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    Automakers and Energy Companies Team Up To Sell The World On Hydrogen

    Sometimes plug-in vehicle advocates are accused of holding to conspiracy theories that deep-pocketed interests and carmakers resisting EVs want to promote hydrogen, but who needs theories when intentions are expressed in plain sight? To wit, yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 13 CEOs and chairpersons from major corporations representing total revenues of […]

    Technology

    Achates Opposed-Piston Engine Promises 37 mpg For Full-Size Pickups

    San Diego-based Achates Power has introduced a 2.7-liter opposed-piston engine that will be able to deliver 37 miles per gallon in a full-sized pickup truck. Revealed during industry days at this week’s Detroit auto show, the OP-3 turbocharged, two-stroke diesel engine kicks out 270 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque. At the same time, it […]

    Toyota

    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid To Have Prius-Like Fuel Economy

    Toyota rolled out a 2018 Camry today in Detroit that has a more appealing design, a vastly improved interior, a more exciting drive character and a hybrid model the automaker said will have Prius-like fuel economy. A new hybrid system features a new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine conneted to a continousouly-variable transmission (CVT) that […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Fully-Electric GTI To Lead Volkswagen’s I.D. Brand

    Volkswagen’s GTI badge will lead the way forward for electric cars that are “fun to drive.” Last year, Volkswagen boldly stated that it plans to sell one million battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids internationally by 2025. While the VW I.D. Buzz – an all-electric van with a range of 270 miles unveiled in Detroit – […]

    California Utilities Propose Thousands of PEV Chargers for State Approval

    California’s three large investor-owned utilities have each submitted applications to install thousands of chargers at homes, workplaces, and port locations. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric submitted applications to the California Public Utilities Commission seeking about $1 billion in funding. The utilities spelled out programs and investments […]

    VW Bringing 5G to I.D. Electric Vehicles Supporting Autonomous Features

    Volkswagen plans to combine its new I.D. electric vehicle lineup with 5G connectivity and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications to prepare for autonomous driving by 2025. VW began embedding connectivity features into new vehicles four years ago, now reaching about 2.1 million VW vehicles. Originally designed to improve safety and comfort features, the new 5G system and […]

    Elio Motors Facing Increasing Deficit With $123 Million Loss Reported To SEC

    Elio Motors is facing a bleak financial picture and another delay, according to a news report. Local news channel KTBS in Shreveport, La., reported that the three-wheel carmaker had $101,317 in cash and about $123.2 million in accumulated deficit as of Sept. 30, 2016. That came from a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, which […]

    Elon Musk: Tesla Major Updates Every 12 To 18 Months

    In response to a customer on Saturday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tesla owners can expect major hardware updates to occur “every 12 to 18 months.” Musk made the comment when responding to a customer’s Twitter question about paid upgrades for exisiting owners who want the latest equipment, possibly referring to the second generation Autopilot […]

    Ford Launching Plug-in Hybrid Trial In Crowded London With Transit Custom Vans

    Ford is rolling out a one-year trial of 20 new plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans to support London’s clean air targets. The project is supported by Transport for London, which operates the local transport system. Ford said the trial fleet will operate in everyday use across a cross-section of city-based businesses. It’s scheduled to launch […]