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    Recharge Wrap-up: Porsche adds third 919 Hybrid for Le Mans, Audi to heat factory with geothermal
    BMW i Invests In Zendrive; Chicago Petitions For E15 1417006440

    Porsche will be running a third 919 Hybrid LMP1 car in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The extra Porsche will race in the six-hour May 2 WEC race at Spa-Francorchamps as a lead-up to the legendary 24-hour race on June 13 and 14. Porsche hasn't announced the driver lineup for the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Atlanta Falcons electrify with ChargePoint, LiquidPiston unveils X Mini engine
    Firm Invests Millions In The Hybrid Shop; EVs Could Mitigate Grid Destabilization Events 1416866280

    ChargePoint is partnering with the Atlanta Falcons to provide more EV charging stations at the team's facilities. The chargers are used by players, employees and fans and ChargePoint has donated additional stations for installation throughout the city of Atlanta. The city, county and state are ...

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    Official: UK's 2014 Next Green Car Awards fetes VW e-Up!, Tesla Model S
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    They like the Tesla Model S across the Pond, too. The California-made electric vehicle was one of about a dozen models given props by the UK's Next Green Car Awards. And the prizes ran the gamut between conventional, diesel, plug-in and battery-electric powertrains because who doesn't like ...

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    Report: Is BMW ready to increase i8 production?
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    The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid is really fast. But the car is getting to customers really slowly. The German automaker might be doing something about that. Bimmer executive Ian Robertson, speaking with reports at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, commented on the high demand for the super-PHEV and ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Grimsel electric car breaks acceleration world record, electric Ford Raptor ATV debuts
    Lexus CT 200h Takes On BMW i3 In Funny Or Die Video 1416170700

    An all-electric version of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is now available... as an ATV. Made by Caddyshack Golf Cars, it features officially licensed Ford badging borrowed from the super-macho pickup. It has a lifted chassis with leaf springs in the front and rear, hydraulic shocks and off-road ...

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    Official: Green Car Journal issues new Green SUV, Luxury, Technology Awards
    Winners Announced At DC Auto Show In January 1415899740

    For those who thought either green SUV or green luxury vehicles were oxymorons, time to stand corrected. Green Car Journal will announce its green-car award winners at the Washington Auto Show next January and has created award categories for those two sectors as well as a technology award for ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: 2015 Fuel Economy Guide available, how Porsche ships 919 Hybrid
    Terra Motors Brings Electric Scooter To Europe; VW Provides Research e-Golf To Stanford 1415397660

    The EPA and Department of Energy have released the 2015 Fuel Economy Guide. Unsurprisingly, the groups say that this year features more fuel efficient and low-emissions vehicles than previous years, and they span a greater variety of vehicle types. The guide also provides "best-in-class" lists, ...

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    By The Numbers: October 2014: 'Now-what?' edition
    Low Gas Prices A Likely Culprit In Big Drop This Month 1415148900

    Like the sun rising in the east, we thought we could always count on year-over-year US plug-in vehicle sales to rise. No longer. Sadly, even counting Tesla Motors' sales isn't likely to change that. For the first time since we started tracking them, year-over year green car sales were ...

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    Report: Which hybrids save you money? Not as many as you might think
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    When it comes to how much it costs to own a hybrid versus a comparable gas-powered vehicle, Lexus giveth and Lexus taketh away. Toyota's luxury division included not only the model that saved buyers the most, but also the model that cost drivers the most, compared to a more conventional vehicle. ...

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    Official: Fisker, Quantum pairing up to relaunch Karma PHEV
    Five Years Ago, These Companies Had A Similar Deal 1415105760

    The upcoming relaunched Fisker Karma will look a lot like the old one. Turns out, the brains of the car will share a lot with the old Karma as well. Fisker (and its new owner, Wanxiang) and Quantum Technologies have announced a deal worth over $5 million. Quantum is going to license its plug-in ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf sets another monthly sales record, Chevy Volt remains steady
    Nissan Has Now Sold More EVs In A Single Year Than Anyone, Ever In US 1415027640

    Here we go again. Another month in the books and another month of record sales by the Nissan Leaf in the US. For October, the world's best-selling pure EV sold 2,589 units, which is 29.3 percent more than October 2013. That makes it 20 times in a row that Nissan can say that last month sales were ...

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    Lesson learned, again: lower gas prices hurt hybrid sales
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    Between declining gas prices and an improving economy, full-size pickup sales in the US are up 6.5 percent year to date and represent the best-selling vehicle line in two-thirds of US states, according to TrueCar. And the economy is a rising tide of sorts for most vehicle sectors, as gas-powered ...

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    Video: 2016 Chevy Volt powertrain video teasers
    Before We See The New Car, We Get To Look Inside 1414778340

    If there's one thing we've learned about plug-in vehicle fans, you have a thing for seeing your cars get made. The series of videos showing BMW i3 production was strangely popular, as were the shots from inside the VW e-Golf plant. Well, with General Motors pulling the veil off of the 2016 Chevy ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: meet the '66 ZelectricBug, DOE announces home-scale H2 refueling competition
    New Hyundai Hybrid Transmission Integrates Electric Motor; Battery Startup Plans $1 Billion Factory In NC; Shanghai Waives Tesla Plate Fees 1414702680

    The US Department of Energy has launched the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize competition to create small- to medium-scale hydrogen refueling systems. The systems could be home-scale systems that produce hydrogen using utilities at home for refueling, or medium-scale systems to supply locations such ...

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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will not need premium gas
    Current Owners Told GM To Change Pricey Requirement 1414596540

    Buried in the new technical details of the 2016 Chevy Volt released yesterday was a throwaway line about a small but important change that's due to the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The first-gen Volt has always required premium gas but the new powerplant will be happy burning plain old ...

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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will have more EV range, bigger battery
    New 1.5-Liter Engine Also Used In Chinese Cruze 1414524780

    Meet the new Volt, not the same as the old Volt. That appears to be the story when General Motors introduces the 2016 Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Today we're getting some more details on the guts of the new plug-in hybrid, and it turns out they're going to be much improved from ...

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    Report: Next-gen Chevy Volt will get 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine
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    As General Motors gets ready to unveil the new Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show in January, it's starting to reveal a few more details about the updated plug-in hybrid. Today should be fruitful on that front, thanks to an event GM is hosting today that focuses on the new Volt, and we've just ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla considers Model III SUV and wagon, Ford tears Tesla apart
    No Incentives For EVs In Brazil 1414447200

    Worries over Brazil's electric grid mean EVs are excluded from green car incentives. As part of a new efficiency program, non-plug-in hybrids will be eligible for a reduction in import duties, while EVs and plug-in hybrids will not. Brazil's government is concerned that the country's grid lacks ...

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    Report: Ford decides C-Max shoppers not interested in fuel economy
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    If you say a car – the Ford C-Max Hybrid, for example – is "fun to drive," can anyone really come up with some empirical evidence against your claim? What about calling it "versatile"? We wonder if Ford has been thinking along these lines when it talks about the green little ...

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    Official: 2015 Green Car Of The Year finalists announced, run alt-fuel gamut
    Short List Includes Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevy Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, VW Golf 1413900000

    The 2015 edition of the Green Car of the Year award is following right in the footsteps of previous years with a variety of alt-fuel powertrains making the just-announced finalists list. You've got your plug-in vehicle (the BMW i3), your compressed natural gas (the Chevy Impala Bi-Fuel), your ...

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