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    Video: Take a close look at the guts of the Chevy Volt battery, powertrain
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    Just how intimate would you like to get with the powertrain in a Chevy Volt? If you're anything like YouTube user d55guy, then spending a half hour filming yourself taking apart the battery pack, motor, inverter and more for a look inside sounds like your idea of fun. After all, this way you get ...

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    Official: 200 Nissan Leafs recalled for faulty power inverters
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    Nissan is going full speed ahead with strong sales for its all-electric Leaf. Unfortunately, some of those Leafs had a glitch that could stop some of those Leafs from doing the same. Credit a faulty power inverter. US Department of Transportation says the faulty power inverters may cause some ...

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    Report: EU to require louder EVs, quieter IC cars
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    The discussion over whether electric vehicles should come with warning sounds has been going on for what feels like forever - seriously, it's been so long we've forgotten amazing little tidbits like this - but that doesn't mean the whole thing is solved. While the US has required EVs to emit a ...

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    Official: Intertek says Plugless L2 charging system has passed saftey standard
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    No plug, no cord, no problem. Evatran, which has been working with companies such as Google, Hertz and Duke Energy to test its Plugless electric-vehicle charging system, had gotten the OK from Intertek. The testing-certification organization made Evatran's Plugless L2 the first cordless system to ...

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    Video: Learn hidden Tesla Model S safety facts from this first responder video
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    We all know that crashes can happen in a Tesla Model S. What not all of us know is how to approach a smashed vehicle in such a situation. That's where a new video, Emergency Response To Electric Vehicles, with Brock Archer and Ron Moore from Boron Extrication comes in. The training video, put ...

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    Official: 2013 Nissan Leaf named 'Top Safety Pick' in IIHS crash tests
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    Life can be good in a 2013 Nissan Leaf, even when you're crashing one. The all-electric five-seater from Nissan, which is enjoying surging sales this year, has now received the top safety rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Leaf joined the Nissan Altima and Infiniti ...

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    Official: Electrovaya's new li-ion batteries are safer, less prone to fire risk
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    Electrovaya, the Canadian lithium-ion battery maker, is ready to go full speed ahead on battery production after cutting its output and improving its technology. The company, which is launching its SuperPolymer 2.0, specifically says the new battery is less prone to fire risk because of, among ...

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    Report: GM refutes German OEMs, says HFO-1234yf AC coolant is safe
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    General Motors' Opel division is adding metaphorical fire to the real dispute over a new air-conditioning refrigerant's potential flammability. Opel recently ran crash tests with an SUV using a refrigerant, called HFO-1234yf, that is being pushed by the European Union as a way to cut greenhouse ...

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    Opinion: Nuclear energy and the Nissan Leaf
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    Read into this what you will, but Nissan may have given a subtle hint that it would prefer to have its all-electric Leafs powered by something safer than electricity make at a nuclear plant. The reason? The Japanese automaker recently presented a Leaf to an award-winning actor who starred in a ...

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    Official: Ford Focus Electric gets five-star overall crash-test rating from NHTSA
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    The Ford Focus Electric received the highest possible crash-test rating from the federal government, giving Ford another reason to pitch its first all-electric production vehicle to US customers. The Focus EV received a five-star overall score from the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    Official: NHTSA: Under 18 mph, electric vehicles will need to make "alert sound"
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    It's been a long time coming – remember the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010? – but the proposed rules for the noises that electric or hybrid vehicles have to make at low speeds have been released (get them here in PDF). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...

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    Official: Smart-transportation spending will quadruple to $102 billion by 2018
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    Let's just say the smart money's on smart transportation. A recent study by MarketsAndMarkets found that global spending on so-called smart-transportation initiatives will quadruple to more than $102 billion in 2018 from almost $27 billion this year. Spending on communication systems that do ...

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    Report: Regulators push for hybrid-electric warning sound requirement for blind pedestrians
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    US regulators continue to push for a mandate that makers of hybrids and electric-drive vehicles install a pedestrian-warning system on their vehicles to alert blind pedestrians, the Daily Caller reports. The US Secretary of Transportation had previously set a January 2014 deadline for a final ...

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    Two Wheels: Zero Motorcycles dealing with yet another safety recall
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    Zero Motorcycles is recalling 315 of its 2012 model year S and DS electric motorcycles to fix a problem that can cause their electronic motors to suddenly lose power. Affected bikes have motor encoder position signals that may drift, or change, over time, Zero Motorcycles stated in a document ...

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    Overheating batteries put Chrysler plug-in hybrid testing on hold
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    Chrysler hasn't exactly been in a leadership role when it comes to, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Disbanding the ENVI group in 2009 sure didn't help. Plug-in vehicle development continued, though, but the company's PHEV's are now facing another obstacle: overheating. Fortunately, this hasn't ...

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    Official: Coda, NHTSA issue recall for faulty side curtain airbags in 78 Sedans
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    Los Angeles-based electric-vehicle maker Coda Automotive is recalling 78 of its Sedan models for what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says may have been improper installation of side-curtain airbags. NHTSA said that the Sedan's side-curtain airbags may not deploy in an ...

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    Report: Getting NHTSA to sign off is biggest hurdle Wheego faces for now
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    As Wheego Electric Car has been experiencing, starting up a car manufacturing business is a very tough thing to do. Wheego is wending its way through acceptable compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Regulations (FMVSSR) for its two-seat, all-electric Wheego Whip LiFe car. The ...

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    Report: For Olympics, London hydrogen cabbies trucked away for 'security' during refueling
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    Well this kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it. Since Olympic organizers have shut down London's only hydrogen refueling station, three of London's hydrogen-powered cabs are being shipped – via diesel-powered car transporters – 65 miles away for refueling. Why did they do that, ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius Plug-In gets four stars in NHTSA crash test [w/video]
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    What a difference 120 pounds make. That's the weight difference between a standard Toyota Prius hatchback and its newer, slightly heavier plug-in hybrid version, and that's the reason why the plug-in didn't match the standard's five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    Official: ANSI releases detailed electric vehicle deployment 'roadmap'
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    It may not be an electric-vehicle junkie's version of "War and Peace," but it's pretty close. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which last year formed its Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) to accelerate electric-vehicle component standardization, last week released the ...

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