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Production Elio Three-Wheeler Still a Year Away


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The frugal (and quite interesting) Elio three wheeler is not dead, but its market launch has been pushed back a year to 2016. Apparently, the company’s sketchy finances are the reason, as it needs $240 million to get production going, and so far it’s reportedly only raised just over a quarter of it.

Infiniti Throttles Back on All-Electric Ambitions


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Infiniti was supposed to turn the LE concept into a production car in 2015, but plans for the model have now been halted. The company is apparently going to concentrate on more mainstream models first, before it tries to sell a niche all-electric vehicle.

Plug-Ins Won Over Consumers Easier than Hybrids Did


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Gasoline-electric hybrids first appeared in the late 1990s in the US, the most notable model being the 1999 Toyota Prius. By their fourth year on the market, this genre of vehicle had managed to sell 100,000, but it seems they’re now being outpaced by plug-in vehicles.

GTI, What GTI? VW Golf GTE Sprints to 100 KM/h / 62 MPH in 6.3 Seconds!


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Now, while VW may be marketing the Golf GTE as a greener alternative to the full-blown GTI model, the latter is actually much closer to the GTI than the diesel GTD is in terms of performance. The plug-in hybrid model was recently clocked as being able to hit 100 km/h or 62 mph in 6.3 seconds.

Doesn't the Chevrolet Bolt Concept Look Close-to-Production?


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Those were the words used by GM CEO Mary Barra to describe the new compact EV by Chevrolet. The Bolt has neither been confirmed for production nor denied, but it’s a bit too eerily similar to a BMW i3 for them to not be seriously considering it.

Mercedes Reveals C350 Plug-In Hybrid in Detroit with 19 Miles / 31 Km Electric Range


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Meet the Mercedes C350 plug-in hybrid, a model that promises V6 levels of performance coupled with ultra-low economy figures and usable EV-only range. Just unveiled at the Detroit auto show, the C350e (as it will come to be known) has a claimed zero to sixty time of 5.9 seconds (in sedan guise) and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph or 249 km/h.

GM Confident New Technology Will Improve Fuel Consumption by 15 Percent


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GM Ventures is confident that the Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF) system developed by Silicon Valley-based startup Tula Technology will result in a “revolutionary new fuel economy technology” for gasoline engine-powered GM vehicles.

BMW Reveals Home Solar Charging Solution for Electric i Models


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For those owners of BMW i models (currently only the i3 or i8) will now be able to charge their car using solar power via an official system. Intuitively called BMW i Home Charging Services, it features a big solar panel, supporting structure and charger.

Revised VW Polo BlueMotion Priced in the UK


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This latest incarnation of the VW Polo BlueMotion formula comes with a twist on the usual. It’s now available for the first time with a petrol engine, a 1.0-liter TSI turbo, and it’s just been priced for the UK market, where it starts at £14,730 (in three-door form).

Next-Gen Toyota Prius Underwent a Last Minute Redesign


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Toyota’s newfound focus on the design of its cars has also reached the slightly awkward-looking Prius.

Apparently, the final design proposal for the vehicle was turned down last year by the company’s top execs, who are clearly acting to uphold the company president’s desire to hold design in high regard.

Renault Reportedly Readying Citroen C4 Cactus Rival


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Renault is reportedly working on its own car to do battle with the Citroen C4 Cactus, a car which is basically a supermini, but one offering interior space from the class above and nifty crossover styling.

Renault's Twin-Pot Two-Stroke Diesel Engine with Supercharger and Turbocharger


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Engines don’t need to be big and powerful to be worth talking about, and there’s no better example to support that than Renault’s recently announced two-cylinder two-stroke diesel engine.

Its focus is squarely on efficiency and compactness, and with a displacement of 730 cc it can still put out anywhere between 47 to 68 hp.

Multi-Speed Transmission for EVs in the Works


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Nowadays, if you want to experience the brutish torque of an electric motor and the thrill of changing gear in a road car, you’re kind of stuck.

You can build a custom one yourself or blag your way behind the wheel of a Formula E car. However, things won’t stay like this for long, as Wards Auto reports on information obtained from a James Potter, the controls manager for ZF Powertrain Technology.

France Wants to Discourage Ownership of Diesel Cars, Automakers Protest


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The French government has announced plans to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for passenger vehicles and will establish a system to identify the most polluting vehicles.

This is the UK’s First Bus Running on Poo-Derived Biomethane


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The idea of running vehicles on methane obtained from sewage and waste is nothing new, although it seems to have taken a while for it to find actual use in the UK. There, the first bus running on biogas just went into service, taking passengers from Bath to Bristol Airport and back.

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle First Video Review


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Toyota was bold when it decided to launch the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle, despite the fact that the refueling infrastructure is currently seriously lacking, even in California, one of its primary markets. That’s set to improve within the next two years, but you can buy the car now, so we would like to know if it’s any good to drive.

The European Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium Wants to Bring About 'Super Hybrids'


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This is not the first time we’ve heard of lead-acid batteries and the possible benefits they may hold over what’s already being widely used. What we weren’t aware of was the existence of the European Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (or EALABC), the Euro branch of ALABC.

There May Be a Business Case for Fuel-Cell Cars by 2025


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As more carmakers are jumping on the fuel-cell bandwagon, industry experts are optimistic the technology will be commercially viable a decade from now.

Jaguar Files for EV-Type Trademark; What Could it Mean?


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We have absolutely no idea what Jaguar’s filing for a trademark for the “EV-Type” name could possibly mean. It was filed with both US and Euro offices, and aside from it possibly signifying Jaguar’s interest in creating an all-electric vehicle, we’re stuck as to what it might announce.

Hyundai, Kia Announce 2020 Effort to Improve Fuel Efficiency by 25%


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Increased stringency of emissions regulations have forced Hyundai, Kia to announce a plan to cut the emissions of their entire US, Europe and Korea lineup by 25 percent by the end of the decade.

And yes, it is connected to the recent $350 million combined fine in the US where they overstated the economy of some models.