Green Car Congress: Peugeot L500 R Hybrid PHEV racing concept
Peugeot has designed a new gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid racing concept: the L500 R Hybrid. Developed by Peugeot Sport teams, the 500-bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain features two electric motors (one front and one rear) plus a 270 hp gasoline engine, yielding peak torque of 730 N·m (538 lb-ft).
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Green Car Congress: Bosch develops 48V electric powertrain for motorsport kart prototype with FIA and DMSB; new boost recuperation system
FIA Electric, the New Energy Commission, and the German Motorsport Association (DMSB) presented an electric racing kart prototype—the “e-kart”—in Berlin. Bosch Motorsport developed the powertrain system together with these motorsport organizing bodies, as well as with Germany’s largest kart manufacturer Mach 1 Kart.
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3 days ago
Green Car Congress: 2017 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV boosts total range to 610 miles
Ford’s 2017 Fusion Energi—incorporating enhancements announced earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show (earlier post)—can travel 610 miles (982 km) on a full tank of gas and battery charge according to EPA estimates to be posted to fueleconomy.gov—the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrid sold in the US. The 2016 model of the Fusion Energi has a combined range of 550 miles (885 km).
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3 days ago
2016 Lincoln MKX : Review
Lincoln completely redesigned the MKX crossover for 2016, improving the vehicle immensely. The MKX is no longer a re-badged Ford Edge, having finally come up to true Lincoln quality. Equipment is now of good luxury value with the materials quality inside the MKX being much more plush. The 2016 Lincoln MKX is also roomier and more balanced on the road, things which it inherits from the Edge it’s based upon, which saw an update last year.
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3 days ago
Green Car Congress: European Fast-E project launches; 278 fast-charging points in Germany and Belgium
The Fast-E project, co-financed by the European Union and nine companies, has officiallylaunched, with the objective of installing 241 fast-charging charging stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium. A sister project between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will add another 30 charging stations.
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4 days ago
Green Car Congress: ABB Azipod electric propulsion system has saved >700,000 tons of fuel for marine vessels so far
>ABB announced the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons. Assuming the average family car uses one ton of fuel annually, this savings corresponds to the annual fuel consumption of 700,000 cars. The Azipod electrical propulsion system—in which the electric motor with propeller is mounted inside a streamlined pod capable of 360-degree movement beneath the ship—has evolved to become the industry standard for the marine industry. The system can drive and steer the ship at the same time.
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4 days ago
Green Car Congress: PSA Group outlines powertrain production strategy: gasoline PHEVs, EVs and next-gen diesel and gasoline engines
As part of the energy transition process and in line with the technological offensive spelled out in its Push to Pass strategic plan (earlier post), PSA Group will focus on diversifying its offerings with plug-in hybrid gasoline systems and next-generation electric powertrains. The latter will be used in particular to equip e-CMP, its future electric platform developed in partnership with Dongfeng Motors. (Earlier post.) At the same time, the Group will continue to develop next-generation internal combustion engines, both gasoline and diesel.
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4 days ago
SAE approves wireless charging guidelines for plug-in electric vehicles
The Society for Automotive Engineers International has approved publication of its first wireless charging guidelines. The "SAE TIR J2954 Wireless Power Transfer for Light-Duty Plug-in/Electric Vehicles and Alignment Methodology" paves the way towards an industry-wide wireless charging standard for automobiles.
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9 days ago
EV, Hybrid Vehicle Trade-in Re-purchase Loyalty Falls To All-time Low
In brief: Ownership loyalty for electric vehicles and hybrids falls to all-time low as customers trading in electrified vehicles are far less likely to apply the trade-in to another electric car.
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10 days ago
Improving the joint: Laser process forms stronger bond between aluminum and carbon fiber
A research team from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a laser process that could make joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum less expensive with more robust joints as a result. The process promises cheaper lightweight, high-end components for use in automotive manufacture.
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10 days ago
Review: 2016 Lexus LX 570 is a Land Cruiser on luxroids
The Toyota Land Cruiser is legendary for its prowess as a sport utility vehicle. The Lexus LX 570 is the premium brand's take on that SUV. The new body styling, updated transmission, and roomier interior are high points for 2016 – none of which impede on the offroad capability of this rig.
