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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: Nissan Leaf in Puerto Rico, BMW i3 REx tax-free in NJ, BC2BC cancelled
    US and China Sign MOU On EVs, Energy 1406059200

    Envia Systems will develop battery technology for United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR). The $7.7 million contract, co-funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), involves a 36-month development program ...

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    Official: SAE announces J2601 hydrogen fueling standard
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    Standardizing refueling systems isn't a quick process, and a new set of fueling standards for hydrogen stations were about 13 years in the making. But SAE International (SAE stands for Society of Automotive Engineers) said this week that it finally settled on a hydrogen refueling standard for ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Google Street View maps gas leaks, Rolls-Royce helps kids build electric racer
    Groups call for MPG clarity in advertising 1405634520

    Google Street View is looking for gas leaks. Natural gas leaks are not only extremely dangerous, they're a terrible waste of resources and, as a greenhouse gas, a threat to the environment. Unfortunately, with the decaying infrastructure in many of America's older cities, they're pretty common, ...

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    Read This: Why can't Tesla sell directly to consumers wherever it wants?
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    Our friends at Engadget, tech-obsessed sister site of Autoblog, have taken an in-depth look at the reason why it's so difficult for Tesla to sell its cars directly to consumers, the same way that Apple, for instance, can sell you an iPad at an Apple Store. As you're probably aware, the whole ...

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    Video: Tesla settles lemon lawsuit brought on by Lemon Law King Vince Megna
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    As much as we're weary about giving so-called Lemon Law King Vince Megna more space on these pages, we've decided it's worth letting you all know that his client has settled his lawsuit with Tesla Motors over a Model S sedan that he claims was a lemon. As you may remember, the electric sedan in ...

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    Official: No steering wheels, pedals or horns in cars by 2035, survey says
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    At what point does a car cease to be a car and start becoming a people-mover? One survey hints that we're less than two decades away from that eventuality. Whether auto enthusiasts think that's a good thing is another matter altogether. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or ...

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    Official: White House responds to Tesla petition, declines to act
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    If you've been holding your breath whilst waiting for the White House to respond to the We The People petition asking that Tesla be allowed to sell direct to consumers in all 50 states, you can finally exhale and simultaneously sigh – it has, at last, issued a statement about its intention ...

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    Official: EPA ready to go virtual with ANSYS to create cleaner engines
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    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is turning to a company whose home base is as old-school Rust Belt as one can get, but the company's specialty's undeniably new-school technology. The EPA has struck a deal with Pittsburgh-based ANSYS to model simulations of internal combustion engines. ...

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    Report: US senators want to know if oil companies are blocking ethanol
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    Earlier, we mentioned the Renewable Fuels Association's report that most major oil companies are blocking the ethanol blends E15 and E85 from their gas stations. According to the RFA, "Distribution contracts routinely include provisions that make it difficult, needlessly expensive, or simply ...

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    Report: EVs popping up where you might not expect
    Mongolia, Seychelles, Nepal All Looking To Go Electric 1404932220

    "New York, London, Paris, Munich," went the 1979 pro-techno hit Pop Muzik. Today, however, the adoption of electric vehicles is going far beyond those major metropolises, all of which have seen a healthy dose of plug-ins. And we think that's a good thing. From the heights of Nepal to the islands ...

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    Official: Sandia finds hydrogen easier to store, sell than we thought
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    Setting up a safe and convenient hydrogen infrastructure might not be as difficult as many thought, according to a study by Sandia National Laboratories. In fact, many existing gas stations offer a suitable footprint to store and dispense gaseous hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles. The Sandia study ...

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    Report: Madrid's new parking meters cost more if you drive a gas guzzler
    Elsewhere In The City, The Meters Are Just Plain Gone 1404340260

    The parking situation in Madrid, Spain went through two big changes this week. In some areas, the meters have been updated to know what kind of vehicle is parked there and charge dirty vehicles more money while giving discounts to cleaner ones. In another area, all parking meters have been ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Formula E comes to London, hydrogen fueling comes to Denmark
    California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard Survives 1404318480

    Denmark will get four new hydrogen fueling stations from Air Liquide. The French company will put two of the hydrogen stations in Copenhagen, one in Aalborg and the fourth in Vejle. The new fueling stations are in addition to two already existing sites in Copenhagen and Holstebro. Read more at ...

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    Report: WLTP is the new four-letter word for European CO2 emission regulations
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    A hard job may be getting a little harder for European automakers looking to meet stricter emissions mandates. Automakers charged with cutting fleetwide emissions by about 27 percent by 2021 may have to shave off even more emissions by then if the European Union has its way. That's because the EU ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: First female driver for Formula E, EV subsidies grow in California, France
    Chargemaster Has Installed 10K Charging Points 1404045240

    The Venturi Formula E team has signed drivers Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin to compete in the series' first season. The pair will be behind their respective wheels when the FIA sanctioned all-electric race series kicks off in Beijing on September 3 of this year. 37-year-old German ...

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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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    Report: What's this, a bipartisan proposal to increase the US gas tax?
    Senators Corker (R) And Murphy (D) Want To Tie It To Inflation 1403641620

    It would be the first federal hike in gas taxes since 1993. One Democrat and one Republican senator are reaching across the aisle to try to solve an upcoming funding shortfall for US road improvements. Of course, it involves raising taxes, so this first step might also be the last in the ...

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    Tesla does Dallas
    California Automaker Opens New Gallery, Not A Store, In Texas 1403533380

    Despite not being allowed to actually sell cars on site - or even offer a test drive - Tesla has opened its newest venue in Texas. As of Friday, NorthPark Center mall in Dallas is home to the newest Tesla Gallery. Don't call it a Store! Employees at the gallery can't even discuss ...

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    Official: DOE spending $20 million to get hydrogen costs down to $4/gallon
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    There is death. There are taxes. And there is the US Department of Energy (DOE) periodically funding millions of dollars worth of grants towards advancing hydrogen fuel-cell technology. This time, the DOE says it will write checks for $20 million, and the goal is pretty specific: bringing the ...

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