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Study: All-electric cars may not be so green

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The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars.
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States looking to increase electric-vehicle charging stations

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Several states are pushing forward tax incentive programs to provide charging stations for the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road.
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $55 million to 31 projects, including two overseen by Texas research firms, to improve improve vehicle fuel efficiencies. ( Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Lower sticker price keeps gasoline vehicles competitive with alternatives

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Improved fuel efficiency is keeping gasoline cars cost-competitive with alternative fuel rivals, according to a government report that factors in the higher cost of the alternative vehicles along with their fuel savings.
The City of Houston's vehicle fleet includes 27 Nissan LEAF battery electric vehicles and 98 charging stations in its central fleet garage.  (City of Houston)

Houston’s growing alternative-fuel fleet among nation’s largest

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The nation’s oil capital has become a model for progress in electrically powered vehicles, boasting the nation’s third-largest municipal hybrid fleet, according to new report from advocacy group Electrification Coalition.
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A look inside Ford’s Houston plant for hybrid motors (video)

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Ford’s hybrid and electric cars start in Houston and we took a look inside the plant that builds the motors and generators for the vehicles.
Matthew Bates, Toshiba HEV plant manager, uses a display of a Ford hybrid car transmission to show where the motors and generators assembled at Toshiba, 13131 West Little York Road, are later installed by Ford shown Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Houston plant powers Ford’s push to hybrids (photos)

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Amid an expanse of warehouses and industrial parks churning out machinery for the oil industry lies a plant that Ford is using to help car owners burn less fuel.
A Nissan Leaf charges at an electric vehicle charging station in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer,File)

States join forces to promote clean cars

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Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure.
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Electric car charging stations – a new way to pay

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ChargePoint is developing a new financing option that would let drivers of electric vehicles get a new charging station without paying the upfront cost of equipment or installation.
IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at its Costa Mesa, Calif. store. (IKEA)

Ikea to add electric vehicle charging stations in Houston, nationwide

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The Houston Ikea will be outfitted with electric vehicle charging stations this summer, one of eight Ikea stores across the United States slated to get the new technology, the company announced Thursday.
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IEA: Renewable energy making global gains, but so is coal

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Renewable energy grew at an extraordinary pace worldwide in 2012, but it’s not enough to curb the march of climate change, because coal has continued to dominate growth in power generation around the world, the IEA said in a report this week.