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    Recharge Wrap-up: VW Golf TDI wins green car award, DC buses might go electric
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    The 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI has won the award for 2014 Northwest Green Car or the Year. The distinction comes from the Northwest Automotive Press Association during its Drive Revolution event in Portland. Co-chairman of the event, Jeff Zurschmeide, says, "Volkswagen has led the diesel passenger ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: LG to power 200-mile EV, Formula E Buenos Aires track revealed
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    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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    Report: Brazilian experts call anti-ethanol study "misleading"
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    Arguing over the pros and cons of using ethanol as a transportation fuel isn't just an American thing. The Brazilians are going at it, too. We will translate. A recent report from Nature Geoscience suggested that using more ethanol in light-duty vehicle transportation increases local smog ...

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    Report: Brazil tests suggest more ethanol means more local smog
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    One recent report from Nature Geoscience will have ethanol advocates convinced that Big Oil's political influence goes far beyond the reach of US borders. That publication, according to Nebraska's Grand Island Independent, says that greater use of ethanol as a light-duty vehicle fuel actually ...

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    Report: Bogota citizens give up automobiles in first ever Car Free Week
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    That bike-friendly city of Bogota finally came to the conclusion that two wheels are worth seven days, not just one. The Colombian capital, which has been hosting car-free days regularly since 2000, expanded the idea and held its first-ever car-free week earlier this month, Treehugger says. ...

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    Report: Biodiesel Toyota Land Cruiser 200 ready for Dakar 2014
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    A Toyota subsidiary is preparing to enter a Toyota Land Cruiser for a very long off-road ride while emitting 60 percent less carbon dioxide than its regular diesel competitors. Toyota Auto Body Co. has enrolled a team into the 2014 Dakar Rally that will race a biodiesel-fueled Land Cruiser 200 ...

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    Report: BYD launching Qin PHEV in South America in 2014
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    Chinese automaker BYD is preparing to launch its second-generation Qin plug-in electric hybrid in Costa Rica next year. No details have been released yet on launch date, pricing, warranty or amenities. Sales will commence in Central and South America through what BYD describes as the region's ...

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    Report: Costa Rica could get into EV manufacturing with CambYoCar
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    Well, they've got plenty of balsa wood, so that's a start. Costa Rica-based inventor Jesse Blenn is spreading the word of what he says will be the first car designed and built in the country, and it will have an electrified powertrain of some sort, the Tico Times reports. CambYoCar, the ...

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    Report: Barbados ready to add more EVs to help island economy
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    The entire country has about as many electric vehicles as a typical San Francisco co-op, but Barbados has to start somewhere. The Caribbean island nation is home to about 280,000 people and has a most famous export in Rihanna and now it is sounding the horn for more electric vehicles as a way to ...

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    Official: VIA Motors readies production in Mexico, crash tests PHEV van
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    Well at least it wasn't the governor of San Luis Potosi, Mexico who was crash-testing a Via Motors extended-range plug-in hybrid truck. Because that would've been weird. This week, Via opened its first-ever production assembly line – located in that central Mexican state – and ...

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    Report: Tesla confirms Model S driver in Mexico fire unhurt, 'does everything right' in a crisis
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    Any readers who were not sure that the white car in the video we posted yesterday of the crash and fire in Mexico was, indeed, a Tesla Model S, rest assured that it was. Bloomberg got an official statement from the California-based automaker that not only confirms the vehicle status but also that ...

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    Official: Ethanol-heavy Brazil ready to shift focus to electric vehicles
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    Given that Brazilian regulators are scaling back the amount of ethanol in the country's fuel supply, the country is likely to see a substantial jump in its plug-in vehicle adoption during the next few years, according to UK-based research firm Frost & Sullivan. The firm believes Brazilians ...

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    Official: 45 BYD e6 EVs make up South America's largest all-electric taxi service
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    BYD can now lay claim to producing South America's largest all-electric taxi fleet. The China-based automaker said 45 BYD e6 EVs have been put into taxi service in Bogota, Colombia. The crossover EVs are part of a pilot project geared to boost green-car adoption in Colombia and are said to have a ...

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    Report: BioMotion Alux concept unveiled in Mexico [w/video]
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    We don't know if or when the BioMotion Alux electric-vehicle concept will see the light of day or, if it does, how much it will cost or how far it will be able to go on a single charge. But we do know it looks pretty good. BioMotion beat out about 100 other entrants in an EV concept car contest ...

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    Official: Rio de Janeiro, Renault-Nissan will try to accelerate EV production in Brazil
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    Government officials in Rio de Janeiro will work with sister companies Renault and Nissan to accelerate the process of getting electric vehicles built in Brazil. A new memorandum of understanding between the organizations also includes Petrobras Distribuidora, Light, Ampla and Rio ...

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    Official: Honda gets "Zero Net Energy" Smart Home in CA, goes for wind power in Brazil
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    Honda is broadening its green credentials on two continents, building a trial "smart home" in Northern California and embracing wind-power for its Brazil factory. The Japanese automaker this year will build a home at University of California, Davis, that, among other things, will be powered by ...

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    Official: BYD will supply 46 EVs to Bogota taxi fleet
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    Chinese automaker BYD will soon be running a fleet of 49 electric vehicles as emissions-free taxis in the capital of Colombia. BYD will supply 46 of its e6 EVs to Bogota for what will be the first all-electric taxi fleet in South America. Three more e6 EVs will be provided for Colceincias, ...

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    Official: BYD buses win MPGe tests in Colombia
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    The energy efficiency of electric buses from BYD didn't get lost in translation, apparently. The Chinese company entered its all-electric buses in a fuel-efficiency testing program put on in Colombia by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and InterAmerican Development Bank (IABD), and the buses ...

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    Motorsports: Formula E to turn racing into team sport, secures Rio as first official host
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    If you've been yearning for some electric road-racing action of the four-wheeled variety, rest assured, plans for the FIA Formula E Championship are firming up and moving forward. In fact, Rio de Janeiro has just officially signed up to host one of the events in 2014, possibly near Gloria ...

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    Report: Renault eyes Eastern Europe, South America for Twizy EV
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    Little car, big plans. Renault is looking to expand distribution of its Twizy electric vehicle to countries such as Turkey, Israel, Japan and Singapore as well as South America after selling about 6,500 vehicles throughout Europe. This news comes courtesy of Technologic Vehicles, which cited an ...

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