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    Video: A closer look at the 2015 Kia Soul EV
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    Kia is set to join the fully electric vehicle space this year, with the fresh-faced 2015 Soul EV. The all-electric Soul made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month, and Autoblog west coast editor Michael Harley had a chance to speak with Orth Hedrick, Kia's vice president of ...

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    Official: Chicago Auto Show will recreate 1895 road rally with alt-fuel vehicles
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    The Chicago Auto Show is pitching an alt-fuel road rally that's likely to be far quicker than the one that inspired it more than a century ago. On February 15, 13 vehicles ranging from the Tesla Model S all-electric to the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid to the Chevrolet Volt extended-range ...

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    Chicago: After Think, BYD and Coda, Green Wheels ready to sell Wheego LiFe in Chicago
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    in 2012, Green Wheels, an eco-friendly car dealership in Chicago, sold "a ton" of Think City electric vehicles. Well, a ton for an underdog electric vehicle like the City, anyway, according to Green Wheels owner Doug Snower. The actual number was more like 50. Now, with the slow fade of Think ...

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    Exclusive: Henrik Fisker: too many pure electric car models; Karma production re-starting "soon"
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    Is Fisker Automotive on the ropes? Listening to cofounder and executive chairman Henrik Fisker speak at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show this week, you certainly wouldn't think so. In an overwhelmingly optimistic speech, Fisker described his company's ethos and plan ...

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    Official: DOE's new Energy Storage Hub a "Manhattan Project" for better batteries
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    This could be big. The US Department of Energy has announced a five-year, $120-million award for a team of 14 companies, universities and national laboratories led by Argonne National Laboratory that will be charged with creating next-generation batteries for use in vehicles and the grid. In ...

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    Smith Electric Vehicles will build big electric trucks in Chicago
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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Smith Electric Vehicles are working together to create an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago. Smith Electric Vehicles was drawn to the city by the mayor's voucher system designed to accelerate conversion from diesel to zero-emission electric ...

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    Report: Got a heap of Twitter followers? GM might give you a Chevy Volt for a while
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    Just don't tweet from behind the wheel, Okay? Chicago is the most recent city where General Motors is looking to promote its Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in by offering hardcore Tweeters and other social-media mavens free extended test drives. Chevy is targeting 300 of Chicago's most ...

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    Official: Zipcar launches Chevy Volt-sharing service in Chicago
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    Longtime Saturday Night Live fans will fondly recall a number of skits in which a group of Chicago sports fans referred to their hometown football team as "Da Bears." Now, they'll have "Da Volt." U.S. car-sharing leader Zipcar will start making Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrids ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi ships first fleet EVs to Google and IGO car-sharing service
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    Mitsubishi shipped its first i electric-vehicles dedicated to fleet use to Google and IGO CarSharing this month, as the Japanese automaker looks to boost U.S. sales of the car that's been sold overseas – as the i-MiEV – for years. Mitsubishi sent the fleet i vehicles to Google's ...

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    Video: BMW releases video promoting i3 and i8 electric-drive vehicles
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    BMW has released a video that shows both its i3 and i8 concept electric-drive vehicles tooling around the Chicago area, as the German automaker looks to drum up interest in its battery-electric vehicles. The video, titled "BMW i. Born Electric," runs one-minute ten seconds and doesn't include ...

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    Chicago: U.S. Army's CERV puts a machine gun on a "green" military vehicle
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    It used to be that we couldn't even find a picture of the U.S. Army's Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) but times have changed. At the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is displaying the CERV, which uses a ...

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    Chicago: Toyota's odd hybrid promotions include "Prius Kingdom" and Monopoly
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    In an effort to spur sales, Toyota seems willing to try just about anything to promote its hybrid lineup. Whether that's a Monopoly-themed booth at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show or a new twist on nature-spotting safaris with the new Prius Kingdom website, the Japanese automaker is certainly letting ...

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    Think may be bankrupt, but cars are still available
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    If you were smitten by the little electric Think City and thought the company's recent bankruptcy put the kibosh on your chances of ever owning one of the plastic-paneled car, then *ahem, think again. It seems there are still some of the city runabouts to be had if you look in the right ...

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    Chicago: Chevy goes big with Volt theme at Chicago Auto Show booth
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    The Chevrolet Volt is on display in a big way at the Chicago Auto Show, mostly because GM wants you to try one out. To get you behind the wheel, the promotions team on site in the Windy City is offering three different Volt experiences to anyone who's interested. The three options are ...

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    Chicago: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT delivers lightness, functionality
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    After driving the 2013 Elantra GT out on stage here in Chicago, Hyundai executives immediately focused on one of its new five-door's core values: lightness. You see, the GT is the lightest C-segment hatchback in the United States, weighing 151 pounds less than a Mazda3, 175 pounds less than a ...

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    Chicago: 2013 Beetle TDI debuts as Volkswagen's sportiest diesel
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    Volkswagen unveiled an oil-burning variant of its new, but not New, Beetle at the Chicago Auto Show today and under the hood is the automaker's familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine sending power to the front wheels. Despite developing just 140 horsepower, its torque rating of 236 ...

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    Chicago: 2013 Acura ILX puts a familiar face on entry-level luxury
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    The 2013 Acura ILX is here, and it will be one of the new first-responders to address the perception of Acura's weakened health. It might just be our eyes, but the transition to Acura-spec wheels and paint job makes this look much more of-the-family than the concept shown in Detroit. However, the ...

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    Chicago: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI revealed ahead of Chicago Auto Show
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    Volkswagen has released details on its upcoming 2013 Beetle TDI before the vehicle gets an official unveil at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The oil-burning Beetle will bow with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine found in the Jetta TDI and Passat TDI, and Volkswagen projects the engine ...

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    Confirmed: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI to debut at Chicago Auto Show
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    Volkswagen has confirmed to Autoblog that the oil-burning 2013 Beetle TDI will make its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show next month. No specific details have been released at this time, but you can bet that the automaker's slick 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four will be underhood. In the Golf, ...

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    Nissan accelerates Leaf availibility in Chicago to launch this fall
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    On Thursday, Nissan America officials joined Governor Pat Quinn and the city of Chicago in announcing an accelerated Illinois rollout of the Leaf for this fall. Why the hurry up? Well, because the state of Illinois is ready, Leaf-ready. Back in February, Governor Quinn announced an investment of ...

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