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Video explains how electric cars work, battery and motor technology included

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While many drivers generally understand the concept of an electric car, understanding generally stops there. It's a car, and you plug it in to get power to run it. That's fine as far as it goes. Beyond that, things get hazy pretty quickly, we've found.

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DOE awarding $2M to CMU-led project to develop PGM-free cathodes for fuel cells

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The US Department of Energy is awarding roughly $15.8 million for 30 projects working toward the discovery and development of innovative, low-cost materials needed for hydrogen production and storage and for automotive fuel cells ( earlier post ).

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Weekly round-up: Super-Stonic, E-Pace preview, and can Khan cut cars in the capital?

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In what has been a relatively quiet news week all around, we continue to see fallout from the general election, and radio interview floundering.

2017 10

The US Senate once had its own electric cars: two Studebakers that ran underground

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One advantage of electric cars is that unlike gasoline or steam cars, they have no emissions. More than a century ago, that was why the U.S. Capitol acquired two custom-built electric cars, nicknamed "Tommy" and "Peggy." They were built by Studebaker, an early and hallowed U.S. car brand that finally folded up shop in 1965. DON'T MISS: Electric. senate History plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Toyota’s new conventional and hybrid powertrains for 2018 Camry deliver significant boost in efficiency

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The 2018 Toyota Camry, the new eighth-generation of the most popular mid-size sedan in the world and the best-selling car in America for the past 15 years, will be going on sale in the US in late summer. Toyota unveiled the 2018 Camry at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January.

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Electric cars will cost less to buy than regular cars by 2025: analysis

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Studies have shown that electric vehicles have a number of strikes against them in the minds on consumers who don't know much about them. Range anxiety, the lack of electric vehicle charging infrastructure—or even awareness that it exists—and high purchase prices all play a part in the challenges faced by electric cars. However, a new. Batteries sales Study New car sales plug-in cars

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Michelin logs 20th consecutive Le Mans win for its tires

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After providing Michelin with the first of its recent sequence of victories at Le Mans with Laurent Aïello, Stéphane Ortelli and Allan McNish in 1998 (Porsche 911 GT1-98), Porsche earned the tire firm’s 20th straight victory in the endurance racing classic over the weekend.

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2018 Chevy Equinox drops almost 400 lbs; about 10% of mass

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The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox SUV has dropped nearly 400 pounds (181 kg)—approximately 10% of its mass—compared to its predecessor. Combined with this weight loss, the all-new body was designed and optimized for top safety ratings.

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How California and China plan to push for millions of zero-emission vehicles

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California has long been the nation's leader in zero-emission vehicles, with initiatives dating more than two decades. Now the Golden State is partnering with China, the world's largest car market, to accelerate that country's zero-emission goals. The state announced a new initiative with China, in which they will work together to accelerate the. China California hydrogen fuel cell Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Zero Emission Vehicle state laws

2017 25

All-electric VW ID Buzz Microbus confirmed for production

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Working to redirect attention from its diesel-emission scandal—soon to wind down in the U.S. but ongoing in Europe—Volkswagen Group has talked a lot about its future electric-car plans. It will launch three high-volume battery-electric vehicles on a common architecture over the next five years, and has now shown concepts for all three. Future Cars VW VW Group plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Microbus MEB architecture

2017 24

Tesla music, 2018 Leaf self-driving, renewable battle, Chargeway electric-car signs: Today's Car News

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Today, one of the better electric-car ideas we've seen in years, a Tesla question about music, a scientific controversy turned bitter, and a bit more information on the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've been on the road attending the EV Roadmap 10 conference in Portland, which just ended, explaining why our. Today in Car News

ICCT calculates consumer benefits of increased efficiency in 2025-2030 light-duty vehicles in the US

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A new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates Consumer benefits of increased efficiency in 2025-2030 light-duty vehicles in the US.

2017 20

Hyundai targets 1,400 units a year of next-gen fuel-cell vehicle: report

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It's public knowledge that Hyundai plans to replace its aging Tucson Fuel Cell utility vehicle with an all-new hydrogen-powered vehicle, and that it has big plans for the future. The Korean automaker showcased the FE Fuel Cell concept in March to provide a glimpse of what to expect when the dedicated design for its next fuel-cell vehicle arrives. hydrogen Future Cars hydrogen fuel cell Zero Emission Vehicle

Yes, ads for the Chevy Bolt EV electric car do actually exist; here's one

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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV isn't yet available in all states, but it's been on sale in California for six months now. While Chevy has said all along it will market the 238-mile electric car in a very targeted way, specifically trying to reach people similar to existing owners, it may have expanded its reach somewhat. This past Friday, a full-page. Advertising Marketing Chevy plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Teijin develops first polycarbonate-resin pillar-less automotive front window; used in EV

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Teijin Limited has developed the first polycarbonate (PC)-resin pillar-less automotive front window for use in the Tommykaira ZZ , a sporty electric vehicle (EV) produced by GLM Co., Ltd., an EV manufacturer launched by Kyoto University.

2017 20

2017 Chevy Bolt EV rated a Top Safety Pick by IIHS

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV has just been awarded a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This makes it the first electric car from the 2017 model year to receive an IIHS award.

