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    Video: Solar Roadways puts up a parking lot, launches Indiegogo campaign [w/video]
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    Joni Mitchell was wrong when she sang out against paving paradise and putting up a parking lot. Ok, maybe not. Still, we think the demonstration project just built by the folks over at Solar Roadways would get a pass from the Canadian singer-songwriter. That's because the real estate in question ...

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    Official: DOE offers $10M to advance biomass-to-biofuel efforts
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    The Department of Energy has made it clear that it favors a technology-somewhat-neutral, "all-of-the-above" strategy for developing energy alternatives for the US, as the new Strategic Plan 2014-2018 (PDF) states. What this looks like in the real world is another $10 million for "Technologies to ...

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    Read This: Have battery researchers been using the wrong formula for 80 years?
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    There's a near endless list of things in automotive drivetrain technology that have changed since 1930. Oddly, the way scientists think about at how lithium-ion movement affects the performance of batteries is not one of them. Of course, not a lot of people were thinking about battery-electric ...

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    Official: DOE lays out 'all of the above' energy strategy for next five years
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    The US government really does have a plan for how advanced-drivetrain technology will help the country meet its goal of cutting petroleum imports in half by the end of the decade, which means US emissions will need to be 17 percent lower than they were in 2005. The plans involves, among other ...

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    Official: Air conditioners in EVs may not be that dirty of a secret
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    Reports that the leaking of a certain type of air-conditioning fluid used in electric vehicles may help cause global warming may be a bit of hot air. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is addressing stories saying that HFC-134a, also known as R-134a, may nullify the benefits of driving ...

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    Exclusive: SwRI Dedicated-EGR concept improves fuel economy by 15 percent
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    We've often heard that hitting higher fuel economy targets (like, say, the 54.5 miles per gallon CAFE requirement for 2025 in the US) will need not a silver bullet but something more like silver buckshot. In other words, the industry is going to try lots of different ways to make cars burn less ...

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    Official: DOE ready for more AVTMP loans, now focusing on suppliers
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    The Department of Energy handed out four big loans in the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program (ATVM): Fisker got $528.7 million (then went bankrupt) Nissan got $1.4 billion, Ford got $5.9 billion (both are repaying on schedule, as far as anyone knows) and Tesla got $465 milion, ...

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    SIM-Drive's latest wheel-motored prototype is a sporty coupe
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    In Japan, it seems the fourth time's a charm. Meet SIM-HAL, the latest prototype from SIM-Drive and its partners. Like its three predecessors – the SIM-LEI, SIM-WIL, and SIM-CEL – this all-electric vehicle is a rolling exercise in efficiency and performance that depends upon a motor ...

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    Exclusive: VW decides against active-cooling system for e-Golf lithium battery
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    When the 2015 VW e-Golf was introduced at the LA Auto Show last year, VW said it would come with a water-cooled battery. During the Detroit Auto Show, when the car was trotted out again, VW released a new press release that stripped out the "water-cooled" language, but this change went unnoticed. ...

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    Official: Intertek says Plugless L2 charging system has passed saftey standard
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    No plug, no cord, no problem. Evatran, which has been working with companies such as Google, Hertz and Duke Energy to test its Plugless electric-vehicle charging system, had gotten the OK from Intertek. The testing-certification organization made Evatran's Plugless L2 the first cordless system to ...

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    Video: Ford C-Max spot aimed squarely at Cadillac ELR 'Poolside' hubris [UPDATE]
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    If we had tried to predict the first video response to the controversial Poolside video for the Cadillac ELR, we would not have thought it would center on compost. But, hey, it's always nice to be reminded that the real world is sometimes better than fiction. Instead of the chic swagger of ...

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    Report: Bosch, Daimler say Tesla's Supercharger strategy a disservice to EVs
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    Here's a classic pot-kettle-black story. Daimler, which has a partnership with Tesla, is calling the EV automaker out for its Supercharger stations that - at this point - only work with Tesla vehicles. Daimler, along with supplier Bosch, is saying that there should be compatible standards in the ...

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    Read This: Sakti3's 'disruptive' solid state lithium battery tech inches closer
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    It's been quite a while since we've heard anything from Sakti3, the Ann Arbor-based battery company that has been working on next-generation solid state lithium batteries for many years. Heck, even the company's website doesn't have any news that isn't a year old. Thankfully, our friend Jim ...

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    Exclusive: How Volvo's new Drive-E Engines set the stage for plug-in-ification
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    It's not quite the equivalent of the all-encompassing full-vehicle efficiency program that is Mazda Skyactiv, but beginning with the 2015 S60 mid-size sedan, the V60 sport wagon and the XC60 crossover models, Swedish automaker Volvo's "Drive-E" efficiency-enhancing effort starts with an all-new ...

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    Official: Seattle votes against app-based ridesharing companies like Lyft, Uber [UPDATE]
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    Lyft, Uber and other peer-to-peer ride-sharing start-ups are looking pretty hapless in Seattle. That's because the Emerald City is imposing driver limits on each service in a move that the companies say is geared to protect legacy taxicab companies, Techcrunch reports. In short, the city council ...

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    Official: Audi, MIT, GE start cab ridesharing study in New York City
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    Audi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) and General Electric are getting together to study something that won't likely be thrilling for New York City cab drivers. But there are bigger fish to fry and keeping cabbies happy. The German automaker is working with MIT's Senseable City Lab ...

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    Official: Local Motors will 3D print an EV live in Chicago in September
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    We've heard of EV kit cars that can take a week (or an hour) to build, but how long do you think it would take to build an EV from scratch, using this new-fangled 3D-printing technology? If the technology from Local Motors works as advertised, it should take no more than the five days. The public ...

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    Official: Audi traffic light recognition could save 240 million gallons of fuel [UPDATE]
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    Any hypermiler will tell you that the way you drive your car has a huge impact on how much energy it uses. But these greenfoot drivers haven't had a car that's smart enough to tell them about the inner lives of traffic lights. That's what a prototype system in an Audi A6 Saloon that the German ...

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    Official: EPA says new Tier 3 emissions levels will clean the air, save lives
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    Almost one year after first proposing the stricter vehicle emissions standards known as Tier 3, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the new levels. These restraints on "harmful soot, smog and toxic emissions" should go a long way to cleaning up the air and reducing the ...

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    Poll: Will hydrogen cars or autonomous vehicles hit the mass market first?
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    Despite the arrival of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell later this spring and other hydrogen offerings from Toyota and Honda in 2015, some automotive industry watchers are saying hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles will finally attain mass-market popularity in 2030. And that's from the industry ...

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