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'Revenge of the Electric Car' Gives Glimpse Into Minds of EV Faithful
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4/23/2012  57 comments
Yes, the movie gives a one-sided view of the auto industry, but it also provides real insight into why we're moving toward EVs.
Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners
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4/18/2012  236 comments
Despite efforts to promote production of eco-friendly vehicles, hybrids appear to be losing ground.
Don't Worry, Your EV Battery Won't Explode
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4/13/2012  38 comments
Reports of a battery fire at a GM lab did not surprise experts, but they said the public should not assume the new EV batteries are explosive.
EV Batteries: Solid Concept, but Not Ready for Prime Time
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4/6/2012  76 comments
Despite a spate of recent setbacks, plug-in hybrids are here to stay, and consumers and automakers alike need to be patient as the technology struggles toward competitiveness.
EV Battery Report Says Costs Going Down
Automotive News 
4/3/2012  16 comments
Industry analysts are questioning a government forecast that hybrid-electric vehicle battery costs will drop sharply in the next three years.

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