2014 MINI Cooper Automatic: Quick Drive

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The all-new, third-generation 2014 MINI Cooper three-door hatchback--now called "Hardtop" by MINI--sports a longer nose, a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, and an interior that at last cleans up some of the disastrous ergonomics of the previous cars.

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2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Car On Sale In Summer From $41,450

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Just over a year after its unveiling at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is getting ready for its U.S. showroom arrival. The compact electric hatchback will go on sale in the U.S. this summer with a base price of $41,450.

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2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Rated At 81 Miles, 124 MPGe: BREAKING

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Well, the numbers are in, courtesy of a quickly-photographed window sticker, and now we know the range and efficiency ratings for the 2014 BMW i3 electric car. The EPA-rated range is 81 miles, and its efficiency is a record-breaking 124 MPGe combined (138 MPGe city, 111 MPGe highway). ALSO SEE: Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: First Drive

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But put your sensible cap on for the moment, have a look at the 2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, and you''ll find little of such flirtation. Can electric cars be sexy? Look at the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive gullwing sports car, and that question has been answered. That''s partly because Mercedes has potentially a much

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2014 BMW i3 Vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class: Luxury Electric Car Comparison

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Those cars are the 2014 BMW i3 and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. This summer, buyers will have the option of two electric cars that on the surface, offer very similar attributes. Both are from Germany, for a start. Each has a very similar price tag. Each offers four doors and a liftback-style luggage area. And since we''ve driven

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2014 Tesla Model S P85D: First Drive Of All-Electric AWD Performance Sedan

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As a long-time Tesla Model S owner—almost two years now—I was naturally eager to get behind the wheel of the new dual-motor P85D. I’d had a couple of brief stints in 416-hp P85 loaners while my standard S85 was in for service. Those had been exhilarating enough, almost scary. What would it be like to drive a Model S with 691 hp

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2014 BMW i3: What A Tesla Driver Thinks Of New Electric BMW

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Several reports in general news media recently have touted the new 2014 BMW i3 electric car as a serious challenger to the Tesla Model S. One writer even went so far as to label the i3 a "Tesla killer." Dream on. There''s no way a frumpy-looking little 2+2 city car is going to challenge the mighty Tesla. I can''t imagine anyone seriously

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2014 BMW i3 REx Vs Chevy Volt: Range-Extended Electric Cars Compared

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New REx on the block But now the Volt has a formidable new competitor: the new 2014 BMW i3, available as both a pure Until recently, the Chevy Volt was the only range-extended electric car available in the U.S. I''ve driven a Volt for almost three years now, and it''s been a splendid car--quiet, smooth, peppy, and amazingly economical.

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2014 BMW i3: Is Range Extended Version Outselling Battery Only?

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The 2014 BMW i3 electric car has a unique feature offered by no other vehicle in the world: Buyers can choose to have it as a battery-electric vehicle, or add an optional range-extending engine that roughly doubles its rated electric range of 81 miles.

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2014 Was A Good Year For Cleaner, Greener, More Efficient Cars

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So how did 2014 measure up in terms of boosting vehicle fuel efficiency and reducing emissions? With the year all but wound down, it''s an appropriate time to look back and take stock of what''s been achieved over the past 12 months. DON''T MISS: In Just One Year, Electric Cars Have Gotten Cleaner: How''d They Do That? According to the National

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2014 Nissan Leaf Has Lowest Lifetime Carbon Footprint: Report

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Which new vehicle sold today has the lowest overall carbon footprint over its lifetime? The answer, according to Automotive Science Group (via InsideEVs), turns out to be the Nissan Leaf battery-electric car. In a study to be released this spring, The Automotive Peformance Index: Redefining Value in the North American Automotive Marketplace, ASG

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2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Pure Battery Or Range Extender? Pros & Cons

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BMW offers you both with the 2014 i3 It takes all sorts of people to make the world go around, and the same can be said about electric vehicles. Some customers never want to touch a drop of gasoline again, and opt for a pure battery electric vehicle. Others like the convenience that a range-extended or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle gives them.

