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John Beltz Snyder enjoys the interesting challenge of balancing his love of the automobile with a sense of responsibility toward the environment. He worked at Winding Road for about five years, where he regularly regaled his coworkers Miersma, Ewing and Turkus with stories of his beloved pets, and argued over the finer points of writing and editing. He lives in Michigan, where he spends half the year looking forward to driving in the snow. He and his wife, Catheryn, own Perpetua Boutique Organique in downtown Ann Arbor.

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Free chargers for Canadian ELR buyers, Renovo gets funding for EV supercar
    Chevrolet Express Van Offers Renewable Fuel Options; Renault To Build Fluence ZE In China; Germany Lifts Uber Ban 1411041600

    Chevrolet offers versions of its Express passenger van with B20 biodiesel and E85 capability. Customers can buy the van with the Duramax turbodiesel V8, which is compatible with the 20-percent biodiesel blend. There is also a FlexFuel V8, which can use the 85-percent ethanol gasoline blend. It's ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: BMW i3 goes against Mercedes B-Class ED, Tesla good for business
    EVs Get Cleaner; Zipcar In Paris; MIT's Nav System Eases Congestion 1410964140

    Car and Driver has published a comparison test pitting the 2014 BMW i3 against the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive. The test not only measured the quality of the driving experience, but also all the quantitative details that are especially important when looking at electric vehicles. ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla firmware update videos, Mercedes S500 Plug-In Hybrid
    California Calls UberPool Illegal; The Man Behind China's EV Policy 1410878880

    See the Tesla Model S with Firmware 6.0 in action in new videos from Teslarati. The large software update includes improved traffic-based navigation, a calendar function, updated power management, "Location-Based Smart Air Suspension" as well as other improvements. Drivers get more route options ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: London Scrapping Program could cost $488M, Zap sold 2,000 EVs since June
    UD Davis Teams With China On ZEV Research; UC Riverside Tests "Eco-Routing" Navigation 1410823620

    London Mayor Boris Johnson's desired scrapping program for polluting diesel vehicles could cost £300 million (about $488 million). The program would provide incentives of up to £2,000 (about $3,250) to drivers willing to scrap their cars in order to make it easier to afford cleaner ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Eigg's renewable energy grid, Wulin City Car EV looks like i3
    London Mayor Renews Call For Diesel Scrapping Incentives; Automakers Partner For UK Rapid Charge Network; NYC Taxis Get More Flexible Mobile Payment 1410537960

    Scotland's Isle of Eigg's electrical grid relies solely on wind, hydro and solar power. It's the first grid of its kind after switching to renewable energy from noisy, unreliable diesel generators. Scotland's renewable resources are fodder for supporters of independence form the UK, and Eigg is a ...

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    Report: When your Tesla Model S gets stolen, fire up the app [w/video]
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    It's a nightmare for anyone who loves their car: you return to your parking spot, only to find it empty. You flash the lights or honk the horn with your key fob just to make sure you didn't forget where you parked, but nothing happens. What do you do? If you're a Tesla Model S owner, you get out ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Local Motors begins 3D printing Strati car, global liquid fuel use to increase 38% by 2040
    California Funds $13.3M In Clean Car Manufacturing; Proterra Chooses Toshiba Battery 1410437040

    Petroleum and liquid fuel consumption will increase 38 percent globally by 2040, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Developing parts of the Middle East and Asia account for 85 percent of that increase. In 2040, 92 percent of liquid fuel will be consumed by the transportation ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Mini Superleggera decision delayed, Denza begins production
    Local Motion Manages Fleet-Sharing For Businesses 1410386460

    A decision on whether or not to build the Mini Superleggera has been pushed back. Earlier this year, Mini's Peter Schwarzenbauer hinted that the electric roadster concept could eventually make its way to production. Now, Schwarzenbauer is saying that a possible call is still at least six months ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Lightweight introduces magnetic e-bike concept, NV utility embraces EVs
    Are Electric Buses More Important Than Cars? 1410272160

    Lightweight showed off its Velocité electric bike concept at the Eurobike show in Germany. The Velocité pedelec features a rear rim with magnets mounted in it, and coils inside the seat tube (which wraps around the top of the wheel) to propel it magnetically. The battery is hidden ...

