28th August 2013
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Bloomberg says buyers, not automakers, should get more federal funding for plug-in vehicles

The U.S. government would be more effective at spurring plug-in vehicle sales if it provided more financial incentives to consumers instead of automakers. At least, that's the opinion in a Bloomberg News editorial. Saying that finding alternatives to gasoline 'a worthy public goal,' Bloomberg says the government should expand purchasing incentives beyond the $7,500 it provides for buyers of some plug-ins and hybrids. President Obama has said he wants 1 million plug-in vehicles to be on ...
27th August 2013
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Quick-Charging EV Charging Infrastucture: Ford, GM, Nissan, Chrysler, Tesla Sign DOT Pledge

Early sales of electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV may have proved underwhelming, but don’t count out the zero-emissions vehicles yet. At the Washington Auto Show, the Department of Energy announced the Workplace Charging Challenge signed by 13 companies including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Tesla, and Google. These companies have pledged to introduce a plan for workplace charging in at least one major company location. The DOE says the ultimate goal over the ...
23rd August 2013
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Ford, Nissan Quietly Received Loans From Department of Energy For Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Ford, being the only company that didn’t get the much-publicized bailout back in 2008, had the envious position of bragging about its financial stability to its Detroit rivals. But this time it’s Ford, not GM or Chrysler, that has been receiving loans from the US government in order to upgrade its assembly lines. Ford received $5.9 billion in June 2009, and since then ...
19th August 2013
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MT Poll: Which 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender Will Win COTY?

It’s Car of the Year time again! Over the past two weeks we’ve been teasing new 2013 Car of the Year contenders every day. With the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year announcement coming Monday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST, we thought it’d be fun to ask which contender you think will take home the golden calipers. But since we get this question at each Of The Year event, we’d like to provide a ...
14th August 2013
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Tesla bricking update: can other electric vehicles suffer the same fate? Unlikely

Remember all the way back to Monday, when 'bricking' your pricey electronic gadget simply meant you needed to get a new iPhone to try and jailbreak? The electric vehicle world is still dissecting the charges that surfaced yesterday that a Tesla Roadster could be bricked – i.e., made inoperable – if the battery gets worn down to zero, as there are new questions cropping up about the motive behind the original article by Michael Degusta. ...
14th August 2013
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Green Technology of the Year finalists announced, broad range included

Green Car Journal, which gives out its Green Car of the Year Award at the Los Angeles Auto Show each November, has created a Green Car Technology Award. The first award of its kind will be will be presented at the Washington Auto Show January 31, 2012. The award was created not for specific vehicle models but for components that help reduce fuel use and greenhouse-gas emissions. Motors, on-board communications systems and powertrain components are among ...
13th August 2013
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NHTSA Wants Hybrids, Electric Vehicles to Have Minimum Sound Requirement

Hybrid and electric vehicles have many positives, primarily fuel economy. An electric motor generates all the necessary power to get up and go, without the assistance of a noisy gasoline engine. But that lack of noise is one of the drawbacks: the absence of engine noise means pedestrians have a harder time hearing these vehicles coming. If the National Highway Transportation Safety ...
12th August 2013
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Gran Turismo 6 is Coming to PlayStation 3, Demo Announced – Rumor Central

Gran Turismo 6 is coming. In celebration of the franchise’s 15th anniversary, Sony today announced its signature racing game Gran Turismo 6 is in development, and will arrive on shelves this holiday season. A playable demo is scheduled to arrive in July. Sony touts Gran Turismo 6 as bringing new levels of realism and authenticity to the sim racing genre. GT6 boasts an entirely new game and physics engine, the latter of which includes a new ...
12th August 2013
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2nd annual National Plug In Day will feature EVs, free iPads

...and then there were 60. That's how many cities will be celebrating the Second Annual National Plug In Day later this month. The celebration of all things EV, which is being put on by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, will take place Sunday, September 23, in cities ranging from the usual suspects – Boston, San Francisco and Austin – to the less-than-usual (for EV enthusiasm) locales like Dallas, Baltimore and Salt Lake ...
12th August 2013
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Nissan Objects to New SAE Charging Standard

Not even a week ago, automakers from all over the globe agreed to a new standard for electric vehicle charging, called the Combined Charging System, or CCS. Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Daimler AG, and Porsche have been lobbying for the use of single-pug system (a.k.a. CCS) for rapid charging, and Chrysler joining the group as well. But somebody forgot to tell ...