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Echo Automotive Fails: Bolt-On Plug-In Hybrid Kits Used Bright Technology

Echo Automotive Fails: Bolt-On Plug-In Hybrid Kits Used Bright Technology

Starting a company is tough; starting a company in the green automotive field may be even tougher. So it seemed like the engineering team from defunct startup Bright Automotive, once granted investment by GM, might have a second chance to see their technology on the road. The assets and... read more

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Smith Electric Vehicles Newton

Electric-Truck Maker Smith Gets $42 Million In New Investment

Smith Electric Vehicles may be rebounding after it suspended operations last month. The Kansas City-based maker of electric trucks announced that it has secured a $42 million... read more May 14, 2014 by 


 
Nissan e-NV200 electric van on assembly line in Barcelona, Spain; production started in May 2014

Nissan e-NV200 Electric Minivan Production Starts In Spain (VIDEO)

Nissan officially started production of its second electric vehicle, the Nissan e-NV200 small van, at its assembly plant in Barcelona, Spain. The battery-electric van blends... read more May 6, 2014 by 


 
Semi trailer

Why Little APUs Can Save Giant Amounts Of Diesel Fuel

If you've never heard of an APU, you may not be a long-haul trucker. The acronym stands for auxiliary power unit, in this case a generator or other form of generating... read more April 27, 2014 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

It's Not Just Cars: Diesel Tractors, Construction Equipment Clean Up Emissions Too

Cars and utility vehicles are getting greener, but they're far from the only vehicles out there. To reduce the environmental impact of internal-combustion engines in a... read more March 24, 2014 by 


 
Walmart WAVE concept truck.

Is Walmart's WAVE Concept Truck The Fuel-Efficient Future Of Semis?

Heavy-duty trucks spend more time on the road than passenger vehicles, so improving their efficiency can have a major effect on emissions--and their owners' bottom lines... read more March 3, 2014 by 


 
Semi trailer

Gasoline-Fueled Diesel Truck Engine Cuts Fuel Use, Emissions

How do you make a diesel engine more efficient? One answer may surprise you: Run it on gasoline. That's what researchers at Sweden's Lund University are doing, and they... read more February 28, 2014 by 


 
Nissan NV200 'Taxi of Tomorrow' in New York City livery, road test, Dec 2013

Nissan NYC 'Taxi Of Tomorrow': Not Fast, But Great For Riders

If you're driving into rural areas to spend time with nature, there's nothing more noticeable than a bright yellow New York City taxi cab to do it in. A couple of months ago... read more February 25, 2014 by 


 
Fiat's Doblo Cargo. Image: Fiat

2015 Ram ProMaster City Small Van To Compete With Ford Transit Connect

For Ram, big things really do come in small packages. Buying the smallest vehicle possible is often the most direct way to reduce fuel consumption, and the 2015 Ram ProMaster... read more December 4, 2013 by 


 
Hino 195h diesel-electric hybrid Class 5 cab-over-engine truck

Toyota's Largest, Heaviest Hybrid: Hino 195h Truck

The Toyota Prius may be the most popular hybrid model of the many Toyota sells. But the company's largest hybrid vehicle weighs more than six new 2014 Prius Liftbacks when... read more November 24, 2013 by 


 
Nissan e-NV200 electric van prototype, Oppama, Japan, Oct 2012

Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van On Sale In Japan Next Year

After more than a year of testing and previews, the Nissan e-NV200 electric van is finally going on sale. In Japan, that is. The e-NV200 will hit showrooms in its home market... read more November 21, 2013 by 


 
Via Motors extended-range electric van

Via Motors Range-Extended Electric Cargo Van Completes Crash Testing

Another range-extended electric vehicle is getting closer to the market, as Via Motors' electric cargo van has moved one step nearer to production. Via says the van has now... read more November 4, 2013 by 


 
2013 MINI Clubvan

The Missing MINI Model: Clubvan Withdrawn After Just 50 Sales

We've always liked small vans, especially those derived from wagons--as rare as wagons are these days. But it turns out that the latest small van--the 2013 MINI Clubvan--both... read more July 17, 2013 by  4


 
2012 Ford Transit Connect 'glider' intended for electric conversion, as offered on eBay Motors

Build Your Own Ford Transit Connect Electric: Gliders On eBay

Remember the now-defunct Ford Transit Connect Electric? It was the all-electric conversion of the Transit Connect delivery van that actually sank Azure Dynamics, which... read more June 18, 2013 by  4


 
2015 Chevrolet Cargo Express

Could Small 2015 Chevy City Express Van Offer All-Electric Model?

This morning, Chevrolet announced that in the fall of 2014, it will start selling a small commercial van called the City Express in the U.S. and Canada. That van will be... read more May 14, 2013 by  6


 
2014 Ford Transit van

2014 Ford Transit Van: Fuel-Efficient Diesel Option Unveiled

The diesel engine for the 2014 Ford Transit van will be a five-cylinder PowerStroke model, the company announced today, extending the fuel efficiency benefits of clean-diesel... read more December 9, 2012 by  13


 
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