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Wrightspeed, best known for manufacturing aftermarket hybrid powertrains for commercial trucks, is adding a new turbine generator to its product line. Named the Fulcrum, this 250-pound turbine generator will not be providing power directly to the vehicle’s wheels. Instead, the series hybrid system focuses solely on recharging the battery pack. Turbines, mot unlike a helicopter’s […]

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A new congressionally mandated report published by the U.S. National Research Council states that current battery technology, vehicle cost, and lack of consumer knowledge are all obstacles preventing widespread endorsement of plug-in electric vehicles. The key to lowering overall vehicle cost according to ClickGreen would be to develop less expensive and more efficient batteries, this along with […]

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Preface This article co-written by Jeff Nisewanger, Patrick Groeneveld and George Bower first appeared on GM-Volt.com. It’s more than a little bit technical, but for those who want more than a cursory explanation, it’s based on GM patent US 8,602,938, issued in December 2013, and presentations by GM at an SAE vehicle electrification conference on […]

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Expanding its manufacturing operations in China, Johnson Controls is beginning production of advanced lead-acid batteries for start-stop vehicles. “We’re excited to announce the delivery of our first batch of locally-manufactured batteries to power start-stop vehicles for local and global automakers in China,” said Kenneth Yeng, vice president and general manager, Johnson Controls Power Solutions China. […]

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Audi is debuting three new models – an SUV, a sedan and a concept wagon – at the Shanghai auto show this month as part of the brand’s plug-in hybrid expansion. The luxury brand said it is merging its quattro drive with a TFSI plug-in hybrid system for the first time, creating the all-new Q7 […]

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The Audi Prologue Allroad concept was unveiled this week earlier than expected, it was initially due for release and showcase at the upcoming 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. There were whispers in regards to a third member of the prologue fleet for Audi, ultimately proven true with the news of this next iteration A6 Allroad. Under […]

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BMW recently said the next i-series was only in the early stages of development – with deliveries set for 2020 – but a new report says consumers may see its appearance two years earlier. Rumors and snippets surrounding BMW’s i-series have generated plenty of speculation in recent weeks. A clearer image of the sedan may […]

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Imagine being able to see your navigation system or other car-related function while keeping your eyes on the road. Mini is working on it! Mini revealed Augmented Vision at the Auto Shanghai, a special pair of glasses that aims to helps the driver see both the road and information displayed. SEE ALSO: Augmented Reality Coming […]

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Race and road car designer Professor Gordon Murray, Shell and engine specialist Osamu Goto will work together on a city car. The team will co-engineer Project M, an ultra-compact, efficient car for city use based around the internal combustion engine. The Shell concept is intended to be a simple, practical global city car; drawing together […]

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A recently released and peer-reviewed study from the Stockholm Environment Institute estimates that battery pack costs are much lower than initially presumed by energy-policy analysts. The study reports that more than 80 assessments of battery prices calculated between 2007 and 2014 were considerably higher than the actual cost of the battery packs. As well, the study found that […]

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