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BMW’s Hydrogen 7, which has garnered attention for being test-driven by a roster of celebrities, has been put through rigorous testing by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Scientists at the facility have confirmed that the vehicle produces virtually zero emissions. The tests have shown that the Hydrogen 7’s engine operates at a […]

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Audi is again at work on a fuel cell version of one its cars, in this case, its well-regarded A7 sedan. In 2009, Audi also tested a fuel cell version of another of its models it called the Q5 HFC which utilized two high-pressure hydrogen cylinders to supply the vehicle’s two electric motors. As a […]

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Not exactly a technological lightweight itself, BMW is in talks with General Motors about partnering on future tech research and development, including for fuel cell powertrains. BMW’s CEO Norbert Reithofer said at the Geneva Motor Show today that he “can imagine” sharing the workload with GM, and BMW has said it may also work with […]

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Last year at this time, we profiled the Top 10 Wackiest Green Concept Cars of 2008. Here we go again. This year, we kept our list to seven—all of which fall into the theme of cars that can change shape or otherwise be radically transformed. None of these cars stand a chance of going into […]

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Hybrids will take center stage at 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the public on Nov. 21. Thirty hybrid models will be on display—revealing the diversity of options coming to the market, including small affordable hybrid cars, luxury hybrids, sporty hybrids, hybrid crossover SUVs, hybrid pickups, and even a Toyota Camry Hybrid concept […]

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Perhaps the only time you’ve heard about fuel cell vehicles is when Hollywood stars roll up to the red carpet. A star with a green streak is more than happy to lend his or her name to the cause of emission-free motoring, and car companies will do what’s necessary to promote their forward-thinking advanced technologies. […]

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Working at an unprecedented pace, today’s automotive engineers are exploring new technologies to revolutionize cars for a post-petroleum era. Innovative battery chemistries, advanced biofuels, and hydrogen fuel cells—will likely be future game-changers. Yet, it will take many years to convert the American fleet to these new technologies. Meanwhile, there’s another track of innovation aimed not […]

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Contents Trends Top Quotes Award Winners Biggest News Top Sellers 2008 Introductions What kind of year has it been for the 2008 Hybrid? GM’s product chief called global warming a “crock of shit.” An eight-cylinder SUV Hybrid won “Green Car of the Year” award. Prius waiting lists returned and then evaporated. Plug-in Hybrid Mania. The […]

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“The auto industry can no longer do what it has done for the past 100 years. That’s just no longer sustainable.” Ed Kjaerdirector of electric transportationSouthern California Edison The green car movement has historically been comprised of many camps, each one arguing that he or she has the winning fuel or propulsion system. Hybrids, electric […]

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In this weekly summary, we look at the biggest stories of the past seven days, separating real developments in the world of automotive technology and fuels—from wishful thinking and vehicle vaporware. Expect It: Electric Vehicles in Israel You can accomplish a lot with $200 million. That’s the sum raised by Shai Agassi, a Silicon Valley […]

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