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    Exclusive: NYC launches electric taxi 'fleet' with six Nissan Leaf EVs
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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg drove up to the news conference in Rockefeller Center that introduced the first-ever all-electric NYC taxi in the back seat of - you guessed it – an EV taxi. Nissan and NYC chose Earth Day, today, to launch a zero-emission taxi fleet. The six donated ...

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    NYC launching electric Nissan Leaf taxi pilot program on Earth Day
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    On Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, New York City will launch a zero-emission taxi fleet. Okay, it's just six Nissan Leaf vehicles and just a pilot project, but it's a start. Nissan is providing the vehicles, along with some fast chargers, so the test fleet doesn't run out of juice and cause even ...

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    Utah Earth Day poster contest dares ask, "Where would you be without fossil fuels?"
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    The state of Utah has put its own spin on the message behind Earth Day. While the national ecology teach-in day usually means bike rides and recycling campaigns, in Utah the message this year is: "Where would you be without oil, gas and mining?" Utah's Division of Oil, Gas and Mining just got ...

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    Happy Earth Day, Happy Birthday
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    It's the 42nd Earth Day today, and we hope as many of you as possible were able to enjoy something natural, something earthy, something outside today. We certainly did, and we just wanted to stop in and make note of the Earth in some way before the day ends. Sure, nature and natural resources are ...

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    Earth Day 2011: 31 years for the holiday, five for our little website
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    Earth Day is kind of a strange thing to write about on a car blog, even a green one. There is a quote, possibly apocryphal, attributed to Will Rogers as he was speaking to Henry Ford that goes: "It will take a hundred years to tell whether you have helped us or hurt us. But you certainly didn't ...

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    To celebrate Earth Day, Coulomb giving away free ChargePass cards
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    In honor of Earth Day 2011, Coulomb Technologies has announced that it will send free ChargePass cards to plug-in vehicle owners through the end of April 2011, waving the usual sign-up fee. According to Coulomb, by creating a ChargePass account and activating the free card, plug-in vehicle drivers ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: What does it mean to be green?
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    The word "green" in the transport context has been tossed around quite a bit over the years and has garnered for itself a host of connotations, some of them negative. There are people who might conjure up images of unwashed hippies in a 30 year-old biodiesel rust bucket when they think of green ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: How weight affects a vehicle's fuel efficiency
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    Over the past 20 odd years, the curb weight of most vehicles sold in the U.S. has steadily increased. The latest trend, though, has automakers scrambling to trim excess pounds from vehicles. Why? Because every ounce removed from a vehicle not only improves its performance, but also boosts its ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: Need tires? Save fuel with low-rolling resistance tires
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    Let's say that your vehicle's tires are nearing the end of their useful life. Looks like you're in need of standard replacement tires then, right? Well, instead of opting for a conventional tire you could save fuel by picking up a set of low-rolling resistance tires. Low-rolling resistance tires ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: kW = electric motor output; kWh = battery pack capacity
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    Chevrolet Volt battery pack
    Understanding electric and plug-in vehicles requires a basic knowledge of the mechanics that make them move. Obviously, these two types of advanced vehicles have components (i.e. electric motors and massive battery packs) that more conventional gasoline- and ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: Wanna save gas? Here's how!
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    Everybody wants to save gas, right? Well, if you're one of the countless drivers looking to slash your fuel consumption, then you've come to the right place 'cause we've got some tips that should boost your vehicles miles per gallon. Avoid aggressive driving (i.e.speeding, rapid acceleration and ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: What's up with this ethanol in gasoline?
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    When gassing up your vehicle, you've likely noticed a sticker on the pump that reads "this fuel may contain up to ten percent ethanol" or something similar. Have you ever asked yourself, "what's up with this ethanol in gasoline?" Well, get ready 'cause we've dug up an answer. Way back in 1992, ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: PHEV? BEV? E85? What's with all the acronyms?
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    Deciphering the meaning of automotive acronyms can be complicated. To alleviate confusion, we've compiled this condensed list of some acronyms associated with the types of vehicles that you'll encounter when perusing the AutoblogGreen site: BEV – Battery electric vehicle. A vehicle that ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: Keeping tires properly inflated improves gas mileage by 3.3%
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    Keep your tires properly inflated. That's what the Environmental Protection Agency keeps telling us. Did you know that under-inflated tires require more energy to roll? This not only wastes fuel, but wears tires out more quickly, eventually requiring costly replacements. Furthermore, ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: Here's why your vehicle's gas mileage drops in cold weather
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    Driving in the dead of winter is harsh on a vehicle, and many of you have undoubtedly noticed that your fuel economy suffers as temps dip. In practice, gas mileage drops approximately 10 percent when temps go from cozy (60-80 degrees Fahrenheit) to bitter cold (less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit). ...

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    Countdown to Earth Day: What to consider when buying a green car
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    They may not be dominating American roads (or any roads in the world, except for slot-car race tracks), but new electric vehicles are adding one more option to a growing list of potential "green" vehicles on every car buyer's shopping list. Like changing your incandescent light bulb for a compact ...

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    Revenge of the Electric Car will premiere on Earth Day (April 22) in NYC
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    Those of you waiting to see "Revenge of the Electric Car," mark your calendars. The public premiere of the long-in-the-works sequel of sorts to the classic Who Killed The Electric Car? will take place at the Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2011 in New York City. Director Chris ...

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    VIDEO: Jones Soda Co. celebrates Earth Day with pedal power
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    Think your company did something worthwhile on Earth Day? If so, that's great, but it probably didn't require quite the level of commitment that was shown by Jones Soda Co. Employees at the beverage company's headquarters took turns spinning themselves silly on ...

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    Earth Day: How much energy would the U.S. save if ten percent of the population switched to hybrids
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    We here at AutoblogGreen are big on technology that can lower environmental impact. Hybrids are widely touted as one way of doing that although some are much better at it than others. With over a million of the most popular hybrid, the iconic Prius, being sold there must be a noticeable decrease in ...

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    Need something to do on Earth Day? Check with the Earth Day Network.
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    In case you haven't noticed yet, we are focusing our blogging today on Earth Day. That would be today, if you weren't aware. Anyway, did you know that Earth Day has it's very own dedicated network? If not, you should definitely check it out. There is a message board, ideas on what to do for Earth ...

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