2016 Mazda 3 5-Door is All That and a Bag of Chips
The 2016 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door has two engine options and all of the usefulness of a small station wagon without the square-backed look of a hatchback or the fuddy-duddy appearance of a wagon. This sporty little sedan is a great looker and a strong contender in the compact market. A Wards Best Interior and top-notch safety ratings also highlight this excellent car.
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yesterday
Green Car Congress: Proterra offers single-blade overhead fast-charging technology to transit industry on royalty-free basis
In a move intended to accelerate wider adoption of EV technology and development of the supporting infrastructure, electric bus manufacturer Proterra will open its overhead on-route fast-charging technology to the transit industry on a royalty-free basis.
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yesterday
2016 Chevrolet Cruze: Good things come in compact packages
As a follow-on to our quick in-and-out day-long experience with the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze in Nashville, Tennessee in April, we recently spent a week with the vehicle in its Premier trim level. We loved the car when we drove it in Nashville and found the extra time didn't tarnish our original impressions of it.
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yesterday
Nissan Developing EVs Powered by Ethanol-fueled cells
In brief: Nissan has announced that it's researching and developing a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell system powered by bio-ehtanol. Called the e-Bio Fuel Cell system, this stack and on-board reformer would function very much like a hydrogen fuel cell system, but utilize ehtanol (and potentially other sources) as the hydrogen source to eliminate dangerous hydrogen fueling.
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2 days ago
Iveco Launches Stralis XP Long-haul Fuel-saving Truck
In brief: European company Iveco has launched a new long-haul, heavy-duty truck called the Stralis XP that builds on its award-winning 2012 Hi-Way design for improved fuel efficiency.
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2 days ago
2016 MINI Cooper Clubman : Review
The 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman is a new version of this practical Mini. The new design steps away from the Cooper roots for the Clubman, becoming more than just a stretched out Mini. It’s now a much larger four-door, utilizing the underpinnings of the BMW X1 compact crossover. Everyone except the strictest of Mini purists will like what has been done to this new Clubman.
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3 days ago
Green Car Congress: Sweden inaugurates its first electric road
Sweden inaugurated a test stretch of electric road on the E16 in Sandviken, thus becoming one of the first countries to conduct tests with electric power for heavy transports on public roads.
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7 days ago
Review: 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel offers rugged style
Through its history, Land Rover has retained a well-deserved reputation for offroad ruggedness and capability. In more modern times, however, these vehicles – especially the Range Rover models – have stepped away from their military builds and entered the sophisticated realm of modern luxury without losing the root expertise and capability Land Rover is known for. With the 2016 Range Rover Sport, a new diesel powerplant makes for a get-anywhere machine worthy of royalty.
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7 days ago
Review: 2016 Nissan Altima SR - Guys Gab
The midsize sedan market is a hotbed of excellence, with the latest-generation of offerings having only been introduced in the last two or three years. So the 2016 Nissan Altima, being three years old, may be seen as “old” by that measure. Nissan gave the car a new refresh, however, and it’s a good one, keeping the car on par with the segment.
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8 days ago
Installing RimBlades on a 1965 Dodge Dart Convertible - CarNewsCafe.com
Sometimes, serendipity has a way of bringing things together without a lot of fuss. A friend representing RimBlades Ltd, an English company that makes wheel edge guards for cars, contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing their product. The trouble is, I don’t own a vehicle that’s worth putting these on and taking photos of. But another friend of mine does and he’d just ordered new wheels for his ride. The timing was perfect.
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8 days ago
Green Car Congress: Acura running 4-motor NSX-inspired EV concept up Pikes Peak; 4-wheel independent torque vectoring
Acura will run an all-electric, NSX-inspired EV Concept in the Electric Modified Class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Acura EV Concept features a further evolution of the experimental, all-electric, 4-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain that won last year’s Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class. Acura will field two production NSX supercars in the event as well.
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9 days ago
Green Car Congress: Iveco launches the New Stralis XP long-haul truck; fuel savings up to 11%
Iveco has introduced the New Stralis XP long-haul truck, featuring fuel savings of up to 11% and a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) of up to 5.6% in long-distance transport operations.
