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Former UK science minister and racing driver Lord Paul Drayson is bringing his Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le Mans Prototype racing car to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in an attempt to raise the sub-1000 kilograms electric car world land speed record. Drayson Racing achieved a 204.2mph average speed (subject to FIA homologation) over […]

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Mercedes-Benz has taken a huge step forward in its autonomous driving research. When it sent its S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle along a historic route in August 2013, Mercedes-Benz became the first motor manufacturer to demonstrate the feasibility of autonomous driving on both interurban and urban routes. The route in question, covering the 100 […]

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The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu arriving in dealerships this fall will be the first midsize sedan sold in the U.S. to offer stop/start technology standard on its 2.5L base model. The 2.5 liters 4-cylinder Malibu has an EPA-estimated rating of 25 city and 36 highway mpg – a 14 percent improvement in city fuel economy. The […]

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Nissan’s engineers have been inspired by the animal kingdom as they develop new technologies that will shape the future of mobility. One of Nissan’s longer term R&D goals is to achieve virtually zero fatalities and serious injuries among occupants of its vehicles. Toru Futami, engineering director of advanced technology and research, said that studying the […]

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BAE Systems’ Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system successfully completed 2,000 miles of testing on a fully integrated “Hotbuck” mobility platform. BAE considers this a significant milestone for the U.S. Army’s GCV program. According to BAE, the Hotbuck is a stationary, state-of-the-art test stand that simulates real-life environments and terrain and puts […]

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ECOtality now has one more worry to take care of. Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announced Friday, August 23, that it is investigating potential claims on behalf of purchasers of the securities of ECOtality, Inc. concerning possible violations of federal securities laws. The investigation focuses on ECOtality’s operations and financial prospects between April 16, […]

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Ford is studying communications between space robots and Earth to enhance future applications of the connected car communications protocol. According to Ford, the research furthers the company’s commitment to industry leadership in the development of connected vehicle communications to help reduce traffic congestion and aid in the advancement of emergency vehicle communication methods. One way […]

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Southern California Edison (SCE) released a white paper regarding insights gleaned from its Electric Vehicle (EV) readiness program. The paper, titled “Charged Up: Southern California Edison’s Key Learnings about Electric Vehicles, Our Customers and Grid Reliability,” shares information based on customer data and utility operations gathered since SCE began to prepare the distribution system and […]

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San Diego-based Envision Solar International, Inc. announced that it has completed the engineering and fabrication of the world’s first fully autonomous, fully mobile, fully renewable electric vehicle charging station. Named EV ARC, the charger is ready to ship to customers. Envision Solar describes itself as a leading sustainable infrastructure product designer and developer. According to […]

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Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the agenda for its 13th annual automotive Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF). IESF 2013 is a day-long, free conference which covers all aspects of electrical and electronic design/simulation within the automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway industries. IESF 2013 takes place on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Ford Conference Center in […]

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