Automotive Tech Rolls On: Toyota to Test Better Hybrid Technology

Here's a glimpse into how hybrid technology improves, from the fine engineers at Toyota: Power semiconductors are found in power control units (PCUs), which are used to control motor drive power in hybrids and other vehicles with electric powertrains. PCUs play a crucial role in the use of electricity, supplying battery...

Kia Motors America to Reveal Concept at Chicago Auto Show

Kia to Reveal New Electric AWD Concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Something cryptic appeared in my HECN inbox earlier today: Kia Motors America will unveil an advanced and capable electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD) concept vehicle at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. This bold off-roader was conceived by Kia’s California design studio and built for city dwellers seeking the ultimate urban escape. Intended...

2015 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock

Jeep to Make a Hybrid Wrangler Rock Crawler?

Although this makes all the sense in the world, I'm sure it will be greeted in certain circles as apostasy.  From the fine people at AutoBlog.com, via "the grapevine": This may the year a Jeep hybrid is officially announced. Really. The Chrysler division may finally be making plans for its first gas-electric powertrain to help boost the...

Go East, Little Chevy Spark EV

In the wake of the Detroit Auto Show, General Motors and Chevy are showing their cards at electric vehicles.  In the Motor City, Chevy showed off a newly restyled and retooled Chevy Volt.  They introduced the new Chevy Bolt concept, something intended to take on the upcoming Tesla Model III--in...

Michigan’s “M City” is Ready to Test Driverless Cars

Earlier this month, the University of Michigan announced that "M City", a 32-acre environment to test self-driving and autonomous cars, will be ready for use in Spring 2015. "Connected and automated vehicle technology will usher in a revolution in the mobility of people and goods comparable to that sparked by the...

California Opens First Paid Hydrogen Fueling Station

Now you can buy hydrogen for your fuel cell vehicle.  In California. That fact may seem trite.  But if fuel cell is going to catch on, it has to have demand.  The number of fuel cell vehicles is growing.  If fuel cell is going to catch on, then people are going...

Drag Race of the Day: Tesla Model S P85D v. Challenger Hellcat

From DragTimes.com, and the Car and Driver blog, "Deetroit Iron" meets "California Cool." In the near lane, you have a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, a 707-horse dream machine seemingly built as the vehicular embodiment of “AMERICA, F**K YEAH”—a retro-styled ICBM on wheels, one that Dodge says will do the quarter-mile in 11.2 at 125 on...

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle. Image courtesy of Toyota

Japan Gets Ready for Toyota Mirai and Fuel Cell Adoption

Two pieces of interesting news on the Toyota Mirai FCV, courtesy of our friends at Carscoops and Bloomberg.  First, Carscoops says that Toyota has taken orders for 1500 of their new fuel cell vehicle.  Bloomberg provides some detail, as well as information that the Japanese government is plowing the road...

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JD Power: Despite Cheap Gas, Fuel Efficiency Still a Primary Concern

As you read the headlines proclaiming historically low gas prices spelling doom for hybrid, electric, or any other automotive technology that leverages economy, think about this from J.D. Power: Despite gas prices falling to their lowest levels since 2010, fuel economy—for a fourth consecutive year—remains the most influential factor among the...

Mercedes Benz S550 PHEV, courtesy of Daimler Global Media

Mercedes to Launch 10 New Hybrids by 2017

Inside EVs brings us this snippet on the future of Mercedes' PHEV plan: At the 2015 NAIAS, Mercedes-Benz made a big splash in the plug-in world by showing off three EVs: B-Class Electric Drive, S-Class PHEV and world debut of C-Class PHEV. In addition to the vehicles on display, M-B made it...

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