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  • Toshiba Set On Improving Automotive Cameras favicon hybridCARS (Today) - Toshiba is determined to improve the image sensors – and thus cameras – needed for self-driving vehicles. Already strong in image sensor development, the company will focus on development and sales expansion of automotive and medical imaging sensor, with future development based on the BSI (backside...
  • Aluminum EcoBoost 2015 F-150 Testing Videos favicon hybridCARS (Today) - Four truck customers have been offered the chance to get behind the wheel of Ford’s new aluminum-built, EcoBoost-powered 2015 F-150. Ford started releasing last Friday the first of four videos in the “You Test” series; these videos will show, said Ford, how these customers tested...
  • Toyota Relaunches Classic 70 Series Land Cruiser favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - The rugged Toyota 70 Series Land Cruiser first hit showrooms in Japan back in 1984. Since then, more than 2.5 million of the tough, go anywhere trucks have been sold around the world. Production in Japan ended in 2004, but constant demand from loyal...
  • Battery Electric Truck From EV-Fleet favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - EV-Fleet, of Charlotte, North Carolina, will begin selling its first battery electric truck, called Condor, in September. About the size of a Ford Ranger , the Condor features a robust 5 speed transmission, a carrying capacity of 1000 lbs, and a range of more...
  • Acabion DaVinci is World’s Most Aerodynamic Car favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - Designed to disturb just a tiny fraction of the air around it, the Acabion DaVinci was designed to be the world’s most aerodynamic car. Its maker, Peter Acabion, believes his concept has what it takes to be a new-age super car in the spirit...
  • Forbidden Fruit: 2015 Suzuki Vitara Revealed favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - Suzuki stopped selling cars in North America after 2013. That was a shame, because the company’s SX4 really was mostly OK, and the AWD Kizashi was very much a budget Audi in the same way that Kia is now positioning itself to be. Still,...
  • Toyota Hydrogen Tanks Production Gains Approval favicon hybridCARS (Yesterday) - Toyota gained Japanese government approval to build and inspect high-pressure hydrogen tanks. This thereby handles one of the main issues with hydrogen vehicles in that high tank pressures must be sustainable, durable, and reliable. The company said this approval is an important production staging post...
  • 2015 Honda HR-V Production Version Revealed in China favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - Honda revealed its new-for-2015 HR-V sport utility earlier this year – but they’re still calling that car a “concept“, playing coy about what features will and won’t make it into production. The company is singing a different tune in China, however, and just revealed...
  • Dodge Ram 1500 Tops Consumer Reports MPG Test favicon Gas 2.0 (Yesterday) - Consumer Reports says the Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has the best fuel economy of any full size pickup truck sold in America. In their testing, it got 27 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg overall. Those numbers compare quite favorably with the EPA...
  • KillaJoule Electric Sidecar Sets 241 mph Speed Record favicon hybridCARS (Yesterday) - Last Thursday at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, engineering PhD student Eva HĂĄkansson set several world land speed records in her “KillaJoule” streamlined electric sidecar motorcycle. HĂĄkansson’s home-built EV smashed the previous fastest electric motorcycle record by 25 mph, and established an all-time best among...
  • Saab In Troubled Water Again favicon hybridCARS (Yesterday) - Saab has been going through rough water and is not yet out of trouble. Its EV-ambitious owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, has financial trouble. The Board of Directors of National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, the owners of Saab, last Thursday applied for a reorganization....
  • Outrage: Cop Who Killed Cyclist Not Facing Charges favicon Gas 2.0 (2 days ago) - An LA County Sheriff’s Deputy won’t face charges for the death of ex-Napster COO Milton Olin, Jr., who was struck and killed by Deputy Anthony Wood’s patrol car as it drifted into the protected bicycle lane. The distracted Deputy took his eyes off the...
  • DENNY Urban Utility Bicycle Coming Next Spring favicon Gas 2.0 (2 days ago) - Earlier this year, the Oregon Manifest design contest set out to find the urban utility bike of the future. Five teams in five cities were challenged to design and build the ultimate urban utility bicycle with the winner determined by online voting. Now the...
  • Volvo Puts the Pedestrian Air Bag into Production favicon Gas 2.0 (2 days ago) - Volvo has built a solid reputation on its innovative turbocharger, diesel, and hybrid technology – but the company is really known for its advancements in automotive safety. From the three-point safety belt to a high tech system that can detect a pedestrian or bicyclist...
