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    Recharge Wrap-up: more than 600K EVs worldwide; Musk sees demons in AI
    Renault Eolab Would Cost Around $24K; NTx Apps Challenge Awards; Tesla Supercharger Notifications 1414530120

    More than 600,000 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars have been sold worldwide. This number is up 20 percent in the last four months, and includes the top 10 countries for EVs. The number does not include most commercial vehicles, motorcycles, buses or EVs not legal for highway use. The US ...

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    Official: Elio Motors $185-million request advances under DOE's restarted ATVM loan program
    Paul Elio's 84-mpg Trike Constantly Getting Closer To Reality 1414151940

    Controversial, helpful and finally put on hiatus, the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program from the Department of Energy (DOE) has had a tremendous impact on the current flock of plug-in vehicles. Before being paused in 2011, the ATVM handed out money to Ford ($5.9 ...

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    Official: New BMW i3-like Visio.M EV concept uses lightweight resin
    Replacing Glass With Plastic Has Its Benefits 1413892320

    It's not a new version of the BMW i3, but an updated version of a lightweight concept car from SABIC, BMW, the Technical University of Munich, Daimler and others does bear a certain resemblance to the well-designed plug-in city car. From the black "glass" in the hatch to the angled line tail ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota FCV ready for production, Nissan tests Leaf-to-Home energy management
    Honda Scores Perfect Climate Disclosure Score; Stanford Creates Overheating Warning For Batteries 1413546900

    Toyota will begin selling its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in Japan in December. The US and Europe can expect to see the car become available next summer. The FCV, which will likely be called "Mirai" (meaning "future") in Japan, is ready for production ahead of its initial deadline at the end ...

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    Report: Musk: Tesla's first battery swap station to open before end of year
    Only One Year Behind Schedule 1413496620

    For us, the lede was certainly buried in this Automotive News post about the new Tesla D models. In a casual way, AN lets us know that, Tesla CEO Elon Musk "said that Tesla plans to open its first [battery swap] station, between Los Angeles and San Francisco, within the next two months." Well, ...

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    Official: Sunswift solar-powered car smashes 26-year EV speed record
    Australian Students Impress FIA In 300-Mile Drive 1413468780

    We're not sure which is more impressive: that a team of Australian students set a new distance-speed record for an electric vehicle or the fact that the driver got that little solar-powered bad boy up to 82 miles per hour. Either way, the Sunswift team at University of New South Wales (NSW) has ...

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    Official: Whoa, that's fast: researchers working on cheap 2-minute-recharge EV battery
    Nanyang Technology University Touting Some Incredible Specs, Including 20-Year Life 1413417300

    We've heard similar promises before, but given the magnitude of change that these ultra-fast charging technologies are talking about, we're always game for one more. Especially when the latest promise includes a two-minute charging time (to 70 percent full), a lifespan of 20 years and a pack that ...

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    Official: Tesla D is, as expected, an AWD Model S but new autopilot features surprise [w/video]
    At Reveal Event, Crowd Loves Autopark, Autoarrive Tech 1412912880

    To say that the Internet was excited about the mysterious Tesla D before tonight's official announcements were made is a terrible understatement. Amid a bunch of excited tweets and frustrating attempts at getting a livestream from the event, USA Today published the first story that described some ...

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    Official: Is the M-BEAM battery module swapping tech an EV game changer?
    The Modular Battery Exchange And Active Management Road Test Is About To Start 1412726580

    Electric-vehicle battery swapping? A tough sell. Battery module swapping? That may change things. UC San Diego researchers are working on a project where battery modules can be detached and swapped, allowing for EVs to get a full charge without having to spend hours hooked up to charging ...

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    Read This: Will this tiny laser device make self-driving cars a thing?
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    Does size matter? It could when it comes to self-driving vehicles and a small new hockey-puck shaped device that, when affixed to a vehicle, shoots out lasers to collect data-mapping points. That data is then used to guide an autonomous vehicle down the road. The size – both of the device ...

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    Report: Tesla autopilot could offer 90 percent autonomous driving next year
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    Those Tesla Model S electric vehicles look good, but anyone worried about computers taking over our roads may want to steer clear of them starting next year. That's because 2015 may be when such vehicles will have autonomous-driving capabilities, according to an interview Tesla Chief Elon Musk ...

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    Report: Fast charging your EV might not be as bad as predicted
    Stanford, MIT, Sandia Show Rapid Charge, Discharge Cycle Likely Balanced In Pack 1412604000

    Tesla Model S owners rejoice, for any reports of a lithium-ion battery's rapid demise from fast-charging might be highly exaggerated. A study put together by researchers from Stanford, Sandia National Laboratories and MIT and published in Nature Materials refutes previous reports that indicate ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S EVs now come with lane departure, speed assist AI
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    When a car's built on such a technology-heavy platform like the one used by Tesla Motors, there are going to be a lot of bells and whistles. More of those little "noisemakers" are being rolled out, as previewed by a new software update. What's most interesting to anyone paying close attention to ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: New "2-in-1" electric motor increases range, Gulf offers isobutanol blends
    Elon Musk Wins Eurostar Award; GreenTech Automotive Secures $47 Million In Funding 1412280060

    A new electric motor with integrated air-conditioning compressor increases the range of EVs in hot climates, where much of the battery power is used to keep the car cool. Developed by scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the German Aerospace Centre, the "2-in-1" motor ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Reverse graffiti powered by Nissan Leaf; BMW introduces Wallbox Pro
    Local Motors 3D Printed Car A Success 1412020800

    BMW has a new, faster version of the Wallbox home EV charger. The Wallbox Pro offers 7.4 kilowatts, and can charge the BMW i3 to 80 percent in under three hours. It features a seven-inch touchscreen and proximity sensor, plus an 11.5-foot cord. The Wallbox Pro can also be used with smart home ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Fiat 500e on sale in Oregon, Germany to offer EVs free parking
    Natural Gas Powers Cars Best When Converted To Electricity First; Gold And Wind Make Electricity 1411668120

    The 2015 Fiat 500e is now available in Oregon. The new 500e features an updated center console, as well as two new exterior colors: Luce Blu (which Fiat describes as light blue with a pearl finish) and Celeste (light blue). The 2015 500e is available for lease in California and Oregon for $199 a ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: KillaJoule hits 270 mph; Mercedes B-Class ED gets PlugShare
    HyperSolar Makes Hydrogen From Water And Sunlight 1411588800

    The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will get its own version of the PlugShare charging-station locator app. Developed by Recargo with the help of Daimler, the vehicle-specific app will be integrated into the car's navigation system. The system maps the location of nearby charging stations ...

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    Official: Peugeot HYbrid Air for Paris 2014
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    Peugeot is preparing to show off what it has been working on for when the auto show circuit returns to its own backyard with the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show. The French automaker has been developing ways to be happily compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standards. Things we'll see coming from ...

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    Read This: Catching up with Chrysler's EV catch-up plan
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    At your home or office? Those are the key words for how Chrysler and its Fiat affiliate want to narrow the plug-in vehicle sales gap between themselves and more plug-in-centric companies like Nissan and Ford, according Wards Auto. When the gap will narrow is anyone's guess. The US automaker, ...

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    Video: PowerHydrant makes robots charge your EV
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    A Massachusetts company is taking a futuristic approach to hands-free plug-in vehicle charging: robot appendages. A product called PowerHydrant uses a robotic arm to connect a charging station to the vehicle, allowing for an easy kind of customer charging experience that is also offered by ...

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