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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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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: 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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California Pushes to Get Clean Cars on the Road

California Pushes to Get Clean Cars on the Road

California officials are considering the toughest regulations in the country to promote sales of cars powered by batteries, hydrogen fuel cells or other technology that produces little or no air pollution. These kind of tough mandates have been tried before but they failed. So is this finally the right time for the clean car?

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Life With The Leaf:  Missing Out On The Federal Tax Credit

Life With The Leaf: Missing Out On The Federal Tax Credit

It's best to plan ahead when buying an electric car or you might miss out on important tax credits. Find out more from QUEST's new blog series, "Life With The Leaf."

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Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Star at San Jose Electric Car Convention

Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Star at San Jose Electric Car Convention

After years of stops and starts, electric cars and plug-in hybrids are on the cusp of a new era of mainstream acceptance, starting this year.

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Reporter's Notes: Smart Grid at Home

Reporter's Notes: Smart Grid at Home

I've never paid much attention to my electric meter. For most of us, it's just that box on the side of the house with a small white disk spinning inside, keeping track of our energy use. But over the next three years, all the meters for PG&E customers will be getting a major upgrade to a new, digital SmartMeter.

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Waiting for the Electric Car

Waiting for the Electric Car

If you're looking to buy an all-electric car you can drive on the freeway, your options are limited. $100,000 will buy you an electric sports car from Tesla. But an affordable all-electric vehicle remains elusive, due to the difficulty in making a battery that is powerful, long-lasting, and cheap. QUEST visits a local battery laboratory and investigates the odds of a breakthrough.

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Reporter's Notes: Who Will Revive the Electric Car?

Reporter's Notes: Who Will Revive the Electric Car?

One of the best parts of working on this story was stumbling upon a subculture of electric car fanatics, like Darell Dickey, many of whom drive incredibly rare, full-size all-electric cars that were available for a blink of an eye in the late '90s and early 2000s. There are just hundreds of these cars left […]

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Plug-In Hybrid Cars

Plug-In Hybrid Cars

A group of Bay Area engineers is trying to launch a green car revolution at 100 mpg by souping up Toyota's Prius. The holy grail of their "plug-in hybrids:" less smog, less global warming and a cure for America's oil addiction.

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