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    Video: New Toyota Mirai videos continue questionable hydrogen claims
    Ad Says H2 Car Has 'Smaller Carbon Footprint' Than EVs 1418860800

    "Toyota engineers were simultaneously working on a brand new technology that met all the driver's needs with an even smaller carbon footprint." Toyota has released a number of new promotional videos for the hydrogen-powered 2016 Mirai. Most are exactly what you'd expect: pretty, full of ...

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    Exclusive: Nissan, Kia spending big to promote EVs, Chevy stays conservative on Volt
    Football, Rachel Maddow Fans Among Most Engaged By 'Kick Gas' 1417822200

    With 22 months of record Leaf sales under its zero-emission belt, Nissan has started two big ad campaigns for the battery-powered Leaf. On TV, there's the Kick Gas campaign (it's a popular name) and on social media, Nissan is promoting the EV as the "world's cleanest car" (it's a paint thing). We ...

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    Video: What was Michelin Challenge Bibendum doing in China?
    One Of The World's Largest Green Car Gatherings In A Place That Needs It 1416358620

    There were any number of things said at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum last week that could easily be taken as platitudes. In the opening address by the CEO of the Michelin Group, Jean-Dominique Senard, for example, we have this: the Challenge has "the goal of imagining and creating the mobility ...

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    2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle likely to get 60 MPGe
    Five Kg Of Hydrogen And 300-Mile Range Leads To Simple Outcome, We Think 1416327900

    Toyota isn't talking about the Mirai's fuel economy just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't make an educated guess. And we do so by looking at the competition and knowing that the DOE says that "One kg of hydrogen is roughly equivalent to one gallon of gasoline." For now, the Mirai's H2 ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Akka Link And Go 2.0 will be tracking your lifestyle
    Autonomous Vehicle Could Be Programmed To Make Sure You're Never Late 1415890800

    Decked out in stark black and white, the Akka Link And Go is making an appearance at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China this week. It's a fitting color scheme in the home of captive pandas in China, but we think the neon green and orange version we saw in 2013 made a better ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Former EU President says Toyota could lose 100,000 euros per hydrogen FCV sedan
    Pat Cox Explains Europe's Current Hydrogen Infrastructure Situation 1415840340

    Pat Cox does not work for Toyota and we don't think he has any secret inside information. Still, he's the former President of the European Parliament and the current high level coordinator for TransEuropean Network, so when he says Toyota is likely going to lose between 50,000 and 100,000 euros ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Daimler studying China for Car2go expansion
    Display In Chengdu 2014 Gives Us A Clue 1415796900

    Despite a recent setback in the UK, Daimler's carsharing company Car2go remains in expansion mode. The company is currently studying the scene in China (and other countries) to see where the next batch of blue-and-white Smart Fortwo cars will land. "We are looking at the opportunities and ...

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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will not need premium gas
    Current Owners Told GM To Change Pricey Requirement 1414596540

    Buried in the new technical details of the 2016 Chevy Volt released yesterday was a throwaway line about a small but important change that's due to the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The first-gen Volt has always required premium gas but the new powerplant will be happy burning plain old ...

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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will have more EV range, bigger battery
    New 1.5-Liter Engine Also Used In Chinese Cruze 1414524780

    Meet the new Volt, not the same as the old Volt. That appears to be the story when General Motors introduces the 2016 Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Today we're getting some more details on the guts of the new plug-in hybrid, and it turns out they're going to be much improved from ...

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    Official: Ford Focus Electric gets $6,000 price drop, now starts at $29,995
    Is It Now Ready To Compete With Top Seller Nissan Leaf? 1413819000

    In early 2013, the Nissan Leaf shed a massive $6,500 from its $35,200 base price to offer a new starting price of $28,800. Since then, we have seen numerous other plug-in vehicles get smaller price tags, from the Honda Fit EV (lower lease price) to the Chevrolet Volt (around $5,000 lower) to the ...

