Electric cars are presented as a solution for society’s needs to curb emissions and reduce petroleum consumption, but are they really environmentally friendly? The way researchers try to answer this question is by a “cradle-to-grave” life cycle analysis. This normally takes into account three phases – 1) the manufacturing process, 2) a car’s life in […]

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Volvo announced that it has acquired 100 percent of Polestar, a high performance company that works exclusively with Volvo cars. Under the agreement, finalized with an undisclosed purchase price, Volvo will absorb all of Polestar’s employees and holdings (with the exception of the racing division). In turn, Volvo plans to tap into Polestar’s tuning expertise […]

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It’s a concept that’s been slowly building momentum for about 20 years: not only can electrified vehicles draw power from the grid, but they can also be used to supply power in return. Vehicle to grid technology (V2G), as it’s known, is based on the premise that any vehicle with an electrified powertrain – including […]

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Despite cutbacks in May to generous incentives, Norway’s love affair with cars that can run on electricity means plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) now account for 22.9 percent of new cars sales. Comprised of battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids, if the same thing were to happen in the U.S. on a percentage basis, it would […]

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For some, the Chevy Volt has been a slippery fish to define with regards to whether it will really save them in energy costs. Does it get just 37 mpg like the window sticker says? Does it return an astronomical, if not confusing and questionable “98 MPGe” like a pure electric car? While critics have […]

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Audi has been making steady progress over the past six months to increase its alternatively-fueled vehicle line-up, and now plans to add a new plug-in and a fuel cell vehicle to the list. The current buzz surrounds Audi’s upcoming all-electric crossover, the Q6. A member of Audi’s board of management for Technical Development, Prof. Dr. […]

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If we showed you an independent research source that reveals how a $32,500 Chevy Volt earns back the difference and then saves you $6,000 in five years ownership time compared to a $21,400 Chevy Cruze, would you be interested? Before we get to that, if you’re just beginning to look into alternative energy vehicles, a […]

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Today the Porsche 918 Spyder joins the history books. Five years after the original concept shocked those in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, production of the 887 horsepower hybrid supercar has ceased with the last model rolling off the line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Just 918 of the cars were made. The 918 Spyder now joins […]

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For the past several years the public and media have had their hands full grappling with overlapping terms for electrified vehicles – and just when we were all getting comfortable with a century old lexicon focused on fuel from “fossils” and the power of the “horse.” Fossil fuels and horsepower don’t appear to be on […]

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Since 2009 only half a dozen plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) have sold more than 25,000, and last month three more were added to the list. The sales volumes of the BYD Qin plug-in hybrid, all-electric Renault Zoe, and all-electric BMW i3 and i3 REx are the result of regional markets for two of them, with […]

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