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Mitsubishi announced in late June that the long-anticipated Outlander Plug-In Hybrid utility vehicle would arrive to the American market in spring 2016, as a 2017 model year. The model was originally slated for US introduction in 2013. When it arrives, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will be a unique offering—a mid-sized plug-in SUV with all-wheel drive capability and high ground clearance.
The inaugural year of Formula E concluded last weekend. The viability of a relatively quieter and slower single-seat fully electric series was initially questioned. Yet, the first season proved to be fascinating, competitive, and exciting. Moreover, rule changes slated for the second season promise to amp-up both industry involvement and public engagement, while advancing the technology.
The once feverish news cycle for stories about electric cars has mostly subsided. But that’s starting to change with an emerging high-profile race for the first relatively affordable EV with 200 miles of driving range. The competition will pit old-school General Motors (and its Chevy Bolt) against iconoclastic Tesla (and the Model 3).
Honda announced on Monday that it would no longer offer the plug-in version of its Accord mid-size sedan. The plug-in model was never a big-seller, averaging about 40 units per month for 2013 and 2014—before sales plummeted to five sales per month since March. Yet, company executives promised a new purpose-built plug-in hybrid and EV model.
Years after Audi’s announcement about offering a plug-in A3, we can finally say with some certainty when the first units will become available in the United States: October 2015. According to multiple sources, the Audi A3 e-tron—which went on sale in Germany in August 2014—has faced problems with cold weather. These concerns primarily result in decreased all-electric range when the temperature dips.
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