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    Exclusive: Leilani Munter loves her Energy Freedom Race Car, Tesla Model S
    ARCA Racer Says NASCAR Fans Are Ready For Green Message 1412373600

    Leilani Münter is putting a red, white and blue spin on green at the Kansas Speedway tonight. That's where the eco-minded racer is debuting her Energy Freedom car with the message that people should be able to choose how clean they want their energy to be. Tonight is the last race of the ...

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    Video: 'Charge lock' on Nissan Leaf doesn't actually prevent cable theft
    Nissan Didn't Design It That Way 1412207700

    Is it a feature or a bug? According to AutoblogGreen reader Francois Viau, the locking mechanism that holds the 110V trickle charge cable to his Nissan Leaf is too weak, and that's a problem. That's because while he thought the cable was locked to his car during a charge session at work, someone ...

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    The ugly economics of green vehicles
    All Of Us Want Cleaner Cars, But How Many Of Us Are Willing To Pay For Them? 1411166700

    It's fair to say that most consumers would prefer a green vehicle, one that has a lower impact on the environment and goes easy on costly fuel (in all senses of the term). The problem is that most people can't – or won't – pay the price premium or put up with the compromises today's ...

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    Exclusive: IRS won't, or can't, reveal how many plug-in vehicle tax credits are left
    No One At The Federal Agency Seems To Know What's Going On 1411066740

    The IRS has set up a page to help track individual automaker sales figures, but it's a complete mess. One of the benefits of driving a plug-in vehicle these days is a federal tax credit worth up to $7,500. Officially called IRC 30D, this credit is intended to make the high cost of new EVs ...

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    Exclusive: How Toyota's 100-year textile history influenced FCV hydrogen fuel cell car
    H2 Tanks Will Likely Need To Be Inspected Every Few Years 1410393420

    Turns out, Toyota had a surprising ace in the hole when it came to building the new fuel tanks for the FCV hydrogen fuel cell car, which is coming next year. Well before Toyota became the Toyota Motor Company, it was the Toyota Industries Corporation and it made textile looms. This is important ...

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    Exclusive: Bill Ford says carsharing helps Ford, EVs need to be clean
    Speaking At ITS 2014, Ford's Executive Chairman Talks Connected Cars 1410190020

    To most people, Bill Ford is most famous for being the great-grandson of Henry Ford. But, as the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, Ford has also been leading the company into greener and greener territory. At the morning plenary session for the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport ...

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    Exclusive: Refuel 2014: the best way to spend a summer's day in California
    Even If We Didn't Get Behind The Wheel 1408716060

    What's the best way to spend a summer day in California? If you're an electric vehicle enthusiast, there can only be one answer: the annual Refuel event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the second year I've been fortunate enough to attend – thanks to an invitation from Speed Ventures, ...

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    Exclusive: Surprise Costs Have A Cost: Why we turned down the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
    Dealer Added $70 A Month To Advertised Price, Which Tipped The Scales 1408484640

    They say you can always tell the pioneers. They're the ones with the arrows in their backs. Unfortunately, that was our experience pursuing – and eventually rejecting – the new hydrogen fuel cell-powered Hyundai Tucson. I first heard about Hyundai's new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle ...

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    Exclusive: Plug In 2014: BMW i DC Fast Charger is poised to change the EV game
    Interoperability, Ease-Of-Use Are Key Factors For Plug-In Vehicle Adoption 1407441480

    It looks like it's just a blue box on a pole, but BMW's new i DC Fast Charger represents a much bigger deal than just the lowest-cost SAE Combo Charger on the market. BMW sees it as the key to getting more drivers into electric vehicles. As Robert Healey, the EV infrastructure manager for BMW of ...

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    Exclusive: All the details on Plug In 2014 electric vehicle conference you could ever want
    Listen In On Almost Five Hours Of Discussion On EVs and PHEVs 1407279360

    One of the best parts of the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA last week was getting to listen in on thoughts about the state of the plug-in vehicle industry from people who have been involved with it for ages. They bristle when you call them the "Old Guard" (learned that one the hard way), ...

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