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    Redesigned 2016 Volt Looks Altogether Better

    The pending 2016 Chevrolet Volt was previewed by a focus group in California this week, allowing impressions to leak out. Stylistically, the Volt now riding on the D2XX platform shared by the redesigned Cruze is wider, longer, probably improving potential road handling, and accommodating more back seat space. The top image is a photoshopped mirror […]

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    Toyota Mirai FCV First Drive Impressions

    The Toyota Mirai drives essentially like a normal car. Toyota has said it wants its first fuel cell vehicle to be an electric car with no perceptible compromises for consumers, so would you expect it do otherwise? During a brief local test drive today, we were able to at least get a feel, and can […]

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    Toyota Announces East Coast ‘Hydrogen Highway’ for ‘Mirai” FCV

    Toyota announced tonight it will work with Air Liquide toward planting 12 fuel cell vehicle refueling stations in five Northeastern states for its new pending fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai. Timing for the launch which was announced tonight by CEO Jim Lentz for this “hydrogen highway” is not being disclosed, and details of the collaboration […]

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    2016 Volt To Get Improved Charging Interface

    In response to Volt owner requests, GM has given the Volt a GPS-enabled sense of where “home” is, and the car can be programmed to know when it arrives at its owner’s home base – i.e., the garage, or where ever that may be. Based on owner-set charging preferences for their “home” charging location, the […]

    Diesel Engine And Offroad Package Showcased On Colorado ZR2 Concept

    Chevrolet unveiled two future aspects of its new midsize Colorado pickup: a ZR2 package, but mostly a diesel engine. In introducing the Colorado ZR2 concept at the Los Angeles motor show, Chevrolet unveiled a vision of how it could take the all-new midsize truck’s off-road capability to the next level while also showcasing the upcoming […]

    Fuel Cell For Golf SportWagen HyMotion

    Toyota and Honda are not the only ones showcasing fuel cells in Los Angeles: Volkswagen also did. Volkswagen unveiled as a world premiere its Golf SportWagen HyMotion at the Los Angeles auto show. Golf SportWagen HyMotion is described by the company as a research vehicle with a fuel cell powertrain. VW said the front-wheel-drive Golf […]

    Family Wins Honda Civic Hybrid

    An Indiana family has won a Honda Civic Hybrid for its use of the State’s “Natural Treasures.” During this past summer, the Nature Conservancy and Honda teamed up for a sweepstakes that challenged locals to explore natural sites. Targeted at residents in Honda manufacturing states of Alabama, Indiana and Ohio, Honda said the “Natural Treasures” […]

    Getting Technical On 48 Volt Hybrid Vehicles

    A special conference is being held this week to discuss the advancements of 48 volt hybrid systems for vehicles. The European Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (EALABC) will inform automotive industry executives this week of the environmental and cost benefits of advanced lead-carbon batteries now being commercialized for a new generation of low cost 48V ‘super […]

    EVs And PHEVs With V2G Capabilities For US Air Force

    The U.S. Air Force unveiled Friday a fleet of plug-in electric vehicles equipped to return electricity to the grid as needed. The fleet of 42 vehicles is located at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in California (LAAFB) and includes both pure electric vehicles as well as PHEV. Of these 42 vehicles, 36 have been […]