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    Tesla Model X Buyer Finds Hidden Doubly Quick 72A On-Board Charger Option

    Imagine a major automotive company hiding an optional feature because it does not want buyers to choose it. That, by its own admission, is exactly what Tesla has done for buyers now invited to privately configure their Model X which comes standard with a 48-amp on-board single charger (OBC) which restricts charge times compared to […]

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    What is Level 3 Charging?

    Answer: Level 3 charging is one level higher than level 2 charging. Level 2 Charging is AC while level 3 is DC. Right? Wrong. According to the SAE, level 3 charging doesn’t imply DC. It can be either AC or DC. “Levels” are indicative of the charging power. The higher the level the higher the […]


    Nissan To Launch Fuel Cell Vehicle By 2021

    Nissan is planning to add a fuel cell vehicle to its zero-emission lineup, though the company noted that it won’t be rushing to get the vehicle to market. Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn has been a strong proponent of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) for some time, but the company has kept its options open. […]

    Hybrid Car News

    5 Overseas Plug-in Cars We Wish Were Sold in the US

    The U.S. may have more plug-in vehicles registered than any other country, but that doesn’t mean that every model is sold here. BYD, for example, is the top green car company in China by volume, but it doesn’t have any plug-in models in U.S. dealers. And it’s not alone: Peugeot, Renault and Geely are also […]

    Kia Niro Hybrid SUV To Launch In 2016

    Next year, Kia plans to begin delivering the Kia Niro, an all-new hybrid SUV. Kia said it designed the Niro from “the ground up as a dedicated hybrid” to satisfy two growing markets: low emission vehicles and compact SUVs. The Niro is also one of the first vehicles to be launched under Kia’s new green […]

    Bosch Being Investigated for its Role in VW Diesel Scandal

    One of the world’s biggest automotive suppliers is under investigation for its possible role in the Volkswagen diesel scandal. The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation to determine whether Robert Bosch GmbH was aware or participated in the software-controlled cheat used in various Volkswagen diesel models. One spokesman for the U.S. Department of […]

    Audi Submitting Repair For 3.0-Liter Diesel V6

    Audi is submitting a fix that will hopefully resolve issues with the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. The German automaker will update its emissions control software on over 85,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles equipped with the affected V6 TDI engine. This update will be submitted for U.S. government emission certification for the revised software. According to a […]

    Seven Seats Are Now A $4,000 Option for Tesla Model X

    Since the pre-production Model X was introduced in 2012 it’s been commonly described as a seven-passenger vehicle, but in base trim it’s now actually a five seater. While not in itself critical because a six- and seven-passenger option are also available, never less than seven were shown in prototypes displayed the last three years, and […]

    BMW i3 To Get 25-Percent Longer Range

    With Nissan increasing its Leaf battery size, Chevrolet announcing its 200-mile range Bolt due late next year, BMW has said it will increase range for its i3. Both the pure battery electric i3 and the range-extended i3 REx are receiving tweaks that UK publication Autocar says will boost range from 100 “real-world” miles to 124 […]