GM goal: profitable, affordable electric cars built in big numbers

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Automotive innovation rolls out over many years, usually decades, and usually only a few companies lead. Others hang back, waiting to see if buyers will accept new features, new powertrains, and new types of vehicles. More than six years after modern electric cars hit the market in volume, many automakers are only now deciding on their strategies. General Motors GM Mark Reuss plug-in cars Profit Mary Barra

Flow Batteries Could Back An Affordable Tesla Powerwall Rival

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As renewable-energy use becomes more widespread, energy storage could become a major business. Using stationary battery packs to store energy increases the effectiveness of wind and solar. Tesla Motors hopes to exploit this potential market with packs that use the same lithium-ion cells as its electric cars. DON'T MISS: Are Vanadium Flow Batteries. Batteries research plug-in cars energy storage

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MIT team proposes ARC fusion reactor: affordable, robust, compact

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Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor that might be realized in as little as a decade: the ARC (affordable, robust, compact) reactor.

Tesla to begin test building affordable Model 3

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Tesla will briefly pause production at its California-based factory this month to start pilot production of the eagerly-awaited Model 3, it has been r

Argonne study shows high-energy X-rays give industry affordable way to optimize cast iron

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, in partnership with Caterpillar, have used high-energy synchrotron X-ray tomography to perform quantitative 3D-characterization of the distribution of graphite particles in high-strength compacted graphite iron (CGI).

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Tesla announces price for ‘affordable, family electric car’

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Set to launch in the US from the middle of 2012, the Model S will deliver Tesla’s promise to produce a more affordable, family car, to build on the success of its first car, the $109,000 Roadster. Electric car maker Tesla has finally revealed the pricing for its long-awaited second model; the Model S.

Advanced ADEPT 48V affordable mild hybrid on path to meet future ultra-low vehicle emissions

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Tesla Model 3 Affordable Electric Car May Be Built In China Too, Eventually: Musk

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Tesla Motors may build its upcoming Model 3 sedan in China to meet local demand, CEO Elon Musk says. The company currently imports all cars sold in China from the U.S., but as it seeks to grow sales volumes, local factories for key markets could prove more attractive. For the time being, though Tesla will continue to build cars in Fremont. China Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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Thumbs-up for Volvo’s “reliable, quiet” hybrid trucks; now they just need to be affordable

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The first batch of hybrid Volvo trucks have proven to be more reliable than their conventional diesel counterparts.

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New catalyst could lead to affordable fuel cell cars

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Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the development of affordable fuel cells. Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars affordable catalyst cheaper cleaner fuel cell hydrogenOne of the biggest hurdles for the use of hydrogen fuel cells in cars is the cost of the platinum used as a catalyst within the fuel cell. Increase in the demand for platinum-based catalysts could drive up the cost of platinum [.].

Lotus Mobile: A Portable, Affordable Solar Charging Solution?

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Given millions of years of adaptation to conditions, it's no surprise that nature is pretty good at doing what it does. Each leaf on a tree, and indeed the shape of a tree's canopy, is the work of refinements over millenia to capture the most sunlight possible to ensure the tree's growth. Why not take some of those lessons and apply them to our

The Hybrid Supercars You Can't Afford Even If You Want Them

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Buying a hybrid used to be so simple. You'd go to your local Toyota or Honda dealer, and buy a Prius or a Civic Hybrid/Insight (delete as appropriate). Now, everything is going hybrid--and that includes luxury cars and supercars. You won't find us complaining: if manufacturers are making some of their most exciting cars greener--yet still faster

Who will sell the first affordable AWD electric SUV? Poll results

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Of our eight Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy award winners since 2011, five have been compact five-door hatchbacks. It's a good, sensible format, by far the most popular segment in Europe and stronger even in Canada than in the U.S. Sadly, U.S. car buyers are not only ignoring small hatchbacks but passenger sedans as well—and moving. GM Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Renault-Nissan Polls

Maverick Synfuels introduces affordable small-scale methane gas-to-liquid modular methanol plants

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Maverick Synfuels ( earlier post ) introduced a small-scale, modular methane-to-methanol production plant that can be co-located at the methane source.

Munich university develops ‘affordable electric car’

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Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed what they hope could become an affordable electric car. Electric cars affordable electric car Munich Mute Technical UniversityCalled Mute, presumably due to the quiet nature of the vehicle as a battery-powered model, the prototype is just 3.5 metres long and weighs just 400kg. Its lightweight nature is the reason its developers think it [.].

