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    Improving an EV’s Cabin Heating System

    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 […]

    Carmakers, Market & Fleets

    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 […]

    Power, Plugs and People

    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 […]

    Hybrid Car News

    November VW Sales Decline Sharply In Wake Of Diesel Scandal

    While this site normally covers alternative-energy cars, noteworthy is Volkswagen’s overall sales dropped nearly 25 percent last month as the effects of its diesel cheating scandal take hold. The German automaker announced that it sold 23,882 units in November 2015, a noticeable difference compared to last year’s November sales that tallied up 31,725 units sold. […]

    Official EPA MPG Numbers Are In For 2016 Toyota Prius

    The Prius is no longer just about mpg, says Toyota’s marketers, but if you’re interested, the official EPA certification results are in. Due to go on sale this January, all numbers previously reported as provisional are now official, said Toyota media rep Sam Butto. SEE ALSO: Toyota Unveils 2016 Prius – Video Specifically, five of […]

    Faraday Future Will Have Production Car On The Road By 2020, Says VP

    Nick Sampson, Faraday Future’s senior vice president of R&D says the deep-pocketed and growing 400-employee California startup has an “even more creative” environment than Tesla. But, while headlines have looked through traditional-mindset glasses as an adversary in the making bleeding talent from Tesla, BMW, and elsewhere, Sampson speaks of “allies” out there in the development […]

    Why Europe Has Passed the US As Number One In Plug-in Electrified Vehicles

    This summer after the first half year of plug-in electrified vehicle sales results were in, Europe had surpassed the U.S. for the first time, and since then it’s never looked back. Although its total passenger vehicle market of 12.5-million units last year was smaller than the U.S.’ 16.5 million, Europe is up 86 percent year […]

    Nissan Holds Down Fort With 1,054 November Sales As 2016 Models Hit Dealers

    As has been the case for several months now, last month Nissan Leaf sales were down compared to the year prior but with new 2016 models now hitting dealers, Nissan says it expects things to improve. The Japanese maker of the world’s cumulatively best-selling plug-in vehicle delivered a scant 1,054 units for November, just 39 […]

    2016 Model Year Volts Comprise 86 Percent of 1,980 November Volt Sales

    Sales for the Chevy Volt were nearly on par last month with 1,980 deliveries reported compared to October’s 2,035. Of these, says GM, 86 percent are the 2016 model year being sold for now just in California and 10 states following its zero emission rules. That roughly equates to 1,700 sales last month out of […]