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    Report: Detroit Electric is actually active in Detroit
    There's Some Life In The Fisher Building 1404143880

    Here's some news that will make the urban scavengers sifting through the ruins of the Motor City a little disappointed. Detroit Electric, the slow-moving electric-vehicle maker basing their wares off of a couple of Lotus models is employing people in Detroit. And some local vehicle production may ...

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    Exclusive: Who can really claim first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle delivery in US?
    It Sure Seems Like Honda Has Reason To Gripe About Hyundai's Claim 1403204280

    Last month, Hyundai said that the initial deliveries of the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles in California meant that, "For the first time, retail consumers can now put a mass-produced, federally-certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in their driveways." But try telling that to Jon Spallino. In 2005, ...

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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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    Report: Tesla talking about first European factory, but it won't happen soon
    Musk Says 160,000 Annual Sales Would Require New Plant; Company Might Sell 15,000 This Year 1403047800

    Tesla Motors is, as always, thinking big. The company already has a factory in California with a lot of empty space. But with Model S deliveries happening in Europe and a right-hand drive version just launched in the UK, CEO Elon Musk is already talking about building EVs in Europe. We did some ...

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    Official: Kia Soul EV starts production in Korea
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    As sister company Hyundai delivers its first Tucson fuel cell vehicles in California, Kia has kicked off volume production of the Soul EV in Korea. We've driven the prototype and are excited about the arrival of this electric vehicle. Kia is already calling the production start a landmark event, ...

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    Video: Watch the VW E-Golf get made
    There's Just Something Mesmerizing About Automated EV Production 1402617660

    If you've ever been on a tour of an automotive factory, you know how mesmerizing it can be to see humans and robots work together to build our four-wheeled friends. The swift automation, the cleanliness, the trained hands deftly fitting pieces together and watchful eyes inspecting every piece of ...

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    Report: Professor uses algorithms to put a hypermiler in your cruise control
    Let math improve your MPG 1402516500

    The next time the hypermiler in front of you stops you from catching that next green light, take heart. One day, it won't be the driver's fault. There will be algorithms involved. But you migh still be aggravated for not making that light. Hermann Koch-Groeber, a professor at Germany's ...

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    Official: SuperTruck program claws out huge fuel efficiency gains for semi trucks
    10.7 MPG doesn't sound like a lot, but 5.8 MPG used to be standard 1402496040

    Think 10 miles per gallon, and your mind may harken back to muscle cars along the line of the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. Apply that figure to a semi-truck, though, and we're talking actual fuel-efficiency gains. That's what the four-year-old SuperTruck program shot for, and two of its ...

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    Study: Doing nothing on climate change could cost auto industry millions
    Business Forward says new EPA rules will add just $7 to cost of new car 1402351260

    When it comes to climate change, the auto industry will be better served by working with the energy industry on cleaner energy plants than dealing with more and more severe weather incidents in the future. That's the finding of a new study by Business Forward, which says that supporting the EPA's ...

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    Report: Toyota finds profit in Europe thanks to hybrid sales
    Earnings up 75 percent for 2014 fiscal year 1401998400

    In the land of diesel, Toyota appears to be making money its own way and thereby making more of it. The Japanese automaker is taking on Europe's diesel-centric ways by substantially boosting sales of hybrids on the continent. That, along with cost cutting measures, has increased the company's ...

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    Report: Toyota still wants Tesla's battery help, still evaluating RAV4 EV program
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    Tesla Motors said earlier this month that the agreement it has with Toyota to supply battery packs for the Toyota RAV4 EV SUV would be finished by the end of the year. The deal is done, but Toyota is now singing its best version of Baby, Please Don't Go. The Japanese automaker may look to extend ...

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    Report: Panasonic has an idea to be Tesla's one and only gigafactory partner
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    Samsung? Who's Samsung? That's what Panasonic is asking as the electronics conglomerate makes it clear it is looking to secure its position in Tesla Motors' plans to build a huge car-battery factory over the next three years. Panasonic is now saying it expects to be the only battery manufacturer ...

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    Official: Renault, LG partner up for 180-mile EV battery tech
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    The electric vehicles that Renault offers today are having a bit of difficulty attracting customers. Maybe 180 miles of range could make prospective car buyers shed their anxiety. That's what Renault and LG Chem might one day find out, since the two giants signed a memorandum of understanding ...

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    Report: Daimler could sell off Li-Tec's EV battery business
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    Five-plus years may have been about enough time for Daimler AG to know whether it wanted to be in the battery-pack production business. The Mercedes-Benz parent may stop making electric-vehicle batteries and ultimately sell its Li-Tec battery-cell factory in Germany within two years, according to ...

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    Official: Smith Electric finds $42 million lifeline in Sinopoly Battery Limited
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    It looks like electric delivery truck maker Smith Electric Vehicles is getting plugged back in this summer. The Kansas City, MO-based company, which halted production last year, is getting a $42-million equity investment from Hong Kong-based lithium-ion battery maker Sinopoly Battery Ltd. The ...

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    Report: Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects 'hundreds' of battery gigafactories
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    Tesla Motors has officially announced it will build a massive electric vehicle battery factory, which it calls a gigafactory, to make a huge amount of cheaper lithium-ion pack for the EVs of the future. It says these packs are so important that it is working on plans for a gigafactory in two ...

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    Study: Battery-pack production for plug-ins, hybrids, triples in three years
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    Panasonic's standing in the plug-in and hybrid battery production industry has zoomed ahead like a Tesla Model S taking off from a standstill. That's appropriate because the Japanese company's relationship with the California-based automaker has been the primary reason for its growth, which looks ...

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    Official: 2015 Chevy Spark will have lighter, smaller battery
    Range, MPGe and price tag all remain the same 1400157180

    As General Motors gets ready to release the 2015 Chevy Spark EV, it is retooling the Brownstown Battery Assembly to build a new battery system for the chirpy little electric car. The new Spark will lose a few pounds and kWh from its lithium-ion pack, but it will keep all of it's performance ...

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    Video: Meet the mother-daughter team that's worked on almost every Chevy Volt
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    It's Mother's Day, and we're soft enough we love our mothers enough to share a new video from General Motors with you. In it, we meet Monique Watson (left) and Evetta Osbourne, a mother-daughter team that works at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly where GM makes the Chevy Volt (along with all of ...

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    Report: Bond manager has odd advice for Tesla: stop making cars
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    Tesla Motors said in the release of its first-quarter earnings Wednesday that it will boost its quarterly production on its Model S luxury sedan to as many as 9,000 from the approximately 7,500 it made during the first three months of the year. Bond manager Jeffrey Gundlach doesn't believe that's ...

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