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Ohio-based Amp Electric Vehicles may not have the newest concept vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but it did bring in a big politician: Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH, pictured), who touted the work that Amp is doing by converting two SUV models – the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Mercedes-Benz ML – to electric drive. Amp also announced the price for the electric Jeep, $57,400, and the first dealer who will sell the two electric SUVs, Dana Hackney of


Surprised at the headline? Neither are we. But still, here's the official word from Amp Electric Vehicles: all-electric conversions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are coming. Amp will start taking orders for both two-wheel and four-wheel drive versions of the battery-powered Grand Cherokee at the Detroit Auto Show in early January.

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The town of Century, Florida may soon be the home of a new electric-car factory. The new company, operating under the name of Project Green Leaf, is said to be investigating a site in Escambia County on which to build a plant to assemble the all-electric Tender Scarlette. Already on sale in France, the Scarlette features four wheel drive (each wheel gets its own motor) and uses lead acid batteries. Although it can reach at least 50 mph, it would likely be limited to 25 mph NEV status on public r

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