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Audi Promises First Plug-in Diesel for United StatesAudi will introduce a new more powerful, lighter and more fuel-efficient version of its Q7 sports utility vehicle at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January. Here’s the big news for plug-in fans: the new Q7 will be offered with a powerful one-two combination of plug-in capability and a 3-liter V-6 diesel engine.
Fears Rise That Low Gas Prices Will Hurt Electric CarsGasoline prices in the U.S. have steadily fallen in the past three months, reaching a national average of $2.66 per gallon, according to AAA. Industry analysts and journalists have been quick to jump to the conclusion that the dip in gas prices spells the demise of electric cars. Any quick and firm declarations about the long-term forecast for EVs based on current gas prices should be questioned.
Count the Plug-in Hybrid Concepts at L.A. Auto Show: ThreeAs we posted last week, cars with plugs were hard to find at the current 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show (which runs through Nov. 30). On the bright side, electric cars and plug-in hybrids have emerged in recent years from futuristic concepts to actual vehicles on the road. With 20 battery-powered cars available to buy or lease—granted, mostly in California—what's left to show in L.A. except expensive and improbable plug-in prototypes.