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Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours....
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WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid....
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China to punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel economy targets

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China, taking another step to clean the nation's polluted skies, plans to punish automakers by restricting vehicle output and publicly naming violators if they fail to meet fuel economy rules on light vehicles set for 2015....
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Fracking spurs debate, energy boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing is not new. Drilling companies have fractured shale for decades to release and extract trapped hydrocarbons nearby. What has changed, however, is the scale of the energy available due to advances in horizontal drilling....
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Daimler, Linde to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany

Oct. 8, 2014 14:01 CET
Daimler and industrial gases maker Linde will build 20 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany over the next few years to boost support networks for fuel cell cars. Daimler aims to bring competitively priced fuel cell vehicles to market by 2017....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota hoping for Prius-like success with European launch of fuel cell car

Oct. 3, 2014 15:11 CET
Toyota plans a controlled rollout of its fuel cell car in Europe next summer as the automaker aims to replicate the first-mover success of its Prius hybrid and stir interest in the new technology....
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SEPTEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

GM, Nissan, Chrysler gains propel market to 9% increase

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales -- paced by truck-fueled gains at GM, Chrysler Group and Nissan Group -- rose 9 percent in a September marked by sharp brand advances and a few steep declines. The industry-wide results were just below forecasts and cooler than the scorching rate of sales set in August. Still, they reflect a market coasting toward its fifth straight year of recovery following the 2007-09 recession. The SAAR has topped 16 million for 6 straight months....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math

11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA's mileage tests....
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GM recalling natural gas-powered vans due to possible leak

10:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
General Motors will recall about 3,200 vans powered by natural gas because of the possibility of a gas leak that increases the risk of a fire, the automaker said today....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren't debating it....
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Steelmaker says it can put pickups on a diet

6:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit tougher fuel economy targets that come into effect in 2025: You don't have to make trucks out of aluminum to do it....
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Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno....
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California generates 40% of U.S. plug-in car sales, report says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
California drivers are fueling the sale of rechargeable cars in the United States with more than 100,000 sold in the state in the last four years, representing about 40 percent of the domestic plug-in market....
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VW says fuel cell cars will struggle beyond Japan

Sept. 8, 2014 10:52 CET
Volkswagen says fuel cell cars will probably struggle to catch on outside Japan where the government has invested in measures including a fuel-station network and generous subsidies that are too high for other countries to match....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Gigafactory: Tesla's key to meeting cost, range targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
The ceremony last week announcing Tesla's decision to build its lithium ion battery "gigafactory" in Nevada was filled with phrases such as "as many as" and "as much as."...
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2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon rated at 21 mpg, GM says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
General Motors' new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will have a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg, better than its midsize rivals but barely edging some bigger trucks....
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California lawmakers adjourn without passing Tesla aid

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
California lawmakers adjourned for the year without coming up with incentives to entice Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant in the state....
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Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Is Ford rolling the dice with changes to 2015 Mustang?

2:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
The new Mustang is bigger, heavier, thirstier and more expensive than the outgoing '14 model. It's a recipe for killing a sports car....
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EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

Aug. 20, 2014 13:30 CET
EU regulators are pushing for legislation that will require vehicles to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories in a bid to close loopholes that allow carmakers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials....
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2015 Corvette will get 29 mpg highway, GM says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
An 8-speed automatic transmission debuting in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette boosts fuel economy by 3.5 percent over the six-speed it replaces and gives the General Motors long-running sports car an EPA highway rating of 29 mpg, its highest rating ever....
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A123 hires former JCI executive as chief technology officer

7:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
A123 Systems hired former Johnson Controls executive Patrick Hurley as its new chief technology officer....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Ford to install major solar array, EV chargers at headquarters

10:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford is tapping DTE Energy to build a solar array at the automaker's world headquarters near Detroit. The solar array will also serve as a parking cover to 360 spaces, equipped with 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles....
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DUSTIN WALSH

How suppliers can gain from fuel efficiency push

11:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In the era of regulation, fuel efficiency is king. Automakers, more than ever, are relying on suppliers to innovate fuel saving technology -- even incrementally....
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