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Although electric and hybrid vehicles are gaining market share, one significant question remains: how can the used lithium-ion batteries be processed after their lifespan in a vehicle? A peer-reviewed Mineta National Transit Research Consortium report, titled Remanufacturing, Repurposing, and Recycling of Post-Vehicle-Application Lithium-Ion Batteries, offers three possible alternatives. Remanufacturing for intended reuse in vehicles by […]

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Chevrolet is greener than in the past and this year the automaker found its way onto Interbrand’s 2014 Best Global Green Brands report for the first time, ranking No. 32. The report gauges the gap between public perception of a brand’s environmental performance – its “green image” – and its actual environmental practices, using publicly […]

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MINI’s Oxford, UK plant saw a first on July 1st as the new MINI 5-door Hatch comes off the production line. The 5-door marks another phase in the roll-out of a $1.28 billion (£750 million) investment program across BMW Group UK’s production facilities from 2011 to 2015. Coming after the redesign of the MINI Hatch, […]

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On Sunday a driver of a white Chevy Volt in Santa Clarita Valley, Calif. survived a 100-foot plunge down a ravine. At the bottom of the ravine below a precipice near the intersection of Davenport Road and Summit Knoll Road, firefighters found an unidentified motorist OK, and the car – we have no photo – […]

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Volkswagen is investing in connectivity by acquiring assets from Blackberry. The Volkswagen Group announced it is taking over BlackBerry’s European research and development center in Bochum, Germany. With the newly founded Volkswagen Infotainment GmbH, the Wolfsburg-based automotive group said it is further expanding its expertise and capabilities in the field of vehicle connectivity. Through its […]

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Mitsubishi launched its low-priced and fuel efficient Mirage in September 2013. How is it fairing sales-wise? With the release of official June sales numbers from Mitsubishi, we learned the Mirage 5-door sub-compact experienced sales of 1,451 units for the month of June, for a total of 8,267 units for the first half of 2014. Mitsubishi […]

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Amidst talks of recalls and settlements, General Motors posted its best June earnings since 2007, and of these, sold 1,777 Chevy Volts. That put the carmaker down 34.1 percent compared to June 2013, and contrasts with Nissan’s Leaf being up 5.5 percent for the same period. The Volt has been holding steady at this lower […]

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While not making as massive of jumps as it did in 2012-2013 year-over-year monthly sales, Nissan nonetheless reported its “best June ever” with 2,347 units sold, a 5.5-percent gain over June 2013. This is the 16th straight month of increases for the Leaf, and through June, its sales have risen 29.4 percent over 2013. “Since […]

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California-based ZAP EV maker has received a sizable order from Xinri of China for 1,000 EVs per month. ZAP said it received from SunRa volume purchase agreement for its URBEE through its subsidiary Jonway Auto for the Chinese. This contract is an agreement by SunRa to purchase 1,000 URBEEs per month from Jonway Auto to […]

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We’ve seen PHEV, diesel-hybrid and natural gas powered vehicles. How about combining compressed natural gas and EV technologies? Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) just did so, announcing a partnership to develop a class-4 vehicle that combines the benefits of compressed natural gas (CNG) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) describes itself […]

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