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Gallery: Inside GM’s Massive Wind Tunnel

: Photo: General Motors There’s more to designing a car’s exterior than making it look cool. You have to make it aerodynamic as well. The science of smoothing airflow is of increasing importance as automakers strive to make their cars more fuel-efficient and as batteries play a greater role in propulsion systems. The earliest experiments in aero […] […]

$25B Loan, Not Bailout, to Detroit

President Bush signed a spending bill Tuesday that includes billion in low-cost government loans for the auto industry. The idea is to allow automakers to borrow money in order retool plants to build more advanced technology vehicles—including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and clean diesel cars—to boost fuel efficiency by 25 percent. read more […]

Seattle Roadshow Storms Pacific Northwest

Nine Tesla employees stormed Seattle last weekend on a four-day sales and marketing blitz. The trip was a great success – not only for 80 customers and media who got to drive the car but for those of us at Tesla scouting the perfect location for a Seattle-area store, which we are planning to open […] […]

Paris 2008: Officially, official Audi A1 Sportback concept

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, MPG, Audi, Paris Motor Show Audi A1 Sportback Audi has released the official details on its new A1 Sportback concept that debuts at the Paris Motor Show. At 13.09 ft long, the A1 is a couple of inches longer than a MINI Clubman and features a hybrid drivetrain. Power comes from a 150 […] […]

Paris Preview: South African Joule electric MPV to debut

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Africa, Paris Motor Show The first images of the Joule from Optimal Energy have now turned up on the interwebs. The Joule will be officially unveiled this week in Paris at the Motor Show. The six-seat hatchback stores energy in a lithium ion battery pack that can nominally propel it for about 120 […] […]

Do not drive over 88 mph: all-electric DeLorean for sale on eBay

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Green Daily Great Scott! An all-electric 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 is now up on eBay for the bargain price of ,600. Well, it’d be a bargain if it could jump through time and wasn’t under the reserve price. The one-off conversion was done by the seller and a friend and uses a […] […]

VIDEO: Animation showing the power flow in the Chevy Volt

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Chevrolet, GM There has been a fair bit of discussion and controversy in the last couple of weeks on the interwebs about the exact nature of the powerflow and battery charging in the Chevy Volt. Back in July GM’s Larry Nitz discussed how the charge sustaining mode would work. As with parallel […] […]

Should GM enter the Chevy Volt in the Auto X Prize?

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, GM, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Green Daily, Automotive X-Prize Click above for high-res gallery of the 2011 Chevy Volt The Progressive Auto X Prize has gotten over 100 teams that have expressed an interest in competing in next year’s competition. While a lot of these teams are small groups with big dreams, the X Prize foundation […] […]