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Volvo Trucks pursues hybrid powertrain

Volvo Trucks hybrid Concept

Development continues on Volvo Trucks’ first hybrid designed for long-haul applications. Electric Vehicles are certainly the future, but for now we can still be encouraged by major manufacturers’ forays into hybrid powertrains. Having been first unveiled in May 2016, Volvo Trucks has now developed and added as the Volvo FH …

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Liquid hydrogen could support sustainable air travel

Credit: DLR

Leiden University Professor argues that hydrogen-powered flight could be a viable route decarbonising transport Transport makes up around 20% of global energy use around the world, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). As governments and industry look to more sustainable solutions, a new study published by physicist Jo Hermans …

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ABB wins multiple orders for electric bus charging

OppCharge system in use in Belgium. Source: ABB

OppCharge system gains more ground in US and Europe in partnership with Volvo ABB’s Electrification Products division has won three orders to deliver its fast-charging systems to customers in Europe and North America. All of the orders are for OppCharge charging stations, configured to operate with all-electric or hybrid-electric vehicles …

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Can ELEXTRA really go the extra mile?

ELEXTRA supercar

The 87th Geneva International Motor Show is only two weeks away but hype is already building. All across the web, press releases are a-flurry announcing the upcoming reveal of new EV offerings by Toyota and Renault. If you’re looking for practical, affordable EVs, that are really going to make an …

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GM and Lyft to deploy autonomous Bolts in 2018

Chevy Bolt 2017. Source: GM

Ongoing partnership between automaker and ride-hailing service would see “thousands” of autonomous EVs on the roads by 2018 Starting next year, self-driving Chevrolet Bolts are to be deployed under a partnership between General Motors and San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Lyft. Reuters reported on the test programme, citing two anonymous sources …

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Nissan launches BladeGlider promo

Nissan BladeGlider.

Margot Robbie puts the BladeGlider through its paces in midnight Monte Carlo promo Actress Margot Robbie has been revealed as the new face of Nissan electric cars and zero emission in a staged midnight race around the glamorous streets of Monaco. Robbie tested the Nissan BladeGlider – which can top …

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Global recall for Toyota Mirai

The Toyota Mirai has a range of 502 km and sells for US$57,000. Source: Toyota

Problem with fuel cell output voltage prompts worldwide recall of Toyota’s flagship FCV Toyota is to recall every Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV) that it has sold to fix a voltage problem. The company said that under some very specific driving conditions – under heavy acceleration after a long downhill …

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Howdy Partner – Peugeot to launch new Teepee Electric

Partner Teepee Electric

Partner Teepee EV to be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show Peugeot and its parent PSA Group haven’t been the slowest to adopt EV technology, but neither have they been trailblazers. Their newest effort will see the popular Partner Teepee van put into electric service. According to Peugeot, the …

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Proterra wins major Washington order

Proterra Catalyst

US electric bus maker to supply up to 73 buses to King County Metro Proterra has announced an additional order from King County Metro that will include up to 73 battery-electric buses for metro Seattle and adjoining communities. It follows King County Metro’s plan to launch a record-setting electric transit …

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Beat the blues with Monday Motorbikes

Monday Motorbikes' M1

Electric start-up Monday Motorbikes launches crowdfunding campaign Monday Motorbikes promises “the world’s most stylish electric motorbike designed for urban transport.” It is now offering fans a chance to become a part of the brand with a US$1 million crowd equity campaign on Start Engine. Its flagship model, the M1 pairs …

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McLaren batteries help Spark hype for next-gen Formula E

Source: Spark Racing Technology

Formula E, newcomer to racing championships, has brought together engineering firm, Spark Racing Technologies, and electric systems company, McLaren Applied Technologies, to announce the development of a next generation, supercar styled, racing EV, the SRT05e. The concept’s renders were unveiled via a press release from Spark, amid promises for bigger …

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Carlos Slim to build EVs in Mexico

Source: Groupo Bimbo

Billionaire investor is to manufacture EVs in Mexico as part of a JV with food giant Groupo Bimbo Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu, the fourth richest man in the world, is to design and build an EV with food manufacturing giant Groupo Bimbo. Assembled in Mexico, it is expected to …

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70% UK drivers put off by EV insurance costs

Source: World Skills UK

High insurance costs and a lack of trained mechanics are failing to convince drivers to switch to electric According to a report published by the Institute for the Motor Industry (IMI), 70% of UK drivers are not willing to make the jump to all-electric vehicles due to high insurance costs. …

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Mercedes to ship eTrucks later in 2017

Small series 2017: all-electric Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck.

Making good on its push for electrification, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will ship a number of Urban e-trucks to German customers this year for real-world tests Marking a bolder leap than its passenger vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world´s first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market. Following the presentation of the Urban …

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Future-proof ferries set to cast off for Fjord1 in 2018

Multi-Maritime design for Fjord1

Norwegian Electric Systems plans to install its Odin’s Eye DC solution in three new ferries that are being produced for the country’s largest ferry company, Fjord1. The signing of a new contract with Havyard Ship Technology has heralded the delivery of hybrid electric systems in ferries to be designed by …

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