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Electric cars - The Economist

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TESLA, an American electric-car manufacturer, is the darling of investors and the most visible success in a business more notable for its failures.
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Ford's New Solar-Powered Electric Car Is Its Own Rolling Power Grid

Ford's New Solar-Powered Electric Car Is Its Own Rolling Power Grid | automobile issues | Scoop.it
Electric cars have come a long way in the past decade or two, but one glaring problem remains: you have to charge the dang things. What do you do when there aren't enough charging stations (and there aren't)?
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Will Electric Cars Soon Be Solar-Powered? - DailyFinance

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How green are electric cars?

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Can Renault’s life cycle analysis of its petrol, diesel and electric Fluence models reveal how green electric cars really are? (How green are electric cars? It's a tough question to answer but Renault's had a good stab at it...
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SAE International Launches New Scholarly Journal on Transportation Safety - PR Web (press release)

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SAE International Launches New Scholarly Journal on Transportation Safety
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The SAE International Journal of Transportation Safety encompasses basic research as well as issues of vehicle design and infrastructure.
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Mark Phelan: Are drivers of electric cars saints or freeloaders?

Mark Phelan: Are drivers of electric cars saints or freeloaders? | automobile issues | Scoop.it
Are drivers of electric and hybrid cars saints who reduce fuel use, emissions and global warming? Or are they freeloaders who aren't doing their part to pay for the roads and bridges they use?
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June 2013 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card

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40,000 plug-in cars sold year-to-date; Volt, Leaf, & Model S in near 3-way tie for 1st place http://t.co/fWgHvMBbsC
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Reevaluating Electric Vehicles - Energy Collective

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EarthTechling Reevaluating Electric Vehicles Energy Collective New analysis from America's Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has come up with some interesting figures that suggest the number-one obstacle for mass adoption of electric...
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GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY : Impala's 2.5L Engine Delivers Quiet Power ... - 4-traders (press release)

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Students build electric car fueled by social media

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High school students in Kansas City convert a 1967 Karmann Ghia into an all-electric car, and use social media mentions to power them to Washington, D.C.
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A look at select electric car makers' sales trends - MiamiHerald.com

A look at select electric car makers' sales trends MiamiHerald.com Better Place is the latest casualty in an electric vehicle market that has struggled to lure consumers who are skeptical of the short battery life, high price, and a lack of...
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Don't eulogize the electric car - MarketWatch

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Fast Company Don't eulogize the electric car MarketWatch What was missing was a battery that would allow an electric car to cross not just a golf course but the state it is in, and at the same time also be able to recharge as quickly and as...
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Besides price, Is it just batteries and plug-in stations that are holding back adoption of electric cars?

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Regulators seek driverless car rules - Politico

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Politico Regulators seek driverless car rules Politico Technology companies realize the next great market to peddle their wares might be the car dashboard — and carmakers, eager to sell more vehicles, increasingly see plenty of business...
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Ford to debut electric car with solar-panel roof - PBS NewsHour

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PBS NewsHour Ford to debut electric car with solar-panel roof PBS NewsHour At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford will unveil a concept model of its electric hybrid car outfitted with 1.5 square meters of solar panels on its roof,...
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This Rare Earth Metal Is More Important Than You Think - DailyFinance

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Tesla Motors White House petition passes 100K signatures — a small win for electric cars?

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A White House petition to make it legal for Tesla Motors to sell its revolutionary cars directly to consumers surpassed its goal of 100,000 signatures today -- meaning it'll get an official respons...

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Why good times bring back bad habits by suppliers - Automotive News (blog)

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Why good times bring back bad habits by suppliers
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I've been writing about the pitfalls of suppliers running at maximum capacity since late 2010, when the U.S. auto industry began its rise from the ashes.
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Electric Car Popularity - Reasons People Prefer Electric Cars To Gas Cars

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Electric cars are not a new concept as we think, people hve been using them for a long time. In fact in the 1900′s people used more electric cars than cars run on gas.
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Driving Cost Comparison: Electric Cars vs. Gasoline Cars | Solar Energy USA

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As the cost of a gallon of gasoline approaches over $4 dollars, many Americans are looking for ways to save money via other forms of transportation and efficiency.
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Awesome Electric Cars!

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Electric cars yesterday and today (Check out Awesome Electric Cars! We think #6 is incredible! http://t.co/XvydvQPGrE)
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Ford showcases new hybrid electric cars in Tempe

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More car manufacturers are moving toward hybrid and electric vehicles, giving consumers more green options than ever before.
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Can Taxpayers Finally Gain from Auto Bailout? - May 24, 2013 ...

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Two of the three Detroit's then-problem children, General Motors Company and Chrysler, received $62 billion under the TARP program. ... the auto lending affiliates.
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The fight for direct car sales - The Boston Globe

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If you want to buy a $25,000 television — and they do exist — there are a number of approaches you might take: Find a retail store that carries it, shop online, or even go direct to the manufacturer.

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But if you want to buy, say, a new $14,000 Ford Fiesta, your options are limited.

 

Tesla's Musk is fighting on a second front as well, this one more plebeian: He wants to change the way we buy cars.

 

Every state requires auto sales be handled by independently owned auto dealers.

 

That alone means that auto prices are about 6 to 9 percent higher than need be, according to a 2009 report by the Department of Justice. Moreover, the lack of competition makes things miserable for car buyers.

 

Yes, auto dealers, we really don’t like the way you operate. And online sales? Also prohibited.

 

There are a number of websites that make it seem as if you can buy online, such as Cars.com, AutoTrader.com, and CarMax.com. But those really are just clever ways of helping you conduct research into makes and pricing — and at the end of the process, sending you to an auto dealer.

 

So why is it so important that cars be sold through a dealer?

The National Automobile Dealers Association would tell you that it’s the high price or the complexity of the machine or that dealers protect consumers.

 

It fears, rightly I think, that existing auto dealers would care less about Tesla’s unusual cars and more about sales of more traditional models. But NADA and its state chapters are mounting a fierce counterattack.

In Massachusetts, the state dealers’ association sued to shut down Tesla’s Natick showroom.

 

Last month, a judge in New York similarly ruled against that state’s dealers. This may be a fight that NADA wishes it didn’t pick.

 

Tesla is small, and the challenge it offers is quite trivial.

 

But the thinking of many is that, if the court battles go onward and upward, the US Supreme Court will likely rule the entire auto franchise system unconstitutional; under the Interstate Commerce Clause, it would be seen as a restraint on trade.

Imagine how great it would be to buy your next car on Amazon — and even better, never have to deal with a car salesman again.