Cadillac has struggled to sell the 2014 ELR this year, is now quietly offering around $12,500 in rebates, and discounting, and its 16.5-kwh battery will be replaced with a 17.1-kwh pack like the Chevy Volt just got. It’s believed this should net an incremental range increase, and might even help MPGe as a similar increase […]

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Updates to the 2015 Chevy Volt include minor things like interior and exterior color choices, WiFi connectivity, and … an unannounced upgrade to the propulsion battery to 17.1 kilowatt-hours – up from 16.5. The extended-range electric Volt was launched December 2010 as a 2011 model with a 16.0-kwh pack rated at 35 miles electric range, […]

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Mercedes-Benz’ involvement in Formula 1 translates into new hybrid and lightweight solutions for the brand’s road-going cars. “Technologies like direct fuel injection found their way in to series production via the Silver Arrows of the 1950s”, said Prof Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz […]

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Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. will host its biggest annual celebration for thousands of loyal Mitsubishi Motors brand enthusiasts at the 2014 Mitsubishi Owner’s Day (MOD), including EV and PHEV presence. The event will be held at the company’s North American headquarters located at 6400 Katella Avenue in Cypress, California 90630. The festivities kick off […]

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According to some in the industry, one of the next steps on the way to improve electric drive and plug-in hybrid vehicles is wireless charging. With this concept in mind, Daimler and BMW are jointly developing and implementing one common wireless charging technology. Wireless battery charging will make the handling of electric drive and plug-in […]

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Volvo has developed a Plug-in Hybrid, Twin Engine technology and it will be offered first in the upcoming redesigned XC90 SUV. Volvo Cars said its all-new XC90 all-wheel drive seven-seater will deliver 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, but with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60 g/kilometer (NEDC driving cycle). The Swedish company […]

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Volkswagen has unveiled an all-new Passat for Europe at a ceremony at the Volkswagen Design Center in Potsdam, Germany. The latest car, which will be premiered at the Paris Motor Show in October, is the eighth-generation of the Passat, which over the past 41 years has racked up over 23 million sales worldwide. Volkswagen stated […]

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Last month Ford may have cut back the EPA rating of some of its cars including the plug-in Fusion Energi, but that did not hurt its sales one iota as the car trounced its previous best monthly sales with 1,939 units sold. By contrast, the Chevrolet Volt sold 1,777 units in June, and the Prius […]

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We’ve seen PHEV, diesel-hybrid and natural gas powered vehicles. How about combining compressed natural gas and EV technologies? Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) just did so, announcing a partnership to develop a class-4 vehicle that combines the benefits of compressed natural gas (CNG) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) describes itself […]

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BMW had fun electrifying golfers with its BMW i8. Before they got down to business on day one of the BMW International Open on Thursday, four of the 156-strong field at the only European Tour event in Germany were in action in front of the camera for a one-off video at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof. […]

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