News: 2019 Audi A8 Rolls into Frankfurt With 48-Volt Hybrid System

The 2019 Audi A8 has leapfrogged in every area with the recently refreshed BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class flagship sedans as well as the challenger, the Tesla Model S. Starting with the all-new 2019 Audi A8, every single model will soon feature a 48-volt hybrid system.

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Tesla Autopilot reportedly shares ‘blame’ for fatal accident in upcoming NTSB report

Tomorrow, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to release its report to “determine the probable cause of the fatal, May 7, 2016, crash of a Tesla near Williston, Florida”.

Ahead of the release, Bloomberg reported that that the board concluded that Tesla’s Autopilot “shares blame” for the accident that cost the life of the driver, Joshua Brown.

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Flying electric: Both startups and industry giants push ahead with electric airplanes


In the popular imagination, aviation represents the last frontier for electrification. Considering the weight and limited range of batteries, an electric airplane might seem practically impossible. However, while electric long-haul airliners probably lie pretty far in the future, the fact is that, in some applications, the technical obstacles to electrified aircraft are not as formidable… Read more »

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid rated at 47 miles of electric range

Honda announced today that the plug-in hybrid version of their three-drivetrains-in-one Clarity sedan has been rated at a “class-leading” 47 miles by the EPA from its 17kWh battery.  This is the highest all-electric range among “midsize plug-in hybrids” and is comparable to the range of the Chevy Volt, which has 53 miles but is considered a compact sedan (the Clarity is ~10 inches longer).  It also got a combined MPGe rating of 110 and a gasoline-only combined MPG rating of 42.

Pricing and availability have not yet been nailed down for the vehicle, but we can expect news on that front soon as the car is expected to be available worldwide for purchase in the 2018 model year, with a price probably in the range of $35,000.  This as opposed to the other cars in the Clarity platform, which are available now but only in California and they can’t be purchased, only leased.

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SpaceX’s internet satellite strategy faces possible setback after FCC decision

The company’s first two test satellites could still launch later this year The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) responded September 7th to requests for modification to existing satellite communications regulations and FCC practices from a number of prospective constellation operators, including OneWeb, Telesat, and SpaceX. The FCC ultimately decided to avoid one major rule change that […]

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Green Deals: 12-pack Philips 60W A19 LED Light Bulbs $22, more

Amazon offers a 12-pack of Philips 60W A19 LED Light Bulbs for $21.93 Prime shipped. That’s good for $7 off the original price and a new Amazon all-time low. For further comparison, Amazon charges $18 for a six-pack. Switching to LED light bulbs helps cut down on energy use, saving “as much as 85%.” Rated 4.5/5 stars by over 2,100 Amazon reviewers.

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Mercedes-AMG Project One Show Car Unveiled

The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is celebrating its world première at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: for the first time, the two-seater supersports show car brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology from the race track to the road almost par for par to represent the highlight of AMG’s 50th anniversary. This […]

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Volkswagen Group to electrify entire model portfolio by 2030; 80 new EVs by 2025

The Volkswagen Group is the latest automaker to announce a move to electrify its entire range of automobile offerings. Volkswagen will have electrified its entire model portfolio by 2030 at the latest. This means that, by then, there will be at least one electrified version of each of the 300 or so Group models across […]

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