2017 19

2018 Leaf, used Tesla prices, Ram diesel worries, Bolt EV road trip: The Week in Reverse

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Why did a Chevy Bolt EV buyer have to drive his car more than 800 miles just to pick up his electric car? Which state seems to be trolling Tesla, again, by locking its cars out of a special purchase incentive? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, June 16, 2017. The Week In Reverse

2017 20

Mercedes to show all-electric hatchback concept this fall, countering Audi: report

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German luxury carmakers often follow each other's product plans in something close to lockstep. Let one maker—BMW, say—introduce a new category of vehicle—sport utility "coupes," say—and soon Mercedes-Benz and Audi will have their own too. And the premium brands appear to be following the same playbook for the expanding. Future Cars Mercedes plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

2017 16

Demand for Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, electric models higher than expected, company says

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The issue first came to light in a question from a reader. It boiled down to this: "What's going on with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, and why can't I get one at my local dealer in California?" The e-mail even included a link to a Korean business-news article, which is unusual for reader queries. DON'T MISS: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: gas mileage. South Korea Plug-In Hybrids Production plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Report: Hyundai to boost production of new fuel cell vehicle 15x to 3,600 units

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Citing “industry sources,” Business Korea reports that Hyundai has decided to boost production of a new fuel cell vehicle ( earlier post )—to be released early next year—by 15 times to 3,600 units. Hyundai sold 242 fuel cell vehicles last year; Toyota, the market leader with its Mirai, is targeting 3,000 fuel cell vehciles sold this year. Hyundai’s decision, according to the report, is part of an effort to check Toyota and to promote fuel cell vehicles.

Tesla driver killed in Autopilot crash ignored repeated warnings, NTSB says

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The National Transportation Safety Board has published its first findings after investigating a fatal highway crash in 2016 involving a Tesla Model S and a tractor trailer. The crash occurred on last summer after 40-year-old Joshua Brown was driving with Tesla's Autopilot engaged. The system failed to apply the brakes when a tractor trailer turned. NHTSA Tesla Motors Crashes Autonomous cars NTSB self-driving cars Tesla Autopilot

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ZF showcases mSTARS electric axle system for axle hybrids or fully electric vehicles

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ZF is using its plug-in Vision Zero concept vehicle to showcase a number of new safety and zero local emissions technologies. The vehicle features a 150 kW electric axle drive system for dynamic acceleration.

2017 12

German researchers develop method to produce diesel-like fuel from biodiesel

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Researchers from the universities of Kaiserslautern, Bochum, and Rostock have developed a method for producing a petroleum diesel-like fuel from conventional biodiesel (rapeseed oil methyl ester, RME).

2017 14

States have a battle plan if Trump rolls back fuel-economy, emission rules

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The Trump Administration has had a challenging start on numerous fronts, but its work to slash emission rules and eliminate regulations continues. The EPA administrator, climate-science denier Scott Pruitt, has said he isn't "currently" planning to target target California's ability to set its own emission rules. In March, the agency previously. New York emissions Politics EPA CAFE regulation state laws Corporate Average Fuel Economy Donald Trump

Baker Institute expert urges focus on larger light-duty trucks and SUVs to reduce gasoline use, emissions

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2017 12

Is the latest Tesla Autopilot 'smooth as silk' as Musk claims? Video shows results

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that the latest iteration of Autopilot would be the most refined variation of the software yet. In fact, the Tesla chief recently tweeted that the new Autopilot algorithm would be "smooth as silk."

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Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

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Scientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into science. A 2015 study on the potential for renewable energy use in the U.S. has now produced not only a stringent attack, but a harsh rebuttal to that attack in language rarely. electric utilities renewable energy solar wind energy grid storage

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Massachusetts approves testing of Optimus Ride Level 4 autonomous vehicles in Boston

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Optimus Ride, a MIT spinoff company developing self-driving technology, recently received approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to test highly automated vehicles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid first drive

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The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient version of all-new range of Toyota's popular mid-size sedan, its best-selling vehicle in the U.S. until very recently. The new Camry Hybrid is based on some of the same underpinnings as the 2016 Prius, and uses that car's updated hybrid system and choice of two batteries. In a car we judged

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-April 2017

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Electric vehicle sales are holding steady in Europe; the latest sales data shows popular battery electric vehicles remain popular. Plug-in hybrids continue to hold their own as well, according to data aggregated from numerous individual national markets. The Renault Zoe, in particular, continues to sell quite well. DON'T MISS: European electric. Europe sales Plug-In Hybrids New car sales plug-in cars

Why would Tesla want to start its own streaming music service?

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It seems every other day Tesla CEO Elon Musk has news about the next big project for the electric-car maker. This time, the news is about a project that seems relatively achievable, but one that produces as many questions as it answers. According to reports, Tesla is looking into starting its own streaming music service. DON'T MISS: Tesla driver. Audio Music Tesla Motors Entertainment plug-in cars CarPlay

Maker of 3-wheeler EV Arcimoto files for IPO under Reg A

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Arcimoto, the maker of a three-wheeled electric “Fun Utility Vehicle”, has filed its Form 1-A Offering Circular for the offering of common stock under SEC Regulation A, setting the stage for a potential future listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

Tesla Autopilot video, 2018 Camry Hybrid, electric-car prices, Model 3 numbers: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got a pair of Tesla stories, a lot about the new 2018 Toyota Camry lineup (hybrid included), and some good news about electric-car prices. All this and more on Green Car Reports. How many Tesla Model 3s do you think the company can deliver by December 31? We polled our Twitter followers on that—and, boy, are they a confident. Today in Car News

Sadiq Khan aims to make London zero-emission by 2050

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled his radical transport strategy, which includes the ambitious aim for London’s entire transport system to be zero