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The U.S. Air Force unveiled Friday a fleet of plug-in electric vehicles equipped to return electricity to the grid as needed. The fleet of 42 vehicles is located at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in California (LAAFB) and includes both pure electric vehicles as well as PHEV. Of these 42 vehicles, 36 have been […]

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Popular Science has chosen the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) as a 2014 Best of What’s New winner in the auto category. “For 27 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what?s possible in […]

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Hybrid and electric drivetrain technology will soon be developed in California’s Silicon Valley. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) announced this week it will open its global innovation center and headquarters in the Silicon Valley. EDI added an office location has been selected in Milpitas, California, close to automotive and technology innovators like Tesla motors, Cisco, Sandisk […]

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Ford is finding success in California with its Fusion sedan. The Ford Fusion is continuing to gain market share in large part due to design-conscious buyers in California, stated the company. The Fusion sedan is available with various powertrains, including Ford’s EcoBoost engine, a Hybrid version and a plug-in. These have no doubt helped put […]

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Green Automotive Company (GAC) announced last Thursday its core activity, Newport Coachworks, is expanding its production facility in Riverside, California. This growth, says the company, is being done in order to meet the increasing demand from customers for its shuttle buses. GAC said today all Newport Coachworks production activity is carried out in its 20,000-square-foot […]

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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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Fiat’s fully electric 2015 500e is now available in California and Oregon. Fiat said the 500e is available for $199 a month for 36 months with $999 due at signing. Sales of the Fiat 500e expanded to Oregon earlier this year; the all-electric Fiat had been sold only in California since its introduction in 2013. […]

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Mercedes-Benz is another German company receiving an autonomous vehicle license from the state of California. With “Senate Bill No. 1298″ taking effect, Mercedes-Benz received a license allowing the company to test vehicles in autonomous driving mode in daily traffic on California roads. Mercedes-Benz, which has been in Silicon Valley for almost 20 years now, said […]

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Audi announced it will be the first company to receive a newly established autonomous driving permit issued by California. This came as a number of new regulations that govern the testing of automated driving on the state’s roads took effect September 16. California has allowed limited use of its roads for automated vehicle testing in […]

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Kia Motors America (KMA) wants to improve the EV charging network in advance of the Soul EV’s California arrival during the third quarter of this year. Kia is adding of 17 new DC fast chargers to California’s already-existing network of 198, charger. KMA said its EV charging infrastructure plan provides Soul EV buyers with broad […]

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