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More mainstream plug-in hybrid SUV offerings coming, this time the BMW X5.
BMW is plugging in to efficiency in a new way with the announcement of the X5 xDrive40e.
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The D: 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. All-wheel drive. All electric. Insane. $133,000? Worth it. 
Certain experiences promise a thrill: roller coasters, free fall, love. Add The D to the list.
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Nope. 0 to 60 anywhere but on a track will get someone else hurt or killed. :(
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Could the Soul EV get an AWD variant for us snowbirds?
Kia has announced plans to unveil a plug-in capable all-wheel-drive concept car at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show .
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As gas prices drop, consumers shy away from hybrids for bigger cars. Yet the demand for plug-in cars continues to grow, and the market has accepted them at a far greater rate than when hybrids were first introduced.
A long time ago, in an auto world far far away, two vehicles got plugged into the automotive marketplace. It is December 2010, and the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle joins the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid in a front that would forever change the automotive landscape, ushering in a new era of car consciousness known as the electrification of vehicles.
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The idling car myth costs Americans $5.9 billion in lost gas and contributes a significant amount to greenhouse gas emissions. Warming up your engine does not help your car and does more harm than comfort.
We've all heard the idea: In winter, your car needs a little time to warm up before you can drive it. And that's why across the United States, people who live in cold and snowy places and especially those whose cars have remote starters often fire up their engines long before they start driving. Heck, they might even start the car from the kitchen in the morning, and only then start the coffee brewing.
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2015 Kia Soul EV is the most spacious compact plug-in on the market. The SLRR tires slid like skates in freezing temps, though.
There shouldn't be much of a reason to include a snow scraper in a Kia Soul EV. The Korean automaker's first plug-in car, an all-electric version of its hottest seller, has been launched in urban areas of California, where snow is as rare as uncongested roadways.
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Mirai begins production. Anyone have a hydrogen station in their garage? http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/chi-toyota-hydrogen-fuel-cells-20150225-story.html
Toyota this week officially rolled out what it's betting will mark "a turning point" in automotive history — a sleek, affordable, eco-friendly "future" car that can drive for 300 miles, takes less than five minutes to charge and comes with three years of free fuel.
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Even base model cars offer the latest in safety technology, such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision prevention systems. 
Self-driving cars are on a slow-moving path toward reality, and the 2015 Chicago Auto Show is packed with safety technology that will eventually put autonomous vehicles on the street.
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200-mile all-electric GM for 2017. They call it the Chevy Bolt.
General Motors plans to start selling an affordable electric car in 2017 that will be able to go 200 miles on a single charge.
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Suburbanites have a much larger carbon footprint than urbanites. Yet as more people buy plug-in cars, they are more likely to install solar panels on their suburban homes, no matter their political affiliation. These "accidental environmentalists" may offset that large footprint in years to come.
WASHINGTON — The suburbs have had it rough in the last few years. The 2008-2009 economic collapse led to waves of foreclosures in suburbia, as home prices plummeted. More recently, census data suggest that Americans are actually shifting back closer to city centers, often giving up on the dream of a big home in suburbs (much less the far-flung "exurbs").
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Clown car, pingpong ball, dorkmobile--call it what you want; this auto journo loves his Smart. 
I must confess: I own a Smart.
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After four years and a bankruptcy that some deem criminal, Chicago's plug-in car charging infrastructure recharges with a new life, new provider, and dozens of functional DC chargers.
Nearly four years after Chicago announced a rollout of charging stations for electric vehicles across the region, the long-stalled project is moving forward with the help of Nissan and NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy.
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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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