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    Video: OK Go ride Honda UNI-CUB β in latest amazeballs music video
    Drones, Japanese Schoolgirls And More Electric Unicycles Than You Thought Existed 1414514640

    When Honda unveiled the slimmed-down βeta version of its Uni-Cub last year, it might have thought the minimalist electric vehicle would find its most enthusiastic audience inside office buildings, where it would simultaneously lighten the load of worker drones and perhaps inject a bit of ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: VW exec predicts EVs with 375-mile range
    BMW Incentives Favor All-Electric i3 Over REx, Honda Revamps R&D After Fit Hybrid Recalls 1412802060

    Volkswagen says EV ranges over 300 miles aren't too far in the future. Plug-in hybrids are merely a bridge to all-electric mobility becoming more practical for people who need to travel longer distances, according to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen's head of powertrain development. Energy ...

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    Report: Will Mazda sell diesel hybrids in Japan in 2016?
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    Could the "Zoom Zoom" automaker start making hybrids that go "glug glug glug"? Mazda, known for its fuel-efficient Skyactiv engine line, will be the first Japanese automaker to make a diesel-hybrid vehicle for Japan and Europe. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, Mazda may start making its ...

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    Report: Nissan, Mitsubishi team up for $14,000 electric car
    Kei Car Partnership Readying Small EV For Fiscal 2016 In Japan 1407499200

    Last November, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mitsubishi announced a partnership to build some tiny electric vehicles for the Japanese market. Well, the partnership is going to build more than that (like the Nissan Dayz, pictured above in Roox form, and the Mitsubishi eK wagon), but we're most ...

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    Report: Japan considering offering free hydrogen cars because $30k incentives apparently not enough
    And Free Fuel, Too, Why Not? 1407348000

    There's no such thing as a free lunch. A free hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, though? It may become a possibility in Japan, says Automotive News. We know the Japanese government is being plenty supportive of hydrogen vehicles since it will provide about $20,000 worth of incentives to prospective ...

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    Video: Japan's Prime Minister likes Toyota FCV's pickup, zero emissions
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    Japan's prime minister has a lead foot, apparently. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently had a photo op with Toyota's first production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, even getting behind the wheel for a spin (no chauffeur for him, so much respect on our part). His primary impression was that the car ...

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    Exclusive: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales reach 33,000 worldwide
    High Demand From Europe, Japan Mean No US Version For Now 1406755620

    It can be difficult to see from the US, where the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is not yet available, but the all-wheel drive SUV is a big hit in Europe and Japan. In fact, we learned at the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA this week that Mitsubishi has sold over 33,000 copies of the ...

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    Report: Toyota Mirai might be the name of new fuel cell car; it means 'future'
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    Anybody remember the Ford Futura? It wasn't exactly a world-beater of a car, so we don't think the name Toyota's has apparently chosen for its first production fuel-cell vehicle is a tribute of sorts. Though one never knows. Maybe Toyota just likes 18-inch-tall EVs. The Japanese automaker has ...

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    Report: Total government incentives in Japan could top $30,000 for hydrogen cars
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    With the two main Japanese automakers, Toyota and Honda, leading the charge for hydrogen vehicles (along with Korea's Hyundai), we shouldn't be too surprised that the Japanese government is supporting the technology big time. We knew the national government is ready to kick in the equivalent of ...

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    Official: Tommykaira ZZ ready for a customizable EV closeup
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    Tesla Roadster? What Tesla Roadster? Japanese automaker GLM and Japan racing-car maker Tommykaira are putting the finishing touches on one very cool electric roadster. No word on when it will reach the US but it looks worth waiting for. The Tommykaira ZZ is said to be able to go from 0 to 62 ...

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    Report: Japan offering $20,000 incentives for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
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    That tailwind Toyota may be feeling in Japan won't be from a stiff breeze off the northern Pacific Ocean. The Japanese automaker is getting ready to start selling its first production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in its native country next year. And the government is ponying up real big in ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Uber drops rates in NYC, Renault Zoes for Rungis, Nissan Leaf is recycled
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    Uber is really taking it to cabbies in New York City. The car-hailing smartphone app has temporarily cut rates to its lowest-cost UberX service by 20 percent, now making it much more competitive - even cheaper in many cases - to request a ride from the app than to hail a NYC taxi. Also, tip is ...

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    Report: Bhutan asks Nissan, Mitsubishi for help with massive EV-only plan
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    Originally, the somewhat modest plan was to introduce 2,000 electric vehicles to the capital of Bhutan. Then things got bigger when Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn paid the country a visit and the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, said his country, "will commit to a program to achieve ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Minnesota first to require biodiesel, maglev in Israel, Toyota FCV in Aspen
    Isuzu Looking Into Biofuel In Japan 1403812680

    A new Minnesota law that requires biodiesel blends goes into effect in just a few days, says KELO. Diesel drivers in Minnesota will be pumping soybeans into their tank beginning July 1. Every year, diesel will be sold as a B10 blend (ten percent biofuel) from April through August, and will scale ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Japan supports hydrogen, Fools against fuel cells, BlueIndy controversy
    Motley Fool says 'Fuel Cells Are An Inferior Automotive Technology' 1403647200

    Japan hopes to expand the use of hydrogen energy by subsidizing fuel cell vehicles, according to The Japan News. The trade ministry plans to include the subsidies in its 2015 budget to coincide with the expected launch of Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle and the Honda FCEV hydrogen car. By ...

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    Video: This Japanese ad for the Toyota Prius Plug In is beyond confusing
    J-Pop With AKB48, Neck Plugs and Men In Masks 1403218560

    We'll admit we don't understand all of this strange little ad for the Toyota Prius Plug In (our Japanese skills are not what they once were) but that just makes it all the more fascinating. The takeaway point is that a world full of PHEV Priuses will be astonishingly colorful at time and ...

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    Video: Nissan Leaf, e-NV200 get orange treatment for Ultraman Ginga S
    Japanese TV show fights crime with electric vehicle power 1402667700

    The automobile-as-crime-fighting-teammate concept dates back at least to the 1960s Batman television series, gained further currency during the 1980s with Knight Rider and was referenced in the recent Kia ads featuring Los Angeles Clippers basketball star Blake Griffin and Jack McBrayer of 30 ...

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    Report: Japan's government gives hydrogen vehicles a big boost
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    The Japanese government is really paving the way for hydrogen fuel cell technology on its roads. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry is changing regulations on fuel tanks to make hydrogen cars more appealing to drivers, which should help put the country ahead of others in the race to ...

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    Official: Japanese automakers kick in $800k for new charging-station company
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    Cynics may say that gathering $800,000 (total) from four of Japan's largest automakers is merely a rounding error. Still, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi, along with the Development Bank of Japan, are putting those funds to good use. So, that's something. Last week, those five entities ...

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    Two Wheels: Mugen debuts new Shinden electric motorcycle for TT Zero race
    Now includes tech from Mission Motors 1396969140

    To say that John McGuinness will win this year's TT Zero on the Isle of Man, riding the Shinden San for Team Mugen, and that his closest competitor will likely be his new teammate Bruce Anstey, would not be the boldest of predictions. MotoCsysz, the team that's dominated the previous four ...

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