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Enrolling two all-electric iMiEVs for this year’s Pikes Peak, Mitsubishi Motors North America is aiming to make history by fielding its first full EV assault with a purpose-built Evolution racer and a production spec version at this legendary event. The Evolution racer features a unique tubular space frame chassis, and specifically designed carbon fiber bodywork, […]

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This week General Motors’ investment arm, GM Ventures, announced a stake in the NanoSteel Company, Inc., an innovator in nano-structured steel material designs that could lead to lighter weight vehicles with improved fuel economy and un-compromised safety. As the General along with other automakers seeks to meet tough CAFE regulations imposed by the Obama Administration […]

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A few months ago, in China, BYD (Build Your Dreams) hit the headlines when one of its e6 electric vehicles caught fire and burned to the ground after being hit by a Nissan GT-R, killing the vehicle’s three occupants. At the time, the e6’s battery pack was seen as a root cause of the fire […]

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During a visit to the UK, Toyota Honorary Chairman Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, personally handed over the keys of a Prius plug-in PHEV, to the car’s first fleet customer, Electricity North West, a utility company which provides power to customers in a region stretching from Greater Manchester in the south, to the Scottish border in the […]

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For the rescheduled Pikes Peak Hillclimb next weekend, not-for-profit concern, the Fuel Freedom Foundation, is putting its support behind two methanol-powered cars, driven by six-time Pikes Peak winner Paul Dallenbach and his nephew, Wyatt. According to Eyal Aronoff, co-founder of Fuel Freedom, sponsoring cars competing in the Pikes Peak event is important “because it demonstrates […]

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Fuel cell London Taxis in use for the Olympic games are being shipped to Swindon, Wiltshire in the western UK, for refueling, amid security concerns in London. The cabs are loaded onto diesel car transporters and driven to Honda UK’s facilities for refueling, before being driven back and off-loaded, a round trip of 130 miles. […]

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According to information compiled by consultancy firm Baum & Associates, sales of clean diesel vehicles in the U.S. jumped by 27.5 percent during the first half of 2012. Diesel sales have seen incremental increases in the last two years, witnessing double-digit gains in 20 out of the last 23 months. Although diesel volume in the […]

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In Southern California, Shell has announced the opening of its fourth demonstration hydrogen fueling station in Newport Beach. Those operating hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the area will be trained to use the pump dispensers via personal access codes. The station will be open 24 hours day and Shell says it expects around 10-12 drivers […]

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As policymakers and the industry rush as fast as they can into the electrified vehicle future, eyes will be on a number of potential paradigm shifts. Among these were factors revealed by a recent report by global consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan which predicts a massive increase in EV charging units in the U.S. from […]

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Chrysler Group has said that alongside the more widespread adoption of 8-speed transmissions, it’s also planning to introduce 9-speed units next year. Since its restructuring Chrysler hasn’t invested a great deal in alternative powertrains or downsized engines, instead relying on more gears to boost fuel economy. Such an approach requires less of an investment than […]

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