China will be implementing new electrified vehicle initiatives next year, using some of the same strategies that helped California achieve higher-than-average EV sales. The plan, as reported by Reuters, is a two-step approach: require automakers to sell a percentage of electrified vehicles (EVs), while also expanding the available incentives for consumers that buy them. Officials […]

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With hybrid cars you expect to save money on gas but some do it better than others – much better in fact over non-hybrid siblings. According to the U.S. EPA, driving one of the more efficient full hybrids can retain nearly $1,000 or more in gas money in the driver’s pocket every couple years. Beyond […]

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Vehicles equipped with more powerful 48-volt electrical systems will start hitting the road in significant quantities in the near future. This shift will increase fuel efficiency considerably without breaking the bank. Today’s automotive electrical systems operate on just 12 volts, a technological standard that’s been widely used in America since roughly the 1960s. But German […]

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Are you one of those who are looking forward to battery chemistry “beyond lithium ion” before EVs can seriously challenge gasoline-powered counterparts? That won’t quite be needed, said Tesla Motors’ JB Straubel, rather it’s inevitable battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will soon be cheaper to own than and this will lead to their market domination. It […]

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Want to save money on gas? Our list of little tricks will enable you to save dollars per year, burn less gas, pollute less, and maybe even reduce stess. These strategies might be considered common sense, and may be ones you already know, but reminders never hurt, and it would appear others do not practice […]

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The message from scientists last week during a climate change conference was clear and unequivocal: the need to further reduce greenhouse gases is critical and changes must be implemented without delay. The Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference was hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Attended by almost 2,000 […]

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Lightning Hybrids, which builds aftermarket hybrid powertrains for fleet vehicles, uses a different type of power source for its regenerative braking system. Unlike electrified hybrid systems, which rely on rechargeable batteries to store power from regenerative braking, Lightning Hybrids has developed what it calls a mechanical battery. The heart of this system is its two […]

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Even with a more expensive sticker price, a new analysis shows diesel vehicles can save their owners thousands of dollars over several years when compared side-by-side with a similar gasoline-powered model. Bruce Belzowski, the managing director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s (UMTRI) Automotive Futures group, studied the total cost of diesel vehicle […]

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A new request from Detroit’s major automakers asks for carbon emissions credits from technology such as reflecting solar rays, which may help save fuel. The reasoning behind the requests is that technologies such as solar reflexive paint and active seat ventilation keep vehicles cooler, which taxes the air conditioner less. This, in turns, saves fuel. […]

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A research group has developed a way to test high-speed flywheels which are being touted as potentially cost-effective means to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. By storing mechanical energy and reusing it, such as in regenerative braking systems, the UK effort is working toward what is hoped could be an elegant alternative to present systems. […]

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