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    Tesla Model S and Model X 100 kWh Battery Pack Believed Pending

    A report coming from the Netherlands suggests that Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X SUV will soon have a 100-killowatt-hour battery pack. The evidence was discovered by Dutch blog Kenteken.TV on the database of RDW, the Netherlands regulator and European authority used by Tesla to approve its vehicles for European Union roads. Three new […]

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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 […]

    Boosting Octane Is a Hot Issue for Automakers But Not Until After 2025 for the EPA

    While a few automotive executives would like to see octane boosted in gasoline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) likely won’t be looking at it for years. Dan Nicholson, General Motors’ vice president of global propulsion systems, said that GM could boost fuel economy in most engines by about 5 percent if U.S. fuel had […]

    Ford Considering Development of Self-Driving Delivery Trucks

    Ford Motor Co. could be plotting to remove the driver from delivery trucks, part of its push to leverage the company’s autonomous vehicle research. This plays into a plan announced last week to produce a fully self-driving car — no steering wheel or gas and brake pedals — for ride-hailing companies by 2021. In a […]

    Nissan Hints a Performance Electric Leaf Being Considered

    A 60 kilowatt-hour battery is expected when a new Nissan Leaf electric car arrives next year, and now a hint has been dropped that a performance version could also be coming. While speaking with Britain’s Car Magazine about an upcoming performance electric vehicle, Gareth Dunsmore, director of EV Nissan Europe hinted at more performance by saying, […]

    Gap Between Hybrids and Gas-Engine Counterparts Tightening in Vincentric Study

    Low gasoline prices and improved fuel efficiency in gas-engine cars tightened the lead hybrids have over comparable non-hybrid cars, according to Vincentric’s ratings. Seven out of 29 hybrids evaluated had lower total cost of ownership in Vincentric’s U.S. Hybrid Ownership compared to their closest all-gasoline counterparts, with five of them classified as luxury brand cars […]