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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 […]

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    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 […]

    Environment

    Will President Obama Finally Stop The Keystone XL Pipeline?

    President Barack Obama vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline earlier this week, but that doesn’t mean the debate over the 1,179-mile oil pipeline has ended. The next move for the president is to finally decide whether or not KXL is in the country’s national interest, and then make his final decision. His veto, he explained, stalls […]

    Hybrid Car News

    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 vehicle new 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 […]

    Magna Steyr Shows Off Plug-In Hybrid Sports Car Concept

    Magna is set to unveil a plug-in hybrid sports car concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. To be called MILA Plus, the sporty concept is said to have an all-electric range of 47 miles (75 km) and a vehicle weight of 3,351 pounds (1,520 kg), achieving CO2 emissions of 32 grams per kilometer. Motivation-wise, […]

    BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Is 2015 UK Car Of The Year

    The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car picked up another award: 2015 UK Car of the Year. BMW’s plug-in hybrid also won the title of Performance Car of the Year. The jury of these UK Car of the Year Awards explained vehicles are judged by 27 of Britain’s automotive journalists. Each judge uses their expertise […]

    Second-Gen Audi R8 e-tron EV Gets 280 Miles Range

    As part of the second-generation family lineup to debut early March in Geneva, Audi’s R8 e-tron boasts nearly 280 miles range in Europe, 678 pounds-feet of torque, and 0-62 in 3.9 seconds. A Tesla Model P85D by contrast promises an EPA-rated 253 miles range, 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 3.4 seconds, and 864 pounds-feet torque, […]