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    Official: Bob Lutz named chairman at Via Motors
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    Bob Lutz is staying very busy. The ex-vice chairman of General Motors, and champion of the Chevrolet Volt, has been named chairman of the board at Via Motors. Lutz will need to squeeze that in between his role as senior advisor at vehicle interior designer Katzkin, being an owner at VL Automotive ...

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    Report: Chevy up to old EVs-equal-range-anxiety tricks in new Volt Olympics ad
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    General Motors is at it again with a new Chevrolet Volt TV commercial. Viewers of the Winter Olymics (at least in some markets) recently saw a TV ad in between the skating and the skiing that made no mention of the environmental benefits or freedom from the power of Big Oil that electric vehicles ...

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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: So far in 2013, EVs beating plug-in hybrids in sales
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    During the past two years, plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles like the Toyota Prius Plug-In and Chevy Volt were beating battery electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV in sales volume. That changed for the first time in the first half of 2013, with battery ...

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    Report: Fisker Karma discounted to $80,000, at one dealer, at least
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    The top-selling dealership offering the Fisker Karma has got some deep discounts available as it awaits the future of the troubled automaker. Fisker of Orange County is dropping the price well below the manufacturer's suggested retail level of between $105,000 and $120,000. In fact, a Karma ...

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    Video: Fisker CEO Tony Posawatz asks investors for patience, says new tech can take time
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    Tony Posawatz, president and CEO of Fisker Automotive, recently made the case for how Fisker and other cleantech companies can find the right investors. Speaking at a conference in Santa Barbara, CA, Posawatz said new clean technologies take years to be adopted and investors should be ...

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    Video: Cadillac ELR meets snow and ice in northern Michigan winter testing
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    Right after being displayed and winning an award at the cozy confines of the Detroit Auto Show, the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid went into the snow for some real-world extreme driving conditions. Cadillac engineers recently completed chassis testing on pre-production ELR models, evaluating the ...

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    Video: Cadillac ELR designer speaks, says it's a car "for everybody"
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    The 2014 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid got a lot of buzz at the Detroit Auto Show, and was awarded the Eyes on Design honor as Best Production Vehicle. It's taken four years for the original concept car – the 2009 Converj based on the Chevrolet Volt powertrain – to make the next step ...

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    Report: Maruti Suzuki may make India's first light-duty hybrid
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    Maruti Suzuki could make the first light-duty hybrid-electric vehicle produced in India by collaborating with its sister Suzuki affiliate in Japan, the International Business Times reports. Maruti Suzuki is looking to tread where competitors Toyota and Honda have failed; neither company has had ...

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    Report: Lotus pondering 'fake shifting' for Evora 414E plug-in hybrid
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    Some would say Lotus has some credibility among the green-car set since it supplied the body for the Tesla Roadster and has always been obsessed with extracting maximum performance from light weight. Now, our friends at Green Car Reports are suggesting that the UK boutique sportscar operation ...

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    Report: Bob Lutz: Volt plug-in powertrain should have gone into Escalade first
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    Now he tells us. Bob Lutz, who helped spearhead the development of the Chevrolet Volt at General Motors, told UK's Autocar that the Volt's extended-range plug-in powertrain would've been better developed for full-size SUV than a smaller-sized car because of the greater opportunity to cut fuel use ...

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    Video: Bob Lutz says Via Motors' X-Truck makes Prius look like a 'gas guzzler'
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    No one's ever accused Bob Lutz of underselling his products, and the former General Motors Vice Chairman – a key development force for the Chevrolet Volt – is at it again with Via Motors. Via, which will present three new full-size extended-range plug-ins at Detroit's North American ...

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    Emerald Automotive, like Bright, has big ideas for PHEV delivery van
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    A plug-in hybrid delivery van sure seems like a good idea for commercial fleet customers looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and better manage volatile gasoline prices, right? Some companies, FedEx and Frito-Lay, are already buying green vehicles, and there are many other companies making ...

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    Official: Fisker opening Technical Center in Midwest to develop Atlantic plug-in hybrid
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    Fisker Automotive has shed more light on its upcoming Fisker Atlantic plug-in hybrid. The company is opening up a new Technical Center in the Midwest for the launch of its second model, which looks a little like a smaller version of the first one. The company plans to open this facility in the ...

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    Report: Fisker will start selling Karma in China in November
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    The time difference between California and Beijing is quite a bit less than 11 months, but we doubt plug-in enthusiasts in China will quibble with that. Fisker Automotive, which in late 2010 reached an agreement with China Grand Automotive Group to have its Karma extended-range plug-in sports ...

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    Fisker owner tricks out his Karma with body kit
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    if you're, looking for the next tricked-out version of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports car ready to roll down the street – one that isn't driven by Justin Bieber – look no further. We've been teased by this look before. CEC, an authorized Fisker Automotive aftermarket parts ...

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    Report: Why does GM continue to mention Chevy Volt sales forecast numbers?
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    The Chevrolet Volt is leading the pack of plug-in electric vehicles and has kicked butt on Nissan Leaf sales numbers but the goal for 2012 is to make 35,000 to 40,000 Volts. Through July, General Motors has sold 10,666 Volts in the U.S., which should get the automaker to 19,000 units sold this ...

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    Report: Confused about the C-Max Energi abilities? Ask the chief engineer
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    To get an accurate reading of how a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle performs in battery-only mode and in overall extended range, two experiences are useful: lots of behind-the-wheel driving time under various driving conditions (altitude, climate temperature, average speed driven, stop-start, ...

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    Report: Sweet Chevy Volt lease deals boosting sales numbers
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    Extended range electric powertrain, federal and state incentives, still-high gasoline prices and hip interior and exterior design are all helping the Chevrolet Volt lead U.S. plug-in vehicle sales. Even though the overall numbers remain small, the Volt is clearly bypassing the Nissan Leaf and ...

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    Official: German Olympic team gets decked-out Audi A1 e-tron plug-in hybrid
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    The German Olympic team may be trailing the Chinese and Americans in London when it comes to medal count, but at least it has a cool ride. Audi has presented the team with an A1 e-tron decked out in German colors, to promote the automaker's plug-in vehicles. The 102-horsepower extended-range ...

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