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Tesla has had an up-and-down history with its direct-to-consumer sales model, with states like Arizona, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas and Virginia coming down hard against the California-based start-up. Now, according to a story in the Des Moines Register, Iowa is another where dealer lobby groups have restricted how Tesla operates in the state. The issue […]

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California is already recognized as the beating heart of electric vehicles, and current Governor Jerry Brown wants the state to keep its leadership position. Brown recently signed a number of bills and approved legislation aimed at getting 1 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2023. Arguably the most important portion is aimed at making […]

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The growing movement of shifting investments away from fossil fuels and toward greener alternatives garnered perhaps its most symbolically important news yet. The heirs to the Rockefeller fortune, which came well over a century ago when brothers John and William Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Company, have publicly announced they would divest completely from any […]

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With the red tape cleared and the ground broken on Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Nevada, the biggest question remains whether or not the company will be able to achieve its primary goal: to lower the cost of the batteries it uses in its vehicles. While Tesla boss Elon Musk has confidently predicted that it could […]

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Toyota is playing catch-up with incorporating aluminum into its more popular vehicles, unlike rivals Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. The three North American automakers have wholly embraced the material, starting with hoods and panels in pickups and big SUVs, and spreading through — in the case of Chrysler — about 80 percent of its lineup. […]

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Given Mercedes-Benz is an automotive leader, this is a positive portent for plug-in hybrid supporters. After previewing its first-ever plug-in hybrid last week, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the technology is going to spread through the rest of its line in the near future. “We will have a plug-in hybrid version of every volume model,” said […]

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Nissan’s eye-catching arrow-shaped ZEOD RC saw both the highs and lows of endurance racing during the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June. While the team met its goals of both hitting 300 km/h (186 mph) along the Mulsanne Strait and completing a lap of the eight-mile circuit on electric power alone, the […]

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In what might be the most predictable statement to come from a steel-maker ever, ArcelorMittal has said that automakers don’t need to switch away from steel in order to hit future fuel efficiency regulations. The company recently released the results of a study showing that it could cut the weight of a pickup truck by […]

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After the dust settled in the Nevada legislature from last week’s drawn-out approval of Tesla new Gigafactory, the company continues to be in the news today. Perhaps the most important nugget came from analyst Adam Jonas from Morgan Stanley — described by Automotive News as “one of Tesla Motor Inc.’s strongest supporters on Wall Street” […]

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After three long days of special legislative sessions, the Nevada government finally approved the $1.3 billion bundle of tax breaks and other incentives needed to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the state. During a signing ceremony, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said that the deal “changed the trajectory of our state forever,” and that “We made […]

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