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    Official: Drive eO Tesla Roadster is going to race up Pikes Peak [w/video]

    Last year, Drive eO sent its PP01 electric supercar up Pikes Peak in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - well, part-way up. Driver Janis Horeliks wasn't injured in the crash that ended his run near the Halfway Picnic Grounds. This year, the Latvian team will return to Colorado race again ...

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    Report: Oh, the irony! Tesla Model S hits electric pole, causes blackout [UPDATE]

    Talk to utility grid operators and, for the most part, they will tell you that electric vehicles pose little-to-no threat to the electric grid in the US. Except, sometimes, EVs can make the power go out. Not from the simple act of plugging in and charging, but from a more traditional danger: ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius Plug-In gets four stars in NHTSA crash test [w/video]

    What a difference 120 pounds make. That's the weight difference between a standard Toyota Prius hatchback and its newer, slightly heavier plug-in hybrid version, and that's the reason why the plug-in didn't match the standard's five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    Report: Chevy Volt destroyed in crash with Toyota Camry, nothing catches fire

    One recent accident in upstate New York may have been the ultimate crash test for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in vehicle. A parked Volt in Geneseo, which is about 35 miles south of Rochester, was totaled (utterly demolished, actually, as you can see in the picture above) when a driver ...

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    Report: Nissan Leaf rear-ends school bus in Oregon; results in minor injuries but no fire

    Maybe this will calm some of the "plug-in cars are scary!" fears that are out there. Recently, a Nissan Leaf driver rear-ended a school bus in Oregon, causing minor injuries but no fire, the Yamhill Valley News-Register reported. The Leaf's front and side airbags deployed during the accident, ...

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    Study: Hybrid drivers are safer from injury in a crash

    Hybrid models don't just have the advantage of fuel economy over their gas-only siblings – it appears that batteries and electric motors make them safer as well. To find this out, the Highway Loss Data Institute studied 25 2003 to 2011 vehicles that featured both conventional and hybrid ...

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    Video: Volvo crashes V60 Plug-in Hybrid

    Volvo vehicles keep occupants safe. That's the message the Swedish automaker has pitched for decades now and that sentiment hasn't changed a bit with the introduction of Volvo's electrified vehicles. First, Volvo showed us that its electric-only C30 DRIVe fared exceptionally well in crash tests ...

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    Report: Tesla employee plane crash still under investigation

    Back in February of 2010, a tragic plane crash in Palo Alto, CA took the lives of three Tesla Motors employees: 56-yeard-old Doug Bourn, who was piloting the Cessna 310, 31-year-old Andrew Ingram and 42-yeard-old Brian Finn. In August of 2010, Ingram's family filed suit against Bourn. Now, some ...

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    Report: Get off the phone: Cause of fatal G-Wiz crash revealed

    Though exempt from formal crash test standards in most countries, vehicles like the electric, Indian-built Reva – sold in England as the G-Wiz – have occasionally been subjected to informal tests, and the results have raised eyebrows. Years ago, Top Gear subjected a G-Wiz to EuroNCAP ...

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    Video: Crash testing the Volvo FE Hybrid

    Before Volvo releases a vehicle, whether it be a passenger sedan or a heavy-duty hybrid truck, the automaker always subjects it to a rigorous set of crash tests. Well, the Volvo FE Hybrid is no exception. With its 1,274-pound battery pack fitted in a position that seems vulnerable, the Volvo FE ...

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    REPORT: Tata Nano passes European crash testing

    2009 Tato Nano - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Tata Nano, the diminutive Indian four-door econobox rumored to eventually arrive in U.S. showrooms, has reportedly passed current European impact testing. According to Autocar, the offset front and side impact tests took place at the ...

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    Smart Car does highway-speed triple roll. Driver unscathed, seeks orphan

    Laboratory crash testing is a great tool to give automakers and the public an idea of how well a vehicle might protect passengers in an accident. However, there can be a huge difference in crash simulations involving dummies with sensors and real world crashes involving real world people. As you ...

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    Hybrids dangerous for accident first responders?

    If you're the first responder to a traffic accident involving a hybrid, does the fact that there are batteries on-board make it more dangerous? Missouri seems to think so and will be putting nearly 1,800 first responders through essential training during the next two months so that they will know ...


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