Some people said Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dream a couple years ago was just to drum up publicity but now a first stage in its becoming a reality is underway. Plans by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies are for a 5-mile test track near the central California town of Quay Valley to begin construction by 2016 […]

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With a third major manufacturer due to begin offering subsidized fuel cell vehicles in California this year, the public’s imagination has been alternately captivated by FCVs’ potential or in cases incensed over the alleged effrontery. To say it’s been a controversial topic for some would be an understatement. But beyond Honda, Hyundai and soon Toyota, […]

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A development project in the Northeastern U.S. released a new plan for zero emission vehicles in the region that includes adding 10,800 hydrogen-powered vehicles to the roads. New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and New Jersey make up the region. Each state has its own individual outline as part of the […]

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It remains unclear whether Apple is building an electric car, but evidence is mounting that it is as A123 Systems has filed a lawsuit alleging the Silicon Valley firm is systematically poaching top-level employees from it and others. “Apple is currently developing a large-scale battery division to compete in the very same field as A123,” […]

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This week automotive industry watchers are trying to determine why Apple is “poaching” top-level auto executives and other automakers’ employees, and the speculation has it Apple may want to build its own all-electric minivan. Officially Apple Inc. has not answered requests for comment. Unofficially one report says an Apple employee has spoken of giving Tesla […]

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Sharing conceptual elements with the Elio three-wheeled trike/car, the all-electric or gas-powered Spira is another take on an efficient, inexpensive and safe mode of transportation. In this case, while the Spira has been crash tested and proved respectable for its size in protecting occupants, the extremely efficient 500-pound or so commuter is also built with […]

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Gasoline might be inexpensive these days but plug-in cars are still increasing global market share. Comprised of all-electric and plug-in hybrids, and generally known as plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs), the global stock crested past 712,000 cumulative sales through December 2014 and is still accelerating. Among nationwide markets, the U.S. is by far the largest PEV […]

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The Secretary-General of OPEC predicted that oil prices have hit the bottom and will begin surging towards $200 a barrel, though he didn’t estimate a timeline for the price increase. The current prices of $45 to $55 a barrel denote the market’s bottom, said OPEC’s Secretary-General Abdulla al-Badri. The drop in oil prices have resulted […]

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Vehicle electrification is picking up pace and the low oil prices we are currently seeing will not change that trend. This was the message conveyed by Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at the Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany. Bosch stated it expects roughly 15 percent of all […]

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Burlington, Vt., has announced that 100-percent of its electricity is now coming from renewable sources. The city said most of the electricity is generated by hydropower, tapping from a local river as well as a dam in Maine. More than a third of the power comes from a biomass facility, which burns scrap wood to […]

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