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Roberto Fedeli, head of engineering at Italian automaker Maserati, is under orders from parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to deliver a battery electric car as soon as possible. During a conversation with Car and Driver at the recent Paris Motor Show, Fedeli confirmed the poste-haste timeline. “I think that we could show something before 2020,” he […]

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September auto sales numbers are in, and like the U.S., Germany’s battery electrics and plug-in hybrids saw a huge gain. The KBA, Germany’s motor transit authority, recorded 1,641 new all-electric cars on the roads in September, up 77 percent from September 2015, along with 1,420 plug-in hybrids, up 37 percent from September 2015. Between them […]

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Michigan officials are standing firm in denying Tesla Motors’s application for a state automobile dealer license. “The license was denied because state law explicitly requires a dealer to have a bona fide contract with an auto manufacturer to sell its vehicles,” said Gisgie Gendreau, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, in a statement. Since […]

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Nearly two decades after the first Toyota Prius went on sale in Japan, the cost of hybrid technology is now less than diesel, according to the original Prius lead engineer, Satoshi Ogiso. In an exclusive interview with Forbes’ contributor Bertel Schmitt, Ogiso said a cost advantage for the technology he was part of from the […]

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As of yesterday, select London ride-hailing Uber drivers began driving leased Nissan Leafs for a trial period the two companies are referring to as “a new, major electric vehicle (EV) project” The program begins with 20 battery-electric Leafs followed with 30 BYD E6 electric small SUVs. An Uber spokesman was unable to say what the […]

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Lithium ion batteries are here to stay as the main choice for future hybrids and EVs, according to Navigant Research’s Electric Vehicle Batteries report. The steady increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to advances in EV batteries, particularly those using lithium ion (Li-ion) technology. While early hybrid vehicles featured nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) […]

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Honda opened the Honda Smart Home US on March 25, showcasing technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. The home, located on the West Village campus of the University of California, Davis, is capable according to Honda of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to […]

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