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    Official: Hyundai's 50-acre rooftop solar-panel system will be South Korea's largest
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    Hyundai's green-cred future's so bright, its factory roof's gotta wear shades. The South Korean automaker will install that country's largest solar-panel system when it deploys about 40,000 solar voltaic panels on the roof of its Asan plant later this year. The system will cover about 2.2 ...

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    Report: LG Chem's Michigan battery plant starting production in July, will deliver Chevy Volt batteries by end of summer
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    It looks like the last hand's been played at those reputed card games that not-so-busy employees at LG Chem's lithium-ion battery factory in Michigan were playing. The South Korean company is planning to start production of batteries for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in in July, with the ...

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    Official: Honda gets "Zero Net Energy" Smart Home in CA, goes for wind power in Brazil
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    Honda is broadening its green credentials on two continents, building a trial "smart home" in Northern California and embracing wind-power for its Brazil factory. The Japanese automaker this year will build a home at University of California, Davis, that, among other things, will be powered by ...

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    Official: VW sustaniability report shows emissions, production progress
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    The most recent companywide sustainability report from Volkswagen comes in at a tidy 168 pages. Here's hoping not too many folks took out trees by printing the whole thing out. Europe's biggest automaker said it has reduced the amount of both energy and water required to make each vehicle by 10 ...

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    Official: Even Nissan's paint plant in Smyrna is green
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    Nissan has already boosted its green credentials in the US by moving production of the all-electric Leaf to Smyrna, TN. The Japanese automaker is now taking that effort one step further with a new vehicle-painting facility next door. Nissan just opened a 250,000-square-foot painting facility that ...

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    Official: Mazda will build $286-million Skyactiv transmission plant in Thailand
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    Mazda has some good news for a Thailand auto industry rebounding from floods that crippled production less than three years ago. The automaker will build a 26 billion yen ($286 million) factory in the country's Chonburi Province that will be used strictly to build Mazda's SkyActiv ...

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    Report: Toyota may integrate carbon fiber after Lexus LFA shut-down
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    Toyota could integrate carbon-fiber components into some of its future models after shutting down production of its Lexus LFA supercar last month, Automotive News reports. Carbon fiber is both stronger and lighter than traditional vehicle-body materials. It makes sense for Toyota to take ...

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    Report: Fisker may owe Delaware money if factory plans fall through
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    Fisker Automotive has had a tough year, making the news for everything from recalls to presidential politics – Mitt Romney called the company a "loser" during the debates – to a car catching on fire to Justin Bieber chroming his Karma plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and then getting paparazzi ...

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    Official: Tesla will assemble, distribute vehicles in Holland for European market
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    Later this month, Tesla Motors will open its European Distribution Center in Tilburg, Holland, and will start stocking the stocking the site with Tesla Roadster and Model S parts as it prepares to start distribution in continental Europe next year. The 200,000-square-foot factory will support ...

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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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