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    Official: Nissan Leaf makes it 19 in a row for record sales; Chevy Volt drops 21 percent
    Leaf EV Sels 2,881 While Volt PHEV Moves 1,394 1412173080

    The Nissan Leaf continues its streak of "best month ever" sales with 2,881 EVs sold in September. Compared to the 1,953 sold in September 2013, that represents an increase of 47.5 percent and, as Nissan itself must be tired of saying by now, it marks yet another best month ever, same as last ...

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    Report: Rolls-Royce gives up on electric, diesel models in favor of hybrid
    Will BMW's Gas-Electric Tech Finally Do The Trick? 1411992060

    Rolls-Royce is not what you might characterize as one of the greenest automakers on the market. Its vehicles tend to be rather large, saddled with lots of plush leather, thick carpets and wood trim, and powered by twelve-cylinder engines in excess of six and a half liters. But that doesn't mean ...

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    Video: Bob Lutz says Tesla remains 'fringe' brand
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    We've said it before, we'll said it again: Bob Lutz gives great quotes. From his toilet-themed opinion of global warming to Toyota's deity status, the man knows how to get your attention. His latest? Saying that Tesla Motors is and will remain a fringe brand. Take that, Tesla fanbois. This, of ...

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    Official: $76,400 Porsche S E-Hybrid will debut in Paris
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    The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid will be an all-new model, one that adds a plug – and the required associated technological bits – to the currently available Cayenne S Hybrid. The most important of those bits is a 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery, but Porsche's Calvin Kim told ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Fiat 500e on sale in Oregon, Germany to offer EVs free parking
    Natural Gas Powers Cars Best When Converted To Electricity First; Gold And Wind Make Electricity 1411668120

    The 2015 Fiat 500e is now available in Oregon. The new 500e features an updated center console, as well as two new exterior colors: Luce Blu (which Fiat describes as light blue with a pearl finish) and Celeste (light blue). The 2015 500e is available for lease in California and Oregon for $199 a ...

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    Official: Peugeot HYbrid Air for Paris 2014
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    Peugeot is preparing to show off what it has been working on for when the auto show circuit returns to its own backyard with the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show. The French automaker has been developing ways to be happily compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standards. Things we'll see coming from ...

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    The ugly economics of green vehicles
    All Of Us Want Cleaner Cars, But How Many Of Us Are Willing To Pay For Them? 1411166700

    It's fair to say that most consumers would prefer a green vehicle, one that has a lower impact on the environment and goes easy on costly fuel (in all senses of the term). The problem is that most people can't – or won't – pay the price premium or put up with the compromises today's ...

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    Video: What happens when you take an engineer sliding in a BMW i8
    Qualcomm's Wireless Charging Is More Fun This Way 1411145400

    The BMW i8 is a pretty impressive car, and a highly visible one at that. It's a great brand ambassador, but not just for BMW. It's really no surprise that Formula E chose it as the safety car from the electric racing series. And, for its duties at tracks around the word, the i8 safety car got ...

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    Official: Renault Eolab is a hyperefficient, conventional-looking answer to VW's XL1 [w/video]
    260 MPG Concept Coming To Paris 1410906540

    *UPDATE: There was an error in the official information from Renault that caused some confusion about the weight of the Eolab. This has been corrected. Watch out Volkswagen, Renault has your number. Debuting at the Paris Motor Show in a few weeks, this Renault Eolab concept aims to match the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla firmware update videos, Mercedes S500 Plug-In Hybrid
    California Calls UberPool Illegal; The Man Behind China's EV Policy 1410878880

    See the Tesla Model S with Firmware 6.0 in action in new videos from Teslarati. The large software update includes improved traffic-based navigation, a calendar function, updated power management, "Location-Based Smart Air Suspension" as well as other improvements. Drivers get more route options ...

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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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