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2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid debuts with more evocative style, promise of improved efficiency

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid that debuted Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit goes where no full-size sedan has gone before. Well, except for last year's Avalon Hybrid. For 2019, the Avalon rides on a new platform, has updated interior and exterior styling, and comes loaded with an unusually high degree of technology...

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PG&E Must Solicit Energy Storage and DERs to Replace Three Existing Gas Plants

California regulators rejected an effort to award lucrative "must-run" status to three Calpine gas plants, calling for new energy storage and clean resources instead. The California Public Utilities Commission ruled Thursday to authorize PG&E to procure …

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Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp Preparing For “Mega Trend Towards EVs” & Need For Lighter Materials

We reported a few days ago on the news that the largest spark plug manufacturer in the world was refocusing itself on solid-state battery tech based on the expectation that electric vehicles would eventually invalidate its spark plug business

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Electric Volvos coming, future Fords, renewables vs diesel, 2017’s key green-car stories: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got speculation on future Fords, details on upcoming electric Volvos, a battle between diesel power and renewable energy, and poll results on 2017's most important green-car news story. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've learned some details about Volvo's plans for electric cars, battery options, and more. Sad but true...

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What was our most important story of 2017? Twitter poll results

Year-end roundups are an unavoidable necessity of the media business. They let editors and writers opine, and they fill space when there may be little real news. They also serve the more valuable function of forcing a longer-term perspective on the hundreds of news items a month that flow through any given writer's feeds. DON'T MISS: Tesla Model...

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2018 Nissan LEAF Production Begins In Europe!

The first 2018 Nissan LEAFs for Europe are now rolling off the line at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, UK. Customers will start receiving their 2018 Nissan LEAFs in February. The new Nissan LEAF offers longer journeys without recharging. The improved range of 235 miles (NEDC) on a single charge is more than double the range that the Leaf provided before (real-world range is more like 150 miles)

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The Electric Workhorse N-GEN Gives Fleet Owners Another Way To Switch To Electricity

Here's another fleet owner's way to switch over to electricity — the Workhorse N-GEN, which our own Steve Hanley covered recently here. When it comes to electric options, better options, 2017 has also been good to fleet owners. They haven't been left alone and new players have jumped into the market, such as the revolutionary Chanje platform, helping them to switch over to electricity. After exploring Chanje, I wanted to dive into another workhorse — pun intended — the Workhorse N-

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Tax Bill Heads to Trump’s Desk, With a Suite of Energy Implications

President Trump and Republicans secured a long-anticipated win on Wednesday as the House passed a revised version of the final tax bill, sending it to the president's desk for approval. The president called it "a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas." After he signs it, the changes take effect on New Year's Day. The huge $1.5 trillion bill offers a great deal of help to …

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Take the driver’s seat on sea level science

A new NASA sea level simulator lets you bury Alaska's Columbia glacier in snow, and, year by year, watch how it responds. Or you can melt the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and trace rising seas as they inundate the Florida coast. Computer models are critical tools for understanding the future of a changing planet, including melting ice, rising seas and shifting precipitation patterns. But typically, these mathematical representations — long chains of …