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  • Technology Credit Union announces financing relationship with Tesla Motors favicon Green Car Congress (Today) - Tech CU (Technology Credit Union) is working with Tesla Motors as a preferred financing partner for their Model S, Model X and Roadster electric vehicles, offering up to 100% financing with a competitive annual percentage rate (APR). Tesla is also a Tech CU Member...
  • 2015 VW Jetta Is 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ favicon hybridCARS (Today) - The redesigned 2015 Jetta has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system. The 2015 Jetta is currently on sale in U.S. dealerships and offers three gasoline engines, a TDI Clean...
  • Peugeot Quartz PHEV Concept Slated For Paris Debut favicon hybridCARS (Today) - Looks like Peugeot wants to hit the green hard at the Paris show as the company has announced a second concept with green credentials, the Peugeot Quartz PHEV concept. The company announced earlier this week an hybrid-air concept. The French manufacturer said its Quartz concept...
  • Revised C-Max Unveiled favicon hybridCARS (Today) - Ford Motor Company unveiled a revised C-MAX and Grand C-MAX with a new exterior design, interior as well as what Ford calls major fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions improvements. The revised five-seat C-MAX, available in the U.S., and seven-seat Grand C-MAX will go on sale...
  • Why Don’t Commercial Plug-In Trucks And Vans Sell? favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - This week Boulder Electric Vehicles announced that it was ceasing production of its commercial electric vans. It’s just the latest commercial plug-in startup to call it quits, and major automakers haven’t had any more luck convincing business owners to go electric. It’s a numbers...
  • Peugeot Quartz, The 500 Horsepower Plug-In SUV favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - It’s been over 20 years since Peugeot sold a new car in the United States, and the 500 horsepower Peugeot Quartz plug-in hybrid SUV concept has me thinking it’s time for the French automaker to make a comeback. The Peugeot Quartz is the latest...
  • GLiiDE Tesla Taxi Service Launches In London favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - GLiiDE is an all Tesla taxi service launching in London, allowing residents of thie English capital to get around without emissions or congestion charges., reports EV Fleet World. Billing itself as London’s first all-electric taxi, GLiiDE is based around a smartphone app and corporate...
  • Study finds US refining sector could produce higher octane E20 and E30 at modest additional cost; enabling more efficient engines favicon Green Car Congress (Yesterday) - A new study concludes that using ethanol can be a cost-effective approach to increasing the octane rating of the US gasoline pool. Source: ACS, Hirshfeld et al. Click to enlarge. A number of studies recently have pointed out that increasing the octane rating of...
  • Tesla Stock: Time To Buy? favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - Attempting to predict the stock market is a billion-dollar industry where the devil is in the details, and few companies have generated as much interest in the past 12 months as Tesla. The stock price’s meteoric rise has led to a lot of applauding...
  • Nissan Engineers Build One-off Leaf-based Pickup favicon hybridCARS (Yesterday) - Don’t you think an electric mini pickup would be cool? If so, you’re not alone, as the engineers at Nissan’s Technical Center in Stanfield, Arizona mixed and matched company components to make this one of a kind Leaf-based shop truck. It’s so lovingly put together,...
  • Study shows old rich white people don't take transit favicon TreeHugger (Yesterday) - While that is no surprise, there is a lot of other tidbits in this new report from Transit Center...
  • LaFerrari Hybrid Successor Envisioned favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - The LaFerrari hybrid supercar has barely hit the streets but Ferrari already has plans to replace it with a new model in 2025. Italian designer Adriano Raeli has created a concept he thinks would be perfect follow-up to the LaFerrari. He calls his creation the...
  • Renault Fluence Z.E. To Live On In China favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - One little discussed casualty of the closure of Better Place is the Renault Fluence Z.E., an electric car which has sold in relatively paltry numbers despite three years of sales. That could change with a new deal between Renault and China’s Dongfeng which will...
  • Structural upgrade earns 2015 VW Jetta IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award; improved small overlap protection favicon Green Car Congress (Yesterday) - The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest award, Top Safety Pick+, after a structural upgrade to improve small overlap protection and the addition of an optional front crash prevention system. Although the car didn’t get a full redesign, the...
  • 235 MPG Renault Eolab Heads To Paris favicon hybridCARS (Yesterday) - Renault’s Eolab plug-in hybrid could net 282 mpg on the Euro cycle and in the U.S. it reportedly might achieve 235 mpg under more stringent EPA tests. A prototype of the four-passenger car has been driven by Top Gear, they say it works basically as...
  • Auto dealers lose a battle in Massachusetts, but the war with Tesla isn't over favicon TreeHugger (Yesterday) - The state-by-state fight continues. How many rounds will Tesla have to go before a K.O. of dealers is declared?...
