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40Report: Epic fail? Mitsubishi i-MiEV gets it charge from diesel generator during cross-Canada tour * UPDATE

Cruising down the Trans Canada Highway, a sharp-eyed Reddit user (nupogodi) noticed an unusual sight: a Mitsubishi i-MiEV pulled off to the side of the road. This particular vehicle was engaged in the Clean Across Canada tour, a cross-country trip designed to showcase the i-MiEVs abilities. The i-MiEV, tailed by a large gasoline-powered pickup truck, was parked for a much-needed charge. But rather than being docked at a charging station, as we might expect it to be, this i-MiEV received its elec

90Autocar says range-extenders are the future. Do you agree?

BMW Megacity – Click above for high-res image

6Lotus and Fagor Ederlan Group to produce range-extender engine

Lotus Evora 414E Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

42Lotus and Fagor Ederlan Group to produce range-extender engine

Lotus Engineering has reached an agreement with the Spanish Fagor Ederlan Group to develop and produce a small engine for use as a range extender in electric vehicles – a system similar to that found in the Chevrolet Volt. Lotus first showed its 1.2-liter inline-three engine at the Geneva Motor Show in the Evora 414E and Proton Emas concepts.

AddNext-gen Volt could use diesel, two-cylinder or rotary range extender

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

44Next-gen Volt could use diesel, two-cylinder or rotary range extender

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddFEV shows off RE-EV Fiat 500 with Wankel in Vienna

At last week's Vienna Motor Symposium, FEV was on hand showing off its LiiOn-drive Fiat 500 for ride and drives. We first saw this range extended electric vehicle last year at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit.

AddGM's R&D head says Voltec powertrain not suitable for vehicles bigger, smaller than Volt

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

43Geneva Preview: Audi A1 e-tron is extended-range EV with Wankel rotary generator

2011 Audi A1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddGeneva Preview: Audi A1 e-tron extended range EV with Wankel rotary

2011 Audi A1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddGetrag wants to get into the range extender business

Getrag Range Extender – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddFrankfurt Preview: Lotus develops a range extender engine

The latest product of Lotus Engineering's ongoing development work on alternative drivetrains is a new engine custom designed for use as a range extender in electric drive vehicles. The engineers at Lotus have developed an optimized architecture using a mono-block layout that combines the cylinder head, exhaust manifold and cylinder block into a single casting. Such an architecture allows for lower weight and reduced cost which is critical to making range extended EVs or series hybrids economica

AddENVI boss Lou Rhodes talks about Chrysler's EV programs

Lou Rhodes and the Dodge Circuit prototype

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