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The Vehicles

Hyundai Heavy partners with Magna E-Car to develop lithium-ion batteries

The link between building supertankers and oil rigs and making lithium-ion batteries may not be an obvious one, but the synergy seems attractive to Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s largest shipbuilder, which announced Wednesday that it will form a joint venture with Magna E-Car Systems, which supplies a wide range of EV components, including lithium-ion… Read more »

VIDEO: Audi develops simulated engine sounds for future e-tron models

Silence is one of the wonderful things about EVs – until you get blindsided by one at a crosswalk. Recognizing the danger that silent-running vehicles pose to cyclists and pedestrians, governments around the world have mandated that EVs emit warning sounds, and most automakers now incorporate some sort of virtual engine sound into their EVs… Read more »

Ford commits huge facility to electric and hybrid R&D

  Ford announced Wednesday that it plans to dedicate one of its largest research and development labs – the 285,000-square-foot Advanced Engineering Center in Dearborn, Michigan – to electrified vehicle development. The company has 1,000 engineers working on electrification, is hiring dozens more, and plans to triple production capacity for hybrids and EVs in 2012…. Read more »