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    Study: Survey says most car buyers unaware of EV incentives
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    An Indiana University study that surveyed some 2,000 drivers in 21 of America's largest cities finds that the general public is quite uninformed when it comes to incentives available when buying electric vehicles. In a report on the IU study from The Detroit News, we find that some 95 percent of ...

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    Report: Demand for electric car rentals unplugged by range anxiety
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    It's the hurdle that electric vehicles must clear to be launched into the mainstream: range anxiety. But this time it isn't prospective customers who worry about running out of juice, Bloomberg reports, but renters who return to car rental agencies before their lease is up and trade their EVs in ...

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    Report: EV owners in WA to pay extra $100 annual fee
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    Anyone purchasing an EV in the state of Washington will have to pay an extra $100 with their registration – a bit counter-intuitive, considering that the government generally promotes EV purchases with incentives. You see, owners of gasoline-powered vehicles in WA pay an annual gasoline ...

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    Official: Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will be cheapest EV at $25,000*
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    We're getting our first drive in the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive today, and Smart just announced pricing for the latest version of its all-electric minicar. The starting price for the ForTwo ED Coupe will be $25,000 (*plus delivery fees), making it the lowest price electric vehicle in the ...

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    Report: Tesla's Elon Musk calls Fisker Karma 'a mediocre product at a high price'
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    It is official: the gloves are off in the war of words between Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Fisker Automotive chief Henrik Fisker. Most of the verbal barbs came from Musk, who sat down to gossip with Automobile Magazine about archrival Fisker. The bad blood goes back a few years to when Tesla ...

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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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    Will Japan's nuclear woes dampen electric vehicle enthusiasm?
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    We've already seen the panic here in the U.S. as activists and analysts question our nuclear infrastructure, and Congress considers a re-examination of our existing facilities. These new fears about nuclear power have everything to do with the events unfolding at Japan's Fukushima power plant, ...

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    Will you have to pay for returning half-charged rental EVs?
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    Enterprise Rent-A-Car will soon offer customers a variety of electric vehicle options, from the Coda sedan and Nissan Leaf to the Chevrolet Volt. Which begs an interesting question posed by our brothers-from-another-mother at Engadget – If an electric car or plug-in hybrid is returned ...

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    Ford reveals initial markets for Focus EV
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    2012 Ford Focus EV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford is gearing up to launch the 2012 Ford Focus EV, and the automaker has selected 19 target markets for its first-ever all-electric passenger car. A press release can only reveal so much emotion, but we would like to believe the ...

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    Saab to debut ePower EV prototype in Paris
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    Saab ePower EV Prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Saab is planning to introduce its first real foray into the EV world at this year's Paris Motor Show. Called the ePower, the long-roof Swede is the prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles set to be launched next year. The ...

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    All-electric Saab 9-3 test fleet reportedly to launch in early 2011
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    During a media launch for the 2011 Saab 9-5, company executives revealed plans to introduce a test fleet of electric vehicles based on the upcoming 9-3. As Inside Line reports, Saab execs confirmed that the test fleet of EVs will roll out in early 2011 and will be deployed at various locations ...

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    Isn't it Ironic? Ex-Hummer builder AM General handling final assembly of Transit Connect Electric
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    Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When Ford and Azure Dynamics unveiled the Transit Connect Electric van earlier this year, Azure announced that the electric drive systems would be installed at a facility in Michigan. Today, Azure let it be known that ...

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    Report: Industry facing shortage of EV engineers
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    It was to be expected, but the rapidly changing auto industry is experiencing a shortage of mechatronic engineers to assist with the development of EV cars and systems. As it is, there are plenty of electrical engineers and mechanical engineers, but those who are adept at integrating mechanics ...

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    Geneva 2010: Kia Venga EV, sorry we missed you the first time around
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    Kia Venga EV concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Apparently, we we missed at least one interesting machine from the recently concluded press days at the Geneva Motor Show. Kia showed off a battery electric version of its new Venga B-segment hatchback. Like the rest of Kia and ...

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    Silent electric vehicles to cause new problems for NVH engineers?
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    A researcher at Renault said customers surveyed last year about what they want in an electric car responded, "silence, peace of mind and comfortable riding, a windy sound quality, a fluid driving experience like a skipper enjoying a sailboat." That sounds dreamy, until you realize how loud a car ...

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    Don't Be Duped by the EV Hype - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    With all the attention being lavished on electric cars, you'd think the salvation of the planet is nigh at hand. But don't be duped by all the EV hype. It's going to take decades before they catch on – if ever. I'm not anti-EV. Just the opposite. I am completely in favor of pursuing ...

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    Report: Power companies need to upgrade grid to prepare for electric cars
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    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The onslaught of electric vehicles expected to hit the market over the next five years, such as the Chevrolet Volt (pictured above), is keeping many local power utilities up at night. The dilemma has to do with the power supply ...

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    Will curbside EV charging fall prey to vandals and miscreants?
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    As we were discussing the Chevy Volt with some colleagues the other day, a potentially serious problem for EVs came up during the conversation. For the foreseeable future, the primary market for plug-ins and EVs will be urban areas where the range limitations of battery-powered cars figure to be ...

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    Debate rages over whether to extend HOV-lane exemptions for hybrids in CA
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    Besides the potential feeling of environmental superiority, one of the great benefits to having a hybrid in California has been the availability of a magic little sticker set for a vehicle's rear bumper and fender. The "Access OK" tags have allowed its possessors to cruise in the carpool lanes ...

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    Officially Official: Reva to help GM India develop EVs
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    2011 Chevy Spark - Click above for a high res image gallery
    General Motors officially announced a deal with India's Reva that had been rumored for several weeks. The maker of Jeremy Clarkson's "favorite" car -- the G-Wiz -- will be partnering with GM India to co-develop electric vehicles for the ...

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