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    Report: Tesla talking about first European factory, but it won't happen soon
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    Tesla Motors is, as always, thinking big. The company already has a factory in California with a lot of empty space. But with Model S deliveries happening in Europe and a right-hand drive version just launched in the UK, CEO Elon Musk is already talking about building EVs in Europe. We did some ...

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    Official: Even Nissan's paint plant in Smyrna is green
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    Nissan has already boosted its green credentials in the US by moving production of the all-electric Leaf to Smyrna, TN. The Japanese automaker is now taking that effort one step further with a new vehicle-painting facility next door. Nissan just opened a 250,000-square-foot painting facility that ...

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    Official: Mazda will build $286-million Skyactiv transmission plant in Thailand
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    Mazda has some good news for a Thailand auto industry rebounding from floods that crippled production less than three years ago. The automaker will build a 26 billion yen ($286 million) factory in the country's Chonburi Province that will be used strictly to build Mazda's SkyActiv ...

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    Report: Developer sues Tesla over proposed New Mexico Model S plant
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    New Mexico may be The Land of Enchantment, but at least one developer from the state is less than charmed with Tesla Motors. The electric-vehicle maker has been sued by Rio Real Estate Investment Opportunities for what the developer says was an agreed-upon deal for Tesla to produce its Model S ...

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    Official: Lexus RX450h to be made in Canada
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    Sales are about to take off, eh? Toyota Motor Co. is counting on meeting what it says is "rising demand" for the Lexus RX450h by moving production of the crossover SUV hybrid north of the border. The Japanese automaker plans to build about 15,000 units of the model annually at its factory in ...

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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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    Report: Coda shelves plans for Ohio battery plant because of DOE inaction
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    In this case, the federal government sneezes, and central Ohio catches a cold. That's the take from the Columbus Dispatch on the decision by electric-vehicle maker Coda Automotive to shelve plans to build a Columbus, OH, battery factory. Coda said about two years ago that it would build the ...

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    Official: Volkswagen will invest more than $55 billion to cut vehicle, factory emissions
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    Volkswagen AG announced this week that it will spend more than $55 billion over the next four years reducing carbon emissions from both its vehicles and factories, as the German automaker looks to increase sales by boosting its credibility as an environmentally friendly vehicle maker. You can see ...

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    Videos: car factories in the middle of the city?
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    Who says car factories have to be dirty? Volkswagen built a car factory in the middle of the city of Dresden called the Transparent Factory. The factory actually replaced a convention center and attracts tourists and people wanting to buy a car. The factory workers wear white, there is no pollution ...

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    Mayor suggests "lynching" to support ethanol plant
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    Selma Mayor Charles Hester thinks opponents to a new ethanol plant should be "lynched." Charles remarks were caught on video, which you can see above. You can also see it on local news stations WRAL, ABC 11 and NBC 17. Charles apologized for what he calls "his short remark" after lots of people ...

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    Energy Star Awards given to two ethanol plants
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    One of the anti-ethanol arguments running around is that it takes as much energy to produce ethanol as it does gasoline. Thanks to Macon Municipal Utilities and Adkins Energy LLC, another step towards proving that wrong has been made.With the installation of Combined Heat and Power generation ...

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    Greenline Industries and Valco Bioenergy Start up Texas Biodiesel Plant
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    It seems like no matter what kind of fuel it is, it always comes from the Middle East or Texas. The latter is the case here, as Greenline Industries (no relation to Saturn) and Valco Bioenergy have just started up a new 3 million gallon per year biodiesel plant in Harlingen, TX. In Greenline's ...

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