second plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and its third plug-in electric vehicle on the market—has an EPA-rated total range of up to 620 miles and an all-electric range of 21 miles. The Fusion Energi has a electric-only speed of 85 mph (137 km/h)—23 mph more than Toyota Prius plug-in. and 2.4 Brief

CMU study concludes alt fuel vehicle incentives for OEMs result in increased fleet gasoline consumption and emissions

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The Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius PHEV follow a similar pattern at lower magnitude. Earlier post.). Incentives for selling AFVs.

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ADEPT project to apply gasoline engine HyBoost system to diesel; 48V architecture; full hybrid fuel economy at much lower cost

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version of its vehicle (a 2009 Ford Focus) but with fuel economy and CO 2 emissions approaching those of a Prius. The ADEPT intelligent electrification technology also requires only a small battery compared to a HEV, PHEV or EV, further reducing cost and complexity. —CPT chief executive Nick Pascoe. million (US$5 million).

Survey of California plug-in vehicle owners highlights charging behavior

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Project funding for fiscal year 2012 – 2013 is expected to exceed $20 million. Source: CCSE. Click to enlarge.

Honda previews 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid

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In “HV Charge” mode, the Accord PHEV blends gasoline and electric power while also augmenting the battery charge level. Click to enlarge.

UC Davis ITS study suggests hastening consumer adoption of plug-ins will require innovation on the sales side

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Power 2013 Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) study data on customer satisfaction with new car dealerships and Tesla stores. XXXXX Click to enlarge. fundamental problem appears to be divergent expectations regarding the level of support buyers receive from dealerships. Further, the quality of the purchase experience has come under scrutiny.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Carmakers Say. Has shown some concept fuel-cell PHEVs. market.

Nissan’s Big Gamble

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It’s interesting to speculate regarding the relative market share of the EV in relation to the PHEV. I’m guessing close to 50/50. On Aug. 2, Ghosn will unveil the first of three electric models in three vehicle segments that he plans to sell by 2013. We’ll finally get to see the new Nissan August 2nd. Dealers excited.