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Audi's BEV concept is expected to have a 310-mile range and if it really hits the market by 2018, it may just beat the Model X. 
German carmaker Audi says it's planning to unveil an electric sport SUV concept with a range of over 310 miles (500 kilometers) — well beyond the range of rival carmaker Tesla 's Model S and soon-to-launch Model X.
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We averaged 37 mpg at highway speed in the new 2015 Volkswagen GTI, without trying to conserve anything. Very impressive. 
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf has had a banner year. It was Motor Trend's car of the year. It was the North American Car of the Year. It was at or near the top of every 10 best auto list of 2015. Over 40 years, it has become one of the few cars beloved by both enthusiasts and the more rational, sensible car-buying public. It has the kind of popularity that deserves scrutiny, if not a more severe opposite reaction.
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2016 Volt, 2017 Bolt, Chevy Spark EV, hybrid Malibu, and other ecominded production changes shows the General is green with energy. 
DETROIT General Motors declared that the auto industry's future is electric just as Americans' rekindled demand for pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers are driving the bulk of the automaker's profits.
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MPG standards have revolutionized the auto world. There is a replacement for displacement.
A high-end luxury sedan without a V8 engine; a Jeep Wrangler made of aluminum clambering over boulders; a Corvette that gets 30 m.p.g.
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Sense does this make?
Tesla is dealing with some very lofty expectations. Its sky-high stock price is proof of the meteoric growth investors expect from the electric car maker.
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2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is not a minivan. It's other big selling point is that it's the most fuel-efficient 7-seater out there. But it costs $50,000.
The Toyota Highlander is not a minivan. It's used much the same way but lacks the convenience of sliding doors, easy ingress and egress, and easily accessible rear seats — all sacrificed for a self-conscious stigma. But the cost of cool is negligible and the marketplace has voted overwhelmingly in favor of SUVs over minivans.
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Polaris surges ahead of Harley-Davidson in getting its Empulse TT electric bike to market. It has a 140-mile range.
MILWAUKEE - Polaris Industries, the maker of Indian and Victory motorcycles, has introduced an electric street bike that puts the company ahead of Harley-Davidson Inc. in a new category of two-wheel machines.
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25 million gallons of gas, 240,000 tons of gg emissions saved in Chicagoland in 2014 thru the use of alternatively-fueled fleet vehicles. 
Imagine a city bus that fits 77 passengers, makes no noise, emits no exhaust and gets better fuel economy than an SUV. Or a ComEd bucket truck that can idle without using gas while repairing a power line. Or a quiet, clean cement mixer that emits 80 to 90 percent less carbon dioxide than its diesel counterpart.
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After the $7,500 federal credit, the 2016 Chevy Volt can be had for $27,495, or $1,200 less than 2015 model, despite a boost in range and performance. Now is the time to buy plug-ins. 
DETROIT Chevrolet has set a retail price on the 2016 second-generation Volt plug-in electric car at $33,995, which can be reduced by a $7,500 federal tax credit.
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Tesla tops yet another "Best" list. This time from AAA for Best Green Car of 2015, which consists of 4 plug-ins, 4 diesels, 1 hybrid and 1 Subaru Outback. 
Expect to spend some green if you want to purchase the vehicles at the top of the best Green Cars list AAA published Monday.
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Can a 25 percent boost in power and a 13 percent drop in price help Cadillac sell the ELR?
Cadillac is improving acceleration and range of the 2016 ELR, its plug-in hybrid luxury coupe, while dropping the price about $9,000 from its 2014 launch.
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The new Model S variant, 70D, is an all-wheel-drive base model with a 240-mile range and 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds. Best thing is that it starts at $75k before credits. 
Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model.
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Robert Duffer is the Digital Auto Producer for the Chicago Tribune's Green Guide. He edits the Dads & Families section of The Good Men Project. A winner of the One Book, One Chicago fwriting contest, Robert Duffer’s (www.robertduffer.com) work has appeared in Chicago Tribune, MAKE Magazine, Chicago Reader, Curbside Splendor, Time Out Chicago, Monkeybicycle, Chicago Public Radio, Annalemma, New City, and other coffee-table favorites like Canadian Builders Quarterly. He teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and lives in the suburbs with his wife, two kids, and their minivan.

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