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    Report: For Tesla, the energy-storage company, the magic is in batteries
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    Tesla Motors Chief Elon Musk has always been a big-picture guy, and the company's chief technology officer appears to be following suit. JB Straubel, who was a keynote speaker at the Joint Venture Silicon Valley symposium near the automaker's Northern California home base recently, says the ...

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    Read This: With EVs, being connected means helping drivers and automakers
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    It's a dang shame that the Pontiac Firebird used in the 1980s TV show "Knight Rider" wasn't electric. Otherwise, that creepy voice would've had a lot more to tell the Hasslehoff. Plug-in vehicle makers like Nissan, Ford and Tesla are equipping their car with top-of-the-line data-collection ...

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    Official: ​A123 reborn as technology incubator A123 Venture Technologies
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    Lithium-ion battery developer A123 Systems is re-emerging from its bankruptcy and sale to China-based Wanxiang Group as ... well, we're not sure exactly what. Wanxiang is starting a new division called A123 Venture Technologies, Green Car Congress says. The buzzwords are strategic partnerships ...

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    Study: Alt-fuel cars unsustainable without government assistance
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    According to the 2012 U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index by Booz & Co., alternative vehicle powertrains may take up as much as 10 percent of the total market by 2020, but only if the federal government continues to support development. Without a helping hand from Uncle Sam, ...

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    Report: Why your next car may not come with a CD player
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    Michael Arbaugh, chief designer of Ford interiors, describes center console space as "oceanfront property" – already fully populated, with more tenants trying to move in every year. Speaking to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit, Arbaugh said one tenant he'd like to evict is the CD ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell reveals its inner workings
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    BMW has its i8, Audi has its R8 e-tron, Mercedes-Benz has its SLS AMG E-Cell. The electron-powered, gullwinged coupe will use batteries supplied by SK Innovations that power four synchronous electric motors into developing 525 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. It is predicted to run from ...

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    Official: Bill Ford pitches self-driving, traffic-warning car functions for traffic alleviation
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    Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford is worried about "global gridlock" over the next four decades. The good news is that he sees a way out of the morass, a plan called the "Blueprint for Mobility" that he outlined during a keynote speech at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona ...

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    Report: U.S. electric-vehicle adoption rate isn't slow, it's typical
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    We've all heard the doom and gloom about the failure of plug-in cars, right? It is true that plug-in vehicles will account for substantially less than one percent of new cars sold in the U.S. this year, but that doesn't mean electric-drive vehicle advocates should fret. Not when you look at a ...

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    Report: Daimler buys 15% stake in MyTaxi cab-hailing application publisher
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    Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG has acquired a 15-percent stake in smartphone application publisher MyTaxi, marking the German automaker's continued willingness to invest in transportation-related businesses that don't actually focus on selling vehicles to customers. Bloomberg News reported that ...

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    Report: General Motors, BMW to shack up on fuel cell development
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    Reuters reports General Motors and BMW are headed toward a partnership that may see the two automakers join forces on the creation of a fuel cell system. German business magazine Wirtschafts Woche has cited unnamed industry sources as saying talks between the companies are already quite advanced, ...

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    Official: BMW and Toyota agree to collaborate on future green technology
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    BMW has confirmed the German automaker will join forces with Toyota to create new green technologies. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation lithium-ion battery technology, with the option to expand the partnership into ...

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    Report: Volt's target buyers are techies, not greenies
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    Which is more likely to signal that someone is a potential buyer of the Chevy Volt: a membership in the Sierra Club or owning the latest-model iPad? According to the people in charge of marketing the Volt, it's gizmos over granola when it comes to their target buyer. "Early on, we talked a ...

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    Ford uses fuel economy and technology to chase VW in Germany
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    In the United States, Ford has raised its revenue per car by over $4,000 in just the last three years, but travel to the far side of the Atlantic and the blue oval doesn't always have such a blue chip reputation. In Germany, most consumers consider Ford a "discount brand." As a result, most Fords ...

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    Dead Diesels: Six automakers reportedly kill plans for oil burners
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    Diesel's near-term prospects in America took a huge hit with the revelation that nine diesel-powered 2010 models are on hold. Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan have put the kibosh on rolling out more oil burners due to cost and perception issues. Toyota's obviously on a ...

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    Forbes picks most technologically advanced green cars
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    It's always interesting when non-automotive people decide to create a list of top cars in some category. In this case, the business and financial writers over at Forbes decided to pick ten technologically advanced green cars. Some of the selections - the Honda FCX Clarity and the Chevy Volt - seem ...

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    UCS has a CVD
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    The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has come up with a Clean Vehicle Design (CVD) that could be applied more broadly to new vehicles sold in the US to reduce Global Warming Emissions. These are technologies already developed and in production and available on some vehicles. Combine them on any ...

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    ABG POLL: Powertrain Technologies
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    All the major car manufacturers are currently placing their bets as to what powertrain technology they think will win out in the near-future. Where would you put your money?Vote now. Which powertrain technology will your 2010 model year passenger vehicle ...

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    Small cars gaining technology to get desirable
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    There are many reasons why small, fuel-efficient cars often sold poorly in the US market from the mid 1980s until relatively recently. Cheap gas was certainly one very important reason. Once the memory of the last energy crisis of the 1979-80 period faded, there just wasn't much of an incentive to ...

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    President Bush attempts to look green, can't help but help oil companies
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    Speaking of politicians, I think Talkingpointsmemo has an attitude worth remembering whenever President Bush talks about the changes that America needs to go through in order to curb our addiction to oil. While he’s willing to say we have an addiction to oil, he sure isn’t willing to ...

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