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    Recharge Wrap-up: Ford HQ gets giant solar array, Chevy City Express gets 24 MPG city
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    Ford will be building Michigan's largest solar array at its Dearborn headquarters. With funding from DTE Energy, the solar carport will provide covered parking, as well 30 charging stations for electric vehicles. The array is expected to generate 1.13 million kWh per year for Ford's operations, ...

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    Report: Even Bhutan working on a Nissan Leaf taxi fleet
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    The nation of Bhutan wants its capital city Thimphu to become an electric vehicle hotspot. "We are confident that electric vehicles can take off here," said Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of the Himalayan kingdom bordered by China and India. The first challenge is getting the EVs shipped there, ...

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    Study: Electric vehicles prove more popular when green energy is available
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    OK, so this isn't exactly a "man-bites-dog" type of story, but it's still worth noting that electric vehicle buyers enjoy green energy. Turns out, folks are more likely to buy a plug-in vehicle if they know the electricity that will power the car, or at least some of it, will come from a ...

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    Official: H2USA is DOE's new partnership to support hydrogen fueling stations
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    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has kicked off H2USA, a public-private partnership focused on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to bring more transportation energy options to US consumers, including fueling up their fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). This is important for FCEVs because, right ...

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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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    Report: DOE's clean-energy loan guarantees will cost taxpayers 46% less than expected
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    If the mainstream media has reported on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) loan guarantees for advanced technologies, it's been about the controversy. Solyndra! But here's the news you probably haven't heard: the federal government loan guarantees will cost the American public about 46 percent ...

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    General Motors logged 135 clean-energy patents in 2010; beating all other automakers
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    General Motors received more clean-energy patents in 2010 than any other automaker, according to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI). GM's 135 clean-energy patents represent approximately 14 percent of the 1,881 received by 700 companies in 2010. CEPGI tracks U.S. patents in solar, wind, ...

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    Pew: Clean energy investments hit record-setting $243B globally in 2010
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    Worldwide, clean energy investments hit a record-setting $243 billion in 2010, a 30 percent increase over 2009's figures, according to research released by Pew Charitable Trusts. China, Germany and the United States ranked first, second and third in total clean energy investments, ...

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    Kia Motors to join Clean Energy Partnership
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    Kia Borrego FCEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Kia Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) to promote fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and the establishment of supporting infrastructure in Europe. The initial agreement was inked ...

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    UK climate secretary: renewable energy pays off when oil exceeds $100 barrel
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    Recently, the UK's energy and climate change secretary, Chris Huhne, spoke of his country's ambitious low-carbon energy plans, telling conference-goers at the Royal Geographic Society that the billions invested in renewable energy will pay off economically. There's a caveat, though: this only ...

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    California, Oregon, Massachusetts named clean energy leaders in U.S.
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    Clean Edge's first annual U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index ranks all 50 states across a spectrum of clean-energy metrics including, but not limited to, technology, policy, capital, total electricity produced, hybrid vehicles on the road, clean-energy ventures and patent activity. West and East ...

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    Why compete? U.S. and China will work together on clean cars
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    The United States and China are the world's top two energy consumers, energy producers and greenhouse gas emitters. Though it's unlikely that either nation will brag about holding those top honors, maybe the creation of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) will help both clean up ...

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    Scientist wants automakers held accountable for how electricty is generated for plug-ins
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    A lot of interesting conversation takes place annually at the SAE World Congress. The conference brings together heads of companies, scientists, engineers and people from many other walks of life. With so much diversity present at a single event, it's only a matter of time before some off-the-wall ...

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    Miss Electric and the EV Grrls webshow focuses on electric future, needs your help
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    Miss Electric (aka Shannon Arvizu, former ABG'er) and the EV Grrls are in the process of creating an eight-part web show in search of the cleanest, hottest cars of the future. The show puts the crew on a mission to inform the world about revolutionizing the way we drive. The episodes will focus on ...

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    Locavolts? Food sourcing issues coming to the energy discussion
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    If you're at all familiar with the hardcore environmentalist mindset, then you know that there is really no limit to how far you can take thinking about your impact on the world. Locavore, the 2007 New Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year, for example, means someone who only (or mostly) eats food ...

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    CNG-powered Standard Taxi to be built by AM General
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    We got the chance to check out the concept behind the Standard Taxi at the New York Auto Show in 2007, and it now sounds like the unique people-mover will get a shot at production. Now known as Vehicle Production Group LLC, the company behind the Standard Taxi design has gotten the funding it ...

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    GM and Clean Energy to open hydrogen station near LAX
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    General Motors is announcing a new partnership today with Clean Energy to install a hydrogen filling station near Los Angeles International Airport. Clean Energy is a California-based company that currently operates 170 compressed natural gas filling stations around the country and the new LAX ...

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    Tides of change: San Francisco to study use of underwater turbines to generate power
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    While wind turbines provide a clean source of energy, they still have a number of short-comings as well as vocal opponents who often come from the sore-sight front. San Francisco, which probably wouldn't have the space for a field of wind turbines anyway, is proposing to decrease the city's ...

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    Boone Pickens gets LNG plant named after him in Texas
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    In a story that sounds like it could have come from the county music press, Boone Pickens is getting some props. Pickens is not a famous banjo player but instead one of the founders of Clean Energy (the company calls itself North America's leader in clean transportation and refers to Pickens as ...

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