Kymco to Build BMW i3 Extended-range Hybrid Engine

Will the buying public care if their new BMWs are made in China? We’ll soon find out, since Taiwanese company Kymco will soon be supplying engines for BMW’s new line of i brand cars, starting with the i3. The ICE engines will add about 100 miles of range …

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Up Close and Personal with the Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid (w/ video)

This XC60 plug-in hybrid combines a new 280 HP turbocharged 4-cylinder engine based on Volvo’s modular “VEA” platform with a 70 HP electric motor mounted at the rear of the car. With 350 combined HP and 100% of the electric motor’s torque applied to the rear wheels at launch, the XC60 plug-in can scoot to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds!

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Lotus is Safe, New Esprit in 2013

Lotus’ 1100 UK manufacturing jobs are safe, according to the CEO of DRB-HICOM, Aslam Farikullah, who recently acquired Lotus Cars. Farikullah denied rumors that his company planned to either sell Lotus or move production to Malaysia. “Lotus is a UK marque and, as such, Hethel is our home. Not only is Lotus important to the UK economy, but also to the region here in Norfolk.”

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Video: Nissan Terra SUV Concept Uses Hydrogen Fuel Cell Range Extender

Japanese automaker Nissan has bet big on electric vehicles, though that bet isn’t really paying off so far. Sales of the Nissan Leaf EV are slow, both in America and abroad, and Nissan has yet to roll out anymore EV models. But that could soon change, as a new fuel cell-powered electric SUV concept called the Nissan Terra SUV Concept could point to a new direction for this Japanese juggernaut.

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Lotus Plugs-In With Evora 414E Hybrid Concept

The evolution of electric cars and hybrids from a niche market for treehuggers to high-end luxury vehicles for the 1%. Ten years ago if you had told me Porsche and Ferrarii would be building super-fast and super-expensive supercars utilizing hybrid technology, I would have laughed. But they are, and so is the plucky British sportscar maker Lotus, which has unveiled a rolling hotbed of high-technology hybrid gizmos called the 414E…and now it drives under its own power.

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Mazda’s Rotary Engine May Become Hydrogen-Powered Range Extender

I think it is fair to say that mankind is not a fan of change, hence why the status quo still reigns supreme. It’s also the reason that Mazda’s rotary engine never became more than a niche motor, one that I thought would be buried with the outgoing RX-8. But according to reports out of Japan, Mazda’s range extender could live on as a hydrogen-powered range extender for electric cars. Whaaa??

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French Automaker PGO Debuts Hybrid e-Hemera Sports Coupe

You’ve probably never heard of PGO, a small French automaker who makes niche vehicles for those-in-the-know. This small-volume automaker made waves a few years ago when it debuted the Hemera, a Porsche Speedster ripoff that weighed in at just over 2,100 pounds and was powered by a natural gas four-cylinder engine. And now PGO has debuted a range-extended hybrid that can go over 60 miles before the gas-powered generator kicks in.

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