Renault Zoe becomes most affordable EV yet

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As expected the Renault Zoe made its production-ready debut but with a surprise twist-it will cost from just £13,650 after a £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant is deducted-making it the most affordable and practical electric car we’ve seen yet. Designed from the ground-up as an electric car, Renault filed more than 60 patents during its development, [.]. Renault electric car Geneva Motor Show Renault Zoe

Fisker: Affordable “Project Nina” Plug-in Hybrids Due By 2013

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Its first mass-produced car may have won the acrimonious title of being the plug-in car with the worst fuel efficiency to date, but Californian automaker Fisker is trying to remain upbeat about its planned range of plug-in hybrid cars. So much so, the Californian automaker is keen to let everyone know that it will start production of its range of

Mitsubishi Motors offering i-MiEV in two trim levels: more affordable and more capable

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The more affordable entry-level “M” will be available at the price of ¥1,880,000 (US$23,200) after receipt of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s eco-car subsidy. The new i-MiEV M. Click to enlarge. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will offer the i-MiEV electric vehicle in two trim levels in Japan.

Project to develop affordable fuel cell vehicle gets underway

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dubbed ‘greenest car in the world’ (see story), Gordon Murray Design is hitting the headlines again this week as it partners with ACAL Energy to takes the first steps towards designing an affordable fuel cell vehicle. Developer of the T.27 Part of a 12 month feasibility study, supported by the Technology Strategy Board, Gordon Murray [.]. Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars fuel cell Gordon Murray Design hydrogen partnership Technology Strategy Board

Toyota reveals ‘most affordable’ hybrid car

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Toyota has released the first pictures of its Yaris hybrid model, ahead of the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Yaris will be Toyota’s compact model hybrid for the European market, while in the US, a compact version of the best-selling Prius, called the Prius C, will be the small car [.]. Toyota B-Segment geneva hybrid Yaris

GKN has produced more than 300,000 eAxles; affordable eAWD

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Automakers typically use GKN eAxles on the rear axle of front wheel drive platforms to offer an efficient, dynamic and affordable hybrid eAWD model. GKN Driveline has produced more than 300,000 units of its eAxle range at its eDrive centers of excellence in Italy and Japan. GKN introduced the eAxle technology in 2002, acquiring systems integration and production experience to transfer the technology from niche vehicles to high-volume mass-market applications.

Russia’s affordable hybrid launched put on hold

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Russian car firm Yo-Auto has delayed its launch of its hybrid model to early 2015, according to The Moscow Times. Due to start production this year, the Yo-Mobile hybrid supermini is being delayed because of problems with a US subcontractor manufacturing the body of the vehicle, Yo-Auto’s chief executive Andrei Biryukov is reported to have [.]. Hybrid cars hybrid car production Russia

Car Dealers Fight Higher MPG Rules, Again, Over Affordability

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You'd think that if President Obama, two government agencies, and 13 of the world's largest carmakers supported a set of new regulations to improve gas mileage, they might be popular with auto dealers too. Not so. At a Tuesday public hearing on the proposed joint NHTSA-EPA standards for fuel economy in 2017-2025 vehicles, the National Auto Dealers

Renault launches cheapest sub-100g/km CO2 car

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Renault affordable CO2 Eco emissions Expression lowAlready in the news this week for its progress in launching electric cars, Renault is taking the spotlight again for launching what looks to be the cheapest sub 100g/km CO2 car. And no it is not some sort of glorified buggy either-it’s the familiar Clio in new Expression Eco form which will be priced from [.].

IMI calls on UK Government to invest £30M in hybrid and electric vehicle training; affordability issue

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In the UK, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is calling on the UK Government to make a £30-million (US$37-million) investment in specialist electric and hybrid vehicle training for thousands of maintenance and repair technicians in the independent retail sector. IMI asserts that the investment is crucial to support the public switch to ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV).

Which maker will sell the first affordable AWD electric SUV? Take our Twitter poll

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Utility vehicles are hot. There's no denying it. The best-selling passenger cars in the U.S. have been mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry for a couple of decades, but now they're likely to be eclipsed by compact crossover utility models like the Toyota RAV4. Of course, the Ford F-Series line of full-size pickup trucks—with a profuse array. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Polls

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Is 2013 the year of the affordable electric car? The Green Piece

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Could 2013 be the year when electric cars become much more affordable? Electric cars The Green Piece affordable electric car priceTuesday, 29 January, 2013. The Green Piece Column.

