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    Official: Ford, Samsung shack up to bring regen braking to non-hybrid models [w/video]
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    Ford must be desperate to get itself ready for the beach this summer because it is really trying to get into shape. Shortly after unveiling the Lightweight Concept that cut the weight of a Fusion down to that of a Fiesta, it's now the rest of the line's turn for improvement. The company is ...

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    Report: Tesla pulling plug on Toyota RAV4 EV battery deal
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    The future of the Toyota RAV4 EV appears to be in doubt. Tesla supplies the EVs battery packs, and it says that production ends later this year. "Toyota is expected to end the current RAV4 EV model this year," Tesla said in its quarterly financial filing obtained by Bloomberg. "Our production ...

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    ETC: Smartphone battery backup that will jump start your car
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    Since we carry and deal with more and more items that need batteries, we have to figure out better and mobile ways of charging those batteries - at least until John Galt arrives and shows us how to harness electricity from the air. In the meantime, the Jumpr from Juno Power is one of those ...

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    Official: Volvo finds a way to turn body panels into batteries [w/video]
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    One of the problems with designing an electric vehicle is figuring out where to fit the battery pack. Volvo – as a part of a European Union research project – is working on a way around this issue by replacing standard parts with lightweight components that double as batteries on both ...

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    Report: Akerson looking for 20 percent more range from next-gen Chevy Volt [w/video]
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    The Chevrolet Volt's 38-mile electric range leaves something to be desired, despite being able to run nonstop for hundreds more miles when the range-extending gasoline generator kicks in. General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has recognized this and let slip that he wants to see the next-generation Volt ...

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    Video: Watch how to charge your car battery using a... chainsaw?
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    This video is neither as dangerous nor as insane as the title indicates, if only because you're only using the chainsaw's motor and not the actual chain itself. Do not take a chainsaw to your engine without first removing the chain. It would be bad. With the chain, frame and sprocket removed ...

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    Report: Bankrupt A123 changes name to B456 PDQ
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    Ok, so we made the "PDQ" part up, but battery maker A123 Systems, Inc. has changed its name to B456 Systems, Inc. – and no, this is not an early April Fool's Day joke. As part of A123's bankruptcy proceedings dating to last October, it was required to change its name in order to be ...

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    Report: A123 winning bid from China's Wanxiang prompts concern in Congress
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    The Detroit News reports that China's Wanxiang Group Corporation will acquire almost all of bankrupt A123 Systems Inc. for $256 million. The deal includes all of the American battery manufacturer's grid and commercial business assets as well as the company's facilities in Michigan, Massachusetts ...

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    Report: Did A123 Systems get $1M federal check the same day it declared bankruptcy?
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    Automotive News reports A123 Systems, an electric vehicle battery manufacturer, received a disbursement check from the federal government on the same day the company filed for bankruptcy. On Oct. 16, A123 received $946,830 as the latest portion of a clean energy grant from the US Department of ...

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    Report: Battery maker A123 systems defaults on loan, files for bankruptcy
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    After a long and bumpy road, battery-producer A123 Systems has officially filed for bankruptcy. This news comes immediately after word that the Waltham, Massachusetts-based company may not have enough cash to fund operations, or even seek bankruptcy protection. This news has ramifications ...

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    Official: Study says EV battery pricing could plunge by 70% by 2025
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    Reuters is reporting on a new study that suggests the cost of lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles could plummet dramatically by 2025. Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. conducted the study, which indicated increasing oil prices and tougher fuel economy standards could force automakers ...

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    How GM got 3 more miles out of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt
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    As we learned earlier today, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt has beefed up. The new model year vehicle has a "bigger" battery and can go three extra miles when driven solely on the battery. We spoke with GM representatives to get more information on the model year updates as well as answers to some of ...

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    Report: Patents reveal Ferrari working on non-KERS hybrid
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    Ferrari is known for hyper-exotic supercars, speed and big price tags. There is a reason, though, that we didn't mention fuel efficiency. Hopped-up V8 and V12 engines don't exactly conjure up images of tree-hugging, and, for the most part, we're more than okay with that. That could change, at ...

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    Followup: Five people hurt in GM lab explosion, A123 battery reportedly responsible
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    More details are filtering in about yesterday's explosion at the General Motors Technical Center battery research lab in Warren, Michigan. First, the number of people injured has climbed to five, with one taken to the hospital and four treated at the scene. The local deputy fire chief said none ...

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    Breaking: Battery explodes at GM Tech Center research lab, one or more injured *UPDATE
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    Early reports are filtering in this morning of an explosion at a General Motors Technical Center battery research lab in Warren, Michigan. According to The Detroit News, a battery exploded injuring one or two people. According to the report, Warren's fire department received a call at around 9AM ...

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    Official: BMW recalling 1.3 million 5 and 6 Series models worldwide
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    BMW has announced it is recalling a whopping 1.3 million 5 Series and 6 Series vehicles from the 2003 to 2010 model years. Of those, Reuters notes that some 368,000 examples were sold in the U.S. – most of them sedans like the one above. It doesn't sound like too difficult of a problem to ...

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    Study: Global auto execs don't see electric cars making big inroads for at least a decade
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    A new survey by audit powerhouse KPMG suggests auto executives don't see electrified car sales passing 15 percent of global sales until at least 2025. Yet despite the slowly developing market, these same execs foresee substantial increased investment in electric and hybrid car production along ...

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    Video: How to start a car with a dead battery without jumper cables
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    Here's a handy trick: Say you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery and no way to roll-start your vehicle. What do you do? If you happen to have enough rope lying around (or belts, for that matter), you can conceivably lift the drive axles, wrap the rope around a tire and ...

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    Report: MIT students develop liquid fuel for electric cars
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    A group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students may have come up with the perfect solution to our electric vehicle charging woes. Instead of relying on lithium or nickel, the new battery design stores its electrons in semi-solid flow cells. Charged particles are suspended in an ...

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    J.D. Power says global battery demand may be overhyped
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    As per usual whenever there's great change afoot, finding the shelter of reality among competing storms of He Said/She Said isn't easy – it will probably take us another ten years to find out what's really true right now. J.D. Power and Associates has added more data to the mix with its ...

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