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    Video: This is what happens when you drive your Nissan Leaf beyond empty
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    If you see an AAA truck bringing someone a can of extra gas, it's rarely a big deal, but when an EV driver runs out of charge, people pay attention. Whether its a writer for The New York Times or hardcore Tesla fans, people are curious about this newfangled technology and the things that could go ...

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    Motorsports: Jay Penske's Dragon Racing signs Jérôme d'Ambrosio for Formula E
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    When it comes to open-wheel racing, there are few names as big as Penske. But while Roger may not be fielding a team in the new Formula E championship, his son Jay is. The media mogul runs his own Dragon Racing team in the IndyCar Series, and will be competing in the electric racing series this ...

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    Official: Opel CEO talks new EV, will likely be fresh face for Chevy, too
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    The rumored demise of the Opel Ampera has been confirmed, but there's good news, too. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has been busy Tweeting information about the brand's next plug-in vehicle, admitting that the Ampera is on the way out but that plug-in vehicles are here to stay. His Tweets, in ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: VW Golf TDI wins green car award, DC buses might go electric
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    The 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI has won the award for 2014 Northwest Green Car or the Year. The distinction comes from the Northwest Automotive Press Association during its Drive Revolution event in Portland. Co-chairman of the event, Jeff Zurschmeide, says, "Volkswagen has led the diesel passenger ...

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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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    Official: Unplugged Performance sweetens the look of your Tesla Model S for around $6,000
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    Tesla electric vehicles are no strangers to the tuner set. Saleen is working on a modified Model S. Brabus once offered neon for your Roadster. And new we find a number of body panel upgrades for the Model S from Unplugged Performance. Unplugged Performance has its offices right by the Tesla's ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Nissan Leaf in Puerto Rico, BMW i3 REx tax-free in NJ, BC2BC cancelled
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    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, co-funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), involves a 36-month development program ...

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    Read This: Beating Tesla's coast-to-coast time in a Model S
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    A Tesla Model S. A race across the country. An average driving speed of 63 miles per hour. Now which part of that doesn't jibe? A pair of drivers from Edmunds.com has set out to beat Tesla Motors' own cross-country time record by taking a Model S from Los Angeles (technically, Redondo Beach) to ...

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    Official: Schaeffler Step2 Asks: To gear or not to gear an electric vehicle?
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    German manufacturing company Schaeffler ran its own Step2 electric car in the Silvretta E-Car Rally in Austria. The car is a Volkswagen Golf, stripped of its internal combustion guts and equipped with an electric powertrain supplied by one of Schaeffler's subsidiaries. The thing that makes the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: LG to power 200-mile EV, Formula E Buenos Aires track revealed
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    Formula E has revealed the circuit layout for the Buenos Aires ePrix, which will take place on January 10, 2015. The 1.5-mile track designed by Santiago Garcia Remohi features 12 turns of varying speeds. Bruno Senna, driver for Mahindra Racing, says, "Looking at the track, you have to say it's ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive gets official US launch
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    It's finally time to plug in the first production Mercedes-Benz-branded electric vehicle in the US. The Daimler division, which also sells a few of its battery-electric Smart ForTwo vehicles here in the states, has officially launched sales of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED. Even better, the US ...

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    Report: Opel dropping Ampera, the European Chevy Volt, because of weak sales
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    Sales of the Chevy Volt in the US have been fairly stable for the last few months (between a low of 1,478 and a high of 1,777 since March), but in Europe, the Opel Ampera (sister-vehicle of the Volt) has been trending downwards. The sales decline is prompting discussion that the vehicle will be ...

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    Motorsports: Refuel 2014: Rattlesnake Electric Sport aim carbon fiber arrow at overall electric record
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    "I think we could do something, although I tend to show not tell." That was the demure response Rattlesnake Electric Sport principal Richard Hilleman sent us after we inquired as to whether he wanted to discuss his latest kart and his desire to set the overall electric lap record at Mazda ...

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    Report: 2015 Chevy Volt gets larger battery, though range remains the same
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    The Chevrolet Volt isn't changing much for the 2015 model year. According to specifications uncovered by Inside EVs, though, the new Volt's battery does have a slightly larger capacity. According to the spec sheet, this doesn't translate to increased range. Real world driving, though, might tell ...

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    Official: Volvo details specs for XC90 Plug-in Hybrid SUV
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    All Volvo wants you to know about the XC90 Plug-in Hybrid SUV set to debut later this year is that it's powerful and clean. "Guilt-free luxury SUV ownership" is how the Swedish automaker puts it. We're up for that. The XC90 pairs a four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine (the new ...

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    Official: BMW and Samsung enter expanded battery agreement [w/video]
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    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. In this case, the goose is BMW and the gander is Samsung. And their five-year plan has worked out well. The German automaker this week expanded its current agreement with the South Korean battery-making giant. BMW and Samsung SDI reached a ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Google Street View maps gas leaks, Rolls-Royce helps kids build electric racer
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    Google Street View is looking for gas leaks. Natural gas leaks are not only extremely dangerous, they're a terrible waste of resources and, as a greenhouse gas, a threat to the environment. Unfortunately, with the decaying infrastructure in many of America's older cities, they're pretty common, ...

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    Read This: Why can't Tesla sell directly to consumers wherever it wants?
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    Our friends at Engadget, tech-obsessed sister site of Autoblog, have taken an in-depth look at the reason why it's so difficult for Tesla to sell its cars directly to consumers, the same way that Apple, for instance, can sell you an iPad at an Apple Store. As you're probably aware, the whole ...

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    Official: Eight Mercedes Fuso Canter E-Cell trucks now in service
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    Portugal is far better known for its scenery and seascapes (not to mention some of its alcoholic beverages) than its place as a vehicle-testing center. But the European country is serving just that purpose for Daimler's Mercedes-Benz division and a new line of trucks. And they are of the ...

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    Video: Tesla settles lemon lawsuit brought on by Lemon Law King Vince Megna
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    As much as we're weary about giving so-called Lemon Law King Vince Megna more space on these pages, we've decided it's worth letting you all know that his client has settled his lawsuit with Tesla Motors over a Model S sedan that he claims was a lemon. As you may remember, the electric sedan in ...

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