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2014 BMW i3 Test Drive: No Help From Salesman For Electric-Car Buyer

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Every time I visit a conventional car dealership to test-drive an electric car, I''m struck by the salesman''s lack of savvy about plug-in cars. The first time I drove a Chevy Volt three years ago, the salesman barely knew how to turn the car on, and had no clue about electric cars in general. The Nissan salesman showing me a Leaf wasn''t much

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E 250 BlueTec Diesel: Fuel-Economy Review

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Even in 2014, there remain relatively few subcompact or compact sedans that top the 40-mpg mark in ratings, let alone real-world use. In recent years—especially in the time since EPA fuel economy ratings have become more realistic—40 miles per gallon on the highway has become like a sort of high-water mark for non-hybrid cars. So it''s

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Video Road Test

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Honda was the first car company to sell a hybrid in the U.S. by a few months, but it hasn''t done nearly as well with its hybrids as Toyota has done with its Prius.

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ZSW: more than 400,000 plug-in cars on road worldwide at beginning of 2014; 2x 2013

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At the beginning of 2014, there were more than 400,000 electric cars—battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and range-extended electric vehicles—on the road worldwide, according to an analysis by Zentrums für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany.

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2014 BMW i3 REx: Range-Extended Electric Car Drive Report, By Very First Owner

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This past Wednesday, May 21, I picked up my shiny new 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car from JMK BMW in Springfield, New Jersey. The car, in Laurel Grey, was the first range-extended i3 delivered in North America, and I will always appreciate that BMW gave me the honor of being the first delivery. More than two years ago, I had been

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2014 BMW i3 Electric-Car Production Rises To Meet Strong Demand

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The 2014 BMW i3 electric car has represented a major risk for its maker, but at the moment, it seems to be paying off. BMW has recently had to increase i3 production to meet unexpectedly high demand, Bloomberg reports. The factory in Leipzig, Germany, that builds the i3 is now churning out 100 cars per day, compared to the previous rate of 70 per

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2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: What It's Like On The Road

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the 2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive remains the smallest and shortest plug-in electric car sold in the U.S.--as With minimal changes from the model launched last year as the least expensive electric car in the U.S.,

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Car: 87 Miles Range, 84 MPGe

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric car hasn''t quite reached dealerships yet--several are telling customers it could be next week--and its EPA ratings for range and efficiency have been something of a mystery too. Now, courtesy of an alert electric-car fan, we know the ratings for the first battery-electric vehicle sold as a Mercedes.

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2014 BMW i3: Polarizing Looks, Average Range--Can It Succeed?

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And it remains unclear which category the 2014 BMW i3 will fall, in the different global markets in which BMW is selling it. DON''T MISS: 2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW''s Radical New Most of the world''s truly significant cars have been striking, even polarizing, designs. But some unusual, even polarizing, designs have been colossal failures.

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2014 BMW i3 Lease Deals Appear: $369/Month For Electric Car

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It''s a pretty standard part of the car-launch cycle: The earliest buyers pay sticker price or more, and then the discounting starts to set in. Accordingly, with the BMW i3 electric car on the market for five months now, we''re starting to see more aggressive marketing on the part of dealers. One more generous lease deal that popped up recently came

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Video Review

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We tested the company''s first-ever hybrid model, the 2014 Subaru XV It''s no secret that Subaru has surged from strength to strength over the last several years.

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2014 BMW i3 Vs. Mercedes B-Class: Car And Driver Tests Electric Cars From Germany

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It''s taken awhile, but electric cars are finally getting some serious attention from the mainstream automotive press. Maybe it''s increased consumer interest, or maybe the fact that there are now enough widely-available models to warrant comparisons, but electric cars are starting to show up more in the pages of enthusiast "buff books." In a recent

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2014 Chevy, GMC Pickups Recalled For Cylinder-Deactivation Issue

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General Motors'' redesigned 2014 full-size pickup trucks have only been on the market for a few months, but now they''re being called back to the dealer to fix a potential flaw. Certain 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 models are being recalled due to a fire risk associated with their cylinder-deactivation systems, the Detroit News

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: Diesel SUV Fuel Economy Tested

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The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is one of two popular models this year that offer a good test of how attractive buyers find today''s modern diesels. The other is the 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel compact Diesel engines are now offered in a growing number of passenger vehicles on sale this year and next, especially crossovers and sport utilities.

