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One Achilles’ heel endured by the Chevrolet Volt’s otherwise exceptional powertrain has been it is not a complete home run in the eyes of would-be buyers. Sure it can go months between fill-ups if kept within its 35-40 mile electric range – twice that of the next-nearest plug-in hybrid – but it gets 37 mpg on […]

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Last week in Indianapolis we had opportunity to drive a Ford E-350 van converted to a plug-in series hybrid by ALTe while learning also of the company’s plans for the alternative energy fleet market. Before retrofitting a 2.0-liter Ford Focus four-cylinder engine/generator, two Remy motors, and 21.6-kwh A123 Systems battery pack, the Ford got around […]

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If Walmart has its way, it will change the look and powertrain of 18-wheels trucks as we know it. Walmart showcased its futuristic truck March 26 at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience is a tractor-trailer that combines leading edge aerodynamics, an advanced turbine-powered range extending series hybrid […]

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Today the San Jose-based start-up Wrightspeed announced a series hybrid powertrain retrofit kit for waste haulers that seriously curtail waste of fuel. The company only makes series hybrid kits, and its new Route HD kit it says is (theoretically) cleaner than an all-electric vehicle in that its Capstone microturbine power generator boasts negligible emissions. “Even […]

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What do a supercar and a garbage truck have in common? The answer, says Ian Wright, founder and CEO of series hybrid powertrain maker, Wrightspeed, is “both need lots of power.” And, lots of power normally requires lots of fuel, but Wright’s San Jose-based company has technology combining a compact “microturbine” engine with plug-in series […]

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