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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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Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has reached an agreement with Tesla Motors to provide machinery for the car maker’s planned battery plant. According to the Nikkei, the initial investment is said to be between 20- to 30 billion yen, or roughly between $200- to $300 million, although the exact details will be made official before the […]

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BMW of North America launched its BMW i DC Fast Chargers which can charge the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The automaker unveiled this new charger at Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles. The charger is a joint […]

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Jaguar explained its new model, the XE, will rely on aluminum to reduce weight. The upcoming Jaguar XE has been designed around a new modular vehicle architecture and uses an aluminum-intensive unibody, said Jaguar; lightweight aluminum accounts for 75 percent of the structure. Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar design, said the company, […]

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In addition to hopefully re-launching the Karma series hybrid, Fisker Automotive’s new owners aim to introduce a second plug-in model within the next three years. However, both Lu Guanqiu, chairman and founder of Wanxiang Group Co., which bought Fisker during a bankruptcy auction earlier this year, and Pin Ni, president of the company’s U.S. unit, […]

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Just a few days ago there were several individual stories floating out there – each potentially unrelated but important nonetheless. First, the news that Opel was killing its Ampera plug-in hybrid, then LG Chem announced that it was working on a 200-mile-range EV with one automaker (but not confirming which one). Next was the bit […]

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