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Audi A7 h-tron quattro 'Performance' Fuel-Cell Plug-In Car Unveiled At 2014 LA Auto Show

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Hydrogen fuel-cell cars are only barely starting to enter showrooms, and at this early stage issues like cost and fueling infrastructure have taken precedent over more frivolous concerns. Like, for example, performance. ALSO SEE: 2016 Toyota Mirai Name For Fuel-Cell Sedan; Hydrogen Station Funds Coming For Northeast (Video) That''s where the Audi

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Navigant Research forecasts new EV global sales of > 346,000 units in 2014; 10 predictions for the year

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During 2014, the global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) industry is poised to grow by 86% and will surpass more than 346,000 new vehicles sold, according to a new white paper—“ Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2014 ”—published by Navigant Research.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Now In Production

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive has entered production at the Mercedes assembly plant in Rastatt, Germany, according to Autocar. The first U.S.-market market production electric car to wear a three-pointed star is on its way to showrooms. Based on the B-Class hatchback sold in Europe, the Electric Drive is expected to go on sale in the U.S.

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2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Online Configurator Now Live

Green Car Reports

As the first customers take delivery of their new BMW i3 electric cars, it''s time for the pre-launch hype to disappear and let sales do the talking.

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2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Likes And Dislikes From An Early Owner

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Many of us have experienced the highs and lows that come with getting behind the wheel of a new vehicle for the first time. In some respects, your new vehicle will be much better than the one you had before. In others, it may leave you wanting for more. BMW''s i3 electric car is about as new as new cars get, and after sharing his very early

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Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada, Jun 2014: 10,000 On Roads At Year-End?

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To borrow from an old soccer saying, plug-in electric car sales in Canada are a game in which about a dozen models compete, and the Chevy Volt wins. But in the broader competition with combustion, based on current trends, the Canadian market looks ripe to hit a nice round milestone by the end of the year. And Canadians have made some Smart moves

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Green Car Reports Year In Reverse: Our 5 Biggest Stories In 2014

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It''s December 31, when we like to look back to see which stories were our most popular over the entire year. Boy, did we get some surprises this year! Not a single electric-car story cracked the top five, despite the huge traffic we get on plug-in cars in general and particularly many of our Tesla pieces. In fact, this year''s top stories were

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Toyota Central R&D developing free-piston engine linear generator; envisioning multi-FPEG units for electric drive vehicles

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The team presented two papers on the state of their work at the recent SAE 2014 World Congress in Detroit. 2014) “Development of Free Piston Engine Linear Generator System Part 1 - Investigation of Fundamental Characteristics,” SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-1203 doi: 10.4271/2014-01-1203.

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Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada, May 2014: A Pattern Of Progress

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May was a great month for Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales, as it was in the United States--where sales of 3,117 Nissan Leafs represented the second-highest monthly sales ever for any car that plugs in. On the Canadian side of the border, our tracking showed the nation''s electric-car fleet has now topped 7,000 vehicles, and April and May

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2014 Cadillac ELR: $75K Electric Coupe Gets Five-Figure Discounts, Already

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Ask anyone interested in the Cadillac ELR to name their biggest bone of contention and they''ll say one thing: The price. At a shade under $75,000, it''s a good $40,000 more expensive than the car it''s heavily based on--the Chevrolet Volt. But if you walk into a dealer today and play hard ball, you could shave a five-figure sum off the ELR''s lofty

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2014 Cadillac ELR Software Gives Hints To Future Voltec Uses

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General Motors'' Voltec drivetrain, the range-extended plug-in setup used on the Chevrolet Volt and the new 2014 Cadillac ELR, is among the most advanced drivetrains on the roads. That''s not to say there isn''t room for greater improvement though, and that''s exactly what GM is doing. In fact, as Charged EVs reports, there are far more differences

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Uses 'Maserati' Engine (Trivia Today)

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Well, OK, perhaps the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel doesn''t have an engine actually designed by Maserati. But, hey, what other pickup truck can claim to use even the same engine as sexy, sinuous, six-figure Italian luxury sport sedans? As cleverly pointed out by Ward''s Auto, the new diesel Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck uses the same 3.0-liter

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2014 Nissan Leaf Electric Car: 84-Mile Range, RearView Monitor Standard

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The 2014 Nissan Leaf is now rolling off the assembly lines in Tennessee, and the first examples should arrive at dealerships this week or next. Rated range rises to 84 miles Most importantly to new buyers, the range of the 2014 Leaf is now listed Now, after a long wait, we have information on the updates to the electric car for the new model year.

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review

Green Car Reports

Now we''ve driven the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, its very first hybrid offering. If ever any car brand should have offered a hybrid before now, it would be Subaru. It''s a much better car than the Crosstrek on which it''s based, but little of that improvement has anything to do with the hybrid powertrain. MORE: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: First

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