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By Zach McDonald ·
May 17, 2010

Ford Benefits From Magna's Experience Developing EV1

Let it not be said that the EV1 was a complete tragedy. Magna participated in the EV1 project for the last three years of development, contributing to the design and manufacture of its electric powertrain. Founder and chairman Frank Stonach says that the lessons the company learned from the EV1 have been invaluable.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 10, 2009

The Tale of Three Detroit Electric Car Programs

Chrysler is killing its dedicated electric car program. General Motors is moving forward with its sleek electric-drive Caddy. What do these news flashes tell us about Detroit’s prospects in the bold new era of EVs and plug-in hybrids? And what about that other Detroit car company?

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By Brad Berman ·
August 18, 2009

Ford Smart Charging Can Target Clean Power

Ford Motor Company has developed an intelligent charging system that previews how its production vehicles will interact with the grid. The unnamed system enables all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle owners to restrict charging to when electricity prices fall below a certain threshold, or even "when the grid is using only renewable energy such as wind or solar power," according to Ford.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 26, 2009

Mulally Prioritizes Ford’s High-MPG Technologies

Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford, pledged yesterday to form an alliance with the Edison Electric Institute to work on plug-in cars. Speaking at EEI’s annual convention in San Francisco on Thursday, Mulallly outlined his company’s path toward high fuel-efficiency, which included—but by no means was limited to—electric vehicle technology.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 03, 2009

Magna’s Plug-and-Play Electric Vehicle

Magna Steyr, the European arm of auto supplier Magna International, unveiled its Mila EV (electric vehicle) concept car this week at the Geneva International Motor Show. The company is not planning to put the Mila EV directly on the market—instead, it hopes that global automakers will use the ground-up design as a head start for brand new electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 19, 2009

Ford Sneaks Up On Electric Car Future

While all eyes are on high-profile plug-in announcements from General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and others, Ford appears to be quietly inching into a leading position in the race to get electric vehicles on the market.

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