Sort of following a precedent set by Tesla, Ford today said it’s opening its portfolio of patents to hasten the proliferation of electrified vehicle technologies. However, unlike Tesla, they are not free. “The patents would be available for a fee,” said Ford in a statement without divulging how much this fee would be. But, Ford […]

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Toyota announced that its next Prius will be the most efficient yet, delivering up to 40 percent thermal efficiency. This news came during last week’s Annual Spring Congress for Japan’s Society of Automotive Engineers where the automaker revealed more details about its class-leading gasoline Prius hybrid engine. “The efficiency will be realized by improving the […]

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A newly released biography gives a closer look into the upbringing and inner workings of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has sparked the interest – and sometimes the ire – of many. He’s known for sidestepping his publicity team to announce company updates through Twitter posts. And his interviews and shareholder […]

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Before bringing out its all-new second-generation Leaf a year from now, Nissan may be preparing to reveal a 30-kilowatt-hour battery this fall for its otherwise-current-spec 2016 Leaf to refortify its market competitiveness. Launched December 2010 and refreshed for 2013, the present 24-kwh, 84-mile EPA rated Leaf is the cumulative global best seller and U.S.’ best […]

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Yesterday the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced it would supply 200 all-electric vehicles as passenger transporters for the United Nation’s COP21 climate conference in Paris Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. Cars being provided for this summit with broad climate-remedying aims include the Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E, Nissan Leaf and e-NV200. The Paris summit’s goals are to […]

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Audi said that a new, all-electric SUV will be one of the key vehicles to help Audi grow, along with integrating more self-driving features into its vehicles. Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, discussed the carmaker’s strategy for the SUV segment at the company’s annual general meeting in Germany last week. “We intend to continue growing […]

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With experts in both the automotive and the technology industries debating whether Apple is building a production-level vehicle or just creating a mock-up for research, new information suggests that the company is indeed creating a car-sized battery. A portion of this evidence emerged following a recently settled lawsuit between Apple and A123 Systems, a lithium-ion […]

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As part of a countrywide initiative to promote more fuel-efficient transportation, China announced that it will stop charging annual taxes for some low- and zero-emission vehicles. The fee is part of China’s 2012 Vehicle and Vessel Tax (VVT). In addition to taxes for motorcycles, ships and commercial vehicles, the measure set an annual charge for […]

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When released this fall, Hyundai’s 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will raise the bar where it counts the most among in-class competitors with 25-percent more all-electric range. The PHEV will also uniquely come with what is tantamount to having its own built-in quick charger – a function enabling the gas engine to replenish the battery on […]

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The public will get its first look at Tesla Motor’s new electric car as early as next spring, the carmaker revealed, with deliveries to follow in 2017. CEO Elon Musk announced earlier this month that the Tesla Model 3 release date has been set for midyear of 2017. The sedan’s official debut has also been […]

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