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    Video: 'Charge lock' on Nissan Leaf doesn't actually prevent cable theft
    Nissan Didn't Design It That Way 1412207700

    Is it a feature or a bug? According to AutoblogGreen reader Francois Viau, the locking mechanism that holds the 110V trickle charge cable to his Nissan Leaf is too weak, and that's a problem. That's because while he thought the cable was locked to his car during a charge session at work, someone ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf makes it 19 in a row for record sales; Chevy Volt drops 21 percent
    Leaf EV Sels 2,881 While Volt PHEV Moves 1,394 1412173080

    The Nissan Leaf continues its streak of "best month ever" sales with 2,881 EVs sold in September. Compared to the 1,953 sold in September 2013, that represents an increase of 47.5 percent and, as Nissan itself must be tired of saying by now, it marks yet another best month ever, same as last ...

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    Motorsports: Formula E will allow different batteries, motors in second season
    Renault Body Still Likely To Dominate 1412164620

    Kicking off in Beijing two weeks ago, the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship race is now officially in the history books. But rather than a full-on world championship, Formula E is more of a spec racing series. That's because every team is running identical cars, but the series organizers want ...

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    Report: A BMW i3 will cost you $100,000 in Brazil
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    Brazil is a long way from the US, and the price of the BMW i3 in that South American country is even further away from what Americans pay for the same electric vehicle. But that hasn't stopped a few wealthy Brazilians from taking the plunge. The BMW i3 REx – i.e., the one with the ...

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    Official: This is how GM is hiding new Chevy Volt in public
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    General Motors is letting the public know that, well, it's not about to let the public know anything else about the next-generation Chevrolet Volt. But the automaker is willing to talk about its camouflaging process for upcoming versions of the extended-range plug-in. So it's a half-hearted ...

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    Review: 2014 Zero S and SR
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    I recently learned how to summon the ultimate power of the universe. Perhaps surprisingly, it didn't come about by bending a knee or popping a potion, but rather, through twisting my wrist. I'll tell you more about this revelation, but first, a confession. Faithful readers may suspect that I am ...

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    Report: Harry Reid in favor of $10,000 federal EV tax credit
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    Harry Reid says the federal government should commit more funds towards incentives for electric-vehicle purchases. We'll wait for readers' shock to sink in. Now, here are the details. The Senate Majority Leader (D-NV) is backing President Barack Obama's efforts to raise federal incentives for EV ...

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    Official: Zero Motorcycles puts blinding polish on new 2015 lineup [w/video]
    Adds ABS, Showa Suspension, Pirelli Rubber, More 1412060400

    Excuse us while we fetch our sunglasses. Zero Motorcycles has just introduced its 2015 lineup to the world and we have to admit we are a bit bedazzled. Sure, sitting on the stand at this year's Intermot, the new crop almost looks like a carbon copy of the current incarnation, which, in turn, is a ...

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    Report: Rolls-Royce gives up on electric, diesel models in favor of hybrid
    Will BMW's Gas-Electric Tech Finally Do The Trick? 1411992060

    Rolls-Royce is not what you might characterize as one of the greenest automakers on the market. Its vehicles tend to be rather large, saddled with lots of plush leather, thick carpets and wood trim, and powered by twelve-cylinder engines in excess of six and a half liters. But that doesn't mean ...

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    Video: Bob Lutz says Tesla remains 'fringe' brand
    The Challenge Is To Get Model 3 To The People 1411941480

    We've said it before, we'll said it again: Bob Lutz gives great quotes. From his toilet-themed opinion of global warming to Toyota's deity status, the man knows how to get your attention. His latest? Saying that Tesla Motors is and will remain a fringe brand. Take that, Tesla fanbois. This, of ...

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    Report: Will California require every new home to be EV ready?
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    California may take yet another step forward as the leading edge of US plug-in vehicle adoption. This time, it could be by tweaking the state's new building codes. The Golden State is considering requiring builders of either new homes or new, larger parking lots to install the infrastructure for ...

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    Report: California working to land second Tesla Gigafactory [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: The story's been updated to include a response from Tesla. California's film industry has long been big on sequels. Now, the state's government is hoping for a bit of a re-do when it comes to Tesla Motors' future battery production. Whether it happens and if it'll be a big-budget affair ...

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    Report: Iowa gives Tesla the red light on direct sales
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    The Iowa Department of Transportation was recently tipped off that Tesla Motors was offering test drives in the state. This led to the state DoT shutting down those test drives in West Des Moines earlier this month, according to USA Today. Tesla reps said that the company was just trying to offer ...

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    Official: Gov. Brown signs slew of anti-global warming, pro-EV bills in California
    The Way To 1,000,000 Electric Vehicles Is Paved With Signatures 1411757940

    California's proposed high-speed rail may be a pipe dream, but at least the Golden State has picked up some velocity for other green transportation-related initiatives. One of them is SB 1275, which was proposed by California State Senenator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) as a way to help more ...

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    Official: National Drive Electric Week sees 150 percent growth from last year
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    Since National Plug In Day became National Drive Electric Week this year, electric-vehicle advocates, or at least the greedier ones, perhaps hoped for a sevenfold increase in attendance. Even though that didn't quite happen, the number of people who showed up to celebrate all that is electric and ...

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    Official: $76,400 Porsche S E-Hybrid will debut in Paris
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    The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid will be an all-new model, one that adds a plug – and the required associated technological bits – to the currently available Cayenne S Hybrid. The most important of those bits is a 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery, but Porsche's Calvin Kim told ...

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    Report: LG Chem's troubled Chevy Volt battery plant hiring once again
    After Paying People Not To Work, The Tide Has Turned 1411657020

    The Michigan battery plant known for paying its workers to do nothing has turned things around and is now hiring more workers, specifically to do something. South Korea-based LG Chem, which runs the factory to supply the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in vehicle with its lithium-ion ...

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    Report: Tesla Trade-up now offering Pedego e-bike
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    Three years ago, an Ottawa resident embarked on an effort to turn a $30 camera into a Tesla Roadster electric vehicle purely through the magic of bartering. Today, he's halfway to his goal. Sort of. Martin Provost, known for his Tesla Trade Up blog, has traded his way up to a $2,000 Pedego ...

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    Report: Tesla could need another $6 billion to really change the auto landscape
    Goldman Sachs Analyst Fires Up Electric Crystal Ball 1411572540

    Telsa Motors has some big plans. The electric car company is building its $5-billion Gigafactory near Reno, NV to guarantee a steady supply of lower-cost batteries, has plans to release two new models and is even talking about providing home energy storage on a large scale. The California ...

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    Report: 2014 EV sales up 91 percent over last year's numbers in Europe
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    Electric-vehicle sales may be leveling off a bit in the US, but across the Pond, that's not the case. Nope, European drivers appear to be plugging in at a progressively faster rate, as EV sales during the first half of the year jumped 91 percent from a year earlier, Automotive News Europe says, ...

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