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    Recharge Wrap-up: Porsche adds third 919 Hybrid for Le Mans, Audi to heat factory with geothermal
    BMW i Invests In Zendrive; Chicago Petitions For E15 1417006440

    Porsche will be running a third 919 Hybrid LMP1 car in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The extra Porsche will race in the six-hour May 2 WEC race at Spa-Francorchamps as a lead-up to the legendary 24-hour race on June 13 and 14. Porsche hasn't announced the driver lineup for the ...

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    Official: Audi boosts A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid production to 50 a day
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    Should we try to translate "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" into German? Audi might force us to do that. That's because the German automaker has stepped up production of its new plug-in vehicle – the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid – which is never a bad thing. Audi was ...

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    Report: Is BMW ready to increase i8 production?
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    The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid is really fast. But the car is getting to customers really slowly. The German automaker might be doing something about that. Bimmer executive Ian Robertson, speaking with reports at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, commented on the high demand for the super-PHEV and ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla details factory expansion; Ford and SunPower raise money for Sierra Club
    Volkswagen Reports Environmental Program Is Doing Well; Beijing's EV Registration Lottery Flops; Dealer Protection Laws Hurt EV Adoption 1416495420

    Tesla has revealed the details of the upgrade of its Fremont, CA factory. One major change is the addition of a dedicated production space for the dual-motor P85D version of the Model S. Robots will be doing the battery installation on the Model S to save some time, and new export docks allow ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Daimler To Stop Battery Production At Li-Tec, House approves Keystone XL pipeline
    EIA Predicts More Ethanol Next Year, Shorter Oil Supply In Coming Years; EV Interface Controller now available 1416344280

    Andromeda Interfaces has launched its Electric Vehicle Interface Controller (EVIC), which displays and allows the user to visualize various vehicle systems. Users can monitor their EVs battery usage, motor controllers and vehicle charging. The EVIC gathers various data - voltage, cell ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S reduces colors with new options
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    The Tesla Model S is no longer a "green" car. Or brown, for that matter. Call it a case of streamlining. The California-based automaker will reduce the option choices for the Model S by reducing the number of variants and colors available on its only production vehicle. Elon Musk made the ...

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    Report: Hyundai, Kia want to improve fuel economy by 25 percent
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    Hyundai and sister company Kia are giving themselves a little bit of time to make up a lot of ground in the fight for better fuel economy. We wonder if a recent multi-million fine might have something to do with this public target. The connected South Korean companies are vowing to increase ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Indianapolis to switch 425 fleet vehicles to EVs, Chevy Corvette provides bat habitats
    Vehicle-To-Grid Could Mean Longer EV Range In US; LG Chem Breaks Ground In China 1415055600

    Indianapolis will deploy 425 battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as part of its municipal fleet by 2016. The fleet will include such cars as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Ford Fusion Energi. The city will also reduce its overall fleet by 100 vehicles. In all, the revised group - ...

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    Video: 2016 Chevy Volt powertrain video teasers
    Before We See The New Car, We Get To Look Inside 1414778340

    If there's one thing we've learned about plug-in vehicle fans, you have a thing for seeing your cars get made. The series of videos showing BMW i3 production was strangely popular, as were the shots from inside the VW e-Golf plant. Well, with General Motors pulling the veil off of the 2016 Chevy ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Detroit Electric teaser video, Nissan Leaf is Good Housekeeping "Tried and Tested"
    New Ethanol Plant Capable Of 25 Million Gallons Annually; Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Impala Runs On Garbage And Sewage 1413840540

    Detroit Electric has a new teaser video and has updated its brand in preparation of the introduction of the SP:01. The refreshed logo uses a blue and white color palette, and the company has also given its website a new look. The teaser video, which gives a sneak peek at the exterior of the ...

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    Report: Tesla talking to Slovakia about European EV plant
    California Automaker Will Only Say 'No Comment' 1413242880

    Ready for some far-flung Tesla news? How about a wild rumor out of Slovakia? You got it. The Slovak Spectator reports that Tesla might build a manufacturing plant there some day and is already in talks with the Economy Ministry and the Slovak Agency for Development of Investments and Trade. This ...

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    Report: Panasonic ready to start big investment in Tesla Gigafactory
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    To paraphrase Dr. Evil from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, why spend a trillion when you could spend ... billions? That's what Panasonic is saying about its investment in Tesla's gigafactory, though there's a catch. The billions are in Japanese yen. Yes, Panasonic will invest "tens ...

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    Report: BMW ready to bring more i3, i8 plug-ins to US
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    BMW has found a receptive audience for its first batches of plug-in vehicles in the good 'ole USA. The German automaker, which started selling its first mass-produced i plug-ins in Europe late last year, will send a higher percentage of those vehicles to the US because of strong demand here, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: VW exec predicts EVs with 375-mile range
    BMW Incentives Favor All-Electric i3 Over REx, Honda Revamps R&D After Fit Hybrid Recalls 1412802060

    Volkswagen says EV ranges over 300 miles aren't too far in the future. Plug-in hybrids are merely a bridge to all-electric mobility becoming more practical for people who need to travel longer distances, according to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen's head of powertrain development. Energy ...

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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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    Recharge Wrap-up: LA Auto Show may feature updated Cadillac ELR, Uber expands Chicago HQ
    Kentucky Man Builds Electric 1939 Dodge; Elon Musk Will Speak At Automotive News World Congress; Toyota Rav4 EV Production Ends 1412107200

    A Kentucky man has converted his 1939 Dodge pickup to an electric vehicle. Al Gajda of Lexington built the electric truck, which he now uses as his daily driver. "I take advantage of any excuse to drive it; just banging around town, errands, short runs on the interstate, delivering my ...

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    Report: California working to land second Tesla Gigafactory [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: The story's been updated to include a response from Tesla. California's film industry has long been big on sequels. Now, the state's government is hoping for a bit of a re-do when it comes to Tesla Motors' future battery production. Whether it happens and if it'll be a big-budget affair ...

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    Report: LG Chem's troubled Chevy Volt battery plant hiring once again
    After Paying People Not To Work, The Tide Has Turned 1411657020

    The Michigan battery plant known for paying its workers to do nothing has turned things around and is now hiring more workers, specifically to do something. South Korea-based LG Chem, which runs the factory to supply the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in vehicle with its lithium-ion ...

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    Report: Tesla could need another $6 billion to really change the auto landscape
    Goldman Sachs Analyst Fires Up Electric Crystal Ball 1411572540

    Telsa Motors has some big plans. The electric car company is building its $5-billion Gigafactory near Reno, NV to guarantee a steady supply of lower-cost batteries, has plans to release two new models and is even talking about providing home energy storage on a large scale. The California ...

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