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Electric cars are presented as a solution for society’s needs to curb emissions and reduce petroleum consumption, but are they really environmentally friendly? The way researchers try to answer this question is by a “cradle-to-grave” life cycle analysis. This normally takes into account three phases – 1) the manufacturing process, 2) a car’s life in […]

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When Kia releases the 2016 Soul EV from dealers in California, Washington, Oregon, Georgia later this month, a new entry trim level will be offered to make it more competitive. The converted version of the popular mini-ute will be called the Soul EV-e. It will start at $31,950 before incentives and share the same unchanged-from-2015 […]

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Nissan has added Boston as its 17th market to the list of those eligible for its No Charge to Charge free charging perk for Leaf buyers. The deal offers two years of charging through a network for buyers of new Leafs effective July 1. Included in the promotion is access to a growing network of […]

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Time is running out in Britain for a generous £5,000 ($7,777) grant program for buyers of plug-in electrified vehicles. With now 35 cars to choose from, and more perks like free parking and charging offered as well, 36,000 grants have been spoken for out of an allotted 50,000 and it’s predicted the program could max […]

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Yesterday General Motors announced it is investing $245 million in a “new vehicle program” at its Orion Township plant where the Chevy Bolt will be produced but this is not to be confused as monies for the Bolt. Rather, said plant representative Chris Bonelli in a phone interview today, the automaker is preparing 300 jobs […]

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For the past several years the public and media have had their hands full grappling with overlapping terms for electrified vehicles – and just when we were all getting comfortable with a century old lexicon focused on fuel from “fossils” and the power of the “horse.” Fossil fuels and horsepower don’t appear to be on […]

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Anyone with the desire to see mass-market battery electric vehicles (EVs) increase to greater prominence probably owes a debt of gratitude to Nissan, Renault, and the head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn. The company with presence on every continent has had to restrain some of its initial EV enthusiasm, has faced critics, but is […]

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Yesterday the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced it would supply 200 all-electric vehicles as passenger transporters for the United Nation’s COP21 climate conference in Paris Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. Cars being provided for this summit with broad climate-remedying aims include the Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E, Nissan Leaf and e-NV200. The Paris summit’s goals are to […]

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BMW i’s ConnectedDrive technology will be available on the soon to be released Apple Watch. The BMW i Remote app can be used to remotely check and control functions of BMW i models such as the battery’s state of charge. BMW i said customers will be able to use its app from day one on […]

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In an unexpected move, Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai will pace a NASCAR race. Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway this coming Saturday night, April 25. The Mirai four-door, mid-size sedan will lead the Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag. […]

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