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    Motorsports: Formula E drops Rio from inaugural season calendar
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    If you've been looking forward to Formula E kicking off its inaugural season of electric racing and holding an event in Brazil, you were probably pretty stoked to see that the calendar included a race in Rio de Janeiro. As well you should: while Brazil has been a mainstay of the Formula One ...

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    Official: Ethanol-heavy Brazil ready to shift focus to electric vehicles
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    Given that Brazilian regulators are scaling back the amount of ethanol in the country's fuel supply, the country is likely to see a substantial jump in its plug-in vehicle adoption during the next few years, according to UK-based research firm Frost & Sullivan. The firm believes Brazilians ...

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    In preparing for World Cup, Brazil buses go biofuel
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    Brazil gets to showcase two of its passions next year: biofuels and soccer. The world's largest biofuel producer is hosting the World Cup next year, and visitors will be traveling around in biodiesel buses. It should be cleaner – and safer – than hanging out of car ...

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    Official: Renault-Nissan will start boosting BRIC production in 2015 with modular production
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    Renault and sister company Nissan, long advocates of electric-drive adoption, are gearing up for increased demand in emerging global markets by starting production on a modular-based platform in India in 2015. The Renault-Nissan Alliance said last week that it would start producing its Common ...

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    Official: Rio de Janeiro, Renault-Nissan will try to accelerate EV production in Brazil
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    Government officials in Rio de Janeiro will work with sister companies Renault and Nissan to accelerate the process of getting electric vehicles built in Brazil. A new memorandum of understanding between the organizations also includes Petrobras Distribuidora, Light, Ampla and Rio ...

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    Official: Honda gets "Zero Net Energy" Smart Home in CA, goes for wind power in Brazil
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    Honda is broadening its green credentials on two continents, building a trial "smart home" in Northern California and embracing wind-power for its Brazil factory. The Japanese automaker this year will build a home at University of California, Davis, that, among other things, will be powered by ...

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    Report: Tac Motors will have MotoCzysz make electric-SUV powertrain
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    Brazil-based Tac Motors has reached an agreement for electric motorcycle maker MotoCzysz to make the electric powertrain for Tac's new electric SUV, the eStark. The agreement is worth about $27 million and will involve MotoCzysz making 3,600 powertrains – each about the size of a suitcase ...

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    Report: Canceling ethanol subsidy likely to raise the price of gas at the pump
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    That falling ball in Times Square didn't just signal the end of 2011, it was also the death knell for thirty years of ethanol subsidies. That in turn could signal an abrupt rise in prices at the pump. By failing to vote in an extension, Congress allowed the $0.45 per gallon production subsidy to ...

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    Chevron facing fines, possible ban after oil sheen in Brazil waters found to be from leak, not seepage
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    Around the 7th of November, when a sheen of oil first appeared on the sea in the vicinity of a Chevron appraisal well in the deep-water Frade field of the coast of Brazil about 230 miles from Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches, the company claimed the occurrence was due to natural seepage. Now, the ...

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    BRIC consumers ready to go with electric vehicles
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    The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are rapidly moving from stars of the emerging market to major players in any market you want to name. With that transition, automobile ownership in these nations is increasing rapidly, but will BRIC become the rising tide that lifts the ...

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    BP expands ethanol output with acquisition of Brazil's Tropical BioEnergia
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    British Petroleum (BP) is set to expand its Brazilian ethanol output with its full acquisition of biofuel firm Tropical BioEnergia S.A. Set to take effect immediately, BP will acquire the remaining 50 percent of Tropical BionEnergia from existing joint venture partners for $71 million. Those ...

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    Report: Brazil to reduce mandatory ethanol blend in gas by 5%
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    With Brazil's ethanol prices soaring, the nation's government is expected to put forth a policy to reduce the mandatory ethanol blend in gasoline. Brazil's energy minister, Edison Lobao, recently met with President Dilma Rousseff. The two immediately arrived at the conclusion that unless Brazil's ...

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    Report: U.S. to beat Brazil as world's leading ethanol exporter
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    Lagging U.S. sales of E85, lax trade restrictions and Brazil's worst sugarcane harvest of the last decade will allow the United States to overtake the South American nation as the world's leading ethanol exporter during the second half of 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) ...

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    Petrobras to invest $2.5 billion to increase production of biodiesel, ethanol
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    Brazilian energy giant Petrobras, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Petrobras Biocombustível, will invest a massive $2.5 billion between 2011 and 2015 to increase production of biodiesel and ethanol. This hefty chunk of change is part of $4.1 billion Petrobras earmarked for its biofuels ...

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    Report: Sugar cane shortage may force Brazil to cut ethanol mix from E25 to E18
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    A sugar cane shortage in April caused Brazil's ethanol prices to soar, rising 65 percent to $6.31 a gallon or more than double what it was the year before. Since Brazil blends its gasoline with a mandated 25 percent ethanol, the rising cost of the biofuel directly affects pump prices. Even though ...

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    Brazil reducing mandatory ethanol blend from 25 to 18 percent
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    With Brazil's ethanol prices soaring to new highs, the nation's government has put forth a policy to reduce the mandatory ethanol blend in gasoline to as low as 18 percent. Until now, all gasoline sold in Brazil had to be at least 25 percent ethanol. With ethanol now in short supply, the ...

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    Brazil's Petrobras told to pump up ethanol production immediately
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    Brazilian energy giant Petrobras expects demand for biofuels to soar within the next decade and will spend $3.5 billion over the next four years to at least double its biofuel output. However, Brazil's mines and energy minister Edison Lobao told Petrobras (a company that's partially owned by the ...

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    Brazil imports record amount of ethanol in 1st quarter; almost all from U.S.
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    Brazil, the world's ethanol superpower, has had to import unprecedented volumes of the biofuel from December of 2010 through March of 2011. Due to a culmination of factors – an insufficient 2010 harvest, weak expectations for the 2011 growing season and booming domestic demand – ...

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    Brazil's Petrobras to invest $3.5B to double biofuel output
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    Brazilian energy giant Petrobas expects demand for biofuels will rapidly rise within the next decade and intends to spend $3.5 billion over the next four years to more than double its biofuel output. During a recent interview, Miguel Rossetto, chief executive of energy giant's biofuels unit, ...

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    Leo Motors developing electric scooter for Brazilian market
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    Leo Motors, Inc. has teamed with Dafra Motos, one of South America's leading motorcycle companies, to develop electric scooters for the Brazilian market. Leo Motors, a manufacturer of electric powertrains, will focus on engineering a battery-powered version of Dafra's gasoline-fueled Smart 125 ...

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