2017 F1 Preview: McLaren Honda

McLaren.  The name screams racing cool.  McLaren-Honda.  The name doesn't scream much, especially in Formula One.  McLaren Honda enters the 2017 season with a new partner for anchorman Fernando Alonso.  Jenson Button was made redundant (cooler sounding than "replaced") by Stoffel Vandoorne (nice name), a young driver who made his...

Coming This Fall: The New VW Passat GTE

From the fine people at Volkswagen comes a plug-in hybrid version of the Passat sedan. The Volkswagen continues to plug-in.  Following the Golf GTE, comes the next high-volume model with a plug-in drive system: this time the German carmaker is electrifying the new Passat GTE. Its launch marks the debut of...

Nissan Debuts Murano Hybrid at Auto Shanghai 2015

In what may be seen as a "duh" moment, Nissan introduced a hybrid version of the very popular Murano mid-sized SUV.  Using Auto Shanghai 2015 as a backdrop may be seen as an nod to Chinese environmental sensitivities; or that the vehicle wasn't ready for NYIAS or the Chicago Auto...

2016 Cadillac CT6 Hybrid: Finally, a Proper American PHEV

In Auto Shanghai 2015 news, today Cadillac announced a 335-horsepower, 432-lb/ft of torque-y monster of a plug-in hybrid vehicle.  And they're packaging it in a CT6. “The first-ever CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, making it an ideal platform for Cadillac to offer its first plug-in hybrid,” said Cadillac President Johan...

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...

Common Hybrid Car Maintenance: Rotor Bearing Wear and Tear

As bearings wear down, they impact the space between the rotor and the stator, which affects the magnetic field as well. Because these bearings keep things centric between the rotor and the stator, driving performance can suffer, causing “hunting” or torque changes in the motor. Luckily, there is bearing wear testing...

Common Hybrid Car Maintenance Issues: Temperature Sensors

When it comes to Hybrid Vehicles and their batteries, temperature is a big deal. This includes air temperature around the battery pack but also the temperature of each individual cell of the battery pack as well. Because each HEV manufacturer is different, automotive service providers will often get confused when diagnosing a...

Lamborghini in Paris: the Asterion Plug-in Hybrid Concept

On Wednesday, October 2nd, Lamborghini introduced a new hypercar concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. This is the new Lamborghini Asterion. Lamborghini introduced this new hypercar at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.  Big deal, you say?  Another super-fast, super-sleek, Italian tourer for the Amalfi Coast? Stuff your snark, this new hypercar is...

2016 Chevy Volt Hybrid Car Battery Pack, courtesy of GM Media.

From The Hybrid Shop: How to Test & Diagnose Hybrid Vehicles

  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...

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