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    Capstone Turbine Developing Series Hybrid Concept Trucks

    When you're partnering up to build a green vehicle, Kenworth and Peterbilt may not exactly be the first names that come to mind, but those over-the-road heavyweights are exactly the companies that Capstone Turbine is working with to generate new concepts. Working with these companies, Capstone ...

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    Video: Porsche drives 1900 Semper Vivus hybrid across the stage in New York

    At a media preview event at the 2011 New York Auto Show, Porsche execs hopped into a copy of a 1900 Semper Vivus hybrid and piloted it across the stage, ending their three-second journey next to the automaker's 2012 Panamera S Hybrid. The Semper Vivus, considered to be among the world's first ...

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    Automotive News: "Volt's benefits outweigh EV purity." Do you agree?

    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The launch of the Chevrolet Volt has, for the most part, gone off without a public hitch. Well, it was until Motor Trend discovered that the Volt is not exactly what it was promised to be: a vehicle powered solely by electricity ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Tokyo 2009 Preview: Suzuki Swift hybrid plug-in concept

    2010 Suzuki Swift hybrid plug-in concept - Click for high-res image gallery
    The Suzuki Swift is a competent subcompact that the Japanese marque sells both in Japan and Europe. In the latter, the little hatchback is available with a solid 1.3-liter diesel dubbed DDIS. To make things even cleaner, ...

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    A hybrid bus that cuts fuel consumption in half

    Before sitting down to write this story, I asked a professional bus driver about the average fuel consumption for such a vehicle. As it turns out, a standard Agora bus on the roads of any European city burns about 60 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, which equates to about 4 mpg. So the claim from ...

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    Adura Systems announces new electric bus powertrain, claims 100-mile range

    Getting better efficiency out of a bus than a Smart fortwo is no easy task. However that's what the latest startup to emerge out of Silicon Valley is claiming. Adura Systems has announced that its new MESA powertrain architecture using lots of claims and buzzwords but little in the way of actual ...

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    What is a series hybrid/extended range electric vehicle?

    Ever since the debut of the Chevrolet Volt concept in January 2007, the arguments have come fast and furious abut whether it is a hybrid or an electric vehicle. Technically, its actually both. There are those who insist on calling the Volt and similar vehicles from Chrysler, series or serial ...

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    Mercedes testing new hybrid bus with world's largest lithium battery

    Mercedes-Benz has begun demonstrating its new Citaro G BlueTec hybrid bus with what is claimed to be the world's largest lithium ion battery pack application. The new Citaro G is an 18-meter articulated bus with a series hybrid drive system. A smaller 4.8-liter diesel engine replaces the typical ...

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    ErockIT serial electric bike impresses

    Click above for more shots of the Erockit electric bikeThe debate over serial and parallel hybrid rages on, with Toyota and Honda placing their bets on the parallel model where both the gasoline engine and electric motor power the wheels directly. General Motors has placed a huge bet on the serial ...

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    ISE and Crane Carrier Company will build series hybrid trash trucks

    If there is any type of vehicle that would seem ideally suited to a hybrid drive application, it is a garbage truck (right, Volvo?). With the continuous stop and go driving involved with collecting the detritus of modern civilization there is plenty of opportunity for regenerative braking and ...

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    SAE Congress '08: Raser to show Series PHEV drivetrain for trucks

    This week at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Raser Technologies will be displaying their new plug-in series hybrid powertrain designed for application in full size trucks and SUVs. Raser is working with FEV, who are doing systems integration work on the design. The Raser configuration uses an AC ...

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    Videos: a very close look at the Opel Flextreme

    The Opel Flextreme diesel electric concept got a visit from reporters in a studio setting instead of at a busy car show. The video above and the one below the fold are very quiet, thoughtful looks at European's E-flex concept without the usual busy car show in the background. The videos include a ...

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    Biodiesel turbine, super capacitor, series hybrid... HUMMER! (60 MPG and 0-60 in 5 seconds)

    Johnathan Goodwin is the patron saint of green cars (although as of yet, this honor has gone unrecognized by the Vatican). Last April, John was the guy behind the Chevy Impala conversion that smoked a Lamborghini in a quarter mile on the Earth Day special of MTV's Pimp My Ride. Arnold ...

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    Aptera series hybrid will have 1,000-mile range

    In a presentation at Gadgetoff 2007, Howard Morgan, co-founder of Idealab, says the Aptera (an Idealab company) will have a range of 1,000 miles in series hybrid mode. You can watch a video of Howard's presentation below the fold. Howard also says the Aptera will be a quarter to a third the price ...

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    AltWheels Boston videos: Electrathon, Microfurthur, eMotive

    The video above is of an Electrathon racer on display at AltWheels Boston 2007. Electrathon racers travel 50 miles in an hour using a kilowatt/hour of electricity: That's the equivalent of 1,500 MPG at highway speeds on the power of a hair dryer. The next stop for that Electrathon racer is the Red ...

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    Toyota's Irv Miller on Series vs Parallel hybrids

    We reported last week on a presentation given by Toyota Executive Vice President Kazuo Okamoto in Japan. One of the slides in that presentation compared series and parallel hybrids and talked about the superiority of parallel as manifested in Toyota's Hybrid Synergy drive. Toyota wasn't able to ...

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    Frankfurt Preview: More details on the Volvo ReCharge

    Click the image of the Volve ReCharge chassis for a high-res galleryAfter the news of the Volvo ReCharge plug-in series hybrid came out a couple of days ago we got in touch with Volvo for some more information. The ReCharge that's being displayed in Frankfurt is a mock-up. However, there is a ...

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    Malcolm Bricklin's Visionary Vehicles to enter Automotive X-Prize

    Click to enlarge the 1/4 scale model of the EXV-LS digg_url = ''; This morning serial automotive entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin announced that his Visionary Vehicles company is developing a car that ...


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