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Well, that didn’t take long. Mere hours after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released the results of its latest round of crash testing, it looks like Consumer Reports (CR) is piling on the bad news. Both the Mazda5 and — perhaps more relevant to us — the Nissan Leaf scored poorly during the […]

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The Chevrolet Volt came out of the IIHS’ recent round of small overlap front crash testing with an acceptable rating, something that can’t be said for its closest rival, the Nissan Leaf. “Driver space in the Volt was maintained reasonably well, and data taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of significant injuries,” said […]

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Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has reached an agreement with Tesla Motors to provide machinery for the car maker’s planned battery plant. According to the Nikkei, the initial investment is said to be between 20- to 30 billion yen, or roughly between $200- to $300 million, although the exact details will be made official before the […]

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In addition to hopefully re-launching the Karma series hybrid, Fisker Automotive’s new owners aim to introduce a second plug-in model within the next three years. However, both Lu Guanqiu, chairman and founder of Wanxiang Group Co., which bought Fisker during a bankruptcy auction earlier this year, and Pin Ni, president of the company’s U.S. unit, […]

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Just a few days ago there were several individual stories floating out there – each potentially unrelated but important nonetheless. First, the news that Opel was killing its Ampera plug-in hybrid, then LG Chem announced that it was working on a 200-mile-range EV with one automaker (but not confirming which one). Next was the bit […]

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Not content to let Tesla rest on its laurels with the highest 265-mile EPA-rated range of the Model S 85, company CEO Elon Musk figures making an electric vehicle with over 500 miles of range wouldn’t take long to develop. Musk, who was being interviewed by Auto Express, said Tesla could do it “quite soon, […]

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Although it’s taken a few days to filter out to North American media, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed that the country will offer a substantial subsidy for the new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles being launched in early 2015. “This is the car of a new era because it doesn’t emit any carbon dioxide and […]

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In a classic case of misquotes and misinformation, earlier reports of Opel canning the Chevrolet Volt-based Ampera before General Motors launches its second generation without a replacement might not be entirely accurate. Today, while reports from Reuters and Automotive News Europe do confirm that Opel is indeed killing the Ampera, the company is also working […]

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Daimler has been very involved with fuel-cell electric vehicle research and various prototypes since the early 1990s. And, the German giant has been public about the genesis of its technology, including early involvement with Canadian experts Ballard Power Systems, however the company still hasn’t launched a publicly available FCV. With hydrogen power getting more general […]

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Given that the Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in both the United States and Canada for what feels like forever, it’s no surprise that the company’s upcoming 2015 model has caused plenty of concern. Both the unproven aluminum-intensive construction meant to drastically decrease weight and Ford’s increased reliance on its turbocharged EcoBoost engines […]

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