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April 17, 2009

Auto Briefs

Oregon plans an electric-car charging network and the Element goes to the dogs

Electric cars

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

Need a charge? Head to Oregon
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (shown above, test driving a Nissan electric vehicle) announced in early April that Nissan and the state of Oregon are forming a partnership to promote the development of a statewide electric vehicle charging network. Mitsubishi has also announced its participation in the partnership. The governor has pushed for the state to be a leader in electric vehicle use, promoting it as a test market for new models and as a location for manufacturing plants.
--Associated Press, NWautos staff

Honda dogs

Richard Drew/Associated Press

New Honda Element is for the dogs
Honda showed off a "Dog Friendly" version of the Honda Element SUV at the New York Auto Show last week, featuring a cushioned pet bed in the cargo area, a spill-resistant water bowl, an integrated pet carrier and machine-washable seat covers. Honda says it's still finalizing the features, but the Dog Friendly Element will be available in showrooms this fall. Pricing hasn't been disclosed.
--Associated Press

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