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Leaf takes the crown, US EV sales still on the up

Nissan LEAF 2013

May saw the all-time record high for US electric vehicle sales, with an estimated 12,053 plug-in units sold. This was up from 7,454 in May 2013. In June, sales were still up 43% from a year ago, but the month missed out on the record, as estimated sales are at ...

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Glimpse into the future with multimodal car-sharing in France

Toyota i-Road

Later this year, the City and the Metropolitan Area of Grenoble, Toyota, energy company EDF, and Citélib will launch a three-year car sharing service featuring 70 Toyota i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact EVs and around 30 charging stations. The charging stations will be developed and managed by Sodetrel, EDF’s subsidiary.

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In-vehicle apps to surge in popularity

Telematics is moving forward. Over the past few months, the subject has constantly been in the news, whether it is about the further delays to eCall in Europe or the rise in telematics ‘black box’ insurance. On the infotainment front, cars are becoming increasingly connected, and the demand for smartphone ...

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PC-11 delayed again, but on its way

A new American Petroleum Institute (API) category of engine oil, PC-11, is still on the way, but is currently running behind schedule. The implementation was scheduled for the spring of 2016, but it looks likely that the standard now will not be ready until late 2016 or possibly even 2017. ...

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OEMs grab 20% of top global green brands

Interbrand green brand winner

For OEMs, it is no longer enough to just manufacture green cars. In a world concerned with green issues, big companies especially are often quizzed on what they are doing to reduce CO2 and how they are making all their operations green. Whether this is installing solar panels on the ...

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