The top five compact executive saloons

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However, thanks to ever-more affordable finance deals, compact. Once upon a time executive saloons were the reserve of their namesake – the executive. Alfa Romeo Audi BMW Mercedes-Benz A4 3 Series C Class Top 5 Giulia

Polestar's second, third cars will be all-electric, one to challenge Tesla Model 3

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While Tesla works out the production bottlenecks that plague the Model 3, rivals continue to gear up to challenge the Silicon Valley maker's more affordable electric car. Specifically, Tesla's latest announced competitor comes from the new brand at Volvo Cars Group, named Polestar, which has become a standalone maker within the company's stable. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Polestar

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Nissan not afraid of GM's 200+ mile range Chevy Bolt electric car

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Last week General Motors unveiled the production version of the Chevy Bolt, claiming it will be the first affordable electric car with 200+ miles electric range.

2018 Nissan Leaf spy shots: our question on electric car update

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It's the long-missing member of the trio, the last of three affordable electric cars with 200-plus miles of range expected to go into production this year.

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Six new electric cars coming for 2018 and 2019

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The list includes two affordable 200-mile electric cars: the second-generation Nissan. The next couple of years promise to be quite interesting for electric cars. A minimum of six new models are expected in that time period, all promising ranges of 200 miles or more—which until a few months ago had been the exclusive province of Tesla Motors. Mercedes-Benz Future Cars Audi e-tron plug-in cars Tesla Model 3 Porsche Mission E BMW i5

Subaru plans for all-electric versions of existing model lines

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Companies like GM and Volkswagen, which each make 10 million cars a year, can afford the breathtaking costs of developing expertise and engineering cars with entirely different powertrains. It's now clear that every automaker, no matter how large or small, will have to develop and sell battery-electric vehicles by 2020 to 2025.

Tesla Model 3: 215-mile, $35,000 electric car revealed

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Yet at a far more affordable $35,000 starting price, it should. At a launch event held in Hawthorne, California, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk introduced the Model 3 sedan, the company's highest-volume, lowest-priced effort yet. The Model 3 quite closely follows the style of the Model S sedan and Model X crossover, and it’s unmistakably a Tesla. Elon Musk EV

To Be Successful, Electric Cars Need Intercity Fast Charging: Opinion

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The industry desperately needs a reliable and affordable network of intercity DC fast-charging We are on the cusp of a revolution in the electric car industry. But it is not at all clear that the revolution will or even can happen, because the charging infrastructure is just not there--and it is not clear that there are any plans to develop one.

Renault-Nissan jointly developing new vehicle program for growth markets; CMF-A for affordability

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The program, internally named CMF-A, covers the most affordable category of cars in the Common Module Family (CMF, earlier post ), Renault-Nissan’s modular system of vehicle architecture. CEO and Chairman Carlos Ghosn confirmed that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is developing all-new vehicles to meet the specific demands of new car buyers in the world’s fastest growing economies. The announcement marks the first all-new program developed from the ground up by Renault SAS and Nissan Motor Co.,

Tesla Model 3: order books full already for 2017!

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Tesla unveiled its affordable Model 3 earlier this year, and it’s a car that promises to democratise electric vehicles. However, unless you’re one of. Green Cars Tesla Electric cars Editors Picks Model 3

Eaton to develop affordable home refueling station for natural gas vehicles; liquid piston technology

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Eaton Corporation will develop an affordable home refueling station for natural gas vehicles, utilizing existing natural gas sources in the home and innovative compressor technology. The effort is funded in part by a $3.4-million grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) MOVE project. Earlier post.). The refueling system will use liquid to act as a piston to compress natural gas. earlier post.)

Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid plug-in minivan

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The Nissan Leaf won that year because it was the sole affordable battery-electric vehicle on the market. In 2011, Green Car Reports launched an award for the new car, or family of cars, that represented the best green vehicle introduced for the model year. Over the next seven years, more than two dozen vehicles that plug in to the grid to recharge. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy

Much faster electric-car charging: on a fast track

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To address the range issue, automakers are expected to launch a batch of more-affordable long-range electric cars over the next few years, a shift heralded by the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the upcoming Tesla Model 3. Relatively short ranges and long charging times are two of the main factors restraining more widespread electric-car adoption.