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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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We’ve seen reports of Audi preparing EVs with Tesla-like levels of range and performance, and in China it has again said it will have an answer for the Model X. Speaking to Automotive News Europe, CEO Rupert Stadler remained cautious about all-electric vehicles and believes that for the next 10 to 15 years, customers will […]

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It’s not a hybrid – in fact Mazda has no hybrids for U.S. sale – but EPA rating of 30 mpg combined puts the MX-5 up there in the fun fuel sipper category. The car, which is exclusively powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv engine in North America, is rated at 27 mpg city, 34 […]

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Nissan has revealed a Murano hybrid variant for the Chinese market. Debuted at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, the Nissan Murano hybrid is powered by a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a lithium-ion battery pack and dual-clutch hybrid system. The powertrain is similar to what’s found in the Infiniti QX60 hybrid and Pathfinder hybrid, […]

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BMW i’s ConnectedDrive technology will be available on the soon to be released Apple Watch. The BMW i Remote app can be used to remotely check and control functions of BMW i models such as the battery’s state of charge. BMW i said customers will be able to use its app from day one on […]

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Debuting earlier this week at the Shanghai Auto Show was China’s first domestically designed and built electric supercar. Dubbed the Qiantu K50 Event! – yes, with an exclamation point! – and will be entering the Chinese market in 2016. The Event! will be priced approximately $113,000 (700,000 yuan), similar to what a Tesla Model S costs […]

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Volkswagen has said it could scale down its electric powertrain production costs by using a unified battery cell. According to VW board member in charge of development, Heinz-Jakob Neusser, the German automaker is targeting a 66-percent cost reduction with a new design that would rely on modules customized for each vehicle. It would allow the […]

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Self-driving cars are at the center of attention at this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers conference in Detroit. Several SAE panels this year focused on the legal, technical and safety issues surrounding self-driving cars with Ray Kurzweil, inventor and director of engineering at Google, starting his keynote address by mentioning that vehicle crashes kill 1.2-million […]

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In an unexpected move, Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai will pace a NASCAR race. Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway this coming Saturday night, April 25. The Mirai four-door, mid-size sedan will lead the Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag. […]

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More has been revealed on the technology used in the 2016 Acura NSX. The Japanese brand is touting the car’s lightweight multi-material body and spaceframe as revolutionary and Acura claims that the car is “by far the most rigid in its competitive set.” The space frame is made primarily from aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel which […]

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