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    Report: Tesla could need another $6 billion to really change the auto landscape
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    Telsa Motors has some big plans. The electric car company is building its $5-billion Gigafactory near Reno, NV to guarantee a steady supply of lower-cost batteries, has plans to release two new models and is even talking about providing home energy storage on a large scale. The California ...

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    Report: New Fisker Karma will look a lot like the old one
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    Fisker Automotive appears to be wrangling up its proverbial ducks and properly aligning them again after halting production nearly two years ago. After filing for bankruptcy, the Chinese company Wanxiang, like an angel made of money, scooped up the maker of the Karma range-extended electric ...

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    Report: Toyota still wants Tesla's battery help, still evaluating RAV4 EV program
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    Tesla Motors said earlier this month that the agreement it has with Toyota to supply battery packs for the Toyota RAV4 EV SUV would be finished by the end of the year. The deal is done, but Toyota is now singing its best version of Baby, Please Don't Go. The Japanese automaker may look to extend ...

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    Rumormill: Is Tesla building a new skunkworks facility in Lathrop, California?
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    Tesla Motors has a secret. The California automaker has leased, and is now renovating, a 431,000-square foot former Daimler-Chrysler distribution facility in Lathrop, CA, but is not saying exactly what it will be using the space for. At least, not yet. About an hour's drive east from its ...

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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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    Report: Nissan ready to increase Leaf production in Tennessee
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    With demand up and supply thinning, Nissan plans to practice a bit of Economics 101 by turning the production spigot for the all-electric Leaf clockwise at its Tennessee factory. Nissan is preparing to increase US production of the Leaf after a price cut early this year substantially boosted ...

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    Official: GM employs advanced welding technology to keep Cadillac ELR's battery together
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    General Motors' Cadillac division has always prided itself on its super-quiet cars, so the General's promotion of its "ultrasonic" welding technique for the upcoming ELR extended-range plug-in may or may not make sense, depending on how you define the term. In this case, GM says the ultrasonic ...

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    Report: 2014 Chevy Volt starts production July 15, offers dark new colors
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    Electric Francophiles looking to continue their July 14 Bastille Day festivities might be comforted to know that the party can run right into the following day when General Motors will celebrate the first 2014 Chevrolet Volt models rolling off the assembly line. Yes, July 15 will mark the day ...

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    Report: Bob Lutz 'splains the real deal on Chevy Volt cost
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    We're learning again that if you take on the Chevrolet Volt, you also take on Bob Lutz. The former General Motors executive used his Forbes column to take issue with the Reuters article that blew up yesterday, estimating that the automaker was losing $49,000 for each Chevrolet Volt sold. Lutz ...

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    Official: Honda's new 'Earth Dreams' drivetrains go into production
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    Production of the "Earth Dreams" powertrains that will slot into the 2013 Honda Accord has begun at the Japanese automaker's Anna Engine and Honda Transmission Mfg. plants, both of which will supply the Ohio assembly lines where the Accord is built. As one would expect with car as important to ...

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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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    Honda will start Fit (Jazz) Hybrid production in Thailand this summer
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    Honda will start making a hybrid version of its Fit compact in Thailand this summer, according to the Japanese publication the Nikkei. Production will mark the first time Honda will be making any of its hybrids in Asia outside of Japan. Sales of the Jazz Hybrid – Honda substitutes the name ...

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    Report: Advanced vehicle battery costs dropped 14% in the past year; down 30% since 2009
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    Electric-vehicle lithium-ion battery-pack costs fell 14 percent during the past year and are down 30 percent from three years ago because of technological improvements and increased production capacity, Bloomberg News reports, citing a study from its sister entity Bloomberg New Energy Finance. EV ...

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    Report: Lithium-ion battery costs will still be about $400/kWh by 2020
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    Count Lux Research among the pessimists when it comes to the costs of lithium-ion battery packs. Lithium-ion battery costs will fall to about $400 per kilowatt hour by the end of the decade, more than double the $150 per kilowatt hour the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium says will be required for ...

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    Report: Honda's lightweighting efforts include welding panels to frames
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    Honda Motor Co. is looking to cut weight from its vehicles by changing its manufacturing methods to reduce the number of bolts and reinforcement materials, Reuters reported, citing the Japanese newspaper Nikkei. The Japanese automaker will start welding exterior panels to the vehicle ...

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    Study: Michigan home to 38,067 "green" automotive jobs
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    Looking to join the growing number of "green" automotive workers? Well, then consider packing up and moving to Michigan (if you're not already there). That action would seem to be the most logical since the Great Lake State is now home to more than 38,067 "green" automotive jobs, according to a ...

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    Brammo partners with Flextronics to begin march toward global domination
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    How does a company grow from being a small outfit in Ashland, Oregon with a product line consisting of a single electric motorcycle to becoming a world-dominating tour de force with an impressive range of machines and volume-manufacturing capability on four continents? If you're Brammo, you ...

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    Ford Fiesta U.S.-spec gets caught in Mexican factory
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    Ford Fiestas being built in Mexico -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    What is reported to be the coming U.S.-spec Ford Fiesta has been photographed during assembly in Mexico, and the minor changes we can glean so far center around the grille. Compared to its European counterpart, the ...

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    Follow-up: Toyota may not produce hybrid Yaris after all
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    A Toyota insider is countering yesterday's report that the automaker is planning a Yaris-based hybrid to be built in France. Such a vehicle would be unnecessary, according to the unnamed source. Today's Toyota Yaris is already a fuel ...

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    Picture perfect install of a Tesla Roadster drivetrain
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    One of the good things of having the Tesla Roadster assembled close to at lesat some of its customers is that they can actually go to the factory and see how their car is being made. This is what Bill Arnett did, and he not only had the chance to see his Roadster's drivetrain installed, but also ...

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