The Truth About Cars » range-extender http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » range-extender http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Oh Good, Thieves’ Tool of Choice for Opening Your Car Is on Sale for Black Friday Too http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/oh-good-thieves-tool-choice-opening-car-sale-black-friday/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/oh-good-thieves-tool-choice-opening-car-sale-black-friday/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1228721 Good news! That “mysterious device” that extends the reach of keyless entry systems so meth heads — um — ICP fans — er — idiots can rummage through your car and borrow your wallet, purse or golf clubs without bringing them back is now on sale! For 15-percent off for the holiday weekend only, you can have […]

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Good news! That “mysterious device” that extends the reach of keyless entry systems so meth heads — um — ICP fans — er — idiots can rummage through your car and borrow your wallet, purse or golf clubs without bringing them back is now on sale! For 15-percent off for the holiday weekend only, you can have […]

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Review: 2015 BMW i3 Range Extender aka i3 REx (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/review-2015-bmw-i3-range-extender-aka-i3-rex-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/review-2015-bmw-i3-range-extender-aka-i3-rex-video/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:24:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1018290 Some call it a hybrid, some call it an EV. Some have called it a REx, a BEVx, a landmark vehicle in EV production, and others simply call it ugly. One things is for sure however, the 2015 BMW i3 turns more heads in Northern California than a Tesla Model S. Not since I last […]

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Some call it a hybrid, some call it an EV. Some have called it a REx, a BEVx, a landmark vehicle in EV production, and others simply call it ugly. One things is for sure however, the 2015 BMW i3 turns more heads in Northern California than a Tesla Model S. Not since I last […]

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Mazda2 RE May Appear Soon, But Only In Select Markets http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/mazda2-re-may-appear-soon-but-only-in-select-markets/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/mazda2-re-may-appear-soon-but-only-in-select-markets/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=863249 The oft-rumored Mazda2 RE PHEV, powered by a range-extending rotary engine, may soon become reality, appearing sometime after the next-gen hatch debuts in showrooms between October and the new year. Motoring.com.au reports the PHEV won’t be making its global debut with the rest of the new Mazda2 family in August, nor will it likely appear […]

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The oft-rumored Mazda2 RE PHEV, powered by a range-extending rotary engine, may soon become reality, appearing sometime after the next-gen hatch debuts in showrooms between October and the new year. Motoring.com.au reports the PHEV won’t be making its global debut with the rest of the new Mazda2 family in August, nor will it likely appear […]

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Mercedes-Benz Offers “Range ” For B-Class EV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/mercedes-benz-offers-range-for-b-class-ev/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/mercedes-benz-offers-range-for-b-class-ev/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:30:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=851857 Mercedes-Benz is offering a range extender option for the new all-electric B-Class, but it’s not what the name suggests. The Mercedes-Benz “temporary range extender” is “A suite of options to further increase your driving range includes added insulation of the doors and roof for to increase climate-control efficiency, along with an electrically heated windshield and […]

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Mercedes-Benz is offering a range extender option for the new all-electric B-Class, but it’s not what the name suggests. The Mercedes-Benz “temporary range extender” is “A suite of options to further increase your driving range includes added insulation of the doors and roof for to increase climate-control efficiency, along with an electrically heated windshield and […]

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BMW Partnering With Kymco For i3 Range Extender http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/bmw-partnering-with-kymco-for-i3-range-extender/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/bmw-partnering-with-kymco-for-i3-range-extender/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:58:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481736 The gasoline range-extender that will be optional in BMW’s i3 electric car will be built by Kymco, a Taiwanese firm that is best known for its scooters. BMW and Kymco have worked together in the past, with Kymco building engines for the BMW G450X dirt bike. The two-cylinder motor was designed in Germany but built […]

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The gasoline range-extender that will be optional in BMW’s i3 electric car will be built by Kymco, a Taiwanese firm that is best known for its scooters. BMW and Kymco have worked together in the past, with Kymco building engines for the BMW G450X dirt bike. The two-cylinder motor was designed in Germany but built […]

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BMW: The Ultimate Range Anxiety Cure? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/bmw-the-ultimate-range-anxiety-cure/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/bmw-the-ultimate-range-anxiety-cure/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:22:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479017 The Tesla vs. New York Times controversy has finally left the news cycle, forgotten in less time than it takes a Model S to juice up at a Supercharger station.  Meanwhile, BMW is ready to introduce its new range of “i” vehicles, which will conveniently dodge the whole question of range anxiety. Select European outlets were invited […]

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The Tesla vs. New York Times controversy has finally left the news cycle, forgotten in less time than it takes a Model S to juice up at a Supercharger station.  Meanwhile, BMW is ready to introduce its new range of “i” vehicles, which will conveniently dodge the whole question of range anxiety. Select European outlets were invited […]

