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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will not need premium gas
    Current Owners Told GM To Change Pricey Requirement 1414596540

    Buried in the new technical details of the 2016 Chevy Volt released yesterday was a throwaway line about a small but important change that's due to the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The first-gen Volt has always required premium gas but the new powerplant will be happy burning plain old ...

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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will have more EV range, bigger battery
    New 1.5-Liter Engine Also Used In Chinese Cruze 1414524780

    Meet the new Volt, not the same as the old Volt. That appears to be the story when General Motors introduces the 2016 Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Today we're getting some more details on the guts of the new plug-in hybrid, and it turns out they're going to be much improved from ...

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    Official: Ford Focus Electric gets $6,000 price drop, now starts at $29,995
    Is It Now Ready To Compete With Top Seller Nissan Leaf? 1413819000

    In early 2013, the Nissan Leaf shed a massive $6,500 from its $35,200 base price to offer a new starting price of $28,800. Since then, we have seen numerous other plug-in vehicles get smaller price tags, from the Honda Fit EV (lower lease price) to the Chevrolet Volt (around $5,000 lower) to the ...

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    Exclusive: Leilani Munter loves her Energy Freedom Race Car, Tesla Model S
    ARCA Racer Says NASCAR Fans Are Ready For Green Message 1412373600

    Leilani Münter is putting a red, white and blue spin on green at the Kansas Speedway tonight. That's where the eco-minded racer is debuting her Energy Freedom car with the message that people should be able to choose how clean they want their energy to be. Tonight is the last race of the ...

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    Video: 'Charge lock' on Nissan Leaf doesn't actually prevent cable theft
    Nissan Didn't Design It That Way 1412207700

    Is it a feature or a bug? According to AutoblogGreen reader Francois Viau, the locking mechanism that holds the 110V trickle charge cable to his Nissan Leaf is too weak, and that's a problem. That's because while he thought the cable was locked to his car during a charge session at work, someone ...

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    The ugly economics of green vehicles
    All Of Us Want Cleaner Cars, But How Many Of Us Are Willing To Pay For Them? 1411166700

    It's fair to say that most consumers would prefer a green vehicle, one that has a lower impact on the environment and goes easy on costly fuel (in all senses of the term). The problem is that most people can't – or won't – pay the price premium or put up with the compromises today's ...

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    Exclusive: IRS won't, or can't, reveal how many plug-in vehicle tax credits are left
    No One At The Federal Agency Seems To Know What's Going On 1411066740

    The IRS has set up a page to help track individual automaker sales figures, but it's a complete mess. One of the benefits of driving a plug-in vehicle these days is a federal tax credit worth up to $7,500. Officially called IRC 30D, this credit is intended to make the high cost of new EVs ...

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    Exclusive: How Toyota's 100-year textile history influenced FCV hydrogen fuel cell car
    H2 Tanks Will Likely Need To Be Inspected Every Few Years 1410393420

    Turns out, Toyota had a surprising ace in the hole when it came to building the new fuel tanks for the FCV hydrogen fuel cell car, which is coming next year. Well before Toyota became the Toyota Motor Company, it was the Toyota Industries Corporation and it made textile looms. This is important ...

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    Exclusive: Bill Ford says carsharing helps Ford, EVs need to be clean
    Speaking At ITS 2014, Ford's Executive Chairman Talks Connected Cars 1410190020

    To most people, Bill Ford is most famous for being the great-grandson of Henry Ford. But, as the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, Ford has also been leading the company into greener and greener territory. At the morning plenary session for the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport ...

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    Exclusive: Refuel 2014: the best way to spend a summer's day in California
    Even If We Didn't Get Behind The Wheel 1408716060

    What's the best way to spend a summer day in California? If you're an electric vehicle enthusiast, there can only be one answer: the annual Refuel event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the second year I've been fortunate enough to attend – thanks to an invitation from Speed Ventures, ...

