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Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision
Captain Hybrid 
10/2/2013  16 comments
General Motors is plowing more money into its electric vehicle vision, nearly tripling the size of the lab where it tests and validates batteries for the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Spark EV.
Long-Range Affordable EV Won't Be Easy
Captain Hybrid 
9/26/2013  22 comments
Electric vehicle makers are beginning to talk publicly about the next big step: building an affordable long-range car.
Slideshow: EVs & Plug-Ins for 2014
Captain Hybrid 
9/24/2013  9 comments
These days, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the introductions of electrified vehicles without a running scorecard. In 2014, we’re already expecting to see them being rolled out by BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, and others.
Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows
Captain Hybrid 
9/20/2013  40 comments
If you've been searching for a tiny electrically powered car with no doors, no rear window, and an open roof with a pair of electric skateboards on it, then Smart Automobile may have a solution for you.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Takes a Deep Dive Into Electrics
Captain Hybrid 
9/18/2013  43 comments
Volkswagen’s introduction of two new electric cars is a legitimate step toward electrification for the giant automaker, and not just an effort to comply with government mandates, experts said this week.
Slideshow: Safety Ratings for EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
9/4/2013  10 comments
When Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had given its Model S sedan received across-the-board five-star ratings, it showed some fundamental design differences between EVs and gas-burning cars.
Why Electric Cars Are Safer
Captain Hybrid 
9/3/2013  42 comments
Tesla's recent five-star sweep in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety ratings shed light on an important aspect of electric cars: They’re inherently safer than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
GM Chops $5,000 From Chevy Volt Price
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2013  24 comments
In an attempt to find the economic sweet spot for electrified vehicles, General Motors announced this week it would cut $5,000 from the price of the Chevy Volt.
Ford to Roll With Natural Gas for F-150 Pickup
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2013  4 comments
Ford Motor Co. will bring compressed natural gas a tiny bit closer to the masses by rolling out a bi-fuel version of the F-150 pickup in 2014.
Is Range Anxiety Real?
Captain Hybrid 
8/2/2013  113 comments
Range anxiety applies to exceptional needs, not average ones.
Slideshow: High-Voltage Hybrids & EVs
Captain Hybrid 
8/1/2013  16 comments
The venerable 12V electrical system is slowly being supplanted by higher-voltage architectures, especially in hybrids and electric cars.
Slideshow: BMW Unveils Premium Electric Car
Captain Hybrid 
7/31/2013  31 comments
In a glitzy ceremony that featured a New Years’ Eve-style countdown in three cities around the world, BMW AG unveiled its all-electric i3 this week.
How Much Would You Pay for an EV?
Captain Hybrid 
7/16/2013  48 comments
Ford, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat have cut prices on their pure electric cars. Chevy has shaved the sticker on its Volt plug-in hybrid. Now the auto industry will hold its collective breath and see what happens.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Start-Stop
Captain Hybrid 
7/15/2013  28 comments
The auto industry’s biggest change over the next 10 years will be its move to start-stop micro-hybrid – a conventional gasoline-burning vehicle that uses an enhanced gear-based starter to enable its engine to shut down for short stops.
Slideshow: GM, Honda Team Up on Fuel Cell Challenges
Captain Hybrid 
7/10/2013  15 comments
Two automakers that are among the most committed to a hydrogen fuel cell future have agreed to work together on the technology.
Tesla Aims to Win Over Skeptics With Battery Swap Stations
Captain Hybrid 
7/2/2013  51 comments
Tesla Motors has added battery swap to its arsenal of technologies aimed at displacing gasoline-burning vehicles.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Diesel Diet
Captain Hybrid 
6/27/2013  31 comments
With automakers like Chevy and Volkswagen under pressure to boost fuel efficiency, diesel engines are beginning to look like a good bet.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Natural Gas Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
6/26/2013  37 comments
Natural gas vehicles are expected to grow more popular over the next few years, with worldwide numbers reaching 35 million by 2020.
Slideshow: From Aston Martin to DeLorean, the Best Movie Cars
Captain Hybrid 
6/24/2013  71 comments
Cars have played a significant role in films throughout movie history. We highlight some of the best.
DOE Tool Compares Gasoline to Electricity Costs
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2013  79 comments
If you've ever wondered how much it would cost to drive to work using electricity as a fuel, the US Department of Energy has an answer for you.
Tesla to Produce 'Affordable EV' by 2016
Captain Hybrid 
6/11/2013  41 comments
Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
It's Still About the Battery
Captain Hybrid 
5/17/2013  29 comments
The Tesla Model S' performance in Consumer Reports tests was a major victory for electric cars, but a bigger challenge still lies ahead.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Hydrogen Car Future
Captain Hybrid 
5/8/2013  28 comments
Large-scale production of hydrogen cars may still be years away, but that hasn't stopped automakers from testing the feasibility of the technology.
Slideshow: Lithium-Ion's Rise to Prominence
Captain Hybrid 
4/19/2013  45 comments
A decade ago, the term “lithium-ion” meant little to consumers. Now, it’s everywhere.
Lead-Acid Could Challenge Lithium-Ion in Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
4/18/2013  46 comments
With disenchantment in lithium-ion technology on the rise, lead-acid batteries may be poised to play a bigger role in green vehicles.
Slideshow: Spotlight on Plug-In Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
4/16/2013  34 comments
Automakers large and small, from Detroit Electric to Fiat and Volkswagen, have unveiled pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the past six months.
