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    KillaJoule Electric Sidecar Sets 241 mph Speed Record

    Last Thursday at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, engineering PhD student Eva Håkansson set several world land speed records in her “KillaJoule” streamlined electric sidecar motorcycle. Håkansson’s home-built EV smashed the previous fastest electric motorcycle record by 25 mph, and established an all-time best among sidecars of any type. The KillaJoule was clocked at 241.901 […]

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    Will Home Grown Oil Kill the Electric Car?

    With the United States on the verge of producing oil in quantities not seen since 1970, is one of the core reasons behind electrifying transportation eroding before our eyes? Since the October 1973 Arab oil embargo, getting off foreign oil has been the sober yet unfulfilled promise of presidents and the subject of comic mockery. […]

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    General Motors Implementing Bike Share Program

    General Motors is rolling out zero-emissions vehicles with less than one horsepower each. That is, it’s using bicycles. More specifically, the automaker will be promoting employee bike sharing in and around its expansive Warren Technical Center campus. This is not the first time GM has used bikes. Another time was during WWII because of fuel […]

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    Aluminum EcoBoost 2015 F-150 Testing Videos

    Four truck customers have been offered the chance to get behind the wheel of Ford’s new aluminum-built, EcoBoost-powered 2015 F-150. Ford started releasing last Friday the first of four videos in the “You Test” series; these videos will show, said Ford, how these customers tested the all-new F-150 at www.BuiltToughTest.com. The company explained these truck […]

    Toshiba Set On Improving Automotive Cameras

    Toshiba is determined to improve the image sensors – and thus cameras – needed for self-driving vehicles. Already strong in image sensor development, the company will focus on development and sales expansion of automotive and medical imaging sensor, with future development based on the BSI (backside illumination image sensor) technology and technologies that realize high sensitivity […]

    Toyota Hydrogen Tanks Production Gains Approval

    Toyota gained Japanese government approval to build and inspect high-pressure hydrogen tanks. This thereby handles one of the main issues with hydrogen vehicles in that high tank pressures must be sustainable, durable, and reliable. The company said this approval is an important production staging post in its program to launch its first fuel cell vehicle. […]

    Saab In Troubled Water Again

    Saab has been going through rough water and is not yet out of trouble. Its EV-ambitious owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, has financial trouble. The Board of Directors of National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, the owners of Saab, last Thursday applied for a reorganization. This process, in Sweden, is more or less the equivalent […]

    3 Million Cruze Sedans Sold Worldwide

    Chevrolet’s Cruze has now reached three million sales worldwide. The best-selling Chevrolet model crossed the milestone this month, 16 months after selling its 2 millionth model. Chevy said the Cruze has proved itself a global player among small cars and is assembled in eleven plants, sold un one-hundred and eighteen countries. “The Cruze is an […]

    Shasta Lake Installs EV ARC Charging Station

    The City of Shasta Lake, Calif. has installed an Envision Solar EV ARC standalone solar charging station. This EV charger, relying on fully renewable energy, will be located at the City’s Grand River municipal parking lot on Shasta Dam Boulevard and will be available free of charge to the public. The EV ARC will be […]