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BMW i DC Fast Charger unveiled at Plug-In 2014

The BMW i DC Fast Charger debuted at Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles held in San Jose, CA this week. The automaker said the DC Fast Chargers can charge the battery of a BMW i3 all-electric vehicle to 80% within 30 minutes.

Noteworthy: 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV fuel economy notes

After spending a week with the Nissan Versa Note SV, I had to throw it into my own comparo of recent competitors: The Ford Fiesta SFE and Mitsubishi Mirage.

Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon say size matters

In a world where the size of the truck too often — and stupidly, might I add — equates with the size of a man’s, well, manhood, it’s refreshing to see General Motors’ new midsize Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon twins making the case that size really does matter…just not in the way the Cowboy Cadillac-having crowd in hometowns across America would seem to think.

FoMoCo touts toughness of new F-150 2.7-liter turbocharged V6

The Ford F-150 is always looking for a way to keep a leg up on the competition from other full-size trucks, and Ford Motor Company figures the truck’s new 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost twin-turbocharged engine is a key element in making sure the Fiddy stays on top of the full-size truck sales charts in times of ever-higher fuel prices.

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Hybrid horses, different courses: The fuel economy factor

We introduced you to our three recent back-to-back-to-back hybrids a few days ago. Now, let’s talk about how they compare in terms of fuel economy.

Nissan LEAF: safari vehicle?

Word association: When I say the two words, “Nissan LEAF,” what are the first two words that come to your mind? How about, “safari vehicle?”

…No?

Noteworthy: Spending some time in the Nissan Versa Note SV

It’s been years since I’ve driven a Nissan product. Now, I’m wheeling in a Nissan Versa Note and loving its tech — and, oddly enough, its CVT.

Officially official: Nissan “No Charge to Charge” begins

As of this week, Nissan said its “No Charge for Charge” program is officially up and running in select markets.

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Here’s why Elio didn’t just build new Geo Metro engines

Fans of Elio Motors may recall the company originally planned to build a new version of the engine from the Geo Metro. Here’s why those plans changed:

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We play with a new Jeep Renegade up close and personal

After seeing one in person for the first time, we can say this: The new Jeep Renegade is boxy — in a good way — and should offer plenty of cool tech.

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine PHEV rated at 400 hp, 472 ft-lbs

The Volvo XC90 T8 will be “the world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV,” according to Volvo, offering 400 horsepower, 472 ft-lbs of torque, and low emissions.

Join the Rotary Club? Mazda2 slated to get Wankel’d

The Mazda2 may be offered as a plug-in hybrid with a 333-cc rotary engine acting as a range extender.