2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid released at Chicago auto show

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Chicago Auto Show Plug-In HybridsWhat the auto industry calls a "mid-cycle refresh" can range from indistinguishable to very evident. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid falls into the latter category, with new front and rear styling, changes to the interior and dashboard, and numerous added safety and connectivity features. The hybrid Sonata follows the updated conventional gasoline.

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Hyundai introduces 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at Chicago Auto Show

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Hyundai unveiled the redesigned 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at the Chicago Auto Show.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback unveiled at Chicago auto show

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Chicago Auto ShowOver the last 10 years, the Hyundai Elantra has emerged into the top tier of compact sedans, joining longstanding leaders like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta as well as more recent contenders like the Chevrolet Cruze and Subaru Impreza. The last-generation Elantra sedan launched in 2012 gained a hatchback.

Chicago Plugging Green

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T hrough the leadership of Mayor Richard Daley , the City of Chicago has joined Plug In Partners with a big bang by committing to purchase 850 plug in hybrid vehicles. Recently, Chicago's greening was highlighted in Time. Chicago is also going to start a green roof program.

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Chicago Transit Authority To Add Dozens Of Electric Buses After Successful Tests

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After over a year of testing, Chicago is ready to commit to all-electric buses. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) took delivery of two electric buses in 2014, and found them satisfactory. Chicago mass transit plug-in cars Buses Public transportSo the city now plans to purchase 20 to 30 all-electric buses over the next few years, as part of an overall modernization of its fleet. DON'T MISS: The.

JLL taps Proterra for fully electric commuter shuttle bus service in Chicago

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The service will operate between Chicago’s commuter train stations and two of the city’s tallest buildings, the iconic Prudential Plaza and Aon Center, both of which are managed by JLL. Funded in part by Drive Clean Chicago, JLL will lease the Proterra buses for its shuttle service for Prudential Plaza and Aon Center tenants commuting to and from the Ogilvie, Union and LaSalle Street commuter rail stations.

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UberX Drivers To Test BYD e6 Chinese Electric Cars In Chicago

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Very quietly, that''s now changing; the company hopes to lease around 200 BYD e6 electric cars for use by UberX drivers in Chicago. Green BYD BYD e6 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Chicago China Chinese Uber fleet plug-in cars The BYD e6 wagon is the battery-electric car that never quite made it onto the U.S. market. Despite various plans and announcements over the last five years, the e6 was never offered for retail sale in North America.

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U of I at Chicago team to optimize new traffic-powered source of electricity

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The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago has entered into an agreement with New Energy Innovations, Inc.

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Enterprise Holdings acquiring IGO CarSharing in Chicago

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Established in 2002 as a pilot program of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, IGO was the first car-sharing program in Chicago and has been dedicated to creating an integrated multimodal transportation system for more than a decade. Enterprise first launched hourly rentals in Chicago in 2005. Enterprise Holdings is acquiring the business of IGO CarSharing , a non-profit organization serving more than 15,000 members, with more than 200 locations in more than 40 neighborhoods.

Kia reveals two new cars at Chicago Auto Show

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The exciting new concepts didn’t disappear with the North American International Auto Show held in January: the Chicago Auto Show is proving to be a close match for its more prestigious rival. Green cars Kia Latest news Chicago Auto Show green cars Kia Cross GT Kia Forte

Kia unveils Soul EV at Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. Soul EV. Click to enlarge. Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, the Soul EV will be Kia’s first battery-electric car sold in the US.

Lyft and GM launch “Express Drive” short-term rental program in Chicago

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Express Drive begins later this month in Chicago and will soon roll out to additional cities including Boston, Washington D.C., When drivers complete 65 rides a week in Chicago, drivers will be able to access a vehicle at no weekly rental cost. In Chicago alone, there were 60,000 people who applied to drive on the Lyft platform, but did not have a car that qualified.

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Smith Electric Vehicles to open manufacturing facility in Chicago

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Smith Electric Vehicles announced that Smith will open an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago. Smith said its decision to locate a facility in Chicago was influenced by the Mayor’s innovative voucher system created to accelerate the conversion from diesel to zero-emission, all-electric commercial vehicles, the large number of fleets interested in vehicle electrification, and the development incentives made available to Smith.

Nissan to introduce diesel 4WD off-road project van at Chicago show

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The Nissan NV Cargo X project vehicle, arguably the most extreme version of Nissan Commercial Vehicles’ flagship NV Cargo van ever created, will make its world auto show debut at the upcoming 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Built in partnership with legendary off-road builder Ian Johnson, the NV Cargo X stands more than seven-and-a-half feet tall on 37-inch tires and is powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel transplanted from a Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup.

