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A carmaker with plans to build a subcompact car powered by compressed air has just receive a big boost towards building its first U.S. factory. Pat Boone, a 1950′s musician best known for rock ‘n’ roll hits like “Ain’t That a Shame,” teamed up with Ethan Tucker from Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) to pitch the […]

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Last month was apparently a lightbulb moment for car shoppers in California and Oregon as Chevrolet saw a 509.3 percent sales increase for its Spark EV flying off of dealer lots. Its 920 sales crushed its previous best, May 2014′s 182 sales and until now the subcompact EV has more often cruised at the sub-100 […]

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Wrightspeed, best known for manufacturing aftermarket hybrid powertrains for commercial trucks, is adding a new turbine generator to its product line. Named the Fulcrum, this 250-pound turbine generator will not be providing power directly to the vehicle’s wheels. Instead, the series hybrid system focuses solely on recharging the battery pack. Turbines, mot unlike a helicopter’s […]

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After turning over 120,000 miles on the odometer, Dante Richardson says his Model S is still running strong. “I don’t know if it’s the software updates or some of the other changes that have occurred with the car, but I find myself increasingly enamored and happy with the car as time has passed,” says Richardson. […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for April were strong and the industry showed continuing improvement from one year ago, as most automakers showed gains. Battery electric vehicles had […]

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Throughout 2014, the website CarMD kept track of over 90,000 car repairs within the U.S., concluding that for the fourth straight year hybrid car repair costs were lower than the last. CarMD states that the reasoning behind this is largely due in part to the increase of supply of hybrid car parts, which is on account […]

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Imagine being able to select a vehicle on your smart phone, choose the delivery location of your choice and have access to said vehicle for up to a month. Audi is making this a reality. Through a new program called Audi on demand, customers have access to a wide range of the Audi vehicle lineup, […]

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Last week J.D. Powers’ U.S. Tech Choice Survey reported respondents overwhelmingly said they wanted advanced crash mitigation technologies and it so happens these are required to make the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) list. Our list culled from the latest IIHS data thus merges two desirable “technologies” – electrified powertrains […]

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A new congressionally mandated report published by the U.S. National Research Council states that current battery technology, vehicle cost, and lack of consumer knowledge are all obstacles preventing widespread endorsement of plug-in electric vehicles. The key to lowering overall vehicle cost according to ClickGreen would be to develop less expensive and more efficient batteries, this along with […]

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Preface This article co-written by Jeff Nisewanger, Patrick Groeneveld and George Bower first appeared on GM-Volt.com. It’s more than a little bit technical, but for those who want more than a cursory explanation, it’s based on GM patent US 8,602,938, issued in December 2013, and presentations by GM at an SAE vehicle electrification conference on […]

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