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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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    Official: Tesla pushes hard against Michigan's anti-direct vehicle sales bills
    Asks Consumers To Contact Gov. Snyder 1413569700

    While Tesla has been fighting against direct-vehicle sales bans in a number of states, the California electric vehicle company doesn't ask for help every time it finds itself in a skirmish. Last year, it did send out some ravens calling for assistance in Ohio. It has done so again to deal with a ...

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    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't yet signed anti-Tesla legislation
    But State Car Dealers Some Of His Biggest Donors 1413503760

    The nation's auto dealers are taking their fight against Tesla and its direct method of selling cars to consumers to the symbolic heart of the auto industry. In Michigan, a bill that would entrench the existing dealer networks and prohibit direct car sales to buyers has passed both the state's ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: BYD unveils 60-ft electric bus, Honda sticking with hybrids in Europe
    Pennsylvania Permits Per-kWh Pricing; UK Announces Hydrogen Funding; CARB Allows XL Hybrids Conversion; Sony Pictures Installs 60 Chargers In Culver City 1413460800

    BYD has debuted a 60-foot electric bus at the American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, TX. The Lancaster bus, as it is called, has a 120-passenger capacity and can drive over 170 miles on a single charge. The articulated bus features low floors and no steps, thanks to in-wheel ...

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    Video: Elon Musk hints at need for franchised Tesla dealerships
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    The auto dealers around the US, the ones who are frantically trying to stop Tesla Motors from selling its cars directly to consumers, might just need to wait things out. The latest state to take an aggressive stance against Telsa's dealer-free policy is Michigan, but in an new interview with ...

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    Official: How the Pentagon plans to deal with climate change
    DOD Says Uncertain Cause 'Cannot Be An Excuse For Delaying Action' 1413314820

    In case the Pentagon didn't make it clear enough that climate change is a real and dangerous thing in its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) earlier this year, perhaps the new Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (PDF) will drive the point home. Some of the content is roughly the same, but that title ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: First VW e-Golf in US up for auction, meet Project Ain't Fuelin'
    API Fears Ethanol Policy Could Influence Iowa Senate Race; Berlin To Add Electric Bus Line 1413288000

    Volkswagen is auctioning the first e-Golf in the US to raise money for Global Green USA. The auction is live now, and bidding goes until 3:30 pm Eastern on October 29. Global Green USA will use the proceeds to help find solutions to climate change, and the winner will get to enjoy emissions-free ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Porsche 911 hybrid possible, Ecocruise EVs coming soon
    Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Test Car Hits 300,000 Kilometers; Transport & Environment Criticizes EU's Fuel Quality Directive 1412863200

    The next-generation Porsche 911 could use hybrid power, according to Porsche CEO Matthias Muller. "There is no reason against it and we will see if we have some reasons to do it," Muller says of the model due around 2018. He also suggests that hybrid technology could eventually make its way into ...

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    Official: EPA says 24.1-mpg new car average is best-ever
    2013 Model Year Was Half-Gallon MPG More Efficient Than 2012 1412797440

    Well done, America. Through some combination of market forces and government regulations and advancing technology, you've managed to buy enough fuel efficient vehicles to raise the overall average for the 2013 model year to 24.1 miles per gallon – that's 0.5 mpg higher than model year 2012. ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Ethanol fraudster pleads guilty, Denmark funds EVs
    Volvo Finds New Way To Heat Factory And Reduce Emissions 1412711880

    The Danish Energy Agency is offering funding to get more electric cars on the road. In Denmark, 99 percent of vehicles are still powered by gasoline and diesel, so the government is offering about $6.44 million in grants to help change this. The money will go to projects such as carsharing and ...

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