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There’s been much speculation about how well Ford will do with its upcoming Mustang models. Between criticism over adopting an independent rear suspension, speculation over dramatic weight increases (which have largely been proven false) to whether customers will buy-in to the existence of a four-cylinder model for the first time in over 20 years. As […]

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Apparently, the news piece yesterday about Hyundai testing a family of standalone, dedicated Toyota Prius-fighting hybrid models could be reused today, albeit replacing Hyundai with Ford. A story in Automotive News cites two sources who say Ford’s hybrid will be the company’s first effort not adapted from a traditional vehicle, unlike the current hybridized versions […]

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Hyundai is reportedly working on a compact hybrid car, and several development mules of the potential Toyota Prius rival were caught testing in public. AutoGuide has a gallery full of photos, and reports that while the mules used current five-door Elantra GT bodyshells, not to expect a hybridized Elantra, but rather a standalone model. The rough […]

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The BMW i8 has been one of the most anticipated performance cars in years, both for its faithful concept-to-production design and its radical hybrid-electric powertrain that strikes an excellent balance between conservation and outright performance. Power comes from a radical turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a pair of electric motors to deliver a combined 357 horsepower […]

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The EcoCAR competition is starting its third iteration later this year, and will challenge 16 North American universities to showcase their vision of the future of transportation. The event, the latest in the US Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series, is once again partnering with General Motors to supply the vehicles and other […]

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What is it with Ford and its factory roofs? First in 2010, a 500-kw solar panel system was installed on the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. where — coincidentally of course — the company’s range of electrified compact vehicles are assembled. Next, a living roof was installed on the World HQ building in 2012 […]

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The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf are in the critics’ spotlights yet again, and this time it’s how little value is left after only a few years of ownership. First, Wired looked specifically at the Leaf, which can be leased for a ridiculously small amount: $2,400 down and $199 a month for 36 months. The […]

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Consumer Reports has released an update on its long-term Tesla Model S tester, and while the organization still enjoys its revolutionary nature, driving performance and good safety scores, its example has suffered a decent string of issues. Having covered nearly 16,000 miles in CR’s care, the Model S – which CR purchased to eliminate ostensible […]

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It isn’t often that Toyota shows a self-aware sense of humor in its press releases. The latest example, listing three reasons why hybrids should be in everyone’s driveway, starts like this: “You don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology.” The pious Prius driver […]

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Although the news broke earlier this week, we now have official confirmation from both Panasonic and Tesla that the two corporations are joining efforts to build a new large-scale battery production center. While quite detailed, the distilled version has Tesla looking after everything involved with the physical building and maintenance, while Panasonic supplies bits inside […]

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