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    Official: Ford Focus Electric gets $6,000 price drop, now starts at $29,995
    Is It Now Ready To Compete With Top Seller Nissan Leaf? 1413819000

    In early 2013, the Nissan Leaf shed a massive $6,500 from its $35,200 base price to offer a new starting price of $28,800. Since then, we have seen numerous other plug-in vehicles get smaller price tags, from the Honda Fit EV (lower lease price) to the Chevrolet Volt (around $5,000 lower) to the ...

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    Report: Ford's first PHEV in Europe could be C-Max
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    Ford could start selling a plug-in hybrid in Europe pretty soon, according to at least one of its executives. Whether it's willing to do so is another story. But if the market perks up, so will the company. The automaker can "quickly" develop a plug-in hybrid version of its Mondeo, the sister ...

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    Exclusive: Bill Ford says carsharing helps Ford, EVs need to be clean
    Speaking At ITS 2014, Ford's Executive Chairman Talks Connected Cars 1410190020

    To most people, Bill Ford is most famous for being the great-grandson of Henry Ford. But, as the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, Ford has also been leading the company into greener and greener territory. At the morning plenary session for the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport ...

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    Report: Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner
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    For the most part, plug-in hybrids rely on the power stored in the battery until that charge is depleted. Unless the switch can be changed manually, it's only then that the cars fire up the internal combustion engine and begin using the fossil fuels on board. This is ideal, of course, when one's ...

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    Report: New Ford dedicated hybrid due in 2018, will it fare better than C-Max?
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    Everyone likes to go after the champ. When it comes to fuel economy, that means taking on the Prius, which is something that automakers not named Toyota have been trying to do for years. Just because no one has been able to beat the Prius for fuel economy numbers isn't stopping them from trying. ...

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    Exclusive: All the details on Plug In 2014 electric vehicle conference you could ever want
    Listen In On Almost Five Hours Of Discussion On EVs and PHEVs 1407279360

    One of the best parts of the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA last week was getting to listen in on thoughts about the state of the plug-in vehicle industry from people who have been involved with it for ages. They bristle when you call them the "Old Guard" (learned that one the hard way), ...

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    Exclusive: Plug In 2014: ALTe ready to join Ford's EQVM to convert, sell F-150 PHEV [w/video]
    Plug-in Hybrid Truck Still Has Hurdles To Jump 1407179040

    It's been a while since we've checked in with ALTe and its plans to convert big work vehicles like the Ford F-150 into plug-in hybrids. So, when we saw a demonstration vehicle sitting outside the San Jose Convention Center at the Plug In 2014 Conference last week, we had to get a closer look. ...

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    Official: 8 automakers, 15 utilities collaborate on open smart-charging for EVs
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    We're going to lead with General Motors here. GM is one of eight automakers working with 15 utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) at developing a "smart" plug-in vehicle charging system. Why did we start with GM? Because it's the first automaker whose press release we read ...

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    Report: Ford not backing down on MPG-based marketing strategy
    EcoBoost, Hybrids Will Still Be Highlighted In Future Ads 1403737080

    The Blue Oval may have to back off a bit from the green messaging. Ford has had to lower fuel-economy ratings on a number of 2013 and 2014 model-year vehicles, namely its hybrids. And that may force the US automaker to rethink some of its marketing strategy, Automotive News reports. Ford has ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Ford steals Best Green Brand spot from Toyota, EV buyer survey goes online
    1.0-Liter EcoBoost Named 2014 International Engine of the Year 1403722800

    Chevrolet is one of the Top Global Green Brands of 2014, according to brand consultancy firm Interbrand. Chevy ranks number 32 on the list, which cover brands across a wide variety of segments. The report measures brand perception and brand performance, and the gap between the two is small for ...

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    Exclusive: Ford made three big mistakes in calculating MPG for 2013 C-Max Hybrid
    Latest Error Was Discovered In March 1403029680

    It's been a rough time for the official fuel economy figures for the Ford C-Max Hybrid. When the car was released in 2012, Ford made a huge deal about how it would beat the Toyota Prius V, which was rated at 42 combined miles per gallon, 44 city and 40 highway. The Ford? 47 mpg across the ...

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    Official: UK's Loughborough University improving Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine
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    How much does it cost for college students to study zero emissions vehicles? At Loughborough University in the UK, a new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is being built at a cost of a billion pounds ($1.7 billion US). The school has just announce that it will fund a number of grad student ...

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    Official: Ford cuts F-150 fuel use through CNG-capable fleet sales, EcoBoost
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    The possibility of $1-a-gallon fuel would make a lot of US governmental entities sit up and take notice. The state of Oklahoma and the city of Dallas are making that happen. Those two entities are buying up a bunch of Ford F-150 pickups retrofitted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), all in ...

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    Study: Aluminum lightweighting does, in fact, save fuel
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    When the best-selling US truck sheds the equivalent weight of three football fullbacks by shifting to aluminum, folks start paying attention. Oak Ridge National Laboratory took a closer look at whether the reduced fuel consumption from a lighter aluminum body makes up for the fact that producing ...

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    Video: Ford C-Max spot aimed squarely at Cadillac ELR 'Poolside' hubris [UPDATE]
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    If we had tried to predict the first video response to the controversial Poolside video for the Cadillac ELR, we would not have thought it would center on compost. But, hey, it's always nice to be reminded that the real world is sometimes better than fiction. Instead of the chic swagger of ...

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    Official: Ford ready to install GE Wattstations at 60 locations in North America
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    Upper-level Ford executives are sending mixed messages about the power of plug-in vehicles, but in the companies parking lots across North America, at least, the signal is clear: come on and charge your EV. Today, Ford and GE announced that the Blue Oval will be installing Wattstation chargers ...

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    Exclusive: Ford director says company has big efficiency plans, but no dedicated EV
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    The annual autofest known as the North American International Auto Show previews a plethora of exciting new products that we'll see and drive later in the year, from tiny urban commuters to family sedans and crossovers to hard-working big pickups and SUVs. It's also a once-a-year cornucopia of ...

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    Report: Lincoln recycling tree fibers into new MKX armrest
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    Want to hug a tree, or at least a really small part of one. Then set your arm down on one of those armrests in the 2014 Lincoln MKX crossover. The US automaker is working with Weyerhaeuser and Johnson Controls on a tree-based, cellulose-reinforced polypropylene material used in the component that ...

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    Report: Expert: 54.5 mpg CAFE standard can be reached without many plug-ins
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    Johnson Controls executive Brian Kesseler isn't likely to get any holiday presents this year from Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn or Tesla Motors head Elon Musk, but lots of other folks might be happy with what he has to say about automakers' efforts to reach stricter fleetwide fuel-economy ...

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    Report: Ford wants to double hybrid offerings by 2020
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    The Blue Oval is looking for folks on the other side of this Big Old Sphere to get on board with its hybrid offerings. Ford executive Raj Nair, speaking at the Detroit Auto Show this week, said the US automaker wants to double the number of hybrids models it offers by the end of the decade, ...

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