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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla details factory expansion; Ford and SunPower raise money for Sierra Club
    Volkswagen Reports Environmental Program Is Doing Well; Beijing's EV Registration Lottery Flops; Dealer Protection Laws Hurt EV Adoption 1416495420

    Tesla has revealed the details of the upgrade of its Fremont, CA factory. One major change is the addition of a dedicated production space for the dual-motor P85D version of the Model S. Robots will be doing the battery installation on the Model S to save some time, and new export docks allow ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Daimler To Stop Battery Production At Li-Tec, House approves Keystone XL pipeline
    EIA Predicts More Ethanol Next Year, Shorter Oil Supply In Coming Years; EV Interface Controller now available 1416344280

    Andromeda Interfaces has launched its Electric Vehicle Interface Controller (EVIC), which displays and allows the user to visualize various vehicle systems. Users can monitor their EVs battery usage, motor controllers and vehicle charging. The EVIC gathers various data - voltage, cell ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: AutoNation CEO calls anti-Tesla laws unnecessary, Common Pence donates subway money
    Volkswagen Highlights Broad Efficiency Plans 1415883660

    Volkswagen has presented a list of near-term technologies to improve fuel economy and decrease emissions. The list includes an addition to a coasting function in its stop-start system, a 10-speed DSG transmission and a more power-dense four-cylinder TDI engine. Volkswagen aims to be the world's ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Pollution in China kills 670,000 yearly, Australia gets new fast-charging network
    Chevron Fined For Over-Oxygenated Gasoline; Chinese Researchers Make 95.4 Octane Gas From Biomass 1415806020

    CARB has fined Chevron $329,700 for over-oxygenated gasoline. The regulations put the cap for oxygenates at 10 percent, but 4.4 million gallons of Chevron gas from 2010 and 2011 were found to have about 11 percent. While adding oxygenates to gasoline helps reduce carbon monoxide and soot, ...

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    Report: Republican control of Congress could affect US biofuel policy, Uber and Lyft
    To Be Sure, The Future Is Unclear 1415664120

    Green transportation issues were not at the top of this year's midterm elections in the US, but the sweeping Republican victories – and probably new Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – could affect at least some aspects of how we get around without using as many resources as we ...

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    ETC: Mercedes named top cheater on Europe's fuel economy test
    Transport And Environment Says WLTP Can't Come Soon Enough 1415563080

    It's expected that Mercedes, like any automaker, aspires to be number one. But we've found a case where being at the top of the list is unlikely to be something of which Daimler is going to boast. That's because we're talking about the automaker most likely to cheat the European fuel economy ...

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    Video: Nissan shows how EVs are breaking the niche barrier in Norway
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    Call it Keeping up with the Hansens. Through a combination of environmental consciousness, big-time government incentives and good old-fashioned peer pressure, Norway has become the country with the highest number of electric vehicles per capita. And Nissan couldn't be happier. EVs have about a ...

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    Report: Four groups sue EPA over LA anti-smog plan
    CARB, SCAQMD Signed Off On New Rules 1414961280

    The air in Los Angeles is better than it has been in the past, but that isn't stopping four environmental and health groups from suing the EPA to do a better job. Two national groups (the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council) are filing the lawsuit with two local groups ...

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    Read This: The internal combustion engine is killing us, literally
    In UK, Exhaust Emissions Kill More Than Crashes Do 1414686420

    That dirty look parents (OK, some parents) give a cigarette smoker blowing smoke towards their kids? Maybe those should extend to drivers of cars using conventional internal-combustion engines. Which would make for a whole lot of stink-eye. Diesel emissions have been tied to asthma and lung ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Elio explains engine updates, gas prices lowest since 2010
    Researchers Aim For More Accurate Range Estimates; DC Cabbies Protest Ride Service Bill 1414591320

    Computer engineers at North Carolina State University are working toward creating more accurate range estimates in electric cars. They hope that it could help relieve range anxiety. The new system takes the whole route into account rather than using an average of the previous miles driven. This ...

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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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    Official: Ethanol fuels political debate in November election
    Fuels America To Obama: 'It's Not Too Late To Fix This' 1414414860

    November's coming up, so that must mean some election-season lobbying is on the way. One of the subjects being debated in the US right now is the how much renewable fuel must be included in the US gas supply. And advocates are already taking to the digital airwaves to make their point. This ...

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    Official: These 8 states helped sell quarter-million electric vehicles in US
    Multi-State ZEV Action Plan Still Shooting For 3.3 Million By 2025 1414351680

    Counting the cars that go across the Brooklyn and Golden Gate Bridges every day doesn't exactly sound like fun. But when we're talking about the Multi-State ZEV Action Plan that eight US states are using to boost zero-emission vehicle adoption, though, we can think of it as a positive thing. ...

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    Official: Elio Motors $185-million request advances under DOE's restarted ATVM loan program
    Paul Elio's 84-mpg Trike Constantly Getting Closer To Reality 1414151940

    Controversial, helpful and finally put on hiatus, the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program from the Department of Energy (DOE) has had a tremendous impact on the current flock of plug-in vehicles. Before being paused in 2011, the ATVM handed out money to Ford ($5.9 ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Carmakers exceed CAFE standard, EVSR sets two electric lap records
    Sierra Club Helps Buyers Choose An EV; CREW Takes EPA To Task Over RFS 1414101900

    New cars have outpaced the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for the 2012-2014 model years, according to a new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The CAFE standards target a five-percent reduction in CO2 per mile each year through 2025. Based ...

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    EPA: Four 2014 Mini Cooper models need to drop mpg numbers
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    After the huge problems that Hyundai/Kia experienced with its mislabeled fuel economy labels, you'd think that any time an automaker has to adjust its mpg numbers, heralds would be shouting from the rooftops. But, after Ford admitted to three big mistakes with its numbers for the 2013 C-Max ...

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    Official: Nissan edges out Tesla for most ZEV credits sold in California
    2014 Numbers Show New Companies On Top, Bottom Of List 1413935880

    When it comes to California zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) credits last year, Nissan was selling and Mercedes-Benz was buying. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) put out its ZEV-credits numbers for the year that ended September 30, which is why we now know that Nissan, maker of the ...

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    Video: Michigan Gov. signs 'anti-Tesla' bill, but says rules could change *UPDATE
    One More State Goes Against Tesla's Direct Sales Model 1413916980

    *UPDATE: GM has issued a statement in support of the governor's actions. We've added it below. Don't look for a Tesla store in Detroit anytime soon. Even though the company says a Motor City service center is "Coming Soon," another hurdle was placed in the company's way today when Governor Rick ...

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    Report: Georgia EV advocates ready to stand up for tax incentives
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    Like the University of Georgia and its punchy Bulldog mascot, Georgia's electric-vehicle advocates are about to get a little more pugilistic, says the Atlanta Business Chronicle. That's because, for the second straight year, some state politicos may look to end Georgia's electric-vehicle subsidy. ...

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    Study: EV buyers not exactly happy with dealership experience
    UC Davis Finds Room For Improvement 1413815580

    If Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk was an I-told-you-so type of guy, here's his chance to do so. It turns out that plug-in vehicle buyers are generally less satisfied with their dealership experience than conventional-vehicle buyers. And the dealers themselves don't like the process much, either. So ...

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