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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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BUSINESS
December 29, 2013 | By Evan Halper
NEWARK, Del. - The thick blue cables and white boxes alongside an industrial garage here look like those in any electric-car charging station. But they work in a way that could upend the relationship Americans have with energy. The retrofitted Mini Coopers and other vehicles plugged into sockets where a Chrysler plant once stood do more than suck energy out of the multi-state electricity grid. They also send power back into it. With every zap of juice into or out of the region's fragile power network, the car owner gets paid.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Utilities in several states and Canada on Friday continued to work on repairs, hoping to bring tens of thousands of customers back on line after an ice storm last weekend shut off power to hundreds of thousands of people. Michigan and Maine, the states hit the hardest, reported progress but utilities acknowledged that some outages, caused by power lines downed by crusted ice, continued. In Michigan where nearly 600,000 homes and businesses lost power, about 64,000 customers remained in the dark, according to the Associated Press.
AUTOS
December 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Gentlemen, start your batteries. Formula E, the world's first fully electric race series, has confirmed its 10-city calendar for the 2014-15 season, including a stop in Los Angeles in early 2015. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is among those getting in on the action. He announced this month that he was partnering with the founder of Venturi Automobiles to field one of the 10 teams in the race series' inaugural season. PHOTOS: L.A. to host all-electric Formula E race “The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles,” DiCaprio said in a statement.
WORLD
December 22, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's leftist politicians have watched hopelessly in recent days as a center-right coalition secured passage of a sweeping energy reform bill that will allow foreigners to drill for oil on Mexican territory for the first time in several decades. It was a move that once would have been unthinkable in a country that still celebrates the 1938 nationalization of the oil industry with a national holiday. And it remains a sore topic for many Mexicans: In a nationwide poll released in June, 65% said they opposed opening Pemex, the state-run oil company, to private investment.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
When Elton John sold his pair of West Hollywood condominiums last year, the buyer got more than four walls and the title. The units came with the singer's designer furnishings, knickknacks and tableware - even his snake-skin-covered bed frame. Now, one of the condos is back on the market at $3.995 million, along with all the contents. "Even though Elton doesn't own them anymore, they still have cachet," said Paul Czako, the listing agent. Once the stuff of vacation rentals or corporate housing, fully appointed homes are the latest fad in the ultra-luxury market.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
I've logged a lot of time on motorcycles, and a lot of time on mountain bikes. So I approached my first "electric bicycle" with the same skepticism that I employed in the minutes before I sat on my first electric motorcycle. That lasted 30 seconds into my first ride, by which time I was a convert. The instrument of my bicycle conversion was an electric Shima, from the German manufacturer A2B. It was followed up by a similar revelation astride A2B's Alva+. The Shima and Alva+ did for me what performance enhancing drugs did for Lance Armstrong.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Are electric motorcycles going to be part of the Los Angeles Police Department fleet? Zero Motorcycles hope so. The electric motorcycle company based in Scotts Valley, Calif., has placed a couple of its Zero DS Police models with the LAPD, which is currently testing them for practicality on the force. From the company's booth at this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Zero's vice president of global marketing, Scot Harden (who's also an American Motorcycle Assn.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
With eco-friendly cars taking center stage at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show, it was no surprise luxury carmakers wanted to tout their stuff too. And not just far-off concepts that drivers will need to wait years for, either. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac each brought production-ready fully electric or plug-in hybrid models. FOR THE RECORD: Electric vehicles: In the Nov. 23 Business section, an article about new electric cars said the BMW i3 is front-wheel-drive. The BMW i3 is a rear-wheel-drive car. - It's not hard to see why they chose to do this at the Los Angeles show.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Southern California electricity ratepayers soon could get the first of possibly many refunds, stemming from the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Two state Public Utilities Commission administrative law judges last week issued a proposed decision, ordering Southern California Edison Co. to refund $74.2 million on its customers' 2012 bills and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to refund $19.3 million. The reason: Edison closed the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in January and not all its reported spending was reasonable or necessary, the judges wrote.
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