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Chinese automaker Guangzhou will tout autonomous hybrid, SUV

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group will show an autonomous hybrid concept and an SUV at the Detroit auto show Monday afternoon. The autonomous concept, called the Witstar, is powered by a battery and a gasoline engine....
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JCI to unveil battery just for vehicle stop-start systems

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Johnson Controls has developed a small lithium ion battery for use only by vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds....
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Average fuel economy in U.S. dips to 25.1 mpg in Dec.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
With gasoline prices plunging, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US in December was down slightly from November, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said....
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Toyota opens hydrogen patents to advance fuel cells

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Toyota said today it won’t enforce more than 5,600 patents it owns on hydrogen fuel-cell technology through 2020, allowing rivals to reap the fruits of its research royalty-free. The move mirrors a step last year by Tesla Motors....
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Tesla offers Roadster upgrade package to reach a 400-mile range

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors is offering a suite of upgrades to its sporty two-seat roadster, which it no longer sells, giving owners as much as a 400-mile range, enough to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles....
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Tesla to help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars for Model S

8:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors will help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars if they buy a Model S, part of the automaker’s latest efforts to spur sales of its all-electric sedan in the world’s biggest vehicle market....
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Convert traditional vehicles to EVs? Ford, GM and others are brainstorming

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Tony Earley, CEO of utility Pacific Gas and Electric in California and a member of Ford Motor Co.'s board, said today that he and his colleagues, along with Ford and General Motors employees, have discussed ways to convert gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles....
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JACLYN TROP

Why Honda is touting its new 'Green Dealer' guide

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Honda is releasing its internal “Green Dealer” guide today to help automakers and other franchised businesses reduce their carbon footprints....
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White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes....
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Tesla stock drops with oil prices, but will it bounce back?

7:12 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Tesla Motors customers are rich enough to keep buying luxury cars whatever the cost of a tank of gasoline. So the oil rout probably won't hammer the stock for long -- the shares plunged 14 percent since Thanksgiving....
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October fuel economy static as gas prices drop toward $2 per gallon

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the United States last month remained unchanged from October and likely will remain unchanged in the near term as gasoline prices drop toward $2 per gallon, according to research posted this week....
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Germany's Merkel backs incentives to reach EV goal

Dec. 2, 2014 12:45 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will need to provide more incentives to meet a goal of having 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020. About 7,600 EVs were sold in Germany last year....
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France will rank cars for pollution, seek diesel phase out

Dec. 1, 2014 10:02 CET
France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for passenger cars and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said....
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Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years....
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Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?

10:28 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor?...
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VW embraces hydrogen with Golf SportWagen HyMotion

5:23 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Volkswagen is next in line to join the hydrogen party at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a concept version of its new Golf SportWagen compact powered by a fuel cell electric drivetrain....
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Toyota sees fuel cell car, priced at $57,500, gaining traction in small steps

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Toyota said it plans to sell close to 200 of its Mirai -- it means “future” in Japanese -- fuel-cell sedans when it goes on sale in California in late 2015, and 3,000 units by the end of 2017 as it expands marketing to cover the Northeast U.S....
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Honda shows new fuel cell concept, delays launch

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Honda unveiled a sleek new concept of its upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle but promptly delayed its launch as part of a global quality review in the wake of a series of embarrassing product problems....
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Lutz's VIA Motors gets EPA certification for van

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
VIA Motors, a fledgling retrofitter whose chairman is veteran auto executive Bob Lutz, says it has received EPA certification for a plug-in hybrid van. The company equips vans and trucks with plug-in hybrid powertrains and sells them to fleet buyers....
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DAVE GUILFORD

For some, a big downside to cheap gas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The volatility of gasoline prices has long bedeviled teams devising business plans for battery electrics, plug-in hybrids and even standard Prius-type hybrids....
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Hyundai, Kia aim to raise fuel economy by 25% by 2020

7:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Hyundai and its affiliate Kia said today they aim to raise the average fuel economy of their vehicles by 25 percent by 2020 to meet emissions regulations in South Korea, the United States and Europe....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Cheaper gas led to increased light-truck and crossover sales? Not necessarily

11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Cheaper gas is being widely credited with October’s gains in the sales of crossovers, SUVs, pickups. And no doubt, lower pump prices are figuring into consumer thinking right now. But sometimes the easiest explanation of the month’s sales trends isn’t always the most satisfying....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Lower gas prices, longer alt-power payback

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
I've enjoyed seeing my gas tank fill-ups cost $10 to $15 less than usual. I'm sure that people selling bigger vehicles do, too. But one group probably isn't cheering: Anyone marketing alternative powertrain vehicles....
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Hyundai, Kia agree to $350M U.S. settlement over inflated mileage claims

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a settlement worth more than $350 million to end the government's two-year investigation into the inflated fuel economy ratings of some 1.2 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles....
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Toyota's mean, green fuel-cell car dons racing stripes

8:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014
Toyota's new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle broke cover at a Japan rally race with speed demon Akio Toyoda behind the wheel to prove that the green car is also a mean one....
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