Fed-Funded Lab Working On Range-Extending EV Tech

PNNL is developing nanomaterial called a metal organic framework that could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, possibly increasing the driving range of electric vehicles. Photo courtesy of PNNL.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is currently working on a material that could allow more renewable energy to be stored within lithium-sulfur batteries, increasing the distance an electric vehicle (EV) could travel on one charge.

GM Announces Pricing for CNG Pickups, Vans

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks starting at $9,500 and dedicated compressed natural gas vans starting at $10,825, the company has announced.

Mitsubishi to Show Concept SUVs in Beijing

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV and Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will present the Concept GC-PHEV and Concept XR-PHEV for the first time in China at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

Westport WiNG Ford F-250/F-350 EPA Certified

The Westport WiNG Power System is available in the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks (based on Ford’s new 6.2L hardened engine platform) sold and serviced through Westport-authorized Ford dealer distributors.

Westport has received certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2014 model year Westport WiNG Ford F-150 3.7L pickup truck with the dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) system.

Lexus Adds NX Compact SUV, Hybrid Model

Photo of 2015 NX 300h courtesy of Lexus.

Lexus has announced the 2015 NX, the brand's first compact SUV, with three powertrains, including a gasoline-electric hybrid.

Companies Partner to Expand Propane Autogas Offerings

Icom North America, a manufacturer of propane liquid injection systems, is expanding its product line of propane autogas technology to include Imega International USA's GAME system.

2015 Ford Focus Aims for Best Compact Fuel Economy

Photo of 2015 Focus Electric courtesy of Ford.

Ford is hoping to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact cars with its updated 2015 Focus by adding a new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

GM Planning Lower-Priced Volt for 2016

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Volt courtesy of GM.

General Motors plans to sell two version of its Chevrolet Volt battery-electric hybrid in the 2016 model-year, including a lower-priced version, reports Reuters.

Toyota to Introduce 14 Efficient Gasoline Engines

Photo of 1.3L (left) and 1.0L 2015 engines courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota will roll out 14 new highly efficient gasoline engine variations by 2015 expected to improve fuel efficiency by at least 10 percent, the automaker has announced.

Tampa Beefs Up CNG Refuse Fleet

Photo via Government Fleet.

The City of Tampa has begun rolling out a new fleet of compressed natural gas refuse trucks to help reduce the city's fuel bill, which has reached $1.6 million annually.

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