Kia Motors America pricing Optima hybrid with MSRP of $26,500

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Kia Motors America is pricing the 2011 Optima Hybrid—its first hybrid in the US market—with an MSRP of $26,500. The Optima Hybrid employs a Kia-developed powertrain including advanced lithium polymer batteries from LG Chem to deliver up to 35 miles per gallon in city driving and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

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Transportation sector stakeholders launch Veloz in California to accelerate adoption of EVs

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Its first project, “Electric For All,” is the largest multi-stakeholder, multi-million dollar public awareness campaign in North America. Veloz members include: Automakers, including GM, BMW Group, Honda, Nissan, Kia, Subaru, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford. Electricity providers, including Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

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China puts its electric vehicles on center stage - China automotive news

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

The aggressive plans illustrate Chinas growing commitment to electrified vehicles and its strategy to support auto makers developing various types of electric cars and components with research subsidies. Among the most notable: a gas-electric hybrid Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.

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