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    Report: Here We Go Again: Lexus attacks EVs in new ad [UPDATE]
    No One Would Want An EV If These Messages Were True 1410301740

    UPDATE: We got a comment from founding member of Plug In America Paul Scott on this ad. It's available below. The last time Lexus attacked plug-in battery vehicles in an ad, it had to apologize. The company is remaining on message, though, and has revisited a hybrid-vehicle advertising campaign ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: E15 could help smog woes, MPG average at all-time high
    Formula E To Hold Motor Shows; USABC Awards New Battery Contract 1409925480

    A new study shows that using an E15 blend instead of regular gasoline would reduce smog in Chicago. Increasing the availability of the 15-percent ethanol blend could help reduce carcinogenic air pollution and improve air quality, particularly on the city's South Side. The study found that E15 ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Jaguar Land Rover talks EVs, Batteries should be modular
    Thailand To Approve VW Plant; Sky Deutschland To Broadcast Formula E 1409761800

    A new study out of Germany suggests adopting a modular approach to battery offerings in plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles. Automakers could offer the same car with different battery sizes (and different costs, accordingly) to drivers depending on their driving ranges. This would ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf sells 3,186 in best month ever as Chevy moves 2,511 Volts
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    The end of summer seems to inspire people to go out and buy a lot of plug-in vehicles. Last year, for example, the Chevy Volt had its best month ever in August, with 3,351 sales. This year, the Nissan Leaf is going up to the winner's podium, setting its own best-ever record with 3,186 units ...

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    Official: Aggressive new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S coming to Paris
    Key Words Are "Sporty And Sophisticated" 1409669880

    Already a hit in the rest of the world, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid is not coming to the US until late next year. That gives Mitsu plenty of time to upgrade the SUV to the next-generation model, and we might be getting a glimpse of what the US-speck Outlander PHEV will look like at ...

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    Report: Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner
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    For the most part, plug-in hybrids rely on the power stored in the battery until that charge is depleted. Unless the switch can be changed manually, it's only then that the cars fire up the internal combustion engine and begin using the fossil fuels on board. This is ideal, of course, when one's ...

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    Report: Rhode Island approves EV-specific license plates
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    OK, so it only took a couple of years for Rhode Island to get the hang of electric vehicle-specific license plates, like its New England neighbors. Now that the smallest state in the union has caught on, it's nice to see that Rhode Island has upped the game by including hybrids in that ...

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    Someone's willing to pay $16,000 for a hollow, non-working BMW i8
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    There is an unusual BMW i8 for sale on eBay right now. Unlike your average – and by that we mean "working" – i8, this one pretty much just sits there, looking pretty. See, the i8 in question is just a promotional body shell. It's fullsize and being sold (we think) by a legit BMW ...

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    Official: Audi says new 48 volt micro-hybrid system improves fuel economy, paves way for electrification
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    Most cars use a 12-volt system to power their electrical components. But, with more and more electric bits and bobs being added to new vehicles, a dozen volts is looking a bit weak these days. In fact, Audi says that standard 12-volt systems are being stretched "to their very limits." Enter 48 ...

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    Report: New Ford dedicated hybrid due in 2018, will it fare better than C-Max?
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    Everyone likes to go after the champ. When it comes to fuel economy, that means taking on the Prius, which is something that automakers not named Toyota have been trying to do for years. Just because no one has been able to beat the Prius for fuel economy numbers isn't stopping them from trying. ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Finishes AXCR, Nissan Leafs drive 528 million collective miles
    Pro Golfer Wins BMW i3; Electric Luxury Cars On The Rise; Uber Hires Former Obama Campaign Manager 1408543320

    The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has successfully completed the Asia Cross Country Rally 2014. The plug-in Mitsu finished first in the EV class, and 14th overall, clocking in at 19 hours, 17 minutes and 12 seconds. For its second year in the competition, the Outlander PHEV used a new suspension with ...

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    First BMW i8 in US sells for $825,000
    That's Six Times Base MSRP, But At Least Jay Leno Was There To Give The Car Away 1408392840

    Here are some numbers. The standard BMW i8 starts at starts at $135,700. The first i8 in the US was auctioned off at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this past weekend and the auctioneers, Gooding & Company, said before the gavel was lifted the fist time that they expected the i8 with ...

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    GM admits Cadillac ELR no real competition for Tesla Model S
    Hey Detroit, Where's The EV That Can Challenge California? 1408122960

    Last year, then-CEO of General Motors, Dan Akerson, made it clear that the company lookouts at the Ren Cen had California automaker Tesla in their sights. "If you want to compete head-to-head with Tesla, and we ultimately will, you want to do it with a Cadillac," he said. So, given the fact that ...

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    Official: Polestar announces Volvo V60 PHEV performance upgrades
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    In the market for a Volvo V60, but can't decide between the Polestar version of the D6 Plug-in Hybrid? Well, chances are, if you're reading these tree-hugging pages, you've already made up your mind, but allow us to make the decision a little easier for you. Polestar, Volvo's closely affiliated ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: U of M wins Solar Challenge, family attempts record-breaking e-bike ride
    Zap Readies Expanded EV Production; EcoCar3 Kicks Off In September 1408046280

    The University of Michigan Solar Car Team has won the 2014 American Solar Challenge. It is the team's eighth national championship, its fifth in a row, and its first using Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software. The race took place over 1,722 miles and seven days traveling across ...

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    What we know, and think we know, about the 2016 Chevy Volt
    Five Seats? 1.0-Liter, 3-Cylinder Engine? More Efficient? 1407884220

    With the next-gen Chevy Volt due to make an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show early next year, bits and pieces about the new car are making their way into the press. Perhaps most importantly, the new Volt is going to have better "fuel economy and efficiency," according to GM executive vice ...

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    Report: BMW i8 now has 10-month waiting list in UK
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    Reports that the BMW i8 would be a popular plug-in vehicle have been circulating since stories claiming 'sold out' status circulated late last year. Those turned out not to be entirely true, but now that deliveries have actually started, the $160,000 EV is proving to be only available to the ...

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    Video: Take a close look at the guts of the Chevy Volt battery, powertrain
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    Just how intimate would you like to get with the powertrain in a Chevy Volt? If you're anything like YouTube user d55guy, then spending a half hour filming yourself taking apart the battery pack, motor, inverter and more for a look inside sounds like your idea of fun. After all, this way you get ...

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    Official: Prius out, ELR in with changing HOV landscape
    Arizona Kicks Out Hybrids, But PHEVs, Pure EVs Still Qualify 1407537000

    Out with the sort-of-old, in with the new-ish. The Arizona Department of Transportation has updated its list of vehicles that can legally drive in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane no matter how many people are in the car. The changes show us how the green car landscape is changing. Only ...

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    Exclusive: Plug In 2014: BMW i DC Fast Charger is poised to change the EV game
    Interoperability, Ease-Of-Use Are Key Factors For Plug-In Vehicle Adoption 1407441480

    It looks like it's just a blue box on a pole, but BMW's new i DC Fast Charger represents a much bigger deal than just the lowest-cost SAE Combo Charger on the market. BMW sees it as the key to getting more drivers into electric vehicles. As Robert Healey, the EV infrastructure manager for BMW of ...

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