What do a supercar and a garbage truck have in common? The answer, says Ian Wright, founder and CEO of series hybrid powertrain maker, Wrightspeed, is “both need lots of power.” And, lots of power normally requires lots of fuel, but Wright’s San Jose-based company has technology combining a compact “microturbine” engine with plug-in series […]

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As automakers are contemplating more diesel models for the U.S., some in Europe are backing away as EU authorities admit failures after two decades of trying to curb emissions from a technology that could cause cancer. Turbo diesels are the most thermally efficient engines available, deliver high torque, typically higher mpg, and lower CO2. In […]

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The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive was named as 2014’s “Greenest” car in a contest that saw a range also of “Greener Choices” and “Meanest” vehicles from an environmental perspective. Smart’s EV was ranked by greenercars.org with a “green score” of 59 out of 100. Rounding out the top-five “Greenest” picks were the Toyota Prius C, […]

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There are many ways to rank passenger cars, but for those wanting a hybrid car with the absolute best fuel economy, we thought we’d look past size and type categories and go simply for mpg. Based on U.S. government efficiency ratings, the top-five are regular full hybrids – not the “mild” variety – proving that […]

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If anyone questions whether the BMW i3 city car or pricey i8 sports car is right for them, hang around, because indications are BMW will be introducing many more electrified models in coming years. According to the UK’s Autocar, the head of BMW’s product development “warned” that this is the only way for it to […]

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One joke critics often repeat about challenging-yet-promising hydrogen fuel cell cars is, “They are five years away. And in five years from now, they will still be five years away …” But Toyota isn’t smiling when it says get ready for the launch of its first production fuel cell vehicle “around 2015” and due for […]

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Pledging to cooperate in making their states as hospitable as possible to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), governors from eight states yesterday agreed toward a goal of 3.3-million electric cars on their roads by 2025 with an eye toward 2050 greenhouse gas emission targets. “[A]cccelerating the ZEV market is a critical strategy for achieving our goals to […]

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A do-it-yourself eco-car was recognized as winner of an automotive project contest. AutoZone has announced the winners of its Show It Off, America social media contest, which recognized the best do-it-yourself (DIY) automotive projects in the country. A group of students from Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind., led by parent volunteers, were deemed […]

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Ford Motor Company celebrated yesterday a manufacturing milestone for its fuel-saving EcoBoost engines: Two million have been produced globally since the 2009 launch of the engine line. A Ford Escape powered by the two millionth production EcoBoost – a 2.0-liter unit – rolled off the line at Ford’s Louisville, Ky., last week. Ford declared growing […]

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General Motors has nearly tripled the size of its Global Battery Systems Laboratory to a point where it is now the largest battery lab in North America owned and operated by a major auto manufacturer. The latest addition of 50,000 square feet brings to 85,000 the total square footage of the lab. GM said the […]

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