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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: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive goes on sale in Europe, Spain gets Nissan Leaf taxis
    Hyundai Delivers First ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicles To UK; China's EV Plans Increase Demand For Aluminum; Formula E Reveals Miami Track Layout 1414011960

    The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive goes on sale in Europe on November 3, with deliveries starting before the end of the year. Developed with the help of Tesla, the new electric B-Class offers more than 132 kilowatts (177 horsepower) and 250 pound-feet of torque. It features Economy ...

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    Tesla about to sell 50,000th Model S
    California Start-Up Keeping Up With Nissan and Leaf Sales 1414000680

    Nissan sold its 50,000th Leaf a total of two years and two months after introducing the EV to dealerships. Tesla isn't as established as Nissan, and its Model S - with its higher levels of luxury and performance - costs multiple times more than the Leaf. Consider the Tesla's starting price of ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla will sell Model S on Alibaba in China, Wrightspeed electrifies garbage trucks
    Hillside Leisure Makes RV From Nissan e-NV200 1413928740

    Tesla will sell cars in China using Alibaba's Tmall website. Customers will be able to use the Chinese shopping site to place an $8,200 deposit toward a Model S. Tmall will feature 18 preconfigured versions for customers to choose from, which won't offer quite the level of customization as ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Detroit Electric teaser video, Nissan Leaf is Good Housekeeping "Tried and Tested"
    New Ethanol Plant Capable Of 25 Million Gallons Annually; Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Impala Runs On Garbage And Sewage 1413840540

    Detroit Electric has a new teaser video and has updated its brand in preparation of the introduction of the SP:01. The refreshed logo uses a blue and white color palette, and the company has also given its website a new look. The teaser video, which gives a sneak peek at the exterior of the ...

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    Meet Tecnicar Lavinia, Italy's first electric supercar
    New EV Boasts 789 Horsepower, 180-Mile Range 1413721860

    Italian supercars are the objects of lust of people from all walks of life all over the globe. Many of us are guilty of having unframed posters of classic Ferraris taped to our childhood walls (maybe even those of our adulthood), and nothing turns heads quite like a Lamborghini cruising down the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota FCV ready for production, Nissan tests Leaf-to-Home energy management
    Honda Scores Perfect Climate Disclosure Score; Stanford Creates Overheating Warning For Batteries 1413546900

    Toyota will begin selling its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in Japan in December. The US and Europe can expect to see the car become available next summer. The FCV, which will likely be called "Mirai" (meaning "future") in Japan, is ready for production ahead of its initial deadline at the end ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: BYD unveils 60-ft electric bus, Honda sticking with hybrids in Europe
    Pennsylvania Permits Per-kWh Pricing; UK Announces Hydrogen Funding; CARB Allows XL Hybrids Conversion; Sony Pictures Installs 60 Chargers In Culver City 1413460800

    BYD has debuted a 60-foot electric bus at the American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, TX. The Lancaster bus, as it is called, has a 120-passenger capacity and can drive over 170 miles on a single charge. The articulated bus features low floors and no steps, thanks to in-wheel ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Hyundai and Kia rethinking diesel for US, BMW i partners with Soho House
    Foodlogica Delivers Food By Solar Trike; Ten9 Wants 1 Billion People To Adopt Sustainable Transport By 2025. 1413381480

    Hyundai and Kia are once again considering bringing diesel vehicles to the US. "It's something that's a strong consideration for us at this point," says John Juriga of Hyundai/Kia America. Diesel would help the group meet future fuel economy standards. While the obstacles that previously kept the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: First VW e-Golf in US up for auction, meet Project Ain't Fuelin'
    API Fears Ethanol Policy Could Influence Iowa Senate Race; Berlin To Add Electric Bus Line 1413288000

    Volkswagen is auctioning the first e-Golf in the US to raise money for Global Green USA. The auction is live now, and bidding goes until 3:30 pm Eastern on October 29. Global Green USA will use the proceeds to help find solutions to climate change, and the winner will get to enjoy emissions-free ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Southwest employees get Zipcar memberships; LA gets more EV chargers
    France Gets Electric/Hydrogen Hybrid Test Fleet 1413201480

    Zipcar will provide membership to its carsharing service to Southwest Airlines and AirTran employees. The nearly 45,000 airline employees will also enjoy reduced driving rates. The idea is to allow flight crews more mobility when their work takes them to cities away from home. It also allows ...