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9 days ago
BMW looks forward to Mini's next 100 years
In an elaborate celebration for its 100th Anniversary, the BMW Group has presented three vehicles as a technology showcase, designed to look forward at the next century of motoring. The showcase features the BMW Vision 100, Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100, and now, the Mini Vision Next 100.
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9 days ago
Green Car Congress: BYD announces its first 16 electric buses sold in France; RATP trial; expanding capacity in China
At the Transport Publics event this last week in Paris, BYD announced orders for 16 of its all new battery-electric buses and coaches to French operators. BYD also announced a six-month trial with Paris operator RATP and unveiled its 12 meter single deck bus—displayed for the first time in France. BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of battery-electric buses, having produced 10,000 units so far.
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11 days ago
Green Car Congress: Mercedes-Benz’ GLC F-CELL fuel-cell plug-in hybrid SUV coming in 2017
Daimler will introduce a series-production fuel-cell plug-in hybrid—the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL—in 2017. (Earlier post.)

The GLC F-CELL features a ~9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack combined with a new fuel cell stack developed in Vancouver, Canada together with partner Ford in the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) joint venture. The combination of fuel cell and battery system—along with a further developed intelligent operating strategy—will offer a combined range of around 500 km (311 miles) in the NEDC.
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14 days ago
Green Car Congress: Mercedes-Benz expands plug-in hybrid rollout with 2 models this year; new battery tech in S 500 e in 2017
Later this year, Mercedes-Benz will add the seventh and eighth plug-in hybrids to its line up. (Earlier post.) The new GLC Coupé 350 e 4MATIC and the E 350 e will join the S 500 e; C 350 e (Sedan, Wagon and long version for China); the GLE 500 e 4MATIC; and the GLC 350 e 4MATIC. The hybrid (plug-in and conventional) portfolio from Mercedes-Benz currently comprises 13 models.
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14 days ago
Green Car Congress: Daimler developing new dedicated architecture for battery-electric vehicles; debut at Paris Motor Show in September; 500 km
Daimler is developing a dedicated, multi-model electric vehicle architecture for battery-powered vehicles. (Earlier post.) The global debut will take place at the Paris Motor Show this fall, and the first model is to be launched onto the market before the end of the decade.
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14 days ago
Green Car Congress: Honda launches 2017 Accord Hybrid; 2nd generation two-motor hybrid powertrain
Honda has launched the 2017 Accord Hybrid (earlier post) at its dealers in the US. Featuring an advanced second-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain, the 2017 Accord Hybrid midsize sedan delivers peak total system output of 212 hp, best-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings of 49/47/48 mpg US (4.8/5.0/4.9 l/100 km) (city/highway/combined), and a starting MSRP of $29,605.
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14 days ago
Green Car Congress: INEES report shows intelligent integration of EVs reduces power fluctuations, but not currently economically viable
Partners Volkswagen AG, Lichtblick SE, SMA Solar Technology AG and the Fraunhofer Institute Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) have submitted the final report from theINEES research project (Intelligent integration of electric vehicles into the power grid for the provision of system services).
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14 days ago
Game-changing rotary engine muscles a go-kart
Imagine an engine that's 30 percent smaller than a traditional piston design of like output, and that runs smoothly, with less noise and vibration. Plus, it burns several types of fuel. That's the LiquidPiston X rotary engine, which was recently demonstrated powering a go-kart.
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15 days ago
Green Car Congress: €100M H2ME 2 launches: 2nd pan-European deployment of H2 refueling infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles
A second pan-European deployment of hydrogen refueling infrastructure, and passenger and commercial fuel cell electric vehicles has now launched. The six-year H2ME 2 project brings together 37 partners from across Europe.
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15 days ago
2017 Hyundai Elantra - iSeeCars.com
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has been completely redesigned for this model year. This next-generation vehicle is not as thick with "wow factor" as was its predecessor, but has become a more contemporary, even grown-up compact sedan in its evolution. A smart engine powers the new Elantra and a little bit of added size - roughly an inch in length and width - give it more space inside.
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15 days ago
2017 Kia Sportage - iSeeCars.com
The 2017 Kia Sportage has seen a complete redesign for the new model year. This really pays off for the small crossover, moving it from middle of the pack to become a top contender in the market. The basic Sportage expectations are still there, including smart styling and high value. These have been augmented by fast-paced exterior looks, a much-improved interior experience, and two excellent engine options to choose from.
