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Danny King is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who’s been covering industries such as automotive, travel, entertainment, hospitality, real estate and electronic commerce since 2000. His experience includes staff and freelance work for Bloomberg News, Daily Variety, AOL’s AutoblogGreen, Travel Weekly and the Los Angeles Business Journal.

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    We could have electric buses that recharge in 15 seconds
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    First, Swiss watches. Now this. Switzerland is home to a system that will allow battery-electric buses to get their juice in 15-second increments at bus-stop-mounted electric chargers. High-tech, indeed. Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) is leading of a group of ...

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    Official: New Saab parent NEVS: we're not totally broke
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    The many fans of 1987's The Princess Bride will recall Billy Crystal's Miracle Max character optimistically referring to the protagonist Westley as "mostly dead." It looks like National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the company that now owns the Saab brand, fits that description. Of course, ...

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    Video: This is what it takes to build a Tesla Supercharger
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    One construction company has taken a seven-day process and shrunk it down to about seven minutes in a new video that shows a Tesla Supercharger being built. And the video comes with some cool bluegrass music. Only in the USA. Electric Conduit Construction took a time-lapse video of its building ...

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    Read This: Why leasing a new EV is better than buying used
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    The old saying goes that when you buy a used car, you're buying somebody else's problems. And when it comes to electric vehicles, you're also not getting the benefit of any purchase tax breaks. Maybe you should just lease a new one. That's the conclusion of a new article in Wired, which compares ...

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    Report: Will Mazda sell diesel hybrids in Japan in 2016?
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    Could the "Zoom Zoom" automaker start making hybrids that go "glug glug glug"? Mazda, known for its fuel-efficient Skyactiv engine line, will be the first Japanese automaker to make a diesel-hybrid vehicle for Japan and Europe. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, Mazda may start making its ...

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    Official: Over 100 events already scheduled for National Drive Electric Week
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    113 cities and counting. That's not bad for an event that started with just 29 four years ago. Yes, next month, from September 15-21, National Drive Electric Week will take place in over 100 locations around the country (with some in Canada and Mexico). The celebration of electric vehicles is ...

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    Report: Tesla wants to hackproof the Model S
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    Apparently, Tesla Motors is abiding by the wise words of Chinese military general Sun Tzu to keep its friends close and its enemies closer. The tech-heavy electric vehicle maker attended the recent Def Con conference in Las Vegas, The Wall Street Journal reports, in order to learn about ...

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    Report: California could ease environmental mandate for Tesla Gigafactory
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    California may ease some of its decades-old environmental mandates for potential developments in an effort to get electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors to build its gigafactory in the Golden State. There is a certain irony in that, but given that the $5-billion factory could bring 6,500 green jobs ...

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    Official: Public in favor of higher truck fuel efficiency standards
    But 26 Percent Say They're Against Cleaner Trucks 1407930900

    Yes, the most recent poll results from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) were about as predictable as asking Americans whether they wanted more sunlight or to lose a few pounds. Indeed, when one asks John Q. Public whether he's in favor of better fuel economy for semi trucks, well, the ...

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    Official: California could give lower-income EV buyers a financial boost
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    One California state senator wants to make sure electric vehicles aren't just for the jewelry-rattlers anymore. California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) proposed a bill last month that is designed to put plug-in vehicles within reach of those with more moderate incomes than your ...

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    Read This: From sandals to flooring, there are many ways to reuse an old tire
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    Furniture, flip flops and floors, oh my! Those are just a few of the products being repurposed from a faction of the 1.5 billion tires that get discarded each year, according to a fun little story from the BBC. And, if nothing else, the reincarnated products are durable. Small companies in Kenya ...

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    Official: Egg-shaped, solar- and pedal-powered $5,500 ELF eco-trike on the way
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    Remember the old Flinstones cartoons where Fred and Barney could make their cars go faster by peddling their feet on the ground under the car? One North Carolina-based company is putting its own spin on that concept. All for the sake of the environment, of course. Organic Transit is selling what ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S getting minor updates for Summer 2014
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    New colors, a free trunk shelf and, uh, an ionizer. Not mind-blowing stuff, but they are some of the goodies available soon to buyers of the Tesla Model S battery-electric sedan. So say the fine folks at Teslarati. The California-based automaker is offering an Alcantara headliner upgrade for a ...

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    Report: New Fisker owner Wanxiang is a $23-billion-a-year auto parts company
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    If you thought early Fisker Karma buyers like celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Cee Lo Green had deep pockets, get a load of the company's new owners. China's Wanxiang Group, which earlier this year acquired the extended-range plug-in vehicle maker in a bankruptcy auction, generates more than $23 ...

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    Official: Chevy Cruze CNG available from Crazy Diamond Performance
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    Anyone out there who can somehow find a second way to link Pink Floyd to natural gas vehicles gets a prize. Because so far, we have one Michigan-based company called Crazy Diamond Performance (Shine On You Crazy Diamond being a longtime Floyd fave) that's setting out to convert Chevrolet Cruze ...

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    Report: Japan considering offering free hydrogen cars because $30k incentives apparently not enough
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    There's no such thing as a free lunch. A free hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, though? It may become a possibility in Japan, says Automotive News. We know the Japanese government is being plenty supportive of hydrogen vehicles since it will provide about $20,000 worth of incentives to prospective ...

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    Official: Linde spending $4.3 million on two new hydrogen stations in California
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    If California is going to sink millions upon millions to expand its hydrogen-refueling infrastructure, shouldn't at least some of that infrastructure be operated by a company that actually produces hydrogen fuel? Why, yes, and that's the case with Linde North America. The company has announced it ...

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    By The Numbers: July 2014: Summertime blues edition
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    Heaven help the analyst trying to get a handle on year-over-year green-car sales numbers, because there is little rhyme or reason to them. Just when one would think the usual summertime bump in gas prices may spur more Americans to buy hybrids, plug-ins or diesels, the industry turns in another ...

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    Official: California readies big 'red carpet' for hydrogen cars, H2 stations
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    The Golden State is sinking some serious green into its hydrogen-refueling infrastructure. But California says it's rolling out the red carpet for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Maybe we'll get our colors straight eventually. With a goal to have 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles on California ...

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    Official: Sales start for $146,000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug In Hybrid
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    Mercedes-Benz's first production plug-in hybrid is chock full of astounding numbers, including the price tag. The base price is 108,944.50 euros, or about $146,000 US. If that didn't make your eyes glaze over, the Daimler division is ready to take your down payments now that the Mercedes-Benz ...

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