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Hertz adds smart fortwo EVs to rental fleet, partners with Starwood Hotels on Hertz Global EV program

The Hertz Corporation and smart USA, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc., are partnering to bring smart fortwo electric drive vehicles to Connect by Hertz car sharing and Hertz Rent A Car locations in New York; Washington, DC; and San Francis…

Chinese Commercial Train Breaks 300 MPH

The Chinese high-speed rail system is a serious feat of engineering accomplishment. Not only is it the biggest network of high-speed rail tracks, but a recent test run by a commercial train set a new speed record of 302 mph.
Yes there are other, faster…

Study – Building the wrong kind of plug-ins

Will it need government subsidies forever?
Plug-in tax credits actually counter-productive?
Essentially every single study on hybrid and plug-in vehicles achieves the same conclusion: Make them cost-effective and buyers will come. Unfortunately, the ba…

Purolator adds 200 hybrids to Canada fleet

Purolator has added 200 hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) to its fleet throughout Canada—nearly doubling the company’s hybrid electric vehicle fleet, which is the largest fleet of hybrid electric vehicles for a logistics company in North America.
Amon…

Ricardo and Piaggio develop twin-cylinder turbodiesel engine family for light commercial vehicles

Piaggio has designed and developed a new twin-cylinder turbodiesel engine—the first engine of this type to be certified Euro 5 emissions compliant—in partnership with Ricardo. The engine is part of a family of new engines spanning Piaggio light com…

CMU study explores optimizing PHEV design and allocation to minimize life cycle cost, petroleum consumption, and GHG emissions

Optimal three-segment vehicle design and allocation
for various scenarios. Source: Shiau et al. Click to enlarge.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) constructed an optimization model to determine the optimal vehicle design and allocat…

Video: Watch the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt Get Built

While traditional cars have been manufactured for over a hundred years, electric vehicles present a different set of challenges. Hit the jump and watch these videos of the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt being built if you don’t believe me.

As we all a…

Report: BYD scuttles F3e battery electric vehicle

Gasgoo.com. BYD has decided not to put the F3e EV into production due to the lack of an enabling environment for electric cars in China, according to a report in China Business News which cited Wang Jianjun, deputy general manager of BYD Automotive Sa…