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Last week the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors announced the winning team of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competition finals. The team’s exceptionally engineered 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with energy storage, electric drive and ethanol (E85) fueled engine technology, earned it the top honor. EcoCAR 2 is a three-year competition managed […]

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Nissan’s hybrid ZEOD RC Le Mans prototype racer set a couple of bittersweet landmarks yesterday in completing one lap of the Le Mans 24 Hours in all-electric mode, topping 300 kph, but broke after 23 minutes and did not finish. In qualifying, driver Satoshi Motoyama crossed over 300 kph (186 mph) on the Mulsanne Straight, […]

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A private individual near the San Francisco airport snapped and today posted a photo to an enthusiasts’ forum of a Volkswagen GTE plug-in hybrid wagon – a car that’s not in production anywhere, not even Europe. Could this plug-in sportwagen be coming to the U.S.? No telling, or even yet whether it’s slated for Europe […]

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In the wake of Tesla effectively taking the lid off its patents, BMW and Nissan are mulling the idea of collaborating on charging technology. Presently the three automakers, which use different charger plug configurations, produce about 80 percent of the global supply to the still-budding market, and to create synergy BMW and Nissan are considering […]

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Kia has started volume production of its Soul EV for export sales. The zero-emissions Soul EV is Kia’s first electric vehicle to be marketed by the company outside Korea. Kia said the first vehicles off the production line are destined for select European countries and are scheduled to go on sale across Europe during the […]

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Keeping the momentum going, Tesla said once it reaches 160,000 European sales, it intends to build a factory there, and its sales already exceed those of the United States. In the first four months of this year, the Fremont, Calif. company sold 3,467 Model S sedans into Europe according to JATO Dynamics. This compares to […]

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This week Tesla took the padlock off its patent file for others to copy, and in Europe it’s meeting with automakers including BMW to discuss ways to proliferate electric vehicles. On Wednesday Tesla and BMW met, but what specifically was discussed was not published. “Both companies are strongly committed to the success of electromobility and […]

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Portland has been announced by Nissan as the U.S. proving ground for its electric commercial vehicle, the Nissan e-NV200. Nissan said it is working in collaboration with Portland General Electric (PGE) on a six-week trial to help determine the viability of an electric commercial vehicle in the U.S market. PGE has assigned the e-NV200 into […]

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Ford has already faced the music regarding its Fusion and C-Max hybrid’s advertised mpg versus real world, and today the company admitted an error while substantially downgrading mpg for all its 2013-14 regular full hybrids and plug-in Energi models. Conventionally powered Ford Fiestas were also adversely affected, and the root cause, said Ford, had to […]

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You know Nissan’s Leaf; you also likely know of Nissan’s NV200 commercial vehicle. Nissan is now launching an electric version of the NV200, called e-NV200, which combines the electric drivetrain architecture of the Leaf to its commercial vehicle. The e-NV200 thus becomes the company’s second 100 percent electric vehicle. Nissan stated as a commercial vehicle […]

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