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Toyota showing two new fuel cell concepts at Tokyo Motor Show: bus and car

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Toyota has launched two new fuel cell vehicle concepts: the Sora fuel cell bus and the Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell car. The company will show both at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

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Toshiba claims 6-minute recharge for new electric-car battery cell

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Electric cars pale in comparison to gasoline or diesel-powered cars when it comes to the time presently required to add energy for more driving distance. Although automakers have begun to curb "range anxiety" with longer-distance electric cars, battery charging times on lengthy road trips remain a hurdle for many buyers. The fastest "quick. Batteries battery pack plug-in cars charging Fast Charging

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AKASOL to showcase high-performance battery systems for e-buses at Busworld Europe; expanding production

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At Busworld Europe in Belgium later this month, AKASOL will present its AKASYSTEM OEM battery system as a complete roof installation including the chiller and other additional components.

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Low deposit leasing: is it the future for the new car market?

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Whether it’s Personal Contract Hire (PCH), Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) or Hire Purchase (HP), all forms of car finance usually require some form of upfront deposit before you can get behind the wheel

Europe plans “EU Battery Alliance” to establish full large-scale battery development and production; strategic plan next year

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The European Union is beginning efforts to establish a full value chain of advanced batteries in Europe, with large-scale Li-ion battery cell production, and the circular economy, at the core. European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, who is in charge of the Energy Union, organized a high-level meeting on battery development and production in Europe this past Wednesday in Brussels.

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VW plans for electric trucks and buses, starting production next year

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Volkswagen Group has now detailed its aggressive electrification timeline for every part of its vehicle operations, including heavy trucks, setting lofty goals for zero-emission vehicles in the future. While Volkswagen works on the passenger car side of things, VW Group's commercial-vehicle division, Volkswagen Truck & Bus, said in a company. Trucks VW Group plug-in cars Commercial vehicle Buses

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Tesla Model 3 comes up for sale. for $150,000

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One of the mere handful of Tesla Model 3 electric cars on the road made its way to Craigslist—very briefly—on Wednesday. But it wasn't the fact that the Model 3 was the only one on the open market at the time. It was its eye-popping price price tag: $150,000. That's enough to buy a very well-equipped Tesla Model S and it'll eventually

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Powerful Polestar, banning cars with engines, Best Car To Buy 2018, wireless charging: Today's Car News

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Today, the three finalists for our annual Best Car To Buy award, a powerful plug-in hybrid coupe from Volvo's Polestar, the importance of wireless charging, and the Netherlands takes the lead. All this and more on Green Car Reports. First, the Dutch planned to ban sales of new cars with combustion engines after 2025. Now, the Netherlands plans to. Today in Car News

GM taps Bolt EV, Volt, Super Cruise chief for new EV lead role

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General Motors announced Friday that it would promote Pamela Fletcher to a newly created role to lead the automaker's global electric vehicle program. Fletcher most recently oversaw development of the Chevy Bolt EV and Super Cruise programs. The newly minted role for Fletcher—vice president of Global Electric Vehicle Programs—has. General Motors EV

Volvo's new Polestar electric-car brand to launch 600-hp model in 2019

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Polestar, formerly Volvo's in-house tuning division, was recently separated from the Swedish brand; Volvo plans to turn it into a standalone brand. Polestar announced plans to build electric and electrified performance cars in the near future, and the brand revealed its first attempt with what it calls the Polestar 1, which they unveiled Thursday. Plug-In Hybrids Performance plug-in cars Polestar

Ahead of France, Paris to phase out internal-combustion engines by 2030

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France followed two other European countries—Norway and the Netherlands—with a plan to ban the sale of new cars powered by gasoline and diesel by 2040. While the country will stick to the 2040 timeline, France's capital city of Paris announced a more aggressive timeline. Ten years ahead of the country as a whole, Paris will phase out. Diesel Gasoline Europe emissions France plug-in cars

