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    Would The 2016 Volt’s Transaxle Be Ideal For An Extended-Range Truck?

    In revising the second-generation Chevrolet Volt, General Motors re-designed its electrical/mechanical transaxle, and one might now pose the question whether this same design would be ideal to use in a super fuel-saving truck such as VIA Motors now makes. VIA builds pure series plug-in hybrid trucks based on the Chevrolet Silverado and other light-duty GM […]

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    Step One Toward Musk’s Hyperloop Planned For 2016

    Some people said Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dream a couple years ago was just to drum up publicity but now a first stage in its becoming a reality is underway. Plans by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies are for a 5-mile test track near the central California town of Quay Valley to begin construction by 2016 […]

    Carmakers, Market & Fleets

    Should We Expect An Apple Car or Not?

    So what do you think? When the autonomous all-electric 2021 Apple car is launched at Tesla-style Apple boutique stores, will it come in silver, gold, and space gray? Will 400 miles range be enough for you? Or are your eyes already starting to roll because you’re one of those who are coming to doubt the […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Do Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries Still Have A Long Future Ahead of Them?

    When hybrid batteries make headlines – whether it’s a new 200-mile range battery or a company expanding its battery manufacturing – the news typically focuses on lithium-ion if not some advanced tech touted with varying degrees of potential. But lithium-ion (li-ion) might not be the best battery technology to invest in for electrified vehicles says […]

    Detroit Electric Designs Flagship Store

    EV manufacturer Detroit Electric has revealed the design of its first store, set to also be the flagship store for the brand. This first store has been constructed beside the company’s dedicated production facility in Leamington Spa, UK. The new EV company stated the store sports a thoroughly modern, industrial look which is said to […]

    ‘Unscrupulous’ Dodge Hellcat Dealers Help Prove Tesla’s Case

    The Dodge Charger Hellcat has been compared to Tesla’s P85D as an alternate “world’s fastest” sedan, and while that is one point of contention, there’s also a stark contrast in sales practices over the electric versus gas-powered muscle cars. While Tesla has fought for its factory direct sales model as a more ethical way, a […]

    California Bill Proposes More-Than Halving Sales Tax on Green Cars

    In a renewed effort to slash California green car sales tax and spur more purchases, Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is sponsoring a bill to reduce present taxation of 7.5 percent to 3.06 percent from 2016-2020. Types of new vehicle purchases that could take advantage of the legislation – if it passes several committees prior […]

    Bosch: Battery Prices Will Drop, Electrified Powertrains Will Spread

    By 2025, Bosch says electrified powertrains will be in 15-percent of all new cars and eventually become stock equipment for SUVs. That prediction comes from Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Denner spoke at the Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany earlier this month. “Electrification will take combustion engines […]

    Are PHEV Concepts Leading To VW’s Market Dominance?

    As Volkswagen moves forward with boldly stated plans to become the global electrified vehicle market leader, it’s off to a slowish start with another plug-in hybrid concept to add to a stable of a slow-selling EV, and slow-selling hybrid – but it says more is coming. In September 2013, Volkswagen announced that its goal was […]