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Toyota engineer doubts electric cars will spread even with rapid chargers

6:50 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Battery-powered electric vehicles don't have a practical future as a long-range alternative to conventional cars even if technological breakthroughs allow them to be charged quickly, a top Toyota engineer said today....
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BorgWarner CEO welcomes electrification of the powertrain

April 16, 2015 06:15 CET

BorgWarner sees the electrification of the powertrain as a positive for the supplier despite its heavy reliance on sales of parts that EVs don't need, such as turbochargers and glow plugs, James Verrier, the company's CEO, explained to Automotive News Europe....
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Chevy cuts price, adds incentives for Spark EV

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Chevrolet is cutting the sticker price on the Spark EV by $1,650 and adding cash incentives that will allow buyers to get the battery electric minicar for as low as $14,995 after federal and state tax breaks....
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Nissan expects Leaf sales to hit 50,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Nissan CEO Ghosn thinks selling 50,000 Leafs should not be a problem -- even with first-quarter sales down 21 percent. The key to EV growth will be more public charging, he says....
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EVs under pressure as plug-ins rise in Europe

April 10, 2015 06:01 CET

More full-electric vehicles were sold in Europe last year than plug-in hybrids, but plug-ins are poised to overtake EVs soon. The biggest market for EVs was Norway while the Netherlands was the biggest market for plug-ins....
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Toyota readies trial of car-cum-motorbike in green mobility push

7:54 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

Tokyoites will get a chance to zip around town on Toyota's three-wheeled electric car starting Friday, in a trial aimed at crafting a global business model to reduce gridlock and pollution....
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Tesla replaces base Model S with more powerful, longer range 70D

7:00 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Tesla unveiled a new version of the Model S called the 70D with more power, a longer range and an extra $5,000 on the price tag....
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California's 'green' rebates come under attack

6:45 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

California's incentives to purchase EVs are under attack as data shows most of the money goes to consumers who earn twice the national average yet collect cash rebates on Tesla's luxury models....
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Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids

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

Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they’ll need to offer large incentives to meet California’s mandate for zero-emission vehicles. So they are pushing the state to rewrite its formula to offer more credit for plug-in hybids such as the Chevy Volt....
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Renault increases Zoe EV's range by 30km

March 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault has extended the range of its battery powered Zoe subcompact hatchback by 30km to 240km (149 miles) to help boost sales....
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Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A Tesla executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion....
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Tesla sued in UK in fight over charging stations rollout

March 26, 2015 11:06 CET

Tesla was sued in London in a dispute over whether the company interfered with a competitor's plan to rollout electric-car chargers at UK highway rest stops. Renewable energy supplier Ecotricity claims Tesla tried to induce companies to breach agreements for exclusive charging points. Tesla countersued accused Ecotricity acting abusively in its dominant position as a supplier....
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Automakers in race to double range of affordable EVs

1:52 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that technical breakthroughs by big battery suppliers will jump-start demand and pull them abreast of Tesla....
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Automakers race to double the driving range of affordable electric cars

March 25, 2015 12:06 CET

Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that breakthroughs by battery suppliers will increase demand and help them compete better with Tesla....
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Tesla Model X spotted on Calif. roads

4:00 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Tesla has begun testing the Model X crossover on public roads, suggesting the automaker has reached the final testing phase before the electric vehicle's launch this summer. Photographs of the Model X, taken near Tesla's California headquarters, show the basic design has changed little since the first prototype was unveiled in 2012....
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Mule seems to point to new life for Dodge minivan

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Spy photographers have captured images of a next-generation Dodge minivan mule -- likely testing a hybrid powertrain -- driving in the U.S. Southwest. The problem: There isn't supposed to be a next-generation Dodge minivan in the United States....
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BMW CEO sees EV initiatives helping i3 sales in key markets

March 24, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer sees political initiatives in a number of the carmaker's key markets as important in helping to boost sales of the i3 electric car....
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KEITH CRAIN

Is cheap fuel permanent or a blip?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Lots of smart folks in the automobile industry are betting huge amounts of money that alternative-fuel vehicles will capture an important part of the market. But it is going to be difficult to displace gasoline for mainstream vehicles in the U.S....
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Honda Fit EV lease price lowered to $199 per month

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Honda lowered the two-year lease price for its Fit EV electric hatchback to $199 per month, from $259, for current customers....
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Tesla reprograms Model S to plan charging stops, ease range anxiety

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Tesla plans a software upgrade that adds two features -- Range Assurance and Trip Planner -- that automatically plan charging stops and warn a Model S driver if a road trip is likely to leave him stranded....
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Is Richard Branson's Virgin empire gearing up to take on Tesla?

1:54 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Richard Branson has slapped his Virgin brand on trains, planes, spacecraft, and (soon) cruise ships. Are cars next? The Virgin Racing team competed in the all-electric Formula E race this week in Miami, where Branson disclosed the company has teams of people working on EVs....
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A French billionaire's anti-Tesla dream costs 20 cents a minute

7:12 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

The Tesla Model S, a sumptuous, four-door electric sedan with a sticker price of $71,000, has a waiting list that stretches to months. Vincent Bollore can get you behind the wheel of an electric with “far superior” technology this afternoon. For just 20 cents a minute....
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Germany holds off on tax breaks to boost sales of electric company cars

March 16, 2015 21:45 CET

Germany's federal government has shelved a plan to boost electric car sales via corporate tax breaks because it could not secure the consent of state governments whose coffers stood to lose revenue....
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Automakers, greens disagree on the true cost of meeting EU's CO2 regulations

March 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers say the cost to meet tough European CO2 emissions limits that take effect in 2021 is rising rapidly, according to an analyst report, a view not shared by environmentalists....
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Oregon prepares nation's first per-mile road tax

3:33 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Some states, worried that rising numbers of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles will crimp their gas-tax revenues, are looking at alternative ways to fund road upkeep. In July, Oregon will implement the first such alternative....
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