UAW wakes up to job threat posed by electric cars, as German unions have already

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With an evolving shift to electrified and plug-in electric cars, the changes that will bring to the auto industry are far from limited to the powertrains. The entire mass-production and vehicle assembly process the industry pioneered a century ago will require major restructuring, it appears. Electric cars require significantly fewer parts and. UAW unions Production United States Economy plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Gran Turismo: Top five cars from GT Sport you can lease. and how much they cost

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Believe it or not but it’s been four years since a Gran Turismo game has been released, and if you’re as passionate about gaming as you are about cars chances are you’ve gone and booked the the day off work for the upcoming release of GT Sport on 18 October 2017

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Ikea invests in hybrid-vehicle builder XL Hybrids

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XL Hybrids carved its niche in the vehicle-electrfication segment by offering hybrid conversion kits for regular gasoline-powered vans, commercial trucks, and pickups. Thus far, the Boston-based start-up has found success and a recent round of venture capital funding raised another $22 million. Notably, Swedish furniture company Ikea Group. mild hybrid Investment 48-Volt mild hybrid

BMW Group electrified global sales top 10,000 in single month for first time; up 64.2% YTD; 3.8% of total sales

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BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in September topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in a single month; a total of 10,786 (+50.5%) BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were delivered in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687 (+64.2%). Sales of BMW Group electrified vehicles in the first three quarters of 2017 have exceeded those achieved in the whole of 2016; the company’s electrified line-up comprises nine models.

Drivers who cause death by speeding, racing or using a mobile phone now face a life sentence

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The Ministry of Justice has announced long-awaited plans to increase maximum sentences for drivers who cause death by speeding, racing or using a mobile phone

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Mercedes, Smart, Daimler trucks update electric-car, electrification plans

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Mercedes-Benz has already laid out its plans for a portfolio of electric and electrified vehicles, and now parent company Daimler has announced further strategy refinements for Mercedes-Benz and its other brands. The Smart brand will become all-electric, it said, while its commercial truck operations will continue to add electrified powertrains to. Daimler plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Hyliion introduces hybrid upfit system for Class 8 trucks

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Hyliion, a developer of electrification systems for Class 8 trucks, introduced the 6X4HE System for long haul trucks. Easily attached to the truck frame, the 6X4HE is a self-contained system.

One of these 3 vehicles will be Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2018

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Fans of green cars have spent much of the past year eagerly waiting for a pair of electric cars to be revealed to the public and then to go on sale. By far the most attention and hype has been focused on the Tesla Model 3, the Silicon Valley carmaker's lower-priced and much higher-volume vehicle, with more than 200 miles of range for a starting. GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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Penn State team devises new control strategy to enhance EV battery performance when driving in cold temperatures

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Researchers at Penn State, with a colleague from EC Power, have devised a new control strategy that can rapidly restore EV battery power and permit full regeneration while driving at temperatures as low as −40 °C.

Daimler demos self-driving snow removal trucks; premiere of Remote Truck Interface

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Following its successful demonstration of the Highway Pilot and Highway Pilot Connect systems ( earlier post )—the latter making truck platooning possible—Daimler has demonstrated automated snow removal operations on the site of the former Pferdsfeld airbase.

Confusing cars: how well do you really know your dashboard?

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Do you know your air con symbol from your air bag warning light? New research has found that 70% of drivers don’t understand all the symbols on their dashboard, while one in ten admit they hardly know what any of them mean

Argonne team develops synthetic bionano membrane to convert light to hydrogen

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A team led by researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has developed a new way to produce solar fuels by using completely synthetic bionano machinery to harvest light without the need for a living cell.

Toyota expands Concept-i series; advanced AI learns from and aims to grow with the driver

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Toyota Motor Corporation is expanding its “Toyota Concept-i” electric concept car into a series that embodies the future vision of a mobility society through which artificial intelligence (AI) enables cars to understand the driver, effectively allowing people and cars to become partners.

