Batteries won: BMW confirms i3 REx range extender is on its way to extinction

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The rapid progress of lithium-ion battery-cell energy density and the growth of fast-charging networks have together helped write the epitaph for BMW’s range-extending technology, badged REx on the BMW i3. Range-Extended Electric Vehicle

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2019 Audi E-tron road-trip review: Wait, range ratings aren’t everything?

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Not every electric-car first-drive event urges us to climb a mountain to get a good idea of driving range. Range TestActually make that no other automaker, ever.

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Cold-weather EV range: Polar Vortex, AAA, local news paint a bleak picture; don't panic!

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” So sums AAA about its report on electric vehicle range, released this past week, which resulted in a very useful data set underscoring the reality of how EV range drops, especially at cold temperatures. EPA range anxiety AAA Range TestIf you plan to drive an EV in winter weather you’ll need to charge more often to avoid “being stranded by a dead battery.”

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2017 BMW i3 REx: 97-mile electric range, lower efficiency for range-extended model

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Changes are headlined by a larger, 33-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that increases range from 81 miles to 114 miles in the all-electric model. However, until now, BMW had yet to release range estimates for. plug-in cars Range-Extended Electric Vehicle BMW i REx range extender engine BMW i3 RExThe 2017 BMW i3 is the most significant update to the groundbreaking electric car since it went on sale in the U.S. back in May 2014.

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Citroën launching electrification offensive across commercial range

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The Brand is now preparing to launch a major electrification offensive across its commercial range. Citroën Jumpy, launched in 2016 and with more than 135,000 models sold, recently developed its range in order to more closely meet the needs of business customers.

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2018 BMW i3 electric car range adds sportier i3s version

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While battery range stays the same as last year, a new i3s model (for Sport) has been added, with revised suspension and a Sport mode added to its drive-mode. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Range-Extended Electric Vehicle REx range extender engine BMW i3 RExWhile the 2018 BMW i3 will formally debut next week at the Frankfurt auto show, the company has released details ahead of time on the updates to the lineup of its compact electric car.

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Mercedes introduces longer-range EQV electric van

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The company says that a 100-kwh battery pack under the floor will deliver 250 miles of range on the European driving cycle. Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce the second in its new EQ line of electric vehicles, the EQV van, at next month's Frankfurt auto show.

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Mazda rotary range-extended EV and diesel engine both coming, but no US hybrids for now

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Diesel Wankel rotary engine SKYACTIV Range ExtendingA look under the hood of Mazda’s future includes a patchwork of “what if” possibilities and a series of juggled timelines. Mazda is in a tough spot right now with regulators and in finding its place across many global markets. Part of the issue is that Mazda is considered an Intermediate-size manufacturer and subject to.

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Tesla Model S and X Long Range Plus deliver more range: S gets 390 miles

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The Tesla Model S fastback and Model X crossover have received another significant range boost that applies to more than just vehicles soon to be delivered.

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BMW unveils Concept i4 electric Gran Coupé; 600 km range

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The electric four-door BMW Gran Coupé offers an electric range of up to 600 kilometers (373 miles), based on the new WLTP test cycle. BMW unveiled the BMW Concept i4 EV using a livestream instead of the planned Geneva venue.

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2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric car range: Why the short circuit?

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range anxiety charging infrastructure Green LifeIt’s not unusual for fuel gauges on gasoline cars to be inaccurate. Often they can hug "Full" so long you might suspect it’s malfunctioning—only to then swing rapidly toward the halfway mark and below. Usually these idiosyncrasies are no big deal. When the low-fuel light and chime prompt you, you’re almost always within.

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Tesla Model S and Model X get another range boost, 400-mile range now in reach for S

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Is a 400-mile EPA-rated range coming soon for the Tesla Model S? During the Q4 financial call Wednesday, Musk said that the Model S and Model X again have more range than Tesla is stating on the website. The Model S Long Range is currently

2020 77

SunLine Transit puts new long-range fuel-cell range extended electric bus into service

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With funding from the private sector, the Federal Transit Administration, and the California Energy Commission, SunLine Transit unveiled an electric bus with a fuel cell range extender to support a 250-300-mile daily route.

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Mazda's electric car gets patents for rotary range-extender engine

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series hybrid Rotary plug-in cars Wankel rotary engine Range-Extended Electric Vehicle Range Extending BMW i3 RExRecent patent filings suggest Mazda’s next Wankel engine will equip a battery-powered car, not a rear-wheel drive heir to emblematic sports coupes like its RX-7 and RX-8. Mazda has invested more time and money into the rotary engine than any other automaker, so executives are reluctant to let it fade away into history. While the RX-8 has.

