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    Recharge Wrap-up: Car2go launches in Brooklyn, Green Fleet Car of the Year Award announced
    Renault Looks To Creat Smart Grid In France; Renault-Nissan Alliance To Source Batteries From Outside Suppliers 1411762500

    The Car2go carsharing service is starting operations in Brooklyn next month. Beginning October 25, the service will offer 400 Car2go edition Smart Fortwo vehicles for point-to-point travel. Members pay a one-time sign-up fee, and are charged by the amount of time the use the vehicle (fuel and ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Musk sees solar future, Uber sued for tips
    Bike Lanes Could Help Traffic Flow; Who Rides Public Transit? 1411419420

    Elon Musk and his cousin, Lyndon Rive, spoke about their ideas for solar power and energy storage at a private conference in New York. Musk, the Tesla CEO and Rive, CEO of SolarCity, said that within 10 years, every solar system SolarCity sells will come with battery storage, and that it will be ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Free chargers for Canadian ELR buyers, Renovo gets funding for EV supercar
    Chevrolet Express Van Offers Renewable Fuel Options; Renault To Build Fluence ZE In China; Germany Lifts Uber Ban 1411041600

    Chevrolet offers versions of its Express passenger van with B20 biodiesel and E85 capability. Customers can buy the van with the Duramax turbodiesel V8, which is compatible with the 20-percent biodiesel blend. There is also a FlexFuel V8, which can use the 85-percent ethanol gasoline blend. It's ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: BMW i3 goes against Mercedes B-Class ED, Tesla good for business
    EVs Get Cleaner; Zipcar In Paris; MIT's Nav System Eases Congestion 1410964140

    Car and Driver has published a comparison test pitting the 2014 BMW i3 against the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive. The test not only measured the quality of the driving experience, but also all the quantitative details that are especially important when looking at electric vehicles. ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla firmware update videos, Mercedes S500 Plug-In Hybrid
    California Calls UberPool Illegal; The Man Behind China's EV Policy 1410878880

    See the Tesla Model S with Firmware 6.0 in action in new videos from Teslarati. The large software update includes improved traffic-based navigation, a calendar function, updated power management, "Location-Based Smart Air Suspension" as well as other improvements. Drivers get more route options ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Eigg's renewable energy grid, Wulin City Car EV looks like i3
    London Mayor Renews Call For Diesel Scrapping Incentives; Automakers Partner For UK Rapid Charge Network; NYC Taxis Get More Flexible Mobile Payment 1410537960

    Scotland's Isle of Eigg's electrical grid relies solely on wind, hydro and solar power. It's the first grid of its kind after switching to renewable energy from noisy, unreliable diesel generators. Scotland's renewable resources are fodder for supporters of independence form the UK, and Eigg is a ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Lightweight introduces magnetic e-bike concept, NV utility embraces EVs
    Are Electric Buses More Important Than Cars? 1410272160

    Lightweight showed off its Velocité electric bike concept at the Eurobike show in Germany. The Velocité pedelec features a rear rim with magnets mounted in it, and coils inside the seat tube (which wraps around the top of the wheel) to propel it magnetically. The battery is hidden ...

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    1956 Firebird II was GM's shark-like connected car [w/video]
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    In some circles, the 1956 Firebird II concept is a famous example of some everything-plus-the-kitchen sink futuristic thinking, but for some reason we've never featured it on AutoblogGreen. Since we came across a shiny example at the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: PA announces alternative fuel vehicle grants, streetcars miss the mark
    China Offers EV Tax Break 1410206220

    Pennsylvania is offering nearly $4 million in grants for alternative fuel vehicles. Governor Tom Corbett has announced the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants, which will go to local governments, organizations, and businesses to switch to cleaner vehicles. The grants will pay for the purchase or ...

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    One year later, Korean car-free experiment a success
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    In September 2013, the Haenggung-dong neighborhood in Suwon City, South Korea tried a bold experiment: have the locals go car-free for 30 days as part of the EcoMobility World Festival. Looking back on the event a year later, Sustainable Cities Collective reports, residents are still feeling the ...

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    Official: Car2go acquires RideScout, adds all sorts of transportation options to carsharing program
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    Car2go has always been about offering its members an alternative to traditional car ownership as they move around town. Now, the carsharing company's focus is expanding to offer alternatives (plural) with the addition of things like taxis, bikesharing and public transportation to the Car2go ...

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    Helsinki could make owning your own car a thing of the past
    One Account Would Access Carsharing, Public Transport, More 1409262240

    Helsinki, Finland is no stranger to transportation alternatives. From EV testing to a solid public transportation system, the northern European city knows that private cars are not the only option to get around. In the future, though, private cars might not be a logical option at anyone living ...

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    Report: Indianapolis utility customers will pay less for BlueIndy carsharing
    New Settlement Drops Monthly Fee From 44 to 28 Cents 1409090460

    The BlueIndy carsharing program is currently being tested in Indianapolis, IN, but there is already some good news to report. The utility company supporting the all-electric-vehicle system, Indianapolis Power And Light, originally thought it would charge its customers 44 cents a month for ...

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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: VW Golf TDI wins green car award, DC buses might go electric
    BMW i8's Laser Headlight Supplier Revealed; Renault Delivers Kangoo ZE Fleet To Uruguay 1406138580

    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
    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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    Official: No steering wheels, pedals or horns in cars by 2035, survey says
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    At what point does a car cease to be a car and start becoming a people-mover? One survey hints that we're less than two decades away from that eventuality. Whether auto enthusiasts think that's a good thing is another matter altogether. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: BlaBlaCar raises $100M, NASA launches CO2 satellite
    Mazda2 With Rotary Range Extender Likely 1404657420

    BlaBlaCar, a ridesharing startup in Europe, has raised $100 million in a funding round led by Index Ventures. After recently growing to 12 countries and 8 million users, BlaBlaCar plans to us the funding for even more aggressive growth throughout Europe. The ridesharing service pairs drivers and ...

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    Report: In a switch, Teamsters now support Uber drivers in US
    Rideshare Drivers May Soon Form An Association 1403821800

    It was just two weeks ago that the Teamsters issued a statement supporting European taxi drivers in their protest against those newfangled rideshare drivers who use the Uber app. But in Los Angeles this week, Teamsters stood with Uber drivers. What's going on here? Turns out, Teamsters Local 986 ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Minnesota first to require biodiesel, maglev in Israel, Toyota FCV in Aspen
    Isuzu Looking Into Biofuel In Japan 1403812680

    A new Minnesota law that requires biodiesel blends goes into effect in just a few days, says KELO. Diesel drivers in Minnesota will be pumping soybeans into their tank beginning July 1. Every year, diesel will be sold as a B10 blend (ten percent biofuel) from April through August, and will scale ...

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