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    Official: NHTSA will hold electric vehicle li-ion battery safety symposium

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will conduct a meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 18 with representatives from the auto and battery-making industries to talk about safety issues related to lithium-ion batteries used on battery-electric vehicles. "The purpose of this ...

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    Official: Electric vehicles spur concerns over range, fire, Consumer Reports says

    More than three-quarters of the American public say limited driving range is a point of concern when considering an electric vehicle, while almost 30 percent indicated that they thought EVs were more dangerous than conventional vehicles, Consumer Reports said, citing responses to its 2012 Car ...

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    Report: Nissan Leaf rear-ends school bus in Oregon; results in minor injuries but no fire

    Maybe this will calm some of the "plug-in cars are scary!" fears that are out there. Recently, a Nissan Leaf driver rear-ended a school bus in Oregon, causing minor injuries but no fire, the Yamhill Valley News-Register reported. The Leaf's front and side airbags deployed during the accident, ...

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    Video: GM launches ad campaign touting Chevy Volt safety

    General Motors has launched an advertising campaign touting the safety of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric vehicle, just as its CEO testified to Congress that a recent Volt fire that took place after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test would never occur ...

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    Report: Some Chevy dealers rejecting Volt allocations from GM

    Chevrolet dealers in some U.S. markets are turning away Chevrolet Volts that General Motors is allocating to them, indicating that consumers remain concerned that the extended-range plug-in vehicles pose an additional safety risk relative to convention cars, are too expensive or are otherwise not ...

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    Chevy Volt battery may be redesigned for improved safety

    In the wake of a post-accident fire at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration facility and with a safety probe underway, GM is considering a redesign of the battery used in the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt. GM Chief Executive Dan Akerson has said he is open the possibility of redesigning ...

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    Study: Hybrid drivers are safer from injury in a crash

    Hybrid models don't just have the advantage of fuel economy over their gas-only siblings – it appears that batteries and electric motors make them safer as well. To find this out, the Highway Loss Data Institute studied 25 2003 to 2011 vehicles that featured both conventional and hybrid ...

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    Report: Policymakers cite reduced safety as a reason not to adopt 54.5 mpg CAFE standards

    Yesterday, a House of Representatives panel kicked off a hearing to review the Obama Administration's fuel economy standards of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Today, U.S. regulators, including officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental ...

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    Roush recalling 286 propane-fueled Ford E-Series over injector issue

    Only 286 Model Year 2007 to 2011 units are thought to be affected by a recall issued by the NHTSA, but when the vehicles in question are the converted-by-Roush, propane-fueled Ford E-Series vans, 286 units turns out to be quite a lot. Roush has announced it's recalling some of its converted ...

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    2011 Honda CR-Z recalled for rollaway concerns

    Honda is recalling 2011 CR-Z hybrids with manual transmissions to update software that controls the hatchbacks electric motor. This recall is part of a global campaign that involves nearly 960,000 vehicles, including the not-for-U.S.-consumption Honda Fit Hybrid, for problems with its window ...

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    2011 Chevrolet Aveo (Sonic) nabs 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating [w/video]

    The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo hatchback, to be sold in North America as the Chevy Sonic starting this fall, has received a five-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP). According to NCAP, the Aveo hatchback scored 85 out of 100 points, which places it among the top ...

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    Renault concerned about silent electric F1 cars in the pit lane

    Of all the teams and manufacturers in F1, typically Renault has been the most supportive of the FIA's push for more environmentally-friendly means of propulsion. The French manufacturer – which has, in the "civilian" market, often been at the forefront of the electric car scene – was ...

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    Report: NHTSA investigation into 100,000 VW and Audi diesels intensifies

    2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI (MkVI) – Click above for high-res image gallery
    According to The Detroit News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is turning up the heat on its investigation into faulty Volkswagen fuel pumps. The administration has announced that it is currently ...

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    Euro NCAP finds small cars offer plenty of protection

    Europe's crash testing authority, Euro NCAP, has published a series of new tests that includes the latest small and fuel efficient models offered there. The top scorers in the small car segment, with five star results, were the Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20 and Kia Soul. The Audi Q5 and the Peugeot 3008 ...

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    Seat Ibiza gets 5 starts in EuroNCAP crash test

    Although you can no longer say that the new Ibiza is small, it still plays a role in the European supermini segment. It's about 4-meters long, about the size of a Golf II series. Nevertheless, it's good to know that you don't have to be a big kid to be safe. The Spanish-German Ibiza got 5 stars at ...

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    GG Quadster defies classification

    Click on the image for more shots of the GG Quadster digg_url = ''; Take a look at the GG Quadster, a machine which is designed with four wheels but powered by a motorcycle engine. The 1200cc liquid-cooled inline four cylinder design ...

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    At least one electric car dealership sees increased sales as gas prices rise

    Are high gas prices having an impact on EV sales? Yep. Washington state news station KING5 did a report on an electric car dealership's recent sales increase. Jim Johnson of MC Electric Cars has sold more electric cars in the last month than the last three years combined. With a barrel of oil ...

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    Geneva '08 Preview: 78 MPG Nano hits Europe within four years

    We got our first official look at Tata's Nano in January (and a very good unofficial look in December). Tata's Nano will make its international debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show but when will it go on sale in Europe? According to reports, Europe may have to wait up to four years for the cars ...

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    Does the airbag waiver mean the Tesla Roadster isn't safe for kids?

    Recently, we told you that Tesla got a waiver for advanced air bags for the Roadster. The Roadster "will be manufactured under Tesla's supervision and direction at a factory owned by Lotus" according to a file with Lotus (which does not sponsor Tesla and Tesla is not a subsidiary ...

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    Does the Heritage Foundation misstate results of a CAFE-safety study?

    The video above, "The Energy Debate: Just the Facts," is from the Heritage Foundation and includes the results of a study on CAFE and safety that I think may have been misstated. The video starts out by asking the loaded question "why will raising CAFE standards hurt Americans?" to which Ben ...


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