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Clean Car Diaries

With a number of electric cars hitting the roads, we asked every day drivers of these new clean vehicles to share their stories. Quest’s editor, Andrea Kissack, just began driving an all-electric Nissan Leaf and will lead us through her journey as well as other early adopters’ tales. You can read all about it in our new blog series.

Nissan Explores Future Car Trends In Silicon Valley

Nissan Explores Future Car Trends In Silicon Valley

Nissan is the latest automaker to open a research center in Silicon Valley to explore the future of the car.

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Growing Pains for California's Electric Car Charging Network

Growing Pains for California's Electric Car Charging Network

KQED Science explores the growing pains of building an electric car charging network and the fledgling new industry rising up to meet the challenge.

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Ford's C-MAX Takes On The Toyota Prius

Ford's C-MAX Takes On The Toyota Prius

Ford issues a hybrid throw down to Toyota. The company is trying to best the Prius with a faster, cheaper, more fuel efficient model.

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Internet in Cars: From the Desktop to the Dashboard

Internet in Cars: From the Desktop to the Dashboard

Car companies and Silicon Valley tech companies pair up to make smarter cars. But what happens when the internet makes its way into our dashboards?

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Fracking Gives Hydrogen Fuel Cells New Life

Fracking Gives Hydrogen Fuel Cells New Life

In 2009, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy Steven Chu dismissed zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as an impractical alternative to electric cars. Now an abundant supply of natural gas, from which hydrogen can be extracted, is changing Chu's mind, but that natural gas comes from the controversial hydraulic fracturing process.

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Making Sense of Electric Car Apps

Making Sense of Electric Car Apps

Electric car drivers use multiple apps to find charging stations.

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Ford Focus Electric Hits the Market With Faster Charging Times

Ford Focus Electric Hits the Market With Faster Charging Times

The all-electric Nissan Leaf first went on sale in December 2010. Until a couple of weeks ago, the Leaf had been the only EV available to U.S. consumers from a major automaker. That changed in mid-May when, according to a report by Reuters, Ford started shipping the 2012 Focus Electric to dealers.

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Brammo Unveils Powerful New All-Electric Motorcycle

Brammo Unveils Powerful New All-Electric Motorcycle

Consider these two numbers: 100 and 100, as in 100 miles-per-hour and 100 miles of driving range. Those are the two key metrics for the all-electric Brammo Empulse motorcycle that was launched in Los Angeles earlier this month.

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A Ribbon Cutting with a Green Twist

A Ribbon Cutting with a Green Twist

On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 15, 2012, I hitched a ride with my closest friend from San Francisco out to Palo Alto to attend the ribbon cutting for the first public fast charger in California for electric vehicles in Stanford Mall.

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It's Back…The New, All-Electric Toyota RAV4 Is Unveiled In L.A.

It's Back…The New, All-Electric Toyota RAV4 Is Unveiled In L.A.

More than ten years after releasing the all-electric Rav4, Toyota brings the EV model back.

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Plug-in Version of Prius Quietly Rolls Out on California Roads

Plug-in Version of Prius Quietly Rolls Out on California Roads

Toyota's new Plug-in Hybrid Prius quietly enters the auto market.

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How Green Are Electric Cars?

How Green Are Electric Cars?

When it comes to greening your drive, location matters.

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Natural Gas Cars Remain Niche Choice for Bay Area Commuters

Natural Gas Cars Remain Niche Choice for Bay Area Commuters

The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas is eligible for a white carpool lane decal—granted only to cars that run on compressed natural gas or purely on electricity—but adoption of CNG cars has been slow.

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California Utility Commission Defends $100 Million EV Charging Deal

California Utility Commission Defends $100 Million EV Charging Deal

Electric car drivers cheered last week when the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and NRG Energy announced plans to invest $100 million in the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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California Electric Car Drivers Get a Charge From the Governor

California Electric Car Drivers Get a Charge From the Governor

California Governor Jerry Brown announces plans to build a 100 million dollar electric car charging network.

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Clean Car Diaries: Revenge is Sweet

Clean Car Diaries: Revenge is Sweet

The electric car's comeback is chronicled in a new film, "Revenge of the Electric Car", which is now out on DVD.

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Clean Car Diaries:  The President's New Clean Car Initiative

Clean Car Diaries: The President's New Clean Car Initiative

President Obama announces a multi-billion dollar clean car initiative at a time of slumping EV sales.

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New, Cleaner Volts and Priuses Arrive

New, Cleaner Volts and Priuses Arrive

More clean car customers will soon be driving solo in the carpool lane.

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Clean Car Diaries: Could Tesla's 'Brick Problem' Happen To Other EVS?

Clean Car Diaries: Could Tesla's 'Brick Problem' Happen To Other EVS?

Some Tesla owners have found that leaving an electric car parked for too long could become a serious problem.

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Clean Car Diaries: Should Electric Car Drivers Be Taxed?

Clean Car Diaries: Should Electric Car Drivers Be Taxed?

Should electric car drivers pay a tax to use roads and highways?

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