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    Official: Renault installs massive photovoltaic panels, enough to offset 1,500 gas cars
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    Now if only Renault could get all 15,000 of those people to buy those electric vehicles. The French automaker has set up what it says is the world's largest solar-panel system within the automotive industry by building about 100 acres worth of photovoltaic panels at six of its French ...

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    Video: Honda uses hydro power because "Every Drop Counts"
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    A little water power can pull about seven gas-powered cars off the road. That's the gist of an effort by Honda to cut emissions by equipping a plant with a little hydro-electric power plant. The Japanese automaker outlined its recent efforts in a two-minute video with the tagline "every drop ...

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    Official: Tesla gets $10 million from California for Model X production
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    The Golden State is providing some green for the Tesla Model X. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors $10 million to expand its Fremont, CA, plant to accommodate production for the Model X SUV. Tesla, which currently employs around 3,000 people, ...

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    Report: Honda considers building new Accord Hybrid in U.S.
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    Nothing like dollars and cents to drive some good ol' patriotism, even if it's from overseas. Honda will re-start production of the Accord Hybrid from Japan next year and may move the manufacturing of the model to U.S. by 2015 in order to cut costs, Automotive News reports, citing an interview ...

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    Official: Lexus RX450h to be made in Canada
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    Sales are about to take off, eh? Toyota Motor Co. is counting on meeting what it says is "rising demand" for the Lexus RX450h by moving production of the crossover SUV hybrid north of the border. The Japanese automaker plans to build about 15,000 units of the model annually at its factory in ...

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    Official: Toyota installs generators to cut power-usage at Japan plants
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    Toyota is looking to cool its energy usage during the heat of summer. The company's installing eight new gas-powered generators to help reduce demand from the energy grid in and around Toyota City by five percent, as the Japanese automaker looks to comply with the Japanese government's ...

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    Official: North Carolina plant boosts U.S. lithium capacity
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    Tobacco Road? Try lithium. Rockwood Lithium, as part of the federal government's Recovery Act, opened a larger lithium factory in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, to help meet what's expected to be an increase in lithium demand stemming from more purchases of plug-in vehicles. The expanded plant ...

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    Report: Infiniti LE will likely be built alongside Leaf in Tennessee
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    The first all-electric Infiniti, which is supposed to hit the market in 2014, will likely be built at the same Tennessee factory as the Nissan Leaf EV, Plugin Cars reported. Two Nissan spokesmen told the Chicago Tribune that the company's factory in Smyrna, TN, was the most likely place where ...

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    Report: Coda shelves plans for Ohio battery plant because of DOE inaction
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    In this case, the federal government sneezes, and central Ohio catches a cold. That's the take from the Columbus Dispatch on the decision by electric-vehicle maker Coda Automotive to shelve plans to build a Columbus, OH, battery factory. Coda said about two years ago that it would build the ...

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    Report: Nissan will double Tennessee workers for Leaf, battery-pack ramp-up
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    Nissan will almost double the number of workers at its factory in Smyrna, TN, within the next year in part to ramp up production of both Nissan Leaf electric vehicles and battery packs, HybridCars reports. Nissan will add 1,300 workers specifically for the battery packs and for the Leafs, which ...

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    Official: Volkswagen will invest more than $55 billion to cut vehicle, factory emissions
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    Volkswagen AG announced this week that it will spend more than $55 billion over the next four years reducing carbon emissions from both its vehicles and factories, as the German automaker looks to increase sales by boosting its credibility as an environmentally friendly vehicle maker. You can see ...

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    Report: Coda teams with Amports to open final assembly site in California
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    Officials from Amports and startup Coda Automotive have struck a deal to open a final assembly facility for the electric Coda Sedan in Benicia, CA. Coda says the Benicia site will generate 50 jobs and, perhaps more importantly to the company, between 10,000 and 14,000 Coda Sedans are expected to ...

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    Official: Aptera moving to Midwest to produce 2e
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    Aptera may have recently refunded all deposits, but that doesn't mean the company itself is gone. Following up on recent news that it is looking at facilities outside of California, Aptera today announced that it has settled on one of four possible states, all in the Midwest, as possible new ...

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    Who is behind Emerald Automotive?
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    Emerald Automotive LLC announced their intent last week to build hybrid vans at a plant in Hazelwood, Missouri near St. Louis. As part of plans for a "$175 million factory," the company would receive a $3 million loan from the city and a $2 million loan from a state agency. On the scale of ...

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    VIDEO: Take a guided tour of the Aptera factory
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    In something of a paradigm shift equal to that of their source of propulsion, it seems the companies developing electric drive cars are being a lot more open with the general public and allowing folks to follow their progress closely. Tesla, through their website, seemed to have started the trend ...

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    Videos: car factories in the middle of the city?
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    Who says car factories have to be dirty? Volkswagen built a car factory in the middle of the city of Dresden called the Transparent Factory. The factory actually replaced a convention center and attracts tourists and people wanting to buy a car. The factory workers wear white, there is no pollution ...

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    Suzuki builds three new factories in India
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    Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the Suzuki Ionis fuel-cell conceptSuzuki Motor Corporation is enjoying a wave of popularity and high sales for its small, inexpensive vehicles in the booming India market. Capitalizing on the growing demand, Suzuki has recently opened three new ...

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    Electric car plant under construction in China
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    The Tianjin Qingyuan Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd. (QYEV) is currently building a new electric car plant scheduled to open in late 2007 which will be capable of producing 20,000 electric powered vehicles per year. The 16.5 acre / 6.7 hectare Tianjin based facility is designed to produce cars powered ...

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    Matching the right algae to right factory exhaust
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    AlgaTech Technologies, with partner GreenFuel Technologies Corp., are looking at algae as another producer of biofuel. While the idea is not new, the two companies are also focusing on one of algae's growth factors: carbon dioxide.Algae, as simple plants, needs sunlight, nutrients, and CO2 to ...

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