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    Official: Amsterdam's Schiphol airport launches fleet of 167 Tesla electric taxis
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    Traveling by jet airplane may not be the greenest mode of transportation, but if you're landing at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, at least you'll be able to get into town under pure electric power. The Dutch airport has inaugurated a new fleet of 167 Tesla Model S taxis, giving it the largest ...

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    Report: Ford's first PHEV in Europe could be C-Max
    VW, Mitsubishi, Toyota Already Selling Plug-In Hybrids In EU 1413556080

    Ford could start selling a plug-in hybrid in Europe pretty soon, according to at least one of its executives. Whether it's willing to do so is another story. But if the market perks up, so will the company. The automaker can "quickly" develop a plug-in hybrid version of its Mondeo, the sister ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: BYD unveils 60-ft electric bus, Honda sticking with hybrids in Europe
    Pennsylvania Permits Per-kWh Pricing; UK Announces Hydrogen Funding; CARB Allows XL Hybrids Conversion; Sony Pictures Installs 60 Chargers In Culver City 1413460800

    BYD has debuted a 60-foot electric bus at the American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, TX. The Lancaster bus, as it is called, has a 120-passenger capacity and can drive over 170 miles on a single charge. The articulated bus features low floors and no steps, thanks to in-wheel ...

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    Two Wheels: First win for electric motorcycle over gas bikes in rocky observed trials [w/video]
    Bastien Hyete Wins French Trials Championship With Electric Motion 1413295800

    Electric motorcycles have yet to really make their mark in the competitive world. However, the recent domination of the French Championship's Senior 2 class by Bastien Hyete aboard an Electric Motion 5.7 may prove to be a bellwether for the trials sport. This is, after all, the first series in ...

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    Report: Tesla talking to Slovakia about European EV plant
    California Automaker Will Only Say 'No Comment' 1413242880

    Ready for some far-flung Tesla news? How about a wild rumor out of Slovakia? You got it. The Slovak Spectator reports that Tesla might build a manufacturing plant there some day and is already in talks with the Economy Ministry and the Slovak Agency for Development of Investments and Trade. This ...

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    Report: EU cutting back on EV, hydrogen infrastructure targets
    New Keyword Is 'Appropriate' 1413210600

    If only all of us were told that we could meet our goals and obligations by merely being "appropriate." That's the operative word being used to describe the European Union's goals for setting up publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging station and hydrogen refueling station infrastructure by ...

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    Report: European regulators say incorrect CO2 ratings could be costing drivers $580/year
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    European automakers are apparently a little off in their collective emissions ratings for their vehicles. Way off, actually. To the tune of $580 in refueling costs per driver. The vehicles likely emitted 38 percent more CO2 than what they were rated at, according to Bloomberg News, which cites a ...

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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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    Report: 2014 EV sales up 91 percent over last year's numbers in Europe
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    Electric-vehicle sales may be leveling off a bit in the US, but across the Pond, that's not the case. Nope, European drivers appear to be plugging in at a progressively faster rate, as EV sales during the first half of the year jumped 91 percent from a year earlier, Automotive News Europe says, ...

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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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    Official: Toyota's HaMo urban mobility carsharing program comes to France
    Grenoble Gets Upgrade To Cite Lib 1411395600

    We're guessing no one's nuts enough to try to take one of Toyota's three-wheeled leaning electric i-Road vehicles up into the French Alps. Still, the town of Grenoble, France, which sits at the foot of the mountains, has received 35 of those vehicles as part of a carsharing pilot program. ...

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    Read This: First test drive shows promise of Saab 9-3 EV
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    We can't read Swedish, so when it comes to a first-drive review of a Saab 9-3 electric-vehicle prototype, we'll trust Inside EVs' translation of a write-up from Swedish automotive publication Elbilen i Sverige. And it's a decent one. The write-up, that is. The translation, too, we hope. Taken to ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: London Scrapping Program could cost $488M, Zap sold 2,000 EVs since June
    UD Davis Teams With China On ZEV Research; UC Riverside Tests "Eco-Routing" Navigation 1410823620

    London Mayor Boris Johnson's desired scrapping program for polluting diesel vehicles could cost £300 million (about $488 million). The program would provide incentives of up to £2,000 (about $3,250) to drivers willing to scrap their cars in order to make it easier to afford cleaner ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Eigg's renewable energy grid, Wulin City Car EV looks like i3
    London Mayor Renews Call For Diesel Scrapping Incentives; Automakers Partner For UK Rapid Charge Network; NYC Taxis Get More Flexible Mobile Payment 1410537960

    Scotland's Isle of Eigg's electrical grid relies solely on wind, hydro and solar power. It's the first grid of its kind after switching to renewable energy from noisy, unreliable diesel generators. Scotland's renewable resources are fodder for supporters of independence form the UK, and Eigg is a ...

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    Report: EVs are the missing link in making solar power competitive with fossil energy
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    Anyone having a sour day could do worse than reading the conclusions of a UBS report that lays out the near-term future of electric vehicle adoption and on-site energy storage. That's because the Swiss bank's findings paint a fairly rosy picture when it comes to sustainable transportation and ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: No Tesla Gigafactory deal with California, BMW i3 recalled
    CARB Considers ZEV Leniency For Some Carmakers; Renault-Nissan Alliance Provide EVs To Orange; JAC Delivers First Cars To US 1409859180

    Before the Nevada announcement was hinted at, a deal to incentivize a Tesla Gigafactory in California fell through. Tesla was looking for around $500 million in incentives, which the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development was willing to offer in tax breaks along with ...

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    Helsinki could make owning your own car a thing of the past
    One Account Would Access Carsharing, Public Transport, More 1409262240

    Helsinki, Finland is no stranger to transportation alternatives. From EV testing to a solid public transportation system, the northern European city knows that private cars are not the only option to get around. In the future, though, private cars might not be a logical option at anyone living ...

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    Recharge Wrap-Up: Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus, SiC could make Tesla Model S $6,000 cheaper
    US And EU Considering Lowering Biofuel Targets; GM Brings Bikesharing To Tech Center 1409169360

    Volvo is officially introducing its 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany next month. The coach bus reduces carbon emissions by up to 75 percent, and does its part to reduce noise pollution as well. It uses 60 percent less energy than comparable diesel buses. In ...

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