Skip to main content

extended range electric vehicle

  • 0
    Report: Lotus pondering 'fake shifting' for Evora 414E plug-in hybrid

    Some would say Lotus has some credibility among the green-car set since it supplied the body for the Tesla Roadster and has always been obsessed with extracting maximum performance from light weight. Now, our friends at Green Car Reports are suggesting that the UK boutique sportscar operation ...

  • 0
    Wrightspeed lands $5 million in Series A funding for Digital DriveSystem

    Ian Wright, he of Ariel Atom converted to Wrightspeed X1 fame, has recently been more vocal about his dream of an efficient hybrid powertrain for heavy and high-performance vehicles. His has, in fact, been kicking this idea around for some time but now it seems he's really getting serious and has ...

  • 0
    Report: Kia to offer extended range plug-in vehicle by 2012?

    2011 Kia Optima – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Benny Oeyen, Kia's marketing and product planning boss, told What Car? that range-extending "is a fantastic thing" and confirmed that Kia (and perhaps even sister-company Hyundai), will consider bolstering its model lineup with the ...

  • 0
    Opel to debut extended range Vivaro eConcept [w/video]

    Opel Vivaro e-Concept -– Click above for high-res image gallery
    Following in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Volt, Opel has introduced the Vivaro eConcept, a range-extended electric vehicle aimed at the commercial market. Obviously, the Vivora eConcept and the Volt share little in common on ...

  • 0
    Autocar says range-extenders are the future. Do you agree?

    BMW Megacity – Click above for high-res image
    Autocar associate editor Hilton Holloway recently attended a two-day technical briefing on BMW's Megacity Vehicle project and, while he admits that the pure electric Megacity is fascinating in its own right, it's the possibility of BMW ...

  • 0
    Video: Ian Wright resurfaces with series hybrid powertrain plans

    Wrightspeed X1 – Click above to watch video after the jump
    When we last heard from Ian Wright, he was working on a battery-powered version of the Ariel Atom known as the Wrightspeed X1. The X1 has been used as a development platform for batteries, motors and electronics, which is what ...

  • 0
    AVL introduces its own Wankel rotary EV range-extender

    It's starting to look more and more likely that the Wankel rotary engine could have a future as an electric vehicle range extender. Felix Wankel's original concept was once seen as having great potential because of its high power density compared to piston engines. Unfortunately, the ...

  • 0
    Report: Nissan considering ER-EVs in addition to battery electric vehicles

    At last week's Automotive News Green Car Conference, Brian Carolin, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan acknowledged that extended range electric vehicles (EVs) could eventually join the pure battery electric Leaf in the marque's stable. However, Carolin emphasized that Nissan ...

  • 0
    Vauxhall executives to drive Ampera 170 miles from Luton to Ellesmere Port, UK *UPDATE

    Vauxhall Ampera prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    British drivers won't be able to get their hands on the Vauxhall Ampera until 2012, but a pre-production example will be traversing England on June 22. Severall Vauxhall officials will be piloting the extended range electric ...

  • 0
    Next-gen Volt could use diesel, two-cylinder or rotary range extender

    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Back in 2006, when the Chevrolet Volt was first conceived, its extended-range electric (ER-EV) powertrain was originally dubbed E-Flex as its configuration was designed to be flexible. The only part of the system that was constant ...

  • 0
    FEV shows off RE-EV Fiat 500 with Wankel in Vienna

    At last week's Vienna Motor Symposium, FEV was on hand showing off its LiiOn-drive Fiat 500 for ride and drives. We first saw this range extended electric vehicle last year at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit. What sets this particular RE-EV apart, is the range ...

  • 0
    GM's R&D head says Voltec powertrain not suitable for vehicles bigger, smaller than Volt

    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Believers in the extended-range electric vehicle (ER-EV, aka plug-in hybrid) technology utilized in the upcoming Chevrolet Volt like to think that the Voltec powerplant could be adapted for use in all kinds of vehicles. We've ...

  • 0
    GM talking to potential Ampera customers in UK, interest in vehicle builds

    Vauxhall / Opel Ampera – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors has begun pushing the Vauxhall Ampera in Britain and is currently in discussions with potential fleet customers. According to GM, there is a significant amount of interest from government agencies and public ...

  • 0
    Geneva Preview: Audi A1 e-tron extended range EV with Wankel rotary

    2011 Audi A1 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Audi still hasn't released any photos of its new electric A1 concept but it has revealed some details of the car. Unlike the two previous e-tron sports car concepts that were both pure battery electric models, this one is a range ...

  • 0
    Geneva Preview: Proton hybrid concept uses Lotus series hybrid system

    As we suspected recently when we heard that Proton would be showing a hybrid concept car next week at the Geneva Motor Show, the propulsion system has been developed by Lotus. Malaysian automaker Proton owns the British engineering consultancy and sports car builder. While we might have ...

  • 0
    Opel's extended business plan includes multiple electric vehicles

    Opel Chief Executive Officer Nick Reilly has unloaded a sweeping new business plan that includes plenty of interesting little tidbits for green car aficionados. Of course we already know about the 2011 Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, the European version of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, but Reilly says that ...

  • 0
    Top Gear lads build the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust, an ER-EV to answer the Chevy Volt

    Many electric vehicle fans out there are constantly complaining about how long it is taking automakers to bring plug-in vehicles to market. We've had commenters here on this site claiming that they should be able to bring EVs to the street in six months. Apparently even six months is too long for ...

  • 0
    Sneak peek of Jaguar's 'Limo Green' series hybrid concept

    For the past year Jaguar, Lotus, Caparo Vehicle technologies and the MIRA proving ground have been working on a UK government funded project dubbed Limo-Green. The goal of the project was to develop and build a series hybrid luxury sedan. Earlier this week, Jaguar showed off the car for the first ...

  • 0
    Opel now testing Ampera ER-EV mules in Germany

    The Opel Ampera concept and one of the Cruze mules - click above for high-res image gallery
    Now that the GM's Chevy Volt engineering team here in the U.S. is starting to get their hands on the 80 IVER prototypes, some of the Cruze based mules they have been using since last fall are being freed ...

  • 0
    Report: Mitsubishi to build extended-range EVs, too

    2007 Mitsubishi cX concept - click above for a high-res image gallery
    When General Motors introduced the Volt concept two years ago, nobody seriously expected the Detroit automaker to be the only one to go down the extended range electric vehicle path. In fact, at that same auto show, Ford showed ...


Autoblog iPhone App