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    Official: Georgia proposal to scale back EV credits falls short [CORRECTION]
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    Last year, about one percent of Georgia's new vehicles were battery-electric, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported last month and Atlanta was a Nissan Leaf hotspot for many months. Sales were likely helped by the fact that neighboring states like South Carolina and Tennessee had lower EV ...

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    Report: Green HOV stickers for plug-in hybrids almost gone in California
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    There's a bit of a traffic jam building for those High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) stickers designed to help plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers in California avoid, uh, traffic jams. The stickers in question are of the green variety and they're doled out by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to ...

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    Official: Pentagon says climate change is clearly a present danger, again
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    Like the Olympics and leap year, the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) comes at us every four years. A big-picture look by the US military at the threats they see out there, the QDR (PDF) is a broad document, but you can read in it just how big the military thinks its mission is (global dominance, ...

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    Report: Paris ends even-odd license plate driving ban after just 24 hours
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    There can come a time when strong measures are needed to ease the effects of too many cars on city street. Today, that time came to Paris. And then it passed. Government officials in Paris announced over the weekend that a new plan would go into effect early Monday morning: only about half of ...

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    Report: Hyundai admits 'error' in KDM Sonata fuel economy announcement
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    Stop us if you've heard this one before: Hyundai is going to have to reduce the officially announced miles-per-gallon number for its 2014 Sonata. While there's a lot of similarity between this new situation and events that transpired in 2012, there are some important differences. For one, the new ...

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    Official: Elon Musk likens NJ vote to mafia tactics
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    When the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission decided on Tuesday to block Tesla Motors from selling cars from its stores in the Garden State, it may have inadvertently kicked a hornet's nest. Perhaps they thought no one was looking. Maybe they imagined no one would really care. If so, they were ...

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    Report: New Jersey votes against Tesla, stores may close April 1
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    Doesn't New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have enough people mad at him already? Apparently not, since more than a few folks who like Tesla Motors are ready to get riled up. The governor is already embattled via his office's alleged role in a scandal involving politically-motivated lane shut-downs ...

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    Official: Connecticut turns EV incentive plan on its head, gets dealers into the game
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    Here's an idea: instead of getting buyers interested in buying EVs, why not get the sellers keenly interested in selling them. That's the tact that the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is taking with a new promotion called the "Connecticut Revolutionary Dealer ...

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    Report: Tesla says Chris Christie's move is 'affront to the very concept of a free market'
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    Tesla has a special history with the state of New Jersey, having delivered the 500th Roadster there in 2009. Fast forward to 2014, though, and the electric vehicle company is having a decidedly less-positive experience in the Garden State. In short, Tesla's ongoing dealer fight has turned sour, ...

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    Read This: Big Oil says California's cap-and-trade system will raise gas prices
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    You try to do a good thing, but someone always has to come around and say there's a down side. In this case, the good thing is AB 32, also known as California's greenhouse gas emission reduction law, and the potential down side is one that could generate a lot of bad publicity. First, some ...

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    Official: EPA fines Chinese recreational-vehicle maker $725,000 for excessive emissions
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    Two China-based companies and a US-based importer affiliate were fined a combined $725,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their roles in bringing in motorcycles and recreational vehicles from China that didn't comply with federal clean-air laws. Minnesota-based CFMOTO ...

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    Official: EPA says new Tier 3 emissions levels will clean the air, save lives
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    Almost one year after first proposing the stricter vehicle emissions standards known as Tier 3, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the new levels. These restraints on "harmful soot, smog and toxic emissions" should go a long way to cleaning up the air and reducing the ...

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    Report: NY Gov. Cuomo in favor of revived anti-Tesla store legislation
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    When we last left the New York auto dealers and their fight against Tesla Motors, there scene was an uneasy ceasefire. The New York State Assembly and its backers from the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association said last summer that they would allow the three currently operating Tesla ...

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    Official: Ford hit by lawsuit over hybrid technology from, surprise, Paice
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    The name Paice will be familiar to anyone who's been deep in the weeds of hybrid history, but it will probably be new to anyone who simply drives one. The key part of the story is something called "HyperDrive," which is the name given to a gas-electric powertrain technology developed by Alex ...

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    Report: BMW i3 with range extender could arrive after HOV stickers run out in CA
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    We will weep for the BMW i3 REx owner with ticket #40,001 for California's green HOV stickers. While the standard-issue battery-electric i3 has been deemed eligible for the state's white stickers, which allow for owners to drive in HOV lanes solo, the proverbial jury of the California Air ...

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    Exclusive: Why the $142M Fisker sale won't help DOE loan get its $168M back
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    At the beginning of 2014, it looked like Hybrid Tech Holdings LLC was going to buy the remains of Fisker Automotive for $25 million. Just before that sale was to take place, however, Wanxiang stepped in and an auction was therefore scheduled for the middle of February. After 19 rounds of ...

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    Official: Obama announces higher semi truck MPG standards for March 2016
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    As promised in the State of the Union address, President Obama has delivered more details on the higher fuel economy standards his administration is working on for big trucks. The proposed plan, which Obama called "ambitious" in his speech today, will be applied to medium and heavy-duty vehicles ...

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    Report: Beijing has glut of EV licenses, despite difficulty of registering new gas car
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    Would Beijing residents rather walk than drive a Chinese-made electric vehicle? That appears to be the case, since few of them are applying for EV licenses despite having little chance of getting approved for new conventional vehicles. The trend will do little to help Beijing's position as the ...

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    Report: Wanxiang wins bid for Fisker at $149.2 million
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    Fisker Automotive has been sold, ladies and gentlemen. According to Automotive News, Wanxiang from China won the company after a few tense days of bidding between it and Hybrid Tech Holdings from Hong Kong. The winning bid came in at $149.2 million, which, rather interestingly, is almost six ...

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    Report: Georgia could end $5,000 EV subsidy by April 1
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    Electric-vehicle advocates may really start believing the old Charlie Daniels song The Devil Went Down to Georgia after reading that one of that state's former politicians wants to abolish the local EV tax incentive. Former Alpharetta Mayor Chuck Martin says the state should cut its $5,000 perk ...

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