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S. Korea adds another system to its EV charging standard

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has decided to incorporate an electric vehicle (EV) charging standard used by U.S. and European car manufacturers after an industry study showed that it is compatible with the country's smart grid, a local auto company said Thursday.

Proposed cobalt plant in Saskatchewan passes environmental study

LANGHAM, Sask. - A cobalt plant proposed by Fortune Minerals near Langham northwest of Saskatoon has passed an environmental study. CEO Robin Goad says the review showed there wouldn't be any impact on the water table. He also points out that there would be no asbestos in the company's materials. Goad says the next step is to apply for rezoning with the aim to begin construction sometime next year. The plant would process cobalt which is needed to manufacture lithium ion batteries.

Electric carmaker Tesla says it's going to court to appeal amended New Jersey dealer rules

NEWARK, N.J. - Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks. The notice, filed last week to the state appellate division, seeks to overturn regulations imposed by the state Motor Vehicle Commission that require new-car dealers to have franchise agreements before they can be licensed.

Electric car sales smash records in Norway

Norway's electric car market boomed in March, with sales of the environmentally friendly vehicles accounting for a record one in five of all cars registered, a national traffic group said Wednesday. US car maker Tesla set a new record for car sales, with its high-end Tesla S selling more models in one month (1,493 sales) than any car in Norway's history, according to the Information Council for Road Traffic (OFV).

'60 Minutes' admits error in dubbing noises over quiet electric car

NEW YORK, N.Y. - CBS News says an editor made an "audio error" in dubbing the sound of a loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car in a "60 Minutes" story that aired Sunday. Spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Tuesday the loud car audio has been edited out of the online version of the story on Tesla founder Elon Musk. Anchor Scott Pelley reported the story, and CBS said he wasn't aware of the added audio ahead of time.

US regulators halt Tesla fire probe after safety vow

Federal safety regulators have closed an investigation launched following two fires involving Tesla's Model S sedan after the electric carmaker vowed to reinforce the casing around the vehicle's lithium-ion batteries. A statement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tesla's move to modify Model S batteries with three additional layers of protection should be enough to prevent fires in the car in future.

New York governor says agreement reached in dispute over Tesla direct sales

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an agreement has been reached to let Tesla Motors keep its five retail locations in the state as part of a compromise to strengthen auto dealer franchise protections while allowing Tesla's direct sales. The governor's office says the deal includes the New York State Automobile Dealers Association and the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.

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Access to Tesla cars only a password away, researcher says

By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc's <TSLA.O> electric vehicles can be located and unlocked by criminals remotely simply by cracking a six-character password using traditional hacking techniques, according to newly released research.

Feds close battery fire probe after Tesla says it will install shields to ward off road debris

DETROIT - The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company said it would install more shields beneath the cars. The shields, an aluminum bar, a titanium plate and another piece of aluminum, will supplement a quarter-inch-thick aluminum plate now on the Model S, the only model that Tesla now sells. They're designed to stop road debris from penetrating the car's battery pack.
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