One of the earliest applications of the 2-cyl. engine under development is for the next-generation Mini Hybrid, expected in 2015. The small mill eventually may migrate to other BMW Group hybrids....More
Jason Forcier, formerly president of A123 Systems' automotive business, takes over as head of the lithium-ion battery maker that filed for bankruptcy a year ago amid technical problems and slack demand for hybrid vehicles....More
Combined with affordable and renewable energy, a robust public transit system, a closely populated citizenry and an open-minded consumer, the Chevy Spark EV make for a genuine alternative to the internal-combustion engine.
In addition to more elbow room and ability to test additional battery cells and packs, the U.S. auto maker has added prototype-build capability it says is helping to optimize the power and performance of its future EV and hybrid batteries....More
When EV and hybrid fasteners lose clamp load, their batteries lose electrical conductivity, heat can build up and electric arcing can occur. Engineers are finding a solution in innovative fastening and assembly technologies....More
Toyota has been cool toward EV technology, believing fuel-cell vehicles offer a better long-term solution to global warming. But the No.1 hybrid maker nevertheless launched all-electric versions of the Scion iQ and RAV4 in 2012....More