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AUTOS
February 6, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Kia went electric at Thursday's 2014 Chicago Auto Show, by introducing the brand's first all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV. Based on the boxy Soul hatchback crossover that has long been one of Kia's most popular vehicles, the EV version ditches the gas engine for an electric motor with 80 to 100 miles of range. “The Soul EV retains the fun and funky style as well as the packaging efficiency and utility that have made the gasoline-powered Soul such a huge hit with consumers,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia. “And to that winning combination it adds usable real-world range and multiple charging options, making it the perfect EV for everyone.” PHOTOS: 2015 Kia Soul EV In many ways the Soul was the perfect fit for an electric drivetrain.
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BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Evan Halper and Marc Lifsher
Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California's vast power grid. A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley's power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility's owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout.
AUTOS
February 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention electric vehicles: 2014 will be good to you. That's the prediction from IHS Automotive, which said Tuesday it expects global production of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) to rise 67% this year. That compares with just a 3.6% increase in the production of all vehicles globally. Several key factors account for the expected increase in electric vehicles. “European emissions standards are tightening in the second half of this year,” Ben Scott, an analyst for IHS Automotive, said in a statement.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2014 | By Evan Halper
FREDERICK, Md. - Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such things, considering what he is sure is coming. "Storing enough calories isn't really a challenge," said the rugged 87-year-old Republican, who served 10 terms on Capitol Hill. "The real challenge is vitamins and stuff. " Bartlett is preparing for an epic power outage.
AUTOS
January 30, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
What does a three-horsepower, all-electric car that's more than a century old have in common with some of the modern world's most capable and powerful sports cars? They're both built by Porsche. On Monday, the German automaker announced it was putting on display in its Stuttgart, Germany, museum the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton. This small, open-top car, nicknamed the P1, was built in 1898 by Ferdinand Porsche when he was 22. It's the first car he ever built. PHOTOS: World's first car built by Porsche That's the same Ferdinand Porsche who would form his eponymous brand in 1931.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Shan Li
State labor regulators dropped citations against Chinese electric bus manufacturer Build Your Dreams that accused them of paying several of its workers in California below minimum wage. The company, known as BYD, is presenting evidence at a Tuesday hearing with the state's Department of Industrial Relations over additional citations regarding employee rest breaks and inaccurate pay stubs. BYD's U.S. headquarters are located in downtown Los Angeles, and it opened a bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster last year.
SPORTS
January 27, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Eight more drivers have committed to racing in Formula E, a proposed series featuring electric-powered race cars competing on city courses around the world, the series said Monday. The drivers include IndyCar Series drivers Sebastien Bourdais, Oriol Servia and J.R. Hildebrand Jr. The others are Bruno Senna of Brazil, Narain Karthikeyan of India, Daniel Abt of Germany, Franck Montagny of France and Christijan Albers of the Netherlands. Bourdais also was among the trio of drivers who won the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race Sunday in the premier prototype class, driving a Corvette prototype for the Action Express Racing team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014
Luis Avalos Latino playwright, actor on 'The Electric Company.' Luis Avalos, 67, a Cuban American actor who had a regular role as Dr. Doolats on the 1970s public television children's series "The Electric Company" and later was active in Los Angeles' theater scene, died Wednesday of heart failure at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, according to spokesman John Echeveste. Avalos joined the ensemble cast of "The Electric Company" in 1972, the second season of the PBS variety show that aimed to teach elementary school children to read.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2014 | Julie Cart
Five years after the Obama administration's renewable energy initiative touched off a building boom of large-scale solar power plants across the desert Southwest, the pace of development has slowed to a crawl, with a number of companies going out of business and major projects canceled for lack of financing. Of the 365 federal solar applications since 2009, just 20 plants are on track to be built. Only three large-scale solar facilities have gone online, two in California and one in Nevada.
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Formula E, a proposed series featuring electric-powered race cars competing in cities around the globe, said Wednesday eight drivers had committed to the series, including IndyCar driver Marco Andretti. The series plans 10 races over several months, starting with a race in Beijing in mid-September and ending with a race in London on June 27, 2015. The sixth race is scheduled for Los Angeles on Feb. 14, 2015, although the race's exact location in the city has yet to be determined.
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