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We talk to the man beating Tesla to the punch by electrifying the truck world.

"It's the most complicated thing we've done."

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Think Mazda2 RE Range Extender

There's evidence that it will happen.

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In this episode of Car Hacks, Amr discovers whether or not he can really increase the range of our Audi A4's key fob using his head ... literally.

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Series hybrid Note could launch in November.

A gas engine will charge the Nissan Note's battery, which will in turn power the wheels.

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French automaker looks beyond diesels to boost fuel economy.

PSA Peugeot Citroen may add range-extender from partnership with Israel's Aquarius Engines.

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Translogic host Jonathon Buckley heads to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to drive the 3D-Printed Utility Vehicle created by the US Department of Energy. It was developed alongside a 3D-printed home, and the two can share battery energy.

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New e-Power powertrain was shown off in the Gripz concept last year.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that a new compact car in Japan will get the e-Power system, which is a range extender for an EV.

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One BMW i3 owner says dealership education needs to be better.

BMW's lawsuit stems from range-extended i3's highway performance at low battery levels.

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An engineer in Nissan's EV and hybrid division says the brand will introduce an EV with a range-extender engine in 2016, and the model will not be a Leaf.

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These Changes Put Your Warranty At Risk, Of Course

BMW i3 range-extender software for California vehicles can be tweaked to enable larger gas displacement, longer driving range.

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The BMW i3 has been hailed in some quarters as the future of electric mobility, what with its innovative carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body and commitment to sustainable materials wherever possible. The modernist little hatch is even available with a 650cc two-cylinder gas engine with 34 horsepower to act as a range-extender for those who want it. However, that optional engine might have a drawback – at least for the moment.

Mazda2 With Rotary Range Extender Likely

BlaBlaCar, a ridesharing startup in Europe, has raised $100 million in a funding round led by Index Ventures. After recently growing to 12 countries and 8 million users, BlaBlaCar plans to us the funding for even more aggressive growth throughout Europe. The ridesharing service pairs drivers and passengers, allowing passengers to catch rides between cities while allowing drivers to save money on fuel on road trips. Drivers are not allowed to make a profit, and are only allowed to charge enough t

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Getting 17 More Miles From 36-kWh Pack Is A $600 Option

There was something unexpected hiding in the new configurator for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: a $600 "Temporary range extender." Since we've never heard of such a thing, we had to click through for more.

New Technology Meets EPA Rules And Things Just Take Time

The first BMW i3 EVs have been delivered in the US, but in a quirk of the rules, none of them have been the range-extended versions. Long-time BMW electric vehicle driver Tom Moloughney discovered this fact the hard way. His i3 REx has been sitting at a New Jersey port for over a week and he's getting impatient.

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Think of the BMW i3's gas-powered range-extender as akin to driving around with a middle linebacker in the back seat. Except that football player will have a hard time pushing the car 60 miles or so once the battery runs out. Thankfully, he won't prevent you from getting a nifty tax credit either, according to BMWBlog, which isn't affiliated with the company.

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Could this be the automobile sector's version of the Reese's Peanut Butter cup? Paris-based Symbio is proposing something akin to mixing chocolate with peanut butter (never a bad thing, in our book) with the idea of adding a hydrogen fuel-cell range extender to a Renault electric vehicle.

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If you're going to add a gas-burning engine to an electric vehicle, it makes sense to have it be whisper quiet. We haven't heard the engine ourselves, but supplier KSPG AG said during the Detroit Auto Show this week that the range extender it put into a Fiat 500 for test purposes introduced "barely perceptible noise and vibration" levels.

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One of the more popular US college basketball cheers takes place when a visiting superstar player has a sub-par performance and the student section cheers "OVER-RATED" followed by a rhythmic five-clap. The concept has apparently made its way overseas to a UK journalist reviewing BMW's new i3 plug-in vehicle.

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To give you a better idea of how small the gas tank on the BMW i3's range-extender will be, it's about equal to a quartet of those two-liter plastic Coke bottles you'll get at the supermarket for your next football bash. That's it.

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The BMW i3 has been one of the most-teased plug-in vehicle concepts in recent memory. Since BMW first unveiled the car (along with the i8) back in mid-2011, we've had the promotional "Born Electric" tour, auto show appearances and, just the other day, a production version teaser image. And let's not forget the MegaCity project before that. We understand if you're sick of all the previews and just want to see the darn thing already. To which BMW says, hold on. The official reveal is happening at