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    Source Says Toyota FCV Concept To Be Called ‘Mirai’

    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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    Decades Old Cars Still Rank Among Most Fuel Efficient

    Among America’s 10 most fuel-efficient cars, you might expect only late-model examples, but two on the EPA’s official list – and up to five unofficially – are dated from the mid-1980s and early ’90s and ranked alongside the Toyota Prius PHEV, Chevy Volt, and BMW i3 REx. One of the EPA-acknowledged cars is actually a […]

    Plug-In Hybrids

    LG Chem Will Have 200-Mile Range Battery By 2016

    General Motor representatives have said on different occasions GM could have a 200-mile range battery electric car as soon as 2016, but have been short on details beyond that. Yesterday it was reported LG Chem says it will be able to supply a 200-mile-range EV battery by 2016, said at least one automaker will get […]

    Hybrid Car News

    New Electric Drivetrain Testing Equipment For EV Makers

    Massachusetts-based HBM has introduced a new solution for eDrive testing, an integrated system for measuring the performance and efficiency of electric motors and inverters. HBM, Inc. describes itself as a leading manufacturer of data acquisition systems, analysis and calibration software, strain gauges, and transducers and sensors, HBM explained making the measurements necessary to increase the […]

    Eight Manufacturers Join Plug-In EV Open Grid Project

    Eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are demonstrating a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The manufacturers involved said the open platform will simplify and streamline vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in […]

    Elon Musk To Voice-over His Own Character On The Simpsons

    Tesla chief Elon Musk will do the voice-over for his own character in a 26th-season episode of the Simpsons, titled “The Musk Who Fell To Earth.” The news of Musk’s second appearance on the Simpsons – and the first time he speaks – was slipped by executive producer Al Jean at a Comic-Con panel, and […]

    Panasonic To Provide Machinery For Tesla’s Battery Plant

    Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has reached an agreement with Tesla Motors to provide machinery for the car maker’s planned battery plant. According to the Nikkei, the initial investment is said to be between 20- to 30 billion yen, or roughly between $200- to $300 million, although the exact details will be made official before the […]

    BMW i DC Fast Chargers Launched

    BMW of North America launched its BMW i DC Fast Chargers which can charge the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The automaker unveiled this new charger at Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles. The charger is a joint […]

    Jaguar Still Banking On Aluminum For New Model

    Jaguar explained its new model, the XE, will rely on aluminum to reduce weight. The upcoming Jaguar XE has been designed around a new modular vehicle architecture and uses an aluminum-intensive unibody, said Jaguar; lightweight aluminum accounts for 75 percent of the structure. Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar design, said the company, […]