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Next-Generation VW Golf Looks To XL1 Eco Car For Better MPG

Next-Generation VW Golf Looks To XL1 Eco Car For Better MPG

The Volkswagen XL1 is a high-technology, high-cost plug-in hybrid that, while intriguing, will do very little do directly change the automotive landscape. Like many such projects though, lessons learned from its development and status as a rolling economy experiment could help production...

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Still In Very Short Supply: Why?

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid received very positive reviews when it was launched almost a year ago. Its EPA fuel-efficiency rating of 47 mpg combined approaches that of the... read more August 18, 2014 by 


 
First 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid coupes delivered at Pebble Beach

First BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sport Coupes Delivered At Pebble Beach Concours

The annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is perhaps the premiere classic car event in the country. Lately, it's become a place for manufacturers to preview their newest... read more August 18, 2014 by 


 
Honda Brio minicar

Could Honda's Future 1.0-Liter Be World's Most Efficient Engine?

The last time Honda made a 1.0-liter gasoline engine, it broke new records for fuel efficiency. Found under the hood of the original Insight hybrid, it still has the highest... read more August 18, 2014 by 


 
Saleen FOURSIXTEEN

Saleen FourSixteen Is Modified Tesla Model S: Full Details

Saleen used the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to unveil its take on the Tesla Model S electric sedan, the FourSixteen. More familiar to fans of high-performance... read more August 18, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S on Chilcotin Highway, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]

Tesla Model S Drivetrain Warranty Rises To 8 Years, Same As Battery Pack

Starting a new car company isn't easy. Given the complexity and cost of cars, buyers are often hesitant to try an unknown quantity. If a car gets even a hint of a reputation... read more August 17, 2014 by 


 
Pickup truck "rolling coal"

Cadillac Vs Tesla, Electric Boats, Rolling Coal: The Week In Reverse (VIDEO)

Do you know what it's called when a diesel trucker deliberately covers an electric car in soot? And how did we get to spend a lovely July day on the waters of Lake George in... read more August 16, 2014 by 


 
Toyota FCV Concept

Hydrogen Costs, Hybrid Garbage Truck, Cadillac ELR Realism: Today's Car News

Today's news is all about realism. A study estimates the cost of making hydrogen competitive with gasoline, a GM executive puts the Cadillac ELR in perspective, and a hybrid... read more August 15, 2014 by 


 
Solar canopy at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan

Ford HQ To Have Michigan's Largest Solar Array, 30 Charging Stations Included

Building electric cars and plug-in hybrids is great, but what if there's no place to charge them? Ford is starting a project that will not only give employees a place to... read more August 15, 2014 by 


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

To Get Hydrogen Competitive With Gasoline: $1 Billion, Cheap Natural Gas Needed

While battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars have had much of the spotlight to themselves for the past four years, we're going to be hearing a lot more about hydrogen... read more August 15, 2014 by 


 
2014 Cadillac  ELR

Cadillac ELR Not A Tesla Competitor, GM Exec Acknowledges

Mark Reuss, the head of global product development for General Motors, has acknowledged that GM may not have a vehicle that competes directly with the Tesla Model S electric... read more August 15, 2014 by 


 
Parker Runwise hydraulic hybrid garbage truck (City of Seymour)

Hybrid Garbage Truck Now On Sale In U.S.: Saving Fuel While Hauling Trash

We can buy a hybrid or electric vehicles and cover the roof of our homes in solar panels, but when it comes to other aspects of our daily lives a fossil-fuel reducing... read more August 15, 2014 by 


 
Smart Fortwo drag racing ad

Smart Electric Drive Ad: Where Winning Drag Races Really Counts

Whatever you think of the diminutive city cars produced by Daimler's Smart brand, the company certainly has a talent for marketing. The latest ad from Smart Canada has the... read more August 15, 2014 by 


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Battery Upgrade, Mazda Diesel Hybrid, Chevy Volt Fleet Use: Today's Car News

We start today with an unusual proposition: newly redesigned battery packs for used Tesla Roadster electric cars. We've also got stories on Mazda's upcoming (Japan-only)... read more August 14, 2014 by 


 
Elco Motor Yachts - 1899 'Wenona' launch - electric boat

Electric Boats: As In Cars, Battery Power Offers Advantages On The Water

The world now has something around half a million plug-in electric cars on the roads, and electric propulsion is slowly spreading into other types of transportation. One of... read more August 14, 2014 by 


 
2015 Mazda Mazda6

Mazda To Offer Diesel-Hybrid (In Japan Only) While U.S. Diesels Still MIA

Mazda's American customers are still waiting on their first diesel model, but the Japanese brand could soon offer its home-market customers a diesel hybrid option too... read more August 14, 2014 by 


 
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