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    Report: Nissan, Mahindra may bond over EVs
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    Like Lloyd in Dumb & Dumber rejoicing that he's got a "one out of a million" chance with Mary Swanson, electric-vehicle advocates in India can do the same. That's because both local automaker Mahindra and Japan-based Nissan say they would consider working together to promote EVs in that ...

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    Report: Sri Lanka wants 100,000 EVs by 2016
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    An automaker in an island nation about the physical size of West Virginia has some big thoughts about electric-vehicle adoption. Anuruddha Lihinikaduwa, CEO of E-Lanka Automotive, says Sri Lanka - just 25,000 square miles big with a population of about 20 million people - will have 100,000 ...

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    Report: South Korea island of Jeju becoming an EV-incentive heaven
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    When it comes to providing some island EV love, we can point to Hawaii, which has been pushing hard for greater electric-vehicle adoption through subsidies and a broader charging network. Now, South Korea has Jeju. We're not sure if the surf is as good. Like Hawaii, Jeju is focusing on a ...

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    Official: Toyota takes i-Road tests to the streets of Tokyo
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    OK, here's where we think those road tests will start to get a little scary. Those super-narrow all-electric three-wheeled Toyota i-Road vehicles may have looked great sashaying through the towns of the French Riviera. But now? They're being tested in Tokyo. Hoo boy. The Japanese automaker says ...

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    Report: Hyundai admits 'error' in KDM Sonata fuel economy announcement
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    Stop us if you've heard this one before: Hyundai is going to have to reduce the officially announced miles-per-gallon number for its 2014 Sonata. While there's a lot of similarity between this new situation and events that transpired in 2012, there are some important differences. For one, the new ...

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    Official: Kia Soul EV starts production next month amidst modest sales projections
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    The hamsters in those Kia Soul commercials? Looks like they'll be riding real quiet and quite clean a little sooner than we thought. Kia is now saying it will start production of the 2015 Soul EV next month, and sales will start later this year in the company's home country of South Korea. ...

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    Official: Carlos Ghosn brings Nissan Leaf EV to happy nation of Bhutan
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    The Nissan Leaf has been declared the cleanest car in the US, and it's going to have a good case to claim the same title in Bhutan. Yes, Bhutan, the country famous for measuring Gross National Happiness is about to get serious about the EV Grin. Last December, we learned that Bhutan's capital ...

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    Report: Hyundai, Kia expanding plug-in vehicle line-up in Korea
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    Hyundai is shedding a bit of light on its electric vehicle plans. About time, too, since the company has spend a long period being quite vague about plugging in while touting its hydrogen plans. The Hyundai and Kia brands will both release their first plug-in hybrid vehicles next year in Korea; ...

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    Report: Sri Lanka wants to import more EVs
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    Sri Lanka is taking steps toward importing more electric vehicles into the country. The island's network of charging stations will be expanded to encourage imports, and even better, the current heavy import fee will be lightened. At a media briefing last week in Colombo, Sampath Marenchige, ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius gets higher clearance, better suspension in Pakistan
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    It's been 16 years since the Toyota Prius launched in Japan. Finally, the world's most popular hybrid is becoming the first hybrid car to show up in Pakistan. This version of the Prius has been customized by Indus Motor Company (IMC) in order to deal with, well, let's just say some challenging ...

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    Report: Even Bhutan working on a Nissan Leaf taxi fleet
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    The nation of Bhutan wants its capital city Thimphu to become an electric vehicle hotspot. "We are confident that electric vehicles can take off here," said Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of the Himalayan kingdom bordered by China and India. The first challenge is getting the EVs shipped there, ...

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    Motorsports: Formula E gets ready in Malaysia; Celtics owner invests in EV race series
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    "There are no points for second place" may be a long-repeated mantra among anyone involved in competitive racing (or Top Gun fanatics, for that matter), but the folks of Putrajaya, Malaysia, seem to be OK with that position. City leaders recently feted an official agreement for Putrajaya to host ...

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    Report: Samsung files EV-related patents, could herald big bet on electric vehicles
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    Samsung isn't talking, but a number of the South Korean electronics giant's recent patents are speaking volumes. The company has filed a number of patents for technology that could be used in electric vehicles, making many wonder if the company, which already makes batteries for plug-in vehicles, ...

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    Report: South Korean engineers find graphene electrodes can recharge in 16 seconds
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    Yes, one day, you too may be able to fully recharge your plug-in vehicle's battery in the amount of time it takes to decelerate down one of those runaway truck ramps. Assuming your brakes actually work, of course. Engineers at South Korea's Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology are ...

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    Official: Eva electric taxi concept geared for tropical cities, cools your head
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    What's the secret to long-range urban electric driving in the tropics? Individualized overhead air-conditioning units, apparently. Tum Create, a collaboration between two engineering schools, Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in ...

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    Report: Taiwanese taxi group orders 1,500 e6 EVs from BYD
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    Taiwan may be small in the grand scheme of things - the island off of China's southeastern coast is slightly larger than Maryland - but it's a big deal for BYD and sales of that automaker's e6 electric vehicle. BYD Taiwan, a partnership between BYD Hong Kong and Taiwan Solar Energy Co., has ...

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    Report: Tesla turning to Samsung SDI for batteries, Panasonic pumps up the volume
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    Tesla Motors has, over its short life, sourced its batteries pretty much exclusively from Panasonic. Now that sales of the Model S are blowing up – expected to be in excess of 21,000 units this year, with production ability increasing to potentially double that – and the company's ...

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    Report: Nissan ready to start testing Leaf EV in Thailand
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    Nissan figures there's a market for the Nissan Leaf in Thailand. Or, at the very least, a chance to test the world's most popular passenger electric car in Bangkok. The global automaker has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority in Bangkok to start ...

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    Report: Philippines could have 100,000 electric trikes by 2017
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    From electric Jeepneys and electric tuk-tuks to a coconut oil-fueled bamboo taxi, the Philippines are no stranger to renewable energy vehicles. The pace of change could increase significantly soon, if a plan supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) goes through and the efforts of Manila ...

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    Official: GM increases number of clean facilities in Asia, has 100 worldwide
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    General Motors has added two more outlets to its global land-fill free initiative – the Rayong engine plant in Thailand and Cheonga proving ground in Korea. This brings the total to 33 facilities in Asia, 45 in North America and 22 in Europe that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all ...

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