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10 days ago
Green Car Congress: Peapod adds two LH hydraulic hybrids delivery trucks to fleet
Peapod, the leading online grocer in the US, took delivery of its first two hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks this month. The vehicles, existing Workhorse walk-in vans with GM gasoline engines and equipped with the Lightning Hybrids Energy Recovery System (ERS), are in service on the streets of Chicago and were partially paid for by the Drive Clean Chicago voucher program for clean vehicles.
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10 days ago
2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro : Review
For many in the industry, the Toyota Tundra is an enigma. The truck has few of the things that many think are the expected standard in the segment, yet Toyota has been selling Tundras as fast as they can build them. This is because the Tundra is exactly what many truck buyers want. It’s a full-sized pickup truck that does its job and holds value and capability while doing so. In half-ton trucks, despite what the advertisements might say, it’s not about towing capacity or hauling tonnage. It’s about simple versatility and daily usability. Those two things are abundant in any flavor of Tundra you purchase.
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11 days ago
Green Car Congress: Acura reveals Gen2 autonomous driving development vehicle
Acura revealed its second-generation autonomous driving development vehicle in California, a modified version of the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD luxury performance sedan.
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11 days ago
Green Car Congress: Volvo Cars unveils CMA-based 40 series concepts; battery-electric and PHEV versions; first production in 2017
Volvo Cars unveiled two new 40 series concept cars, marking the official launch of its global small car strategy. The first new 40 series car is expected to go into production in 2017.
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11 days ago
Green Car Congress: US International Trade Commission votes to investigate alledged hybrid patent infringement by VW Group
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute a formal investigation of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche based on Paice’s earlier complaint of infringement of its hybrid vehicle patents. (Earlier post.) An official evidentiary hearing will be held before an ITC Administrative Law Judge at a date to be determined.
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11 days ago
Green Car Congress: Ford first automaker to use captured CO2 to develop foam and plastic for vehicles
Ford Motor Company is the first automaker to formulate and test new foam and plastic components using carbon dioxide as feedstock. Researchers expect to see the new biomaterials in Ford production vehicles within five years.
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13 days ago
Green Car Congress: SCE launching $22M Charge Ready EV charging pilot; up to 1,500 new charging stations in pilot, 30K in full program
Southern California Edison is launching its Charge Ready program, which will add as many as 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations to SCE’s service area. The utility, which serves nearly 14 million people via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California, will bring representatives of local businesses and other organizations together on Wednesday in Irwindale to learn how they can take part in the pilot program.
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13 days ago
Green Car Congress: BMW sold 4,504 EVs and PHEVs worldwide in April; X5 PHEV nearly 10% of all X5s sold
The BMW Group sold 4,504 battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles around the world in April. The top three markets for these vehicles were the US, Scandinavia and the UK.
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16 days ago
Green Car Congress: Scania delivering 51 hybrid buses to Madrid
In June, Scania, part of Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH, will begin delivering 51 hybrid Scania Citywide buses to Madrid. These complete buses feature cost-saving and emission-reducing hybrid technology that meets the EU suburban and short distance Class II regulations.
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17 days ago
Lotus celebrates 50 years at RAF Hethel with Evora 400 Hethel Edition
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lotus' factory founding, the British automaker is producing an exclusive Hethel Edition of the 4.1-second 0-60 mph Evora 400. The car commemorates Lotus founder Colin Chapman's historic move to the former Royal Air Force Station Hethel southwest of Norfolk in 1966.
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17 days ago
Chevy puts quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission in 640-hp Camaro ZL1
With the supercharged V8 under the hood of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 putting out 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 640 pound-feet (868 Nm) of torque, Chevrolet has designed a new 10-speed automatic transmission to handle all of that power going to the rear wheels. This new gearbox is no slouch, offering faster shifting than that found in a Porsche PDK dual-clutch.
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18 days ago
Green Car Congress: Launch of first London HyFive hydrogen refueling station
ITM Power officially launched its first public-access hydrogen refueling station in London at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington. The station was opened to the public by Andrew Jones MP, Transport Minister at Department for Transport, and was supported by the automotive OEMs Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Renault partner Symbio FCell.
