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Next Toyota Prius Hybrid: 40-Percent Thermal Efficiency From Engine, Toyota Says

Next Toyota Prius Hybrid: 40-Percent Thermal Efficiency From Engine, Toyota Says

You may not hear about the thermal efficiency of engines much: It's the ratio of how efficiently they use the energy in the fuel they burn. Conventional gasoline engines have long run about 25 percent, diesels at 30 to 35 percent. But the gasoline engine to be used in the next generation of the... read more

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Purported Audi Q6 electric crossover teaser image

Audi Q6 Electric 'SUV Coupe' Arrives In 2018 Or 2019: CEO

It's now clear that we'll see a slew of all-electric luxury vehicles with ranges of 200 miles or more from German makers Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz starting in 2017 or... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Will Tesla Model 3 Electric Car Hit 2017 Production Date?

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has done many remarkable things in its short decade of existence--including a few the auto industry viewed as impossible. But the company has... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
2016 Volvo XC90 T8 'Twin Engine' plug-in hybrid, Spain, Feb 2015

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid Priced At $69,100; Sportier R-Design Is $71,000

We'd missed it until now, but pricing for the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 'Twin Engine' plug-in hybrid SUV was released earlier this month. The base XC90 T8 Momentum trim level... read more April 24, 2015 by 


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

GM Confirms Electric-Car Name Will Be 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Well, they did it. General Motors confirmed yesterday that its upcoming 200-mile battery-electric car will be named the Chevrolet Bolt EV. That's Bolt-with-a-B, not... read more April 16, 2015 by 


 
2015 BMW 4-Series 4-door Sedan 435i RWD Gran Coupe Grille

BMW i5 In 2018 To Have Very Electric Plug-In Hybrid: Why It's Important

Of the four prestige German auto brands, BMW is clearly the most aggressive in its plans for plug-in electric cars in various segments. Last year it launched the BMW i3... read more April 13, 2015 by 


 
2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos

Electric Volkswagen Bus Teased Again: Will It Be Real This Time?

The idea is as cool as it is durable: An all-electric reincarnation of the classic Volkswagen Bus, beloved people carrier of the Sixties and Seventies. It was first mentioned... read more April 9, 2015 by 


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Decades Of Promises: 'Dude, Where's My Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car?'

Designing, engineering, testing, producing, and selling cars run by anything other than gasoline engines is hard, expensive, and challenging. Carmakers routinely lose money... read more March 31, 2015 by 


 
Chevrolet Bolt Concept  -  2015 Detroit Auto Show live photos

GM To Forge Ahead With Electric, Plug-In Hybrid, Other Electrified Vehicles

When oil prices drop, the knee-jerk response of many analysts is to forecast doom for sales of electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and other green cars. That's not something... read more March 29, 2015 by 


 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Limited Edition

VW To Decide On QuantumScape Solid-State Battery Technology By Summer

Volkswagen will soon decide whether to pursue an entirely new type of battery technology for its future electric cars. The German carmaker has acquired a small stake in... read more March 25, 2015 by 


 
1997 Dodge EPIC electric minivan

Chrysler Plug-In Hybrid Minivan To Bring Company Full Circle

We know very little about the plug-in hybrid version that Fiat Chrysler will launch sometime after the new 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is unveiled next year. But... read more March 24, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model X testing on California road, Mar 2015  [Twitter: ModelXnews]

Tesla Model X: Video, Spy Shots Of Prototype Testing On CA Roads

The Tesla Model X should be arriving in buyers' driveways within six months, if the company keeps to its latest schedule and starts delivering the all-electric SUV in the... read more March 23, 2015 by 


 
Nissan Sway Concept  -  2015 Geneva Motor Show live photos

2017 Nissan Leaf: What We Know So Far About New Electric Car

The Nissan Leaf is by far the highest-volume electric car ever sold, with total sales now approaching 200,000 units. First launched for 2011, the Leaf got some updates in the... read more March 13, 2015 by 


 
Purported Audi Q6 electric crossover teaser image

UPDATE: Audi Q6 (Tesla Model X Competitor) Confirmed: Sleek Electric SUV May Beat It On Range

With the all-new 2016 Audi Q7 now launched at last week's Geneva Motor Show, and a diesel plug-in hybrid model to follow, luxury maker Audi can turn its attention to its next... read more March 11, 2015 by 


 
Honda FCV Concept

Honda Fuel-Cell Vehicle U.S. Sales Date Gets A Little Fuzzier

Honda is expected to join Toyota and Hyundai in offering hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the U.S., but the timeline for that may have become a bit fuzzier. The Japanese... read more March 5, 2015 by 


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

GM Officially Confirms It Will Build Chevy Bolt Electric Car With 200-Mile Range

Six days ago, Reuters broke the story that GM would indeed build and sell the Chevrolet Bolt electric car, but that production would start late next year--not in 2017 as... read more February 12, 2015 by 


 

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