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    Official: 2015 Nissan Leaf gets B mode standard, new MorningSky Blue color

    The Nissan Leaf is getting a few updates for the 2015 model year, some functional, some purely aesthetic. The appearance options will be made available later than the rest, and include a new exterior color called MorningSky Blue, as well as standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels for the SV trim ...

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    Video: Pretty scenery alert: Nissan Leaf drives up a volcano on Maui

    Gravity taketh away but gravity giveth back, Nissan is trying to teach all of us. The Japanese automaker has posted a two-minute video about Maui resident Neil Wagner using his Nissan Leaf to catch the legendary sunrise over the volcano in Haleakalā National Park. After climbing the ...

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    Report: Ford says its regenerative brakes have saved 100 million gallons of gas

    Ford is taking the time to trumpet technology that's let drivers go further by stopping gradually. Specifically, the Blue Oval says the various versions of its regenerative braking systems have generated enough energy to offset the use of 100 million gallons of fuel, Wards Auto writes. Ford's ...

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    2013 Nissan Leaf gets 15% more range in Europe

    Nissan has got your "range extender" right here. The Japanese automaker says its UK-produced all-electric 2013 Leaf will have a single-charge range of 124 miles, or about 14 percent more than the Japan-produced 2012 Leafs that had a 109-mile single-charge range. Better still, Nissan's again ...

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    Video: BMW looks back at 40 years of electomobility in 70 seconds [w/video]

    Every now and again, we get reminded that BMW has been working on all-electric powertrains for decades. In 2009, we put together a gallery of some of the automaker's electric prototypes through the years, like the electric 1602 you see above. In a new video, BMW compacts the work it has done on ...

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    Geneva: 2012 Volvo V40 takes aim at A3, 1 Series

    With the S40 gone and the C30 on its way out the door, Volvo has a few holes in its line that Audi and BMW are happy to fill with the all-new A3 and 1 Series, respectively. Enter the V40, a five-door hatch that's one of the most attractive designs from Sweden since the Ikea Skürg. It's a ...

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    Official: Mazda reveals i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative braking system

    Batteries aren't the only technology mankind has invented to store electricity, and Mazda is working on a solution to the energy storage needs of electrified vehicles with a new system it's calling i-ELOOP. While we wish it didn't have such a cumbersome moniker, the technology behind i-ELOOP is ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: Regenerative braking 102

    When is regenerative braking not regenerative braking? Pretty much all the time, it turns out. Take the Toyota Prius, which has what's called blended braking, which implies that both the friction brake (which all standard cars use to slow down) and the motor work together to reduce speed. In ...

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    EVTV questions whether regenerative braking is worth the bother

    We've discussed regenerative braking quite a bit here on AutoblogGreen – the process of capturing energy during deceleration and storing it for future use – and pretty much every electric vehicle with an AC motor utilizes it. And why not? On paper, putting energy back into your ...

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    Say what? Plug-in Prius can't charge additional battery packs on the fly

    2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery
    About a month ago, we got our hands on the Prius plug-in hybrid prototype for a brief drive. While we walked away pleased with the overall efforts from Toyota, we're a bit upset to learn that the vehicle lacks the ...

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    F1 teams consider bringing back KERS for 2011

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    A great debate is currently taking place between Formula One teams as to whether they should reinstate the use of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for next year. The proposal is being considered by the team principals ...

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    Video: Ferrari does the hybrid thing

    Ferrari HY-KERS – Click above to watch the video after the jump
    You can bet that when Ferrari does a hybrid, it isn't going to be your run-of-the-mill battery assist. Based on its experience last season in Formula One with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System – developed in concert with ...

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    Greenlings: How do hybrids and electric vehicles blend regenerative and friction braking?

    Following last week's announcement by Toyota that it would recall several hundred thousand units of the 2010 Prius and Lexus HS250h to update the brake control software, there have been numerous questions about how these systems work. Vehicles with strong hybrid systems like those built by ...

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    Officially, Official: Toyota recalls 2010 Prius and HS250h for ABS fix

    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In the least surprising announcement of the day, Toyota has officially announced that it would recall 2010 model Priuses and Lexus HS250h models in globally along with the Toyota Sai in Japan to fix an issue the performance of the ...

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    Report: Japanese government orders investigation of 3rd gen Prius brakes

    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The pain just keeps on coming for Toyota. First came the complaints of cars running away without the driver pressing the accelerator. Now the Japanese government has ordered an investigation of the brake system on the 2010 ...

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    Some 3rd-gen Prius owners complaining about brakes; here's what might be happening

    2010 Toyota Prius - Click above for high-res image gallery
    2009 has not been a good year for Toyota. After getting its first full year loss in seven decades, it faced its biggest safety recall ever over unintended acceleration caused by floor mats and or throttle control software. Now, as the ...

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    Ricardo's HyBoost tries to refine ICE to emit 30-40% fewer CO2 emissions

    While the search for alternatives to the internal combustion engine continues at labs across the world, work hasn't stopped on those traditional powerplants. Auto parts supplier Ricardo, for example, had just announced its HyBoost project, which aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of a " ...

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    BMW's "Brake Energy Regeneration" technology

    Autospies says that they've gotten their hands on the first picture of "BMW regenerative brake technology in action on a USA model" (a 550i GT). Well, we're interested in the technology, but something about the Celsius temperature gauge and the kilometer label tells us that maybe this is a Eurospec ...

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    What is regenerative braking?

    Ah, fire. One of humanity's oldest ways to generate energy. Technically, you could generate energy by burning brake pads, as seen in the picture above (thanks, Flickr!), but automotive engineers have managed to come up with a way to use brakes to generate energy without going up in flames. The ...

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    MINI E regenerative brakes will turn on brake lights without hitting the pedal

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    An interesting question came up the other day regarding my quick drive review of the new battery powered MINI E. I noted that the MINI uses much more regen than other electrically-driven vehicles that I've tried, with deceleration on the order of about 0.4 ...


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