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First Porsche launched a plug-in sports hybrid, then BMW, and now Audi confirmed next year its second-generation R8 will come in plug-in hybrid as well as previously reported all-electric form. “We are able to make the R8 a plug-in hybrid,” said Audi board member for R&D Ulrich Hackenberg to CAR in Paris. “The Lamborghini Asterion […]

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Launched in December 2010, the Chevrolet Volt fleet has driven more than 1 billion total miles, with close to two-thirds of this without using gasoline in all-electric mode. The Volt’s Web site ticker keeps track based on most, but not all, of the cars’ data via OnStar, and to date close to 33 million gallons […]

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The use of EV charging stations is growing in Canada’s westernmost province, British Columbia. Over 350 of the British Columbia’s (BC) 550 public charging stations are tracked by Powertech Labs, a BC Hydro subsidiary, and the data show that the number of vehicle charging sessions at those stations doubled between August 2013 and August 2014. […]

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September sales numbers being fed from the UK show Toyota’s hybrids are proving popular. Britain’s drivers are opting for hybrid vehicles in increasing numbers. Toyota said sales results for September and the first three quarters of 2014 showing the company’s hybrids attracting an ever greater proportion of customers. Figures released earlier this week by the […]

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As Australians are awaiting their first Model S deliveries, Tesla hoisted a bright red example six stories up to the top floor of Sydney’s Westfield Sidney shopping center. The 4,700-pound car with its full panoramic sunroof made it by way of freight hoist without mishap and now sits pretty for people to see, including those […]

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Volvo managed to obtain 450 horsepower out of a two-liter version of its Drive-E engine. Called High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept, this special version is a triple boost 2-liter engine. The goal was to demonstrate the company’s know-how in emission-reducing turbo technology. “When we launched the Drive-E powertrain family, our aim was to deliver the […]

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Volvo Car Group will be heating its Gent manufacturing plant with water from a nearby paper plant in order to reduce its emissions. Two Nordic region companies, Volvo Car Group and Stora Enso, a global paper products group, have joined forces to reduce carbon emissions at Volvo’s plant in Belgium by over 40 percent. The […]

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The Nissan Leaf has proved itself once again to be the most popular pure electric vehicle in the UK, with sales breaking national and European records in September. Figures released Monday by UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the Nissan Leaf sold 851 units during September, up 156 percent on the same […]

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Siemens is supporting green engineering by extending its partnership with the Greenpower Education Trust for another five years, until at least 2020. Siemens said the move will help ensure that Greenpower’s work with schools, colleges and universities to engage more young people in engineering from an early age continues internationally. Siemens added it has been […]

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Mercedes-Benz’ small cousin, the smart, is growing; smart launched in Paris last week a new generation of fortwo as well as a four door model, the forfour. “We are proud that we have been able to make the fortwo with the same length of 2.69 meters even safer and altogether more grown up,” said Markus […]

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