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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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    Recharge Wrap-up: London Scrapping Program could cost $488M, Zap sold 2,000 EVs since June
    UD Davis Teams With China On ZEV Research; UC Riverside Tests "Eco-Routing" Navigation 1410823620

    London Mayor Boris Johnson's desired scrapping program for polluting diesel vehicles could cost £300 million (about $488 million). The program would provide incentives of up to £2,000 (about $3,250) to drivers willing to scrap their cars in order to make it easier to afford cleaner ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Local Motors begins 3D printing Strati car, global liquid fuel use to increase 38% by 2040
    California Funds $13.3M In Clean Car Manufacturing; Proterra Chooses Toshiba Battery 1410437040

    Petroleum and liquid fuel consumption will increase 38 percent globally by 2040, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Developing parts of the Middle East and Asia account for 85 percent of that increase. In 2040, 92 percent of liquid fuel will be consumed by the transportation ...

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    Report: Nevada lawmakers debating Tesla gigafactory tax breaks today
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    When it comes to Nevada's financial incentives that lured Tesla Motors to build its Gigafactory in the Silver State, some lawmakers have said Gov. Brian Sandoval has some 'splain' to do. And such explanations are slated to start today, reports Reuters. When there are $1.3 billion or so worth of ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: PA announces alternative fuel vehicle grants, streetcars miss the mark
    China Offers EV Tax Break 1410206220

    Pennsylvania is offering nearly $4 million in grants for alternative fuel vehicles. Governor Tom Corbett has announced the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants, which will go to local governments, organizations, and businesses to switch to cleaner vehicles. The grants will pay for the purchase or ...

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    Report: World's cheapest Nissan Leaf costs just $9,460
    Incentives Upon Incentives in Rotterdam Set A New Low Record 1409954220

    If you thought electric vehicles were expensive, head on over to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There, you can buy a Nissan Leaf for the amazingly low price of just 7,450 euros ($9,460 US). Or, if a practical delivery van is more your style, check out the Nissan e-NV200 Visia Flex, which is ...

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    Official: Tesla Gigafactory coming to Reno, Nevada with $1.2 billion in tax incentives
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    You want details on the Gigafactory? You got 'em. At least the preliminary ones. At an event with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval this afternoon, Tesla Motors announced that its first Gigafactory will be built outside Reno. As was leaked yesterday and confirmed by unnamed state officials today, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: No Tesla Gigafactory deal with California, BMW i3 recalled
    CARB Considers ZEV Leniency For Some Carmakers; Renault-Nissan Alliance Provide EVs To Orange; JAC Delivers First Cars To US 1409859180

    Before the Nevada announcement was hinted at, a deal to incentivize a Tesla Gigafactory in California fell through. Tesla was looking for around $500 million in incentives, which the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development was willing to offer in tax breaks along with ...

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    Report: California renters may soon install EV chargers at home
    AB 2565 Moves To Gov's Desk With Charge Ahead Bill 1409597100

    Electric-vehicle charging stations. They may not just for the landed gentry anymore. At least in the Golden State. California lawmakers have passed a bill that would enable residential and commercial tenants to install electric-vehicle charging stations, provided that they foot the bill, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: EVSR returns to Mt. Washington, China Mulls $16 Billion For EV Charging
    Foxconn And BAIC Start EV Rental Service; BMW Innovations campaign launches 1409255820

    Foxconn and electric carmaker BAIC are partnering to provide an electric car rental service in China. Slated to kick off next month in Beijing, Hangzhou and Jiangsu province, the company, called Henyu, will offer the EV rentals by the hour. Henyu hopes to offer 5,000, to 10,000 electric rental ...

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    Official: California first to likely give extra funds to low-income EV buyers
    SB 1275 Passes In California Assembly, 46-23 1409183040

    If you're of the opinion that current federal and state support for electric vehicle shoppers in the US are really just hand-outs to the already well-to-do, you might like what California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) is up to. De Leon sponsored a bill earlier this year called the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-Up: Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus, SiC could make Tesla Model S $6,000 cheaper
    US And EU Considering Lowering Biofuel Targets; GM Brings Bikesharing To Tech Center 1409169360

    Volvo is officially introducing its 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany next month. The coach bus reduces carbon emissions by up to 75 percent, and does its part to reduce noise pollution as well. It uses 60 percent less energy than comparable diesel buses. In ...

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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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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla is for Mistresses; Yo, free Smart ED rides!
    Zipcar Adds Honda Fit EV To UC Davis Fleet; California Green HOV Tag Expansion Clears Senate 1409075820

    Smart used the Yo app to give free test rides to San Franciscans last week. Yo is a free app wherein users tap a username to send a notification that simply says "Yo" to the recipient. Signs at locations in the Mission and SoMa neighborhoods gave instructions to send a Yo to SmartUSA for a free ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Audi to get LG batteries, EU considers change to emissions program
    Dutch King To Visit New Ethanol Plant In Iowa; Dundee, Scotland Hopes To Add EVs To Car Club 1409003700

    LG Chem says it has won a bid to supply batteries for Audi. LG says the deal, worth "hundreds of millions of dollars," has them providing batteries for plug-in hybrid and micro hybrid electric vehicles. The group says it also expects to be picked for battery deals for Volkswagen Group in the ...

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    Report: EU getting serious about on-road emissions tests
    Lab Results Not Accurate, Everyone Admits 1408881000

    Testing vehicle emissions in the laboratory is a way to guarantee identical procedures, but it doesn't exactly mimic the results from an on-the-road drive. Ford, for example, famously had a problem with dynamometer testing in the Total Road Load Horsepower (TRLHP) calculations for the C-Max ...

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    Recharge Wrap-Up: Tesla gets positive analysis from Credit Suisse, iPhone key for Model S
    CarCharging Remotely Reduces Residential Amperage; Ford Halts Some C-Max And Focus Sales; EPA's Clean Air Act Shows Results 1408748400

    Credit Suisse analysts are bullish on Tesla. The group gives the electric car company's stock an "outperform" rating with a target price of $325. For its continued success, Credit Suisse cites the vehicles' superior technology, in turn offering more torque, roominess and reliability. Says analyst ...

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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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    Recharge Wrap-up: DOE's $55M in clean car funding; Volt, Fisker leader Posawatz to INRIX
    Charge Ahead California Continues Forward; Formula E Finds Another TV Outlet 1408382160

    The US Department of Energy is investing over $55 million in 31 projects for more efficient vehicles. 19 of the projects seek to help achieve the goals of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, by making plug-in hybrids as affordable as gasoline cars by 2022. 12 projects are aimed at making passenger ...

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    Official: Public in favor of higher truck fuel efficiency standards
    But 26 Percent Say They're Against Cleaner Trucks 1407930900

    Yes, the most recent poll results from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) were about as predictable as asking Americans whether they wanted more sunlight or to lose a few pounds. Indeed, when one asks John Q. Public whether he's in favor of better fuel economy for semi trucks, well, the ...

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