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Fiat Chrysler automobiles may be showing an all-electric version of its Pacifica Hybrid at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. According to Bloomberg , the automaker that gave the world its first plug-in hybrid minivan may go one better with an all-electric model as it seeks to meet increasingly stringent […]

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Even though they still have leftover storage capacity once they’ve degraded too far for automotive use, lithium-ion batteries should be recycled, not reused. At least, that’s what a new report says. Automakers have been experimenting with alternative uses for these batteries, but a report from Lux Research suggests that recycling the battery packs would be […]

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California Public Utilities Commission will vote next week on a controversial proposal where a utility may get the green light to install 7,500 charging stations. That proposal has been scaled back quite a bit since its initial offering. In early 2015, northern California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. proposed spending $654 million to install […]

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Renault’s commercial vehicle division will be displaying the new longer-range Kangoo Z.E. all-electric electric van next month at the European Motor Show in Brussels. Renault Pro+ will present the new Kangoo on Jan. 13 with its new motor/battery package that will increase the model’s driving range by more than 50 percent. Renault says that its […]

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Pricing for the new Chevrolet Cruze diesel has been announced with the car starting at $24,670. That base price nets you a Cruze sedan with a six-speed manual, while bumping up to the nine-speed automatic pushes the price up to $26,270. To get the diesel engine, the Cruze must be at least an LT trim […]

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To keep the Mercedes-Benz sales momemtum growing in China, parent Daimler could manufacture electric cars and batteries locally, according to the company’s marketing head Hubertus Troska. Since the beginning of 2016, Mercedes cars have carved a 28-percent sales increase in China after refreshing designs that gave a sportier appearance along with an upmarket feel that […]

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Plug-in electrified vehicle sales will skyrocket in the next quarter century, according to a new study by IHS Markit. The global consulting and analytics firm predicts PEVs will make up 15-to-35 percent of global new vehicle sales by 2040. While these vehicles only make for one percent of global auto sales, sales in 2016 are […]

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Lucid Motors has chosen Samsung SDI as a major supplier of lithium-ion battery cells for its soon-to-be-launched electric car. The two companies will work together jointly on the battery cells that will “exceed current performance benchmarks in areas such as energy density, power, calendar life and safety,” Lucid and Samsung said. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based […]

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President-elect Donald Trump just appointed an EPA chief who has experience taking on legal battles with the agency over Obama’s climate change policies. Announced yesterday, Trump’s appointee as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. While environmental groups and members of Congress vehemently oppose the move, it was in line […]

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Electrified commercial trucks will see 10-fold growth through the next decade, according to a new study. Navigant Research says that growing awareness of better air quality and stricter emissions targets will drive fleets to transition over to electrified trucks and away from diesel through 2026. While diesel trucks have gotten cleaner through incremental technology improvements, […]

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