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Qoros debuts the 2 SUV PHEV Concept at Auto Shanghai 2015

Just a month and a half ago, Qoros was a Chinese-Israeli automaker showing off vanilla, nondescript designs like the Qoros 3 City SUV (those missing doors are there to help highlight the interior, not for visual effect). We knew that change was in the air, and after the Shanghai auto show, Qoros is now the warped mind behind one of the meanest, strangest small crossover designs in recent memory. The Qoros 2 SUV PHEV Concept may be friendly to the environment, but it's downright nasty to anyone that looks over in its direction.  Read More

The Volkswagen C Coupé GTE concept was designed to appeal to the Chinese market

Volkswagen is at the Shanghai International Auto Show hinting at a possible expansion of its model range with its C Coupé GTE concept that is designed to appeal to the Chinese market. The automaker says that "if it were to go into production," the roughly 5 meter- (16.4 ft) long saloon would slot in between the Passat and Phaeton in Volkswagens model line up.  Read More

HP's new hybrids offer the same geared hinge design found on the Spectre x360

Hewlett-Packard has outed two new hybrids designed to appeal to consumers who liked the look of its high-end Spectre x360 notebook, but were put off by the price tag. Both the Pavilion x360 and Envy x360 take design cues from their high-end sibling, feature lengthy battery lives and offer Yoga-like hinged designs – flipping all the way round from laptop to tablet.  Read More

Researchers working at Siemens say that they have produced an electric aircraft engine wit...

Researchers at Siemens have created a new prototype electric motor specifically designed for aircraft that weighs in at just 50 kg (110 lb) and is claimed to produce about 260 kW (348 hp) at just 2,500 RPM. With a quoted power five times greater than any comparable powerplant, the new motor promises enough grunt to get aircraft with take-off weights of up to 1,800 kg (2 ton) off the ground.  Read More

The Audi Q7 hybrid was unveiled in Shanghai and is destined for Asian markets

The world’s luxury SUV manufacturers have finally jumped aboard the hybrid bandwagon, with BMW, Volvo, Mercedes and now Audi preparing hybrid versions of their four-wheel drive family haulers. The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro offers claimed best-in-class electric-only range thanks to a 17.3 kw/h fluid-cooled battery pack.  Read More

The Peugeot 308 R Hybrid concept is a petrol-electric hybrid hatchback

Peugeot has announced a new version of its 308 family hatchback, although some of its specs are anything but family-friendly. The 308 R Hybrid concept has a petrol-electric engine that is good for the environment and the owner's wallet. However, it also accelerates 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4 seconds flat.  Read More

The one-of-a-kind Freightliner SuperTruck

Back in 2009, the US Department of Energy issued its SuperTruck Challenge. The program provided funding for truck manufacturers to design and build a prototype vehicle that was at least 50 percent more freight-efficient than a baseline 2009 truck. Daimler Trucks North America recently unveiled its response – the Freightliner SuperTruck. It goes beyond the 50 percent figure, with a claimed efficiency increase of 115 percent.  Read More

The Mercedes GLE is an updated version of its old ML-Class

Mercedes has given its ML-Class SUV a thorough reworking, with sharper styling, more efficient engines and brand-new name. The new GLE is the first Mercedes SUV to be offered with a plug-in hybrid option, perfect for tackling BMW’s recently released X5 xDrive40e and Volvo’s stylish XC90 T8 Hybrid.  Read More

The Terberg Type YT202-EV, 4x2, which BMW will electrify for road use in Munich from mid-2...

With its all-electric i3 urban car hitting the road in 2013, BMW is now going bigger – much bigger. The Bavarian automotive giant has just announced that as part of a one-year pilot project, a 40-ton (36-tonne) all-electric drive truck will begin making deliveries on public roads in Munich from mid-year.  Read More

The truck-mounted LEAPTech Hybrid-Electric Integrated Systems Testbed (Photo: Joby Aviatio...

It might look like it was designed by a six-year-old, with 18 motors crammed onto a too-thin wing, but the Hybrid-Electric Integrated Systems Testbed (HEIST) experimental wing demonstrator could be the future of electric aircraft. A key component of NASA'S Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech) project, it is designed to test whether electric propulsion can allow for a tighter wing design leading to greater efficiency and safety.  Read More

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