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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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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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A comprehensive study commissioned by Congress surveying adoption and growth of the plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) market recommends the federal tax credit become a point-of-sale rebate. This recommendation has been politically dead on arrival as endorsed by President Barack Obama for the past four years or more, but the 205-page exhaustive and throughly vetted non-partisan […]

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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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As we reported on Friday would happen, today the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association held an event acknowledging plug-in electrified vehicle number 50,000 at the country’s Drammen Harbor. Today the registration plate EL 60000 was granted to a Tesla Model S purchased as number 50,000. The plate is 10,000 above because the “EL” plate series began […]

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With all-wheel drive courtesy of four individual motors, the Toroidion electric supercar concept boasts quick battery swapping and 1,341 horsepower (1 Megawatt). Designed and built in Finland, the company was founded in 2011 to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMans. The one megawatt (1,000 kilowatts) comes by two front 200-kilowatt motors offering direct drive, […]

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Cadillac has announced the CT6 plug-in-hybrid version of its newly reveled flagship as expected in Shangahi. According to the automaker, the new four-cylinder turbo-based PHEV system is projected to more than double the fuel economy of its conventional powertrain siblings. “The first-ever CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, making it an ideal platform for Cadillac […]

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Never mind all the suggestions floating out there that the Bolt EV concept that was nearly surprise-revealed January in Detroit sounds too much like “Volt.” And forget all the reports that Chevrolet may name it something else. Without confirming exactly when it will be put into production a name has been decided, says Chevrolet: Its […]

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One of the requirements still needed to push hydrogen-powered cars into the mainstream is finding a way to economically produce the fuel, and a team of researchers said they have found the solution. Corn – easy and inexpensive to grow – could be the key that moves fuel cell vehicles (FCV) from fringe technology to […]

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By now nearly everyone watching alternative energy transportation knows Mitsubishi is long delayed bringing its Outlander plug-in hybrid to the U.S., but it is on its way and now, says the company, so is a smaller sized Outlander Sport PHEV. Speaking with AutoGuide from the sidelines of the New York auto show last week, Mitsubishi […]

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