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    Study: Charging millions of EVs at once? It's a math problem
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    Preparing for the brave new world where the number of plug-in vehicles looking for a charge grows high enough to match to the current electricity supply, one study from China's Sichuan University is suggesting a novel concept. It's called the honor system, and it might one day be needed to ...

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    Read This: Human waste can be reused as hydrogen for Hyundai Tucson FCEV
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    Here's the recipe: separate the water out of some sewage, leaving the biosolids behind. Then pipe those solids into airless tanks and let some microbes go to town. These bugs release a gas (roughly 60 percent methane, 40 percent CO2) which you can burn to power the plant where you're doing all ...

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    Kenguru wheelchair EV needs $500,000 to finally reach production [w/video]
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    Remember the Kenguru electric car, the little city EV that was designed with wheelchair users in mind? It was supposed to be available by now, since deliveries were reportedly "imminent" in the middle of 2012. Unfortunately, things haven't worked out quite as they were supposed to, which means ...

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    Report: Nostrum Motors says aerosol-like injector boosts fuel economy by 20%
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    Environmentalists have long castigated aerosol sprays because of their effect on the ozone layer. So here's a story about how the aerosol concept can actually help the environment. In this case, it's Detroit-based Nostrum Motors, which is working on an aerosol-like fuel-injection system that the ...

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    Report: Tesla patents Supercharger that can handle herd of EVs
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    Tesla Motors is quietly getting ready for an electric-vehicle charging station that could be considered smarter than the drivers using it. The California-based automaker has applied for a number of patents (details here) in which its super-quick Superchargers would be programmable to better ...

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    Study: Thanks to smaller engines, vehicle dependability falls for first time in 16 years
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    As automakers have made engines smaller and smaller to improve fuel economy, problems in those vehicles have gotten bigger and bigger. That's the synopsis of a J.D. Power vehicle-dependability study, which found that dependability dropped for the first time in 16 years, largely because the ...

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    Official: 2014 World Green Car of the Year nominees include EVs, PHEVs and e-gas
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    The World Green Car of the Year will be announced at the New York Auto Show on April 17 – and it looks like hats may be tipping toward the BMW i3. Not only did it make the top five finalist list for World Green Car, it was also named a finalist for 2014 World Car of the Year and the World ...

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    Official: Renault planning Next Two self-driving EV for 2020
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    Renault says it's less than six years away from saving the commuting world a bunch of hours of work, not to mention a lot of gas and a few accidents. The French automaking giant is touting its Next Two prototype, which is based on the Renault Zoe platform and marks the company's entry into the ...

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    Official: AeroVironment touts new 'TurboCord' portable plug-in charging cable
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    We doubt AeroVironment wants to put electric-vehicle charging-station installers out of business, but the company's new product does give plug-in drivers, not to mention a few retailers, the option of skipping the part where you call a contractor. Meet the TurboCord. The company calls TurboCord ...

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    Official: Toyota says freezing temps pose zero problems for fuel cell vehicles
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    Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles are not afraid of one thing – freezing cold weather. That's the latest from two companies that have been driving the cars in frostbite temperatures in the Northeast recently. Proton Onsite runs a fleet of 10 Toyota FCHV-adv fuel cell vehicles ...

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    Official: DOT and NHTSA push for vehicle-to-vehicle communication
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    Your car is about to get a lot more chatty. The Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that Vehicle-To-Vehicle (V2V) technologies will be coming to all new cars. At some point in the future. Most likely. The basic idea behind the ...

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    Featured: Why Toyota's fuel cell play is one big green gamble
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    Imagine going to the ballet on Saturday evening for an 8 pm performance. The orchestra begins warming up shortly before the show, but it turns out the star performer isn't ready at the appointed time. The orchestra keeps playing, doing its best to keep the audience engaged and, most importantly, ...

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    SOTU: President Obama promises tougher truck mpg standards, more renewable energy
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    The green car rhetoric of President Obama's State Of The Union speech last night was much, much softer than it was three years ago. That was when he spoke about a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. It was even less vociferous than last year, when Obama said we could take money given ...

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    Video: EVDrive electric UTV makes zero-radius turns an awesome reality
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    EVDrive is an electric drivetrain engineering company and they've built the most amazingly outrageous UTV development mule. Ever. Imagine, if you will, a side-by-side utility vehicle with each wheel powered by an electric motor capable of putting out 30 kilowatts (40 horsepower) and 66 pound-feet ...

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    Report: Nissan's autonomous cars could drive in US first, maybe by 2020
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    Future shock could be just six short years away, and coming first to the US. Nissan says it might start making autonomous versions of its cars available in the US by 2020, before the tech hits the road in other countries. The Japanese automaker is in extensive discussions with regulators from ...

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    Official: Former DOE Secretary Steven Chu plugs into battery maker Amprius
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    As a Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary who pushed hard for plug-in vehicles, it seems only natural that Dr. Steven Chu would eventually hook up with a technology company in that sector once he left his government position. Well, now he has. Battery maker Amprius has announced that the Nobel ...

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    DC SHOW: DOE Secretary Moniz announces $50 million for cleaner vehicles, sees upside in Fisker loan failure
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    The Washington Auto Show started today with an announcement by US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about a new, $50-million boost for the DOE's work on supporting more fuel-efficient vehicles. The $50 million, Moniz said, will support advanced vehicle technologies. $30 million will go ...

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    Video: Fully Charged rolls into season 3 with VW XL1 and electric Land Rover
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    It's been some time since last we visited with British actor and electric car proponent Robert Llewellyn and his web-based video series, Fully Charged. The show, now sponsored by Ecotricity, has started rolling out its third season and now has available two episodes featuring a pair of truly ...

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    Official: KSPG testing low-noise EV range extender engine
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    If you're going to add a gas-burning engine to an electric vehicle, it makes sense to have it be whisper quiet. We haven't heard the engine ourselves, but supplier KSPG AG said during the Detroit Auto Show this week that the range extender it put into a Fiat 500 for test purposes introduced ...

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    Report: 2015 Chevy Volt will be available with 4G LTE
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    General Motors teased consumers two years ago when it showed off a Chevrolet Volt decked out with 4G LTE connectivity. More details were finally unveiled this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the 2015 Chevy Volt will have a 4G LTE option and will offer consumers an ...

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