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If hybrid vehicles continue improving at their current pace, a new study said manufacturing costs will “be cut in half before 2025,” positioning hybrids to compete directly with non-hybrids for sales. John German’s technical paper, published by The International Council on Clean Transportation, named advances through the learning process, increases in vehicle production and development […]

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A research group has developed a way to test high-speed flywheels which are being touted as potentially cost-effective means to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. By storing mechanical energy and reusing it, such as in regenerative braking systems, the UK effort is working toward what is hoped could be an elegant alternative to present systems. […]

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Samsung has accumulated an immense collection of automotive patents over the past 25 years, leading some to wonder what the company’s plans are for the automotive industry. To assess where the industry may be heading, a Forbes research team searched automotive-related patents filed by Samsung, Google, Apple, Tesla and Uber between 1990 and 2014. Their […]

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Hydrogen refueling stations will continue to increase, according to one advocate, who added that the establishment of more commercial fleets and increased support from automakers will help fuel cell vehicles gain a firmer footing. As the managing director for the Motive division at Intelligent Energy, a company that develops eco-friendly automotive systems, James Batchelor spends […]

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Canadian officials are looking into possible failures with Nissan Leaf brakes in severely cold weather. Transport Canada, similar to the U.S-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is a government department tasked with overseeing on-road safety policies and regulations. In February, Transport Canada announced that they are opening an investigation of Nissan Leaf “brake system […]

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GKN has been named as a finalist in the Automotive News 2015 PACE Awards for two new fuel savings technologies. A panel of independent industry judges have shortlisted the company’s two-speed eAxle for hybrid and electric vehicles as well as a soon to launch all-wheel drive disconnect system for small cars. GKN explained that by […]

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Want your Tesla Model S to stand out even more? Tesla tuner Unplugged Performance has released a Tesla Model S specific set of wheels. Announced today,the UP-01 wheel upgrade package has been co-developed and produced by world renowned wheel manufacturer BBS. “The long term vision for Unplugged Performance is to fill the role as the […]

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A consortium led by Prodrive has successfully run a silicon carbide-based multiport DC-DC converter in an electric car. Prodrive said the converter controls power flow between multiple energy sources and has been able to achieve a class leading efficiency of 98.7 percent, while increasing power density and reducing the size and weight of the converter […]

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Jaguar Land Rover is launching a new family of engines, one that will be made in diesel and gasoline versions, as well as eventually linked to a hybrid system. Known as Ingenium, the new family of diesel and gasoline engines designed, engineered and manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are said by the company to […]

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Eco Science Solutions, Inc. said it is continuing tests of its fuel-saving and emissions-improving EcoFlora Spark Plug and is preparing for its next stage of testing. The goals of its testing to date in the United States and Canada were to ensure that the EcoFlora plug would run properly and without issue in various types […]

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