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VIA Motors launches Chicago voucher program for fleet and businesses for extended range EVs

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VIA Motors announced a voucher program for Chicago-area fleet and business owners that will reduce the initial costs of owning a VIA Motors extended range pickup truck, extended range electric passenger van, or extended range electric cargo van. To be eligible for the Drive Clean Chicago voucher program, the commercial vehicles must be used within the Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

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GM’s Maven car-sharing reaches 1M miles driven in <4 months; Boston, Chicago, and DC joining lineup

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and is adding Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. In Chicago, the Maven City car sharing program is now in operation, with pricing starting at $8 an hour including insurance and fuel. Launched in March with Lyft—in which GM has invested $500 million ( earlier post )—the Chicago Express Drive short-term rental program leverages the Maven platform. Chicago Express Drive has grown to more than 200 cars in eight weeks. and Chicago.

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Kia introduces 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle, Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid at Chicago

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Kia unveiled three major hybrid offerings at the Chicago Auto Show: the 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle; the new Optima Hybrid; and the new Optima Plug-in Hybrid.

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2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show

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this morning, officially launching the 2015 Kia Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV was one of three Kia vehicles featured at the Chicago show. Call it electric Soul: Kia took the wraps off its first electric car to be sold in the U.S.

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Kia Crossover Concept In Chicago: New 'DE' Dedicated Hybrid SUV?

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In the lead-up to the Chicago Auto Show, we got a teaser photo two days ago of a Kia "rugged runabout" concept that will be unveiled there in 10 days. The photo--a wintry shot of the front end of a car in an artful snow storm--immediately made us think that Kia might add electric all-wheel drive to its Soul tall wagon. DON''T MISS: Kia Soul To Get

Tesla Motors Opens Chicago Store

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Since then, they have opened stores in Colorado, Monaco, Miami and now Chicago. Per the press release linked below, Tesla's Chicago store, located at 1053 W Grand When Tesla Motors received a cash infusion from Daimler for less than 10% of their shares, one of their objectives was to begin opening more stores in key markets around the world.

Chicago makes electric car commitment

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The city of Chicago, in Illinois, has expressed its commitment to electric vehicles after selecting 350Green to design, build and operate a network of 280 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the area. Electric cars Green cars Latest news 350Green Chicago electric car charging points electric car commitment

2014 Chicago Auto Show: Green-Car Preview

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Chicago isn''t as big as some annual auto shows, and at this year''s show green vehicles are a little thin on the ground--March''s Geneva Motor Show will provide more to that effect. Nevertheless there are a few significant vehicles set to appear in Chicago, so we''ve pieced together a green car preview to bring you the latest details.

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Kia unveils Cross GT hybrid concept at Chicago show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Purely conceptual, the Cross GT reveals Kia’s intentions for the possible offer of a larger premium CUV than the current Sorento. Kia Cross GT Concept Click to enlarge. Backing the V6 is an evolution of Kia’s parallel hybrid system, a pancake-shaped electric motor sandwiched between a 3.8-liter V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor is neatly packaged under the rear floor.

Kia Niro: Subcompact Hybrid Urban Concept At Chicago Auto Show

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debut at the Chicago Auto Show today. Kia''s Niro concept, a subcompact-sized urban hybrid, is making its U.S. First unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Niro points the way to possible future models for Kia, a potential rival for models like the Nissan Juke and upcoming Honda Fit-based crossover. It''s the latest take on Kia''s

Nissan, Cummins Present Frontier Diesel Project At Chicago Auto Show

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More and more automakers are slotting diesel engines into pickup trucks, and at this year''s Chicago Auto Show Nissan and Cummins have made one of the most compact yet, the Frontier Diesel Runner. Based on the Frontier Desert Runner 4x2, Nissan has dropped a 2.8-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine into the space you''d normally find a 4-liter gasoline

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV Full-Size Plug-In Hybrid SUV: Chicago Auto Show

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At today''s Chicago Auto Show, Mitsubishi showed off a new concept for a full-size SUV with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Called the Concept GC-PHEV, the large and angular design exercise had previously been seen at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show last fall, but its appearance in Chicago represented its North American debut.

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U Chicago, MIT study suggests ongoing use of fossil fuels absent new carbon taxes

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A paper by a team from the University of Chicago and MIT suggests that technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead to the continued use of fossil fuels—oil, gas, and coal—unless governments pass new taxes on carbon emissions.

