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    Nissan Leaf fans design more accurate state-of-charge meter

    If you get enough like-minded individuals together, they can accomplish quite a lot. Take, for instance, a group of fans on the MyNissanLeaf forum who wanted a more accurate way to tell how much further they could drive their Nissan Leaf. They accomplished this goal by coding up a device that ...

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    DOE helps standardize EV charger permit process with online tools

    Electric vehicles are a relatively new thing here in the United States (as long as you ignore vehicles like the short-lived EV1 and the first-gen RAV4 EV and the whole EV thing back in the early 1900s). The current generation EV are so new, in fact, that many cities do not have a standardized ...

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    South Korea pushes production of 120-mile EV up a few years

    Hyundai BlueOn EV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The government of South Korea once had a plan to develop a mid-size, all-electric sedan by the year 2017. It doesn't take much more than elementary math to realize that's six years away. Given that 10,000 Nissan Leafs are already ...

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    How the 54.5 mpg CAFE standard will really equal 40 mpg in the real world

    First there was 62 miles per gallon, then 56.2 mpg, then 54.5 mpg, and now we could be looking at 40 mpg for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) in 2025. What's that you say, you thought 54.5 was the official number? That's true, but that official target has a lot of federal incentive credits ...

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    Report: Toyota looking for gasoline-beating 'Sakichi' battery

    Back in 1925, long before the X-Prize foundation even existed, an inventor by the name of Sakichi Toyoda reportedly offered a prize of 1 million yen for the invention of a battery that would produce more energy than gasoline. As you can probably guess, no one has claimed that prize yet. However, ...

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    Lightning Motorcycles switching to Ener1's lithium-ion batteries

    Ener1 may have ended its deal with Think, but it looks like the company has found a place to use some of its lithium-ion batteries after recently reaching a supply and distribution agreement with Lightning Motorcycles. In this agreement Lightning Motorcycles will use Ener1's batteries in both ...

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    Emerald Automotive (who?) wants to build hybrid delivery van in Missouri [w/video]

    Emerald Automotive delivery van – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Hazelwood, MO will apparently soon be adding hundreds of manufacturing jobs to the region thanks to Emerald Automotive, a recent startup that designs and wants to build electric and diesel powered delivery vans ...

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    Ceres defending 60-mpg CAFE standard for 2025, attacks Auto Alliance

    With the proposed 56.2 mile per gallon corporate average fuel economy standards standards by 2025 under attack by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, there was a need for someone to defend high mpg calls. In stepped Ceres, a nonprofit that leads a coalition of organizations and public ...

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    New survey finds the majority of likely US voters do not want an increase in gasoline tax

    While people are pretty sure the U.S. government needs to do something about the country's mounting debt, raising gas taxes is not going to be a popular part of the solution. Recently, Rasmussen Reports conducted a national telephone survey and found that only 33 percent of U.S. voters supported a ...

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    WIllie Nelson still rocking biodiesel tour bus

    Willie Nelson likes biodiesel. He's such a believer in the fuel, in fact, that when he got his brand new $60,000 Mercedes a few years ago he immediately filled it with veggie oil and in the process freaked out the salesman. Since then, he hasn't wavered in his love for it and was even honored ...

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    Rolls-Royce discusses its potential future in electric cars

    Rolls-Royce 102EX Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    At the grand opening of the Rolls-Royce dealership in Chicago's Gold Coast area, Kicking Tires got the chance to sit down with David Archibald, president of Rolls-Royce North America. On discussion was the general business ...

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    Plug In America talks electric vehicles with the Air Force

    Plug In America's Kate Baker interviewed Lt. Col. Brian Rusler and veteran Tim Goodrich of the United States Air Force regarding the military branch's green energy plans. The Air Force has been employing electric vehicles as early as 1997 with the use of electric golf carts for personnel transport ...

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    Ann Marie Sastry and Sakti3 developing solid-state lithium-ion batteries

    Matthew Dakotah over at the Huffington Post has been writing a special "Women in Power" series that profiles leaders in energy and environmental innovation. His latest article on Ann Marie Sastry piqued our interest since she happens to be President and CEO of Sakti3. If you recall, Sakti3 is a ...

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    Gas prices not scaring car buyers as much this time around

    With gasoline prices soaring this year, one might assume, justifiably, that hybrid and fuel-efficient small vehicle demand must also be on the rise, mimicking the market situation in 2008. However, history may not be repeating itself this time around. AutoPacific President George Peterson says, ...

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    Star Wars prequels inspire EDWARD, a most unusual electric vehicle [w/video]

    The Hailfire Droid from Star Wars is one slick vehicle. The only downside is the closest you could get to driving one is by buying the Lego version. The EDWARD, on the other hand, is a diwheel that actually exists. An acronym standing for Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping, EDWARD was ...

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    Honda's EV-neo electric scooter to make its European debut in July

    While Honda's EV-neo has been available in Japan since last year, the rest of the world had to make do without them. That will change next month in Europe, as Honda will be unveiling the little electric in Barcelona. That's a good choice, considering 30 percent of all vehicles there are ...

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    Video: The true cost of gas in the U.S. is closer to $15 a gallon

    The Price of Gas – Click above to watch video after the jump
    The Center for Investigative Reporting has put together an interesting video explaining the true cost of gasoline to the American public. While gas may have dropped to below $4 a gallon in recent weeks, the video explains that ...

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    A light bulb's worth of energy to take father & son on cross country tour

    100 watts of power power may not sound like much in the world of automobiles. Heck, a Nissan Leaf can churn out 80,000 watts, but that doesn't mean if it can't get you places. Pierce Hoover, an inventor and journalist wanted to teach his son about being energy conscious, and to show him that the ...

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    Chrysler working on engine that can simultaneously burn gas and diesel

    Multi-fuel capable cars have been around for quite some time. Case in point, five years ago we reported on a Volvo prototype that could burn five different types of fuel. But a new project from Chrysler is aiming to do something that none of these existing flex-fuel vehicles can pull off: an ...

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    In case of emergency: power home with Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In light of the devastation caused by the recent earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan, Mitsubishi is releasing, a year ahead of schedule, a device which allows i-MiEV owners to power their electric appliances at home ...

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