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Rich Russians beg Tesla to sell them 'IPhone on wheels'

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Almost 100,000 Russians follow Elon Musk's social media page, yet the Tesla founder seems to be promoting his dream car everywhere but here, forcing enthusiasts to go to great lengths -- and expense -- to own one....
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Tesla vehicle sales rise 52% in Q2

7:54 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Tesla Motors beat its car-sales forecast for the second consecutive quarter with a 52 percent surge in the three months through June....
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Toyota Mirai rated at U.S. range of 312 miles

4:00 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Toyota says its high-stakes hydrogen car will have a U.S. rating of 312 miles between refueling stops, farther than the Tesla Model S....
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Lexus builds functional hoverboard prototype

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota is heading back to the future. The Lexus brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. It's real, but not for sale. Yet....
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China's Wanxiang plans to build Fisker Karma in S. Calif.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group plans to revive production of the Fisker hybrid sports car in a new plant to be built in Southern California....
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Subaru adds Impreza Sport Hybrid, its second hybrid, for Japan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Subaru is adding a second hybrid vehicle to its lineup, a gasoline-electric version of the Impreza hatchback it hopes will tap booming demand for the fuel-efficient technology in Japan....
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AAA finds 8 in 10 drivers report their mpg tops EPA ratings

9:51 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Eight in 10 drivers report getting better fuel economy than the EPA ratings posted on their vehicles' window stickers, AAA says in a new study....
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Tesla lines up $500 million line of credit

8:06 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Friday it had entered into a $500 million senior secured line of credit....
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GM to announce secondary use for EV batteries

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors said it plans to announce a development in the secondary use for electric vehicle batteries next week, bringing more attention to the growing stationary energy storage market....
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Chevy's CNG Impala rollout delayed nearly a year to fix quality bug

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

The rollout of Chevrolet's 2015 Impala that runs on natural gas has been delayed by nearly a year as GM works to fix a quality problem. Production and dealer ordering for the 2016 model are on track to start in the third quarter....
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Average U.S. mpg edges up to 25.5 in May

10:55 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was up 0.3 mpg in May, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

How will automakers respond to megatrends?

2:01 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

Potential disruptions may make the most headlines, but the majority of future megatrends emphasize the auto industry's continuity. Here are four points demonstrating that automakers may not be nimble, but their ability to co-opt and adapt to new challenges should not be underestimated....
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Ford to make EV technology patents available to rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Ford is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehicles....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Cadillac exec laments ELR pricing

1:39 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Some US dealerships are hawking the Cadillac ELR for just under $50,000 -- a whopping 35 percent discount from its sticker price -- and sales are lagging. Says Cadillac marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus: "One thing is fair to say: We've had a great learning exercise with this car."...
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Norway reaffirms electric car subsidies after boom

May 12, 2015 16:50 CET

Norway's government reaffirmed some of the world's most generous subsidies for electric vehicles and said it will review high taxes on cars....
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Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid decision to come this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche AG is considering whether to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 sports car, and company leaders will make a decision later this year. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says plug-in technology will help save fuel and also boost vehicle performance....
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Toyota, Mazda in talks on expanding partnership, report says

7:18 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2015

Toyota and Mazda are in talks to expand their technology partnership to fuel-cell vehicles, sources told Reuters on Saturday, as global automakers face rising costs to comply with stricter emission regulations....
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Tesla starts small with CPO program

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2015

Tesla is now selling CPO cars online in 11 US cities, marking the start of a used-car foray that could someday turn into a big money-maker. Tesla says it doesn't see used cars as a way to pad its margins, though that may change as used cars become a larger part of its business....
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GM expects to fall short of 2017 EV target

9:28 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

General Motors said it will fall short of its goal of having 500,000 GM vehicles on US roads by 2017 that are powered by some form of electricity....
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Average U.S. fuel economy fell in April

1:37 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the US dropped one-fifth of a mpg last month from March, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Tesla unveils batteries for homes, businesses

6:26 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company's mission to provide pollution-free energy....
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Musk bulks up Tesla batteries in leap beyond cars

6:51 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Billionaire Elon Musk thinks he can pave the way to a better energy future by turning the mattress-shaped batteries in Tesla’s electric car into upright pillars so they can be used to power homes, businesses and even utilities....
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Toyota plans $4.2B share sale to fund fuel cell r&d

6:55 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Toyota plans to replace as much as 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) of common equity with unlisted shares that have transfer restrictions, locking in longer-term funding as the carmaker develops new technology....
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To EV or not to EV: The China question

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

As automakers race to comply with China's increasingly stringent emissions rules, they are conflicted about the best electric-vehicle strategy and about whether the Beijing government is sufficiently supporting its avowed desire to see more EV sales....
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Toyota makes noise with Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

10:18 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

For all its silence, Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle actually can be pretty noisy. Ironically, that is because the car is propelled by a whispering electric motor that allows the driver to pick up sounds that might otherwise be droned out. And the distinct whirring and intermittent clicking are unique to its hydrogen drivetrain....
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