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Toyota Motor Corp.’s new strategy will not only change the way the company builds engines; it will give the Prius’ hybrid drivetrain a 15-percent boost in fuel economy. The Japanese carmaker said its next generation of engines will share more parts, get better gas mileage and have more power. Under the Toyota New Global Architecture […]

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A new report says that almost every Nissan Leaf battery in Europe, 99.99-percent to be exact, is still running strong. The data, according to CleanTechnica, says that only three out of 35,000 Nissan Leaf batteries in Europe have failed. This is less than 0.01-percent of all Leafs on European roads. Though CleanTechnica doesn’t reveal the […]

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As part of a 10-year plan to increase sustainability at the federal level, President Barack Obama is calling for more plug-in and zero emission vehicles in government fleets. Under the Executive Order, which was signed last week, Obama said zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) must make up at least 20-percent of federal […]

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By July, Volkswagen AG said it will make a decision on the batteries for its electric vehicles: either stay with the current lithium-ion technology, or move to new solid-state batteries. QuantumScape has been developing this new battery technology, which is said to store energy better than lithium-ion (li-ion). This translates to a longer range for […]

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Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are gaining momentum in the northeastern U.S., as carmakers parade their cars through the region in efforts to raise awareness and support for the technology. On Wednesday, the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai shared the spotlight at a press conference with District Department of the Environment Director Tommy Wells. While introducing the car […]

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Chinese automaker BYD plans to lease 200 E6 EVs to Uber for road testing in Chicago. According to Reuters, 25 of these E6 vehicles are already on the roads for Uber with plans to expand that amount during the year. In conjunction with Green Wheels USA, Uber is attempting to make leasing a vehicle for aspiring rideshare hosts […]

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Over the next two years Mercedes-Benz will launch 10 new plug-in vehicles, releasing one every four months. The plan is part of the company’s hybrid initiative, which includes a hybrid setup that can easily transfer to different vehicle classes. This gives Mercedes the ability to use the technology on its entire fleet, from the base-grade […]

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After teasing the public for three years, Lamborghini revealed that it is finalizing plans for its next vehicle this year, which may be a hybrid SUV. Lamborghini CEO and President Stephan Winkelmann talked about the SUV last week with Road & Track Web Editor Alex Kierstein, and explained why a hybrid powertrain would be considered. […]

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A new study suggests that the accessibility of home-based chargers advances the popularity of plug-in vehicles more than the availability of public charging stations. The study was conducted by Joseph Bailey, Amy Miele and Jonn Axsen, all affiliated with Canadian-based Simon Fraser University (SFU). “When we account for the relevant factors, our analysis suggests that […]

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Ford has already produced five million EcoBoost-powered engines. Ford announced it has hit a production milestone with its fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine technology: late last week, the 5-millionth vehicle powered by a Ford EcoBoost engine rolled off the assembly line at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. EcoBoost was first launched in 2009 on the Ford […]

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