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    Report: Spirra EV actually headed for production?
    The mysterious South Korean supercar might have a life after all 1402487640

    The Korean supercar from Oullim Motors, called the Spirra, is making headlines again, this time with regards to an electric powertrain. We've known that there were plans for an electric version of the car since 2011, when we saw a Spirra EV in a video showcasing how the cars are built. Now, Dutch ...

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    Report: Hyundai admits 'error' in KDM Sonata fuel economy announcement

    Stop us if you've heard this one before: Hyundai is going to have to reduce the officially announced miles-per-gallon number for its 2014 Sonata. While there's a lot of similarity between this new situation and events that transpired in 2012, there are some important differences. For one, the new ...

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    Report: Hyundai, Kia expanding plug-in vehicle line-up in Korea

    Hyundai is shedding a bit of light on its electric vehicle plans. About time, too, since the company has spend a long period being quite vague about plugging in while touting its hydrogen plans. The Hyundai and Kia brands will both release their first plug-in hybrid vehicles next year in Korea; ...

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    Study: Waste rice husks could find a home in next-gen lithium-ion batteries

    Lithium-ion batteries have two big hurdles to climb if they're going to power millions of plug-in vehicles – they're too expensive and their reliability has been called to question. For next-gen li-ion batteries to make it, there had better be a cheap and plentiful component. How about rice ...

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    Official: Chevy starts Spark EV motor production in Baltimore

    While the Chevy Spark EV will be made in Korea, two important parts –motor and battery pack – are built in the US. Today, General Motors proudly highlighted the start of motor production at its White Marsh plant outside of Baltimore, MD. GM says this move makes it the first domestic ...

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    Report: GM will make next electric car in Korea; expected to be bigger than Spark EV

    GM reportedly will produce next-generation electric vehicles in South Korea, alongside the Chevrolet Spark EV (pictured), due to arrive in American showrooms by summer, and later this year in Europe. The Spark EV also will be available for fleets in Canada. GM Korea honcho Sergio Rocha told ...

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    Official: Plug-in Renault Samsung SM3 compact coming to Korea in 2013

    Renault Samsung Motors will debut a plug-in compact vehicle in Korea next year as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's efforts to expand electric-drive sales to more geographic areas. The plug-in will be a battery-electric version of Renault Samsung's SM3 compact and ... that's about all we ...

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    Official: Hyundai will make 'limited' number of fuel-cell vehicles this year, 'thousands' by 2014

    Hyundai has confirmed that it will make a "limited" number of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) this year for testing purposes, with a goal of making as many as 10,000 FCEVs annually by 2015. The South Korean automaker is testing an FCEV based on the Tucson crossover which will be part ...

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    Report: Alpheon eAssist comes to Korea, 22% cleaner than before

    Daewoo has launched an eAssist version of the company's Alpheon model (LaCrosse here in the States) in Korea. The hybrid manages to deliver 25 percent better fuel economy than the standard gasoline model while reducing emissions by 22 percent. That's thanks to a small electric motor and ...

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    Report: Japan goes toe-to-toe with South Korea in quest for lithium-ion domination

    Japan and Korea are boosting monies spent on research and development in an attempt to grab hold of the number one spot in the rapidly heating up lithium-ion battery segment. Japanese news outlet the Nikkei reports that Japan will increase its li-ion-related spending because South Korea is ...

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    VIDEO: Zap Alias causes Korean singing/dancing ka-raziness

    ZAP Alias song & dance– Click above to watch video after the jump
    Move over hawt Volt dancers. Jump back Tesla dippin' rappers. It's become obvious that the Zap Alias – whose other-worldly looks might be put down to it being pulled from the seventh planet from the sun – has ...

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    Magna International invests $400-600 million in battery production

    Ford Focus Electric battery packs – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Magna International has decided that it will invest between $400 million and $600 million in lithium ion battery production over the next three years. The Canadian auto parts supplier will build two production ...

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    South Koreans choosing SUVs over hybrids

    In recent months, it seems that South Korean buyers have been increasingly less enamored with hybrid vehicles... at least when it comes to buying them. In February, nationwide sales of hybrids dipped to only 591 units, a mere 0.5 percent market share. A combination of bad publicity related to ...

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    KAIST's On Line Electric Vehicle draws energy from the road, now in use in S. Korea

    In September, the Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) demonstrated the technical concept for the On Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV) using individual cars (which were really kind of cute – see them here). Today, the KAIST launched an actual prototype electric train that draws energy ...

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    Pennsylvania ready for 400 new jobs from CT&T's electric car plans

    e-Zone Electric Vehicle - Click above to enlarge
    Korean automaker CT&T, makers of the unusually-shaped e-zone neighborhood electric vehicle, intends to open two production, assembly and distribution facilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, according to an announcement from Gov. Edward Rendell ...

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    REPORT: S. Korea targeting Japanese li-ion products

    Mitsubishi i MiEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The long-simmering confrontation between South Korea and Japan has affected all sorts of relationships between the two countries. While mostly peaceful over the last few decades, there remains some bad blood between the two countries. A ...

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    Kia testing hybrids in Korea, US release may be delayed

    Your browser does not support JavaScript. This media can be viewed at <a href=""></a>In the video above from the 2007 LA ...

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    With new battery, Hyundai hybrid inches one step closer to reality

    The Global & Yuasa Battery Co., Ltd., or Global Battery, announced this week the development of its own battery for use in hybrid vehicles. States a company spokesperson, "As soon as we wrap up discussions on the battery supply deal with Hyundai Motor, which is developing its own hybrid model, ...

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    Hyundai delays hybrids

    Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have decided to postpone the commercialization of their hybrid Verna and Pride by more than 12 months. The commercial hybrid production was originally scheduled to start late in 2007. Questions about profitability of the cars is spurring the delay. Also, the company is ...


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