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Tesla has launched a network of quick charging stations that can give a 150-mile charge in just 30 minutes, making life much easier for EV owners and giving the EV charging infrastructure a boost. The electric car charging stations, called Superchargers, are now in southern California. All of the charging stations will be solar-powered, and […]

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A diesel Ram 1500 will be on sale soon.  According to Allpar, the Ram 1500 is being fitted with diesel engines for testing right now, though the actual production has not started.  Ram is testing the diesel engine in this generation of the Ram though, so expect it to launch in the next few years, […]

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The Tesla Roadster electric sports car can’t be left for an extended period without a charge or the battery will run out and die. When a Tesla’s battery (or any lithium polymer battery) completely runs out of juice, it can’t be recharged. The Roadster also can’t be put into tow mode without any power, so […]

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The Mahindra diesel small pickup, which was expected to get 30-mpg highway, has been rated at 19-mpg city and 21-mpg highway by the EPA. Indian company Mahindra has stated that the new diesel-powered small pickup would get 30-mpg on several occasions, so it’s surprising that the truck could miss that mark by so much. Global […]

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The 2011 Nissan Leaf has been given an official fuel economy rating of 99-mpg. If that sounds strange to you, it’s probably because you know that the Nissan Leaf is a 100% electric car that doesn’t use any gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a formula for rating the efficiency of electric vehicles. The […]

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Chevrolet has announced that the 2011 Volt will cost $33,500 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. That puts it well above the Nissan Leaf, the only other mass-produced electric car that will be available next year. The Leaf will cost $25,280 after the tax credit, but does not include a gasoline engine for long trips […]

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The 2011 Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid hatchback will cost $19,200 when it goes on sale in August. The CR-Z hybrid is a sporty hatchback that traces its roots back to the Honda CRX from the 1980s. Honda is focusing more on performance than gas mileage. The two-seat CR-Z gets just 31-mpg city and 37-mpg highway, […]

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The Nissan Leaf, which will be the first all-electric vehicle to go on sale in America from a major automaker when it hits dealers in December, may get a gasoline engine at some point. Nissan says that while the Leaf will initially only be available as a pure electric vehicle, an extended range version of […]

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President Obama has ordered the government and automakers to work together to develop higher fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks that will go into effect in 2017. The new gas mileage requirements will be effective through 2025. Obama also decided that, for the first time, large trucks will have to meet fuel economy […]

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The biggest hurdle in making electric cars a viable alternative to gas-powered vehicles is the charging time for the batteries. Even with quick charging stations, an electric car’s battery cannot be refilled in anywhere near the time it takes to pump a tank of gas. We’re used to being able to stop on the way […]

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