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Electric Minivans Were on Chrysler’s Menu in the 1990s

April 30, 2022

Electric minivans have always seemed a logical application of zero-emission technology. Chrysler explored this in the 1990s with its EPIC minivan.

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Clean Hydrogen Powers this Prius

February 14, 2022

Energy Conversion Devices believed that hydrogen and solar could one day power the world. Its hydrogen Prius provided a high-profile example of its vision.

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Radical Technology: Volvo’s Turbine-Hybrid ECC

January 31, 2022

Volvo offered a strategically different take on electric vehicles with its series hybrid Environmental Concept Car that used a turbine-hybrid powerplant.

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This is VW’s First Electric Microbus

January 7, 2022

The idea of an electric microbus isn’t new with the VW’s I.D. Buzz. Volkswagen showed its intentions back in 2007 with its Space Up! Blue electric concept.

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Subaru B9 SC Scrambler

November 11, 2021

Subaru is not one of the brands that springs to mind when talking electrification in the auto industry. That’s now changing as the marque seeks to embrace an electrified future. Here’s a look back at Subaru’s efforts 17 years ago.

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A Red Flag for Battery Safety

October 9, 2021

Battery safety is a big concern today. In earlier years, one of the most serious incidents wasn’t a fire, but a toxic chemical cloud from an EV’s battery.

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Mazda’s Hydrogen RX-8 RE

August 27, 2021

Back to the future: Clean hydrogen power reaches beyond the fuel cell vehicles being explored today. Back in 2004, Mazda fielded its innovative RX-8 RE, a developmental rotary engine sports car that would drive on either hydrogen or gasoline fuel.

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Lotus-Inspired Dodge EV

April 17, 2021

Dodge isn’t all about muscle and performance, though you wouldn’t know it. There was a time in the 1990s when this brand was big on electrification. Then, after a decade-long break, there was the Dodge EV prototype unveiled in 2008.

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Pininfarina Ethos Goes ‘Green’

January 29, 2021

Pininfarina, the legendary design house and coachbuilder responsible for timeless vehicle designs for makers like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati, created the 1990s Ethos working concept to demonstrate environmental performance. The question: Could an efficient two-stroke engine achieve near-zero emissions?

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Lee Iacocca on Green Cars

November 9, 2020

In 2004, one of the auto industry’s most storied leaders, Lee Iacocca, sat down with Green Car Journal to discuss electrification, boomers, and Detroit vs. Japan. Here’s what the outspoken father of the Mustang and the minivan had to say.

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Ford Ecostars on the Highway

July 25, 2020

Today, we take the advanced batteries that power electric vehicles for granted. Lithium-ion batteries, which followed advanced lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride, is mainstream. Many exotic EV battery technologies were tried over the years, including the sodium-sulfur battery in Ford’s Ecostar.

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Hughes Inductive Charging

January 4, 2020

Charging an electric vehicle through magnetic induction is being explored today as a new way to energize EV batteries, But it has its beginnings more than 28 years ago at GM’s Hughes Aircraft, long before today’s charging systems were adopted.

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Tokyo R&D IZA Electric Car

July 17, 2019

It was an exciting time for electric cars in the early 1990s. GM’s Impact concept was unveiled at the 1990 LA Auto Show, with the Tokyo Motor Show exhibiting many electric concepts as well. Among them was Tokyo R&D’s IZA. Green Car Journal editors found the IZA a fascinating counterpoint to the Impact at the […]

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Nissan Altra EV Blazed the Way for Lithium-Ion Power

March 18, 2019

The Nissan Altra EV introduced the first use of advanced lithium-ion automotive batteries in 2008, setting a new direction for modern electric vehicles.

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