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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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    Official: Unplugged Performance sweetens the look of your Tesla Model S for around $6,000
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    Tesla electric vehicles are no strangers to the tuner set. Saleen is working on a modified Model S. Brabus once offered neon for your Roadster. And new we find a number of body panel upgrades for the Model S from Unplugged Performance. Unplugged Performance has its offices right by the Tesla's ...

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    Opinion: Why Elon Musk is right about batteries being the future of automobiles
    A Visit To The China International Battery Fair 2014 1405026000

    Recently, I visited the China International Battery Fair in Shenzhen. This is perhaps the largest battery show in the world, with over 980 exhibitors covering three-quarter of a million square feet. The three-day exhibition was followed by a three-day conference on battery technology and ...

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    Official: Nissan's 'No Charge to Charge' is what incentives look like in the EV age [UPDATE]
    ChargePoint Is Back On Board With Interoperability Program 1404910800

    Nissan knows that offering free charging can increase Leaf sales, so it only makes sense for them to expand the "No Charge to Charge" program. And that's exactly what happened yesterday. As previewed during the New York Auto Show, No Charge To Charge gives new Leaf buyers free charging at ...

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    Exclusive: Automaker interest in open Tesla EV patents is decidedly lukewarm
    Exceptions Include Mahindra, BMW And Nissan 1403904480

    Tesla Motors made big headlines when CEO Elon Musk announced a few weeks ago that he would open up all of the automaker's patents. The response has been interesting, to say the least, with some electric vehicle advocates and investor groups praising the news and others saying that what Musk did ...

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    Exclusive: China sold only 7,000 electric automobiles in 2013
    Sales Likely To Increase, As Total Sudsidies Can Now Total $19,500 In Some Cities 1403878500

    The goal of the plan is to have five million EVs on the roads by the end of 2020. China is already the world's largest manufacturer of electric bicycles and electric tricycles, but no less than 13 automobile manufacturers in China offered 18 different models of electric automobiles in ...

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    Exclusive: 2014 Mercedes B-Class ED battery much bigger than previously stated
    Getting 17 More Miles From 36-kWh Pack Is A $600 Option 1403555520

    There was something unexpected hiding in the new configurator for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: a $600 "Temporary range extender." Since we've never heard of such a thing, we had to click through for more. The official explanation runs like this: A suite of options to further ...

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    Official: Chevy Volt owners log half a billion electric miles, 2015 production starts
    63 Percent Of All Miles Driven On Electricity 1403197260

    As General Motors gets ready to start 2015 Volt production Monday, Chevrolet is looking back at some of the numbers that got the car to where it is today. The headline number is that Volt owners have collectively put more than a half-billion electric miles on their cars. The unsurprising upshot ...

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    Rumormill: Chevy Spark EV could be coming to Midwest later this year
    GM's official stance is that the electric car remains a West Coast deal 1402432200

    Ohio is not known as a hotbed of EV sales – if anything, the state is a bit anti-EV, thanks to a legislative fight against Tesla's direct sales model – but it might be on Chevrolet's short list to expand the market for the Spark EV in the near future. The latest official GM press ...

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    Exclusive: A look at low-rolling resistance tires
    Do they really save fuel, and at what sacrifice of other important tire attributes? 1401991080

    Flat-out down Mid-Ohio's long back straight – not really straight because it has a fast dog-leg kink – braking hard into the tricky right-left combination that follows, I was having a great time. For a former racer, any time spent on a wonderful road course like Mid-Ohio, even in a ...

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    Official: Nissan expands, shrinks Leaf recall for missing weld points
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    Chalk this one up to the quirks of the English language. The other day, we had a post on the recall of a small number of 2014 Nissan Leaf EVs that were missing weld spots. The official bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that "any vehicle missing welds will be ...

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