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Ford turns plastic bottles into seat covers for the new Focus Electric

The Ford Focus Electric is green from its non-existent tailpipe to its sustainable seat covers. Ford announced Thursday that the new compact EV will be the company’s first car to feature 100 percent sustainable clean technologies in interior materials, including seat fabrics with REPREVE fiber. REPREVE, made by North Carolina-based firm Unifi, is a polyester… Read more »

GM upgrades Volt battery pack

Today, General Motors announced a set of enhancements to the Volt’s vehicle structure and battery coolant system in an attempt to put the burning-battery bugaboo behind it once and for all. Last May, a Volt battery caught fire after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test that punctured the battery pack and caused coolant… Read more »

Brown goes green as UPS orders 100 electric delivery vans

UPS plans to power up 100 new electric delivery vans in California early in 2012, replacing legacy diesel trucks and saving 126,000 gallons of fuel a year. The new brown beauties are built by Electric Vehicles International (EVI), a Stockton, California firm that’s been making commercial vehicles for 20 years. EVI’s walk-in van comes in… Read more »