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When hybrid batteries make headlines – whether it’s a new 200-mile range battery or a company expanding its battery manufacturing – the news typically focuses on lithium-ion if not some advanced tech touted with varying degrees of potential. But lithium-ion (li-ion) might not be the best battery technology to invest in for electrified vehicles says […]

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By 2025, Bosch says electrified powertrains will be in 15-percent of all new cars and eventually become stock equipment for SUVs. That prediction comes from Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Denner spoke at the Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany earlier this month. “Electrification will take combustion engines […]

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As Volkswagen moves forward with boldly stated plans to become the global electrified vehicle market leader, it’s off to a slowish start with another plug-in hybrid concept to add to a stable of a slow-selling EV, and slow-selling hybrid – but it says more is coming. In September 2013, Volkswagen announced that its goal was […]

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Samsung SDI announced today that it is buying the battery pack division of Magna International, which will further solidify the company’s foothold in the automotive market. The agreement to buy Magna Steyr will include all 264 employees as well as the current business contracts and all production and development sites. The division is based out […]

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For electric vehicles, the cost of replacing a worn-out battery can be quite significant. When weighing this into the decision to buy one – such as a Tesla Model S – two key questions arise: how long is the battery’s lifespan, and how much will it cost to replace? Launched in a slow roll-out June […]

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Audi’s new R8 will be sporting headlights combining laser and LED technologies. The company says it’s revealing the conventionally powered R8′s headlights as the first of a number of technology highlights of the top sports car. The base R8 uses LED headlights which can be supplemented by a laser high-beam lighting module as an option, stated Audi. The […]

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Volvo is expanding its vehicle-to-vehicle testing program from 50 vehicles to 1000. Volvo Cars, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration have been working together on a project to enable cars to share information about conditions that relate to road conditions such as icy patches. The information will be shared through a […]

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Iveco and the Israel Fuel Choices Initiative will work with Fiat Chrysler’s Magneti Marelli division to develop natural gas-powered vehicle availability, technology and availability. Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) through the Israel Fuel Choices Initiative (IFCI) has today signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Iveco (a […]

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Toyota’s hybrid vehicle battery life tends to be a lengthy one and the automaker is stepping up its efforts to recycle them. The hybrid batteries used in Toyota and Lexus models can last longer the vehicles themselves, so often they are only recovered when the cars reach the end of their useful life, or if […]

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We learned a little more about Kia’s e-AWD concept set to be shown in Chicago. Aimed to be a vehicle for the city-dweller-turned- outdoor-adventurer, Kia Motors America said its e-AWD concept will be named Trail’ster. Kia will take the wraps off the rugged Trail’ster e-AWD concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Based on the […]

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