Green cars

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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Toyota moving away from EVs in favor of hydrogen fuel cells

2:47 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
Toyota is walking away from building longer-range battery-electric vehicles in favor of its effort in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, its top North American executive said....
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French billionaire to invest $35M in U.S. electric-car sharing service

7:39 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
French billionaire Vincent Bollore is setting up the largest U.S. car-sharing program for electric vehicles to promote advanced batteries and services offered by the conglomerate he leads....
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Regulator request delays Outlander plug-in launch

3:41 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Mitsubishi says a new kink is delaying the launch of its Outlander plug-in hybrid in the United States until late 2015 or early 2016, even as it aims to more than double sales elsewhere this year....
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Musk sees need for many 'gigafactories' for battery demand

1:43 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the need for lower-cost batteries for autos and power storage means there will need to be hundreds of “gigafactories” like the one the carmaker is planning to build....
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GM brings Spark EV batteries in-house to Mich. plant

3:30 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2014
General Motors is moving production of the battery pack for its all-electric model of the Chevrolet Spark minicar in-house at the company’s battery assembly plant in suburban Detroit....
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Next Nissan EVs: Mainstream look, better battery

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
For the next-generation Leaf electric vehicle, Nissan Motor Corp. plans more mainstream styling and a new battery that greatly increases the car's range. And Infiniti's delayed electric car will debut with the improved battery by early 2017....
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Kia Soul EV's top market will be U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2014
Kia Motors aims to sell 5,000 electric units of its boxy Soul subcompact a year worldwide. Kia expects the United States to be the Soul EV's biggest market. The Soul EV, which went on sale April 14 in South Korea, will hit U.S. showrooms in the second half of the year....
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BMW joint venture to triple carbon fiber plant capacity

May 9, 2014 20:41 CET
BMW Group's joint venture with SGL Group will spend $200 million to triple the capacity of its carbon fiber products plant in Washington state. The partners said the factory will become the world's largest producer of carbon fiber....
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BMW joint venture to triple carbon fiber plant capacity

2:41 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
BMW Group's joint venture with SGL Group will spend $200 million to triple the capacity of its carbon fiber products plant in Washington. The partners said the factory will become the world's largest producer of carbon fiber, with an annual output of 9,000 tons by 2015 when the expansion is completed....
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Sales of green cars down, but great strides in fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Some green-vehicle technologies that looked like sure bets for the second half of this decade are lagging. And some technologies that seemed like long shots seven model years ago have become viable....
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Ewanick's Calif. startup wins $27.6M grant for hydrogen filling stations

5:28 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
A California startup headed by former Hyundai and GM marketing executive Joel Ewanick plans to install 19 hydrogen fuel filling stations for fuel cell vehicles starting next year in California....
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Ford cars struggle in April, but pickups, crossovers minimize the damage

3:58 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
April was a difficult month for Ford. Every one of its car nameplates slumped vs. a year ago.
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Dealers say Italy's EV incentives are flawed

April 30, 2014 11:44 CET
Italian dealers association Federauto says the country's plan to offer a government subsidy of up to 5,000 euros to buyers of electric vehicles is a waste of money because the scheme is flawed....
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Tesla plans at least 2 battery sites in U.S., Musk says

3:49 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Tesla Motors is close to naming sites in at least two U.S. states for a planned battery "gigafactory" and will break ground at each to ensure one is ready to supply lithium ion packs within three years....
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Tesla seeks workers for ex-Chrysler property in Calif.

7:22 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc. has leased an idled parts-distribution center in rural California where it plans to hire engineers and technicians as the maker of luxury electric cars expands operations....
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Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

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