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    Official: US households spent average of $2,600 on gas last year
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    The good news, for the domestic fossil fuel types, is that US oil production went up. The better news is that more people bought hybrids, plug-ins and high-fuel-economy vehicles, theoretically cutting their gasoline purchases as a result. And yet there remains some bad news for the domestic ...

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    Official: Peugeot HYbrid Air for Paris 2014
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    Peugeot is preparing to show off what it has been working on for when the auto show circuit returns to its own backyard with the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show. The French automaker has been developing ways to be happily compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standards. Things we'll see coming from ...

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    Official: Elio getting closer to building actual 84-mpg cars
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    Elio Motors is taking its green-is-good mentality to its factory equipment. The company, which is planning to make super-light three-wheeled vehicles that get 84 miles per gallon, will finally start making trikes next year. The plan is to sell off extra equipment from an old General Motors ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: E15 could help smog woes, MPG average at all-time high
    Formula E To Hold Motor Shows; USABC Awards New Battery Contract 1409925480

    A new study shows that using an E15 blend instead of regular gasoline would reduce smog in Chicago. Increasing the availability of the 15-percent ethanol blend could help reduce carcinogenic air pollution and improve air quality, particularly on the city's South Side. The study found that E15 ...

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    Electric Terry dominates Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge
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    The Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges are events in which participants try to cover a large amount of distance using the least amount of money for fuel. The latest involved a 172-mile trip through the hills and highways of Northern Utah and was won, nay, dominated by Terry Hershner aboard his ...

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    Report: Renault 141-mpg concept car coming to Paris. For real this time
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    Summer is winding down and, in the automotive industry, that means the auto show season is about to ramp up. The Paris Motor Show is just over a month away, and we're starting to get hints about what Renault is going to bring: a hyper-efficient concept vehicle. Autocar is reporting that an ...

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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: Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner
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    For the most part, plug-in hybrids rely on the power stored in the battery until that charge is depleted. Unless the switch can be changed manually, it's only then that the cars fire up the internal combustion engine and begin using the fossil fuels on board. This is ideal, of course, when one's ...

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    Official: Consumer Reports says Ram 1500 tops fuel economy fight [w/video]
    Toyota Highlander Hybrid Knocks Out Midsize SUV Competition 1409148900

    Consumer Reports takes its independent vehicle testing procedures seriously. In an era when we have to question the EPA's official ratings thanks to recent re-evaluations from Ford and Hyundai, an independent voice is important. So, when CR says something is the best, it's worth paying attention ...

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    Report: Are the EPA's MPGe ratings hurting EV sales?
    Confusion May Reign 1409054400

    Plug-in vehicle makers are losing out on sales dollars because the mileage ratings don't make a lot of sense. That's what one Venture Beat writer says after buying a Toyota Prius Plug-in and trying to apply the miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) standard to real-world results. In short, it's ...

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    Official: Audi says new 48 volt micro-hybrid system improves fuel economy, paves way for electrification
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    Most cars use a 12-volt system to power their electrical components. But, with more and more electric bits and bobs being added to new vehicles, a dozen volts is looking a bit weak these days. In fact, Audi says that standard 12-volt systems are being stretched "to their very limits." Enter 48 ...

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    Report: EU getting serious about on-road emissions tests
    Lab Results Not Accurate, Everyone Admits 1408881000

    Testing vehicle emissions in the laboratory is a way to guarantee identical procedures, but it doesn't exactly mimic the results from an on-the-road drive. Ford, for example, famously had a problem with dynamometer testing in the Total Road Load Horsepower (TRLHP) calculations for the C-Max ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Ford HQ gets giant solar array, Chevy City Express gets 24 MPG city
    University Of Wisconsin Engineers Blend Diesel And Gas For Improved Efficiency; Southeast Alternative Fuel Conference 1408190400

    Ford will be building Michigan's largest solar array at its Dearborn headquarters. With funding from DTE Energy, the solar carport will provide covered parking, as well 30 charging stations for electric vehicles. The array is expected to generate 1.13 million kWh per year for Ford's operations, ...

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    Video: Pump: The Movie, wants to crush America's addiction to oil
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    if you've ever felt like going to the gas station was in some ways similar to a junkie visiting a dealer, we've got the movie for you. Pump: The Movie is coming to theaters next month and it looks like it's going to put the addiction to oil message front and center. We like the movie's ...

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    Official: Public in favor of higher truck fuel efficiency standards
    But 26 Percent Say They're Against Cleaner Trucks 1407930900

    Yes, the most recent poll results from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) were about as predictable as asking Americans whether they wanted more sunlight or to lose a few pounds. Indeed, when one asks John Q. Public whether he's in favor of better fuel economy for semi trucks, well, the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Ford 1.0L EcoBoost a hit in Europe; Build a tiny inverter, win $1 million
    Remanufacturing Is Best Bet For Old Batteries 1407787020

    In Europe, Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is the best-selling turbocharged gasoline engine. The three-cylinder motor powers 20 percent of new Fords sold in Europe. Earlier this year, it won its third International Engine of the Year award, and between January and June, it was sold in about ...

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    Report: Ram exec: first 30-mpg pickup truck will 'win'
    Company's Best Today Gets 28 1407450600

    It is totally possible, today, to take the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck, load it up with gear and people, and drive it from Texas to Michigan while getting 38 miles per gallon. We know because we did it. Officially, though, the 1500 gets just 20 mpg combined. A more impressive number is the 28 ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla seeks Gigafactory architect, Uber hails carpools
    Audi A3 E-Tron On Sale In Germany; Tesla Names First Female Board Member 1407419820

    Tesla is looking for an architect to help design its proposed Gigafactory battery manufacturing facility. According to the Palo Alto-based job listing, which is titled "Architect - Gigafactory," the applicant must have, among other qualifications, over five years of experience with "high-tech ...

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    Study: Worldwide gasoline demand going to drop after 2021
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    Even as electric vehicles gain in popularity, we're told again and again that internal combustion engines aren't going away. While that may be true, it would still be nice to kick our addiction to gasoline. Pollution, international turmoil and energy insecurity are getting a bit tiresome. It's ...

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    Official: EV Explorer lets you discover your plug-in commuting costs
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    Shopping for cars is exciting, but daunting, especially when trying to calculate cost of ownership. And if you commute to work, you want to know what you'll be spending to get there and back. If you want to compare electric cars to gasoline-powered options, this can all get pretty confusing. ...

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