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Danny King is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who’s been covering industries such as automotive, travel, entertainment, hospitality, real estate and electronic commerce since 2000. His experience includes staff and freelance work for Bloomberg News, Daily Variety, AOL’s AutoblogGreen, Travel Weekly and the Los Angeles Business Journal.

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    Report: China decrees 30 percent of new government vehicles will plug in
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    Maybe Warren Buffett's bet on Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD will pay off after all. That's because the Chinese government just made a commitment to buy lots of advanced-powertrain vehicles through its government-vehicle system in an effort to address the notorious pollution problem in ...

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    Two Wheels: When trouble hits, Portland will turn to bikes for disaster relief
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    Forget FEMA. Portland, Oregon's relief – if and when the Big One hits – might just come in the form of an army of bike riders. Most likely fueled by caffeine rations. The city recently conducted its Disaster Relieve Trials program, which involved rounding up a group of about 40 ...

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    Report: Japan offering $20,000 incentives for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
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    That tailwind Toyota may be feeling in Japan won't be from a stiff breeze off the northern Pacific Ocean. The Japanese automaker is getting ready to start selling its first production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in its native country next year. And the government is ponying up real big in ...

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    Report: Daimler: 2017 the right time to launch our hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle
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    Zero-emissions vehicle development has never focused purely on off-the-line acceleration. So when a research executive with Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler says it's Okay that companies like Toyota and Hyundai will have a head start selling hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, it's somewhat believable. But ...

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    Read This: Beating Tesla's coast-to-coast time in a Model S
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    A Tesla Model S. A race across the country. An average driving speed of 63 miles per hour. Now which part of that doesn't jibe? A pair of drivers from Edmunds.com has set out to beat Tesla Motors' own cross-country time record by taking a Model S from Los Angeles (technically, Redondo Beach) to ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive gets official US launch
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    It's finally time to plug in the first production Mercedes-Benz-branded electric vehicle in the US. The Daimler division, which also sells a few of its battery-electric Smart ForTwo vehicles here in the states, has officially launched sales of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED. Even better, the US ...

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    Official: SAE announces J2601 hydrogen fueling standard
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    Standardizing refueling systems isn't a quick process, and a new set of fueling standards for hydrogen stations were about 13 years in the making. But SAE International (SAE stands for Society of Automotive Engineers) said this week that it finally settled on a hydrogen refueling standard for ...

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    Study: One in seven trucks will be alt-fuel by 2035
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    More natural gas. Less diesel. That's a quick synopsis of a study by Navigant Research on future fueling trends for trucks. Powertrains that are either plug-in or run on natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas (i.e. propane or autogas) represent a small minority of global medium- and heavy-duty ...

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    Official: US diesel vehicle sales are up 25% this year
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    Going against popular perception, diesel vehicles are showing some pretty good pickup. The context, of course, is US sales of oil-burners. And those sales are on the rise as more Americans look to cut refueling costs via more fuel-efficient vehicles. US clean-diesel sales through June have ...

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    Official: Volvo details specs for XC90 Plug-in Hybrid SUV
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    All Volvo wants you to know about the XC90 Plug-in Hybrid SUV set to debut later this year is that it's powerful and clean. "Guilt-free luxury SUV ownership" is how the Swedish automaker puts it. We're up for that. The XC90 pairs a four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine (the new ...

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    Report: Kia still said to be considering diesels in US
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    Is Kia making diesel rumors a biennial thing? The South Korean automaker once again may take a closer look at making an oil-burner available for US consumption, JustAuto says. All in the name of fuel economy, of course. Kia Motors America vice president Orth Hedrick tells JustAuto that the ...

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    Official: BMW and Samsung enter expanded battery agreement [w/video]
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    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. In this case, the goose is BMW and the gander is Samsung. And their five-year plan has worked out well. The German automaker this week expanded its current agreement with the South Korean battery-making giant. BMW and Samsung SDI reached a ...

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    Video: Audi celebrates 25 years of TDI
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    Nope, the diesel engine never really did go out of style for Audi. Now, the German automaker has released a video reminding the world of its persistence with the oil-burners and is commemorating the Silver Anniversary of Audi's first commitment to turbodiesels in 1989. And, yes, there are some ...

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    Official: Eight Mercedes Fuso Canter E-Cell trucks now in service
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    Portugal is far better known for its scenery and seascapes (not to mention some of its alcoholic beverages) than its place as a vehicle-testing center. But the European country is serving just that purpose for Daimler's Mercedes-Benz division and a new line of trucks. And they are of the ...

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    Official: Nissan tests 'self-cleaning' paint on Leaf models in Europe
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    Once upon a time, self-cleaning ovens were all the rage. Now, Nissan thinks the concept may apply to its vehicles. And the Japanese vehicle maker is testing it out on some of its Leaf battery-electric vehicles Europe, no less. Nissan says its trying out what's called a "superhydrophobic and ...

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    Official: No steering wheels, pedals or horns in cars by 2035, survey says
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    At what point does a car cease to be a car and start becoming a people-mover? One survey hints that we're less than two decades away from that eventuality. Whether auto enthusiasts think that's a good thing is another matter altogether. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or ...

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    Official: Daimler, BMW partnering up on wireless charging
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    Plug-in vehicle advocates can get all warm and fuzzy about two Germany heavyweight automakers getting together for the sake of wireless charging. That's because Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and BMW will work together to speed up development of a wireless charging system. While not a ton of ...

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    Official: EPA ready to go virtual with ANSYS to create cleaner engines
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    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is turning to a company whose home base is as old-school Rust Belt as one can get, but the company's specialty's undeniably new-school technology. The EPA has struck a deal with Pittsburgh-based ANSYS to model simulations of internal combustion engines. ...

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    Report: Cadillac ELR getting massive discounts, some up to $14,000
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    Well, that didn't go as planned. General Motors had marketed the Cadillac ELR extended-range plug-in as a premium version of the Chevrolet Volt with some Caddy refinements. Now, it looks like that premium, at least from a price standpoint, is shrinking. Shoppers in a number of states are ...

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    Official: China Tesla driver goes crowd-funding route to get chargers installed
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    Tesla Motors has at least one Chinese businessman in its corner. Andrew Zong, CEO of heat-pump maker PHNIX, recently engaged in a bit of crowd-funding to establish a charging network for new owners of the Model S battery-electric sedan throughout at least part of the world's most populous nation. ...

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