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Even at the best of times, introducing new technology can be painful. Teething problems, false starts and high initial costs are all part of the deal. The same holds true for the gradual electrification of vehicles, which despite billions of dollars in investment still only makes up a fraction of the cars, trucks and SUVs […]

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Honda has launched its first factory designed and warranted supercharger kit for the manual-transmission version of the CR-Z hybrid. Supercharged 2011-2014 models will see the two-seater’s stock peak output significantly increased for a serious boost in speed potential for the roughly 2,650-pound car. In the case of 2013/14 models, power will rise above the base […]

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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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Actually, there are more than only 10 reasons to be encouraged that the electrification of transportation has a bright future. This round up however is in case anyone has any doubt after we gave a sober look at what yet gives critics breathing space to poke at the effort to rely on batteries instead of […]

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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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In 1908, the Model T sparked an explosion for Ford’s sales with a boom heard around the world. After the U.S. was introduced to hybrids before 2000, noises were heard, but advocates still look forward to a “game changer.” One big reason for hybrid and plug-in vehicles has been to reduce emissions and petroleum consumption, […]

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