2017 64

Karma pitches extended-range electric truck possibility to fleets

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Tesla may have swooped in at the last minute and stolen the show in Los Angeles this week, but the ever-frisky Karma has its own pickup pitch: an extended-range EV for commercial applications.

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Tesla Model S and X get big range boost, and Standard Range versions return

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Tesla announced a 10-percent improvement to the top driving range for both its Model S fastback and Model X crossover Tuesday—resulting in what it claims will be EPA-official ranges of up to 370 miles and 325 miles for the two models, respectively. The 370-mile rating will be the highest EPA-rated range for any U.S.-market

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2017 BMW i3 REx: drive review of range-extended electric car

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Its carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body shell, aluminum underpinnings, and battery-electric powertrain with an optional range extender are a combination not offered by any other maker, now or perhaps ever. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Range-Extended Electric Vehicle REx range extender engine BMW i3 RExWhen the history of modern electric cars is written, the BMW i3 will likely go down as something of an anomaly.

2017 63

Workhorse range-extended electric pickup truck announced for future

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plug-in cars Commercial vehicle fleet Startups Range Extending Workhorse TrucksLast year, Amp Electric brought the Workhorse truck group from Navistar (formerly International), with the goal of developing electric commercial vehicles. Since then, Workhorse has delivered 125 electric delivery vans to United Parcel Service (UPS). Now it plans to expand into the pickup-truck market as well. CHECK OUT: Amp Electric's Workhorse.

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Can heat pumps solve cold-weather range loss for EVs?

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This past winter’s deep freeze and its record-low temperatures exposed a reality that anyone thinking about an electric car has to come to terms with: Cold winter weather can cut the effective driving range of some electric vehicles by 40 percent or more.

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Over the past week, I've been driving a gas car because I had long errands after work that would have exceeded the maximum range of the Civic-EV. This is the classic problem with electric vehicles: range anxiety. As you've probably noticed, things have been a bit quiet here. The new vacuum pump is working well and is nicely quiet. As the temperatures drop, the capacity of my batteries drop as well.

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Mazda all but confirms rotary range extender engine for electric car

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How Mazda plans to integrate plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles into its range of increasingly efficient gasoline and diesel models is a topic that interests parts of the global auto industry. Future Cars Rotary plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Wankel rotary engine REx range extender engine Range Extending BMW i3 REx

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New Volkswagen Passat GTE PHEV boosts electric range

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The new Passat GTE plug-in hybrid features , under the new WLTP cycle, an electric range of up to 54 km (33.6 The purely electric range of the predecessor—determined as an NEDC value (New European Driving Cycle)—was 50 km.

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2020 Kia Niro EV: Price hike brings bigger infotainment screens but no extra range

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market is returning for its second model year with just a few changes, none of which affect key specs like range or charging. Kia’s only all-electric car for the U.S.

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Longer-range Nissan LEAF PLUS starts at $36,550 in US with up to 226 miles of range

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The new Nissan LEAF S PLUS powertrain adds to the car’s range by approximately 50% with an EPA range of up to 226 miles (versus the standard 2019 Nissan LEAF 150 mile range).

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Revolve Technologies shows new PCB-based fuel cell range extender

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A Renault Kangoo ZE van with a PCB fuel cell range extender was displayed at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event at the Millbrook Proving Ground this week past. With the PCBFC fitted, an additional range of around 80 miles can be expected on a NEDC cycle with 1.7

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Ford Transit van with range-extended electric powertrain revealed

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Europe Plug-In Hybrids UK series hybrid plug-in cars Commercial vehicle Range-Extended Electric VehicleAs European countries continue to crack down on emissions from road vehicles, automakers are stepping up with solutions to reduce levels of smog-causing nitrogen oxides, especially in city centers. Ford identified the commercial vehicle segment as one it believes is ripe for electrification, and earlier this month it revealed its Ford Transit.

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Hydrogen fuel-cell e-bike claiming longer range, quick refueling

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Before the Toyota Mirai, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, and the Hyundai Nexo faced off with the current crop of electric cars, there was a hydrogen fuel-cell e-bike—the Alpha, which also demonstrated that with hydrogen it could go farther than battery-boosted e-bikes.

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2021 BMW 3-Series plug-in hybrid gets more electric range, new home-charging options

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The 2021 BMW 3-Series plug-in hybrid gets a redesign, migrating to the G20-generation 3-Series platform and gaining more electric range in the process.

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BMW i3 REx: owner's 3 years with range-extended electric car

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It has fit my needs and driving demands perfectly and I only needed to drive on the range extender for about 2,700 of the 71,000 miles that I've. ownership plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) youtube Range-Extended Electric Vehicle REx range extender engine long-term BMW i3 RExThis week, my 2014 i3 REx turned three years old; I picked it up on May 21, 2014. For the most part I’ve been very pleased with the car.

