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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

    Ford Reportedly To Reveal Its Own Chevy Bolt EV Competitor This Year

    When we wrote a couple weeks ago saying electric car makers will need to step up to the new 200-mile/mid-$30,000 benchmark due by 2017, little did we know how soon Ford would reportedly show it too agrees. According to Automobile magazine, Ford will be the fourth EV maker to offer a 200-plug-mile range EV ostensibly […]

    It Was Steady As She Goes For February Leaf and Volt Sales

    Nissan recorded 1,198 Leaf sales last month, Chevrolet recorded 693 Volt sales and this in a shorter sales month would be a case of steady as she goes. The month prior, Nissan broke an 18-month streak of setting records and came plummeting down 65 percent from December to 1,017 sales and 14.5 percent down year […]

    VW Presents PHEV Sport Coupé Concept GTE

    Volkswagen will reveal the plug-in hybrid Sport Coupé Concept GTE at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. The concept combines a new design language for the brand with different directions Volkswagen intends to take its plug-in hybrid powertrains, identified with the GTE designation. “This breathtakingly dynamic coupé is unlike any other to appear in this […]

    Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine Special Edition Now Available

    Volvo is launching a second diesel-hybrid version of one of its station wagon, the V60 D5 Twin Engine. Volvo Cars has unveiled the D5 Twin Engine Special Edition of its V60 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. The original is known as the V60 D6 Twin Engine. The Swedish company explained this new car has been designed […]

    Toyota Begins Mirai Production With Two-Year Order Backlog

    Production on the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai has begun, but some buyers may have to wait two years before receiving their orders. Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., intentionally picked Feb. 24 as the day to begin production. It was on this day five years ago that the company went before a U.S. congressional panel […]

    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 […]