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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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MARK RECHTIN

To TDI or not TDI?

10:26 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2014
For the better part of a decade, automotive journalists have been chastising the American public for not making the smart decision and embracing diesel power. But shoppers can’t seem to get the image of those clattering, unreliable diesels from the 1970s out of their heads....
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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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RICHARD TRUETT

Why the Mustang II should get its due

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
One member of the Mustang family won't have a very high-profile role at this week's 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due....
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Detroit 3: High octane has pluses

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automakers could increase fuel economy as much as 5 percent if the United States used the same blend of high-octane gasoline that is sold in Europe, Detroit 3 powertrain chiefs say. Automakers could fine-tune engines to boost fuel economy and reduce engine sizes on future engines without sacrificing power....
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Toyota unveils new generation of fuel-efficient engines

April 10, 2014 11:56 CET
Toyota has unveiled two fresh fuel-efficient powerplants that will underpin 14 new gasoline engine variants to be introduced globally through next year....
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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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Average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles rises to 25.4 mpg

2:24 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since the researchers began collecting data in October 2007....
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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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RICHARD TRUETT

GM's new head of powertrain 'loves' diesels

4:23 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
"I love diesels.” There's one clue to how General Motors' new head of global powertrain, Steve Kiefer, might steer future engine development....
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GM preps more fuel-efficient engine family for small cars

March 19, 2014 15:19 CET
GM is creating a suite of 11 new small powerplants that the automaker says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models....
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GM preps more fuel efficient engine family for small cars

9:19 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
General Motors is creating a family of more fuel efficient small engines that it says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models. The suite of engines will consist of 11 powerplants ranging from a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder to a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four, the company said today....
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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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