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15 days ago
Mack showcases turbine-powered electric garbage truck
Mack Trucks has shown a refuse truck featuring Wrightspeed's turbine-powered electric "Route" powertrain. Designed to reduce fuel and maintenance costs, the retrofitted Mack LR was shown at the WasteExpo2016 (yes, that's a thing) in Las Vegas this week.
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17 days ago
Green Car Congress: Tesla reintroduces 60 kWh version of Model S
Tesla Motors is reintroducing a 60 kWh version of its Model S, in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. The starting price is $66,000 for the Model S 60 (RWD) and $71,000 for the Model S 60D (AWD).
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19 days ago
Green Car Congress: BMW to supply 100 i3 EVs to LAPD
BMW of North America won its bid to supply the Los Angeles Police Department with 100 battery-electric BMW i3 vehicles for use in the department’s transportation fleet. (Earlier post.) Los Angeles currently has a 50% EV procurement guideline for all new light duty fleet vehicles, which will go to 80% by 2025 as called for in the Los Angeles Sustainable City pLAn.
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21 days ago
Green Car Congress: Marseilles putting first 12m electric bus into service
Marseille’s Réseau des Transports Marseillais (RTM) has put its first 12m electric bus into service. The Irizar i2e, which will serve on line 82 / 82S in the French city, is the first 12m electric city bus in revenue service in France.
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22 days ago
2016 Volkswagen Beetle : Review
There are many things that can be said about the Volkswagen Beetle. Love it or hate it, it’s a car that isn’t leaving American roads anytime soon. What few understand, however, is that there is something lurking under the hood of the latest-generation Beetle in its R-Line packaging. A hint of what that insinuates can be found in Porsche’s ownership of Volkswagen through its majority share in the VW Group.
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23 days ago
Green Car Congress: Torotrak signs development agreement for high-power, off-road flywheel KERS
Torotrak has now signed the development agreement for a high-power flywheel KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) in a large off-road vehicle as initially announced in the Group’s trading update in April.
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27 days ago
Green Car Congress: Kia Motors America providing 6 Soul EVs to UC Irvine for V2G and smart charging development
Kia Motors America (KMA) and Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. announced an expanded partnership with the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to help develop and demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) advanced smart charging software algorithms. Kia will provide six Soul EVs with the shared goal of creating software algorithms for use in coordinating the charging of plug-in electric vehicles to support grid resource operation.
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27 days ago
Review: 2017 Hyundai Elantra evolves in style
The redesigned 2017 Elantra has taken a step forward in the compact sedan class. It's not revolutionary so much as it is evolutionary, but there's a lot to love about this new little car and what Hyundai has done to make it much more sophisticated and competitive.
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28 days ago
KIA PROVIDES ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO THE ADVANCED POWER AND ENERGY PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE | Newspress
Kia Motors America (KMA) and Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. today announced an expanded partnership with the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to help develop and demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) advanced smart charging software algorithms.  Kia will provide six Soul EVs with the shared goal of creating software algorithms for use in coordinating the charging of plug-in electric vehicles to support grid resource operation.
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28 days ago
2016 Ford Focus is still Titanium level great
In a field of solid entries for compact cars, the Focus shines a metallic gleam that should not be ignored. The 2016 Ford Focus is a sporty, versatile, useful little car with a plethora of surprisingly high-level options.
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29 days ago
2016 Infiniti QX80 is big, bold, and opulent
The 2016 QX80 is a big sport utility in both size and appearance. It’s uniquely American take on European-appearing muscle is a part of its persona and the QX80 flaunts it well. Updates this year include a limited-production special Signature Edition.
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29 days ago
Octane Ratings Explained
Most people are aware that octane ratings affect an engine's performance in both power output and fuel economy, but how this works and whether it's relevant to your vehicle in particular is not always as well understood. To understand what octane means to a typical four-stroke gasoline engine, we need to understand how that engine works.
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4 weeks ago
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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4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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8 weeks 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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8 weeks 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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8 weeks 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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8 weeks 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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8 weeks 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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8 weeks ago
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