  • IndyCar 2014: Fontana, Will Power, and TK is Magic favicon Gas 2.0 (2 days ago) - “It’s 15 years of hard work. I was crying as I crossed the line,” said a triumphant Will Power last night, as he was being crowned the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Drivers’ Champion. After finishing second in the points three times in the past, Power...
  • Quick Take: 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid favicon Gas 2.0 (2 days ago) - It was a bit unexpected, at first. By the end of my week with the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, however, I’d learned my lines. “It’s the new Highlander,” I’d answer. “Toyota, yeah,” after the next question, followed by “the mileage is OK, actually. It’s...
  • Volvo Will Build 3 Cylinder Turbo Engine favicon Gas 2.0 (3 days ago) - Not content to let its former-owners at Ford get all the 3 cyl. turbo glory with its tiny Ecoboost Fiesta models, Volvo is developing an all-new, 1.5 liter turbocharged 3 cylinder gasoline engine of its own! The new engine will be used in future...
  • Quick Take: 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid favicon Gas 2.0 (3 days ago) - If you were to ask me what I thought of Kia, I’d have said that Kias were the “Target” versions of Audis and BMWs. I’d have said that the Kia Stinger concept is a Target-brand version of the Audi Sport Quattro concept from the...
  • Tesla Model S Is America’s Least-Stolen Car favicon Gas 2.0 (3 days ago) - The Tesla Model S has changed everything we thought we knew about electric cars, and it has send shockwaves rippling through an auto industry struggling comes to terms with this upstart from Silicon Valley. Tesla may also change how automakers look at car security...
  • IndyCar 2014: Fontana Season Finale – Qualifying favicon Gas 2.0 (3 days ago) - There are two things people will be talking about at this season’s IndyCar finale at Fontana: the 2014 dominance of the Penske Chevrolet team drivers and Mikhail Aleshin’s horrific, airborne crash during Friday evening’s practice session. Five drivers were still in contention going into...
  • GEM’s NEV Gets Driven favicon Gas 2.0 (3 days ago) - Earlier this week, I got a chance to drive a car that I’ve wanted to drive for over a decade. It’s called a GEM. It’s, basically, a glorified electric golf cart that can carry you and your friends from 0-25 MPH on public roads...
  • Not-quite-Super: Tesla has been quietly building another charging network favicon TreeHugger (3 days ago) - Quietly, almost in secret, Tesla has been building another charging network to make life even more convenient for its customers....
  • Tesla showroom goes virtual thanks to Google Streetview favicon TreeHugger (3 days ago) - The next best thing to being there....
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Van For UK favicon Gas 2.0 (4 days ago) - If you live in the UK, the government will give you up to $8,300 if you buy a plug-in hybrid vehicle for personal use. But if you buy a PHEV for business use, it will send as much $13,300 your way. And if you...
  • AWD Ford Focus RS Coming To America favicon Gas 2.0 (4 days ago) - Road & Track reports that Ford will bring an all-wheel drive version of the Ford Focus RS to America. That’s wonderful news for fans of hot hatchbacks, and apparently Ford wants a car in the US market that can compete with Volkswagen’s semi-extreme, 296 horsepower...
  • Audi 48 Volt Micro Hybrid System Explained favicon Gas 2.0 (4 days ago) - Today’s cars use more electricity than their predecessors – lots more. And it’s not just propulsion motors putting a strain on cars’ electrical systems. It’s also “convenience systems for dynamic chassis control,” according to Audi. The solution, says Audi, is to change from traditional 12...
  • California Requires Steering Wheel For Google Cars favicon Gas 2.0 (4 days ago) - Dmitri Dolgov, one of the leading software engineers on the Google autonomous car project, told Reuters earlier this week that the cars had been reprogrammed to allow them to exceed the posted speed limit by up to 10 miles per hour. The change was...
  • Google’s Project Wing Wants To Improve Delivery favicon Gas 2.0 (4 days ago) - This morning Google announced it’s latest ambitious enterprise, Project Wing, which wants to change what transportation and delivery as we know it. Under the control of Google X, Project Wing is in the earliest stages of prototype testing that Google is willing to let...
  • EV, Hybrid or Biofuel? favicon Gas 2.0 (4 days ago) - By Patrick Foot, financial markets writer at IG Arguing the relative merits of different eco-friendly vehicles from an environmental standpoint is both complicated and possibly a little redundant. Whichever gas alternative proves most popular amongst the majority of consumers will eventually be picked up...
  • Not-so-Super: Tesla has been quietly building another charging network favicon TreeHugger (4 days ago) - Quietly, almost in secret, Tesla has been building another charging network to make life even more convenient for its customers....

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