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Recharge Wrap-up: Hybrid buyers like their cars, USDA funds biofuel plant in Louisiana

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Manufacturing/Plants, MPG, Legislation and Policy The average fuel economy of new cars sold in the US went down in September. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research (UMTRI), the average mileage was 25.3 mpg, down from 25.8 mpg in August. The dip is likely from increased sales of light trucks and […] […]

Surprise, letting solo drivers in HOV lanes causes problems

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Legislation and Policy, USA Anyone who gets steamed at a Toyota Prius driver trying to hypermile in front of them now has another reason to dislike hybrid-vehicle drivers. They’re not earning their right to drive solo in high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes for free, according to a report from Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson […] […]

Boldness, Branding and B.B. King: Toyota Launches 2015 Camry Campaign

TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2014) — Leaving only its roofline unchanged, the redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry is showing drivers just how bold America’s best-selling car can be. To ensure this bold move leads to another, Toyota is launching a marketing campaign for the new Camry that challenges people from coast to coast to live […] […]

Ex-Toyota Bill Reinert still in favor of hybrids, against EVs

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Hydrogen Former Toyota executive Bill Reinert is so unsold on electric vehicles as a viable advanced-powertrain option for future transportation that he has praised – gasp – Ford, for its downsized internal combustion engines. Reinert was a key player in developing Toyota’s original Prius hybrid and, in an interview published in Yale […] […]