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    Report: Hyundai, Kia want to improve fuel economy by 25 percent
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    Hyundai and sister company Kia are giving themselves a little bit of time to make up a lot of ground in the fight for better fuel economy. We wonder if a recent multi-million fine might have something to do with this public target. The connected South Korean companies are vowing to increase ...

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    Official: Detroit Electric will deliver 300 EVs to Jeju Island, South Korea
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    Despite once-grand plans to have its spiritual successor to the Tesla Roadster – and other electric vehicles – on US roads by the end of 2014, Detroit Electric still hasn't delivered Job One. That might change with a new deal just announced with Jeju Island in South Korea. Sure, ...

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    One year later, Korean car-free experiment a success
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    In September 2013, the Haenggung-dong neighborhood in Suwon City, South Korea tried a bold experiment: have the locals go car-free for 30 days as part of the EcoMobility World Festival. Looking back on the event a year later, Sustainable Cities Collective reports, residents are still feeling the ...

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    Official: BMW and Samsung enter expanded battery agreement [w/video]
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    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. In this case, the goose is BMW and the gander is Samsung. And their five-year plan has worked out well. The German automaker this week expanded its current agreement with the South Korean battery-making giant. BMW and Samsung SDI reached a ...

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    Report: South Korea island of Jeju becoming an EV-incentive heaven
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    When it comes to providing some island EV love, we can point to Hawaii, which has been pushing hard for greater electric-vehicle adoption through subsidies and a broader charging network. Now, South Korea has Jeju. We're not sure if the surf is as good. Like Hawaii, Jeju is focusing on a ...

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    Report: Hyundai admits 'error' in KDM Sonata fuel economy announcement
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    Stop us if you've heard this one before: Hyundai is going to have to reduce the officially announced miles-per-gallon number for its 2014 Sonata. While there's a lot of similarity between this new situation and events that transpired in 2012, there are some important differences. For one, the new ...

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    Official: Kia Soul EV starts production next month amidst modest sales projections
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    The hamsters in those Kia Soul commercials? Looks like they'll be riding real quiet and quite clean a little sooner than we thought. Kia is now saying it will start production of the 2015 Soul EV next month, and sales will start later this year in the company's home country of South Korea. ...

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    Official: Hyundai ups price of 2014 Sonata Hybrid slightly to $26,000
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    Hyundai is hoping prospective car buyers won't quibble with a 1.3 percent price hike for its Sonata Hybrid this year. Heck, the South Korean automaker brought the price down a year ago, so everyone's theoretically almost even. Or so they hope. Hyundai is boosting the base MSRP on the 2014 hybrid ...

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    Report: South Korean engineers find graphene electrodes can recharge in 16 seconds
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    Yes, one day, you too may be able to fully recharge your plug-in vehicle's battery in the amount of time it takes to decelerate down one of those runaway truck ramps. Assuming your brakes actually work, of course. Engineers at South Korea's Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology are ...

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    Report: GM will sell all-electric Chevy Spark in South Korea in 2013; US gets it later
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    How about a little of that over here? That's what some electric-vehicle proponents may say after General Motors announced the upcoming public debut of an all-electric Chevrolet Spark. In South Korea. GM Korea, which is 77 percent owned by the US automaker (the rest is owned by Korea Development ...

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    Report: Renault will launch South Korea's first mass-produced EV in 2013
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    Renault SA will debut South Korea's first mass-produced battery-electric vehicle when it starts selling an all-electric version of its SM3 to the public in 2013, the Korea Herald reported, citing an interview with Francois Provost, CEO of the company's Renault Samsung division in South ...

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    Official: Hyundai will boost 2012 investment by 16%, largely on fuel-efficiency efforts
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    Hyundai Motor Group, the parent of both South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Group and Kia International, will boost investment in facilities, research and development by 16 percent this year largely on its efforts to develop more fuel efficient engines for the two automakers. Hyundai Motor ...

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    Report: Alpheon eAssist comes to Korea, 22% cleaner than before
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    Daewoo has launched an eAssist version of the company's Alpheon model (LaCrosse here in the States) in Korea. The hybrid manages to deliver 25 percent better fuel economy than the standard gasoline model while reducing emissions by 22 percent. That's thanks to a small electric motor and ...

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    Report: Will 2013 electric Chevy Spark be built in Korea?
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    Where will the electric 2013 Chevrolet Spark be built? Well, if you asked that question of General Motors, then this is the answer you'd likely receive: No location of production has been decided yet. Those are the quoted words of a GM Korea spokesman, according to Ward's Auto. If, however, ...

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    Report: South Korea slips past Japan for top spot in lithium-ion battery industry
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    For the first time ever, South Korean manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries slipped past their Japanese counterparts to grab hold of the most substantial wedge of the li-ion segment. The shift took place in the April-June period, according to report by the Nikkei. The Nikkei says Japan's ...

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    Report: Japan goes toe-to-toe with South Korea in quest for lithium-ion domination
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    Japan and Korea are boosting monies spent on research and development in an attempt to grab hold of the number one spot in the rapidly heating up lithium-ion battery segment. Japanese news outlet the Nikkei reports that Japan will increase its li-ion-related spending because South Korea is ...

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    South Korea pushes production of 120-mile EV up a few years
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    Hyundai BlueOn EV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The government of South Korea once had a plan to develop a mid-size, all-electric sedan by the year 2017. It doesn't take much more than elementary math to realize that's six years away. Given that 10,000 Nissan Leafs are already ...

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    Competition from China, South Korea means Japan could lose hold of li-ion market
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    Sanyo's Kasai Plant in Japan
    With demand for lithium-ion batteries climbing worldwide, Japan could soon lose hold of its spot at the top of the industry. Facing stiff competition from China and South Korea, Japan is battling to stay ahead. The Japanese company Kureha, for example, holds a 70 ...

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    SK Innovation breaks ground on lithium-ion battery plant in Korea
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    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Recently, SK Innovations – formerly known as SK Energy – held a groundbreaking ceremony for its automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Seosan, South Korea. Slated for ...

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    Report: Hyundai on track for 2013 plug-in hybrid debut; aims to sell 11,000 Sonata Hybrids in Korea in 2011
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    Earlier today, Hyundai announced that it aims to sell 11,000 Sonata Hybrids in its home market of South Korea by the end of 2011, as soaring gas prices have stoked demand for fuel-efficient vehicles. Additionally, Hyundai has set its South Korean sales target for the Sonata Hybrid at 18,000 ...

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