Category: Hybrid and Battery Power

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

Electric Cars, Autonomous Cars – They’re Just Cars!

BMW i3

I have been pondering some items related to electric cars and autonomous cars, and in particular how messy even the automotive press treats these subjects. Advertisement Which is point one. While the development of electric cars is expanding seemingly in tandem with electric cars, they are in fact separate and distinct. More on that later. …

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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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