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18 days ago
Hyperloop One shows off magnetic drive in dramatic demonstration
At a secluded test site in the Nevada desert about 10 miles north of Las Vegas, Hyperloop One today made its first public demonstration of a key component of its new transportation system that promises near supersonic speeds at ground level. The Propulsion Open Air Test (POAT) took place under sunny skies and saw electromagnets propel a sled at 115 mph (185 km/h) along a specially-built test track measuring 1,500-ft (457-m) long.
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18 days ago
Peugeot has designs on a sustainable charging future
Peugeot Design Lab has released its vision for the charging station of the future – the Driveco Parasol. Made of sustainable materials, the Parasol provides shade for the cars that are charging up on energy collected from the roof mounted solar panels, and uses a smart grid system to share energy with nearby stations that need it most.
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18 days ago
For real? Startup talks 2,000-hp turbine-hybrid big rig and 520-hp UTV
If there was ever a time to dazzle the world with promises of futuristic electric car technologies and crazy performance estimates, it would be 2016. Already this year, we've seen a crop of unknown startups and established companies with little to no automotive experience pop up to tout new cutting edge electric and hybrid vehicles. There's been Faraday Future, and Techrules, and LeEco. We're nothing if not skeptical.
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18 days ago
Hydrogen car catalyst project opens its first UK refueling station
In order for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to take off, there needs to be the refuelling infrastructure in place to support them. To justify the infrastructure, though, there must be enough FCEVs on the road. It is this chicken-and-egg scenario that the Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFive) project seeks to help solve.
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18 days ago
SUV of electric bikes looks to conquer streets and dirt
The Moto Parilla Carbon comes to life as a heavily motorcycle-inspired electric off-road bike with claims of being the "SUV e-bike." The beautiful but beefy fat bike doesn't exactly make us excited to start pedaling uphill, but it definitely makes a statement and turns heads. Plus, it's available with a throttle so those aching calves can take the day off. After a fling with British carmaker Caterham, its designers are pressing ahead alone.
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18 days ago
Review: 2016 Kia Optima is redesigned into a winner
As with its predecessors, the 2016 Kia Optima remains value-oriented, but this newly-redesigned Optima is anything but cheap. Although bang for the buck was clearly a goal in its design, the 2016 Optima is also fun to drive with smart looks in a compelling package.
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18 days ago
Nissan EVs to join the grid in UK trial
Nissan has partnered with power company Enel to launch a pilot program in the UK allowing electric vehicle owners to sell energy from their car batteries back into the grid. As well as allowing EV drivers to make a bit of extra cash from their cars, Nissan sees the program as the first step towards using cars as mobile energy hubs. The announcement came alongside the launch of the xStorage home battery, which uses recycled Leaf batteries for home energy storage.
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19 days ago
Green Car Congress: COMO Connect adds 3 BYD electric buses to fleet
COMO Connect—a public bus system owned by the City of Columbia, Missouri, is expanding its fleet with three 30-ft, low-floor, all-electric transit buses from BYD. The buses have a range of 144 miles (232 km) per charge and can be recharged in only two to three hours.
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19 days ago
Green Car Congress: Nissan and Enel to launch major V2G trial in the UK; LEAF and e-NV200
Nissan and multinational power company Enel will launch the first major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial carried out in the UK. The partners will install and connect 100 V2G units at locations agreed upon by private and fleet owners of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 electric van. By giving Nissan electric vehicle owners the ability to plug their vehicles into the V2G system, owners will have the flexibility and power to sell stored energy from their vehicle battery back to the National Grid.
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19 days ago
Green Car Congress: XL Hybrids announces 25M total customer miles on road; >1.5M miles driven per month
XL Hybrids, Inc., the developer of a hybrid electric drive retrofit system for commercial and municipal fleets, announced that this month, 25 million road miles will have been collectively driven by globally-recognized brands, municipalities and nonprofits using the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in their service, delivery and passenger fleets.
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22 days ago
Green Car Congress: Tesla affirming 80-90K deliveries this year; advancing 500K unit build plan by 2 years to 2018; capex to be up 50% this year
In its Q1 2016 letter to shareholders, Tesla affirmed its plan to deliver 80,000 to 90,000 vehicles in 2016. Given the tsunami of reservations for the Model 3 (more than 325,000 according to the letter), Tesla also said it is advancing its 500,000 total unit build plan (combined for Model S, Model X, and Model 3) to 2018—two years earlier than previously planned.