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Mazda Boss Reveals More About Rotary Range Extender http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/mazda-boss-reveals-more-about-rotary-range-extender/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/mazda-boss-reveals-more-about-rotary-range-extender/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:01:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458209 The rotary engine and Mazda have had a tumultuus, on-and-off relationship that rivals an Old Hollywood marriage. Market conditions and government regulations have made mass production of the rotary a constant challenge, and the death of the Mazda RX-8 looked like the final nail in the Wankel’s coffin. It turns out that Mazda is not only reviving […]

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The rotary engine and Mazda have had a tumultuus, on-and-off relationship that rivals an Old Hollywood marriage. Market conditions and government regulations have made mass production of the rotary a constant challenge, and the death of the Mazda RX-8 looked like the final nail in the Wankel’s coffin. It turns out that Mazda is not only reviving […]

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Geo Storm EV Mule, The Chevrolet Volt’s Baby Daddy? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/geo-storm-ev-mule-the-chevrolet-volts-baby-daddy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/geo-storm-ev-mule-the-chevrolet-volts-baby-daddy/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 15:23:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447010 While on the Infiniti JX launch event, I met a gentleman who now works with Nissan. He had a number of interesting stories about his tenure at GM, and what it was like to work on the EV1 program, as well as the technology that he swears was the forerunner to the Chevrolet Volt. According […]

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While on the Infiniti JX launch event, I met a gentleman who now works with Nissan. He had a number of interesting stories about his tenure at GM, and what it was like to work on the EV1 program, as well as the technology that he swears was the forerunner to the Chevrolet Volt. According […]

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A Look At The Homebrew Toyota RAV4 EVs Already Out There http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/a-look-at-the-homebrew-toyota-rav4-evs-already-out-there/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/a-look-at-the-homebrew-toyota-rav4-evs-already-out-there/#comments Thu, 10 May 2012 15:52:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443786 Despite Toyota’s announcement of a new generation of RAV4 EV, mostly for CARB compliance, it seems that RAV4 EV production has never really stopped – at least not on a one-off basis. Brian Driggs of Gearbox Magazine went looking through EVAlbum’s catalog of enthusiast-created RAV4 EV conversions. Some of them look identical to a standard […]

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Despite Toyota’s announcement of a new generation of RAV4 EV, mostly for CARB compliance, it seems that RAV4 EV production has never really stopped – at least not on a one-off basis. Brian Driggs of Gearbox Magazine went looking through EVAlbum’s catalog of enthusiast-created RAV4 EV conversions. Some of them look identical to a standard […]

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Consumer Reports Fisker Karma Breaks In Driveway http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/consumer-reports-fisker-karma-breaks-in-driveway/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/consumer-reports-fisker-karma-breaks-in-driveway/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:56:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434397 Consumer Reports recently bought a Fisker Karma, which ended up breaking down in the driveway of their vehicle testing facility. The car didn’t quite “brick”, but it was rendered immobile, and had to be towed away on a flatbed. We’ll be keeping an eye on what transpires. Maybe it will re-start once Fisker’s DoE loans […]

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Consumer Reports recently bought a Fisker Karma, which ended up breaking down in the driveway of their vehicle testing facility. The car didn’t quite “brick”, but it was rendered immobile, and had to be towed away on a flatbed. We’ll be keeping an eye on what transpires. Maybe it will re-start once Fisker’s DoE loans […]

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Audi To Unveil A1 e-tron Concept With Wankel Range Extender http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/audi-to-unveil-a1-e-tron-concept-with-wankel-range-extender/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/audi-to-unveil-a1-e-tron-concept-with-wankel-range-extender/#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2010 23:49:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=347112 The Wankel rotary engine returns to its native land at last. Since the NSU Ro 80 went out of production in 1977, Mazda has been the keeper of the flame. But Audi has announced that it will show an A1 e-tron concept at the Geneva show this week, and the pug-in will feature a single-rotor […]

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The Wankel rotary engine returns to its native land at last. Since the NSU Ro 80 went out of production in 1977, Mazda has been the keeper of the flame. But Audi has announced that it will show an A1 e-tron concept at the Geneva show this week, and the pug-in will feature a single-rotor […]

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Volt Birth Watch 174: Enough With The Prius Comparisons! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/volt-birth-watch-174-enough-with-the-prius-comparisons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/volt-birth-watch-174-enough-with-the-prius-comparisons/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2009 22:55:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336941 As we saw in the last VBW, the Volt’s range-extender still needs some software work. But efforts to to keep the gas engine from acting like a thrashing, disembodied dervish will have to balance the desire for smooth operation and maximum efficiency.  And it’s looking like efficiency in charge sustaining (CS) mode won’t match the […]

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As we saw in the last VBW, the Volt’s range-extender still needs some software work. But efforts to to keep the gas engine from acting like a thrashing, disembodied dervish will have to balance the desire for smooth operation and maximum efficiency.  And it’s looking like efficiency in charge sustaining (CS) mode won’t match the […]

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