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    Motorsports: China Racing signs Piquet, Tung for Formula E
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    With the first dress rehearsal now complete and the inaugural race in Beijing now just a few weeks away, the last few seats are filling up fast for the FIA Formula E Championship as the China Racing team has announced its driver lineup. Driving for the Chinese team will be Nelson Piquet, Jr. and ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: U of M wins Solar Challenge, family attempts record-breaking e-bike ride
    Zap Readies Expanded EV Production; EcoCar3 Kicks Off In September 1408046280

    The University of Michigan Solar Car Team has won the 2014 American Solar Challenge. It is the team's eighth national championship, its fifth in a row, and its first using Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software. The race took place over 1,722 miles and seven days traveling across ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Hyundai visually explains fuel cells, BYD T5 electric truck
    Mahindra Reva e2o Gets Quick Charging; Qu├ębec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor Expands 1407952800

    Are you still unclear about how exactly a hydrogen fuel cell works to power a car? Hyundai is offering a great visual on how its fuel cells operate in cars like the Tucson fuel Cell. Basically, the anode splits the hydrogen molecule into a positive and negative ion. The negative ions are used for ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla opens 50th European Supercharger, BMW smart charging in Singapore
    Southern Illinois College Wants Biofuel Certification Program; Dongfeng Builds Aeolus E30 1407880800

    Southeastern Illinois College wants to create a biofuel processing certification program. The school is waiting to hear about receiving $750,000 from a US Department of Labor grant that would allow it to expand its Biofuels Education curriculum to include certification for manufacturing biodiesel ...

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    Report: New Fisker owner Wanxiang is a $23-billion-a-year auto parts company
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    If you thought early Fisker Karma buyers like celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Cee Lo Green had deep pockets, get a load of the company's new owners. China's Wanxiang Group, which earlier this year acquired the extended-range plug-in vehicle maker in a bankruptcy auction, generates more than $23 ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Cool new Euro VI railroader Unimog, Car2go hearts charity
    China Trying Again To Get Drivers To Switch To EVs 1407340740

    Mercedes-Benz's mega-cool road-railer Unimog now boasts Euro VI compliance. Used for railroad track maintenance and train shunting work, this diesel-powered Unimog offers about a 90-percent improvement in particulate emissions over the Euro V. The new engine also offers improved efficiency. It ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Road-tripping in a Tesla Model S, Big Oil's tax advantage
    Zap, Jonway To Make The Most Of China's EV Policy 1407161640

    Zap is poising itself to take advantage of China's extension of its electric vehicle incentive program. The government will be offering rebates on EVs, forgiving sales taxes and licensing fees, installing EV charging infrastructure and other measures to encourage adoption of zero-emission ...

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    Report: Tesla selling like gangbusters in China
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    "Will it play in Peoria?" asks the age-old question about how Broadway shows would be received in Middle America. Well, apparently Tesla Motors plays well in Beijing. It's part of Tesla chief Elon Musk's grand plan, of course. The California-based maker of the battery-electric Model S has ...

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    Exclusive: A window into China's low-speed electric vehicle revolution
    Over 200,000 Low-Speed EVs Sold In 2013 1406303760

    China is the largest market for electric vehicles in the world. Not highway-speed passenger electric automobiles but low-speed electric vehicles, which in China do not qualify as automobiles. There are literally hundreds of low-speed electric vehicle manufacturers in China and they manufactured ...

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    Report: China decrees 30 percent of new government vehicles will plug in
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    Maybe Warren Buffett's bet on Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD will pay off after all. That's because the Chinese government just made a commitment to buy lots of advanced-powertrain vehicles through its government-vehicle system in an effort to address the notorious pollution problem in ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Nissan Leaf in Puerto Rico, BMW i3 REx tax-free in NJ, BC2BC cancelled [UPDATE]
    US and China Sign MOU On EVs, Energy 1406059200

    *UPDATE: Nissan has released a video of the Leaf in Puerto Rico, so we've embedded it below. Envia Systems will develop battery technology for United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR). The $7.7 million contract, ...

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    Official: China Tesla driver goes crowd-funding route to get chargers installed
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    Tesla Motors has at least one Chinese businessman in its corner. Andrew Zong, CEO of heat-pump maker PHNIX, recently engaged in a bit of crowd-funding to establish a charging network for new owners of the Model S battery-electric sedan throughout at least part of the world's most populous nation. ...

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    Opinion: Why Elon Musk is right about batteries being the future of automobiles
    A Visit To The China International Battery Fair 2014 1405026000

    Recently, I visited the China International Battery Fair in Shenzhen. This is perhaps the largest battery show in the world, with over 980 exhibitors covering three-quarter of a million square feet. The three-day exhibition was followed by a three-day conference on battery technology and ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: BYD sales surge, new Mazda MX-5, plug-in VW Passat
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    BYD has enjoyed a tremendous leap in sales since last year, according to Want China Times. Sales from January to April were ten times that of the same period last year, with much of the credit going to government subsidies for clean cars. BYD claims, though, that battery production is limiting ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota FCV wears silver, Foxconn's $15K EV, solar power at GM
    And Who Wants To Go On An EV Road Trip Across Illinois? 1404151080

    The Toyota FCV made its North American debut at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, and this time it's not sporting its usual blue sheet metal. This silver paint job shows a bit more contrast. Certain features stand out a bit more, especially the black strip that wraps around the grille and down the ...

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    Exclusive: China sold only 7,000 electric automobiles in 2013
    Sales Likely To Increase, As Total Sudsidies Can Now Total $19,500 In Some Cities 1403878500

    The goal of the plan is to have five million EVs on the roads by the end of 2020. China is already the world's largest manufacturer of electric bicycles and electric tricycles, but no less than 13 automobile manufacturers in China offered 18 different models of electric automobiles in ...

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    Official: Zap returning to US with 1,000 EV fleet conversion deal
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    Electric-vehicle maker Zap is ready to make its big US splash. No, really. And the China-based company has some muscle behind it from Tianjin Battery Company Ltd., also known as Lishen. Lishen reached an agreement to finance "several thousand" electric-vehicle conversions in the US so that Zap ...

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    Official: BYD ready to sell stock to for an EV boost
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    China-based electric-vehicle maker BYD wants to get an extra charge out of the public investment market. The company said last week that it will sell about $550 million worth of stock on the Hong Kong stock exchange. That'd be the largest single offering since the company went public in ...

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    Official: BYD's 40-foot electric bus passes federal government's strength tests
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    One down, two to go. BYD, which hopes to start shipping its electric buses to US municipalities later this year, says its 40-foot electric bus has passed the US federal government's structural testing program in Altoona, PA. The Chinese company wants to start selling two other models in the US as ...

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    Report: BMW just the latest automaker to realize China will want a lot of EVs
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    News about China and cars isn't in short supply these days. With several of the world's largest cities, millions of cars on the road and huge problems with air pollution, it's no wonder that the nation is trying to make some changes. Along with decommissioning many of its aging vehicles, China is ...

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