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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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    Recharge Wrap-up: Hybrid buyers like their cars, USDA funds biofuel plant in Louisiana
    Average New Car Fuel Economy Down Slightly For September 1412625960

    The average fuel economy of new cars sold in the US went down in September. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research (UMTRI), the average mileage was 25.3 mpg, down from 25.8 mpg in August. The dip is likely from increased sales of light trucks and SUVs. Still, the national ...

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    Study: Surprise, letting solo drivers in HOV lanes causes problems
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    Anyone who gets steamed at a Toyota Prius driver trying to hypermile in front of them now has another reason to dislike hybrid-vehicle drivers. They're not earning their right to drive solo in high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes for free, according to a report from Cornell University's Charles H. ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Zero takes electric motorcycles to cop expos, Chevy Volt powers dealership's Internet
    VW CEO Fears Results Of More Emissions Restrictions In Europe 1412367300

    Zero Motorcycles will be at three law enforcement conferences this month, including COPSWEST Training and Expo, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement Vehicle Test and Emergency Vehicle Product Expo and International Association of Chiefs of Police Expo. Zero will display its ...

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    Official: Mercedes forced to lower MPG ratings on two C300 models *UPDATE
    New EPA Labels Are Up To 1 MPG Worse Than Before 1412184480

    *UPDATE: Donna Boland, manager of corporate communications at Mercedes Benz USA, told AutoblogGreen that the sticker change only applied to around 500 C-Class vehicles on dealer lots, since a new C-Class came out in late August. "About 500 are left in the United States, and we've relabeled them," ...

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    Report: Harry Reid in favor of $10,000 federal EV tax credit
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    Harry Reid says the federal government should commit more funds towards incentives for electric-vehicle purchases. We'll wait for readers' shock to sink in. Now, here are the details. The Senate Majority Leader (D-NV) is backing President Barack Obama's efforts to raise federal incentives for EV ...

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    Totaled Tesla Model S is a case of buyer beware *UPDATE
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    *UPDATE: AutoblogGreen reader Dan F. sent us a link to a somewhat similar story, which you can find here. Getting a Tesla Model S for just $50,000 is a steal, but when it's a salvage title car and was written off as totaled by an insurance company, the bargain might not be worth the headache. ...

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    Report: Will California require every new home to be EV ready?
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    California may take yet another step forward as the leading edge of US plug-in vehicle adoption. This time, it could be by tweaking the state's new building codes. The Golden State is considering requiring builders of either new homes or new, larger parking lots to install the infrastructure for ...

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    Report: Iowa gives Tesla the red light on direct sales
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    The Iowa Department of Transportation was recently tipped off that Tesla Motors was offering test drives in the state. This led to the state DoT shutting down those test drives in West Des Moines earlier this month, according to USA Today. Tesla reps said that the company was just trying to offer ...

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    Official: Gov. Brown signs slew of anti-global warming, pro-EV bills in California
    The Way To 1,000,000 Electric Vehicles Is Paved With Signatures 1411757940

    California's proposed high-speed rail may be a pipe dream, but at least the Golden State has picked up some velocity for other green transportation-related initiatives. One of them is SB 1275, which was proposed by California State Senenator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) as a way to help more ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Fiat 500e on sale in Oregon, Germany to offer EVs free parking
    Natural Gas Powers Cars Best When Converted To Electricity First; Gold And Wind Make Electricity 1411668120

    The 2015 Fiat 500e is now available in Oregon. The new 500e features an updated center console, as well as two new exterior colors: Luce Blu (which Fiat describes as light blue with a pearl finish) and Celeste (light blue). The 2015 500e is available for lease in California and Oregon for $199 a ...

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    Official: Hyundai hearts House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus in Tucson promotion
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    Hyundai may be based in South Korea, but the automaker is touting hydrogen fuel-cell technology as an all-American benefit and is getting some help from the US government to do so. The company said this week that it's collaborating with the US Department of Energy and the House Hydrogen and Fuel ...

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