Despite some discussion as to whether Toyota would be well served to identify its fuel cell vehicle with its “Prius family,” it appears the FCV Concept’s name will be Mirai. Toyota has not made an announcement that this is the case, but according to Bloomberg citing an unnamed source, the vehicle will be so-called nearer […]

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Born and based in California, Tesla did not name the state in February as a contender for its “gigafactory,” but California politicians are scrambling to make it happen, and Tesla is thinking about it. Speculators wondered whether California was really fully ruled out, but Tesla has said better places to put its 10-million-square foot battery […]

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Cadillac has struggled to sell the 2014 ELR this year, is now quietly offering around $12,500 in rebates, and discounting, and its 16.5-kwh battery will be replaced with a 17.1-kwh pack like the Chevy Volt just got. It’s believed this should net an incremental range increase, and might even help MPGe as a similar increase […]

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Updates to the 2015 Chevy Volt include minor things like interior and exterior color choices, WiFi connectivity, and … an unannounced upgrade to the propulsion battery to 17.1 kilowatt-hours – up from 16.5. The extended-range electric Volt was launched December 2010 as a 2011 model with a 16.0-kwh pack rated at 35 miles electric range, […]

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Toyota has pushed back its 2016 Prius production to December 2015 but it may be worth the wait with potentially all-wheel drive and li-ion battery options available. When the fourth-generation Prius is launched, it will offer a nickel metal-hydride pack as before, and a lithium-ion pack on upline trim levels, said a senior manager in […]

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Hyundai Motors’ ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle, known in America as the Tucson Fuel Cell, has driven a record distance for a hydrogen-powered production car on a single tank. A drive of the vehicle allowed it to cover 700 kilometers (434.96 miles) across three countries. Hyundai stated the economy drive was conducted by independent Norwegian non-profit […]

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Happy Independence Day America! Now, how would you like freedom from petroleum dependence, less concern about geopolitical instability, while enjoying positive environmental and economic effects that could follow? For four decades since a wake-up call known as the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, we’ve been chasing an elusive goal called “energy independence.” Some who point […]

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Last month Ford may have cut back the EPA rating of some of its cars including the plug-in Fusion Energi, but that did not hurt its sales one iota as the car trounced its previous best monthly sales with 1,939 units sold. By contrast, the Chevrolet Volt sold 1,777 units in June, and the Prius […]

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Mazda has long been fond of the rotary engine and talk of using it as a range extnder has been seen before of the past couple of years. Now the company is believed likely to produce a plug-in hybrid based around a 330 cc (0.33-liter) single rotor Wankel rotary rear mounted in its new Mazda2. […]

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Tesla is still awaiting what is hoped to be a favorable ruling by the New Jersey State Senate to resume unfettered sales, but meanwhile it’s been OK’d for New Jersey’s first all-in-one sales, service, and Supercharging location in Paramus, N.J. On Thursday, the Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment gave the green light to the electric […]

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