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    Improving an EV’s Cabin Heating System

    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have one leg up on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) because they have an internal combustion engine that gives off waste heat. Systems that capture this waste heat come in handy in the winter to heat the passenger cabin. Pure BEVs on the other hand don’t have this source of waste […]

    Carmakers, Market & Fleets

    Tesla Model X Buyer Finds Hidden Doubly Quick 72A On-Board Charger Option

    Imagine a major automotive company hiding an optional feature because it does not want buyers to choose it. That, by its own admission, is exactly what Tesla has done for buyers now invited to privately configure their Model X which comes standard with a 48-amp on-board single charger (OBC) which restricts charge times compared to […]

    Power, Plugs and People

    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 […]

    Hybrid Car News

    World’s First Autonomous Racing Series, ROBORACE, Partners With Formula E

    Formula E in partnership with Kinetic has announced the very first autonomous racing league called ROBORACE, which is set to commence during the 2016/2017 season. These self-driving race cars will take to the track right before the Formula E Championship cars and will compete for one hour. The league will be made up of 10 […]

    Buy a House, Get a Free Tesla Model S

    You know the neighborhood is a good one when they offer a free Model S with the purchase of a new home. Maybe the $3,199,000 selling price would be a hint as well, but an open house thrown today by Sotheby’s in the thriving Monterey County real estate market, replete with live music from members […]

    CARB Orders 3.0L Diesel Recall For VW, Audi, and Porsche

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has ordered the Volkswagen Group to recall its vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter diesel V6 engines. Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen are all impacted by the order, which affects over 15,000 vehicles sold in California since 2009. The regulator’s demand follows Audi’s admission that vehicles equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 diesel […]

    US ‘Quiet car’ Rules For PEVs Delayed

    Rules that will require plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) to emit certain sounds are being delayed. The “quiet car” rules for hybrid and electric cars have been in the works since 2013 and aim to mandate audio alerts at low speeds for hybrids and electric vehicles, or any vehicle that operates at low speeds without an […]