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15Arizona suing GM for $3 billion over recalls

General Motors is facing even more legal trouble after recalling roughly 26.6 million vehicles in the US this year. The latest case comes from the Arizona Attorney General and alleges that GM executives knew about the problems with its models but avoided disclosing them to the public. At its maximum, the suit could force the automaker to pay $3 billion.

53Prius out, ELR in with changing HOV landscape

Arizona Kicks Out Hybrids, But PHEVs, Pure EVs Still Qualify

Out with the sort-of-old, in with the new-ish. The Arizona Department of Transportation has updated its list of vehicles that can legally drive in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane no matter how many people are in the car. The changes show us how the green car landscape is changing.

74Tesla making plans for Gigafactory in at least two states

Ever since February, when Tesla officially announced that it would build a gigafactory to make the incredible number of lithium-ion batteries it expects to need to power its electric vehicles, we thought it would be located in one of four states. Those four states – Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada – have been lobbying the automaker ever since, hoping to hear that the new, $5-billion plant and its 6,500 jobs would set up shop within its borders. Turns out, two of them might get

71VW decides against active-cooling system for e-Golf lithium battery

When the 2015 VW e-Golf was introduced at the LA Auto Show last year, VW said it would come with a water-cooled battery. During the Detroit Auto Show, when the car was trotted out again, VW released a new press release that stripped out the "water-cooled" language, but this change went unnoticed. During a recent VW event in Germany, a friend from Green Car Reports realized that the battery on display did not seem to have any water-cooling mechanisms. That set us off on a bit of a sleuthing and w

33How four states are trying to woo Tesla Motors' gigafactory

And they're off! Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas are all in the running for Tesla Motors' gigafactory, USA Today says. And the politicians are already talking big, which is the operative word for a factory that could cost $5 billion, require 1,000 acres, take up 10 million square feet and support 6,500 jobs. Oh, and build battery packs for a half-million EVs a year.

6$8.8m '58 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider highlights RM's Arizona auction

All manner of vehicles change hands at the annual auction extravaganza in Arizona, but never has one sold for as much as the Ferrari you see here. The car in question is an (obviously) eminently desirable 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, one of only 50 ever made and purring onto the stage in flawless red over black livery with matching numbers of the coveted covered headlights straight from the factory.

7Ferrari 250 GT California could be your day off for $8 million

Vintage Ferraris consistently top the list of the most expensive cars ever sold. In private treaty sales, the 250 GTO is king, but even at public auctions, it's the horses that prance the highest. After the Mercedes W196 grand prix racer that set the world record this past July at nearly $30 million, the list of eight-figure sales is populated almost entirely by Ferraris: a 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder for $27.5 million, the pair of '57 Testa Rossas that sold separately a few years ago for $17 and $13

35Nissan testing new, heat-resistant batteries for Leaf

As Nissan Leaf sales continue to heat up, the maker of the electric vehicle wants to cool concerns over hot-climate battery issues by making chemical adjustments to battery packs, Green Car Reports says. Nissan executives met with about 10 Leaf owners in Phoenix last week and said the company is approaching a solution that will better allow Leaf lithium-ion batteries to withstand extensive heat without losing capacity faster than Leafs that live in cold-weather climates.

38Bus Driver May Be Fined Under Stupidity Law

He drove directly into a flood, stranding 33 people

Why isn't being stupid against the law everywhere? A tour bus driver may be fined under Arizona's 'Stupid Motorist Law' after he drove directly into a flash flood, stranding him and his 33 passengers.

39Leaf owners not happy with Nissan's response to battery problems

The weather may have cooled off in the Valley of the Sun, but not the sentiments of some Phoenix-area owners of Nissan Leaf electric vehicles.

AddNissan's Andy Palmer discusses Leaf battery degradation crisis [w/video]

Chelsea Sexton, founder of the Lightning Rod Foundation, a co-founder of Plug In America, and star of Who Killed the Electric Car, recently sat down with Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan, to discuss the Nissan Leaf and its battery degradation crisis in Arizona. You can watch the 16-minute video below, but here's the gist.

33Nissan Leaf spokesman Mark Perry retires during troubling times

Is it just a coincidence that Mark Perry, director of product planning and advanced technology – and a spokesman for the Nissan Leaf who has provided plenty of information to AutoblogGreen over the years – just retired? A company spokesman told us that the move has been planned for a long time, so any questions about timing – it does come at a time when Nissan has one mess to clean up with angry owners in Arizona and another with an owner who's been named in a federal class act

AddNissan buys back two Leafs in Arizona under lemon laws [w/video]

Hot on the heels of the first Fisker Karma lemon-law buyback, Nissan has confirmed that it bought back two Leaf electric vehicles in Arizona under that state's lemon law in response to ongoing battery issues there. There's a long and vibrant discussion of the situation over on My Nissan Leaf. Almost 400 pages of vibrant.

137Nissan drivers confirm heat taking toll on Leaf batteries

Ouch. There's now some independent analysis that says the Nissan Leaf wilts in the heat.

AddLeaf owners challenge Nissan on "we don't have a battery problem"

Things appear to be heating up in the desert.

109Nissan dealing with charges of Leaf battery problems in Arizona [w/video]

Some hot Arizona weather is cooling some Nissan Leaf owners' enthusiasm for their electric vehicles.

73AZ Nissan Leaf owners reporting abnormal battery capacity losses [w/video]

Apparently, some Nissan Leaf owners are finding the crispy weather in Phoenix, Arizona a bit too severe for the batteries in their electric cars.

124Nude carjacking spree in AZ leaves seven injured

Police say a man in Scottsdale, Arizona went on a carjacking spree that left a trail of destruction behind him. John Brigham was reportedly in an accident with another motorist at around 1:30 PM Saturday. Rather than exchange insurance information, Brigham allegedly stripped naked and jumped onto the roof of a Honda CR-V. The man then carjacked a woman driving a Toyota Prius before causing a five-car incident just down the road. Brigham allegedly hit a pregnant woman driving a Lexus before swerv

408Video: Impaired Mom Leaves 5-Week-Old Baby On Roof Of Car

Infant fell off in intersection, but is miraculously unharmed

A five-week-old baby was lucky to survive after his mom left him dead in the middle of a Phoenix intersection, according to police. Even more astonishing is how the boy got there.

52Drive for quieter pavement could lead to carpet-like roads

Road construction isn't usually something to get excited about, but what if those resurfacing projects were also making roads quieter? While increased traffic has turned some roads into aural nuisances, engineers are working to reduce tire noise by changing the design of pavement surfaces.

14Arizona-based GoE3 plans 500 Interstate-adjacent EV chargers by 2015

Add one Arizona company to the list of entities looking to string together a network of electric-vehicle charging stations.

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