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    Recharge Wrap-up: EVSR returns to Mt. Washington, China Mulls $16 Billion For EV Charging
    Foxconn And BAIC Start EV Rental Service; BMW Innovations campaign launches 1409255820

    Foxconn and electric carmaker BAIC are partnering to provide an electric car rental service in China. Slated to kick off next month in Beijing, Hangzhou and Jiangsu province, the company, called Henyu, will offer the EV rentals by the hour. Henyu hopes to offer 5,000, to 10,000 electric rental ...

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    Exclusive: Refuel 2014: the best way to spend a summer's day in California
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    What's the best way to spend a summer day in California? If you're an electric vehicle enthusiast, there can only be one answer: the annual Refuel event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the second year I've been fortunate enough to attend – thanks to an invitation from Speed Ventures, ...

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    Motorsports: China Racing signs Piquet, Tung for Formula E
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    With the first dress rehearsal now complete and the inaugural race in Beijing now just a few weeks away, the last few seats are filling up fast for the FIA Formula E Championship as the China Racing team has announced its driver lineup. Driving for the Chinese team will be Nelson Piquet, Jr. and ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Finishes AXCR, Nissan Leafs drive 528 million collective miles
    Pro Golfer Wins BMW i3; Electric Luxury Cars On The Rise; Uber Hires Former Obama Campaign Manager 1408543320

    The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has successfully completed the Asia Cross Country Rally 2014. The plug-in Mitsu finished first in the EV class, and 14th overall, clocking in at 19 hours, 17 minutes and 12 seconds. For its second year in the competition, the Outlander PHEV used a new suspension with ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Venturi to break electric world record, app shows where bike lanes are needed
    Roger Penske, Rick Hendrick Among First BMW i8 Customers; Uber Ban Lifted In Berlin 1408461240

    Electric automaker Venturi hopes to post a new electric land speed record this week, despite Bonneville Speed Week being cancelled. The VBB-3, developed with Ohio State University, is powered by two 1,500-hp electric motors. If the salt flats are sufficiently dry, the team hopes to set a new ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: DOE's $55M in clean car funding; Volt, Fisker leader Posawatz to INRIX
    Charge Ahead California Continues Forward; Formula E Finds Another TV Outlet 1408382160

    The US Department of Energy is investing over $55 million in 31 projects for more efficient vehicles. 19 of the projects seek to help achieve the goals of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, by making plug-in hybrids as affordable as gasoline cars by 2022. 12 projects are aimed at making passenger ...

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    Video: Smart ED ready for high-horsepower Mustang on city drag strip
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    Hey, all you fans of the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, where will you ever use that 204 mile per hour top speed? Probably not in very many places, and Smart would kindly like to remind you that, "Top speed means nothing in the city." That's the tagline for a new ad for the all-electric Smart ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: U of M wins Solar Challenge, family attempts record-breaking e-bike ride
    Zap Readies Expanded EV Production; EcoCar3 Kicks Off In September 1408046280

    The University of Michigan Solar Car Team has won the 2014 American Solar Challenge. It is the team's eighth national championship, its fifth in a row, and its first using Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software. The race took place over 1,722 miles and seven days traveling across ...

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    Video: Formula E holds full-scale simulation EV race at Donington
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    It's coming down to the line. After months if not years of preparation, the inaugural Formula E championship will kick off in just over a month from now with the world's first all-electric formula race in Beijing. But before the series can get there, it needs to practice. The teams participating ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Formula E car swap video, Lyft adds carpooling, new Tesla book
    California Ports Test Electric Trucks; Global CNG, LPG Forecasts 1407527760

    Curious to see how the Formula E car swap goes down? During each hour-long race (or ePrix, as the series calls them), drivers have to make a pit stop to switch cars as the battery runs down. Of course, they want to do it as quickly as possible. It's kind of a tricky dance extricating oneself from ...

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    Motorsports: Refuel 2014: Shane Turpin sets SportElectric TT record aboard Brammo Empulse RR [w/video]
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    The faded blue eyes of the corner worker lit up and his tanned face, furrows plowed deep by the California sun, cracked a bemused smile as the Brammo Empulse RR, like a yanagi blade taking a sliver of sashimi from a fresh fillet, smoothly sliced its way through the corkscrew. Minutes earlier, I'd ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Control Tesla Model S from your wrist, NASCAR's E15 milestone
    More Toyota Hybrid Battery Production; Pennsylvania Keeps Incentives 1406570160

    Tesla Model S owners can now control their car with Android Wear. A new, free app for the Android wrist devices, called Tesla Command, allows the user to control car functions such as the locks, horn, and sunroof from outside the vehicle. The developer promises more features are coming soon. ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: EV torque secrets, UC Davis maps future of biofuels
    New Street-Legal Polaris Utility EV; Formula E Is Free At Long Beach 1406312100

    A UC Davis white paper maps out "Three Routes Forward for Biofuels," balancing investment risk with carbon benefits. The first option is "incremental," in which we tinker with the existing biofuel manufacturing infrastructure for small improvements over time. The "transitional" plan suggests ...

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    Video: How fast can a Formula E racer go? This fast
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    Formula E completed its first testing session at the Donington Park circuit, where the electric racing series' headquarters are located. Lucas di Grassi, driving for Audi Sport Abt, was kind enough to attach a GoPro video camera to his helmet to give us a pilot's-eye view of what its like to ...

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    Motorsports: Jay Penske's Dragon Racing signs Jérôme d'Ambrosio for Formula E
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    When it comes to open-wheel racing, there are few names as big as Penske. But while Roger may not be fielding a team in the new Formula E championship, his son Jay is. The media mogul runs his own Dragon Racing team in the IndyCar Series, and will be competing in the electric racing series this ...

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    Official: Schaeffler Step2 Asks: To gear or not to gear an electric vehicle?
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    German manufacturing company Schaeffler ran its own Step2 electric car in the Silvretta E-Car Rally in Austria. The car is a Volkswagen Golf, stripped of its internal combustion guts and equipped with an electric powertrain supplied by one of Schaeffler's subsidiaries. The thing that makes the ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: LG to power 200-mile EV, Formula E Buenos Aires track revealed
    Volvo, ABB Fast-Charging Buses; Brazilian Ethanol Gets Corny 1405979820

    Formula E has revealed the circuit layout for the Buenos Aires ePrix, which will take place on January 10, 2015. The 1.5-mile track designed by Santiago Garcia Remohi features 12 turns of varying speeds. Bruno Senna, driver for Mahindra Racing, says, "Looking at the track, you have to say it's ...

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    Motorsports: Refuel 2014: Rattlesnake Electric Sport aim carbon fiber arrow at overall electric record
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    "I think we could do something, although I tend to show not tell." That was the demure response Rattlesnake Electric Sport principal Richard Hilleman sent us after we inquired as to whether he wanted to discuss his latest kart and his desire to set the overall electric lap record at Mazda ...

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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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    Recharge Wrap-up: Nissan "religious" about zero-emissions, Tesla crashes at dealership, Formula E on-board video
    Special edition Audi A7 TDI announced 1405524540

    Nissan is pretty darn serious about being king of the EV industry. Just see what Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer has to say at the launch of the e-NV200: "When it comes to zero emissions, we're absolutely religious. We'll be the absolute, No. 1 leader in zero emissions. No doubt. That's our ...

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