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    Report: WLTP is the new four-letter word for European CO2 emission regulations
    Stands For World Light Vehicle Test Procedure, FYI 1404129600

    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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    Report: Tesla's gains on the dealership status quo are freaking people out
    EV Automaker Wins Dealer Fight in NY, Trending To Win In NJ 1403038860

    Tesla took two more steps towards being allowed to sell its vehicles as it chooses (that is, direct to customers) this week. Legislative efforts in New Jersey and New York both gave the California automaker legal permission (or near permission) to operate its stores. It's gotten so bad – or ...

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    Exclusive: Ford made three big mistakes in calculating MPG for 2013 C-Max Hybrid
    Latest Error Was Discovered In March 1403029680

    It's been a rough time for the official fuel economy figures for the Ford C-Max Hybrid. When the car was released in 2012, Ford made a huge deal about how it would beat the Toyota Prius V, which was rated at 42 combined miles per gallon, 44 city and 40 highway. The Ford? 47 mpg across the ...

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    Report: Iran now has its first-ever electric vehicle
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    Soon after eliminating tariffs on the import of and electric vehicles and many hybrids, Iran has reportedly imported its first electric car to the country. According to Homayoun Haeri, managing director of Iran Power Generation Transmission & Distribution Management Company, the unspecified ...

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    Official: Minnesota scores first-in-US statewide EV charging discount rate
    Filling up your battery in off-peak hours will now be cheaper, by law 1402674960

    The Land of 10,000 Lakes is now No. 1 when it comes to cutting electric-vehicle recharging rates. Minnesota has become the first state in the union to require investor-owned utilities to offer consumers discounted rates for EV charging during off-peak hours. You betcha. More than 1.3 million ...

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    Official: SuperTruck program claws out huge fuel efficiency gains for semi trucks
    10.7 MPG doesn't sound like a lot, but 5.8 MPG used to be standard 1402496040

    Think 10 miles per gallon, and your mind may harken back to muscle cars along the line of the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. Apply that figure to a semi-truck, though, and we're talking actual fuel-efficiency gains. That's what the four-year-old SuperTruck program shot for, and two of its ...

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    Official: First-ever offer from EPA to tribes for cleaner diesel vehicles
    US government handing out $1 million to improve air quality 1402412400

    Everyone deserves clean air, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has never directly offered diesel emission reduction program assistance to tribal (aka Native American) entities before. This is what makes a new announcement from the EPA about a million dollars targeted at reducing ...

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    Study: Doing nothing on climate change could cost auto industry millions
    Business Forward says new EPA rules will add just $7 to cost of new car 1402351260

    When it comes to climate change, the auto industry will be better served by working with the energy industry on cleaner energy plants than dealing with more and more severe weather incidents in the future. That's the finding of a new study by Business Forward, which says that supporting the EPA's ...

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    Read This: Tucson hydrogen fuel cell CUV will allow Hyundai to sell more dirty cars
    Each H2 vehicle could be worth $130,000 in ZEV credits 1401926280

    With the first Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle deliveries happening soon (a bit later than expected), it's time for the Korean automaker to explain why it's offering the H2 CUV here in the states. After all, there are only 10 public hydrogen stations in the US today, according to the DOE, so it ...

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    Report: Japan's government gives hydrogen vehicles a big boost
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    The Japanese government is really paving the way for hydrogen fuel cell technology on its roads. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry is changing regulations on fuel tanks to make hydrogen cars more appealing to drivers, which should help put the country ahead of others in the race to ...

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    Official: California state senate says Charge Ahead for more EVs
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    When it comes to pro-electric vehicle mandates, California is headed into summer with a full head of steam. Or at least battery power. The Golden State continues to take steps to ensure the pieces are in place for aggressive adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by its residents during the ...

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    This map shows where Tesla can and can't sell cars
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    The fine folks at Mojo Motors recently put together a US map showing where the Tesla Model S electric vehicles can and can't be legally sold. They marked the "legal" states in blue, "illegal" states in red and "in legislation" states in that proverbial gray area. And darn if that colorful map ...

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    Official: EPA proposes new rules to make US power plants 30 percent cleaner by 2030
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    A year ago, President Obama put the electricity industry on notice and said that he would implement some sort of limits on carbon emissions. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposed rule for cleaner electricity generating plants and it would go a long way towards making the ...

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    Official: California, 7 other states ready for 3.3 million EVs by 2025
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    Spinal Tap waxed poetic about the value of turning things up to 11. So it's a good thing that that's the number of steps a coterie of eight states (led by California) will take to reach a goal of having 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on their roads by 2025. Now let's rock. The ...

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    Report: China about to unleash massive anti-clunker policy
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    Some of the world's most notoriously smoggy cities are hoping for relief in a new plan taking aim at what's coming out of their tailpipes. In response to serious air pollution problems and an attempt to meet emissions standards, China plans to decommission more than 5 million aging vehicles by ...

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