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2014 Nissan Leaf Domestic Content: Now Closer To Volt, Focus Electric

2014 Nissan Leaf Domestic Content: Now Closer To Volt, Focus Electric

Last fall, we learned that the first year of U.S. production of the Nissan Leaf electric cars, built in Smyrna, Tennessee, had only 15 percent North American content. This year, the numbers are somewhat better--and they bring the Leaf closer to the domestic-content percentage of other plug-in... read more

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BMW ActiveE electric car production line, Leipzig, Germany

BMW ActiveE Electric Car Shown On Leipzig Assembly Line (Video)

You might call it pure propaganda, but confident young BMW worker Mirco Schwarze describes the process of assembling the BMW ActiveE electric car in a way that makes it all... read more July 18, 2011 by  2


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Why Silicon Valley Won't Be Detroit For Green Carmakers

We don’t hear “death of Detroit” stories as often now as we did a year ago. When GM and Chrysler plunged into bankruptcy and the entire U.S. industry laid... read more April 13, 2011 by  12


 
Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

Electric Car Factory: Think Sets Up Shop In Indiana, RV-Land

Quick, name the electric cars currently on sale. Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and ... ummmm ... oh, yeah, Smart Electric Drive. Now name the ones built in the States. Hmmmm... read more March 22, 2011 by  5


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt outside Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant

Chevy Volt Production May Rise; It's Not As Simple As You Think

It all started when General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the company wanted to "double" production of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, its range-extended electric car. Various media... read more March 10, 2011 by  4


 
Think City assembly plant, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

Photo Gallery: Think City Assembly Plant Tour, Elkhart, Indiana

During the Detroit Auto Show in January, we visited the Think electric-car assembly plant in Elkhart, Indiana. It's not necessarily a place you'd expect to find electric cars... read more March 7, 2011 by  5


 
First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

2011 Nissan Leaf Laurels: Euro Car of the Year, U.S. Cell Plant Underway

Initial deliveries of the 2011 Nissan Leaf battery electric car have been fitful, compared to hundreds of Chevy Volts sold each week. But Nissan's first modern mass-produced... read more January 26, 2011 by  1


 
Ford Rouge Assembly Plant, Michigan, where Ford F-150 pickup trucks are built

Greening The Rouge: Ford's More Sustainable Pickup Plant

A green roof is not at its most photogenic in a Michigan winter. In fact, it's hardly green at all--more like gray and brown--though it still insulates the building below... read more January 18, 2011 by  3


 
Nissan Smyrna Tennessee

Nissan Will Build Leaf Electrics Among Altima, Maxima Gas Cars

It's one of the most radical cars ever to be built in this country, the first all-electric vehicle to go on sale in many decades. So you'd expect that when the Nissan Leaf... read more November 10, 2010 by 


 
The Canton Paper Mill, by Flickr user alex_ford

On Heels of SF Giants Win, CA Prop 23 Notches Another Victory Over Texas

Proposition 23 was defeated last night, putting an end to a much ballyhooed piece of cleantech-stopping legislation that was also causing some qualms in the venture capital... read more November 3, 2010 by 


 
2011 Ford Explorer

Ford Saves Scrap Steel, Stamps Explorer Parts From Pickup Leftovers

A century ago, Henry Ford was known for insisting that parts be shipped to his factories in wooden crates whose slats were sized so they could be reused to build parts of the... read more August 25, 2010 by 


 
Brighton Earthship Solar Panels by Flickr user Dominic's Pics

Solar Array, Lithium Cells To Power Part of Ford Focus Plant

Many houses, stores, and factories across the U.S. now have arrays of photovoltaic solar cells mounted on their roofs. These days, that's hardly news. But Ford's announcement... read more August 13, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Coda Sedan prototype - front

So What Exactly Is An American-Made Car? You May Be Surprised

We wrote about the 2011 Coda Sedan and Coda's EV cost calculator not too long ago, and described the cars as a "Chinese-built sedan" with a battery pack "containing... read more August 4, 2010 by  6


 
ballot box

Oil-Backed Prop. 23 Could Suspend CA Emissions Reductions, Hurt Green Startups

Come November, California voters could have a major impact on the state’s environment. The ballot will include Proposition 23, a measure that would suspend the Global... read more August 3, 2010 by  2


 
General Motors Brownstown Township factory for assembly of Chevrolet Volt battery packs

2011 Chevrolet Volt Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Goes Into Production

The lithium-ion battery pack for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles officially went into volume production today. The 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack... read more January 7, 2010 by  3


 
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