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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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    Exclusive: Lexus apologizes for anti-EV ad, Plug In America calls it 'outdated'
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    Anyone who's spent any time learning about the alternatives to the standard fossil fuel-burning internal combustion engine knows that there are arguments to be made for and against all of the main options. They also know that there is barely any refueling infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cell ...

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    Exclusive: Hypermiling a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to 38.1 mpg
    But That's Nothing Compared To The 1,899 MPG Our Friends Got 1399662240

    You never quite know what Wayne Gerdes has up his sleeve. The man who coined the term hypermiling is always looking for adventurous ways to prove that anyone – even you... yes, you – can eke out more miles per gallon just by changing the way you drive. Saying that is easy. Proving it ...

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    What we think we know about Chrysler's plug-in hybrid minivan, CUV
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    When the 2016 Town & Country comes to Chrysler dealerships, it will sport something no production minivan has ever had: a plug. That was on bit of news hidden in the massive Fiat Chrysler (FCA) product preview held in Detroit on Tuesday. All FCA would say about the minivan was that the Town ...

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    Exclusive: Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014: Students find upsides pretty much everywhere
    Over 100 teams converge on Houston for last time ever 1398884400

    The skies threatened rain, but aside from a few fat drops struggling down through the Texas air, the track remained dry through the end of the 2014 Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Given the haphazard way some of the vehicle bodies were held together – a bit of velcro or pieces of tape doing ...

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    Exclusive: Every US Volvo could get plug-in hybrid model
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    Whether we're talking XC90, S60 or V60, if Volvo sells it in the US, there is a decent chance that you will some day soon-ish be able to buy it with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. That's the message from Dean Shaw, VP Corporate Communications at Volvo Cars of North America, who spoke with ...

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    FEV says new PHEV transmission ready for 'sports car performance'
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    At the SAE World Congress in Detroit last week, FEV showed off what it calls an "innovative" new plug-in hybrid transmission. The reason for that moniker is that the system does away with the need for a torque converter while offering two speeds, which makes it particularly good during launch. If ...

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    Exclusive: Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV deliveries running behind schedule
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    Things are running a little bit behind on Hyundai's hydrogen-powered Tucson Fuel Cell CUV program in the US. The last time we checked in with the South Korean automaker's H2 project, we heard that the first deliveries were supposed to happen by the end of March. Speaking with Hyundai's Kevin Lee ...

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    Exclusive: SwRI Dedicated-EGR concept improves fuel economy by 15 percent
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    We've often heard that hitting higher fuel economy targets (like, say, the 54.5 miles per gallon CAFE requirement for 2025 in the US) will need not a silver bullet but something more like silver buckshot. In other words, the industry is going to try lots of different ways to make cars burn less ...

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