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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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    Report: Ford will drop MPG rating for C-Max Hybrid
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    Aaaaaand that's that. After lawsuits and more lawsuits over the fuel economy rating for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford will officially announce tomorrow that it will drop that rating. The company has tried software updates to try and get the C-Max Hybrid MPG level to where it was supposed to ...

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    Report: Zipcar carsharing comes to the Motor City with just two Ford vehicles
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    Yes, it is quite symbolic. In this age of Millennials putting off driving and "peak car" sales being replaced by car sharing and other mobility, it is time for Zipcar to arrive in Motor City. The Detroit automakers may be seeing strong sales these days, but that's not expected to last ...

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    Official: Ford puts more green in green-car production
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    'Follow the money,' states the old axiom, and when it comes to green-car production, Ford is doing just that. The US automaker is boosting its number of electrification-engineering staff by 50 percent this year to 500 workers while sinking $50 million in its electrified-vehicle development ...

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    Official: Ford's deadline for gas-saving app contest is this week [w/video]
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    Write some code to save some folks some gas, and you might save about a quarter-century's worth, courtesy of Ford. The US automaker is getting closer to awarding its $50,000 prize for the Ford Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge, with the deadline for applicants coming up today. The ...

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    Report: Ford bashes EU decision to delay vote on strict 2020 emissions standards
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    The European Union (EU) is putting off its vote on stricter emissions standards for the continent, and Ford's none too happy about it. The US automaker, which has been broadening its line-up of hybrids and plug-ins during the past few years, is on record as being "disappointed" that the EU is ...

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    Official: Ford cuts production emissions by 37% per vehicle since 2000
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    Ford has used efficiency gains related to water use, waste and painting processes to cut its factory emissions per produced vehicle by 37 percent between 2000 and 2012. The US automaker, in its 14th annual Sustainability Report, adds that more changes are in store that will allow an additional ...

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    Report: Ford says its regenerative brakes have saved 100 million gallons of gas
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    Ford is taking the time to trumpet technology that's let drivers go further by stopping gradually. Specifically, the Blue Oval says the various versions of its regenerative braking systems have generated enough energy to offset the use of 100 million gallons of fuel, Wards Auto writes. Ford's ...

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    Report: Ford starts Focus Electric production in Europe, not updating EV for 2014 MY
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    So far this year (through the end of May), Ford sold 723 Focus Electrics in the US. Not a whole lot – especially compared to Nissan, which sold more than ten times that many Leafs (7,614). What's interesting is that Ford isn't going to immediately make a bunch of changes for the 2014 model ...

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    Report: Ford plug-in hybrid drivers recharge more often than EV users
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    In a sort of "man bites dog" development for the green-car set, Ford plug-in hybrid drivers are hooking themselves up to charging stations at a greater frequency than drivers of the automaker's pure battery-electric Focus, Green Car Reports says, citing a presentation Ford's Mike Tinskey made in ...

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