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Hybrid and electric drivetrain technology will soon be developed in California’s Silicon Valley. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) announced this week it will open its global innovation center and headquarters in the Silicon Valley. EDI added an office location has been selected in Milpitas, California, close to automotive and technology innovators like Tesla motors, Cisco, Sandisk […]

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”This sleek ’66 ZelectricBug is done!” That is how David Benardo of Zelectric Motors announced the completion of the company’s second electric vehicle, yesterday. But what is a ’66 ZelectricBug? It is a good old Volkswagen Beetle which has been fully restored to its former glory, but also adapted to modernity by the integration of […]

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Hyundai has announced a new six-speed automatic transmission for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) at the company’s annual International Powertrain Conference held yesterday in Namyang, South Korea. The company explained the new six-speed automatic transmission integrates the electric motor and applies a number of technologies that deliver tangible benefits to the customer. The new unit will […]

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Never mind all those previous reports suggesting or declaring unequivocally the next-generation Volt will get a three-cylinder 1.0-liter range-extending generator, because today General Motors disclosed it will be a 1.5-liter four. The new engine will have improved efficiency as part of an all-new family of 1.0-1.5-liter Ecotec engines and will be built at GM’s Flint […]

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Mazda will unveil its new small CUV, the CX-3, as a world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Los Angeles Auto Show will be open to the public between November 21 and 30. Like many recently launched Mazda vehicles, the Mazda CX-3 will feature both the full range of SKYACTIV technology and its […]

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In advance of Tesla’s planned third-quarter earnings report next month, CEO Elon Musk disclosed global Model S sales in September were a record high, and North American sales are up 65 percent year over year. The data was provided by the briefest of disclosures: a tweet, and it’s been a favorite form of communication before […]

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Tesla’s Supercharger network has now been expanded to Scotland with its Friday opening of a new location at the Edinburgh Airport. The company said this location is part of a network expansion that will soon allow Model S owners to drive anywhere in the UK relying only on Superchargers. As it is in the U.S., […]

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Tesla announced it’s now offering U.S. lease prices on Model S at up to 25 percent less, and these come with a 90-day “happiness guaranty” to let customers return the car if not satisfied. The automaker that is known for zigging when everyone else zags says its low lease rate is thanks to US Bank […]

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Tesla’s pending Gigafactory battery plant will be needed to enable production of nearly a quarter million electric cars later this decade, and while they’re at it, Model 3 may spin off an SUV and station wagon variant. This word of the proposed $35,000 car came last week from Tesla’s vice president for engineering, Chris Porritt. […]

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TrueCar, Inc. reports a shift in consumer new vehicle preferences this year, away from hybrids and toward pickup trucks. The negotiation-free car buying and selling platform reported demand for Toyota’s Prius is softening, as gas prices stabilize. Simultaneously, the company stated a sustained economic recovery is boosting demand for full-size pickup trucks. This shift in […]

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