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An in-depth look at how Envia failed to bring its new battery tech to GM

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, EV/Plug-in, GM, Legislation and Policy Not long ago, Envia Systems‘ innovative battery looked like it would break barriers. The “High Capacity Manganese Rich (HCMR)” technology was supposed to provide General Motors with an affordable battery that could power the next-generation Chevy Volt and move other, pure EVs at least 200 miles on […] […]

Fisker bankruptcy results in lawsuit against co-founder, $7.4m utility bill for taxpayers

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Fisker Fisker Automotive took its sweet time filing for bankruptcy, waiting well over a year between building its last car and calling it quits. In the time since the bankruptcy filing just over a month ago, though, it’s been a busy on the Fisker news front. A lot of documents have been […] […]

Lincoln MKX will use tree-based fibers in its armrests

Filed under: Ford, Lincoln Nothing says American luxury car quite like a big cushy armrest, and now Lincoln has decided to stabilize theirs with a little bit of environmental friendliness. The 2014 Lincoln MKX crossover is using tree-based fibers to manufacture the structural component that attaches armrests to the floor of the vehicle. The stuff is […] […]

Plug In, Turn On, Pass Gas Station

Cars with plugs are finding more buyers, with sales doubling since 2012, but they were still a tiny fraction of the 15 million vehicles sold in 2013. […]

Jeep hybrids are ‘inevitable’

Filed under: Hybrid, Chrysler, Jeep When it comes to the possibility of hybrid powertrains in a future Jeep, it’s not a question of “if” but “when.” That’s what Chrysler Asia-Pacific product planning manager Steve Bartoli is saying, according to the Australia publication Drive. Bartoli was quick to add that Chrysler hasn’t made any definite plans to build […] […]

BMW X5 plug-in hybrid eDrive could be here sooner than expected

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, BMW, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Spy Shots If there’s any pent-up demand out there for a plug-in hybrid SUV – and we imagine there is a fair amount – BMW could be getting ready to cash in quicker than we thought. First unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the plug-in hybrid X5 […] […]

Toyota says hybrids paving road to higher profits in Europe

Filed under: Hybrid, Lexus, Toyota, Europe/EU Just like Toyota has taken the dominant hybrid-producer position in the US, the Japanese automaker says greener vehicles mean more green in Europe and Russia. Specifically, Toyota Motor Europe executive Didier Leroy told Bloomberg News that increased sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrids are boosting profit across the Pond. Hybrid vehicles […] […]

Afterlife for an X Prize Contender

The Seven is a home-built E.V. that its owners say travels 200 miles on a charge. It competed for the Automotive X Prize in 2010. […]