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Danny King

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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: New Fisker owner Wanxiang is a $23-billion-a-year auto parts company
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    If you thought early Fisker Karma buyers like celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Cee Lo Green had deep pockets, get a load of the company's new owners. China's Wanxiang Group, which earlier this year acquired the extended-range plug-in vehicle maker in a bankruptcy auction, generates more than $23 ...

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    Official: Chevy Cruze CNG available from Crazy Diamond Performance
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    Anyone out there who can somehow find a second way to link Pink Floyd to natural gas vehicles gets a prize. Because so far, we have one Michigan-based company called Crazy Diamond Performance (Shine On You Crazy Diamond being a longtime Floyd fave) that's setting out to convert Chevrolet Cruze ...

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    Report: Japan considering offering free hydrogen cars because $30k incentives apparently not enough
    And Free Fuel, Too, Why Not? 1407348000

    There's no such thing as a free lunch. A free hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, though? It may become a possibility in Japan, says Automotive News. We know the Japanese government is being plenty supportive of hydrogen vehicles since it will provide about $20,000 worth of incentives to prospective ...

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    Official: Linde spending $4.3 million on two new hydrogen stations in California
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    If California is going to sink millions upon millions to expand its hydrogen-refueling infrastructure, shouldn't at least some of that infrastructure be operated by a company that actually produces hydrogen fuel? Why, yes, and that's the case with Linde North America. The company has announced it ...

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    By The Numbers: July 2014: Summertime blues edition
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    Heaven help the analyst trying to get a handle on year-over-year green-car sales numbers, because there is little rhyme or reason to them. Just when one would think the usual summertime bump in gas prices may spur more Americans to buy hybrids, plug-ins or diesels, the industry turns in another ...

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    Official: California readies big 'red carpet' for hydrogen cars, H2 stations
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    The Golden State is sinking some serious green into its hydrogen-refueling infrastructure. But California says it's rolling out the red carpet for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Maybe we'll get our colors straight eventually. With a goal to have 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles on California ...

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    Official: Sales start for $146,000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug In Hybrid
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    Mercedes-Benz's first production plug-in hybrid is chock full of astounding numbers, including the price tag. The base price is 108,944.50 euros, or about $146,000 US. If that didn't make your eyes glaze over, the Daimler division is ready to take your down payments now that the Mercedes-Benz ...

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    Official: 84-MPG Elio Motors trike preorders get limited-time 50 percent bonus
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    For prospective buyers of Elio Motors' super-fuel-efficient vehicle set to debut next year, one day may cost you $250. For a car that costs $6,800, that's a decent chunk. You've been warned. For a limited time, Elio Motors will match half of a customers' non-refundable reservation fee for its ...

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    Read This: Figuring out exactly how much it costs to charge Tesla Model S
    Home Tests Show Anywhere Between 82 and 90 Percent Efficiency 1406980860

    Is the Tesla Model S an electricity guzzler? One driver trying to answer that question says it does gobble down more juice than previously thought, but it's not time to make Hummer jokes just yet. First, the goal: Tesla's claims that properly set up home-charging stations can get about a ...

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    Video: Japan's Prime Minister likes Toyota FCV's pickup, zero emissions
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    Japan's prime minister has a lead foot, apparently. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently had a photo op with Toyota's first production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, even getting behind the wheel for a spin (no chauffeur for him, so much respect on our part). His primary impression was that the car ...

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    Official: 2015 Toyota Prius Persona special edition arrives in September
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    Is the Prius going into "Pimp My Ride" territory? A new official special edition model won't be lowered or have three-wheel motion or anything like that (though that'd be cool), but the world's best-selling hybrid is putting on a few stylish bells and whistles this September. Toyota has ...

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    Official: 8 automakers, 15 utilities collaborate on open smart-charging for EVs
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    We're going to lead with General Motors here. GM is one of eight automakers working with 15 utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) at developing a "smart" plug-in vehicle charging system. Why did we start with GM? Because it's the first automaker whose press release we read ...

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    Report: Tesla selling like gangbusters in China
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    "Will it play in Peoria?" asks the age-old question about how Broadway shows would be received in Middle America. Well, apparently Tesla Motors plays well in Beijing. It's part of Tesla chief Elon Musk's grand plan, of course. The California-based maker of the battery-electric Model S has ...

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    Official: MyCarma surpasses crowdfunding goal of $25,000
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    MyCarma, you had us at the "electric fist bump." The smartphone app maker's myEV "electric-vehicle logger" app recently set out on a crowd-funding campaign to raise $25,000 on Indiegogo. And the outfit beat the deal by about $3,400, getting cash from 205 backers in the process. myEV is now set ...

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    Official: Chevy Volt 'acceptable,' Nissan Leaf 'poor' in new IIHS safety tests
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    Ford C-Max Hybrid also scored "acceptable" rating. With US Nissan Leaf sales up almost 30 percent during the first half of the year, the only thing that might be able to stop the battery-electric vehicle is a good, stiff barrier. Unfortunately, thing's aren't always pretty when that happens ...

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    Report: Toyota Mirai might be the name of new fuel cell car; it means 'future'
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    Anybody remember the Ford Futura? It wasn't exactly a world-beater of a car, so we don't think the name Toyota's has apparently chosen for its first production fuel-cell vehicle is a tribute of sorts. Though one never knows. Maybe Toyota just likes 18-inch-tall EVs. The Japanese automaker has ...

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    Report: How platform problems are delaying next-gen Prius
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    Short-term pain for longer-term gain? That may be the prognosis for the next-generation Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid. But, hey, the new version might get holiday season debut, now. Toyota is upgrading some of its most popular models and trying to cut long-term costs with ...

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    Official: RFA tells DOE to get with the E85 program already
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    As is its job, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) continues to bang the drum of what it says is a stacked deck against alternative fuels like ethanol. Earlier this month it took on Big Oil. Now, it's the US Department of Energy (DOE). Go big or go home, huh? The RFA is accusing the DOE of ...

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    Report: More speculation about Tesla Gigafactory announcement
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    Should we all be laying our chips down on Nevada for Tesla's proposed Gigafactory? At least a few news sources are saying yes, though another says there's a remote chance of a San Francisco Bay Area site getting the nod. Real remote. The frontrunner appears to be the Tahoe-Reno Industrial ...

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    Official: Tommykaira ZZ ready for a customizable EV closeup
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    Tesla Roadster? What Tesla Roadster? Japanese automaker GLM and Japan racing-car maker Tommykaira are putting the finishing touches on one very cool electric roadster. No word on when it will reach the US but it looks worth waiting for. The Tommykaira ZZ is said to be able to go from 0 to 62 ...

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