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    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't yet signed anti-Tesla legislation
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    The nation's auto dealers are taking their fight against Tesla and its direct method of selling cars to consumers to the symbolic heart of the auto industry. In Michigan, a bill that would entrench the existing dealer networks and prohibit direct car sales to buyers has passed both the state's ...

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    Report: Michigan gets into anti-Tesla legislation game
    Bills To Prevent Direct Vehicle Sales Moving Through Legislature 1413391440

    If you figured the home of the US car industry would be against messing with the age-old, franchised-dealer auto distribution system, you'd be right. Michigan, home to the Big Three US automotive companies (General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, now Fiat Chrysler), is moving towards officially ...

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    Report: LG Chem's troubled Chevy Volt battery plant hiring once again
    After Paying People Not To Work, The Tide Has Turned 1411657020

    The Michigan battery plant known for paying its workers to do nothing has turned things around and is now hiring more workers, specifically to do something. South Korea-based LG Chem, which runs the factory to supply the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in vehicle with its lithium-ion ...

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    Video: Sakti3 says 480-mile EVs possible using safe, affordable solid state batteries [UPDATE]
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    *UPDATE: We've put the official announcement from Sakti3 below. Every now and then, we hear a little bit more information from the Michigan battery company Sakti3, which is somewhat secretly working on advanced solid state lithium batteries. In March, for example, the company was named an ...

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    Rumormill: 2016 Chevy Volt to make auto show debut this season
    GM Moving Electric Motor Production From Mexico To Michigan 1406741400

    Ever since we saw that spy shots of the 2016 Chevy Volt, we've been hungering for more information on the next-gen version of GM's green halo car. It appears we might not have long to wait, at least for an official tease. An inside source that wishes to remain anonymous told AutoblogGreen that ...

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    Rumormill: Chevy Spark EV could be coming to Midwest later this year
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    Ohio is not known as a hotbed of EV sales – if anything, the state is a bit anti-EV, thanks to a legislative fight against Tesla's direct sales model – but it might be on Chevrolet's short list to expand the market for the Spark EV in the near future. The latest official GM press ...

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    Study: Average new-vehicle MPG climbs yet again, to 25.6
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    April Fools! That dip in new-car fuel economy during the fourth month of this year was in fact an aberration. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) calculated the weighted average of new-car fuel economy and determined that new car month-over-month fuel economy in ...

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    Official: Performance CNG wants to crowdfund natural gas-powered Ford Mustang
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    Soliciting investments to develop a street-legal compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Ford Mustang that can deliver 470 horsepower certainly wouldn't make sense on a site called Indiestopstop. Nope, Indiegogo is the more-appropriately-named site that one Michigan entrepreneur is using to try and ...

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    Report: Lexus Eco Challenge rewards schools for clean water, briquette press projects
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    Teams from one New Jersey high school and one Michigan middle school reversed the old adage by thinking locally and acting globally. And that strategy won them the grand prizes in the most recent edition of the Lexus Eco Challenge. The future is indeed bright. The Toyota luxury-vehicle division ...

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    Official: Elio high-mpg trike hits 10,000 reservations
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    Our math says that there must be 71 people a day signing up for the Elio Motors super-fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicle. Michigan-based Elio says it's surpassed the 10,000-reservation threshold for its car, which is slated to start production next year. About 6,300 had signed up as of the end ...

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    Report: UMTRI: average fuel economy in US climbs yet again
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    Go figure. That's what we're saying after fleetwide fuel economy of new cars purchased in January rose during a month when green-car sales fell yet again. January's new cars got an average fuel economy of 24.9 miles per gallon, which was up from 24.8 mpg in December and approached the all-time ...

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    Report: New CEO for A123 Systems as battery company turns more to China
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    A123 Systems, the lithium-ion battery maker that was acquired out of bankruptcy in January, has promoted Jason Forcier to chief executive officer and said it would attempt to build up its business by attracting more China-based customers, Reuters reports. The company also said its executives ...

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    Official: Boulder Electric keeps on trucking with vehicle-to-grid charging demonstrations
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    Boulder Electric Vehicle is gradually taking demonstrations of its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology westward, spreading the gospel of an electric truck that can power itself while providing about 60 kilowatts worth of juice for a building or another outside source. The company demonstrated its ...

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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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    Official: Ricardo says only 'minor electrification' needed to reach 2025 CAFE standards
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    Ricardo Plc appears to be adhering to an "it takes a village" approach to ratcheting up US fleetwide fuel economy levels to the higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards the federal government set for 2025. Last year, the US government finalized the new CAFE standards, which call for ...

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    Report: GM lobbies against Michigan proposal for EV road tax
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    General Motors has no issues with the idea of better roads for Michigan, but when it comes to a special plug-in vehicle tax enacted to help pay for those repairs, the automaker is crying foul, Automotive News says. At least eight US states either having passed or proposed a special electric ...

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    Report: Elio moves to make $6,800, 84-mpg three-wheeler more real
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    Tell a hip-hop fan you've got a vehicle with three-wheel motion and they'll think of low-riders, '64 Impalas and hydraulics. Michigan-based Elio Motors has another idea, and the Detroit News says it's a few beats closer to reality. Elio, which a few months ago made news when it agreed to buy an ...

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    Report: LG Chem's Michigan battery plant starting production in July, will deliver Chevy Volt batteries by end of summer
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    It looks like the last hand's been played at those reputed card games that not-so-busy employees at LG Chem's lithium-ion battery factory in Michigan were playing. The South Korean company is planning to start production of batteries for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in in July, with the ...

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    Study: DOE confirms LG Chem battery plant workers were paid not to make Chevy Volt batteries
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    Remember the story last fall about workers at battery maker LG Chem's Holland, MI-based plant who were sitting idle? Well, the feds have investigated and the news isn't good. The US Department of Energy (DOE) released an audit earlier this month (PDF) that revealed that not a single production ...

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