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Tesla Motors plans to use a former Toyota-GM joint venture factory in California to build its Model S electric sedan.
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October 13, 2010 As hard times have fallen on America's Rust Belt, a new region is hoping to give Detroit a run for its money. Clean-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are investing in the emerging electric car industry. And Google is among the investors.
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A power cable from a vehicle charging station is seen plugged into the side of a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid in San Francisco.
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October 12, 2010 The futuristic world of the electric car may finally be here. The first mass-produced electric vehicles for sale in the United States are being released over the next few months, but what's missing are places to charge up.
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The Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid. Drivers can extend their range by tapping into a gas tank.
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October 11, 2010 The first mass-produced electric vehicles ever sold in the United States will begin to hit auto showrooms by the end of the year. The owner of a 15-year-old Honda on its last legs sets out to test-drive the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt.
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