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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: Panasonic ready to start big investment in Tesla Gigafactory
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    To paraphrase Dr. Evil from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, why spend a trillion when you could spend ... billions? That's what Panasonic is saying about its investment in Tesla's gigafactory, though there's a catch. The billions are in Japanese yen. Yes, Panasonic will invest "tens ...

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    Report: BMW ready to bring more i3, i8 plug-ins to US
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    BMW has found a receptive audience for its first batches of plug-in vehicles in the good 'ole USA. The German automaker, which started selling its first mass-produced i plug-ins in Europe late last year, will send a higher percentage of those vehicles to the US because of strong demand here, ...

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    Official: Toyota giving away its first hydrogen car in US
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    California isn't Nevada, but Golden State residents are nonetheless being given a chance to make a small bet on what may be a large prize, courtesy of Toyota. The Japanese automaker will start selling its first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on the West Coast late next year, and before that, Toyota ...

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    Report: Tesla looking ahead to certified used car program for Model S
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    Few people associate Tesla Motors with the classic shady dealings of a used-car lot, but the electric-vehicle maker may be moving in that direction with its Model S. The California-based company very publicly guaranteed buying back its electric sedans from any owners who wanted to get rid of them ...

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    Report: Tesla wants Massachusetts direct sales ruling to mean more
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    The approximately 8,300 square miles of Massachusetts may be a relative speck on the US map, but Tesla Motors is hoping a recent court decision there could have a big impact on potential sales and the legality of Tesla's distribution system throughout the rest of the country. Tesla, writes ...

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    Official: Is the M-BEAM battery module swapping tech an EV game changer?
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    Electric-vehicle battery swapping? A tough sell. Battery module swapping? That may change things. UC San Diego researchers are working on a project where battery modules can be detached and swapped, allowing for EVs to get a full charge without having to spend hours hooked up to charging ...

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    Read This: Will this tiny laser device make self-driving cars a thing?
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    Does size matter? It could when it comes to self-driving vehicles and a small new hockey-puck shaped device that, when affixed to a vehicle, shoots out lasers to collect data-mapping points. That data is then used to guide an autonomous vehicle down the road. The size – both of the device ...

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    Video: VW beams in Star Trek stars to promote e-Golf EV
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    Volkswagen just set its e-mobility commercial phasers on stunning. The German automaker has cast Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame (i.e., actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy) in a new advertisement for its growing stable of electric vehicles. Even though it's in German, we think ...

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    Report: Tesla autopilot could offer 90 percent autonomous driving next year
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    Those Tesla Model S electric vehicles look good, but anyone worried about computers taking over our roads may want to steer clear of them starting next year. That's because 2015 may be when such vehicles will have autonomous-driving capabilities, according to an interview Tesla Chief Elon Musk ...

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    Official: Toyota has now sold over 7 million hybrids
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    You take your victories where you can. In Toyota's case, that means disclosing the cumulative total of hybrid sales since the first Prius was sold in Japan in 1997. And that number is impressive. During its monthly conference call discussing sales, Toyota representatives noted that the automaker ...

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    Study: Surprise, letting solo drivers in HOV lanes causes problems
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    Anyone who gets steamed at a Toyota Prius driver trying to hypermile in front of them now has another reason to dislike hybrid-vehicle drivers. They're not earning their right to drive solo in high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes for free, according to a report from Cornell University's Charles H. ...

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    Read This: Ex-Toyota Bill Reinert still in favor of hybrids, against EVs
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    Former Toyota executive Bill Reinert is so unsold on electric vehicles as a viable advanced-powertrain option for future transportation that he has praised – gasp – Ford, for its downsized internal combustion engines. Reinert was a key player in developing Toyota's original Prius ...

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    Report: Fast charging your EV might not be as bad as predicted
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    Tesla Model S owners rejoice, for any reports of a lithium-ion battery's rapid demise from fast-charging might be highly exaggerated. A study put together by researchers from Stanford, Sandia National Laboratories and MIT and published in Nature Materials refutes previous reports that indicate ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S EVs now come with lane departure, speed assist AI
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    When a car's built on such a technology-heavy platform like the one used by Tesla Motors, there are going to be a lot of bells and whistles. More of those little "noisemakers" are being rolled out, as previewed by a new software update. What's most interesting to anyone paying close attention to ...

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    By The Numbers: September 2014: A tiny-step-in-the-right-direction edition
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    Fans of small victories will appreciate the "progress" that Americans made with their purchases of green-car vehicles last month. Automakers and everyone else, though, will scratch their heads. That's because green-car sales had their fourth straight down month in September, as Americans ...

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    Report: European regulators say incorrect CO2 ratings could be costing drivers $580/year
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    European automakers are apparently a little off in their collective emissions ratings for their vehicles. Way off, actually. To the tune of $580 in refueling costs per driver. The vehicles likely emitted 38 percent more CO2 than what they were rated at, according to Bloomberg News, which cites a ...

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    Report: Tesla now has 200 Superchargers open around the world
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    Oxnard, California. That's where electric-vehicle enthusiasts can find Tesla Motors' 200th Supercharger station. And they should be able to find some pretty good surf nearby, too. Number 200 is located in a shopping mall near Highway 101 about 60 miles northwest of central Los Angeles and ...

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    Report: A BMW i3 will cost you $100,000 in Brazil
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    Brazil is a long way from the US, and the price of the BMW i3 in that South American country is even further away from what Americans pay for the same electric vehicle. But that hasn't stopped a few wealthy Brazilians from taking the plunge. The BMW i3 REx – i.e., the one with the ...

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    Official: This is how GM is hiding new Chevy Volt in public
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    General Motors is letting the public know that, well, it's not about to let the public know anything else about the next-generation Chevrolet Volt. But the automaker is willing to talk about its camouflaging process for upcoming versions of the extended-range plug-in. So it's a half-hearted ...

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    Report: Harry Reid in favor of $10,000 federal EV tax credit
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    Harry Reid says the federal government should commit more funds towards incentives for electric-vehicle purchases. We'll wait for readers' shock to sink in. Now, here are the details. The Senate Majority Leader (D-NV) is backing President Barack Obama's efforts to raise federal incentives for EV ...

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