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PACE Award Nominees Announced

Automotive News has announced the list of finalists for the 2016 PACE Awards (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence). The group includes 28 technologies from 21 different suppliers in seven countries.

Propulsion

New Volvo Plug-In Hybrid to Include Level 2 Charger

Volvo Car Corp.'s XC90 T8 plug-in-hybrid crossover will be the first PHEV to get a standard dual-volt charger when U.S. sales begin later this year.

Batteries

Nissan to Offer Leaf Buyers Free Battery Charging

Nissan Motor Co. is preparing to introduce a new program in July that will give some of its U.S. customers to buy or lease a Leaf electric car free public charging for two years.

Propulsion

Kia Reveals Electrified Soul

Kia Motors Corp. will begin selling its first U.S. electric model, the Soul EV, this autumn.

Propulsion

Nissan to Offer Low-Cost Quick Charger for EVs

In January Nissan Motor Co. and Sumitomo Corp. will introduce a 480-volt quick charger for electric vehicles that costs only $9,900 less than one-third the price of other such devices currently offered in the U.S.

Nissan Leaf Charges Ahead

Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf all-electric hatchback, which is due to be launched in the U.S., Japan and Europe later this year, was named Green Car Journal's Green Car Vision Award winner at the Washington, D.C., auto show this week.

Batteries

New Benchmark for EV Recharging: Zero to 80% in 15 Minutes

Norwegian electric vehicle maker Think Global AS says a new quick-charge system developed by AeroVironment Inc. will allow the tiny Think city vehicle to recharge its battery pack to 80% of capacity in just 15 minutes.