  • Tesla Roadster Lost 20% Of Total Range In 4 Years favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - The Tesla Model S has been widely praised as both an innovative and excellent car, but there remain questions regarding the longevity of its lithium-ion battery pack. These questions are only amplified by allegations of a Tesla Roadster owner who claims his electric sports...
  • No BMW i8 Spyder For Now favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - Anybody with pockets deep enough to afford the $136,000 BMW i8 can understand the basic economics of supply and demand. It’s no wonder that plenty of buyers have been willing to fork over 50% more than the MSRP to get an i8 in their...
  • CPT opens US subsidiary; focus on 48V electrification of powertrain favicon Green Car Congress (Yesterday) - UK-based Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) has incorporated a US subsidiary, and has appointing Taylor Hansen as vice president responsible for the company’s North American operations. CPT specializes in the development of cost-effective tailpipe emission reduction measures achieved through low cost electrification of conventional and...
  • Autonomous Audi Approved For Cali Roads favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - Google got the ball rolling on autonomous car talk, and the Mercedes S-Class can basically drive hands free in certain situations. But Audi is the first company to get the newly-required autonomous driving permits California now requires of all self-driving cars. Audi has sought...
  • BMW using ams data acquisition IC for battery management system in i3 favicon Green Car Congress (Yesterday) - BMW is using the AS8510, an integrated automotive data acquisition front-end integrated circuit (IC) from ams AG, a leading provider of high performance analog ICs and sensors, to provide extremely accurate battery voltage and current measurements in its i3 electric vehicles (EVs). The BMW...
  • CitroĂ«n unveiling Cactus AIRFLOW 2L concept at Paris: Hybrid Air powertrain and 2L/100 km favicon Green Car Congress (Yesterday) - CitroĂ«n will unveil its new C4 Cactus AIRFLOW 2L concept at the Paris Motor Show. With the C4 Cactus AIRFLOW 2L concept, CitroĂ«n is demonstrating fuel consumption of 2l/100 km (118 mpg US) through the use of optimized design with a 20% improvement in...
  • MAHLE NanoNapier Steel piston ring helps reduce weight and improve quality favicon Green Car Congress (Yesterday) - MAHLE has developed a piston ring with new technology that offers engine manufacturers improvements in weight, quality and overall value. MAHLE’s new “second” piston ring uses chrome-silicon steel to replace cast iron traditionally used for the second of three rings found on gasoline-powered spark-ignition...
  • DuPont selects Murex as marketing partner for cellulosic ethanol from Nevada, Iowa plant favicon Green Car Congress (Yesterday) - DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) has selected Murex LLC to market the cellulosic ethanol produced from its 30-million-gallon-per-year plant in Nevada, Iowa. (Earlier post.) Upon completion, the facility will be the largest cellulosic ethanol plant in the world. DuPont has made substantial investments in renewable...
  • ArcelorMittal develops two steel solutions to reduce weight of pickups; exploring applications in PHEVs favicon Green Car Congress (Yesterday) - ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel and mining company, has created two sets of steel solutions to reduce the average weight of pick-ups, following on from the award-winning launch of its S-in motion catalogue for standard, C-segment cars. ArcelorMittal has refined and extended these innovations...
  • CitroĂ«n Also Goes For Hybrid Air Power favicon hybridCARS (Yesterday) - After Peugeot, CitroĂ«n is revealing info about its hybrid air powered concept, the C4 Cactus AIRFLOW 2L concept. The air-powered vehicle devised by Peugeot’s sister company will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and of course shares some aspects of its technology with Peugeot’s...
  • JLL Involved In Toyota’s Plano HQ favicon hybridCARS (Yesterday) - After helping find the place, real estate strategy firm JLL will be Toyota’s third partner in building the company’s new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. Toyota said it has already tapped developer KDC and design firm Corgan. JLL will provide project management services, helping...
  • BMW 220d Coupe Gets Improved Turbodiesel Engine favicon Gas 2.0 (2 days ago) - BMW wants to make diesel engines as relevant in America as they are in Europe, but its Europe that benefits first from the latest in turbodiesel technology. The BMW 220d will debut a new-generation 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine that will offer up to 295...
  • Gigafactory Could Bring “Acceleration” To Industry favicon Gas 2.0 (2 days ago) - When Tesla tapped Panasonic to provide the batteries for the Tesla Model S, its unlikely that executives expected the level of success and acclaim Elon Musk has achieved. With the ambitious Gigafactory project breaking ground, Panasonic executives say that the Gigafactory could bring some...
  • Two new generation TwinPower Turbo diesels in BMW 518d and 520d; up to 57.4 mpg favicon Green Car Congress (2 days ago) - New BMW 518d sedan. Click to enlarge. BMW has introduced two variants of its new generation of 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines in the 5 Series which boost the output of the new BMW 518d and new BMW 520d by another 5 kW apiece. Average...

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