Archive for the ‘battery packs’ Tag

Green Oval: Ford Planning Prius-Fighting Dedicated Hybrid Model for 2019

Monday, 25 August 2014, 17:28 | News | 0 Comment

Better 20 years late than never: According to Reuters, Ford is planning its first dedicated gas-electric hybrid model for the 2019 model year, to compete directly against the Toyota Prius. (The C-Max doesn’t count, since it was initially sold in Europe as a regular MPV.) Since Toyota’s reigning hybrid champ hit Japan in 1997 and ...

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Renovo Motors Coupe: Not Yer Ordinary, Gas-Swilling, Half-Million-Dollar Shelby Daytona Redux

Sunday, 17 August 2014, 16:52 | News | 0 Comment

The annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend has been described as an old-car party for the well-heeled, with an occasional new-car debut sprinkled in. As such, there’s probably no better place for a car such as the all-electric Renovo Motors Coupe—a car that blends vintage packaging with state-of-the-art electric propulsion—to ...

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Scandinavian Modular: Volvo’s SPA Platform Architecture Detailed

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 12:55 | News | 0 Comment

MQB platform architecture. Designed for transverse-engine FWD/AWD use, the lone constant characteristic among all the vehicles under which it is or will be used is the dash-to-axle distance. The flexibility in component selection allows it to underpin everything from the C-segment SEAT León to VW’s upcoming seven-passenger crossover. ...

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Tesla, Panasonic Sign Deal for Epic Gigafactory Battery Plant Slated to Open Before 2017

Friday, 1 August 2014, 12:40 | News | 0 Comment

Panasonic has agreed to partner with Tesla on its Gigafactory battery-manufacturing facility, which will eventually assemble all battery packs for both the automaker’s lineup and its foray into electrical storage for homes and businesses. The Japanese electronics giant, which already provides the lithium-ion cells in the Model S, won’t ...

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Tesla Building New Battery Factory

Thursday, 27 February 2014, 10:49 | News | 0 Comment

New facility aims to produce battery packs for 500,000 vehicles by 2020. Read more from source:“” Incoming search terms:New Battery Technology MIT

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Elon Musk Says Tesla Model S Could Receive Larger Battery Pack Next Year

Friday, 14 February 2014, 13:04 | News | 0 Comment

Having a friendly chat with a group of Tesla owners in Norway, brand CEO Elon Musk intimated that more-powerful batteries could be on the way for the Model S. The most potent battery pack currently offered in the Model S holds 85 kWh of juice, or enough for 265 miles of driving. Musk wasn’t terribly […]

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Jeep Evaluating Hybridizating Portions of Its Lineup, Exec Says

Tuesday, 24 December 2013, 12:19 | News | 0 Comment

Jeep is looking to hybridize models like the Cherokee without compromising ruggedness. To the surprise of no one, word comes that Jeep is exploring the use of hybrid powertrains for use in its off-road vehicles. According a report in Australian publication Drive, Steve Bartoli, Chrysler’s Asia-Pacific product planning manager, was quoted as ...

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Tesla Model S Fires Might Be a Big Deal—But Not For the Reasons Some Are Saying

Friday, 8 November 2013, 12:58 | News | 0 Comment

For the third time in six weeks, it has become apparent that a Tesla Model S, somewhere, somehow, caught fire. Consequently, for the third time in six weeks, the automotive world has entered a “Tesla Cycle,” which plays out as follows: News breaks that a Model S has caught fire, either via pictures posted online […]

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Two Concepts to Preview Next-Gen Smarts with Four Doors, Dacia Inline-Threes

Wednesday, 14 August 2013, 14:10 | News | 0 Comment

Imagine a world in which you—like so many Americans who aren’t so into cars—had never heard of Smart and its piddling matchbox cars. Nobody had ever ranted in the YouTube comments with such vitriol about how deeply Smart cars offend them, and how people who buy the little two-seaters deserve the kind of scorn normally […]

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2013 Honda Civic HF Sedan Tested: Simple and Thrifty

Saturday, 1 June 2013, 14:25 | Features, News | 0 Comment

In an era when most manufacturers are turning to the comparative complexity of hybrid drivetrains and their attendant battery packs in pursuit of ever-loftier fuel-economy goals, it’s refreshing to see Honda strive for incremental gains in efficiency by making just a few simple and inexpensive tweaks. The trick in this approach, however, is ...

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