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If you’re a consumer that’s committed to the idea of having an all-electric car, but have held back on the purchase because of comparatively high prices for EVs, now might be the time to consider taking the EV plunge. While not widely advertised, at least not yet, Ford is offering a substantial discount, to the […]

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Chinese automaker BYD isn’t a car brand immediately recognizable to most in the U.S., but the company is well established in sales of electric vehicles outside of the States. In addition to manufacturing electric transit buses, the company’s compact all-electric car, the e6, is also becoming a popular model for fleet purchases. BYD recently announced […]

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The repercussions of inaccurate fuel economy labeling on some models of Hyundai and Kia vehicles have become a bit more tangible to the Korean automakers. Between them, the companies have designated more than $412 million as compensation to those customers with one of the dozens of models involved in the reimbursement program set up by […]

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The European Commission (EC) has laid a road map that it says will lead to a Europe with far fewer vehicle emissions. And rather than focus on development of alternative fuels, the key objective behind the package of measures centers on distribution of the clean fuels. The EC cites issues of the high cost of […]

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In an expected move, the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association Inc., and other plaintiffs, are appealing a dismissal of the association’s lawsuit against Tesla Motors, Inc. The dealers brought the suit against Tesla in October 2012 for allegedly violating state franchise law when Tesla opened one of its stores in a Natick, Mass., shopping mall. […]

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Better late than never might be the adage Subaru is applying to what may be the Japanese automaker’s first foray into the mass-market with a hybrid vehicle. The Detroit Bureau is reporting that Kenichi Yamamoto, director of product management at Subaru of America, has said that Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) is working […]

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Mitsubishi Motors announced yesterday that it is recalling 14,700 of its i-MiEV electric powertrain cars due to a problem with the car’s brakes. According to Reuters the automaker says it will recall 3,400 of the i-MiEV car, and 2,400 MINICAB-MiEV vehicles in Japan, with 8,900 i-MiEV cars recalled in Europe. Some variants of the all-electric […]

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Yesterday Volkswagen announced it is putting into operation at its Chattanooga, Tenn., manufacturing facility a massive solar installation. VW said in a release that the installation is the largest of its kind among auto manufacturing facilities in the U.S., and the largest of any solar installation in Tennessee. The Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park occupies 33 […]

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Ford announced yesterday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the company’s Fusion and Fusion Hybrid a top safety rating for overall performance in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing. The relatively new testing procedure combines vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests, and resistance to rollover. The 2013 Fusion was […]

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Scientists at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, plan to replicate plants’ ability to turn sunlight into energy – photosynthesis – in order to harvest hydrogen, a zero-emissions fuel. The university’s scientists speculate that this process of harvesting the sun’s energy will be far more efficient than existing solar converters. “We have been […]

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