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    Exclusive: Surprise Costs Have A Cost: Why we turned down the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
    Dealer Added $70 A Month To Advertised Price, Which Tipped The Scales 1408484640

    They say you can always tell the pioneers. They're the ones with the arrows in their backs. Unfortunately, that was our experience pursuing – and eventually rejecting – the new hydrogen fuel cell-powered Hyundai Tucson. I first heard about Hyundai's new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle ...

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    Exclusive: Plug In 2014: BMW i DC Fast Charger is poised to change the EV game
    Interoperability, Ease-Of-Use Are Key Factors For Plug-In Vehicle Adoption 1407441480

    It looks like it's just a blue box on a pole, but BMW's new i DC Fast Charger represents a much bigger deal than just the lowest-cost SAE Combo Charger on the market. BMW sees it as the key to getting more drivers into electric vehicles. As Robert Healey, the EV infrastructure manager for BMW of ...

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    Exclusive: All the details on Plug In 2014 electric vehicle conference you could ever want
    Listen In On Almost Five Hours Of Discussion On EVs and PHEVs 1407279360

    One of the best parts of the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA last week was getting to listen in on thoughts about the state of the plug-in vehicle industry from people who have been involved with it for ages. They bristle when you call them the "Old Guard" (learned that one the hard way), ...

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    Opinion: Why battery electric vehicles will beat fuel cells
    Hydrogen Is The Fuel Of The Future, And Always Will Be! 1407261600

    Last year Elon Musk came straight out and said fuel cells are so bullsh*t. A couple months ago Slashdot ran an article asking where the future of automobiles was going: Fuel Cell or Battery Electric Vehicles. Mercedes, BMW, Mitsubishi, Renault / Nissan and of course Tesla are fully invested in ...

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    Exclusive: Plug In 2014: ALTe ready to join Ford's EQVM to convert, sell F-150 PHEV [w/video]
    Plug-in Hybrid Truck Still Has Hurdles To Jump 1407179040

    It's been a while since we've checked in with ALTe and its plans to convert big work vehicles like the Ford F-150 into plug-in hybrids. So, when we saw a demonstration vehicle sitting outside the San Jose Convention Center at the Plug In 2014 Conference last week, we had to get a closer look. ...

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    Exclusive: Plug In 2014: VIA makes the case for 'free' plug-in hybrid work vans, trucks
    Who Makes More Money On Every Truck Sold, Chevy Or Chevron? 1406920440

    If you're a fleet manager who's been waiting anxiously for the chance to buy a plug-in hybrid van from Via Motors, your wait is almost over. If you work for the right fleet, anyway. David West, the chief marketing efficer for VIA Motors, took AutoblogGreen for a ride around the San Jose ...

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    Exclusive: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales reach 33,000 worldwide
    High Demand From Europe, Japan Mean No US Version For Now 1406755620

    It can be difficult to see from the US, where the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is not yet available, but the all-wheel drive SUV is a big hit in Europe and Japan. In fact, we learned at the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA this week that Mitsubishi has sold over 33,000 copies of the ...

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    Rumormill: 2016 Chevy Volt to make auto show debut this season
    GM Moving Electric Motor Production From Mexico To Michigan 1406741400

    Ever since we saw that spy shots of the 2016 Chevy Volt, we've been hungering for more information on the next-gen version of GM's green halo car. It appears we might not have long to wait, at least for an official tease. An inside source that wishes to remain anonymous told AutoblogGreen that ...

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    Motorsports: Refuel 2014: Shane Turpin sets SportElectric TT record aboard Brammo Empulse RR [w/video]
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    The faded blue eyes of the corner worker lit up and his tanned face, furrows plowed deep by the California sun, cracked a bemused smile as the Brammo Empulse RR, like a yanagi blade taking a sliver of sashimi from a fresh fillet, smoothly sliced its way through the corkscrew. Minutes earlier, I'd ...

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    Exclusive: A window into China's low-speed electric vehicle revolution
    Over 200,000 Low-Speed EVs Sold In 2013 1406303760

    China is the largest market for electric vehicles in the world. Not highway-speed passenger electric automobiles but low-speed electric vehicles, which in China do not qualify as automobiles. There are literally hundreds of low-speed electric vehicle manufacturers in China and they manufactured ...

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