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1492014 Cadillac ELR whirs into Jay Leno's Garage

While Jerry Seinfeld was gallivanting around LA with Sarah Silverman in a Jaguar XKE, our favorite car-loving comedian, Jay Leno, was checking out the all-new 2014 Cadillac ELR. Set to go on sale later this year, Cadillac brought its ELR to Jay Leno's Garage to show off some of its styling and technology as well as give Leno some seat time in the range-extended EV. Leno owns both a Volt and a CTS-V, and the ELR is a kind combination of the two (sort of).

55Lotus pondering 'fake shifting' for Evora 414E plug-in hybrid

Some would say Lotus has some credibility among the green-car set since it supplied the body for the Tesla Roadster and has always been obsessed with extracting maximum performance from light weight. Now, our friends at Green Car Reports are suggesting that the UK boutique sportscar operation could lose that reputation by simulating the acceleration of a conventional geared transmission for its Evora 414E extended-range plug-in.

AddWrightspeed lands $5 million in Series A funding for Digital DriveSystem

Ian Wright, he of Ariel Atom converted to Wrightspeed X1 fame, has recently been more vocal about his dream of an efficient hybrid powertrain for heavy and high-performance vehicles. His has, in fact, been kicking this idea around for some time but now it seems he's really getting serious and has wooed $5 million in Series A funding for the range-extended cause from a private investor.

AddReport: Kia to offer extended range plug-in vehicle by 2012?

2011 Kia Optima – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddOpel to debut extended range Vivaro eConcept [w/video]

Opel Vivaro e-Concept -– Click above for high-res image gallery

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

BMW Megacity – Click above for high-res image

AddVideo: Ian Wright resurfaces with series hybrid powertrain plans

Wrightspeed X1 – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddAVL introduces its own Wankel rotary EV range-extender

It's starting to look more and more likely that the Wankel rotary engine could have a future as an electric vehicle range extender. Felix Wankel's original concept was once seen as having great potential because of its high power density compared to piston engines. Unfortunately, the manufacturing processes available in the 1960s and 1970s made it difficult to achieve adequate durability without high oil consumption and excessive emissions.

AddReport: Nissan considering ER-EVs in addition to battery electric vehicles

At last week's Automotive News Green Car Conference, Brian Carolin, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan acknowledged that extended range electric vehicles (EVs) could eventually join the pure battery electric Leaf in the marque's stable. However, Carolin emphasized that Nissan wanted to maximize the environmental benefit of its initial entries by going with pure battery electric and no direct emissions.

AddVauxhall executives to drive Ampera 170 miles from Luton to Ellesmere Port, UK *UPDATE

Vauxhall Ampera prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

AddGM talking to potential Ampera customers in UK, interest in vehicle builds

Vauxhall / Opel Ampera – 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

AddGeneva Preview: Proton hybrid concept uses Lotus series hybrid system

As we suspected recently when we heard that Proton would be showing a hybrid concept car next week at the Geneva Motor Show, the propulsion system has been developed by Lotus. Malaysian automaker Proton owns the British engineering consultancy and sports car builder.

AddOpel's extended business plan includes multiple electric vehicles

Opel Chief Executive Officer Nick Reilly has unloaded a sweeping new business plan that includes plenty of interesting little tidbits for green car aficionados. Of course we already know about the 2011 Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, the European version of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, but Reilly says that there will be another extended-range electric vehicle in addition to the Ampera.

AddTop Gear lads build the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust, an ER-EV to answer the Chevy Volt

Many electric vehicle fans out there are constantly complaining about how long it is taking automakers to bring plug-in vehicles to market. We've had commenters here on this site claiming that they should be able to bring EVs to the street in six months. Apparently even six months is too long for the crew at Top Gear.

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