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22 days ago
Green Car Congress: Toyota R&D continues work on free piston linear generators for EVs; novel resonant pendulum control method
In 2014, a team at Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc. published two SAE papers on their work in developing a prototype 10 kW Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG) for B/C segment electric vehicles. (Earlier post.) The FPEG consists of a two-stroke combustion system, a linear generator, and a gas spring chamber; the unit offers potential for compact build, high efficiency and high fuel flexibility.
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23 days ago
Green Car Congress: Loop Energy collaborates with CRRC to develop fuel cell electric drive systems for heavy-duty trucks
Canada-based Loop Energy (earlier post) has entered a collaboration agreement with Hunan CRRC Times Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary of CRRC Corporation Ltd.) to develop zero-emission power systems for heavy-duty transportation applications.
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23 days ago
Green Car Congress: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco starts at $20,650; 40 mpg highway, 35 mpg combined
Hyundai Motor America has priced the all-new 2017 Elantra Eco starting at $20,650. Elantra Eco is the most fuel efficient Elantra, delivering an EPA estimated 40 mpg (5.88 l/100 km) on the highway and 35 mpg (6.71 l/100 km) in combined city and highway driving.
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23 days ago
Green Car Congress: Dongfeng Citroën unveils electric version of C-Elysée sedan; E-MEHARI
At the Beijing Motor Show, Dongfeng Citroën unveiled an electric version of the C-Elysée—its best-selling vehicle in China, with 90,000 sales in 2015. Scheduled for launch in China in 2017, this model reflects Dongfeng Citroën’s ambitions to be a key player in electric vehicles for the Chinese public.
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24 days ago
Bosch develops collision-avoidance system for light rail
Bosch has developed a collision-detection system that not only warns a driver of an impending crash, but that applies the brakes and disengages the throttle to avoid the collision. What's new about this system is that it's made for light rail and will be tested on trams in Germany.
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24 days ago
Torque bump for Ford's 2017 F-150 engine, which pairs with 10 speed transmission
The 2017 Ford F-150 pickup truck will include the latest-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine as an option, adding 30 lb-ft of torque to its output. This will mate to a new 10-speed automatic transmission to aid performance and capitalize on the now best-in-class torque values of the new engine.
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24 days ago
Super Veloce Racing unveils Noble M600 as a next-level supercar
Among supercar fans, the name Noble is one of those that's whispered by those in the know and Googled by those who aren't. Now the exclusive automaker has unveiled a new M600 at the London Motor Show courtesy of its distributor, Super Veloce Racing. It goes 0-62 in 3.5, 120 in 8.9, and 225 at the end.
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25 days ago
Green Car Congress: Google Self-Driving Car Project and FCA to integrate self-driving technology into 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan
The Google Self-Driving Car Project and FCA announced will collaborate to integrate Google’s self-driving technology into all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans (earlier post) to expand Google’s existing self-driving test program. This marks the first time that Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle.
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26 days ago
Green Car Congress: UPS updates 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric step vans with smaller genset engine for better fuel economy
UPS announced an update to 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric delivery trucks that improve fuel economy as part of the company’s broader Rolling Laboratory approach.
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26 days ago
65-mph recumbent e-trike claims record 300 mile range
They may look ungainly, but the aerodynamic advantages of recumbent bikes and trikes give them an edge – especially if you throw a 4 kW wheel hub motor into the mix. Case in point is the Mark 5 Super from Odyssey Trikes, which boasts a top speed of 60 mph (96 km/h) and a range of 300 miles (480 km) on a single charge.
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26 days ago
Lightweight e-bike powers you through short commutes and all-out adventures
Just a few years ago, "weird" and "heavy" were two adjectives that were nearly unavoidable when discussing e-bikes. Things have started to rapidly change over the past few years, with a number of companies stepping up and offering lighter, less conspicuous electric bikes. The M2S All-Go is the latest in this growing field, its carbon frame offering both distinct looks and a light ride weight.
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26 days ago
Google to put self-driving car tech in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan
After a long gestation period in innocuous bubbles, Google has decided it's time to expand its self-driving project and integrate sensors and software into passenger cars. As it turns out, those cars will be hybrid Chrysler Pacificas specially built to house the hardware required for safe autonomous driving.
