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Audi plans plug-in hybrid offensive

June 27, 2014 10:46 CET
Audi plans to launch at least four plug-in hybrid cars as it bets on the technology to counter rival BMW's electric car offensive. The first of these, the A3 Sportback E-tron, will be rolled out this month....
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Ford bumps Toyota as world's greenest brand, survey shows

1:37 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Ford displaced Toyota as the world's greenest brand in a new ranking of consumer perceptions of companies' environmental behavior....
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Toyota fuel cell car to cost $69,000 in Japan, debut in U.S., Europe in 2015

5:25 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Toyota's highly-anticipated hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will debut in the Japan market by next April priced around 7 million yen ($69,348) and go on sale in the United States and Europe by the summer of 2015....
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Toyota will sell FCV fuel cell car in Europe starting next year

June 25, 2014 11:25 CET
Toyota said it will begin European sales of its FCV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by next summer. The automaker is joining Honda and Hyundai in introducing retail-ready fuel cell vehicles....
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Volt owners want more room, longer range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
Chevrolet Volt customers are telling General Motors they want three things in the next version of the range-extended electric car: a fifth seat, a longer electric driving range and a lower price....
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Audi draws up plans for range of electric cars, report says

12:23 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
Audi has drawn up blueprints for a range of high-performance electric cars to help it take on its German rivals and Tesla Motors if the market picks up, sources at the carmaker told Reuters....
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SAIC chairman pledges to boost brand in China, invest in Silicon Valley

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
SAIC, the Chinese manufacturing partner of GM and VW, plans to to increase spending to build up its own car brands while it contemplates investing in a venture capital unit in Silicon Valley....
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N.J. Assembly OKs bill to allow Tesla direct sales

8:07 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2014
The New Jersey Assembly approved a bill to allow consumers to buy electric cars directly from a manufacturer. The bill now heads to the state Senate. Separately, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed previously approved legislation that would allow Tesla to continue selling at its five company-owned stores in that state....
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BMW i8 hits the green spot

June 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW believes its i8 plug-in hybrid perfectly addresses the growing demand for powerful sports cars that are also environmentally friendly. "...
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Musk says Tesla's patents are open to all automakers

1:13 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Tesla Motors will relinquish its legal right to defend its electric vehicle patents “against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology," CEO Elon Musk said today....
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Hyundai delivers hydrogen Tucson to first U.S. customer

7:24 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Hyundai has started retail leasing of its hydrogen-powered Tucson crossover as the South Korean carmaker and competitors look to expand the market for alternative zero-emission electric vehicles....
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Automakers oppose Pennsylvania’s bill allowing Tesla stores

4:26 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Automakers are fighting Pennsylvania legislation that would allow electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors to operate an unlimited number of factory-owned stores in that state....
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GABE NELSON

How electric vehicles could get cleaner without doing a thing

3:45 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
If the EPA’s proposed emissions rules withstand legal challenges, electric utilities will need to accelerate a switch from coal to natural gas, nuclear power and renewable energy sources. As a result, the average EV on roads in the United States will get significantly cleaner -- without any extra effort by the auto industry....
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Nissan e-NV200 van debuts in Japan, but is it a good fit for N.A?

10:29 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Nissan has launched its second electric vehicle, but a North American debut of the e-NV200 compact commercial van is under review because of vehicle range and charging network concerns....
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KEITH CRAIN

States meddle in car sales again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
It wasn't long ago that California adopted a zero-emission vehicle policy that cost a lot of money and didn't do a thing. Now states are demanding that 15 percent of vehicle sales within their borders be ZEVs by 2025. You can't push technology faster than consumers are willing to adopt....
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BMW launches i8 plug-in hybrid as Tesla shakes up green supercar segment

June 7, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has begun rolling out the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar as Tesla shakes up the market for luxury cars with alternative powertrains....
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New Mustang expected to gain 200-300 pounds, modifier says

4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Ford has pledged to reduce the weight of its vehicles with each redesign. The next Mustang may fall short of that goal. Steeda Autosports, a Florida-based Mustang modifier with access to Ford technical information, says the 2015 model will be as much as 300 pounds heavier than the outgoing car when it reaches dealerships this fall....
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States vow to juice ZEV demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Eight states, in a coalition including California and New York, have signaled that they're willing to meet automakers part way in an effort to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on their roads by 2025. The eight states represent about one-quarter of total U.S. vehicle sales and have adopted rules requiring that about 15 percent of new vehicles sold by 2025 be ZEVs....
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Google's vision upends notions of car and driver

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Everything about the new test program that Google co-founder Sergey Brin revealed last week points toward a personal transportation system that directly challenges the driver-centered, ownership-based business model the auto industry has relied on for a century....
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French company wants to launch U.S. urban EV ride-share system

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2014
Bollore Group, a French electronics manufacturer with nearly $15 billion in sales last year, is entering the United States with a disruptive business plan: It wants to win consumers without selling them any cars....
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Honda Accord Hybrid misses 47 mpg label, Consumer Reports finds

7:25 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Honda's gasoline-electric Accord is the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan in the United States yet doesn't get its window sticker average, Consumer Reports found, making it the latest hybrid to fall short in the magazine's road tests....
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8 states push to get 3.3 million ZEVs on road by 2025

8:06 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Eight states, including California and New York, announced today major incentives to place a cumulative 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025....
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GM says stop-start will come standard on Impala's base engine

4:45 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
General Motors is making stop-start technology standard on the 2015 Chevrolet Impala's base 2.5-liter engine, boosting the sedan's fuel economy by 5 percent....
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Toyota's new chip boosts hybrid fuel efficiency by up to 10%

May 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota has developed a new semiconductor it says can boost fuel efficiency in hybrid cars such as the Prius by up to 10 percent....
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Toyota developing chips to boost hybrid efficiency up to 10%

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
Toyota, aiming to extend its lead in hybrid technology, has developed a new semiconductor it says can boost fuel efficiency in hybrid cars such as the Prius by up to 10 percent....
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