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Content posted in December 2012
Slideshow: BMW's All-Electric Concept Coupe
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12/13/2012  36 comments
BMW AG took another step toward electrification at the Los Angeles Auto Show by rolling out a concept version of an electric, three-door coupe.
Old EV Batteries May Power Homes One Day
Automotive News 
12/12/2012  30 comments
Partially depleted Chevy Volt batteries could find new life in energy storage applications outside the vehicle.
Slideshow: Why Automakers Are Rolling Out Electric Cars
Automotive News 
12/5/2012  51 comments
Electric vehicle sales are anemic, and EV battery makers are fighting for their lives. Why are automakers rolling out a steady stream of new battery-powered cars?
Slideshow: Chrysler Rolls Out All-Electric Fiat
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12/3/2012  34 comments
Chrysler Group LLC took a small step in the direction of electrification this week, rolling out a battery-powered, mini-compact hatchback.




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