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Toyota has for a while heard criticism against “fool cells,” as Tesla CEO Elon Musk called them last June, and this week Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter answered Musk’s latest panning of the technology. The occasion was with CNBC’s Phil LeBeau at the J.D. Power Automotive Summit in San Francisco Thursday. It […]

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Wrightspeed’s aftermarket microturbine-powered plug-in series hybrid powertrain is gaining momentum, with more orders and a new facility planned in the immediate future. The company’s main product is the Route, a retrofit Range-extended Electric Vehicle (REV) powertrain built for commercial vehicles. Typical applications include medium-duty trucks, such as delivery trucks, and heavy-duty purpose-built vehicles, like garbage […]

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After a two-year investigation into Hyundai and Kia for exaggerating fuel economy ratings, a federal judge approved a record-breaking fine this week but didn’t set aside extra funds for electric vehicle programs. In all, the mpg overstatements will cost the Korean automakers $755 million. Almost half of that is a $360 million fine from the […]

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Ford is expanding its Silicon Valley presence with the opening of its Palo Alto’s Research and Innovation Center. Ford said the opening of this new Research and Innovation Center allows the company to grow its global research team and accelerate its innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. SEE ALSO: Ford […]

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Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle made its East Coast debut yesterday at the DC Auto Show. At the show, Nihar Patel, Toyota’s Vice President of North American Business Strategy called for government and industry stakeholders to help kick start the hydrogen infrastructure needed to make fuel cell zero emission vehicles available to more drivers. […]

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Mazda is back in the TUDOR United SportsCar Series with a race car powered by a diesel engine. At this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, Mazda’s two SKYACTIV Prototype cars will have the only diesel powerplants in the season-opening TUDOR United SportsCar Series race. The inline four-cylinder 2.2-liter Mazda engine continues into 2015 with its […]

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General Motors is finalizing plans to develop a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in-house as it prepares for the upcoming 2025 CAFE requirements. Wards Auto reports that GM will use this new CVT in a number of models by 2019. The transmission will likely be paired with new 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines that GM is releasing […]

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A collaboration between Volkswagen of America, BMW of North America, and ChargePoint aims to add 100 DC fast chargers plus supplemental level 2 chargers along heavily trafficked routes on the east and west coasts. “There is a target of nearly 100 DC fast charging spots in the first phase, available by the end of 2015,” […]

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Today from Tokyo Toyota announced an increase in its Mirai fuel cell sedan’s production due to high demand. The new plan calls for production to increase from the 2015 level of 700 units to approximately 2,000 units in 2016 and approximately 3,000 units in 2017. Toyota says it has around 1,500 orders its first month […]

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A new study released by Consumer Reports says that for vehicle repairs, consumers are typically more satisfied using an independent shop than a franchised dealership. Only one automaker outranked both dealer and independent facilities: Tesla. Consumer Reports listed 32 automakers in its analysis. Repair facilities were judged on four criteria: quality of repairs, price of […]

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