Lotus Testing Range Extender Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Lotus has started dynamic and durability testing of a Range Extender Hybrid Electric Vehicle (REEV) version of the Evora sports car.? The new Lotus Evora 414E is a hybrid technology demonstrator being developed for a consortium, which includes three vehicle manufacturers and several automotive component manufacturers. The Evora 414E is powered by two electric motor…

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Tiny Ford Engine Wins Big Prize

As engine displacements get smaller to save fuel, Ford?s latest little entry wins a big prize as it today was named 2012 ?International Engine of the Year? by a panel of 76 journalists international journalists from 35 countries. Available in two outputs, the new Focus 98-horsepower 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 58.9…

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Dodge Dart Cuts the Charging Cables

Chrysler is eliminating the cumbersome and unsightly power cords that clutter interiors by offer a new in-vehicle charging system for the new Dodge Dart. ?At Mopar, we look for every single opportunity to make our customers? lives easier,? said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC?s service, parts and customer-care brand. ?Our…

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Ford?s Dedicated Hybrid Line

Ford?s first dedicated line of hybrids will be rolling in to dealerships this fall promising to deliver best in class fuel economy and innovative new technologies. ?The efficient new C-MAX Hybrid Utility Vehicles will be available in two versions, the Hybrid and the Energi plug-in hybrid. The C-MAX is just slightly shorter than the Prius…

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Battery Breakthrough at Washington State

With the scientific world sprinting to build a better battery, researchers at Washing State University in Pullman, announced a breakthrough technology that could triple the capacity of lithium-ion batteries. If the technology can be applied successfully, it could mean possibly tripling electric vehicle range and usage times of battery-powered devices like cell phones and laptop…

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Fiat and Mazda Developing Roadster Together

Fiat and Mazda announced plans to jointly develop and build a new roadster.? The car is expected to be built at Mazda?s Hiroshima plant and sold globally starting in 2015, according to a report by Automotive News.? The Fiat version will be sold as the Alfa Spider in the United States as the brand reenters…

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Mazda Supplying Clean Diesel Engines to Grand-Am Racers

Beginning with the 2013 season, Mazda will be providing racing versions of its new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engines to teams competing in Grand-Am?s new GX Class for advanced/clean technologies. “This opens a new chapter in racing for us,” said Jay Amestoy, Vice President of Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “We’ve won with rotary…

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Does a Hybrid Make Numerical Sense?

An interesting math challenge is to try to figure out if buying a hybrid vehicle will actually save you money. It requires finding the vehicle prices, making assumptions about fuel prices, looking up fuel economy estimates, estimating how far you drive annually and to be accurate, you should figure out what percentage of your driving…

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Toyota Electric RAV4 with Tesla Battery Pack

Toyota will begin selling the RAV4 EV in the southern California market late this summer.? The electric RAV4 is the first Toyota vehicle that will be powered by the Tesla battery pack, which was developed through a joint venture between the innovative electric car builder, Tesla, and Toyota. The pair worked together to develop the…

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Early Adopters Do Real World Fuel Cell Testing for MB

About 35 southern California residents are driving Mercedes-Benz hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles as the company does real world tests of the promising technology. The B-Class F-CELL, which converts compress hydrogen into electricity, is the first zero-emissions vehicle available from Mercedes in the U.S.? Actress Diane Kruger, who stars in “Farewell, My Queen,” is one…

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