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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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    Study: Do urban walking and making money go hand-in-hand?
    Somehow, They Do. Sort Of. 1403715600

    Missing Persons famously sang that Nobody Walks In LA all the way back in 1982. But, according to one report, the times they are a changing. More people will soon be walking in that car-centric city than they do now, the theory goes. Just like they will in Boston, Miami, Atlanta and Detroit. A ...

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    Two Wheels: Visiobike is an e-bike with a smartphone's brains [w/video]
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    Bicycling is a great, environmentally friendly way to get around town, but, let's face it, sometimes pedaling sucks. E-bikes are a wonderful compromise, especially for those uphill climbs, offering a bit of electronic assistance when you need it. Combine that with smart technology, a rear-view ...

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    Official: Tesla Uber alles in Shanghai
    EV Automaker, Ridesharing Company Giving Away Free Rides Next Week 1402840740

    Is anyone surprised that Tesla Motors is ready to disrupt the status quo even in little ways? If you are, then here's one more example: Tesla is partnering with Uber (which taxi drivers around the world are not happy with) in Shanghai to both give people free, 15-minute rides in the electric car. ...

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    Read This: Taxi drivers looking for national union as ridesharing continues pressure
    Hailo offices in the UK were vandalized with 'scabs' graffiti 1402332240

    If you were curious about how taxi drivers around the US feel about the rise of the private ridesharing mob, look no further than The New York Times. The newspaper of record is reporting that American taxi drivers are starting to talk seriously about forming a national taxi driver's union. One ...

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    Ditching your car could save you over $10,000 a year
    APTA says the biggest savings are available to NYC residents 1401883200

    Looking to line your pockets with some extra cash? Perhaps it's time to give up driving. A sobering report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) says that people using public transit in the 20 cities with the most riders save an average of $848 dollars a month, or $10,181 a ...

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    Official: Zipcar, Honda announce OneWay carsharing with 2015 Fit
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    Zipcar has been around for over a dozen years, and now shares more than 10,000 cars on a short-term basis with 850,000 members around the world. But there's been one thing missing from the carsharing giant's quiver of options: the one-way rental. That changes today. For a select few in Boston, ...

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    Report: Koch Brothers are killing rapid bus transit in Tennessee
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    Last week, the Tennessee Senate voted 27-4 against the very idea of Rapid Bus Transit in the state. The vote, which is oddly specific about its target – the Amp bus rapid transit (BRT) project in Nashville – was supported by the wealthy Koch brothers, Charles and David, and their ...

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