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    Report: Wanxiang wants to restart Fisker Karma production as quickly as possible
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    It appears that Wanxiang America's $149.2-million acquisition bid was about more than just owning the assets of Fisker Automotive. The Chinese auto parts maker is apparently serious about getting the Karma plug-in hybrid luxury vehicle back on the production line. "We will want to get the ...

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    Report: Iran starts National Hybrid Car Project to hybridize Runna
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    Iran is getting ready to follow China's moves and try to reduce air pollution by bringing in more alterantive powertrain vehicles. As Iran's largest automaker, Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) will contribute to that goal by introducing the Runna plug-in hybrid car. Iran Khodro Powertrain Co. (IPCO) ...

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    Official: IHS says global production of EVs, PHEVs will skyrocket 67% this year
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    Electric vehicles are known for their brisk acceleration. When it comes to projected EV production levels for 2014, there's going to be some speeding up. According to research firm IHS Automotive, global plug-in vehicle production will increase to about 403,000 this year, up from 242,000 in 2013. ...

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    Report: NASA employee study finds EVs are 10 times better than expected
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    Getting a thumbs up from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is priceless – just ask Toyota. It's right up there with the Tesla Model S gaining support from Consumer Reports in the wake of four fires. A pilot program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has found that ...

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    Official: Renault moves all Fluence Z.E. production to Korea
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    Carlos Ghosn sort of hinted that this day would come. And the Better Place bankruptcy didn't help either. For a variety of reasons, Renault has stopped making the Fluence Z.E. in Turkey. The car is still alive, but it's no longer Renault's flagship EV sedan. Renault's Maya Vautier told ...

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    Official: Fourth-gen Elio model gets 86-mpg trike closer to production
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    Elio Motors has unveiled the new design for its super-fuel-efficient three-wheeled commuter car, and we're already liking the covered-wheel effect. The company's new version was shown off in a lovely shade of orange, and if that color is a nod to the Denver Broncos and their upcoming appearance ...

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    Official: Audi starts new e-gas partnership with Global Bioenergies
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    Audi continues to try to build its green-car cred with one more partnership to produce synthetic fuels made from renewable resources. The German automaker is hooking up with France-based Global Bioenergies to make a synthetic biofuel called e-gasoline. Audi says making this e-gas "does not create ...

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    Report: Elon Musk says Model S demand in China could require new plant there
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    It's not exactly news when Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk talks big, but his prediction that sales of the Model S electric vehicle in China will require the California-based company to build a factory there is pretty substantial. Musk tells Bloomberg News that Tesla's sales in China could equal ...

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    Official: Toyota fires bullets into hydrogen fuel tanks, shoots down EV supporters
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    Many gearheads will remember that the 1970s-era Dodge Dart's claim to fame was that its motor was so durable (though not necessarily powerful) that one could shoot bullets into the engine block. Decades later, Toyota has taken a page out of that testing process. "Personally, I don't care what ...

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    Official: GreenTech Automotive breaks ground on MyCar factory in Mississippi
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    It looks like battery-electric vehicle startup GreenTech Automotive (GTA) is entering its next phase just as its founder and former chief is doing the same thing. This week, GTA finally started erecting the steel-support structure for the factory that will produce its MyCar electric vehicles. The ...

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    Official: Elio Motors modifies high-mpg trike, now renting space at former GM plant
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    Elio Motors, the company that wants to sell you an inexpensive, fuel-efficient three-wheeled commuter car, has taken a big step towards that dream. It now looks like it will have a factory roof under which to assemble its 84-mile-per-gallon, $6,800 offering, thanks to the Caddo Parish Industrial ...

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    Report: UAW sets up organizing committee at Tesla's Fremont factory
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    Tesla is happy to do things differently than other automakers, from the company-owned stores to the all-electric drivetrain. It also doesn't use union workers at its factory in Fremont, California (the former NUMMI plant, pictured). But now the United Auto Workers (UAW) is testing the waters for ...

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    Report: Chevy comes up with Volt mirror modification to stop wind thumping
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    If you're getting annoyed by a 'thumping' noise caused by driving your Chevy Volt with the windows down, there is a fix kit available. One Volt owner in San Diego, CA, was pleased to have the problem solved, allowing him to go back to being a "fresh air fanatic." Dan Wolfson, who writes under ...

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    Report: Tesla: Garage fire not caused by Model S, battery
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    Fire investigators don't think the latest fire involving a Tesla Model S can be counted as "Battery Fire No. 4." Their initial findings say the incident, which happened in a Southern California garage last month, was not caused by the car. "Our inspection of the car and the battery made clear ...

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    Official: Cadillac starts shipping 2014 ELR plug-in hybrid to dealers
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    Cadillac dealers will soon receive deliveries of the all-new 2014 ELR extended range electric luxury coupe. Shipments started from General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck facility this week, and initial deliveries will take place after the first of the year. As with the Chevy Volt before it, all ...

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    Report: Bosch has big plans for better, cheaper li-ion batteries in 2020
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    Robert Bosch GmbH and GS Yuasa Corp. think they can solve the cost and range limitation quandaries faced by lithium ion batteries and the electric vehicles they go into. By 2020, German automotive supplier Bosch and Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa plan to deliver a li-ion battery that costs half ...

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    Report: Toyota wants to sell 5k-10k fuel cell vehicles a year, to start
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    Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) powered by hydrogen were taken more seriously at the LA Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show last month than ever before, but their presence in the market is still shrouded in fog. Soichiro Okudaira, chief officer of research and development at Toyota, is confident ...

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    Official: Ford starts production of CNG-ready F-150
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    The Ford Motor Company is getting competitive on the compressed natural gas (CNG) truck front. While Detroit counterparts General Motors and Chrysler have a head start, Ford has begun manufacturing its 2014 F-150 – the first CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup – and the CNG engine will be ...

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    Report: Judge: Fisker sale could be final January 3
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    The Fisker Automotive saga continues, and a federal bankruptcy judge would like to see the story wrap up soon. The bankruptcy filing from November 22 could reach completion on January 3 of the new year under a faster-than-normal sale process approved by US Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross, according ...

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    Video: Detroit-based Eco V finally ready to make $12,000 low-speed EV
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    Detroit-based EcoV Electric wants to prove that slow-and-steady does indeed win the race when it comes to low-cost utility electric vehicle. The company has been talking about its EV only for seven years now and says it is finally almost ready for production. The company recently posted a ...

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