2017 64

Cummins invests in Loop Energy; fuel cell range extenders for medium- and heavy-duty trucks

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Loop Energy, a provider of fuel cell electric range extenders for medium- and heavy-duty transport applications, announced a cash investment from Cummins Inc. Loop Energy will also supply Cummins with range extender systems for incorporation into demonstration trucks.

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MIIT verifies Xpeng P7 EV range of 706 km (439 miles) NEDC

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China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) has verified Xpeng’s P7 electric sports sedan’s driving range to be NEDC 706 km (439 miles). It is the longest range among electric vehicles available in China.

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Delta Motorsport introduces Micro Turbine Range Extender

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At the LCV 2016 event in the UK last week, Delta Motorsport unveiled a new low-cost micro-turbine applied as a range-extended in an electric car. The company developed the E-4 Coupe extended-range electric electric vehicle in a £3.1-million (US$4-million) collaborative R&D project.

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Hyundai boosts range in refreshed IONIQ EV to ~170 miles

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Drivers of the new 2020 IONIQ Electric can also enjoy 170 miles (274 km) of range thanks to an upgraded 38.3-kWh battery with 36% more energy capacity. kWh, and offers a total of 170 miles of estimated range.

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2020 VW e-Golf electric car range falls, just before ID EV range rises

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With the introduction of a first mass-market electric car, the ID 3, already happening in Europe, a mass-market EV for the U.S. just around the corner, next year, and a new Golf just introduced for Europe with fully electric no longer part of the mix, the e-Golf is available in the U.S.

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Mazda announces electric lineup, rotary range extender

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Some will be plug-in hybrids or range-extended electric cars—with a twist. The electric-car revolution may give new life to an old gas engine. On Tuesday, timed to coincide with the Paris auto show, Mazda announced it will add plug-in capability and electric power to all of its models by 2030. The company formally confirmed what it had. Rotary Wankel rotary engine

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2016 Cadillac ELR: More Performance, More Range, Lower Price

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The specifications of the updated 2016 Cadillac ELR range-extended electric car were released this morning, and one big question has been answered. Green Range-Extended Electric Vehicle Voltec plug-in cars The luxury coupe will not use the revised Voltec powertrain that propels the new second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt on sale later this year. But it boasts better performance, slightly higher.

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Plug-in hybrid model now tops the Porsche Cayenne range

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Porsche’s Cayenne range follows the Panamera series ( earlier post ) in now featuring a plug-in hybrid as its new flagship model. kWh/100 km, CO 2 emissions combined 75–72 g/km), torque of 700 N·m, and electric range of up to 43 kilometers (26.7

Gasoline range anxiety 100 years ago made electric-car charging seem easy

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But a century ago, drivers of gasoline cars had just as much range anxiety as electric-car. Fuel Gasoline History plug-in cars range anxiety gas stationElectric cars have the great advantage that their batteries can be recharged anywhere there's electricity. It may not be particularly fast, though modern plug-in vehicles get at least 60 miles overnight, and often double or triple that.

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Shorter range Audi E-tron planned for Europe

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The short-range model will have a 71-kilowatt-hour battery pack in place of the original's 95-kwh battery pack. Audi is already introducing a new version of its E-tron quattro electric SUV in Europe with smaller batteries.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E preview: Electric SUV targeting 300-mile range

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It will offer two battery capacities, rear- or all-wheel drive, and a top EPA-rated range projected at 300 miles or more for at least one version.

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2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: 238-mile EPA range rating, 119 MPGe combined

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It will be the first mass-priced electric car with a range of 200 miles or more, and it will go on sale a year before the much-vaunted Tesla Model 3. Now Chevrolet has released the EPA estimated range. Efficiency plug-in cars Range Test EPA Ratings MPGeThere will be a lot riding on the tall, square shoulders of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV when it reaches the first Chevy dealers late this year.

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2012 Chevy Volt has now crossed 400,000 miles, range remains steady

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Chevy Volt commuting plug-in cars Range-Extended Electric Vehicle Battery LifeAs more battery-electric cars are sold and more drivers become aware of them, the question of battery life recurs among pretty much every potential buyer. How long will the battery last? Will I have to replace it every 18 months as I do in my smartphone? Data on the liquid-cooled battery packs of older Tesla Model S and Chevrolet Volt cars offers.

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Survey: Range, cost, infrastructure sum up why shoppers avoid EVs

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We’ve heard it repeatedly as the result of various polls and surveys: Active and prospective car shoppers are interested in fully electric vehicles and eager to go electric.

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