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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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    Nissan wants LEAF EV to sound like Blade Runner car for safety
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    2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    While advocates have long heralded a reduction in noise pollution in addition to air pollution as advantages of electric vehicles, not everyone is convinced that silent cars are a good thing. We use our senses to navigate through life ...

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    Nissan to begin retail sales of Leaf EV next year in five major U.S. markets
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    2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for hi-res image gallery
    Nissan is wasting little time planning for the release of its Leaf electric car. Perhaps the details of the car's U.S. launch were so slim at launch is because Nissan was waiting for the official announcement of the Obama administration's ...

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    Toyota NA President Inaba: Hopes for profit in 2011, NUMMI could be dissolved
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    Three weeks into his new assignment as president and chief operating officer of Toyota North America, Yoshimi Inaba came to Detroit to talk about the state of the business. This is Inaba-san's third stint working for Toyota in North America after returning to Japan in 2003. This spring the senior ...

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    Officially Official: Mercedes to produce electric SLS gullwing
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    Mercedes-Benz has officially confirmed the rumors that have been floating around in recent days – it will build an electrically powered version of its upcoming SLS gullwing coupe. The EV version of the SLS will drive all four wheels by means of an individual motor for each corner. It will not ...

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    UK government unveils £5,000 electric car incentive program
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    The UK government has announced a £250 million ($372M USD) incentive program designed to get more plug-in and electric vehicles on British roads. The heart of the program is rebates of up to £5,000 (nearly $7,500) for purchases of full electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. This could be ...

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    Plug it in, plug it in: Nissan to sell electric car in 3 years
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    Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun is reporting that Nissan is developing an all-electric subcompact car that it plans to sell by 2010. The electric car is being developed completely in-house and will use lithium-ion batteries to store its charge, which should last long enough for about 120 ...

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    DaimlerChrysler sending EVs to France
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    Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler that has produced over 30,000 electric vehicles that are silently traversing the roadways of America as we speak, has inked a deal with Matra Manufacturing and Services to market its EV wares in France. GEM produces two-, four- and ...

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    Bolloré BlueCar almost ready to roll
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    We’re still not done with our Geneva Motor Show coverage, as obscure vehicles keep flowing up through the cracks even over a week since the show concluded. We learned about the BlueCar over at GreenCarCongress, which has followed the progress of this electric vehicle since it debuted as a ...

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    Geneva Motor Show: Mitsubishi Concept-EZ MIEV
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    Mitsubishi is following up the Detroit debut of its sporty yet enviro-conscious Concept-CT with this, the Concept-EZ MIEV. The EZ features the same in-wheel motors and high-density Li-ion batteries to drive all four wheels. Each motor produces almost 27 hp, which adds up to a grand total of 108 ...

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