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    Audi Plans Three Electric Vehicles by Decade’s End

    As parent company Volkswagen Group shifts from diesel to electric vehicles, Audi plans to have at least three EVs by 2020 as part of a new major plan. The shift in focus was presented to managers last week, and CEO Rupert Stadler told a German newspaper that it expects electric vehicles to account for 25 […]

    Power, Plugs and People

    World’s Most Efficient EV Yields Equivalent of 26,135 MPG

    A team of graduate students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records for the “Most Efficient Electric Vehicle.” On an Audi test track in Bavaria, the tiny project car toppled the previous Guinness record by chalking up 765.53 miles/kilowatt hours. That’s the equivalent of about 26,135 U.S. […]

    Carmakers, Market & Fleets

    Sooner Than Some Think, Lyft Will Launch GM’s First Autonomous Electric Car

    General Motors will offer its first autonomous EV through its affiliated ride-sharing partner, Lyft, and things are coming together on an accelerated pace. In January this year, GM announced it invested $500 million in Lyft and it has made Pam Fletcher, its former executive chief engineer for electric vehicles, its new executive chief engineer of […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Lawsuit Claims Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Isn’t Meeting 13 Mile Range

    A lawsuit by a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid owner says that a “13-mile” battery power range is deceptive. Earlier this month, owner Richard Rosenbaum filed the suit in Michigan federal court claiming that the Prius Plug-In he purchased in 2012 has not been able to meet the 13-mile electric range that Toyota was advertising. Rosenblaum […]

    Federal Government Aims to Develop a 500 Wh/kg Battery, 350 kW Charging System

    New initiatives of the Obama Administration to advance electric vehicle adoption include the development of a battery pack with a specific energy of 500 watt-hours per kilogram and a 350 kilowatt DC fast charging system. If accomplished, the battery’s specific energy would be more than two-and-a half times the 170-200 watt-hours per kilogram in today’s […]

    EV Charging Corridors Coming to U.S. National Highways

    The federal government is continuing its encouragement for consumers to buy battery-electric vehicles with a plan for a network of EV charging corridors along the national highway system. As part of the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) signed into law last December, the Department of Energy has unlocked $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to […]

    GM Reveals More on its Electrified Vehicle Batteries During Brownstone Plant Tour

    While Tesla’s Gigafactory has been grabbing attention this week, reporters also learned more about electrified vehicle batteries while touring General Motors’ Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant. General Motors had invited journalists to visit the battery assembly plant located in Brownstone Charter Township, Mich., just south of Detroit. Six different battery packs that GM makes at the […]

    Elio Sees Driver Licensing Process Streamlined in 41 States for its ‘Autocycle’

    Elio Motors says that 41 states have allowed for an easier licensing process for its three-wheel fuel efficient “autocycle.” Buyers of the Elio vehicle are benefiting from the new laws including the “autocycle” category, which means that Elio vehicle owners in 41 states don’t need a motorcycle license to drive the three-wheeler. With New Jersey […]