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Many plug-in hybrid and all-electric car owners are taking their commitment to alternative energy one step further by charging their cars with solar power. Along with the increase of plug-in electrified cars in the U.S., the Associated Press reports that solar panel installations are on the rise, although it remains uncertain how many electric cars […]

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American new car buyers are buying more fuel efficient vehicles on average, but declining gasoline prices may be drawing purchasers back to larger vehicles and trucks once again. According to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) who regularly track average fuel economy of new vehicle purchases in the U.S., gas mileage […]

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BMW says it will soon show its 3-Series plug-in hybrid as the first of its core brand models to receive the PHEV treatment. The 3-Series will be shown soon in Miramas, France, and utilizes lessons learned from BMW’s new i-Series which has created a flexible technology the automaker says can be “rapidly deployed” on cars […]

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There’s a new hybrid sedan in Honda’s stable, the Grace Hybrid Today Honda Motor Co., Ltd. began sales of the new Grace hybrid sedan at dealerships across Japan. Honda declared the all-new Grace fuses together the easy handling and excellent fuel economy of a compact vehicle with the spacious cabin, stately styling, high visibility and […]

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On Friday Maserati signed a master agreement providing access to technologies from Airbus Group Innovations, the R&D hub of the Airbus Group. Maserati, owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), said this agreement enables the company to make in-depth reviews of Airbus Group Innovations’ broad portfolio that covers manufacturing processes, production methods, metallurgy and composites expertise, […]

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Aston Martin reported its first use last Friday of Hanergy Thin Film Solar panels on its World Endurance Championship (WEC) race car’s roof has met with initially positive results in powering sub-systems. The luxury automaker’s #97 V8 Vantage GTE trialed the photovoltaic system in free practice in advance of the FIA WEC Six Hours of […]

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Ford has started production of its all-new Ford Mondeo Hybrid, the first hybrid electric car built and sold by Ford in Europe. The vehicle is well known to us Amercians; the Mondeo is none other than the Fusion offered to the North American market. Ford of Europe said the Mondeo Hybrid combines a specially-developed 2.0-liter […]

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Formula E’s electric race car will be featured in action at the Bologna Motor Show. Italian racers Jarno Trulli and Michela Cerruti will drive the fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car at the Italian show. Ex-Formula 1 driver Jarno and Auto GP race-winner Michela both currently compete in the new FIA Formula E Championship as […]

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Most major automotive suppliers met last week to focus on 48-volt systems during the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Automotive 48V Power Supply Systems. Leading automakers and tier 1 suppliers, discussed the need for an internationally agreed 48-volt electrical standard. A proper standard is needed by the global automotive industry to achieve the economies of […]

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Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. has announced that it will be the first automotive company to make hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles available to the Canadian public. The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) will be available to Canadians on a 3-year lease beginning in early 2015. The rollout of the Tuscon FCEV in Canada […]

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