Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee have developed a wireless-charging system that they say rivals wired plug-in fast chargers. With a six-inch air gap between the battery to be charged and the ground-based charging coils, tests have shown the 120-kilowatt system is 97 percent efficient. Next up, […]

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A new trend appears to be brewing in the world of drag racing. General Motors’ Bowtie division recently revealed an electric COPO Camaro, called the eCOPO, which swaps out the regular race-prepped V-8 for a pair of BorgWarner electric motors plus an 800-volt battery pack that weighs 700 pounds. The resulting combo makes “more than” […]

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Pre-orders have started in Japan for Mazda vehicles equipped with the automaker’s latest enhanced-handling and ride-control technology, called G-Vectoring Control Plus. Mazda’s original G-Vectoring Control (GVC) varied engine torque in response to steering inputs to optimize the vertical load on each wheel “for smoother and efficient vehicle motion.” GVC-Plus additionally uses the brakes at add […]

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The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) division announced Oct. 8 it will build a plug-in hybrid version of the compact Renegade in Italy. When it goes on sale sometime in 2020, it will be one of 30 new FCA models to use conventional hybrid drive, plug-in or fully electrified systems. That mix will include a new […]

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The Germany-based automaker says its first all-electric utility vehicle paves the way for a new wave of battery-powered models. The full-size, high-performance Audi e-tron marks the start of a “new era” for the automaker, deriving high performance and agility from powerful front and rear electric motors energized by a large, high-voltage battery that facilitates sub […]

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Ram is bringing regenerative braking to the full-size-pickup market in a big way with the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque. Regenerative braking makes a lot of sense for larger vehicles, capturing their kinetic energy and converting it to electricity instead of to heat, which is energy wasted in conventional braking systems. The system captures that power […]

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Ford says it’s using a form of artificial intelligence to improve traction and reduce fuel consumption in the 2019 Ford Edge utility vehicle, switching automatically between two- and all-wheel-drive and calculating when to do so “quicker than the human brain.” Called All-wheel-drive disconnect, the system engages all four wheels when they’re needed, and helps reduce […]

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The company said Sept. 11 it will use 3-D printers to mass-produce parts for its vehicles. The company said it will, starting immediately, use “metal printing technology” to make select parts, including gearshift knobs and custom tailgate lettering. Within two to three years, it will mass produce structural parts using the same technology, reports CNN. […]

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Canada-based Electra Meccanica is preparing to sell its three-wheeled, single-seat Solo electric commuter car in the United States. The startup niche automaker recently completed a US $10-million public offering and is now trading on the United States’ NASDAQ exchange. The futuristic-looking Solo has a 100-mile range, an 85-mph top speed and is expected to sell […]

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Luxury-vehicle automaker Audi began production of its first all-electric utility vehicle Sept. 10, promising the EV would deliver enough range to make it “suitable for everyday use.” And with a quick-charge capacity, it’s “ready for the next long-distance stage in about 30 minutes.” Peter Kössler, board member in charge of production, called the E-Tron “a […]

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