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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is urging legislators to remove laws that ban manufacturers from selling directly to consumers, saying it’s better to let consumers decide how and where to buy a new vehicle. The direct-to-consumer debate was stirred up again last week after the FTC sent a letter to Michigan legislators, who are considering […]

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Toyota is breathing new life into its old hybrid batteries. The company has contributed 208 used Camry Hybrid nickel-metal hydride battery packs to the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park, helping create a distributed energy system that combines solar power generation with the re-used battery packs. The Lamar Buffalo Ranch now has […]

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A team of six including drivers Rodney Hawk, Deena Mastracci and Carl Reese set one world record and one unofficial record driving a Tesla Model S P85D coast-to-coast. The speed of the trip is official, but the “least charging time in an EV” also announced is not recognized as a world record. The trip from […]

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates fuel prices could drop as low as $2.29 per gallon for gasoline and $2.87 for diesel. The department released its predictions this month in its annual Short-Term Energy Outlook with analysis for 2015 and 2016. “U.S. regular gasoline retail prices, which averaged $3.36 per gallon in 2014, [will] […]

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently signed into effect legislation that makes it illegal to modify any diesel vehicle, exhaust, or equipment that would increase the quantity of soot, pollution, or smoke into the air. This in turn bans what’s known as “rolling coal,” which is when an owner bypasses the stock clean air restrictors allowing […]

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An open source project is currently in the works to build an electric vehicle powered by in-wheel motors. The goals are ambitious: 1) Build an electric vehicle with a minimum range of 186 miles that can theoretically be put into production and sold for under $22,700. 2) Share the design so that others can replicate […]

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Officials with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries don’t believe oil prices will rise above $100 per barrel for the next 10 years, according to inside sources. This report comes from The Wall Street Journal, which saw excerpts of OPEC’s strategy report and interviewed others that had seen the full report. “The report predicted […]

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Mazda and Toyota announced a plan today that will deepen ties between the two manufacturers in an effort to reduce development costs. The two manufacturers said today that they are forming a joint committee to evaluate “how best to utilize each company’s respective strengths.” Earlier this week, reports suggested that Toyota is planning to supply […]

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As they have for the past 10 years, automakers and engineers met during SAE’s annual World Congress to discuss fuel cell technology but this was the first year three participating carmakers had vehicles in production. The first, Hyundai Tucson FCV (pictured above) hit U.S. roads last summer. Toyota’s Mirai is already on sale in Japan, […]

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Increasing emissions regulations may not be enough to slow down pollution from cars. A study by researchers at the University of Toronto found that 25 percent of the vehicles on the road produced 95 percent of black carbon or soot, 93 percent of carbon monoxide and 76 percent of volatile organic compounds. The study compared […]

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