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Local Motors, Inc. announced last week the winners of the first 3D Printed Car Design Challenge that was launched in April. The challenge was launched to uncover concepts that will inform and influence the vehicle that will be printed live at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, September 8 to […]

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Inductive charging is a technology that is poised to gain in popularity. Companies involved will increasingly partner with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) at the testing phase to enhance the value of their products, said Frost & Sullivan in a new analysis revealed June 5. This new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, titled Strategic Analysis of […]

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The industry is now one step closer to being able to manufacture lithium-ion batteries from North American-sourced battery grade lithium carbonate. RB Energy Inc. confirmed June 5 it has achieved continuous production of battery grade lithium carbonate (99.9 percent Li2CO3) at its Quebec Lithium operation located at La Corne, Quebec, Canada. RB Energy Inc. stated […]

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Purists who can’t accept changes to the original form of the Mini will cry foul. The Mini is evolving with a five-door model which at this point we’re unclear if it will be coming to the U.S. This is the second body style of the new third-generation MINI. MINI stated consistent expansion of the model […]

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BMW announced there are now over one million vehicles on the road in the U.S. with active subscriptions to its BMW Assist telematics service. This is a service that acts like a virtual safety net by communicating the car’s status to BMW, not unlike GM’s OnStar, for example. Communications include alerts to BMW regarding things […]

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California, Texas and Florida lead the U.S. with the most registrations of fuel-efficient clean diesel and hybrid passenger vehicles. This fact comes out of new analysis and data released yesterday by the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF). The DTF analysis is based on data that includes the registration statistics of all passenger vehicles – cars, SUVS, […]

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Fuji Electric Corp. of America has announced a new project featuring its EV 25-kilowatt DC quick charger at the Edison ParkFast’s Hippodrome location in Midtown Manhattan. Fuji said the publicly available station provides a complete charge to electric vehicles in under an hour, making it ideal for the busy driver in the heart of the […]

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The United States’ oldest National Park will be receiving more battery power. Toyota Camry hybrid batteries will soon be used to power the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park. Toyota said it’s a new lease on life for the batteries and new, zero emission, energy option for the Park. The company said the […]

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Telefonix has unveiled the first commercial charging station equipped with a retractable reel for the charging cord. Telefonix is showcasing its L1 PowerPost commercial electric vehicle charging station at the International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference and Expo June 1 through June 4 in the greater Dallas area. Telefonix, Inc. describes itself as a developer of […]

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During the high-volume car sales month of May, average window sticker fuel economy averages were up 0.4 mpg to 25.6 mpg. This data is part of info tracked by Michael Sivak, Ph.D., director, Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the school’s Transportation Research Institute, and the institute’s Project Manager, Brandon Schoettle. The average mpg increase likely reflects […]

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