Volvo has been rolling out a series of “commitments” outlining their company’s future. Among them: building tons of electric and hybrid cars, making their vehicles death-proof, making their operations “greener,” and putting more women in charge of the company. Those seem like lofty goals, but it’s the details – or…
The company that came up with electric drive axle units for the Porsche 918, the BWM i8 and the Volvo T8s, GKN, is behind a lot of the leading-edge technology finding its way into supercars. And now, their upgraded units will also make it into affordable compacts near you, resulting in cheap hybrids for all.
Did you know Kia has an “environmentally friendly sub-brand” called EcoDynamics? I didn’t either, and apparently that’s kind of the point of the new Niro. Being a “subtle hybrid” is the car’s main objective, but that’s actually not its coolest feature.
Morgan will spend $8.6 million in cooperation with the British government to go hybrid and electric starting in 2019. That should keep prices down while giving the small carmaker a chance to double its production figures through new markets.
Today Hyundai revealed many of the important technical details of its upcoming plug-in hybrid family, starting with the IONIQ, Korea’s Toyota Prius-slayer.
Thanks to the Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and LaFerrari, we’re now used to the idea of a hybrid sports car, but turn the clock back to 2002 and the idea was much more on the fringe. Enter the too-good-for-this-world 2.0 liter V10 hybrid Connaught.
Los Angeles is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint, and a new city-operated fleet of electric vehicles is going to help it do so. Mayor Eric Garcetti has just announced his intentions to lease 160 pure battery EVs — a move that would position LA as proud owner of the largest electric fleet in the nation.
Lamborghini will be producing a new super car for the Geneva Motor Show, and this one appears to be a hybrid aimed at taking on offerings from Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren.
If you drove a car hour after hour, day after day through Manhattan as a taxi, you’d expect the engine to be completely haggard right? Look again.
Let this insane three-way battle between the #8 Audi, #17 Porsche and #7 Audi LMP1-class World Endurance Championship prototypes illustrate all the fun nuances of hybrid race cars. Running out of the added electric power must hit you like a brick when you’re in the middle of a battle like this.
Remember the hot Peugeot 308 R with its 266 HP 1.6? You can forget it, because here’s the new hybrid version with 300 HP for road use, 400 for the track, and a full 500 HP if you unleash the Hot Lap mode. [Update: It’s a concept, we got ahead of ourselves.]
The dealer wanted $4,400 to fix his Toyota hybrid. He did it for $7. Show this story to every person you know who claims you can't fix new cars yourself anymore.
Remember when Mary Barra was product chief at GM (before becoming the CEO) and said the company planned to focus on plug-in electric cars and mild hybrids? Well, the mild hybrids bit didn't work out so well, did it?
Take a good look at Renault's light and aerodynamic EOLAB hybrid concept, because it's innovations will make it into production very soon, maybe even as a Nissan.
Steve Dinan really wants to tune the BMW i8. He and his team sat down to hatch a plan, but it was scrapped in short order. By turning up the electric wick on BMW's hybrid super coupe, the life of the battery would be decimated. And that's a problem when the 7.1 kWh pack costs upwards of $10,000.
Ford and Samsung showed off a prototype for a lithium-ion battery that could finally spell the death of ye ol' lead acid brick for good. And it's about damned time.
In the heartland of England, a not much covered press conference took place about probably one of the most exciting racing series in the future. Here are some samples.