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26 days ago
2016 BMW X1 : Review
The BMW X1 has finally received the revamp it needed to be truly competitive in the luxury compact crossover market. The previous generation X1 was hampered by a nearly useless back seat and cramped cargo space. Though it did make up for some of those shortfalls with a very sedan-like, powerful driving experience. For the 2016 model year, though, the BMW X1 has been totally redone to be more on par with what buyers will want. Surprisingly, much of this came courtesy of BMW’s British brand, MINI.
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26 days ago
Green Car Congress: Tesla tests its HEPA Filter and “Bioweapon Defense Mode” under extreme conditions of 1,000 µg/m3 of PM2.5
At the launch of the Model X, Elon Musk touched on the vehicle’s oversized HEPA filters, claiming that “We can’t even detect any viruses or bacteria or spores. Zero come through. If there is ever an apocalyptic scenario, just press the bioweapon defense mode button.” (Earlier post.) While bioweapons experts were skeptical of the full scope of the claim, Tesla has gone on to demonstrate that the filter is very effective against extreme concentrations of PM2.5 particles.
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27 days ago
Testing proves the worth of Tesla's Bioweapon Defense Mode
When Elon Musk announced the Tesla Model X would be fitted with a Bioweapon Defense Mode, many wondered what he knew that they didn't. Turns out the head of Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal wasn't worried about global chemical warfare – rather, the HEPA filters in the Model X and Model S are designed to protect us against the scourge of air pollution.
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27 days ago
Tron-inspired electric bike wheel chucks the hub
Whether it's the Copenhagen Wheel, the FlyKly Smart Wheel or theElectron Wheel, there are now several choices of motorized front wheels that temporarily turn your regular bike into an e-bike. So, what does a new product have to do to stand out in this market? Well, it helps if has a radically different design than its competitors – and the GeoOrbital Wheel has just that.
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27 days ago
Green Car Congress: BMW boosts battery capacity of MY2017 i3 to 33 kWh with higher energy density Li-ion cells; up to 114 miles combined cycle range
BMW will offer a new model range of its i3 compact electric car, and from the 2017 model year will be offering a new version with more than 50% increased battery capacity.

The 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) has a capacity of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) due to the use of higher energy density lithium-ion cells; the dimensions of the pack remain unchanged while still offering a significant range increase. The new BMW i3, in varying weather conditions and with the air conditioning or heating turned on, has a range of up to 114 miles (183 km) combined (hwy/city) cycle, as shown by independent BMW testing; EPA figures are still pending. The EPA range rating for the MY 2016 i3 is 81 miles (130 km).
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28 days ago
Better battery capacity gives BMW i3 110 km range boost
BMW has updated the i3 to keep up with the growing crowd ofelectric cars and range extender hybrids on the market. Thanks to improvements in battery technology, the model lineup has grown to include a 33 kWh battery version offering 58 percent more range than the current car.
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28 days ago
Study shows that the more you like your car's personality, the more likely you are to wreck it
Having Homer Simpson read driving instructions to you may end in a big "doh" according to a new study. An international team of researchers has found that the more a person identifies with the voice guidance in their vehicle, the more likely they are to get into an accident.
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29 days ago
Diagnosing An Idle Issue Without An Engine Light or Error Code, Pt 3
In this final segment of this series, we'll look at the PCV and EGR systems and how they can negatively affect your idle. In our first part, we looked at air intake. In the second part, fuel injection. In this part, we'll look at some accessories that can be affecting the fuel:air mixture.
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4 weeks ago
Diagnosing An Idle Issue Without An Engine Light or Error Code, Pt 2
In the first part of this series on idle issues, we focused on air intake. The other half of the fuel:air equation is the fuel. We started with air because it's both more common and easier to diagnose and fix. Fuel, especially in most modern engines with fuel injection, can be trickier.
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4 weeks ago
Diagnosing An Idle Issue Without An Engine Light or Error Code, Pt 1
Most idle problems, such as rough idle, the engine cutting out at idle, or idling too fast, are problems with the fuel: air mixture. Finding the problem causing that mixture issue can be difficult, especially on modern engines with sophisticated fuel injection systems that are made to trip sensors and give codes when a fault occurs. When no codes are set, it can get confusing.
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4 weeks ago
Review: 2016 Hyundai Tucson drives like a Euro sedan
Hyundai completely revamped the Tucson for the 2016 model year and improvements have been made at every point. With a new engine, a new dual-clutch transmission, and a much-improved interior experience, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is more like a Euro sedan than it is a crossover.
