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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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    Ford finds flex-fuel engine design plays big role in emissions output
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    How bad is ethanol for your engine? There's been a lot of debate on this issue as the US considers upping the biofuel content in the national gasoline supply from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). The ethanol industry and some scientists say higher ethanol blends show no "meaningful ...

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    Official: Lincoln MKX will use tree-based fibers in its armrests
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    Nothing says American luxury car quite like a big cushy armrest, and now Lincoln has decided to stabilize theirs with a little bit of environmental friendliness. The 2014 Lincoln MKX crossover is using tree-based fibers to manufacture the structural component that attaches armrests to the floor ...

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    By The Numbers: November 2013: Doldrums Edition, Pt. 2
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    Proponents of advanced-powertrain vehicles may want us to start including the Tesla Model S in their monthly US calculations. Even though Tesla doesn't give out monthly sales totals, without counting sales of the luxury electric sedan, the green-car story just isn't getting much better. ...

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    Official: Ford Focus EV recalled, again, this time with ambulances
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    When we saw a note about a recall for the Ford Focus Electric, our first reaction was, "is that a new one? Because it's getting hard to tell." This year, we've already seen the Blue Oval's all-electric hatch recalled for non-working door chimes and a "wiring incompatibility" in the headlights. ...

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    Read This: With EVs, being connected means helping drivers and automakers
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    It's a dang shame that the Pontiac Firebird used in the 1980s TV show "Knight Rider" wasn't electric. Otherwise, that creepy voice would've had a lot more to tell the Hasslehoff. Plug-in vehicle makers like Nissan, Ford and Tesla are equipping their car with top-of-the-line data-collection ...

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    Official: Ford names Fuelytics winner of fuel-saving app challenge
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    Over the past year, Ford ran a contest for app developers to design programs for smartphones that would help people increase driver's fuel efficiency. The winner's have been announced and Fuelytics, which turns miles-per-gallon information into pretty charts and games, came out on top. Fuelytics ...

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    Official: Ford, DOE help fund new $8M EV battery lab at University of Michigan
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    Everything's coming up batteries. Over in Ann Arbor, MI, the University of Michigan is announcing a new lab to test out new battery chemistries and concepts, all with an eye towards building better electric cars. The basic idea is to see if these "experimental battery chemistries" will work on a ...

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    Official: Ford PHEV drivers 50% more likely to make electric-only trips after 6 months
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    In editor-speak, Ford may have buried the lede here. The US automaker, which sells the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrids as well as the Ford Focus Electric, was looking to get some press by letting the world know that drivers of its four production plug-in models put on 203,000 miles ...

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    Official: Ford showing off CNG F-150 at AltCar this weekend
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    Gearheads can look forward to the sun, surf and the first natural-gas-powered Ford F-150 in Santa Monica, CA, this weekend. The AltCar Expo takes place today and tomorrow and will most notably include the debuts of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) versions of the ...

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    Official: Ford adding 200 charging stations in next 15 months
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    Ford owners collectively drive 100,000 EV miles a day. It's not the EV leader, but Ford is certainly contributing to the electric vehicle movement. In fact, the company says its drivers collectively account for about 100,000 purely electric driving miles a day and that number could soon ...

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    Report: Ford Focus EV 'Stop Safely Now' stalling problem under NHTSA probe
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    The feds are stepping in to investigate the "Stop Safely Now" messages that a Ford Focus Electric vehicle driver reported to AutoblogGreen earlier this year. The situation is a serious one, but not widespread as Reuters reports that the NHTSA has received just 12 complaints. Not a big number ...

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    Exclusive: Ford: We didn't overstate C-Max Hybrid mpg, low numbers were a surprise
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    There's kind of a lot to digest in the news about the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid EPA label change. In fact, as we tried to really understand how and why Ford downrated the car's fuel economy from 47 miles per gallon across the board to 43 mpg (combined, with 45 city and 40 on the highway) we learned ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max hybrid rerated at 43 mpg, owners offered rebates
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    We were not the only ones to have trouble reaching 47 miles per gallon in the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. A lot of people did, and complained about it. Ford heard those messages, and today officially announced it is lowering the official EPA mpg number for the car from 47 across the board to 43 mpg ...

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