What does it take to drive the message home that electric cars can make real economic sense? For Nissan this involved giving drivers free gasoline then telling them that’s what it would have been like driving an all-electric Leaf – all for the cameras, of course. Nissan’s latest 30-second spot that began running today does […]

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Never mind all those previous reports suggesting or declaring unequivocally the next-generation Volt will get a three-cylinder 1.0-liter range-extending generator, because today General Motors disclosed it will be a 1.5-liter four. The new engine will have improved efficiency as part of an all-new family of 1.0-1.5-liter Ecotec engines and will be built at GM’s Flint […]

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Tesla’s pending Gigafactory battery plant will be needed to enable production of nearly a quarter million electric cars later this decade, and while they’re at it, Model 3 may spin off an SUV and station wagon variant. This word of the proposed $35,000 car came last week from Tesla’s vice president for engineering, Chris Porritt. […]

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Hot on the heels of Daimler which divested its entire stake of TSLA last week, on Friday Toyota said it had cashed in some of its Tesla profits too. Toyota in 2010 invested $50 million in Tesla and in March this year its 2.4-percent share had escalated in value to $690 million. Toyota did not […]

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Launched in December 2010, the Chevrolet Volt fleet has driven more than 1 billion total miles, with close to two-thirds of this without using gasoline in all-electric mode. The Volt’s Web site ticker keeps track based on most, but not all, of the cars’ data via OnStar, and to date close to 33 million gallons […]

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As Australians are awaiting their first Model S deliveries, Tesla hoisted a bright red example six stories up to the top floor of Sydney’s Westfield Sidney shopping center. The 4,700-pound car with its full panoramic sunroof made it by way of freight hoist without mishap and now sits pretty for people to see, including those […]

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Siemens is supporting green engineering by extending its partnership with the Greenpower Education Trust for another five years, until at least 2020. Siemens said the move will help ensure that Greenpower’s work with schools, colleges and universities to engage more young people in engineering from an early age continues internationally. Siemens added it has been […]

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As Toyota prepares to relocate from Torrance, Southern California to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, it has named its architectural firm to design its new campus for 4,000 employees. Drawings and specs for Toyota’s new corporate headquarters are to be overseen by Dallas-based Corgan as the lead architect known for sustainable designs, and in a statement, […]

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Volvo, long known for its high safety standards, aims to further streamline its products for even safer travels — that is, it wants to delete the driver. In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Peter Mertens, the company’s head of R&D, said Volvo would be doubling down in its development of self-driving vehicles. “We’ve started […]

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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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