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It is interesting to see how two worlds that seem to be so far apart can converge. Case in point: hot rods and green cars. Michigan-based Crazy Diamond Performance is a developer of hot rods that likes to get the most out of every engine. The most performance-wise, but also the most fuel-consumption-wise. This has […]

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Audi announced today it has begun taking orders in Europe for its first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron. The car combines a 1.4-liter direct-injected turbocharged gas engine and electric motor for 204 rated horsepower. On the European NEDC test cycle, the A3 Sportback e-tron’s fuel consumption in accordance is 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers […]

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The UK government announced yesterday that autonomous vehicles will be allowed on UK roads five months from now. Fully driverless cars are an exciting glimpse of the future with substantial potential to improve road safety – but the UK’s car fleet has a long way to go before it makes the most of existing autonomous […]

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Drivers of new vehicles are not replacing traditional media with the Internet, but they are accessing traditional media content through alternative digital channels. This is one of the conclusions that can be taken out of the recently released J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Media and Marketing Report —Summer. The report has been conducted regularly since […]

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Yesterday Honda was reported as planning to axe the limited-market all-electric version of the Fit, and the Insight hybrid. The Fit EV (pictured) is lease-only, and Honda only ever committed to producing 1,100 units. It will be canceled in the fall, but supported until leases run out. As for the Insight, the latest generation of […]

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Well, that didn’t take long. Mere hours after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released the results of its latest round of crash testing, it looks like Consumer Reports (CR) is piling on the bad news. Both the Mazda5 and — perhaps more relevant to us — the Nissan Leaf scored poorly during the […]

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The Chevrolet Volt came out of the IIHS’ recent round of small overlap front crash testing with an acceptable rating, something that can’t be said for its closest rival, the Nissan Leaf. “Driver space in the Volt was maintained reasonably well, and data taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of significant injuries,” said […]

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Massachusetts-based HBM has introduced a new solution for eDrive testing, an integrated system for measuring the performance and efficiency of electric motors and inverters. HBM, Inc. describes itself as a leading manufacturer of data acquisition systems, analysis and calibration software, strain gauges, and transducers and sensors, HBM explained making the measurements necessary to increase the […]

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Eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are demonstrating a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The manufacturers involved said the open platform will simplify and streamline vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in […]

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Tesla chief Elon Musk will do the voice-over for his own character in a 26th-season episode of the Simpsons, titled “The Musk Who Fell To Earth.” The news of Musk’s second appearance on the Simpsons – and the first time he speaks – was slipped by executive producer Al Jean at a Comic-Con panel, and […]

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