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Ford and the University of Michigan team up for new electrified vehicle battery lab

Ford and the University of Michigan team up for new electrified vehicle battery lab

Ford and the University of Michigan have announced they have teamed up to create a new kind of battery lab designed specifically to speed up development of batteries for electrified vehicles. The new battery lab is described as world-class facility located at the University of Michigan where Ford will collaborate with battery manufacturers, suppliers, and university researchers. The new battery lab is the result of an $8 million investment from Ford, the university, battery suppliers, and state and federal governments.

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2014 Cadillac ELR priced up (and pitched right at Tesla)

2014 Cadillac ELR priced up (and pitched right at Tesla)

GM has announced pricing for the 2014 Cadillac ELR, the company's luxury extended-range hybrid coupe, and despite the similarities to the Volt under the bodywork, the eco-Caddy certainly won't be cheap. The two-door will have a sticker price of $75,995 including destination charge when it hits forecourts in January 2014, excluding tax and other fees, but GM points out that tax credits of up to $7,500 could bring that down to $68,495.

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BMW i3 range-extender gas backup engine priced up for US

BMW i3 range-extender gas backup engine priced up for US

BMW has finalized pricing for one of the more interesting options on its BMW i3 electric car, the range-extending gas motor that gives the city runabout longer legs. The two-cylinder gas engine - known as the "ReX" - increases the total range of the i3 to around 185 miles, BMW says, and will add $3,950 to the sticker price in the process. Without it, the i3 is estimated to manage up to 112 miles on electric power alone, and when in the most draconian driving mode.

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ClipperCreek LCS-25P is the smallest 240 V plug and cord EV charging station available

ClipperCreek LCS-25P is the smallest 240 V plug and cord EV charging station available

One of the things buyers of electric vehicles need to be able to use their vehicle is a charging station at home. Charging stations can range from an extension cord and a standard wall outlet up to more powerful 240 V level II charging systems. A company named ClipperCreek is unveiled a new electric vehicle charging station that it claims to be the smallest 240 V plug and cord charger around called the LCS-25P.

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Clean diesel and hybrid vehicle sales jump massively in August

Clean diesel and hybrid vehicle sales jump massively in August

Just about every manufacturer in the automotive industry is working hard to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions as much as possible. Two of the most common reduced emissions and fuel-efficient technologies right now are hybrid vehicles and clean diesel vehicles. Reports indicate that both clean diesel and hybrid automobile sales have increased significantly in the month of August.

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Tesla patent shows off dual hinged vertical doors destined for Model X

Tesla patent shows off dual hinged vertical doors destined for Model X

Tesla has been having a heck of the year with its Model S earning rave reviews and strong sales that allowed the company to pay back its government loans early. Tesla is already planning additional vehicle models, including the previously announced Model X SUV. One of the most interesting features of the Model X is a set of rear doors that open vertically allowing unfettered access to the interior of the vehicle.

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Toyota RAV4 EV first drive

Toyota RAV4 EV first drive

For a while, the modern eco-friendly vehicle had a familiar silhouette, and it was Prius shaped. Now, though, Toyota is branching out in not only its electric range but its types of drive, and so we have the RAV4 EV, eschewing gas and fuel-cells altogether in favor of what could be the most pious interpretation of green driving so far. Still, when your engine and battery are provided by Tesla, there's probably more to the story than just making all-electric family-friendly. We clambered behind the wheel (and brought our heaviest right foot) to see if the RAV4 EV holds up to scrutiny.

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