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Ford offers big discounts on Focus EV

Ford offers big discounts on Focus EV

The electric vehicle market isn't exactly booming. The vehicles tend to cost significantly more than gasoline-powered alternatives and many consumers worry that they won't have enough driving range to take care of all of their business. Ford has been having a difficult time selling its new Focus electric vehicle called the Focus EV.

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Artificially-loud electric car rules proposed to boost EV safety

Artificially-loud electric car rules proposed to boost EV safety

New electric car regulation could replace the hum of a near-silent EV motor with an artificial buzz, in the hope that fewer pedestrians will be killed or injured from not realizing cars are around them. Proposals from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for minimum sound requirements for electric vehicles could save up to 2,800 pedestrian and cyclist injuries over each model year, the US organization estimates, though the sound itself would be up to manufacturers to decide upon.

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Cheaper Nissan Leaf confirmed to spur 2013 EV sales

Cheaper Nissan Leaf confirmed to spur 2013 EV sales

Nissan has confirmed a new version of the Leaf electric car will launch this year, a cheaper model to lower the cost of entry to EVs, though the car company is yet to announce actual pricing. The new Leaf S - which will go on sale alongside two more feature-packed variants of the car - should hit showrooms in February, Nissan says, with the primary compromise being the absence of a new fast charging system.

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Fiat 500e teaser previews 2013’s must-have EV

Fiat 500e teaser previews 2013’s must-have EV

Fiat has been teasing details around its next electric vehicle, the Fiat 500e, expected to arrive on Californian shores sometime in 2013. The new car - which will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show kicking off on November 30 - will feature some aesthetic differences from the regular gas-powered model, with the burnt orange of the promo car Fiat is using in its teaser being offset with matte white detailing around the mirrors and  lower front grille.

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Fisker hit hard by Hurricane Sandy

Fisker hit hard by Hurricane Sandy

A lot of places suffered the wrath of Sandy as it collided with the East Coast last week, but one manufacturer in particular was left with quite a mess to clean up after Sandy had passed. Fisker says that 300 of its Karma electric vehicles were destroyed by Sandy as they sat in a New Jersey port. Fisker sells each one of those Karmas for about $100,000 here in the States, so Sandy managed to destroy a lot of really expensive product when it made landfall.

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