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Ford, GM Promoting Workplace EV Charging

Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan, and Tesla are among 13 companies joining together as founding Partners of the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge.

“The market for electric vehicles is expanding dramatically, giving drivers more options to save money on gasoline while reducing carbon pollution,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

The mission of DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge is to increase the number of employers with workplace charging by tenfold within the next five years in hopes of strengthening the nation’s electric-vehicle infrastructure while increasing consumer exposure to plug-in electric vehicles.

Joining those automakers are 3M, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly and Company, General Electric, Google, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, and Verizon. The DOE will be providing technical assistance and establishing a network where Partners and Ambassadors can share their best practices.

“These 13 companies are taking strong steps to make charging infrastructure more broadly available to their workforce – setting an example for others to follow and helping America lead the global race for a growing industry,” Chu said.

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By Jason Siu

Wheelies: The Dealer’s Dilemma Edition

A Tesla Motors store in Scottsdale, Ariz.Tesla Motors A Tesla Motors store in Scottsdale, Ariz.

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• Dealer associations around the United States have lodged formal protests against Tesla Motors, claiming the company has violated state laws barring manufacturers from operating dealerships. Tesla has opened stores in 10 states as well as in the District of Columbia, without the involvement of franchisees. Some dealers fear the Tesla retail model, if successful, could set a precedent that other manufacturers might follow for their electric-vehicle offerings. (Automotive News)

• Volkswagen Passenger Cars has delivered roughly 4.2 million vehicles worldwide in the first three quarters of 2012, the first time the brand has eclipsed 4 million deliveries during the first nine months of the year. Through September in the United States, sales of VW vehicles are up 37.2 percent over the similar period in 2011. Volkswagen Group has the stated goal of becoming the highest-selling automaker in the world by 2018. (Volkswagen AG)

• Honda announced on Tuesday it, along with Toyota, Hyundai and Nissan, had signed a memorandum of understanding with Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark intended to ease the introduction of fuel-cell vehicles in those markets. Much of the agreement pertains to the countries’ commitment to developing hydrogen refueling infrastructure for the vehicles. The Nordic countries, along with Japan and the United States, expect to take delivery of fuel-cell electric vehicles from the four automakers by 2015. (Honda)

• Reeling from anti-Japan sentiment in China over a land dispute, Toyota’s sales in the country fell by 49 percent, and Nissan’s by 35 percent, in September from their levels last year. Meanwhile, Chinese customers gravitated toward cars from Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia. The shunning of Japanese brands stemmed from a territorial dispute between China and Japan over islets in the East China Sea, which devolved into riots last month, causing some plants and dealerships for Japanese automakers in China to temporarily close. (The New York Times)

• The Southern California Timing Association recently certified a modified Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid as the fastest production-based car with engine displacement under 1.5 liters with forced induction. The hybrid, which was tuned to produce roughly 300 horsepower compared with the production car’s 170, averaged 186.313 miles per hour over two runs on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, breaking the record set by the same car in August by nearly 19 m.p.h. (Volkswagen)

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Tesla Model S Leads 2013 Plug-in Sales

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The Tesla Model S will be North America’s best-selling plug-in vehicle so far this year, besting both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf.

Tesla expects to report at least 4,750 deliveries of its Model S for the first quarter of 2013. The Volt sold 4,421 units while Nissan delivered 3,695 Leafs in the first quarter. The numbers may be surprising to some, considering how much more expensive the Model S is compared to the Volt and Leaf. Unfortunately for the Volt and the Leaf, the Model S offers not only luxury and good looks, but plenty of performance.

SEE ALSO: Tesla Model S Gets New Service and Warranty Program

The Model S went on sale in mid-2012 with a starting price of $69,900 and can go as far as 300 miles on a single charge. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is aiming to deliver 20,000 Model S vehicles this year. Last year, Chevrolet and Nissan each sold about 30,000 of their rechargeable vehicles last year but both declined to give their volume targets for 2013.

[Source: Bloomberg]

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By Jason Siu

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Luxury Cars

10. (TIE) 3-Series Hybrid, Mercedes E400 Hybrid, Infiniti M35h, Buick LaCrosse/Regal eAssist: 29 mpg

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Who is to say that luxury car buyers aren’t affected by high gas prices? If you want to drive in comfort, style, and have the latest high tech goodies in a car, you shouldn’t have to pay more at the pump for it. Here are our picks for the top 10 most fuel friendly luxury cars, ranked in order of their combined city/highway mpg numbers.

Quite a few luxury cars hit the 29 mpg mark combined. The most impressive of the bunch is the Buick LaCrosse, which manage to get solid fuel economy, despite its bigger size. The Infiniti, Mercedes and BMW vehicles make do with a high-power pairing of a six-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which gives the end result of over 300-hp.

The Buicks use a mild hybrid system called eAssist which pairs a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with a conventional automatic, and a compact lithium ion battery to get its impressive fuel economy numbers.


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By Sami Haj-Assaad