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4 weeks ago
Porsche Cayenne Diesel, E-Hybrid get the Platinum treatment
Porsche is offering a new Platinum Edition for the Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne S E-Hybrid models. This package adds several appearance upgrades, interior comfort additions, and safety technologies. The package will be globally available.
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4 weeks ago
Adding silicon-sulfur into 3D graphene makes for game-changing battery potential
Researchers in China believe they're cracked the code on the elusive lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery. Using three-dimensional (3D) graphene, the Beihang University researchers structured Li-S in such a way that they show high, real-world potential on both the cathode and anode sides.
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4 weeks ago
Carla Cargo trailer gives your bike (or body) serious electric muscle
More than just cutesy front baskets and simple rear racks, bicycle cargo hauling has become serious business. Joining big-load tools like the Velove Armadillo, the German-designed Carla Cargo electric bicycle trailer upgrades your bike for loads up to 330 lb (150 kg) and 53 cu ft (1.5 cu m). Not only can it power those loads behind your bike, but it also unhitches and rolls as a powered hand truck.
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4 weeks ago
2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is Family-friendly Efficiency
The Highlander Hybrid builds on the excellent family ergonomics of the standard Highlander and adds fuel-sipping economy to the mix. With seating for seven, plenty of cargo room, and a balanced, well-mannered ride, the big Highlander Hybrid may be the perfect family hauler.
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4 weeks ago
Green Car Congress: Germany pumping €1B into plug-in vehicle subsidies, infrastructure; base price cap of €60K
The German government will put approximately €1 billion (US$1.1 billion) into subsidies for plug-in vehicles and the supporting charging infrastructure, beginning next month.
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4 weeks ago
Green Car Congress: SAE technical experts: fuel cell technology has advanced significantly, FC vehicle production has begun, further cost reductions & infrastructure development required
Wrapping up the track on the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure held at the 2016 SAE World Congress (earlier post), a panel of technical experts agreed that while significant progress has been made with the technology, and while the first generation of consumer-available fuel cell vehicles is now being sold in parts of the US, there are still challenges to overcome with respect to the cost of the technology and the build-out of a supporting hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
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4 weeks ago
Green Car Congress: Alliance AutoGas launches 5300-mile, 12-city Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride with converted F-150
Supported by partners, Clean City Coalitions and corporate sponsors, Alliance AutoGas is embarking on a 5300+ mile, 12-city, cross-country road trip—the Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride—with its record-setting propane autogas F-150. The event is being hosted by the Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities in conjunction with Veolia/Kansas City Transportation Group and Alliance AutoGas.
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4 weeks ago
Tula cuts cylinders to boost fuel economy
Cylinder deactivation is nothing new, it's been used in the automotive industry for decades. A new system called Dynamic Skiip Fire from Tula Technologies takes this idea to a new level, however, with significant fuel economy gains as a result – especially in heavy-duty applications.
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4 weeks ago
2016 BMW MINI Cooper Clubman is Practical Fun
Fully redesigned for 2016, the Cooper Clubman has new underpinnings, a new drivetrain, more interior space, and less of what makes it a Mini. The quirky nature of the MINI lineup is there, but the Clubman sheds some of the driving fun in favor of more practicality.
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4 weeks ago
Volvo's autonomous driving trial will be UK's "most ambitious"
Having announced what it calls China's "most advanced autonomous driving experiment" earlier this month, Volvo has now revealed plans for the UK's most ambitious autonomous driving trial as well. Drive Me London will see real families driving autonomous cars on public roads.
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4 weeks ago
VW shows a high-tech SUV future with T-Prime Concept GTE
After a quick teaser earlier this month, Volkswagen has revealed the all-new T-Prime Concept GTE, a high-tech concept car that previews a premium full-size SUV. No contentious diesel engine here, the T-Prime is powered by a 375 gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Inside, the driver is treated to a "world of displays" and digital controls. If the future of Volkswagen SUVs looks like this, we're looking forward to experiencing it.
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5 weeks ago
Graphene-based ultracapacitors give trucks a boost of acceleration
At the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, French transportation technology developer Adgero will unveil a curtainsider semi-trailer fitted with a regenerative braking system that utilizes ultracapacitors to provide a boost of acceleration. The kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) is designed to provide a 25 percent cut in fuel usage and carbon emissions.