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid gas-mileage review: going the distance

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Toyota can’t be blamed for a lack of effort: The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is dripping with it. From the creased hood and cascading brow to the Modernist center console enclosed by flickers of chrome, the mid-size stalwart is anything but lazy. Our first, limited exposure to the hybrid sedan left us impressed, but with unanswered questions. Fuel Economy

Will Nissan have an electric SUV concept at Tokyo Motor Show?

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Automakers spend a lot of time trying to work out how electrified powertrains, autonomous driving technology, connectivity, and sharing will turn their industry upside down. Or not. Meanwhile, globally but especially in North America, one trend is clear right this moment: utility vehicles are hot. When Nissan put out a teaser video on Tuesday for. Tokyo Motor Show plug-in cars

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Foton Motor to extend cooperation with Cummins; second stage of the “China Super Truck” program

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At the 8 th US-China Energy Efficiency Forum in Denver, Foton Motor and Cummins signed a Memorandum of Green Power and Smart Truck Cooperation Development. Under the MoU, Foton Motor and Cummins will launch an in-depth cooperation to boost energy-saving, low-carbon and green development. The signing also marked the launching of the second stage of the “China Super Truck” program.

Cummins acquiring Brammo for energy storage technology

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Cummins Inc. is acquiring the assets of Brammo, Inc., which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications. Adding Brammo’s battery pack expertise and resources is an important step for Cummins in its efforts to become a global electrified power leader. Brammo began developing and building electric motorcycles in 2007; the company originally developed custom battery modules for electric racing motorcycles that could compete and win against gas equivalents.

Tesla cuts jobs, VW electric trucks and buses, Ikea bets on hybrids: Today's Car News

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Today, hundreds of jobs go on the chopping block at Tesla over "performance" with the Model 3, VW lets loose its electric truck and bus plans, and Ikea gets in on the hybrid truck game. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla said that it's letting hundreds of employees go. VW released some information about how it plans to electrify trucks. Today in Car News

Proposed ethanol cuts bring EPA up against Iowa's powerful politician

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Following years of debate, the EPA said earlier this month it will study the possibilities of cutting the amount of ethanol in the United States' gasoline supply. Since 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has required growing amounts of ethanol to be blended into U.S. fuel supplies, with E10—a mix of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent. Biofuels Politics EPA ethanol e85 E10 flex fuel Renewable Fuel Standard Donald Trump

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Volkswagen targets Pikes Peak with electric-car tech from future models

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The next Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race is eight months away still, so a press release on a carmaker's entry into next June's event comes out of left field. But for Volkswagen, it's another small step to underscore its major commitment to battery-electric vehicles as its two-year-old diesel emission cheating scandal continues to. Pike's Peak Hill Climb VW Group Pikes Peak plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Canada electric-car news: EV Awards, surging Solo sales, electric-bus boom

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Coming in mid-October, Canadian Thanksgiving roughly coincides with the return of ice hockey. This year, the country’s plug-in electric vehicle fans have their own reasons for giving thanks—and not just because the National Hockey League followed Tesla’s lead and expanded into Nevada. Among the items are the latest annual. Canada plug-in cars Awards dealerships Buses

What's ahead for Tesla Model 3? Take our Twitter poll

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Auto-industry CEOs virtually never admit that the new product that could make or break the company is "in production hell," but that's now obviously the case for the Tesla Model 3. Deliveries last months totaled just 220 units, far below Tesla CEO Elon Musk's July projection of 1,500 during September. Reports have emerged saying every Model 3. Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Polls

Coal's back, European cities axe gas and diesel, Range Rover P400e, Tesla Model X recalled: The Week in Reverse

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Which European cities are rapidly putting the brakes on gasoline and diesel cars? It's an increasingly long list. What Obama-era energy initiative does the EPA (not exactly living up to the P in its name) intend to axe? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, October. The Week In Reverse