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    Recharge Wrap-up: BMW i3 goes against Mercedes B-Class ED, Tesla good for business
    EVs Get Cleaner; Zipcar In Paris; MIT's Nav System Eases Congestion 1410964140

    Car and Driver has published a comparison test pitting the 2014 BMW i3 against the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive. The test not only measured the quality of the driving experience, but also all the quantitative details that are especially important when looking at electric vehicles. ...

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    Official: GreenTech Auto restarting production later this year
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    Will the rubber really hit the road for GreenTech Automotive (GTA) this year? The company said "yes" last week after announcing that it finished building its factory in Tunica, MS. With that done, the company's low-speed neighborhood-electric vehicles (NEV) will start production by the end of ...

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    Report: Nissan not shuttering Leaf EV battery plants, at least not yet
    But A Switch To LG Chem May Be Under Discussion 1410818280

    The big news on the electric vehicle front today is that Nissan is considering slowing down EV battery production in the US and UK and source all of Nissan's big packs come from Japan. Nissan may also buy some batteries from the Korean company LG Chem. This is apparently causing dissent within ...

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    Report: Nevada's $1.2 billion deal for Tesla Gigafactory lets EV company sell direct
    Movie Tax Breaks, Insurance Companies Losing Out 1410564600

    Now that the Nevada deal for the Tesla Motors Gigafactory has the governor's signature, we've got more details on the automaker's $1.2-billion benefits package. As originally reported, this is the broad breakdown: $725 million for a 20-year 100 percent sales tax abatement $332 million for a ...

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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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    Official: Renault, Bollore get together for new EV, Bluecar production, carsharing
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    The Bollore Bluecar has a deep connection to Pininfarina. The Italian design house and coachbuilder helped Bollore create the B0 (the concept that led to the Bluecar) and has built all of the Bluecars to date. Starting in the second half of 2015, though, Renault is going to take over production ...

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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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    Study: Will the Tesla Gigafactory be too big?
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    With pro football season about to begin, we thought it appropriate to use a gridiron metaphor: one research firm is estimating that Tesla Motors will outkick its coverage when it comes to the Gigafactory it's planning for the western US, likely Reno, NV. The electric-vehicle maker has said needs ...

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    Report: Tesla will build first Gigafactory in Nevada
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    After months of guessing, the location of the first massive Tesla battery plant should be announced around 24 hours from now. A joint press conference has been called by Tesla and the Nevada Governor's office for tomorrow afternoon and the subject is likely to be that the so-called Gigafactory ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Jaguar Land Rover talks EVs, Batteries should be modular
    Thailand To Approve VW Plant; Sky Deutschland To Broadcast Formula E 1409761800

    A new study out of Germany suggests adopting a modular approach to battery offerings in plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles. Automakers could offer the same car with different battery sizes (and different costs, accordingly) to drivers depending on their driving ranges. This would ...

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    Official: Budget watchdog warns Tesla Gigafactory fight could be 'race to the bottom'
    Massive Tax Breaks Could Be Used For Something Other Than Corporate Benefits 1409698500

    How desperate are the states in the US Southwest for a Tesla Gigafactory? Maybe a little too desperate, according to the California Budget Project. CBP says that the five states that are vying for the new big battery plant from Tesla and Panasonic are really in a "a race to the bottom from which ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota allowed to inspect own hydrogen tanks, Telsa tour reveals expansion
    Mahindra Reva e2o Gets Premium Variant 1409681640

    Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Ministry has certified Toyota to self-inspect its high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The approval allows more freedom in production timing, as outside inspectors previously had to be on site during the manufacture of hydrogen tanks for vehicle prototypes. Toyota ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: LG Innotek creates rare earth-free DCT motor, BYD reports increased EV sales
    US, Chilean Navies Move To Alternative Fuels; CA Funds EV Charging Expansion 1409321700

    The US and Chilean navies have agreed to work together to develop alternative fuels for ships and aircraft. As a move toward better energy security, the two countries want to develop "drop-in alternative fuels," namely biofuels, to reduce dependence on foreign oil and ensure a reliable supply and ...

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    Report: New Fisker Karma spare parts coming soon
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    It's easy to fall in love with the Fisker Karma based on looks alone. Figure in the luxury interior, electric drivetrain, and the convenience of the extended range, and it's hard to fault anyone who took the plunge and plunked down their hard-earned dollars for this swank green machine. Things go ...

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    Recharge Wrap-Up: Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus, SiC could make Tesla Model S $6,000 cheaper
    US And EU Considering Lowering Biofuel Targets; GM Brings Bikesharing To Tech Center 1409169360

    Volvo is officially introducing its 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany next month. The coach bus reduces carbon emissions by up to 75 percent, and does its part to reduce noise pollution as well. It uses 60 percent less energy than comparable diesel buses. In ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Audi to get LG batteries, EU considers change to emissions program
    Dutch King To Visit New Ethanol Plant In Iowa; Dundee, Scotland Hopes To Add EVs To Car Club 1409003700

    LG Chem says it has won a bid to supply batteries for Audi. LG says the deal, worth "hundreds of millions of dollars," has them providing batteries for plug-in hybrid and micro hybrid electric vehicles. The group says it also expects to be picked for battery deals for Volkswagen Group in the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-Up: Tesla gets positive analysis from Credit Suisse, iPhone key for Model S
    CarCharging Remotely Reduces Residential Amperage; Ford Halts Some C-Max And Focus Sales; EPA's Clean Air Act Shows Results 1408748400

    Credit Suisse analysts are bullish on Tesla. The group gives the electric car company's stock an "outperform" rating with a target price of $325. For its continued success, Credit Suisse cites the vehicles' superior technology, in turn offering more torque, roominess and reliability. Says analyst ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: New and old Audis get greener, as does US electricity
    Sustainable Firm To Design New Toyota HQ 1408651320

    Audi has made environmental improvements to the its TT while boosting performance. The new TT sees an 11-percent reduction in emissions, and up to 14 percent more power. Audi says that each TT will save around 5.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifecycle. Additionally, the TT's ...

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