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BMW of North America has announced the partnerships and programs comprising its 360º Electric portfolio. The company says its intent is to ease the acceptance of its EVs and has organized a full support system for BMW i owners in order to make their experience a truly premium and enjoyable one. Available in early 2014, […]

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Ford Motor Co. is making strides toward possibly building electric vehicles with its joint venture partner in China. At a recent Ford Chinese transmission assembly plant groundbreaking ceremony, Ford’s CEO Alan R. Mulally indicated the blue oval brand is now mulling its options. “As we move to more electrification, you’re going to see more hybrids, […]

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Ford announced yesterday that it and solar energy provider, SunPower, will begin offering rooftop arrays to provide clean electricity to charge Ford’s growing family of “electrified” vehicles. The 2.5 kilowatt system will deliver enough energy to provide 3,000 kilowatt hours annually, which Ford estimates will be enough to let a Focus Electric driver travel 1,000 […]

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Ford announced yesterday it would raise its annual U.S. production capacity for “electrified” vehicles – hybrids and plug-in hybrids – from 35,000 to over 100,000 by 2013. While the Focus EV is due later this year, the spotlight was also on four other hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Central among these will be Ford’s five-passenger […]

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Ford announced yesterday it would raise its annual U.S. production capacity for “electrified” vehicles from 35,000 to over 100,000 by 2013. While the Focus EV is due later this year, the spotlight was also on four other hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Central among these will be Ford’s five-passenger C-Max Hybrid (pictured) and C-Max Energi […]

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It’s not a great way to generate buzz, but Ford Motor Co. is taking a common sense approach to building greener cars. In contrast to trying to build an eco-friendly “halo” car—or betting big on a single technology—Ford is preparing to weave a range of electric-drive and efficiency technologies into its mainstream global vehicle lineup. […]

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Ford announced yesterday that it will build a conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of its C-Max vehicle for European customers. The two hybrid variants of the C-Max—a kind of small versatile family wagon—will be built in Ford’s Valencia plant in Spain. The hybrids are due in 2013, while the redesigned conventional C-Max and Grand […]

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally opened the New York International Auto Show with a keynote outlining the company’s roadmap for greener cars and trucks. Mulally said there is still “so much room to improve the internal combustion engine,” but said the company plans to roll out more hybrids and electric vehicles. Ford demonstrated its commitment to […]

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Nissan released an image yesterday of a light commercial electric vehicle concept. It’s just a sketch, but the drawing signals that Nissan is moving forward with plans to build an entire electric vehicle program—rather than focusing on a single vehicle. So far, most of Nissan’s electric plans have focused on the all-electric five-seat Nissan Leaf, […]

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford, pledged yesterday to form an alliance with the Edison Electric Institute to work on plug-in cars. Speaking at EEI’s annual convention in San Francisco on Thursday, Mulallly outlined his company’s path toward high fuel-efficiency, which included—but by no means was limited to—electric vehicle technology. […]

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