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The BMW i8 has been one of the most anticipated performance cars in years, both for its faithful concept-to-production design and its radical hybrid-electric powertrain that strikes an excellent balance between conservation and outright performance. Power comes from a radical turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a pair of electric motors to deliver a combined 357 horsepower […]

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Actually, there are more than only 10 reasons to be encouraged that the electrification of transportation has a bright future. This round up however is in case anyone has any doubt after we gave a sober look at what yet gives critics breathing space to poke at the effort to rely on batteries instead of […]

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The EcoCAR competition is starting its third iteration later this year, and will challenge 16 North American universities to showcase their vision of the future of transportation. The event, the latest in the US Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series, is once again partnering with General Motors to supply the vehicles and other […]

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A battery pack replacement is not the only solution EV and hybrid vehicle owners have when faced with an underperforming battery pack. With the oldest hybrids being almost 15 years old, the trade and aftermarket industry has adapted to the new needs and changes such vehicles bring maintenance-wise. The most talked about issues has to […]

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What is it with Ford and its factory roofs? First in 2010, a 500-kw solar panel system was installed on the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. where — coincidentally of course — the company’s range of electrified compact vehicles are assembled. Next, a living roof was installed on the World HQ building in 2012 […]

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In 1908, the Model T sparked an explosion for Ford’s sales with a boom heard around the world. After the U.S. was introduced to hybrids before 2000, noises were heard, but advocates still look forward to a “game changer.” One big reason for hybrid and plug-in vehicles has been to reduce emissions and petroleum consumption, […]

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The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf are in the critics’ spotlights yet again, and this time it’s how little value is left after only a few years of ownership. First, Wired looked specifically at the Leaf, which can be leased for a ridiculously small amount: $2,400 down and $199 a month for 36 months. The […]

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Consumer Reports has released an update on its long-term Tesla Model S tester, and while the organization still enjoys its revolutionary nature, driving performance and good safety scores, its example has suffered a decent string of issues. Having covered nearly 16,000 miles in CR’s care, the Model S – which CR purchased to eliminate ostensible […]

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It isn’t often that Toyota shows a self-aware sense of humor in its press releases. The latest example, listing three reasons why hybrids should be in everyone’s driveway, starts like this: “You don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology.” The pious Prius driver […]

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E85 fuel has finally reached western Canada. Arcade Station, located at 4370 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, British Columbia, offers Regular and Diesel fuel in addition to E85, which is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petroleum fuel. Western Canada’s only gas station selling E85 Ethanol fuel, on its opening in Vancouver. […]

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