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Kia Niro B-segment hybrid concept makes US debut in Chicago

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Kia’s Niro urban lifestyle concept vehicle, unveiled last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, made its US debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

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2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid video preview

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Chicago Auto Show VideosAs they say: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. The first Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, launched for 2011, wasn't one of the better examples of the class for drivability. But Hyundai has updated its mid-size hybrid three times since then, with each generation getting markedly better. DON'T MISS: 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid.

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Smith Electric Vehicles adding hundreds of jobs to Chicago with new factory

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Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles is expanding again with a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago, the company announced on Wednesday.

U Chicago study proposes market-based approach to fuel economy standards to deal with impacts of fuel price volatility

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A new study by Ryan Kellogg, a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and author of the study, evaluates the current approach and proposes a novel, market-based alternative: indexing the standard to rise and fall with the price of gasoline.

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Chicago awards $13.4M contract to Motiv Power Systems for 20 Class 8 electric refuse trucks

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The City of Chicago has awarded San Francisco Bay Area startup Motiv Power Systems a $13.4-million contract for 20 Class 8 electric refuse trucks. In total, the City of Chicago has 600 garbage trucks in operation. Recently at the 2012 High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum, Chicago said it evaluated the option of hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks before requesting bids for the 20 EV refuse trucks.

Kia Trail'ster e-AWD Soul Hybrid Concept Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show

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At the very first automaker press conference of the Chicago Auto Show, Kia pulled the wraps off its Trail''ster Concept: an all-wheel-drive hybrid versions of its Soul that uses an electric motor to power the rear wheels. Bolder styling cues, a ride height more than 2 inches higher, and a fully retractable cloth roof differentiate the Trail''ster

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2016 Chevrolet Equinox: Updated SUV Unveiled At 2015 Chicago Auto Show

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Debuting at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox gets a handful of styling and trim changes, but is essentially unchanged mechanically. The 2015 Trax may be the new kid on the block, but Chevrolet isn''t completely ignoring its next-smallest crossover. DON''T MISS: 2015 Chevrolet Trax: First Drive A revised front fascia includes a

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel To Launch At Chicago Auto Show

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The Detroit News reports that Chevy will unveil the diesel Cruze at the Chicago Auto Show on February Want to improve your gas mileage but aren't ready to take the plunge into hybrids or plug-ins just yet? What you'll want is a diesel, then--and as Chevrolet is set to unveil the 2014 Cruze Diesel, due this year, your options have just increased.

Kia Soul To Get Hybrid AWD? 'Rugged Runabout' For Chicago Show Adds Electric AWD

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Exactly two weeks from now at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Kia will unveil a new concept car with an outdoorsy theme. It will feature an electric all-wheel drive system, but that''s about the only specific detail the Korean carmaker is willing to disclose right now. DON''T MISS: 2015 Kia Soul EV: First Drive Of Newest Electric Car Kia describes the

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2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon gets "EcoBlue" diesel option, no hybrid so far

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Diesels Chicago Auto Show Fuel EconomyThe last time Ford released a new hybrid or plug-in electric model was for the 2013 model year, and that's a long time ago in electric-car years. Detroit's second-largest automaker continues to work on boosting the fuel-economy ratings of its vehicle lineup, however. The latest example is a new diesel engine option for the 2019 Ford Transit.

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2018 Lexus RX 450hL hybrid three-row SUV priced from $51,600

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Chicago Auto Show Third-Row Seats Seven-seater SUVLexus invented the idea of a luxury hybrid utility vehicle in a version of its RX crossover well over a decade ago, but sales haven't been strong of late. Cheap gasoline, better fuel efficiency from all types of vehicles due to rising CAFE rules, and a lack of interest in hybrids have all hurt the latest version of the RX Hybrid. Now it has.

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City of Chicago and 350Green announce city-wide Network of EV charging stations, 73 DC fast and 207 Level 2

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The City of Chicago has selected 350Green, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging networks ( earlier post ), to design, build and operate a network of 280 EV charging stations—73 DC Fast and 207 Level 2 charging stations—throughout the Chicago area. 350Green plans to install and operate its stations in partnership with retail hosts across high-traffic urban shopping centers and other places near where Chicago-area EV drivers live and work.

2015 Chevrolet City Express Small Van Launched At Chicago Auto Show

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Chevrolet has announced full details of its 2015 City Express van, launched at this year''s Chicago Auto Show. Basically a rebadged version of Nissan''s NV200 van--best-known in its more fenestrated guise as New York City''s "Taxi of Tomorrow"--the City Express promises greater fuel efficiency than full-size vans. The front-wheel drive City Express