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    Recharge Wrap-up: Detroit Electric teaser video, Nissan Leaf is Good Housekeeping "Tried and Tested"
    New Ethanol Plant Capable Of 25 Million Gallons Annually; Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Impala Runs On Garbage And Sewage 1413840540

    Detroit Electric has a new teaser video and has updated its brand in preparation of the introduction of the SP:01. The refreshed logo uses a blue and white color palette, and the company has also given its website a new look. The teaser video, which gives a sneak peek at the exterior of the ...

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    Official: Ford Focus Electric gets $6,000 price drop, now starts at $29,995
    Is It Now Ready To Compete With Top Seller Nissan Leaf? 1413819000

    In early 2013, the Nissan Leaf shed a massive $6,500 from its $35,200 base price to offer a new starting price of $28,800. Since then, we have seen numerous other plug-in vehicles get smaller price tags, from the Honda Fit EV (lower lease price) to the Chevrolet Volt (around $5,000 lower) to the ...

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    Study: EV buyers not exactly happy with dealership experience
    UC Davis Finds Room For Improvement 1413815580

    If Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk was an I-told-you-so type of guy, here's his chance to do so. It turns out that plug-in vehicle buyers are generally less satisfied with their dealership experience than conventional-vehicle buyers. And the dealers themselves don't like the process much, either. So ...

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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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    Meet Tecnicar Lavinia, Italy's first electric supercar
    New EV Boasts 789 Horsepower, 180-Mile Range 1413721860

    Italian supercars are the objects of lust of people from all walks of life all over the globe. Many of us are guilty of having unframed posters of classic Ferraris taped to our childhood walls (maybe even those of our adulthood), and nothing turns heads quite like a Lamborghini cruising down the ...

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    Read This: How CARB's next meeting could dramatically change the EV landscape
    Intermediate Automakers Could Get EV Reprieve 1413639900

    Will October 23 be a day of reckoning for some US automakers? Could be, since that's when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is meeting up and may tweak its mandates for zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) compliance for some of the world's largest carmakers. Green Car Reports says the news may ...

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    Two Wheels: BRD rebrands as Alta Motors, reveals new RedShift electric motocross bike
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    If you're wandering through the maze of booths this weekend at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando looking for the BRD display to check out the newly-revealed, production versions of its RedShift electric motocross and supermoto bikes, a warning. You might find yourself turning in circles, looking ...

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    Official: Tesla pushes hard against Michigan's anti-direct vehicle sales bills
    Asks Consumers To Contact Gov. Snyder 1413569700

    While Tesla has been fighting against direct-vehicle sales bans in a number of states, the California electric vehicle company doesn't ask for help every time it finds itself in a skirmish. Last year, it did send out some ravens calling for assistance in Ohio. It has done so again to deal with a ...

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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: 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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    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't yet signed anti-Tesla legislation
    But State Car Dealers Some Of His Biggest Donors 1413503760

    The nation's auto dealers are taking their fight against Tesla and its direct method of selling cars to consumers to the symbolic heart of the auto industry. In Michigan, a bill that would entrench the existing dealer networks and prohibit direct car sales to buyers has passed both the state's ...

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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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    Read This: How EVs changed, and didn't change, Elkhart, IN
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    Two stinking electric vehicles. That's what Elkhart, IN, has to show for the trio of electric-vehicle makers that were going to create thousands of jobs in town during the past decade but ultimately went bust, the Elkhart Truth reports. Of course, the real "truth" is a little more complicated ...

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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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    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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    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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    Video: Elon Musk hints at need for franchised Tesla dealerships
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    The auto dealers around the US, the ones who are frantically trying to stop Tesla Motors from selling its cars directly to consumers, might just need to wait things out. The latest state to take an aggressive stance against Telsa's dealer-free policy is Michigan, but in an new interview with ...

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    Report: Michigan gets into anti-Tesla legislation game
    Bills To Prevent Direct Vehicle Sales Moving Through Legislature 1413391440

    If you figured the home of the US car industry would be against messing with the age-old, franchised-dealer auto distribution system, you'd be right. Michigan, home to the Big Three US automotive companies (General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, now Fiat Chrysler), is moving towards officially ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Hyundai and Kia rethinking diesel for US, BMW i partners with Soho House
    Foodlogica Delivers Food By Solar Trike; Ten9 Wants 1 Billion People To Adopt Sustainable Transport By 2025. 1413381480

    Hyundai and Kia are once again considering bringing diesel vehicles to the US. "It's something that's a strong consideration for us at this point," says John Juriga of Hyundai/Kia America. Diesel would help the group meet future fuel economy standards. While the obstacles that previously kept the ...

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    Study: EPA study proves plug-in vehicles making their mark
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    Talk about a report both green-car advocates and gearheads can celebrate. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put out its annual Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends report. And the 148-page study has something for everyone. Model-year ...

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