This is an automotive column at Examiner.com written by Sebastian James, publisher of Hybrid and Electric Car News. Enjoy, and be sure to subscribe to his posts. The car in the video above is the 2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid sedan. S-Class. Plug. In. Hybrid. It’s not a joke. It’s[...]
A question: would you pay $28,000+ for a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle? With a turbo-diesel engine? A super-premium stereo? Navigation? Any takers? In terms of value, tricking out a 2014 VW Beetle to it’s fullest with a powerful diesel engine, isn’t a great value. In 2014. If you want a great car[...]
So people wanted to know what the first Formula-level electric car race was going to be like? Click on the video above. It was racing, pure and simple. Two drivers on the last lap, not giving an inch on the way to the finish line. And a crash, for you[...]
A new turbo diesel will power Jaguar’s newest entry into the small luxury sedan market, the Jaguar XE. Watch today’s global launch event right here at 1:15 pm Central time, 2:15 pm Eastern, and 18:15 GMT.
We are just 7 days before a new Formula series is unleashed on the public. High speeds and high economy will mark the debut of Formula-E. Here’s a recap video to keep you on track with what’s going on one week before the debut.
A record number of cities—over 115 in 35 states and abroad—will observe National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 15-21, 2014. The annual event is designed to showcase the fun, convenience, clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric vehicles through ride-and-drives and related activities taking place from Hawaii to Vermont. National Drive Electric[...]
Good: It’s happening Bad: I’m in Illinois, USA; which means the race starts at 2:30 am. Hello DVR. Good: It’s happening in Beijing, capital of a country that really needs to bear-hug clean energy. Have you see their air? I hear you can chew it. Bad: It’s governed by the US[...]
The inaugural season of Formula-E promises to be good, and the Beijing track is well-suited as a first circuit. It’s an easy, straightforward 3.44 mile track with a lot of 90-degree corners; perfect for giving the world an initial taste of full-0n throttle and high-speed passing. The architect tossed in few chicanes[...]
As often as we at The Hybrid Shop sing the praises of battery pack conditioning, and as firmly as we believe in its potential to jump start any shop’s foray into the world of hybrid vehicle maintenance, our training programs touch on much more than conditioning alone. Hybrid drive systems–much like traditional[...]
This is an excerpt from the first automotive column at Examiner.com written by Sebastian James, publisher of Hybrid and Electric Car News. Be sure to click through to finish, and subscribe to his posts. The 2015 XC90: Volvo Goes All-in on Strong Lines and High Technology “This is one of[...]
This week Tesla announced they will build their Gigafactory in Nevada, thanks to $1 billion in state subsidies. With that news, a lot of the Tesla-haters have one less hurdle to put in Tesla’s way. They also have one more thing to subtract value from. With the news, we decided[...]
Like a lot of people, at one point I thought racing car crashes were cool. It was probably a very human remnant of crashing toy cars as a kid. Or crashing Big Wheels, bikes, or anything that could propel me and my friends into a crash. As adults we still[...]