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    Official: Nissan tests 'self-cleaning' paint on Leaf models in Europe
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    Once upon a time, self-cleaning ovens were all the rage. Now, Nissan thinks the concept may apply to its vehicles. And the Japanese vehicle maker is testing it out on some of its Leaf battery-electric vehicles Europe, no less. Nissan says its trying out what's called a "superhydrophobic and ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Charging in Iceland, Smart "For" campaign, Honda open sources Smart Home
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    Iceland's EV charging network is expanding by 200 units. A subsidiary of Northern Lights Energy called EVEN is providing and installing the rapid chargers, which it hopes to have installed by the end of the year. EVEN's Gísli Gíslasson says, "We couldn't wait for the government and ...

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    Official: Audi A3 E-Tron launching at $51,500 in Germany
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    Audi has put a price tag on the A3 Sportback E-Tron plug-in hybrid, for which presales begin this month in Germany. To get your hands on one of these little guys, Audi is asking for €37,900, or about $51,537 according to current exchange rates. Of course, the base MSRP doesn't include any ...

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    Report: Tesla prepping Supercharger network for big growth across Europe
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    It'd be a nice life to be able to tour across Europe in a Tesla Model S. And that's something the California-based electric-vehicle maker is looking to enable by the end of the year. We're ready. Who's got the key fob? Tesla opened three Supercharger stations in Germany on Thursday and is aiming ...

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    Report: Tesla talking about first European factory, but it won't happen soon
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    Tesla Motors is, as always, thinking big. The company already has a factory in California with a lot of empty space. But with Model S deliveries happening in Europe and a right-hand drive version just launched in the UK, CEO Elon Musk is already talking about building EVs in Europe. We did some ...

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    Report: Spirra EV actually headed for production?
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    The Korean supercar from Oullim Motors, called the Spirra, is making headlines again, this time with regards to an electric powertrain. We've known that there were plans for an electric version of the car since 2011, when we saw a Spirra EV in a video showcasing how the cars are built. Now, Dutch ...

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    Report: Toyota finds profit in Europe thanks to hybrid sales
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    In the land of diesel, Toyota appears to be making money its own way and thereby making more of it. The Japanese automaker is taking on Europe's diesel-centric ways by substantially boosting sales of hybrids on the continent. That, along with cost cutting measures, has increased the company's ...

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    Report: Fleetwide CO2 improvement in EU might not be as good as it appears
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    What, you expected European automakers to test their vehicle emissions levels on gravel roads in a wind storm? Charged with cutting CO2 emissions by more than 30 percent within the next seven years, automakers reduced fleetwide emissions by four percent last year. Of course, such automakers may ...

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    Official: Toyota Europe boss says 'reasonable number' of fuel cell vehicles on the way
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    We know that Toyota is gung-ho about delivering its first hydrogen fuel cell sedan to early-adopter markets like southern California and part of Japan next year. The Japanese automaker's European H2 plans have long been part of the mix, but a new press release shows just how committed Toyota is ...

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    Report: Tesla drops Model S prices in Europe due to strengthening euro [UPDATE]
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    Tesla Motors has been thinking about European Model S sales for years, but things haven't always gone as planned. While sales have been brisk in Norway, the car is less popular in places like Germany, where sales have been slow - less than 100 units sold in the first two months - according to ...

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    Official: Volvo V40 D4 with Drive-E engine can be more efficient than a Toyota Prius
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    The just-introduced Drive-E family of engines from Volvo has found a classy new home. The upcoming Volvo V40 D4 will come with the new powerplants that the Swedish automaker says will be the, "most powerful, lowest emission engine in its segment." How low? When fitted with a manual trasmission, ...

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    Report: Toyota increasing Yaris Hybrid production to 222,000 this year in France
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    More fuel economy means more factory workers and more production for Toyota's most popular model in Europe. That simple equation explains why the Japanese automaker is boosting annual production of its gas- and hybrid-powered Yaris compact vehicles at its French factory. The new number will be ...

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    Report: Honda ending CR-Z, Insight sales in Europe
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    Death by diesel? That may be the epitaph of the Honda Insight and CR-Z in Europe, where the Japanese automaker will discontinue sales of the two hybrid models before to the 2015 model-year. A Honda spokesman confirmed the discontinuation to Automotive News, and information on those models has ...

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    Official: Nissan installs 1,000th CHAdeMO fast charger in Europe
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    While the European Union hasn't been very supportive of CHAdeMO stations, the fast chargers are seeing significant growth in the European electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, with Nissan installing number 1,000 at the Roadchef Clacket Lane Services in Surrey, UK recently. In the past year, the ...

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    Report: BMW i3 wait list grows to six months
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    This could make one real expensive decision a little easier to make. The latest official word is that BMW remains undecided if or when it will expand its sub-brand of i plug-in vehicles beyond the i3 and i8, but the i3 city EV has certainly struck a chord in Europe. Citing BMW executive Ian ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV selling well in Netherlands
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    Talk about a Dutch treat. Mitsubishi says sales of its Outlander Plug-in Hybrid are brisk in Europe, helped in a big way by plug-in vehicle tax incentives in the Netherlands that are getting more people there to buy the world's first production plug-in hybrid CUV. The Japanese automaker has ...

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    Official: Tesla expands Supercharger network in central Europe
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    While you can't drive a Tesla from the US to Europe, Model S drivers on both sides of the pond are seeing a robust Supercharger network. Today, Tesla announced that enough stations exist in central Europe to get a Model S from Amsterdam to cities 500 or 600 miles away in the Alps. As in the US, ...

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    Report: Ford wants to double hybrid offerings by 2020
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    The Blue Oval is looking for folks on the other side of this Big Old Sphere to get on board with its hybrid offerings. Ford executive Raj Nair, speaking at the Detroit Auto Show this week, said the US automaker wants to double the number of hybrids models it offers by the end of the decade, ...

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    Report: Toyota says hybrids paving road to higher profits in Europe
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    Just like Toyota has taken the dominant hybrid-producer position in the US, the Japanese automaker says greener vehicles mean more green in Europe and Russia. Specifically, Toyota Motor Europe executive Didier Leroy told Bloomberg News that increased sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrids are boosting ...

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    Official: First Tesla Supercharger in Switzerland now ready
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    Tesla's Supercharger network is continuing its rapid expansion throughout Europe. Tesla just opened its very first Supercharger station in Switzerland – in the the town of Lully, connecting the routes between Zurich and Geneva. It's located along Switzerland's highway A1. This follows on ...

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