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A paper by a couple of Swedish researchers figures that the price-per-kWh for lithium-ion battery packs is now $410, down from more than $1,000 in 2007. Economies-of-scale, not chemistry advances, will do the most to get that down to $230 by 2018.

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That's A Tall Target From Today's Numbers

Japan's Nikkei reports that Toyota wants hybrids to make up 30 percent of its sales in China. As of now, Toyota's hybrid sales are in the low single-digits.

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Can Lower EV Charging Cost By Up To 45 Percent, Siemens Says

A new wi-fi EV charger from Siemens called the VersiCharge SG talks to your utility and your car and phone so you can get the lowest possible cost as you charge your EV.

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Takes On Tesla P85D, Ferrari 458 Italia, Others

The Energica Ego electric motorcycle from Italy has just finished jumping through all the NHTSA and EPA hoops necessary to make it available to US consumers. It has also just faced down a handful of high-performance competitors in an informal set of drag races. You can see how well it stacks up against some formidable performers in the following video.

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ChargePoint Calculates Environmental Impact Of Its Users

Phoenix Cars has delivered the ZEUS electric flatbed truck to the US Navy. A man traded his Mistubishi i-MiEV for a Chevy Volt and uses less gas. ChargePoint users have saved 8.2 million gallons of gas.

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New Shape, Same Capacity For New PHEV

The new Cadillac CT6 PHEV will have the same capacity battery pack but the shape is different. And it's an important difference.

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Oregon's Chief EV Officer Hired At PlugShare

Enterprise CarShare will operate at 45 Washington DC Metrorail stations. Ashley Horvat leaves Oregon DOT for PlugShare. The National Research Council finds barriers to EV adoption and suggests ways to remove them.

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Oregon House Bill 2092 would auction tax credits to fund a series of rebates for alternative-fuel vehicles. Buyers could get $3,000 for an EV purchase.

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One Cell Style Could Cut Costs By 66 Percent

Volkswagen is considering switching to a standardized lithium-ion battery cell design for future plug-in vehicles that could lower the parts' costs by 66 percent.

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Home Energy Storage System Likely To Be 'Major New Tesla Product Line'

Tesla's imminent big announcement appears to be stationary versions of its lithium-ion batteries for use in homes and businesses, set to be revealed on April 30.

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Edmunds finds that hybrid and EV owners are increasingly trading in their vehicles for traditional cars, and more are trading out of hybrids and EVs to get into SUVs.

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But If You Wait, You Might Save Even More

Cars Direct says deals on the 2015 Chevy Volt include manufacturer rebates that have ballooned out to $2,500 and a lease-signing payment that's dropped to $500, down from $1,499.

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Tesla Valet Mode Rundown

Ferrock uses recycled materials, traps CO2 and is stronger than concrete. Tesla's Valet Mode limits performance and protects privacy. Audi e-diesel is made from water and CO2.

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Limit Will Be Reached Two Years Early As Model S, Leaf Sell In Big Numbers

Norway is about to reach its 50,000-vehicle limit for government incentives towards plug-in vehicles.

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Nanotechnology Will Usher In The Next Big Electric Vehicle Thing

Futurist Ray Kurzweil talks about exponential change and the 'law of accelerating returns' at the 2015 SAE World Congress. Oh, and microscopic fuel cells.

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Steve Sasman Wants To Make His EV The Most-Photographed Car Of The Summer

Steve Sasman, the man behind the Tesla hotel, is taking a 20,000-mile drive in his Model S for four months this summer across the US and Canada. To raise money, he is selling sponsorship to wrap around his car and also wants to invite people along for part of the ride for his video show.

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It's A CGI Video You Could Watch While Not Driving

Bosch has a video mock-up of the future of autonomous driving in a Tesla Model S, but it isn't saying how close this tech actually is to reality.

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All-Wheel-Drive Battery-Powered Concept Revealed At Top Marques Monaco

The Toroidion 1MW supercar has had its official reveal at Top Marques in Monaco. This megawatt electric concept hails from Finland, and is the first fruit of a four-year effort.

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Total Converting French Refinery To Make Biodiesel

Meet Tesla's assembly robots named after X-Men characters. Carlos Ghosn says China needs to ramp up EV incentives before Nissan will introduce more. Total will convert French petroleum refinery to make biodiesel.

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As Tesla struggled in 2013, the company was so close to being gobbled up by Google that Elon Musk and Larry Page shook on a preliminary deal.

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Plant Tab May Hit $5 Billion When All Said And Done

Tesla has spent $62 million so far prepping its Gigafactory in Nevada.

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