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Few people familiar with the situation will ever forget battery maker A123′s sudden rise and even faster fall from grace. It went from from plucky, brilliant upstart to bankruptcy in only a few years. But after being purchased by a Chinese supplier conglomerate — Wanxiang Group — after emerging from bankruptcy court in 2013, A123 […]

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A pair of ex-Silicon Valley tech workers are aiming for the proverbial stars with the Renovo Motors Coupe. But don’t be confused by the ’60s throwback body and assume that what’s found under the long aluminum hood is equally antiquated. No, Renovo is pitching its Coupe as an American-built electric-powered supercar, and took its prototype […]

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Another automaker that’s turning to small three-cylinder turbocharged gas engines to delay – but not utterly avoid – electrification is Volvo. Actually, the Swedish automaker’s confirmation that it’s developing as many as four three-cylinder variants around 1.5-liters displacement includes that they will be capable of use in hybrids. But, it said, it hopes to put […]

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Volkswagen revealed its 2015 Jetta powered by the brand’s new TDI Clean Diesel starts at $21,640. The updated car features the turbocharged EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine, a refreshed exterior, and what the company describes as being a host of newly-available driver assistance systems. These driver assistance systems include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, […]

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Ram is launching updated versions of its 2500 and 3500 heavy duty pickup truck with new calibration for their Cummins 6.7-liter diesel engines. The new calibration is said by Ram to add 15 pound-feet of torque, edging out even Class 4 pickup competitors to a best-in-class 865 pound-feet. Why are we mentioning such a big […]

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Automakers are having a tough time running all the new-fangled vehicle control and safety systems using the 12-volt electrical systems currently used today. Audi appears to be the first out of the gate to adopt a 48-volt system, but will still retain at least part of each vehicle with a 12-volt system. “We are using […]

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Are you looking forward to the start of the electric vehicle racing? If so, you will be happy to learn that tickets can now be purchased for the first ever race of the electric FIA Formula E (FE) Championship to be held next month in Beijing on Saturday, September 13. FE said race day tickets, […]

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In order to get more electric vehicles on our streets will we need a greater number of micro EVs? The new IDTechEx report, “Hybrid and Pure Electric Cars 2014-2024: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts” points out that it is essential for all involved to look at the big picture. IDTechEx puts forward the example of car-like, on-road […]

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Even at the best of times, introducing new technology can be painful. Teething problems, false starts and high initial costs are all part of the deal. The same holds true for the gradual electrification of vehicles, which despite billions of dollars in investment still only makes up a fraction of the cars, trucks and SUVs […]

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Volvo Car Group;’s autonomous driving improvements are forging ahead with the opening of AstaZero, the world’s first full-scale proving ground for future traffic safety solutions. The company said its opening has brought it a step closer to realizing its vision that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo […]

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