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Hyundai delivers hydrogen Tucson to first U.S. customer

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Hyundai has started retail leasing of its hydrogen-powered Tucson as the South Korean carmaker and competitors look to expand the market for alternative zero-emission electric vehicles....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Tesla bets its patents on a vision of a battery-powered future

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2014
Tesla Motors says its decision to make hundreds of its electric-vehicle patents openly available to competitors will help accelerate the fight against climate change. How other automakers respond to the offer could determine the future of Tesla and the entire EV market....
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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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Tesla won't select final gigafactory site until late 2014, Musk says

4:50 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Tesla Motors won't decide until year end where to build a battery “gigafactory” even as it readies multiple plant sites, CEO Elon Musk told investors on Tuesday....
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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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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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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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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Why not push CNG/LNG vehicles?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
As a retired automotive engineer who has worked with compressed natural gas/liquefied natural gas products, I notice there is one small detail that gets overlooked: the longevity of any production motor that is configured to run on CNG/LNG....
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Tesla says battery-supply deal for Toyota RAV4 EV to end

9:51 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Tesla said its deal to supply Toyota Motor Corp. with battery packs and motors for a rechargeable crossover will conclude this year....
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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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BorgWarner raises 2014 forecast as Q1 profits rise 12%

10:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
BorgWarner, which makes a variety of fuel efficient components such as dual-clutch transmissions, raised its 2014 earnings forecast after posting a better-than-expected first-quarter profit....
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Texas dealer sells natural gas, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, the nation's largest Chevrolet dealership, has opened its own compressed natural gas fueling station to help sell the brand's new natural-gas-powered vehicles. "If we're going to sell this, we ought to have the fuel that it calls for," says Ken Thompson, the dealership's fleet manager....
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Plug Power, Hyundai steel supplier teaming up to make fuel cells

12:21 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Fuel cell maker Plug Power said today it had agreed to form a joint venture with South Korea's Hyundai Hysco, a steel supplier to Hyundai Motor, to develop and sell hydrogen fuel cells in Asia....
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Next big thing for A123 may be shift to small batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Now that battery-maker A123 Systems has the same corporate parent as Fisker, the supplier's strategy might seem clear: make lithium ion battery packs for electric vehicles. Not so fast. CEO Jason Forcier is eyeing a bigger target....
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Toyota’s North America chief seeks fuel cell sedan supply boost

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Toyota's North American boss Jim Lentz, preparing to sell Camry-sized hydrogen sedans next year, said he’s “bullish” about advances in the company’s fuel cell system and wants more supply of the Japan-built cars in the United States....
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Daimler to acquire Evonik's stake in battery cell venture Li-Tec

April 1, 2014 11:48 CET
Daimler will acquire Evonik Industries' 50.1 percent stake in their Li-Tec joint venture, making it the sole owner of the lithium ion battery cell manufacturer....
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Ballard CEO says fuel cell resurgence no repeat of past bubble

March 31, 2014 11:44 CET
Ballard Power Systems Inc. is poised to report the first profit in its 21-year history as a public company, evidence the fuel cell maker isn't heading for a repeat of the 2000 technology bust....
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Honda, Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in 2015

6:20 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
Honda and Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in the consumer market in 2015, with each producing about 1,000 units a year, the Nikkei newspaper reported....
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Honda, Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in 2015

March 26, 2014 12:20 CET
Honda and Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in the consumer market in 2015, with each producing about 1,000 units a year, a report said....
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Honda aims to standardize fast-fill hydrogen fueling protocol

1:32 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
Honda has developed a hydrogen refueling station on its campus near Los Angeles with the aim of standardizing a hydrogen fueling protocol, the automaker said earlier this week....
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Average U.S. fuel economy up slightly in Feb.

2:39 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of new U.S. light trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in February rose 0.1 mpg from the revised figure for January, to 25.2 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Tesla to invest $2 billion in U.S. gigafactory

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
Tesla said it plans to invest $2 billion in a U.S. car battery plant that will be capable of supplying lithium ion packs for 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020. The factory, which is expected to go online in 2017, is part of Tesla's blueprint for a more affordable electric vehicle and would be the first major, integrated U.S. facility producing battery cells for electric cars....
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