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    Official: Audi A3 E-Tron goes carbon neutral with German green electricity deal
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    Audi is proving that the fresh water flowing through the European Alps isn't just for bottling and drinking anymore. The German automaker struck a deal with Hamburg-based LichtBlick to offer buyers of the Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron a chance to get their electrical juice from all renewable-energy ...

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    Official: Feddz electric bike with swappable battery hits Europe this month
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    Garage chargers? We don't need no stinkin' garage chargers. Germany-based Feddz is getting ready to start European sales of its electric bike, and, to do so, it's touting a removable-battery system that makes garage chargers unnecessary, if not almost quaint. The bike comes in variants that have ...

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    Report: Next Audi R8 E-Tron could have 280-mile range
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    Just 265 miles of range on a single charge? Meh. That's what the folks at Audi might be saying about the Tesla Model S and its estimated range. Because the German automaker says the next iteration of the R8 E-Tron could go 450 kilometers on a charge, or about 281 miles. This information comes ...

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    Report: Mercedes-Benz working on S-Class EV in accelerated green car lineup?
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    With Mercedes-Benz bringing out coupe and plug-in hybrid versions of its S-Class sedan, the German automaker just may follow through with a battery-electric variant as well. That's what the company's Uwe Ernstberger told the folks at Top Gear during the Geneva Motor Show. And while he noted the ...

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    Official: Audi readies sales of new fuel-efficient A4, A5 and A6 models
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    As diesels continue to account for a minority of cars sold by Audi in the US, the German automaker and Volkswagen unit continues to expand its diesel models in Europe for the sake of fuel efficiency. Early this year, Audi will debut its new A4, A5 and A6 variants in Europe as part of what it ...

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    Report: Next-gen Smart ForTwo, ForFour will be even smaller
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    As expected, the new four-seat vehicle that Daimler AG's Smart division is will start selling later this year will still be pretty darn short. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, speaking at the Mercedes-Benz parent company's annual press conference, disclosed a few details about both the next-generation ...

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    Official: Tesla expands Supercharger network in central Europe
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    While you can't drive a Tesla from the US to Europe, Model S drivers on both sides of the pond are seeing a robust Supercharger network. Today, Tesla announced that enough stations exist in central Europe to get a Model S from Amsterdam to cities 500 or 600 miles away in the Alps. As in the US, ...

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    Report: With increased range, Audi R8 E-Tron revving up for production. Maybe
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    As Tesla Motors proved mightily in 2013, an expensive EV with a long range can sell quite nicely, thank you very much. Perhaps Audi was taking notes, since its all-electric R8 E-Tron's on-again/off-again odyssey appears to be on again, according to UK's Autocar, citing Audi's Urlich Hackenburg. ...

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    Official: Bosch says new stop/start coasting hybrid tech can cut fuel use by 10%
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    Turns out, your car's engine is useless about a third of the time when you're driving. Bosch is using that math to estimate that the newest generation of its stop-start system could cut a car's overall fuel use by about 10 percent. Most stop-start systems involved merely shutting off the engine ...

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    Official: German agency says Tesla Model S EV is safe, 'no further measures' needed
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    Sales of the Tesla Model S haven't been very good in Germany, but a thumbs-up safety rating by the German government might help. The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA, known as the German Federal Motor Transport Authority in English) did not find any defects in the Model S and says that no further safety ...

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    Report: EU compromises on loosening CO2 emission limits
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    If Germany sneezes, does the European Union catch a cold? Kind of, at least when we're talking about the EU's recent step to making its greenhouse-gas emissions standards set for the end of the decade a little less stringent after months of German automakers crying uncle, Reuters says. The EU ...

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    Official: Tesla looking at Chrome, Android update for Model S; big Supercharger network in Germany
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    There's even more to digest from the Elon Musk speech in Germany video that's been making the rounds this week. Our original post mentioned the highlights of an Autobahn performance package for the Tesla Model S and Tesla CEO Musk's distaste for hydrogen fuel cells. Then we took a look at the new ...

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    Video: Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel cells are 'so bullsh*t'
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    Elon Musk is unafraid to speak his mind. Whether he's talking about other players in the electric vehicle space or sub-par reporting from The New York Times, this is a man with few filters. To further illustrate this point we need look no further than yesterday's address to an enthusiast crowd at ...

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    Report: Germany still fighting for weaker CO2 emission laws
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    The Germans have an idea: when calculating fleetwide emissions rules at the end of the decade, don't count the 20 percent of our vehicles that are truly road-mauling gas guzzlers. That's more or less what the German government is asking for in its attempt to get the European Union to be a little ...

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    Report: Renault may join German effort to loosen European emissions limits
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    We're not sure how to translate "biting the hand that feeds you" to French, but we're pretty sure the phrase is appropriate here. See, Renault recently won funding of about $28 million from the European Commission to develop diesel-hybrid powertrains for commercial vans. The thing is, the French ...

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    Official: Opel Ampera gets smart nav system for more efficient driving
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    Could the European version of the Chevrolet Volt be smarter than its American brethren? In so many words, that's what General Motors' Opel division in Germany is saying after the Opel Ampera extended-range plug-in vehicle was chosen to conduct a test involving intelligent navigation systems. The ...

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    Official: Daimler, others promise 100 hydrogen stations in Germany in four years, 400 by 2023
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    OK, this time they're really doing it. Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler is leading a collaboration between a half-dozen companies - including Air Liquide, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total - that will rapidly expand Germany's publicly accessible hydrogen refueling network in order to better spur the ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive breaks Nurburgring EV lap record [w/video]
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    The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive may be powered by batteries, but it is a legitimate supercar. It has exotic supercar styling, supercar paint, and a 416,500 Euro ($550,600 at today's rates) supercar price tag. Now, it also has a sub-eight-minute supercar lap time around the ...

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    Report: BMW, Audi lead the pack on misrepresenting CO2 figures in Europe
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    BMW and Volkswagen are taking differing political tacks to address stricter European emissions standards that will kick in by the end of the decade, but the two German automakers appear to be moving in lockstep when it comes to not reporting accurate CO2 emissions numbers. Bimmer and VW's Audi ...

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    Report: German chancellor stands by one-million EVs target despite slow sales
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    Angst or no angst, Germany's government is sticking to its estimate for at least 1 million electric vehicles to be on the country's roads by the end of the decade, Reuters says, despite the fact that fewer than 3,000 EVs were sold in Germany last year. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed ...

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