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    Ditching your car could save you over $10,000 a year
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    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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    Official: New Car2go Regional Access shares carsharing between US, Canada
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    The 13 various North American Car2go services are about to play together a lot nicer. With the new "Regional Access" plan, every North American Car2go member will be able to use his or her membership from one city in another. This was previously available within the US to US-based members who ...

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    Applus iShare carsharing concept EV loves barcodes
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    Like the Volar-E and E-Born3 concepts before it, the new iShare EV from Applus IDIADA makes you stop and look twice. Looking like the strange child of a Smart Fortwo and a flat-nose semi tractor, the iShare is a purpose-designed little car (technically, a heavy quadricycle) that Applus has ...

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    Report: Nashville considering Monorail along I-24 to ease traffic congestion
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    Fans of The Simpsons will remember a long-ago episode (from 1993, to be exact) where an out-of-town huckster tries to sell the citizens of Springfield on the idea of forking over their money to build a monorail. And there was a bunch of singing involved. Now, Music City could start singing the ...

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    Study: WHO links air pollution to 1 in every 8 deaths around the world
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    Just how bad is the air we're breathing? Bad enough that one in every eight deaths has a direct tie to pollutants in the air, according to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). Some of those are attributable to indoor air pollution, mostly caused by indoor smoke breathed in by the ...

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    Official: BYD electric bus goes over 200 miles on one charge in Denmark
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    BYD continues to have good news to share about its electric buses. From huge orders (1,200 units!) in China to 30-hour run times in New York City, things seem to be working well for the maker of the EV people mover. The latest batch of good news comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, where BYD says an ...

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    Official: Audi, MIT, GE start cab ridesharing study in New York City
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    Audi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) and General Electric are getting together to study something that won't likely be thrilling for New York City cab drivers. But there are bigger fish to fry and keeping cabbies happy. The German automaker is working with MIT's Senseable City Lab ...

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    Official: First all-electric school bus in US starts service in California
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    Over two years after its introduction, the first all-electric school bus in the US has gone into service. Produced by the partnership between Trans Tech and Motiv, the SST-e school bus can carry up to 25 students, has a range of 80 or 100 miles (depending on options) and can save a school ...

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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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