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March 1, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Justin Bieber turned 18 on Thursday and to celebrate, his manager surprised him with a Fisker Karma -- a $100,000 electric car whose sporty physique belies its eco-friendliness. Bieber's manager, Scott Braun, presented the Canadian pop star with the car on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show ," of all places. "We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you're on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly," Braun said as DeGeneres beamed in the background.
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BUSINESS
August 25, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
As the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric car, the Toyota Prius has become the iPod of hybrids. More than 2 million of these automotive icons have been sold since the Prius was introduced in 1997, with mostly minor changes to its aerodynamic profile. But that's about to change with the 2012 Prius v — a larger version that looks as if growth hormones were slipped into the tank. Due in showrooms in October, the v — for "versatility" — lengthens the rear cargo hold on the regular Prius and ratchets up the hatch, opening up far more space in the back 40 without sacrificing too many miles per gallon.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2009 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
General Motors Corp., racing to emerge from bankruptcy, said it drove the first pre-production battery-powered Chevrolet Volt two weeks ahead of schedule. The first test drive occurred Tuesday and the vehicle was driven again Wednesday, the company said. The Volt is designed to drive 40 miles solely on electric power generated by plugging the battery into a household outlet overnight. After 40 miles, a gasoline engine keeps the battery charged.
SPORTS
June 13, 1989
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Rod Woodson was charged with misdemeanor battery on a police officer after a weekend altercation outside a Fort Wayne, Ind. bar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1992
The only thing that outlasts an Energizer battery is a political campaign! JOHN A. SELEINE Seal Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1996
In your Sept. 2 editorial, you echoed the biggest complaint about electric vehicles: the range. It seems to me an easy solution may have been overlooked. Why not design electric vehicles so that the batteries are easily removable and interchangeable? In the future, when our electric cars are "running on empty," we would do as we do today: Find a service station. But instead of filling up, an attendant, or automated system could remove your drained battery and, with a reassuring thump, replace it with a freshly charged one. Your sapped battery would be left behind and charged for a future customer in an ever-rotating supply.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Electric vehicle glossary Battery electric vehicle: Also called a BEV. This is a vehicle powered solely or primarily by a battery or battery pack. You charge the battery and run the car. There's no gasoline engine or hydrogen fuel cell to kick in and provide more power when the battery is out of juice. And there is no tailpipe or emissions. EREV: Some automakers call vehicles that run on electric motors and battery power for some distance before a combustion engine starts generating electricity an "extended range electric vehicle.
NEWS
August 11, 2012 | By Judi Dash
Always on the look-out for backup power sources for mobile electronic devices, we were smitten by the PowerBar from FatCat Gear. About the size of a cellphone, the battery pack can charge up most cellphones, music players and handheld gaming systems, a welcome aid when no outlet is at hand.  The pocket-sized charger uses a long-lasting lithium battery that can retain up to 80% of its charge after one year of non-use, making it good to have on...
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