Category Archive: Hybrid and Battery Power

Discussions of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery powered vehicles and technology.

VW to Tesla, Failed Safety to Self Driving Safely, the Top of 2015

Last year was massive for the car industry. Falling gas prices fueled a sixth straight year of sales growth. The result was a record 17.5 million light cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. in 2015. Other news occupied our minds however, at DashboardSymbols.com. The evident success of Tesla has led to not one, …

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Tesla Test Drive, Competitors Reveal the Future

We had an opportunity recently to test drive a Tesla Model S (left). We have not made it part of our mission to test and critique cars, and we won’t here. That said, it is exactly as advertised – powerful, plush and easy on the eyes. Our only concern is the focus on a touch …

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Getting Past Hybrid Technology Confusion

Hybrid Charging Station Sign

Hybrid technology as it exists in automobiles has been around for three decades. Yet, we continue to see confusion over just exactly what hybrid technology is and isn’t, and the sign to the left is a symptom of a much larger problem. The sign was clearly put up with all good intentions (somewhere in Colorado), …

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Stephen Colbert’s Tech Requests of Elon Musk Could Have Exciting Impact

Red Tesla

Elon Musk dropped in on Stephen Colbert’s TV show on July 24. The results of the interview in our view were nothing short of extraordinary. After a bit of discussion regarding Stephen’s disappointment that Elon had not developed jet packs (problems with the physics), he asked what’s next? Elon tossed the question right back with, …

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Are EVs Truly Less Expensive to Operate than Gas-powered Cars?

Department of Energy Breaks Down the eGallon We’ve been through eCommerce, read eBooks, seen eBrochures, etc. Well, get ready for eGallons. The Department of Energy (DOE) has set up a web page at energy.gov that calculates the cost of driving a car powered by electricity vs gasoline – on average – by the state you …

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