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What constitutes a “clean” or “zero-emissions” car? That question was raised this week when the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) asked BMW to pull advertisements that claim its i3 electric car, the version with the small range-extending gasoline engine, is “a clean car and helps to give back to the environment.” The ASA’s position is that even vehicles that rely mostly on batteries for power—and only use gasoline to supplement electric energy—cannot make a claim for zero emissions.
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Post date: December 08, 2017
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For the past several years, Honda has seen a limited role for pure electric cars. The company’s executives point to the high cost of batteries and long recharging times as a reason to limit EV production. In an apparent change of direction, according to a report earlier this month in Nikkei’s Asian Review, the Japanese automaker said that by 2022 it plans to introduce a line of EVs that can add about 150 miles of driving range with a 15-minute charge.
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Post date: November 29, 2017
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Ford Motor Company is planning to reintroduce a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape crossover SUV in 2019, according to a report in Automotive News. That new plug-in hybrid will fill in a gap for electric car shoppers: an affordable crossover with a robust plug-in hybrid powertrain. The new plug-in Ford Escape will be accompanied by a plug-in-hybrid Lincoln MKC.
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Post date: November 21, 2017
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