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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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    Recharge Wrap-up: Musk sees solar future, Uber sued for tips
    Bike Lanes Could Help Traffic Flow; Who Rides Public Transit? 1411419420

    Elon Musk and his cousin, Lyndon Rive, spoke about their ideas for solar power and energy storage at a private conference in New York. Musk, the Tesla CEO and Rive, CEO of SolarCity, said that within 10 years, every solar system SolarCity sells will come with battery storage, and that it will be ...

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    Report: Tesla wins in Massachusetts, tries for more in New Jersey
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    Another brick falls as Tesla fights to practice its direct-to-consumer business model. A Massachusetts high court has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to block the electric car company from selling vehicles the Tesla way in the state. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association, along with ...

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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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