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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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    By The Numbers: July 2014: Summertime blues edition
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    Heaven help the analyst trying to get a handle on year-over-year green-car sales numbers, because there is little rhyme or reason to them. Just when one would think the usual summertime bump in gas prices may spur more Americans to buy hybrids, plug-ins or diesels, the industry turns in another ...

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    Official: 84-MPG Elio Motors trike preorders get limited-time 50 percent bonus
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    For prospective buyers of Elio Motors' super-fuel-efficient vehicle set to debut next year, one day may cost you $250. For a car that costs $6,800, that's a decent chunk. You've been warned. For a limited time, Elio Motors will match half of a customers' non-refundable reservation fee for its ...

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    Official: AAA finds stop-start could save you $179 a year
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    That silence you hear? It's a month's worth of payments on the family car-insurance plan not being spent on an idling engine. That's one way to look at new numbers out from the AAA that say stop-start engine technology will save drivers a solid chunk of change in the form of lower refueling ...

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    Recharge Wrap-Up: No new Smart Roadster, Africa to UK on one tank, Duke's efficient axial engine [w/videos]
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    Smart will not make another generation of the Roadster, but a Smart SUV might be in the cards. According to Smart's CEO, Annette Winkler, "The Roadster isn't a profitable business case. Everybody is keen on the car, but nobody wants to pay the bill." What Car? states that Smart is likely planning ...

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    Official: US diesel vehicle sales are up 25% this year
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    Going against popular perception, diesel vehicles are showing some pretty good pickup. The context, of course, is US sales of oil-burners. And those sales are on the rise as more Americans look to cut refueling costs via more fuel-efficient vehicles. US clean-diesel sales through June have ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Google Street View maps gas leaks, Rolls-Royce helps kids build electric racer
    Groups call for MPG clarity in advertising 1405634520

    Google Street View is looking for gas leaks. Natural gas leaks are not only extremely dangerous, they're a terrible waste of resources and, as a greenhouse gas, a threat to the environment. Unfortunately, with the decaying infrastructure in many of America's older cities, they're pretty common, ...

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    Official: EPA ready to go virtual with ANSYS to create cleaner engines
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    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is turning to a company whose home base is as old-school Rust Belt as one can get, but the company's specialty's undeniably new-school technology. The EPA has struck a deal with Pittsburgh-based ANSYS to model simulations of internal combustion engines. ...

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