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    Study: OPEC isn't too worried about EVs
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    OPEC writes that "pure plug-in electric cars are unlikely to gain a significant market share in the foreseeable future." Do you notice those thin pink and salmon-colored lines representing plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles up in that chart up there? Yeah, it took us a while to spot them, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Local Motors begins 3D printing Strati car, global liquid fuel use to increase 38% by 2040
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    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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    Recharge Wrap-up: Minnesota first to require biodiesel, maglev in Israel, Toyota FCV in Aspen
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    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: 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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    Report: New Iranian law could boost EVs, hybrids
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    A change in Iranian trade law could help promote the sale of hybrid and electric vehicles. EVs and hybrids with engines 2.5-liters or smaller are no longer subject to import tariffs, reports the Tehran Times. Iran intends to completely eliminate car import tariffs within two years, according to ...

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    Official: Qatar University women's team wins Hybrid-Electric Challenge in Abu Dhabi [w/video]
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    An energized student team from Qatar University has won the first-ever TAQA GCC Hybrid-Electric Challenge, which was held in Abu Dhabi late last month. And, as race organizers took pains to point out, it was an all-female team that claimed the top spot. The squad, called Team Gernas 114, ...

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    Report: Iran starts National Hybrid Car Project to hybridize Runna
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    Iran is getting ready to follow China's moves and try to reduce air pollution by bringing in more alterantive powertrain vehicles. As Iran's largest automaker, Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) will contribute to that goal by introducing the Runna plug-in hybrid car. Iran Khodro Powertrain Co. (IPCO) ...

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    Official: Vets group says EPA should stand up to Big Oil, stand up for US military
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    Hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for the US Environmental Protection Agency to issue its final ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Over 110,000 signatures were collected by the group VoteVets.org (often politically active on energy issues), which delivered its petition with ...

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    Official: Renault moves all Fluence Z.E. production to Korea
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    Carlos Ghosn sort of hinted that this day would come. And the Better Place bankruptcy didn't help either. For a variety of reasons, Renault has stopped making the Fluence Z.E. in Turkey. The car is still alive, but it's no longer Renault's flagship EV sedan. Renault's Maya Vautier told ...

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    Looking back on the Arab Oil Embargo, 40 years ago this week
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    Well before the start of AutoblogGreen, well before there were blogs, before even the first production hybrid vehicle, there was the Arab Oil Embargo. It happened 40 years ago this week, which means now is as good a time as any to take a look back at a time when getting gas in the US was a ...

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    Exclusive: Yet another Better Place sale falls through; Iceland's NLE ready to buy
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    It is apparently quite a hassle to buy the remains of Better Place. The last potential buyer, EV Net Group, missed a payment deadline at the end of September, leading a judge to void the purchase. The buyers were supposed to pay NIS 1.8 million (US$505,000), which was 20 percent of the total ...

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    Report: 'Captain Sunshine' not going to buy Better Place after all
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    Solar pioneer "Captain Sunshine," aka Yosef Abramowitz, has failed in his bid to take over bankrupt company Better Place, which specializes in electric vehicle charging and battery swaps. Abramowitz, who built Israel's first commercial solar field about two years ago, failed to make a monthly ...

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    Report: Israel's 'Captain Sunshine' interested in buying Better Place
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    The man known to some in Israel as "Captain Sunshine" may bring bankrupt battery-swapping firm Better Place out of the dark by potentially buying the company's assets, the Jerusalem Post reports. Yosef Abramowitz, who built Israel's first commercial solar field about two years ago, is in talks ...

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    Report: Phinergy aluminum air battery good for 1,000-mile range
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    Driving from Los Angeles to Seattle in an EV that merely requires a few sips of water along the way? Fantastic, sure, but that's pretty much what Israel-based Phinergy is promising with its "aluminum-air" battery, according to a Bloomberg News video. Phinergy is testing out a retrofitted Citroen ...

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    Read This: How Big Oil gets bigger: over $620 Billion spent on subsidies for fossil fuel in 2011
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    We're being duped by Big Oil. The worse part is that governments around the world are working tirelessly to make sure the game is rigged in their favor. That's what Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, is saying, and he has the numbers to back the statement up. Estimates from ...

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    Report: Better Place founder Shai Agassi still believes in swappable-batteries, subscription miles
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    Shai Agassi's faith remains strong. The Better Place founder, who was removed as the company's CEO in October, still believes that a company that powers electric vehicles with swappable batteries and a subscription-based revenue model can be successful ... if operated properly. While declining ...

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    Official: Better Place swaps US, Australia operations for a focus on Israel, Denmark
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    Better Place, the electric-vehicle battery-swapping technology developer, is swapping out its US and Australia operations to save cash and will focus its efforts on Denmark and Israel. The company, which had operated offices in California's Silicon Valley, referred to Denmark and Israel as "its ...

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    Report: Better Place looking to raise another $100 million by issuing company stock
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    Founder out, more cash in. That could be the synopsis for the past month of electric-vehicle battery-swapping network Better Place, which booted its founder and is now working on selling about $100 million in company equity by issuing company stock. Israel Corp., Better Place's biggest ...

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    Report: Better Place shake up: Shai Agassi out as CEO, Evan Thornley steps in
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    Rough starts and local criticism are nothing new in the green car start-up world, and it looks like Better Place is going through another all-too-familiar trope: CEO shake-up. Better Place's CEO, Shai Agassi, has been "removed" by the company's board of directors in a surprise act. The previous ...

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    Report: Better Place off to slow start in Israel market, says it's all part of the plan
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    Based on the early numbers, Better Place is having a tough time meetings its initial sales target in its primary market of Israel of 4,000 electric vehicles in the first year, but the official word is that the slow start is meeting expectations. How slow? Since selling the first vehicles in July ...

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