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    Report: Bosch turns off light on money-losing solar power unit
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    Major automotive supplier Bosch is stepping out of the solar power business after having lost 2.4 billion euros (nearly $3.1 billion US) since starting up its solar energy subsidiary in 2008. Bosch will end its solar power panel production early next year, and put parts of this business unit up ...

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    Official: Honda, SolarCity will partner on solar-energy installments [w/video]
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    Add Honda to the list of companies that Elon Musk is partnering with. This time, though the CEO of Tesla Motors is not involving his electric car company, but instead the home solar-panel installation company SolarCity, chaired by Mr. Musk, which will work with the Japanese automaker to increase ...

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    Report: Indianapolis-area mall offers free charging at new "plug-in ecosystem"
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    Indianapolis-area plug-in vehicle owners looking to burn a bunch of dollars at the local mall can at least save a few by plugging into a solar-powered station at the Clay Terrace mall in Carmel, the New York Times reports. The Simon Property Group-owned center last week deployed what it calls ...

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    Official: VW starts up largest solar park at US auto factory in Chattanooga, TN
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    In December 2011, the Volkswagen plant near Chattanooga, TN was certified LEED Platinum. That's a difficult level to reach – as we described at the time – but the one billion dollars the company spent there fit snugly into the VW corporate storyline: we're going to make cleaner cars ...

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    Detroit: 1967 Toyota 2000GT Solar Electric Vehicle
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    Q may have packed James Bond's cars with plenty of killer tech (get it?), but the 1967 Toyota 2000GT you see above has got it's own bad boy secrets. Well, if bad boys like zero-emission electric vehicles. Weighing just 1,460 kilograms (3,218 pounds), this modified 2000GT is all-electric under ...

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    Adopt a panda, solar-charge your electric car. What could be cuter?
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    The San Diego Zoo is the site of a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station – designed to foster EV adoption and renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and assert San Diego as a clean energy leader. And, make the zoo a cleaner place for animals to live. Installation of ...

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    Should there be a fossil fuel moratorium? Some scientists say yes
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    Climate change was barely mentioned during October presidential debates, but that doesn't mean the public doesn't care. After all, climate change affected Hurricane Sandy, and that got some media coverage. Some analysts say climate change is just part of historic weather patterns that humans have ...

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    Two Wheels: Lightning Motorcycles uses solar power to set El Mirage speed record at 189 mph
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    Lightning Motorcycles is no stranger to setting land speed records. It laid down a 173.388 mile-per-hour marker for electric motorcycles in 2010 on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and then upped the ante significantly in 2011 with a 215.960 mph performance on that same crystalline stage. For 2012, ...

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    Official: Renault installs massive photovoltaic panels, enough to offset 1,500 gas cars
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    Now if only Renault could get all 15,000 of those people to buy those electric vehicles. The French automaker has set up what it says is the world's largest solar-panel system within the automotive industry by building about 100 acres worth of photovoltaic panels at six of its French ...

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    Report: How Romney and Obama differ on fossil fuels and the energy debate
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    Last week, Mitt Romney released a comprehensive energy plan. While taking a backseat to the economy and job creation, energy issues have been discussed regularly by presidential candidates Romney and Barack Obama, and their viewpoints diverge widely. In its online magazine, conservative think ...

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    Official: BMW's ActiveE gets all the greener with Green Mountain solar partnership
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    Most anyone who follows the plug-in vehicle scene is familiar with at least one electric-vehicle driver whose car is "powered by sunlight" because of a solar-panel power-supply system at home. If you don't know such a person, you can meet one. Or, with BMW and Green Mountain Energy, you can ...

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    Official: University of Michigan wins American Solar Challenge fourth time in a row
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    When you're within spitting distance of the Motor City, you've got to defend your turf. That's exactly what the University of Michigan's Solar Car Team did with its solar-powered vehicle last week when it won the 2012 American Solar Challenge – the fourth year in a row the team has taken ...

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    Video: George Shultz is an electric-car-driving, solar-panel-rockin' Reagan Republican
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    In the hyperbolic political atmosphere of America today, left-leaning liberals are seen as tofu-eating, Toyota Prius-driving communists, while right-leaning conservatives are depicted as gun-toting, pickup-driving patriots. Thankfully, the real world is a lot more diverse than those ...

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    Does the Toyota 2000GT SEV foretell an electric sports car? [w/video]
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    The totally awesome Toyota 2000GT SEV unveiled earlier this year was the result of what was called the "Crazy Car Project," undertaken by the Toyota Automobile Association. While no doubt some thought that converting the iconic car, of which only 353 examples were made, to run on solar power a ...

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    Rice University scientists devise spray-painted battery [w/video]
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    Talk about lightweighting. Rice University researchers have figured out a way to – wait for it – spray paint the components of a lithium-ion battery onto any hard surface, suggesting that someone looking to get a little rechargeable power can make like Earl Scheib. The mad scientists ...

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    Official: SolarWindow, technology for electricity-producing glass, advances
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    This could be way bigger than regenerative braking. A product that allows windows to use natural or artificial light to generate electricity got a little closer to commercialization after a Maryland-based company working with the U.S. Department of Energy found a way to lower the cost of ...

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    Official: GM's Orion Assembly goes solar with 350-kilowatt array
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    Nothing like a hot Michigan summer to power a few homes. General Motors is making good use of that sun by building a solar array on a two-acre plot of land next to its Orion factory, which is about 40 miles north of Detroit. GM is partnering with Detroit-based utility DTE Energy on the project, ...

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    Official: BMW gets sunny with ActiveE drivers, offers deal with Real Goods Solar
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    Think of them as hippies in yuppie clothing. That's the idea behind the deal BMW and solar-panel system installer Real Goods Solar is offering drivers of the German automaker's battery-electric ActiveE vehicles. BMW is working with the Louisville, CO-based solar-panel system installer to give ...

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    Report: Tesla, SolarCity working on solar-powered energy-storage systems
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    Tool around in a Tesla Roadster with the top down, and the sun can be a good friend. Now, Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk is finding an even better use for it. Musk, who's also chairman of home solar-panel installer SolarCity, is joining the technologies of the two companies to create ...

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    Video: Translogic chases the sun with Michigan's solar car team
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    No, that is not the world's most awesome Michigan Wolverines beer pong table. It's a million-dollar race car that's powered by the sun, and in the most recent episode of Translogic, our sister site visits the University of Michigan Solar Car Team to learn all about it. The Wolverines have been ...

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