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Tesla’s Model S is arguably the most revolutionary car to come out in a generation, and one company you’ve never heard of played a huge role in getting it from the drawing board to driveways. This luxury four-door features an advanced all-electric drivetrain, cutting-edge computer technology as well as a lightweight aluminum body. And that […]

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Hyundai’s plug-in Sonata was introduced last year alongside its second-generation Hybrid and is both unique and conforming while topping competitors in a few important ways. Its commonality with other midsized hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedans – from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Kia, and Chevrolet – is they fit a formula of roughly 200 horsepower and 40-plus-or-minus […]

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Keep it Simple is the Rule of the Day When people hear of “battery cooling” it can sound generic and one dimensional but there are subtle differences in how respective manufacturers manage an electric car battery’s temperature. Is it liquid coolant? How is the liquid circulated through the pack, and most important of all what […]

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If modesty and humility are so yesterday and virtues leading to success today include hype and more of it, Faraday Future may be off to a great start. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, the California startup continued to drop names of successful companies from which it’s hired employees, it showed […]

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A charging station newly opened in one of China’s biggest cities is capable of rapidly recharging 30 electric buses, all at the same time. “Each new bus takes only 10-15 minutes to complete recharging the battery,” said a representative with the charging station. “Charging each bus takes place 2-3 times per day, during driver breaks, […]

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A consumer advocacy group is asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to slow down, following NHTSA’s announcement that it will be updating its policy on self driving cars. John M. Simpson, the privacy project director for advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, addressed the issue in a letter to Secretary of the Department of Transportation […]

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We saw in a previous article that Tesla and General Motors use glycol liquid cooling to shed battery heat, and ended by saying there was room for improvement. Why? Better cooling will be needed as electric cars go to higher charging rates. These liquid cooled systems do now work OK during charging and vehicle operation, […]

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Both General Motors and Tesla Motors are firm believers in active liquid-cooling and incorporate Thermal Management System (TMS) in their electric cars. It could be argued that a Chevy Volt’s or Model S’ TMS is equally as important as the battery cell chemistry because the battery cell life depends on it. As automakers introduce higher […]

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Details are murky behind the scenes of quasi-secretive Google and its effort to build autonomous cars, but another top talent has been recruited from Tesla to potentially help it along its way. Reports indicate Google has hired Robert Rose, Tesla Motors’ former lead software engineer described by some as the “brains” behind Tesla’s Autopilot program […]

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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have one leg up on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) because they have an internal combustion engine that gives off waste heat. Systems that capture this waste heat come in handy in the winter to heat the passenger cabin. Pure BEVs on the other hand don’t have this source of waste […]

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