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5 weeks ago
Green Car Congress: Volkswagen unveils T-Prime Concept GTE AWD plug-in hybrid SUV at Auto China 2016
Volkswagen unveiled the T-Prime Concept GTE all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid in a world premiere at Auto China 2016 in Beijing. The concept fulls-size SUV previews the future Volkswagen SUV.
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5 weeks ago
Review: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers surprisingly good efficiency
Toyota has taken many of its best-selling vehicles and turned them into efficient hybrids. These have then grabbed significant sales shares. The latest electrified introduction is the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid, which rides in on a mid-cycle refresh for the crossover.
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5 weeks ago
Cruzing the countryside: A day out in Chevrolet's redesigned compact sedan
The countryside around Nashville, Tennessee, is criss-crossed by wonderful country highways with twisting bends and rolling hills that really showcase what a car can do, which is why Chevrolet invited us there to experience the redesigned 2016 Cruze.
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5 weeks ago
Green Car Congress: Utah Transits Authority adding 5 battery-electric New Flyer buses to fleet
UTA and the University of Utah received a $5.4-million Low-No grant from the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase five New Flyer battery-electric buses. (Earlier post.) Three of these will be used on route 2 in Salt Lake City and two that will serve the University of Utah campus (also in Salt Lake City).
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5 weeks ago
Green Car Congress: Toyota to launch two new plug-in hybrid models in China; Corolla and Levin
On the eve of the 2016 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, Toyota announced that it will launch plug-in hybrid versions of the Corolla and Levin—two mass-market models, both of which have conventional hybrid variants—in China during 2018.
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5 weeks ago
2016 BMW X1 Keeps the Fun, Adds Space
The BMW X1 was completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, resulting in a taller, wider, and far roomier crossover versus its predecessor. When the X1 was introduced, the compact luxury crossover segment was new territory. Now it contains a lot of competition and BMW has reacted with a much more segment-conscious offering.
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5 weeks ago
Green Car Congress: Daimler starts deliveries of Mercedes-Benz Li-ion energy storage units for private homes
Daimler AG has commenced deliveries of Mercedes-Benz stationary energy storage units (earlier post) for use in private homes. The lithium-ion batteries are being manufactured by the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE and distributed through selected sales partners and partner companies.
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5 weeks ago
Green Car Congress: Cal Energy Commission hosting technology merit review workshop on EV charging infrastructure project
The California Energy Commission will host a workshop Monday, 25 April, in which executives from four companies including ChargePoint and Green Charge Networks, two non-profits, one municipal utility district and one state agency will discuss the successes and challenges of developing electric vehicle charging technology in California.
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Volvo aiming to sell one million electric vehicles by 2025
Volvo has doubled down on electrification. It previously stated intentions of offering plug-in hybrid variants of every model, and it's been following through with the likes of the new S90 sedan and V90 wagon. It only plans to get more aggressive with electrification in the coming years, announcing this week that it hopes to sell up to one million electrified vehicles (all-electric and plug-in hybrid models), in total, by 2025. It will work toward that goal by creating two plug-in variants of every model and introducing its first fully electric car in 2019.
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5 weeks ago
Honda to offer Clarity in fuel cell, electric and hybrid models
Why build a green car when you can start a whole family? We just watched Hyundai use that strategy with the IONIQ lineup of hybrids and electrics, and now Honda is following suit. It's already revealed the Clarity Fuel Cell, and it announced today that it will add a Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in 2017. Honda is the first to offer these three powertrain options on a single model platform, giving green car shoppers a few new cars to consider.
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5 weeks ago
Honda Accord Hybrid gets more power but uses less fuel
Having just announced a hybrid version of its Clarity model, Honda has reworked the hybrid version of its Accord. Even though it's got more power than its predecessor, the new Accord Hybrid uses less fuel, and has been treated to a modest refresh in the looks department, too.
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5 weeks ago
Shell unveils 89-mpg Project M concept city car
Shell is perhaps best known for producing what goes into cars, rather than cars themselves. Now,the firm has taken the wraps off the Project M car. A vehicle that's claimed will use a third less energy in its lifetime than a typical city car and around half the energy to build and run than a typical small family car.
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