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    Official: GM increases number of clean facilities in Asia, has 100 worldwide
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    General Motors has added two more outlets to its global land-fill free initiative – the Rayong engine plant in Thailand and Cheonga proving ground in Korea. This brings the total to 33 facilities in Asia, 45 in North America and 22 in Europe that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all ...

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    Official: Audi opens renewable energy E-gas plant in Germany
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    Audi has opened the doors to its new power-to-gas facility, which will make what the automaker calls E-gas, in Werlte, Germany. The plant produces hydrogen and synthetic methane and these clean fuels come from renewable energy, water and carbon dioxide. Audi says it's the first automaker to ...

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    Official: USABC awards Leyden $2.28 million contract for lithium ion stop-start battery
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    Stop-start battery systems continue to gain traction with automakers. The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has now awarded a $2.28 million stop-start development contract to Leyden Energy Inc. of Fremont, CA. USABC is a consortium group made up of Chrysler, Ford and General ...

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    CARB Chair Mary Nichols tweaks automakers for fighting ZEV mandates
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    Mary Nichols, chairman of California Air Resources Board, recently took a jab at automaker trade groups for urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to block California's zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates. They're undermining the progress they've been making in creating the market for ...

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    Report: Bosch turns off light on money-losing solar power unit
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    Major automotive supplier Bosch is stepping out of the solar power business after having lost 2.4 billion euros (nearly $3.1 billion US) since starting up its solar energy subsidiary in 2008. Bosch will end its solar power panel production early next year, and put parts of this business unit up ...

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    Study: Is car sharing altruistic or practical?
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    So, what's the reason people get into carsharing? Is it a "romanticized view of access understood as a form of collaborative consumption and altruistically motivated"? Or is it more about practical realities – that car sharing is really about affordability and convenience? For Lee ...

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    U.S. Senators ask Obama to stop China from stealing American EV secrets
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    Last September, a report in the Wall Street Journal claimed that the Chinese government intends to force foreign automakers to divulge their plug-in vehicle technology secrets in order to sell their vehicles in China. Apparently, China is looking to become a global power in the plug-in vehicle ...

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    Regulation sparks innovation with green cars at the L.A. Auto Show
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    Get this. The vehicles that automakers claimed was impossible years ago are exactly the ones they have featured at the LA Auto Show. Roland Hwang, the transportation program director for the Natural Resources Defense Council's energy program, walked the show this year and helped hand out the ...

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    Rep. Dingell not happy with China's electric vehicle "requests"
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    Let's say you're an non-Chinese automaker interested in selling your cars in China. More specifically, say you're looking to sell a groundbreaking electric vehicle there. The cost might be higher than you're willing to pay. A recent report in The Wall Street Journal claims that the Chinese ...

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    Report: China forcing foreign automakers to give up EV secrets?
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    So you want to sell your foreign cars in China? If you're an automaker, it might cost you a whole lot do so. A report in the Wall Street Journal claims that the Chinese government wants to force foreign companies to divulge their electric vehicle technology secrets in order to sell their products ...

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    Who should get carbon credits, automakers or utilities?
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    Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery
    Governments everywhere are trying to use a carrot and stick approach to get reductions in emissions, particularly when it comes to greenhouse gases. The stick is well-known approach: fail to miss the requirements and you pay a fine. For ...

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    European carmakers support Bali's Conference on climate change
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    This can be called a case of greenwashing or simply an honest declaration of good intentions. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), has issued a formal declaration supporting and encouraging the UN-sponsored ministerial talks on climate change in Bali, Indonesia. The letter is ...

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