Slideshow: Detroit Electric Unveils 'World's Fastest' Electric Sports Car
Captain Hybrid 
4/15/2013  38 comments
Detroit Electric is rolling out a racy new EV that will be its first in 74 years.
Slideshow: Porsche Plans Plug-In Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 
4/10/2013  28 comments
Porsche plans to roll out a powerful plug-in hybrid next year that will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds and hit a top track speed of 167 mph.
Slideshow: Conservative Design Makes Japanese Cars More Reliable
Captain Hybrid 
4/4/2013  82 comments
A more reliable car isn't necessarily engineered better. That's the takeaway from a recent Consumer Reports survey, which once again placed Toyota and Honda at the top of the heap.
Slideshow: Volkswagen to Build World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car
Captain Hybrid 
3/18/2013  56 comments
Volkswagen AG is planning to roll out a production car that will combine a plug-in hybrid powertrain with low weight and an aerodynamic shape to reportedly achieve a startling fuel efficiency rating of 261 mpg.
Slideshow: Fisker Says 'Plug-In Hybrids Make More Sense Than Pure Electrics'
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2013  26 comments
The worldwide auto industry is taking the wrong path to environmental friendliness, Fisker Automotive co-founder Henrik Fisker told an audience at the recent Chicago Auto Show.
Slideshow: Chevy Cruze Diesel Is About the Torque
Captain Hybrid 
2/22/2013  36 comments
After a long drought, an American-made compact car, the Chevy Cruze, will finally offer a diesel engine later this year.
Auto Execs: Plug-In Hybrids Will Soar, Pure EVs Decline
Captain Hybrid 
2/8/2013  33 comments
Automotive executives foresee a big future for plug-in hybrids over the next five years but are less bullish on the future of pure EVs, a new study from KMPG International says.
Slideshow: Powertrain Technology Moves to the Forefront
Captain Hybrid 
2/6/2013  32 comments
From tiny three-cylinder engines to massive V-8s, these engines demonstrate that fuel efficiency is the biggest motivator for automakers going forward.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
2/1/2013  12 comments
At the recent North American International Auto Show, automakers from around the world displayed technologies aimed at enhancing fuel efficiency and luxury.
Slideshow: Cadillac ELR Trades Efficiency for Power
Captain Hybrid 
1/30/2013  21 comments
The new Cadillac ELR will offer more power and torque than its cousin, the Chevy Volt, but it may have to trade some efficiency to get it.
Slideshow: Tesla's Model X Blends Electricity & Function
Captain Hybrid 
1/22/2013  28 comments
Tesla Motors will blend the qualities of a sport utility vehicle and a minivan in an all-electric car that's targeted to hit the streets in 2014.
EV Battery Market Could Hinge on Plug-In Hybrid Success
Captain Hybrid 
1/14/2013  8 comments
Growing demand for plug-in hybrids could mean good news for electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturers over the next eight years, possibly enabling them to avert a battery oversupply, a new study says.
'EV Triumph' Needs More Perspective, Less Hype
Captain Hybrid 
1/10/2013  55 comments
Many news stories about a Pike Research study of electric vehicle sales use accurate figures but need more context.
Chevy Volt Owners: We'd Do It Again
Captain Hybrid 
1/3/2013  75 comments
The Chevy Volt and other electrified vehicles dominated a Consumer Reports survey asking if people would buy their cars again.
Why Ford Chose Lithium-Ion for 2013 Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
1/2/2013  19 comments
When Ford Motor Co. announced in 2012 that its new hybrids would use lithium-ion batteries instead of nickel-metal hydride, many experts raised an eyebrow.
Slideshow: BMW's All-Electric Concept Coupe
Captain Hybrid 
12/13/2012  36 comments
BMW AG took another step toward electrification at the Los Angeles Auto Show by rolling out a concept version of an electric, three-door coupe.
Old EV Batteries May Power Homes One Day
Captain Hybrid 
12/12/2012  30 comments
Partially depleted Chevy Volt batteries could find new life in energy storage applications outside the vehicle.
Slideshow: Why Automakers Are Rolling Out Electric Cars
Captain Hybrid 
12/5/2012  51 comments
Electric vehicle sales are anemic, and EV battery makers are fighting for their lives. Why are automakers rolling out a steady stream of new battery-powered cars?
Slideshow: Chrysler Rolls Out All-Electric Fiat
Captain Hybrid 
12/3/2012  34 comments
Chrysler Group LLC took a small step in the direction of electrification this week, rolling out a battery-powered, mini-compact hatchback.
Slideshow: GM Debuts Pure-Electric Spark
Captain Hybrid 
11/29/2012  29 comments
General Motors rolled out the battery-powered Spark EV, marking the first time it has introduced an all-electric car since it scrapped the infamous EV1 a decade ago.
Steer-By-Wire to Reach Production Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
11/28/2012  57 comments
Taking a page from the world of aviation, Nissan Motor Co. plans to enter the "by-wire" world and control the steering of a future Infiniti vehicle with electronic signals.
Could Pure Electrics Emit More Than Hybrids?
Captain Hybrid 
11/15/2012  54 comments
After studying the life cycle of electrified cars, researchers have concluded that hybrids with smaller batteries pollute less than pure EVs.
Slideshow: Solving the Driver Distraction Dilemma
Captain Hybrid 
11/7/2012  69 comments
Automakers and suppliers are taking it upon themselves to improve the safety of devices that they're building and putting into vehicles.
Video: Compressed Air Powers Hybrid Engine
Captain Hybrid 
11/5/2012  9 comments
Freescale Semiconductor demonstrated an air-electric hybrid at the recent Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit.
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