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    Official: Car2go comes to Denver with 300 Smart Fortwo car share vehicles
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    Time for some Rocky Mountain car sharing. Car2go on June 8 will add Denver to its list of cities where folks can share the classic white and blue Smart Fortwo vehicles. Denver will be the tenth North American city – and 20th worldwide – to have the service, which is owned by ...

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    Report: Mercedes puts electric van program into 'hibernation'
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    Mercedes-Benz had said its all-electric Vito E-Cell cargo van had sufficient juice to keep the model as a viable transportation option, but the same apparently can't be said for Germans' appetite for the vehicle. The Daimler division is putting future sales of the E-Cell on hold because of lack ...

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    Report: GM refutes German OEMs, says HFO-1234yf AC coolant is safe
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    General Motors' Opel division is adding metaphorical fire to the real dispute over a new air-conditioning refrigerant's potential flammability. Opel recently ran crash tests with an SUV using a refrigerant, called HFO-1234yf, that is being pushed by the European Union as a way to cut greenhouse ...

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    Official: Volkswagen to use CO2 as future refrigerant for air conditioning systems
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    Another German automaker has rejected the air conditioning refrigerant that's scheduled to be adopted by global automakers in 2017. Earlier this month, Volkswagen lined up with Daimler and BMW to support Daimler's findings from last year that the new refrigerant, called HFO-1234yf, can become ...

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    Report: German automakers building own wind, natural gas plants; to get away from nuclear
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    German automakers are caught in a quandary – how can they pay more for a clean energy surcharge tax when automotive sales are down. The problem stems from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's move to take the country further away from nuclear and toward using more renewables to power the ...

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    Official: Smart, BoConcept offer tiny solution to crowded streets, tight living spaces
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    Urban life is getting trickier all the time. In almost ever city, usable space gets more and more limited even as the amount of cars and traffic congestion grows. Ever the poster child for urban personal transportation, Daimler's Smart brand is one again thinking up a solution, this time working ...

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    Official: Visio.M all-electric prototype tested near Munich [w/video]
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    The Visio.M urban electric vehicle, launched last year by BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, is on the road. Well, test site roads anyway, where a prototype of the lightweight EV is being evaluated near Munich. The car uses carbon fiber and other composite materials to provide what Visio.M's ...

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    Report: BMW's DriveNow carsharing arm now turning a profit
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    Carsharing venture DriveNow GmbH, owned by BMW and European rental company Sixt AG, is expected to be profitable this year, the first time that will happen since starting up two years ago. BMW hopes to overtake German rival Daimler (with Car2go) in this growing space as urban consumers become ...

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    Report: Reuters goes back to the well, calls electric vehicles a 'dead end'
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    Who Killed the Electric Car? asked the title of the 2006 Chris Paine documentary about General Motors' dearly departed EV1. Well, Reuters appears to be doing its best to fit that bill. The wire service, which notably published an article last year saying that General Motors was losing $50,000 ...

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    Official: Daimler, Ford and Nissan to collaborate on fuel cell tech
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    Team efforts to bring hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to market have gone truly worldwide. An announcement today from Daimler, Ford, and Nissan reveals that the three companies are going to work together on a "common fuel cell system" that should "speed up availability" of H2 vehicles at lower costs. ...

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    Official: Giant kite, Evonic technologies help Wind Explorer EV cross Australia
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    Turns out, you can drive a unique electric vehicle all the way across Australia on less than $15 worth of electricity. You just need some kite assistance (or, yes, solar power). The Wind Explorer that made this trek is now on display at Evonik's New Jersey office, since the company worked on the ...

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    Official: Smart readies Fortwo Cityflame special edition for Detroit
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    There's nothing cowardly about the yellow Smart Fortwo being introduced at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Why the bright color? Daimler says it's in response to both trends in car colors and customer demand for more personalization on the city car's higher-end Passion trim level. The newest Smart ...

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    Official: Daimler exec Harald Kroeger named to Tesla board
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    Tesla Motors has brought in another Daimler AG executive to its board of directors – Harald Kroeger, Daimler's vice president of electrics, electronics and e-Drive. Kroeger replaces Daimler's Herbert Koehler, who resigned from the Tesla board on December 12. Koehler had been a board member ...

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    Official: German automakers renew push for clean-diesel sales in US
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    Germany's largest automakers are renewing their pitch for their clean-diesel vehicles in the US as a way for consumers to combat high gas prices without having to resort to the (often) even pricier hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, Porsche and ...

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    Official: Car2go comes to Seattle; now operating in eight North American cities
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    Car2go North America is continuing to roll out across the US, this time in Seattle, with a network of 330 Smart Fortwo cars available for shared use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration for membership is open now here. Car2go, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler, bases its carsharing ...

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    Report: Hubject wants to expand EV-charging payment system across Europe
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    Hubject, the collaboration between a half-dozen German companies that earlier this year proposed a standardized electric-vehicle charging payment infrastructure for Germany, is now thinking even bigger. BMW, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, Bosch and the other companies in the collective are looking ...

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    Official: Car2go cuts long-term reservations; Miami service proves popular
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    Car2go seems to have discovered the equivalent of a seller's market. The Daimler-owned car-sharing service, in an e-mail to customers, said it'll stop long-term reservation availability for its cars starting November 12. Given that the average trip in a vehicle is less than a half-hour and most ...

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    Official: Mercedes debuts battery-electric 'Crewbus,' Sprinter EV prototype
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    Mercedes-Benz will start selling a passenger version of its Vito E-CELL utility vehicles in Europe after unveiling a battery-electric Sprinter van at the International Motor Show in Hanover, Germany.
    The Vito E-CELL Crewbus, which the Daimler AG division calls the world's first seven-seat ...

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    Official: Car2go raises prices for U.S. carsharing network
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    Starting today, the cost to rent a Car2go vehicle in the U.S. goes up, just a tiny bit. The carsharing prices will go from 35 cents an hour to 38, from $12.99 an hour to $13.99 and from $64.99 to $72.99 per day. These new prices are in effect in all Car2go cities in North America and still ...

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    Study: CNG vehicle sales will grow, global hybrid sales will grow more by 2015
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    Saying that sales of hybrid and compressed natural-gas (CNG) vehicles will grow during the next few years is a bit of a "dog bites man" story, but at least one firm is willing to put some specific numbers on the tale. Consumer research firm TechNavio is doing the honors, giving specific ...

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