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    Automakers and Energy Companies Team Up To Sell The World On Hydrogen

    Sometimes plug-in vehicle advocates are accused of holding to conspiracy theories that deep-pocketed interests and carmakers resisting EVs want to promote hydrogen, but who needs theories when intentions are expressed in plain sight? To wit, yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 13 CEOs and chairpersons from major corporations representing total revenues of […]

    Technology

    Achates Opposed-Piston Engine Promises 37 mpg For Full-Size Pickups

    San Diego-based Achates Power has introduced a 2.7-liter opposed-piston engine that will be able to deliver 37 miles per gallon in a full-sized pickup truck. Revealed during industry days at this week’s Detroit auto show, the OP-3 turbocharged, two-stroke diesel engine kicks out 270 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque. At the same time, it […]

    Toyota

    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid To Have Prius-Like Fuel Economy

    Toyota rolled out a 2018 Camry today in Detroit that has a more appealing design, a vastly improved interior, a more exciting drive character and a hybrid model the automaker said will have Prius-like fuel economy. A new hybrid system features a new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine conneted to a continousouly-variable transmission (CVT) that […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Autopilot-Equipped Teslas Won’t Be Recalled As Feds Close Fatal Crash Investigation

    Tesla vehicles equipped with the Autopilot feature will not be recalled, federal safety regulators said today, after closing an investigation into a fatal crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation into a Florida crash last May in which Joshua Brown was killed when his Model S crashed into the side of […]

    Volkswagen Thinking About Introducing An Electric Beetle

    It’s no secret that Beetle sales are less than stellar and that’s led to rumors about the car’s future. Volkswagen doesn’t want to drop the idea of the Beetle altogether, because the nameplate holds such a special place in its history. Klaus Bischoff, head of VW design, called the current Beetle one of his favorite […]

    Amazon Files Patent For Automated Delivery On Managed Roadways

    Amazon is taking autonomous vehicle technology very seriously, being granted a patent for communications between self-driving vehicles and roadway management systems. U.S. Patent 9,547,986 would share trip data from self-driving vehicles on roads that have reversible lanes; these are highway lanes in which vehicles may travel in either direction. Reversible lanes use overhead signals to […]

    Chevrolet To Boast More Biodiesel-Capable Vehicles Than Any Other Brand

    General Motors is adding to its list of B20-capable vehicles for fleet, commercial and retail customers interested in cleaner, diesel-powered vehicles. During the National Biodiesel Conference, John Schwegman, director of commercial product and medium duty for GM Fleet, announced GM will add the B20-capable cars and crossovers, and offer the industry’s most expansive lineup of […]

    Tesla Hiring More Gigafactory Employees To Build Model 3 Motors and Components

    Tesla Motors will be adding electric motors and gearbox components to its lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Nevada, for an additional $350 million investment that will create 550 more jobs at the plant. That move was announced last night by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval during his State of the State Speech. He praised the automaker for […]

    Tesla Offering Model 3 and Ludicrous Perks in Referral Program

    Tesla Motors has beefed up its referral program with a Model 3 delivery event and an annual reward offering a Ludicrous top prize. The new quarterly round of referrals was launched yesterday with a first-time addition of an annual round. The quarterly round goes through March 15. Tesla has confirmed that its previously mentioned referral […]