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    New York: Horse-drawn EVs for carriages? NYC may say 'neigh'
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    For more than a century, horse-drawn carriages have been iconic fixtures in New York City. But the Big Apple's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has been on a crusade to put an end to the nostalgic rides, saying the carriages are cruel to the horses and a common source of traffic congestion. Amid this ...

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    Tesla Model S owners hack their cars, find Ubuntu
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    There are interesting subsets within the group of people that composes Tesla Model S owners. They include celebrities, Drudge Report-reading conservatives, and, more relevant to this post, tech-savvy geeks. Now, give that last bunch an electric car with an easily-exposed Ethernet connecter and ...

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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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    Study: WHO links air pollution to 1 in every 8 deaths around the world
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    Just how bad is the air we're breathing? Bad enough that one in every eight deaths has a direct tie to pollutants in the air, according to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). Some of those are attributable to indoor air pollution, mostly caused by indoor smoke breathed in by the ...

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    Official: Toyota turning landfill gas into hybrid vehicles, indirectly
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    Chamillionaire certainly wasn't referring to the Toyota Avalon or Camry when he rapped about "ridin' dirty" but maybe he'll change his tune soon. That's because some of the future energy sources for the Kentucky factory that makes those two models will come from gas created from the breakdown of ...

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    Video: Ford C-Max spot aimed squarely at Cadillac ELR 'Poolside' hubris [UPDATE]
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    If we had tried to predict the first video response to the controversial Poolside video for the Cadillac ELR, we would not have thought it would center on compost. But, hey, it's always nice to be reminded that the real world is sometimes better than fiction. Instead of the chic swagger of ...

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    Ol Pejeta Conservancy wants to crowdfund a diesel hybrid safari vehicle
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    Crowdfunding has not been kind to electric vehicle projects. The Derringer electric bike, while cool, didn't make it. The ultra-fast battery charger idea raised just $2,666 out of a $50,000 goal. And there are many more failed examples. (That Kickstarter project for that EV coloring book, on the ...

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    Report: Google CEO Larry Page says his billions should go to Elon Musk
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    When you have basically all the money in the world, it can be tough to spend it all. It will be even tougher to spend when you're dead. If you're Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page, though, you already know how you want your money to live on after you're gone: support innovators like Tesla CEO ...

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    AAA warns cold weather kills EV range, ignores effect on gas cars
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    The AAA sent out a new press release today warning about the effects of extreme temperatures on electric vehicle range. The numbers are kind of astounding: "nearly 60 percent lower in extreme cold and 33 percent lower in extreme heat." Wow, right? Well, sort of. The AAA ran a simulated EV test ...

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    Official: Seattle votes against app-based ridesharing companies like Lyft, Uber [UPDATE]
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    Lyft, Uber and other peer-to-peer ride-sharing start-ups are looking pretty hapless in Seattle. That's because the Emerald City is imposing driver limits on each service in a move that the companies say is geared to protect legacy taxicab companies, Techcrunch reports. In short, the city council ...

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    Official: Audi, MIT, GE start cab ridesharing study in New York City
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    Audi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) and General Electric are getting together to study something that won't likely be thrilling for New York City cab drivers. But there are bigger fish to fry and keeping cabbies happy. The German automaker is working with MIT's Senseable City Lab ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi Mirage fuel economy challenge winner duct tapes his way to 74.1 MPG
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    There's a lesson to be learned from the Mitsubishi Motors' Extreme MPG Hypermiling Challenge: if you want to get your 2014 Mirage to get over 74 miles per gallon, apply duct tape. During the recent event, which ran from Las Vegas, NV to Cypress, CA (where Mitsubishi has its North American HQ), a ...

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    Video: Fan-made Tesla commercial imagines a Model S that's out of this world
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    When you're a kid, anything is possible. With a bit of crayon, cardboard boxes can become helmets, or even space ships. All it takes is a bit of imagination. Replace that crude packaging with something as refined a Tesla Model S and that fantasy world can kick into overdrive. That's the premise ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi i-MiEV rallies in WAVE 2014 as support vehicle
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    Hey, we found somebody willing to drive a new Mitsubishi i-MiEV over 1,000 miles. The little-bitty four-seat electric vehicle will be used on the other side of the Pond as a support vehicle in the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) road rally through the Swiss Alps this spring. Brian Orr ...

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    Report: BMW wants to expand DriveNow carsharing program to 25 new cities
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    Daimler's Car2go car-sharing service just announced that it will debut in Rome, its 26th global city. Now, BMW says it wants to expand its own carsharing program to, wait for it, 25 more cities. Coincidence? We think not. BMW is looking to bring its DriveNow carsharing program, with its Mini ...

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    Official: Car2go carsharing service will debut in Rome in mid-March
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    When in Rome, folks can start using Daimler's Car2go car-sharing service. The Mercedes-Benz parent says its car-sharing fleet of Smart Fortwo two-seaters will be available in the Italian capital starting mid-March. Upon the debut, about 300 cars will be available, with another 200 added by April. ...

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    Two Wheels: Trendwatch: PA, SC the lastest to convert roads to bike-only area
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    How does Charlestonia or Steeltownia sound? Because the whole livability bug notably biting cities such as Portland has gotten bigger via the proliferation of dedicated bikeways in a number of US cities. The latest to join are Pittsburgh, PA and Charleston, SC, Treehugger most happily ...

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    Report: Two wildly different views of EV charging at condos, apartment buildings
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    Whether it's an apartment building in California or a condo complex in Florida, there's no such thing as truly free electricity. This rule applies especially to recharging plug-in vehicles, and it will become more and more of an issue as an increasing number of city-dwellers purchase ...

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    AeroVironment, Know What You Drive want to teach the masses about plugging in
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    If you're wondering how to get your non-green-car friends interested in plugging in their vehicles, why not appeal to them with cold hard cash? AeroVironment and KnowWhatYouDrive have teamed forces to create a short EV quiz, and there are coupon codes worth up to $100 for getting a charging ...

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    Report: Lexus Eco Challenge rewards schools for clean water, briquette press projects
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    Teams from one New Jersey high school and one Michigan middle school reversed the old adage by thinking locally and acting globally. And that strategy won them the grand prizes in the most recent edition of the Lexus Eco Challenge. The future is indeed bright. The Toyota luxury-vehicle division ...

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