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    Official: Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joins electric bus maker Proterra
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    Ray LaHood had a lot on his plate when he was the US Secretary of Transportation. Whether it was distracted driving, cash for clunkers or troubles with Toyota, LaHood was at the helm of the DOT during a tumultuous time. Now that he's been away from the post for half a year, he's ready to get back ...

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    Video: Yes, a family of 5 can live in a 1981 VW Westfalia van
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    Automakers and marketers trying to reach environmentally conscious consumers who desire the simple life basically have two strategies: promote electric vehicles that can be charged through green energy or sell a 30-year-old Volkswagen van on Craigslist. Nicolas Boullosa and Kirsten Dirksen opted ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S headed to Vukee carsharing in San Francisco
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    The San Francisco bay area continues to expand as a carsharing hub, and the latest addition is going to attract some attention. Vukee, a Palo Alto, CA-based company, is introducing the Tesla Model S to carsharers in that market as a way to stand out from larger carsharing providers like Zipcar ...

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    Official: Daimler opens the door on Car2go Black with B-Class carsharing
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    Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler has finally decided to go to its proverbial mothership to further expand its Car2go carsharing service in Europe. The German automaker has long used its itty-bitty Smart Fortwo vehicles for the program, but now it's kicking off a pilot program called Car2go Black that ...

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    Official: Someone starts a new Car2go carsharing trip every 2.5 seconds
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    In the fall of 2009, a big idea using little cars got its US start in Austin, TX. That's when Daimler's Car2go carsharing program first came to North America after its global debut in Ulm, Germany. The idea was simple: let people rent a car for just a few minutes at a time, and let them end their ...

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    CES: Induct Navia updates the autonomous box shuttle vehicle [w/video]
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    Believe it or not, the Induct Navia is not the first boxy, autonomous shuttle we've ever seen. That honor goes to the VIPA (a French acronym that stands for Autonomous Individual Passenger Vehicle) from Ligier that made its debut at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum. As we said upon seeing that bit of ...

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    Video: URB-e foldable trike is 'world's most compact electric vehicle'
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    How small can you go? We haven't measured all of the electric vehicles on the planet, but we suspect the claim by Urban Mobility that its Urb-e foldable electric ... um, seat? ... is the "world's most compact e-vehicle" is at least close to accurate. We haven't seen many other EVs that look like ...

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    ELF is a sun-powered, egg-shaped trike
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    Ever hear of the ELF sun-powered tricycle that offers both pedal power and a solar-powered electric motor? We hadn't either (hat tip to Phillip A.), but it's finally getting a bit of attention from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, CNN and on A&E TV's Shipping Wars, where "Cowgirl ...

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    Report: Kandi EV vending machine is carsharing for $3.25 an hour in China
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    China's cities are blanketed by toxic haze with air pollution that can shut down places like Beijing. Of course, there are many citizens who want to move from a scooter to a car, but that could create more pollution. In steps carsharing, and an idea from Kandi Technologies Group that its small ...

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    Official: London mayor Boris Johnson checks out Electric Metrocab EV taxi
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    We'd like to think details involving the proposed plug-in London taxi that is to be developed by Ecotive and Frazer-Nash were lost in translation but, well, we're talking about London, so there's no excuse. Instead, we're just going to have to take London Mayor Boris Johnson's word for it, and he ...

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    Study: Data shows cities can save big money by switching to EVs
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    Municipal fleets are saving money by using electric vehicles, and the Electrification Coalition has the numbers to prove it. Houston, TX, for example, expects to save $110,000 a year by bringing in 27 Nissan Leafs, according to the EC study.The organization also found that using Leafs in the city ...

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    Official: Car2go raises carsharing prices in most North American cities
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    When you're paying by the mile, a few cents here and there can make a difference. So, cost-conscious Car2go drivers in many North American cities should be aware that the Daimler carsharing company has raised prices a little bit. The new prices are 41 cents per minute (up from 38), $14.99 an ...

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    Official: Superpedestrian offers $699 Copenhagen Wheel for early adopters [w/video]
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    Do you love bicycling, but hate hills and headwinds? Like the idea of an electric bike but don't want to shell out several grand? Intrigued by the idea of converting your current bike, but lack technical ability and/or don't like the look of battery bags and wires run amock. Check this out. The ...

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    Official: ChargePoint plugs in 50,000th user, in San Francisco of course [UPDATE]
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    ChargePoint's electric vehicle charging network recently added its 50,000th user and, unsurprisingly, the ChargePoint member lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Not long ago, that community took the top spot on ChargePoint's list of the "Top 10 EV-friendly Metropolitan Markets." The 50,000th ...

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    Study: University of Maryland study reiterates Peak Oil threat
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    Just because gas prices have been steadily declining since March doesn't mean we should all get comfortable with the idea of lower refueling costs and a dependable fuel supply. In fact, a University of Maryland study titled "Economic Vulnerability to Peak Oil" pushes the panic button a bit. The ...

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    Official: Zipcar introduces monthly memberships for carsharing service
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    The world's largest carsharing company is subscribing to the theory that one can never have enough payment options. Zipcar, whose vehicle inventory numbers more than 10,000 worldwide, is complementing its annual-membership fee structure with a monthly payment option at almost all of its North ...

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    Report: DOE's free alt-fuel station finder app now available
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    Not only can you find any public charging and alt-fuel station from a user-friendly source, you can also view it on your iPhone and iPad. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new mobile app so drivers can find any green fuel you can think of – biodiesel (B20), electricity, ...

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    Acton spins the Kickstarter wheel again with M Scooter [w/video]
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    It's a small niche that's home to a wide variety of vehicles, but if it's innovative enough, there just might be room for one more. The M Scooter from Acton is the latest personal electric transporter (PET) to get our attention. Designed to tackle "the last mile" of the commute, local errands, or ...

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    Official: FlightCar carsharing program lands at LAX
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    Just in time for the holiday travel rush, FlightCar is expanding to the Los Angeles airport. The why-don't-you-rent-out-your-car-while-you're-away carsharing service started in San Francisco and is also available in Boston. Now the money-making scheme will be on offer at the world's sixth-busiest ...

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    Report: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies company formed to make Musk's idea real
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    The Hyperloop looks like it's going beyond hypothetical design and turning into something that could actually ferry passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in one hour. A new company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., has been launched and is being co-led by former director of ...

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