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    Recharge Wrap-up: Ford HQ gets giant solar array, Chevy City Express gets 24 MPG city
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    Ford will be building Michigan's largest solar array at its Dearborn headquarters. With funding from DTE Energy, the solar carport will provide covered parking, as well 30 charging stations for electric vehicles. The array is expected to generate 1.13 million kWh per year for Ford's operations, ...

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    Report: Biodiesel Toyota Land Cruiser 200 ready for Dakar 2014
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    A Toyota subsidiary is preparing to enter a Toyota Land Cruiser for a very long off-road ride while emitting 60 percent less carbon dioxide than its regular diesel competitors. Toyota Auto Body Co. has enrolled a team into the 2014 Dakar Rally that will race a biodiesel-fueled Land Cruiser 200 ...

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    Official: Volvo finds eco-driving improves fuel economy 10-15% in trucks
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    Getting drivers to change their behavioral patterns is quite difficult, but the fuel economy payoff can be huge. Consumer Reports has been informing passenger car drivers about the consequences of hitting the gas pedal, and now the Volvo Group is participating in a project to improve commercial ...

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    Report: Average new-vehicle mpg ratings continue to climb, now up to 24.8
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    The average fuel economy of new cars sold in the US is going back up after dropping for a couple of months. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) calculated a 24.8 mpg average for new light-duty vehicles sold in the US during November 2013. That's not as high as the ...

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    Report: Norwegian EV sales remain strong in November
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    Plug-in electric vehicles appear to be more important to Norwegians than they are to people anywhere else in the world. While the actual EV sales numbers lag far behind markets like the United States, the per capita comparison is surprising. In the Scandinavian country last month, about 12 ...

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    Exclusive: A visit to Toyota Ecoful Town, Japan's leader in green living
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    A visit to Ecoful Town in Toyota City, Japan is misleading; checking out the exhibits on the three-acre parcel in the center of Aichi Prefecture makes one think he's learning what kinds of lives homeowners and citizens might experience in some future city not that different from our own. But ...

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    Study: Algae Biomass Organization says biofuels getting cleaner and cleaner
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    Algae-derived biofuel burns cleaner than petroleum fuels and is often less resource-intensive than first-generation biofuels. That's the conclusion the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) reaches from the first-ever study that analyzed results from an existing algae-to-energy demonstration scale ...

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    Read This: Why a global emissions standard would be a good thing
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    Would a global vehicle emission standard make sense? After all, as Automotive News writer Richard Truett points out, "Clean air is clean air no matter what continent it blows over." But, while attending a recent automotive industry conference in Traverse City, MI, Truett heard Chris Gundler, the ...

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    Official: Global petroleum use hits record high, thanks to boom in Asia
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    An ever-increasing number of fuel efficient vehicles combined with changes in driving habits have contributed to reduced petroleum consumption in recent years in both North America and Europe. Despite this, global petroleum consumption is on the rise, according to the US Energy Information ...

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    Read This: How alternative energy makes for bad public policy
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    John DeCicco is starting to make a name for himself speaking out against green cars. In June, he said electric vehicles won't help much unless the energy well they tap is cleaned up. He's now back with an article in a Yale University publication called Environment 360 that we're guessing some ...

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    Official: DOE funds more hydrogen fuel cell research with $4.5m investment
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    The US Department of Energy (DOE) is continuing to show support for next-gen fuel cell systems. In June, DOE rolled out $9 million in grants to speed up the technology, and this month, an announcement was made that $4.5 will be invested in two projects focused on advanced fuel cell membranes. ...

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    Official: Audi opens renewable energy E-gas plant in Germany
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    Audi has opened the doors to its new power-to-gas facility, which will make what the automaker calls E-gas, in Werlte, Germany. The plant produces hydrogen and synthetic methane and these clean fuels come from renewable energy, water and carbon dioxide. Audi says it's the first automaker to ...

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    Report: South Africa taking three-year study to see if it's ready for EVs
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    Plug-in electric vehicles are heading for another global market, South Africa, but it may take a while. Eskom, a South African electricity public utility company, told the legislature it will conduct a three-year study to see if the local power grid can handle a bunch of plug-in cars. Testing ...

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    Official: U of M researcher says plug-ins, hydrogen cars are 'no carbon cure-all'
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    Your Monday green-car buzzkill is brought to you buy University of Michigan research professor John DeCicco, who says more electric vehicles won't do much to slow global warming if energy-production methods aren't addressed. DeCicco, who's with the university's Energy Institute, says the ...

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    Official: Volvo's new four-cylinder engines offer more performace, better fuel efficiency
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    Volvo has started production of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines for its new Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) lineup. They're variants of Volvo's current models and are optimized to deliver higher performance than the current lineup of Volvo six-cylinder models, with less fuel ...

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    Read This: BIg Oil's favorite anti-clean energy study knocked down by review panel
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    Oil companies and other supporters of the fossil fuel status quo have been using a study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to attack California's landmark clean energy bill AB32, particularly the bill's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Oil companies have been particularly irate that the LCFS ...

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    Propel Fuels wants to reinvent gas stations as 'Clean Mobility Centers'
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    Propel Fuels has opened up a refueling station in Fresno, CA, that's much more than just a gas station. It's a "Clean Mobility Center" that offers E85 and biodiesel from local producers along with conventional fuels, letting drivers make their own choices. Yet it's much than a fueling station ...

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    Utah Earth Day poster contest dares ask, "Where would you be without fossil fuels?"
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    The state of Utah has put its own spin on the message behind Earth Day. While the national ecology teach-in day usually means bike rides and recycling campaigns, in Utah the message this year is: "Where would you be without oil, gas and mining?" Utah's Division of Oil, Gas and Mining just got ...

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    Official: Volkswagen to use CO2 as future refrigerant for air conditioning systems
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    Another German automaker has rejected the air conditioning refrigerant that's scheduled to be adopted by global automakers in 2017. Earlier this month, Volkswagen lined up with Daimler and BMW to support Daimler's findings from last year that the new refrigerant, called HFO-1234yf, can become ...

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    Report: German automakers building own wind, natural gas plants; to get away from nuclear
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    German automakers are caught in a quandary – how can they pay more for a clean energy surcharge tax when automotive sales are down. The problem stems from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's move to take the country further away from nuclear and toward using more renewables to power the ...

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