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    Video: What was Michelin Challenge Bibendum doing in China?
    One Of The World's Largest Green Car Gatherings In A Place That Needs It 1416358620

    There were any number of things said at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum last week that could easily be taken as platitudes. In the opening address by the CEO of the Michelin Group, Jean-Dominique Senard, for example, we have this: the Challenge has "the goal of imagining and creating the mobility ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: ITM Power wants to make nearly free hydrogen. No, really
    Electrolyzers, Natural Gas And Grid Balancing Are The Keys 1415988120

    There's a problem that need solving when it comes to renewable energy. Where do you put it when it's not needed? Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, has what he says is the best answer: you turn it into hydrogen. Speaking at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China this week, Cooley ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Akka Link And Go 2.0 will be tracking your lifestyle
    Autonomous Vehicle Could Be Programmed To Make Sure You're Never Late 1415890800

    Decked out in stark black and white, the Akka Link And Go is making an appearance at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China this week. It's a fitting color scheme in the home of captive pandas in China, but we think the neon green and orange version we saw in 2013 made a better ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Former EU President says Toyota could lose 100,000 euros per hydrogen FCV sedan
    Pat Cox Explains Europe's Current Hydrogen Infrastructure Situation 1415840340

    Pat Cox does not work for Toyota and we don't think he has any secret inside information. Still, he's the former President of the European Parliament and the current high level coordinator for TransEuropean Network, so when he says Toyota is likely going to lose between 50,000 and 100,000 euros ...

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    Bibendum 2014: Odd, old data still being used to counter EVs

    There's a lot of information on display at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum. We've spent time this week trying to sponge it all in but one of the charts caught out eye today. In a session on hydrogen vehicles – about which we'll have more later – a representative from Air Liquide, ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Daimler studying China for Car2go expansion
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    Despite a recent setback in the UK, Daimler's carsharing company Car2go remains in expansion mode. The company is currently studying the scene in China (and other countries) to see where the next batch of blue-and-white Smart Fortwo cars will land. "We are looking at the opportunities and ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Electric RaceAbout is rough, and very ready

    The most important thing about the Electric RaceAbout is not the Electric RaceAbout. That may sound silly, but Sami Ruotsalainen, a senior lecturer at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science who helped lead the student team that built the car, makes a good case that it's true. He ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Venturi Volage screams fun using Michelin's Active Wheels

    The Venturi Volage is one of those vehicles that you can tell, just from the way it looks, offers some flat-out fun. The problem-slash-cool-part is that the all-electric Volage – on hand at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin last week – hides a secret that makes it even ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Volvo V60 PHEV looks ready, but there are high costs to worry about

    The Volvo V60 PHEV was one of the vehicles at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin that no one had been able to drive before, so it was no surprise that the lines were long. Competing with all-electric Porsches and quirky box cars, Volvo managed to make riding in a station wagon a top ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Porsche Boxster E melts our hearts, and this isn't even the good one

    Unveiled just a few short months ago, two of the prettiest prototypes at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin last week were the Porsche Boxster E twins. These all-electric beauties are Porsche's latest project "to show that fuel consumption is something we have to care about," as the ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Renault Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. just part of the overall scheme

    Here's something you probably already knew but haven't really thought about: Renault has announced more electric vehicle models than Tesla Motors, and Tesla is a company that makes nothing but electric cars. Compare the Tesla Roadster, the Model S and the Model X SUV to Renault's four-car ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Mia three-seater offers unusual VIP feel in a micro bus

    How much call is there for a three-seat minibus? Mia Electric is about to find out. The company will soon start to build the Mia Micro.Bus, a unique little car that feels like the secret lovechild of a VIP limousine and something from Volkswagen's discarded concept pile. In reality, former VW ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Nissan Leaf, Renault Fluence, Toyota FCHV among long list of rally winners

    The battery-powered Renault Fluence Z.E. and Nissan Leaf were among the long list of victors at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, a sustainable mobility-themed event held in Berlin, Germany. The Fluence edged out the Tesla Roadster to take first place in the 300-km inter-city rally in the ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Audi A3 e-tron is practical, fun and years away

    As the Audi plug-in vehicle stable grows and grows – there are now multiple versions of the original all-electric R8 e-tron, the A1 e-tron, the A5 PHEV and the e-tron Spyder – it was only a matter of time before we got an up-close-and-personal look at the A3 e-tron. Our chance came ...

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    Bibendum 2011: VIPA is an awkward box with tremendous autonomous abilities

    One of the most futuristic vehicles at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum was, basically, a kind of elevator. The VIPA (a French acronym that stands for Autonomous Individual Passenger Vehicle) from Ligier is a self-driving electric box that is being designed for use any place where people need to go ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Opel Ampera not only looks better than the Chevy Volt, it can do more, too

    One of the joys of this year's Michelin Challenge Bibendum is getting to drive a lot of Europe-only vehicles. In GM's case, that means the Mervia all-electric hatch and the Opel Ampera, more commonly known stateside as the Chevy Volt's better-looking twin. Opel also had two Amperas at Bibendum, ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Overview, introduction and one tiny EV

    Trying to understand the scope of the 2011 Challenge Bibendum – Michelin's multi-day, mindblowingly comprehensive sustainability mobility event held this year in Berlin, Germany – is not easy. There are 280 vehicles on display or as part of the ride and drive. There are dozens of ...

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    First Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid test drives happening in Berlin next week

    Revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is set to hit the streets of Berlin on May 18th as part the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum. The V60 plug-in won't actualy be launched until sometime in 2012, but from May 18-22, the vehicle will be available for its first ...

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    Challenge Bibendum: Audi's E100-capable A5 can get to 25 mpg and 146 mph

    E100-capable Audi A5 prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When we saw an Audi A5 quattro with the words "Ethanol E100" at the Challenge Bibendum in Rio de Janiero recently, we knew it was something unusual. It was so different, in fact, that it's taken Audi PR until today to ...

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    Challenge Bibendum: Michelin expects electric car to make up 5% of the market in 2020

    As the hosts of the Challenge Bibendum, Michelin took a bit of time in Rio de Janiero to allow the company's three managing partners (the company's leaders, as it does not have a CEO) to talk about why the 10th running of the eco-event was important and took questions from the assembled journalists ...


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