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    Tesla Model S and Model X 100 kWh Battery Pack Believed Pending

    A report coming from the Netherlands suggests that Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X SUV will soon have a 100-killowatt-hour battery pack. The evidence was discovered by Dutch blog Kenteken.TV on the database of RDW, the Netherlands regulator and European authority used by Tesla to approve its vehicles for European Union roads. Three new […]

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    UCS Study Identifies ‘Leaders and Laggards’ in PEV Sales Beyond California

    Plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) need product diversity and broad distribution to dealer lots to see sales gains outside of California, according to a new study. While diversity in PEVs offered by automakers has improved, their low volumes at dealerships outside of California is hurting sales growth, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). In […]

    UL Preparing to Launch Standards on Second-Life for PEV Batteries

    With a wave of used lithium-ion batteries coming to market, UL is preparing to issue second-life standards for safety, performance, and durability. Plug-in electrified vehicle batteries are being used for emergency back-up power and as the foundation for startups of new subsidiaries like Tesla Energy. A Forbes writer spoke with Ken Boyce, UL’s principal engineering […]

    New Tech Could Boost EV Range

    Researchers may have figured out a way to keep batteries from draining when not in use, while also setting them for faster recharge times. The patent-pending tech uses a thin plastic membrane to prevent battery discharge by controlling how charge flows within a battery. Developed by Ohio State engineers, the so-called “smart” membrane was inspired […]

    Boosting Octane Is a Hot Issue for Automakers But Not Until After 2025 for the EPA

    While a few automotive executives would like to see octane boosted in gasoline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) likely won’t be looking at it for years. Dan Nicholson, General Motors’ vice president of global propulsion systems, said that GM could boost fuel economy in most engines by about 5 percent if U.S. fuel had […]

    Ford Considering Development of Self-Driving Delivery Trucks

    Ford Motor Co. could be plotting to remove the driver from delivery trucks, part of its push to leverage the company’s autonomous vehicle research. This plays into a plan announced last week to produce a fully self-driving car — no steering wheel or gas and brake pedals — for ride-hailing companies by 2021. In a […]

    Nissan Hints a Performance Electric Leaf Being Considered

    A 60 kilowatt-hour battery is expected when a new Nissan Leaf electric car arrives next year, and now a hint has been dropped that a performance version could also be coming. While speaking with Britain’s Car Magazine about an upcoming performance electric vehicle, Gareth Dunsmore, director of EV Nissan Europe hinted at more performance by saying, […]