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To EV or not to EV: The China question

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

As automakers race to comply with China's increasingly stringent emissions rules, they are conflicted about the best electric-vehicle strategy and about whether the Beijing government is sufficiently supporting its avowed desire to see more EV sales....
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Toyota makes noise with Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

10:18 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

For all its silence, Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle actually can be pretty noisy. Ironically, that is because the car is propelled by a whispering electric motor that allows the driver to pick up sounds that might otherwise be droned out. And the distinct whirring and intermittent clicking are unique to its hydrogen drivetrain....
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EVs need more fed support, study finds

11:32 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

A study commissioned by Congress says the federal government must to do more to support the market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles....
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BLOG: Toyota's message to critics who, um, pooh-pooh fuel cells

3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Toyota launched a new campaign today showing how cow pies are a viable source of renewable energy....
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Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla....
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Ford eyes 'high volume' use of carbon fiber

9:24 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Ford today said it has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight material. The agreement with DowAksa, a joint venture of Dow and a Turkish company, builds on an arrangement that Ford announced in January as it unveiled the GT supercar....
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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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2016 Cadillac ELR to get $10,000 price cut, more power

11:24 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

Cadillac said it will slash $10,000 from the price of the light-selling ELR plug-in hybrid for the 2016 model year. The sticker price will drop to $65,995, including shipping, from $75,995, after 18 months of miniscule sales of the sleek coupe. Most buyers would qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit....
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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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Hanergy's solar-car plan draws skepticism

7:16 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Plans by Hanergy Thin Film Power Group to build a car powered only by solar panels remain a mystery two months after being publicized, and analysts are skeptical the company can meet a goal to roll out prototypes this year....
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GM to suspend Volt output in May ahead of changeover

12:37 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

GM will halt output of the 2015 Chevrolet Volt late next month, amid high stockpiles and weak sales, to prepare a Michigan plant to build a redesigned version of the plug-in hybrid. The automaker will begin production of the 2016 Volt late this summer....
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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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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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BASF sues Umicore in U.S. for patent infringements

6:59 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

German chemicals firm BASF said today it has sued Belgian specialty materials group Umicore in the United States for infringing two patents related to components for lithium-ion batteries....
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Tesla’s Model X hits the streets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla’s Model X crossover, which goes on sale this summer, was spotted testing near the company’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters....
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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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Toyota adding hybrid to 2016 RAV4 lineup

12:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota is adding a hybrid model at a time of low gas prices and slumping sales of alternative-powertrain vehicles. An all-new RAV4 hybrid will be introduced next week at the New York auto show....
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Chevy revives Malibu hybrid with 2016 redesign

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu sedan that will exceed 45 mpg in combined highway and city driving, marking GM's first full-hybrid passenger car after finding little success in recent years with light electrification....
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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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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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BMW brainstorms its next i model

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

BMW is weighing what type of model will join its "i" family of low-emission vehicles, said a top executive who added that the model will arrive after 2020....
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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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Tesla plans software update for Model S to address range anxiety

6:59 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

Tesla will unveil a software update for the Model S on Thursday that is designed to quell fears that drivers will run out of power, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday....
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Volkswagen plans on hybrids while it waits for longer-range batteries

1:07 pm U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

The Volkswagen Group plans to offer plug-in hybrid powertrains on most of its models before longer-range batteries become a reality. Audi will offer plug-in hybrid versions of the Q7 SUV, A7 and A8 sedans while the VW brand will launch a plug-in Touareg SUV and Phaeton flagship sedan in global markets, VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said at the automaker's annual media conference today....
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