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The Honda Civic CNG is now eligible to a $1,000 purchase credit in California. The special savings from the California Energy Commission is an immediate $1,000 purchase credit supplied directly by certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealers at the time of purchase, stated Honda. In addition to the purchase credit savings, Civic Natural Gas vehicle […]

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At least four Ohio Chevrolet dealers have the Spark EV listed as for sale, and an online sales representative at one in Stow, Ohio said GM will be shipping it possibly by the summer’s end. Presently, the Spark EV is available only in California and Oregon, no Ohio dealers actually have the car, and no […]

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Perhaps you’ve seen VIA Motors’ extended-range electric pickups and vans that are pending launch, and today the company announced it’s debuting a shuttle version of its van. In an interview today, VIA’s Chief Marketing Officer David West said the Utah-based startup will announce the production van specially configured for airport/hotel duty at the ongoing Edison […]

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BMW is launching an app dedicated to monitoring the charging of its new i EV lineup. The German automaker said its Smart Charging App makes it possible for BMW i customers to automatically identify the best rates and times for charging their electric vehicles at home. The app was developed by the BMW Group and […]

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During a June 3 shareholder meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he was considering free sharing of Tesla’s patents to enable other automakers to use its electric car ideas. “We’re trying to figure out how to accelerate the advent of electric cars and to the degree that we create technological barriers for them, it’s not […]

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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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