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    California On Verge of Rolling Out 7,600 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, wants to have 1.5 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the roads by 2025, and the state’s largest utility thinks it can help reach that goal. Pacific Gas & Electric is proposing to install 7,600 electric vehicle-charging stations over the next three years, the single biggest deployment of […]

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    New Tech Could Boost EV Range

    Researchers may have figured out a way to keep batteries from draining when not in use, while also setting them for faster recharge times. The patent-pending tech uses a thin plastic membrane to prevent battery discharge by controlling how charge flows within a battery. Developed by Ohio State engineers, the so-called “smart” membrane was inspired […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Samsung SDI Opening Battery Plant in Hungary to Tap Into Growing European Market

    Samsung SDI will building a battery plant in Hungary to supply plug-in electrified vehicles. The company’s Samsung’s battery division will be investing about 400 billion won ($358 million) to tap into the European PEV market after its presence China has been disappointing, according to Automotive News. Samsung SDI said in a statement that the proposed […]

    Mitsubishi Will Be Adding Eight More Vehicles to MPG Misreporting Scandal

    Mitsubishi Motors was ordered Tuesday by the Japanese transport ministry to stop domestic sales of eight more vehicle models due to cheating on fuel economy reporting, according to a Fortune report. Investigation into fuel economy on models including the Pajero, Outlander, and RVR SUVs were lower than stated in marketing catalogs, the ministry reported. That […]

    BYD Builds World’s Largest Electric Sanitation Truck Fleet

    China’s BYD Company Ltd. is already the largest manufacturer of battery-electric automobiles and buses, and now it can add sanitation trucks to the list. This should give Warren Buffet some measure of satisfaction as his Berkshire Hathaway investment firm plunked down $230 million for a 10 percent stake in BYD in 2008. The fleet of […]

    Volkswagen Diesel Car Drivers Choosing Buybacks Over Fix-its

    Owners and lessees of affected Volkswagen diesel cars are reportedly choosing buybacks over fix-its. To date, according to Automotive News, almost half of 475,000 owners and lessees of Volkswagen AG diesel cars sold in the U.S. have registered to participate in the preliminary court settlement following VW’s diesel emission cheating scandal. And of these 210,000 […]

    GM Getting Set to Reveal Chevrolet Colorado-Based Electric Military Vehicle

    GM is getting prepared to debut a crazy-looking fuel cell-powered military vehicle. Developed in conjunction with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the vehicle, which isn’t being called a concept, will be based on the Chevrolet Colorado and will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The SUV will be used […]

    Top Airbnb Executive Joins Google’s Self-Driving Car Team

    Google has brought in a former Airbnb executive to lead commercialization of its self-driving cars. Shaun Stewart served as a top executive for Airbnb’s online vacation home rental marketplace. Airbnb has become a popular mobile app in the newly-emerging “shared economy,” gaining ubiquitous brand identity similar to Uber’s. Stewart will serve as a director of […]