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Who Will Pay for San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Fiasco?

If you’ve ever driven down Highway 5 going to San Diego, you’ve probably seen the San Onofre nuclear power plant. There’s been a lot of turmoil over it lately since evidence of a nuclear leak has come out. Whether you’re … Continue reading

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Hey car shoppers: Want a sweet deal on a plug-in EV? Now’s the time – the price wars are here!!!

Plug-in electric vehicles have been manufactured long enough to start seeing some of the resources of the global economy – being manufactured long enough at scale to cost less to build, and a competitive marketplace driving down prices even further. … Continue reading

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California legislature dealing with take away of carpool lane access for EVs

California owners of plug-in electric vehicles have been furious with the state government for allowing disappearance of HOV carpool-lane single passenger access on a few major freeways – turning them into toll roads and taking away one of the key … Continue reading

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Bob Lutz May Become Fisker Automotive’s Godfather

Bob Lutz will be remembered for a lot of things in the auto industry, and one them might be as the Godfather of Plug-in Hybrids. The former vice chairman of General Motors is credited with the concept that turned into the … Continue reading

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Driverless Cars Becoming its Own Industry

Robotic, autonomous, driverless cars are starting to look like the real deal and go mainstream. Here’s some evidence: It now has a trade association and they’re having a conference! The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will be hosting … Continue reading

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Why AeroVironment is an EV Charger Company to Watch

Electric vehicle charging solutions provider AeroVironment just made an agreement with Ford Motor Co. to be the preferred installation partner and authorized charging station supplier for its plug-ins – Ford Focus Electric and the C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in … Continue reading

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Don’t Throw Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Out the Window

While some of you may think that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are entirely lofty and unrealistic (and sounded good 10 years ago), here are few interesting snippets, and not necessarily just under the hood…. Hyundai has committed to supporting the … Continue reading

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Please Step Away from the Electric Car, Says Car Alarm Guru and House GOP Watchdog Darrell Issa

US Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is usually very effective and shrewd at what he does. Case in point:  the recall election of California Governor Gray Davis in 2003. Most people think of that gubernatorial transition defined by the launch of … Continue reading

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How to Make it in the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Business – Part 1

For fans of alternative fuel vehicles and technologies, it’s been a dreary time. The A123 Systems and Fisker Automotive dramas have been all over the internet. There have been other time periods where bankruptcies, shut downs, buyouts, closedowns, and other … Continue reading

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EPA Proposed Rules on Clean Gasoline and Tailpipes Has Supporters and Enemies

The US Environmental Protection Agency just proposed a package of rules to make gasoline cleaner, along with stricter limits from the tailpipes of car. The rules are known as Tier 3, and are being supported by automakers, as they would … Continue reading

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