The 2015 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid: 5 Modes of Power and Economy

Last week, Volvo announced a new T8 variant of their flagship XC90. They gave it a catchy name, the XC90 T8.  They also put in one of the most technologically advanced plug-in hybrid propulsion systems ever. “The XC90 T8 is a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one,” says...

Tesla to Begin Testing Battery Swaps with Model S Owners

Here it is, from Elon himself: Starting next week, we will pilot a pack swap program with invited Model S owners. They will be given the opportunity to swap their car's battery at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers at Harris Ranch, CA. This pilot program...

Hybrid Shop Battery Conditioning Process, courtesy of The Hybrid Shop

From the Hybrid Shop: How Does Hybrid Battery Conditioning Work?

What is Hybrid Battery Conditioning—A Deeper Look   The Conditioning process begins with removing the NiMH (nickel–metal hydride battery) battery pack from the vehicle. Specialized THS (The Hybrid Shop®) equipment is then connected to the battery pack for the purposes of rendering two categories of tests; The Power Test and the Energy...

Jaguar Engineers the Urban Windscreen, a Smarter Windshield

Cockpit-based automotive technology is really beginning to make strides.  It seems like it took forever for automakers to give us a simple headphone port to plug our devices into.  Now Jaguar engineers are taking augmented reality, heads-up displays and cloud technology to new levels.  They call it the 360-degree Virtual...

Sebastien Buemi Wins Formula E at Punta del Este, Uruguay

From FIA Formula E, December 14, 2014 Sebastien Buemi clinched e.dams-Renault’s first win of the season in the 2014 Formula E Julius Baer Punta del Este ePrix with Nelson Piquet Jr. and championship leader Lucas di Grassi completing the podium places. The Swiss driver fended off Jean-Eric Vergne in the final stages...

2016 Toyota Mirai FCV fueling

Toyota to Spend $7.2M for New Hydrogen Fueling Stations

Toyota has a huge stake in the US success of the Mirai, their first fuel cell to properly come to market.  One of the keys to success is a robust fueling network.  According to Green Fleet News, Toyota is spending $7.2 million to expand the number of hydrogen fueling stations...

A Tale of Two VW Golf SportWagens

The 2015 VW Golf SportWagen is not a head-turner.  It is not fast.  It does not thrill the ladies, or the men for that matter. But, if you are an adult with a family, it is one of the greatest cars ever. It's practical.  It's German, so go figure. It's roomy, perfect for...

What is YOUR Favorite Drive?

What is your favorite drive?  Is it a particular piece of road?  A particular time of day?  Does a song have anything to do with it?  Passengers?  Tell us.  Click on our new Community popup in the lower left corner.  It 's a great way to interact with other readers....

Formula-E 101: The Powertrain of an Electric Racing Car, Part 1

Formula-E technology is like a completely new envelope for automotive engineers to push.  Along with the basics of acceleration and momentum, Formula-E grapples with how to expend as much power as possible while not expending the battery prematurely.  How to plot race strategy without telemetry. We've found some wonderfully entertaining and wonky...

John Gattuso Thinks Your Future is FIXD

The FIXD app, its team and its story is a snapshot of contemporary technology and entrepreneurship.  John Gattuso, a student at Georgia Tech's "Startup Lab" gets an idea sparked from his experience as a car guy.  Mix in a few smart friends, $30k from Kickstarter, some time for R & D--and...

Germany to expand incentives for EVs

Why is Germany Planning Incentives to Buy Electric Cars?

Back in the darker days, some of us gave President Obama hell for trying to save the auto industry.  For whatever reason--anti-union, anti-spending, anti-doing anything but complain; the pols and pundits gave him the business for bailing out Detroit with loans and the "Cash for Clunkers" program. Years later, we see...

Punta Del Este Programme Cover, courtesy of Formula-e

Formula-E: 10 Days to the Punta del Este E-Prix

The third installment of Formula-E's inaugural year is set to start on Saturday, December 13.  The electric racers come to Uruguay this time, at the city of Punta del Este, a sun-soaked resort town on the Atlantic Ocean. Will we have a new champion?  Or will Sam Bird or Lucas di...

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