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Electric Cars: A Review of 2014

Electric Cars: A Review of 2014

Every year, approximately 88 million trucks, buses and passenger cars are produced worldwide. While the vast majority of these vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine, the power source of choice for autos for the past 100 years, there has been much speculation about the role that electric vehicles might play over the next [...]

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China Leads In Renewable Investment—Again!

China Leads In Renewable Investment—Again!

Every opportunity — and every problem — in China is big! There is no such thing as a small opportunity, or a small problem, in the world’s most populous country. That is certainly true when it comes to environmental and energy issues. With more cars on the road every year and increasing demands for power [...]

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What’s It Like to Buy a Tesla in China?

China figures big in the future plans of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), the Palo Alto, California-based electric car company that has captured the imagination of so many car enthusiasts — and investors. To illustrate how important China is to the company, Veronica Wu, Vice President of Tesla’s China operations, said earlier this year that she expects China [...]

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Can Tesla Outsell Porsche in China?

Over the past few weeks, there have been several announcements regarding the activities of Tesla Motors, Inc. (NasdaqGS:TSLA) in China. In late January, Tesla announced that a version of its Model S, which sells for $81,070 in the United States, would retail for 734,000 yuan ($121,300) in China after shipping costs and import duty and [...]

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The Reality Of Electric Cars In China

Everyone is excited about the potential for electric cars in China — except the companies actually making cars in China! At the Detroit Auto Show in January of this year, Tesla announced its plans to open a dealership in Beijing — its first store in China. George Blankenship, the company’s vice president of worldwide sales, [...]

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Shale Gas: China’s Untapped Resource

When I met recently with a senior investment officer from China Investment Corporation (“CIC”), the country’s sovereign wealth fund, I was told that CIC is very bullish on the United States. Why? In CIC’s opinion, the existence of large shale gas reserves in the U.S. will provide a massive shot in the arm for the [...]

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Will The Chinese Buy A Tesla?

Will the Chinese buy A Tesla? The management of Tesla Motors, Inc. (NasdaqGS:TSLA) certainly hopes so. At the Detroit Auto Show, Tesla announced its plans to open a dealership in Beijing — its first store in China — this spring. George Blankenship, the company’s vice president of worldwide sales, said the store will house an [...]

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Canada Greenlights CNOOC’s Purchase of Nexen

Last Friday, the Canadian government approved China’s biggest overseas energy acquisition, a $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen Inc. (NYSE: “NXY”) by CNOOC Ltd. (NYSE: “CEO”). State-owned CNOOC is China’s largest offshore driller, while Nexen is a Calgary based independent energy company that operates in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and offshore West [...]

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Chinese Company Offers To Acquire Control Of A Leading U.S. Battery Maker

With annual sales of approximately 19 million vehicles, China’s auto industry is now, by far, the largest in the world. Not content to be the world’s volume leader, though, government and industry leaders now share a common objective: “To make China’s auto industry the innovation leader by 2020.” To underscore this objective, Clean Energy Vehicles [...]

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Natural Gas Vehicles in China

Natural Gas Vehicles in China

With the price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States now at $4 — and climbing — CNBC’s Rick Santelli is making it his personal mission to demonstrate to the world that cars can easily be converted to run on natural gas. Santelli is best known for starting the Tea Party movement with [...]

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