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BMW teams with industry allies on smart EV, PHEV charging

BMW’s Plug-In 2014 action hasn’t been limited to releasing their DC Fast Charger on an unsuspecting world just in time for BMW i3 proliferation to pick up steam in the States. The automaker also announced this week it will work with other automakers and utilities in developing a smarter plug-in vehicle charging grid.

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.