2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV gets 259 miles of range, nudges past Kona Electric

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EVFor 2020, Chevrolet boosted the range of the Bolt EV to 259 miles—from 238 miles in 2019 and earlier models. According to the company, small tweaks in the chemistry of its battery cells accommodated the new range, though it says the capacity remains the same at 60 kilowatt-hours. When the Bolt first hit the market in 2017, it was the first…
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Multiple Ford and Lincoln electric SUV models to arrive by 2023

2019 Lincoln Nautilus, 2017 Los Angeles Auto ShowIn addition to a Mustang-inspired electric performance SUV, potentially named Mach E, Ford is planning two more mid-size electric SUVs to sell alongside the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus. The new vehicles were revealed by three sources familiar with the plans in a report in trade journal Automotive News (subscription required) on Monday. The new…
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Porsche Taycan electric car covers 2,100 miles in 24 hours

Porsche Taycan NardoOn the road to putting its first electric car into production, Porsche ran the Taycan for 24 hours straight at Italy’s Nardo test circuit. Covering 2,128 miles around the circuit in a day carried the car about the distance from Los Angeles to Atlanta. The test primarily demonstrated the capability of the Taycan’s new 800-volt charging system…
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Porsche shows Taycan interior in Apple Music announcement

2020 Porsche Taycan interior dashboard teaser with Apple Music (Source: Porsche)Porsche announced on Monday that its new Taycan electric car will be the first to incorporate Apple Music streaming in its central infotainment display. In the process it provided something perhaps more noteworthy: a first glimpse of the Taycan’s dashboard, which has a digital instrument cluster reminiscent of the iconic Porsche 911’s five dials…
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Hyundai EV concept for Frankfurt show to highlight new design language

Hyundai EV concept teased for Frankfurt auto showHyundai will show a concept car “envisioning its future EV design direction” at next month’s Frankfurt auto show. According to an announcement from the company last week, the EV concept will follow a “Style Set Free” theme that extends an array of customization possibilities. Hyundai first presented ideas with the new…
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Some 2019-2020 Toyota and Lexus hybrids recalled for brake booster issue

2019 Toyota PriusToyota will recall nearly 7,000 vehicles—including many hybrids—for a faulty brake booster that could malfunction and impair those cars’ brakes, the automaker announced last month. The recall affects mostly 2019 model year cars and includes the Toyota Prius, Prius Prime, and RAV4 Hybrids built between late April and late May. A small…
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The fastest Porsche SUV ever is a plug-in hybrid

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid As Porsche ramps up for the launch of its Taycan electric sedan late this year, today it has a new cheerleader for the performance boost of electric motors at the top of its SUV lineup: the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. Although the Turbo S E-Hybrid has the same 14.1-kwh battery pack and 2.4-hour charge time—and the same…
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Hybrid tech could bring more power and safety to IndyCar racing for 2022

IndyCars (Source: IndyCar)When it comes to auto racing, hybrid technology isn’t just about cutting emissions and fuel consumption. New hybrid powertrains planned for Indy racers are expected not only to boost horsepower, but also to make racing safer by diminishing or eliminating stalls on the track, which now require a safety crew to respond to restart the car. IndyCar…
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Report: Next-generation Minis to go all electric

MINI Rocketman Concept MkIIAs the next-generation of Mini models goes on sale, they may all be electric. According to a Tuesday report from Automobile, Mini’s overseers at BMW have may have nixed all future gas engines for the brand and simultaneously pared its future lineup to just three models. The remaining models, to come in 2023 or later, will include a replacement for…
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Can heat pumps solve cold-weather range loss for EVs?

Winter testing of electric cars in Norway by the Norwegian EV Association (Norsk Elbilforening)This past winter’s deep freeze and its record-low temperatures exposed a reality that anyone thinking about an electric car has to come to terms with: Cold winter weather can cut the effective driving range of some electric vehicles by 40 percent or more. Partly to blame is that the resistive heating electric cars rely on (yes, like those…
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