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    Read This: Formula E sheds light on history of racecar swapping
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    The Formula E electric race series kicks off this month, and we're going to see something somewhat unusual during each ePrix: car swapping. Each race will last around an hour, which, with the demands on the car, is longer than its battery will last. That's why each driver is assigned two cars for ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: PA announces alternative fuel vehicle grants, streetcars miss the mark
    China Offers EV Tax Break 1410206220

    Pennsylvania is offering nearly $4 million in grants for alternative fuel vehicles. Governor Tom Corbett has announced the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants, which will go to local governments, organizations, and businesses to switch to cleaner vehicles. The grants will pay for the purchase or ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: E15 could help smog woes, MPG average at all-time high
    Formula E To Hold Motor Shows; USABC Awards New Battery Contract 1409925480

    A new study shows that using an E15 blend instead of regular gasoline would reduce smog in Chicago. Increasing the availability of the 15-percent ethanol blend could help reduce carcinogenic air pollution and improve air quality, particularly on the city's South Side. The study found that E15 ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: No Tesla Gigafactory deal with California, BMW i3 recalled
    CARB Considers ZEV Leniency For Some Carmakers; Renault-Nissan Alliance Provide EVs To Orange; JAC Delivers First Cars To US 1409859180

    Before the Nevada announcement was hinted at, a deal to incentivize a Tesla Gigafactory in California fell through. Tesla was looking for around $500 million in incentives, which the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development was willing to offer in tax breaks along with ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Jaguar Land Rover talks EVs, Batteries should be modular
    Thailand To Approve VW Plant; Sky Deutschland To Broadcast Formula E 1409761800

    A new study out of Germany suggests adopting a modular approach to battery offerings in plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles. Automakers could offer the same car with different battery sizes (and different costs, accordingly) to drivers depending on their driving ranges. This would ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota allowed to inspect own hydrogen tanks, Telsa tour reveals expansion
    Mahindra Reva e2o Gets Premium Variant 1409681640

    Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Ministry has certified Toyota to self-inspect its high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The approval allows more freedom in production timing, as outside inspectors previously had to be on site during the manufacture of hydrogen tanks for vehicle prototypes. Toyota ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: LG Innotek creates rare earth-free DCT motor, BYD reports increased EV sales
    US, Chilean Navies Move To Alternative Fuels; CA Funds EV Charging Expansion 1409321700

    The US and Chilean navies have agreed to work together to develop alternative fuels for ships and aircraft. As a move toward better energy security, the two countries want to develop "drop-in alternative fuels," namely biofuels, to reduce dependence on foreign oil and ensure a reliable supply and ...

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    Report: Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner
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    For the most part, plug-in hybrids rely on the power stored in the battery until that charge is depleted. Unless the switch can be changed manually, it's only then that the cars fire up the internal combustion engine and begin using the fossil fuels on board. This is ideal, of course, when one's ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: EVSR returns to Mt. Washington, China Mulls $16 Billion For EV Charging
    Foxconn And BAIC Start EV Rental Service; BMW Innovations campaign launches 1409255820

    Foxconn and electric carmaker BAIC are partnering to provide an electric car rental service in China. Slated to kick off next month in Beijing, Hangzhou and Jiangsu province, the company, called Henyu, will offer the EV rentals by the hour. Henyu hopes to offer 5,000, to 10,000 electric rental ...

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    Report: New Fisker Karma spare parts coming soon
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    It's easy to fall in love with the Fisker Karma based on looks alone. Figure in the luxury interior, electric drivetrain, and the convenience of the extended range, and it's hard to fault anyone who took the plunge and plunked down their hard-earned dollars for this swank green machine. Things go ...

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    Recharge Wrap-Up: Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus, SiC could make Tesla Model S $6,000 cheaper
    US And EU Considering Lowering Biofuel Targets; GM Brings Bikesharing To Tech Center 1409169360

    Volvo is officially introducing its 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany next month. The coach bus reduces carbon emissions by up to 75 percent, and does its part to reduce noise pollution as well. It uses 60 percent less energy than comparable diesel buses. In ...

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