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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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While Chrysler Fiat gets plenty of deserved credit for its alternative fuel and gas-engine-efficiency offerings — like the small EcoDiesel-powered Ram 1500 and the Multi-Air family of four-cylinders — there hasn’t been much of anything relating to electricity. In fact, beyond the Fiat 500e compliance car, the cupboard appears quite bare. However, the company apparently […]

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When Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced that the company’s new battery Gigafactory would be built just outside Reno, the impression left was that there were few details left to discuss. Apparently not. Earlier this week, state legislators were called in for a special legislative session in order to hammer […]

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There’s been a ton of press around Jaguar re-entering the compact luxury sedan market with its new XE, and we’re going to add to it, although less about its striking design and more about the company’s plans for what’ll be stuffed under-hood. The curvacious model shown in pictures is the top-line S, which will get […]

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Ford is making a massive gamble with its upcoming 2015 F-150 pickup, and while customers aren’t expected to start receiving orders until February, there are plenty of critics who don’t believe the company will be able to handle the pressure. The biggest challenge will certainly be the F-150′s use of aluminum body panels — which […]

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Echo Automotive, the Arizona-based company offering add-on hybrid-electric kits for fleet vehicles, has been forced to shut down. According to an SEC filing on August 6 of this year, the company had defaulted on debts two days prior, and that “… at this time, the Company does not have adequate liquidity to repay any outstanding […]

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Toyota has decided not to pull its punches anymore when discussing the success of its hybrids. While applauding other manufacturers “expanding the popularity of hybrid vehicles,” the company still “retains hybrid leadership worldwide.” Toyota is celebrating “its utter hybrid dominance” by offering a special edition of its 2015 Prius. Built on the mid-range Three trim […]

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Mazda took the wraps off the fourth generation of its iconic MX-5 roadster yesterday, and initial impressions are almost overwhelmingly positive. There are bits of inspiration from sources as disparate as the Honda S2000 and CRZ in the front, and the Jaguar F-Type in the taillights. Perhaps the most impressive is the cabin, which adopts […]

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Tesla, who has continually confounded critics over its stock price, managed to set a new record after it closed at $284.05 a share yesterday, a 5.3 percent increase from its previous high on August 28. Several factors were at play here, including a recent deal struck with China Unicom — the second-largest mobile phone company […]

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All the anxiety over which horribly-executed Chinese car would land in U.S. dealerships first appears to have been all for naught. Why? Volvo — owned by Chinese automaker Geely — will be the first manufacturer to offer a model assembled in China, and there’s a chance that its potential customers may barely notice. The car […]

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