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A bill in California’s state Legislature that would have required 15 percent of new car sales be zero-emission vehicles, either battery-electric or hydrogen powered, by 2025 has been withdrawn, for now. Democratic Assemblywoman Autumn Burke of Los Angeles announced her proposal last week, saying the existing zero-emission vehicle mandates were too weak to require significant new investments […]

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In the future, you may only see electric cars on Dutch roads, as the Netherlands is in the throes of an outright ban of new cars fueled by gasoline or diesel fuel. Pending legislation would permit only zero emission cars powered by either batteries or hydrogen beginning in 2025. The ban initiative, promoted by the […]

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California’s climate change law is in limbo resulting in a proposed bill that will require 15 percent of all new vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free within a decade. Los Angeles Assembly woman Autumn Burke said she will introduce the bill this week and told the Associated Press that it will ramp up […]

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Korean carmaker Kia is working on a battery-electric version of its just-released Niro Hybrid crossover SUV, while at the same time preparing a new fuel cell vehicle. The Niro Hybrid recently went on sale in Kia’s home market and Europe but won’t be sold in the U.S. until late this year or early 2017. Kia […]

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New initiatives of the Obama Administration to advance electric vehicle adoption include the development of a battery pack with a specific energy of 500 watt-hours per kilogram and a 350 kilowatt DC fast charging system. If accomplished, the battery’s specific energy would be more than two-and-a half times the 170-200 watt-hours per kilogram in today’s […]

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The federal government is continuing its encouragement for consumers to buy battery-electric vehicles with a plan for a network of EV charging corridors along the national highway system. As part of the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) signed into law last December, the Department of Energy has unlocked $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to […]

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Nissan’s British office has an extra incentive for 16 Olympic medal hopefuls — win a gold medal at this summer’s Rio Games and take home a shiny gold Leaf EV. The gilded Leaf EV was unveiled at the Lee Valley Velopark in London by Sir Chris Hoy, who knows a thing or two about winning Olympic golds: […]

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As parent company Volkswagen Group shifts from diesel to electric vehicles, Audi plans to have at least three EVs by 2020 as part of a new major plan. The shift in focus was presented to managers last week, and CEO Rupert Stadler told a German newspaper that it expects electric vehicles to account for 25 […]

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If General Motors’ plans continue on pace, its first fully autonomous cars could be in limited use by a partnering car sharing service in five years, and on sale to consumers within 10. This is according to Mark Reuss, head of global product development, who spoke last week at an automotive cybersecurity conference in Detroit. […]

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A team of graduate students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records for the “Most Efficient Electric Vehicle.” On an Audi test track in Bavaria, the tiny project car toppled the previous Guinness record by chalking up 765.53 miles/kilowatt hours. That’s the equivalent of about 26,135 U.S. […]

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