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    Report: GM starting to talk seriously about 200-mile EV
    Based On Chevy Sonic, Sources Say 1413115200

    We've been hearing word of a 200-mile EV from Chevrolet for a while now. First, there was General Motors then-CEO Dan Akerson hinting at a $30,000, 200-mile EV that would take the competition by surprise. Then Akerson confirmed that GM is working on a 200-mile EV in a speech in March. LG Chem, ...

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    Official: Unplugged Performance, BBS offering flashy 21-inch Model S wheel upgrade
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    Owners of the Tesla Model S love their cars. They love the emissions-free driving, the luxury and technology, range, looks and especially, it seems, the performance. The Model S isn't just clean, it's fast and fun. Now, Tesla owners looking to give their baby some hot shoes have an enticing new ...

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    BMW i3 gets tuner treatment from Eve.Ryn
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    The BMW i3, especially when wearing its Capparis White paint job, already looks a bit like some sort of futuristic escape pod launched to Earth from a spaceship. It was only a matter of time until the electric car got touched by the eager hands of a tuner to make it even more eye-popping. It is, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: 2015 Honda CR-Z now on sale, Daimler and Linde building hydrogen stations in Germany
    Meet The EV That Set A Landspeed Record In 1899 1412946000

    The 2015 Honda CR-Z hybrid is now available at dealerships, for slightly more money. The CR-Z starts at an MSRP of $20,145 (plus $790 in destination charges), up from the $19,995 price of the 2014 model. For those who don't want to row their own gears with the six-speed manual transmission, the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Porsche 911 hybrid possible, Ecocruise EVs coming soon
    Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Test Car Hits 300,000 Kilometers; Transport & Environment Criticizes EU's Fuel Quality Directive 1412863200

    The next-generation Porsche 911 could use hybrid power, according to Porsche CEO Matthias Muller. "There is no reason against it and we will see if we have some reasons to do it," Muller says of the model due around 2018. He also suggests that hybrid technology could eventually make its way into ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: VW exec predicts EVs with 375-mile range
    BMW Incentives Favor All-Electric i3 Over REx, Honda Revamps R&D After Fit Hybrid Recalls 1412802060

    Volkswagen says EV ranges over 300 miles aren't too far in the future. Plug-in hybrids are merely a bridge to all-electric mobility becoming more practical for people who need to travel longer distances, according to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen's head of powertrain development. Energy ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Ethanol fraudster pleads guilty, Denmark funds EVs
    Volvo Finds New Way To Heat Factory And Reduce Emissions 1412711880

    The Danish Energy Agency is offering funding to get more electric cars on the road. In Denmark, 99 percent of vehicles are still powered by gasoline and diesel, so the government is offering about $6.44 million in grants to help change this. The money will go to projects such as carsharing and ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Hybrid buyers like their cars, USDA funds biofuel plant in Louisiana
    Average New Car Fuel Economy Down Slightly For September 1412625960

    The average fuel economy of new cars sold in the US went down in September. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research (UMTRI), the average mileage was 25.3 mpg, down from 25.8 mpg in August. The dip is likely from increased sales of light trucks and SUVs. Still, the national ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Zero takes electric motorcycles to cop expos, Chevy Volt powers dealership's Internet
    VW CEO Fears Results Of More Emissions Restrictions In Europe 1412367300

    Zero Motorcycles will be at three law enforcement conferences this month, including COPSWEST Training and Expo, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement Vehicle Test and Emergency Vehicle Product Expo and International Association of Chiefs of Police Expo. Zero will display its ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: New "2-in-1" electric motor increases range, Gulf offers isobutanol blends
    Elon Musk Wins Eurostar Award; GreenTech Automotive Secures $47 Million In Funding 1412280060

    A new electric motor with integrated air-conditioning compressor increases the range of EVs in hot climates, where much of the battery power is used to keep the car cool. Developed by scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the German Aerospace Centre, the "2-in-1" motor ...

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