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    What is Level 3 Charging?

    Answer: Level 3 charging is one level higher than level 2 charging. Level 2 Charging is AC while level 3 is DC. Right? Wrong. According to the SAE, level 3 charging doesn’t imply DC. It can be either AC or DC. “Levels” are indicative of the charging power. The higher the level the higher the […]


    Nissan To Launch Fuel Cell Vehicle By 2021

    Nissan is planning to add a fuel cell vehicle to its zero-emission lineup, though the company noted that it won’t be rushing to get the vehicle to market. Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn has been a strong proponent of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) for some time, but the company has kept its options open. […]

    Fuel Efficiency & Emissions

    Revenge of the Two-Mode Hybrid

    In recent months General Motors has rolled-out a compelling hybrid transmission architecture at the heart of the 2016 Volt, 2016 Malibu hybrid and a possibly related transmission for the 2016 RWD Cadillac CT6 plugin hybrid. This new hybrid system helps the Volt launch to 30 mph like a Tesla after stops at traffic signals and […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Kia Niro Hybrid SUV To Launch In 2016

    Next year, Kia plans to begin delivering the Kia Niro, an all-new hybrid SUV. Kia said it designed the Niro from “the ground up as a dedicated hybrid” to satisfy two growing markets: low emission vehicles and compact SUVs. The Niro is also one of the first vehicles to be launched under Kia’s new green […]

    Bosch Being Investigated for its Role in VW Diesel Scandal

    One of the world’s biggest automotive suppliers is under investigation for its possible role in the Volkswagen diesel scandal. The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation to determine whether Robert Bosch GmbH was aware or participated in the software-controlled cheat used in various Volkswagen diesel models. One spokesman for the U.S. Department of […]

    Audi Submitting Repair For 3.0-Liter Diesel V6

    Audi is submitting a fix that will hopefully resolve issues with the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. The German automaker will update its emissions control software on over 85,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles equipped with the affected V6 TDI engine. This update will be submitted for U.S. government emission certification for the revised software. According to a […]

    Seven Seats Are Now A $4,000 Option for Tesla Model X

    Since the pre-production Model X was introduced in 2012 it’s been commonly described as a seven-passenger vehicle, but in base trim it’s now actually a five seater. While not in itself critical because a six- and seven-passenger option are also available, never less than seven were shown in prototypes displayed the last three years, and […]

    BMW i3 To Get 25-Percent Longer Range

    With Nissan increasing its Leaf battery size, Chevrolet announcing its 200-mile range Bolt due late next year, BMW has said it will increase range for its i3. Both the pure battery electric i3 and the range-extended i3 REx are receiving tweaks that UK publication Autocar says will boost range from 100 “real-world” miles to 124 […]

    2016 Prius Designer Owes Inspiration to Lady Gaga

    When 46-year-old chief designer Shunsaku Kodama was honored with overseeing Toyota’s hugely important 2016 Prius redesign, he mixed human elements, techie features, and was inspired by Lady Gaga. “There were very high expectations for the Prius,” said Kodama of his first assignment overseeing a revised nameplate to Automotive News. “As a concept, we were thinking […]