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    Tesla Model S and Model X 100 kWh Battery Pack Believed Pending

    A report coming from the Netherlands suggests that Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X SUV will soon have a 100-killowatt-hour battery pack. The evidence was discovered by Dutch blog Kenteken.TV on the database of RDW, the Netherlands regulator and European authority used by Tesla to approve its vehicles for European Union roads. Three new […]

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    200-Mile Range Opel Ampera-e To Debut at Paris Auto Show

    Chevrolet’s forthcoming Bolt EV will electrify more than just North American consumers, and as expected, it’s changing its name to the Opel Ampera-e and will be unveiled at September’s Paris auto show. As you can see in the photos, the only exterior difference is the European edition gets Opel’s lightning flash insignia on the grille. […]

    UCS Study Identifies ‘Leaders and Laggards’ in PEV Sales Beyond California

    Plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) need product diversity and broad distribution to dealer lots to see sales gains outside of California, according to a new study. While diversity in PEVs offered by automakers has improved, their low volumes at dealerships outside of California is hurting sales growth, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). In […]

    UL Preparing to Launch Standards on Second-Life for PEV Batteries

    With a wave of used lithium-ion batteries coming to market, UL is preparing to issue second-life standards for safety, performance, and durability. Plug-in electrified vehicle batteries are being used for emergency back-up power and as the foundation for startups of new subsidiaries like Tesla Energy. A Forbes writer spoke with Ken Boyce, UL’s principal engineering […]

    New Tech Could Boost EV Range

    Researchers may have figured out a way to keep batteries from draining when not in use, while also setting them for faster recharge times. The patent-pending tech uses a thin plastic membrane to prevent battery discharge by controlling how charge flows within a battery. Developed by Ohio State engineers, the so-called “smart” membrane was inspired […]

    Boosting Octane Is a Hot Issue for Automakers But Not Until After 2025 for the EPA

    While a few automotive executives would like to see octane boosted in gasoline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) likely won’t be looking at it for years. Dan Nicholson, General Motors’ vice president of global propulsion systems, said that GM could boost fuel economy in most engines by about 5 percent if U.S. fuel had […]

    Nissan Hints a Performance Electric Leaf Being Considered

    A 60 kilowatt-hour battery is expected when a new Nissan Leaf electric car arrives next year, and now a hint has been dropped that a performance version could also be coming. While speaking with Britain’s Car Magazine about an upcoming performance electric vehicle, Gareth Dunsmore, director of EV Nissan Europe hinted at more performance by saying, […]