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    Video: MindDrive cruises California with 1972 Karmann Ghia EV
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    If you need a bit of inspirational EV goodness, spend some time watching the collection of videos we've got for you from Minddrive. Minddrive, as you might remember, is the education mentorship program that "uses real-world issues of our times to teach urban students critical thinking, ...

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    Tango EV is an excellent little sight gag in Silicon Valley [w/video]
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    I haven't been watching HBO's new nerd comedy Silicon Valley, but I should have known that anything from the brain of Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head, Idiocracy) is likely to be pretty funny. People sure seem to like it, and if a sight gag from the pilot episode is any indication, the producers ...

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    Report: What is Tesla doing looking for autonomous driving engineers?
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    Like iPhone acolytes reading Apple patents for clues to future tech, it's possible to look at the job posting from Tesla Motors to get a clue about next-gen models. That's what our friend David Herron did over at Torque News when he discovered more details on the automaker possibly building ...

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    Read This: Tesla loan payoff opens up takeover scenario, is Google interested? [w/video]
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    'Tesla needs to prove success is sustainable and that it is based on a solid financial foundation. If they do, they should be an appealing takeover target.' Buried in the loan agreement text between Tesla Motors and the US Department of Energy were restrictions on the automaker's ability to ...

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    Report: Ride The Future EV advocates plan very quiet, 3,000-mile drive across US
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    In 1946, Bobby Troup penned the ultimate road-trip tune (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66. Almost 70 years later, a group of ambitious electric-vehicle enthusiasts are putting their own spin on the prototypical east-to-west US voyage with the Ride The Future Tour. Kicking off July 4 (how American), ...

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    Report: Tesla CEO Elon Musk likes autonomous driving cars, but prefers term 'autopilot'
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    Looks like Tesla might be hiding more in its software than blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control. According to Bloomberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is "discussing" autonomous cars with Google, specifically the Lidar laser tracking system. Oh, and if you're going to have a self-driving future ...

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    Official: Evatran adds Google, LADWP to Plugless Power wireless charging network
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    Evatran is bringing wireless electric vehicle charging technology to two new entities through its Apollo Program, with Google and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power joining the ranks. Since early 2012, Evatran has been working with commercial partners to introduce its Plugless Power ...

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    Google adding Lexus RX450h to driverless fleet, but what's in it for them?
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    As driverless cars make their way to Nevada and Florida, and possibly California, in state-sanctioned test programs, Google continues to play a big part in collecting the data. It's self-diving Toyota Prius vehicles have clocked in more than 300,000 miles of testing. Google has added another car ...

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    Report: Google adds hybrid Lexus RX450h to autonomous fleet
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    The Google self-driving-vehicle fleet has grown by one. According to Wired, the tech giant has added a black Lexus RX450h to its autonomous stable. The hybrid SUV was spotted out on the road for testing wearing a new roof-mounted sensor array that's significantly more streamlined than the gear ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi ships first fleet EVs to Google and IGO car-sharing service
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    Mitsubishi shipped its first i electric-vehicles dedicated to fleet use to Google and IGO CarSharing this month, as the Japanese automaker looks to boost U.S. sales of the car that's been sold overseas – as the i-MiEV – for years. Mitsubishi sent the fleet i vehicles to Google's ...

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    Official: Honda sends more Fit EVs to Google, Stanford University for testing
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    Honda expanded the demonstration program it started for its Fit electric vehicles late last month by sending two more EVs to Google and Stanford University. Honda said Google, whose Mountain View, CA, headquarters are about 40 miles south of San Francisco and five miles from Stanford, is using ...

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    First Ford Focus Electric heads to Google
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    This time last year, Ford was pulling the wraps off the Focus Electric at CES in Las Vegas. Twelve months later, Ford is slowly beginning production of its first EV at its Michigan Assembly plant and dropped off one early example to the crew at Google. We're not sure what the search giant is ...

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    Video: Pipistrel wins $1.35 million in Google-sponsored 2011 Green Flight Challenge
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    In the end, the competition for the $1.35 million top prize in the 2011 Green Flight Challenge came down to just two craft, the eGenius and the Pipistrel G4. After both managed to meet the goal of the contest – fly 200 miles at over 100 miles per hour using less than the equivalent energy ...

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    NASA to award $1.65 million in Google Green Flight Challenge
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    The CAFE Foundation has announced that Google will sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The CAFE Foundation (which here stands for Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) will host the event from September 25 through October 2 at ...

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    Google using trikes and boats for Street View of the Amazon Rainforest
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    Ever wonder what it's like to hike across the massive Amazon Rainforest, the most species-rich tract of land in the world? Well, wonder no more 'cause Google Street View will take you inside the tropical rainforest, which is shortlisted as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders ...

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    Google sponsors $1.65 million NASA Green Flight Challenge
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    The CAFE Foundation has announced that Google will sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The CAFE Foundation (which here stands for Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) will host the event from September 25 through October 2, 2011 ...

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    Video: How Ford is using Google's Prediction API to increase efficiency
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    The other day, we got word that Ford was tapping Google's new Prediction API to provide location and routing services for its fleet of plug-in hybrids and full EVs. Today, Ford's engineers are speaking at the Google I/O developers summit and they've released a video explaining how the ...

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    Ford uses Google's Prediction API to make commutes more efficient, optimize EVs
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    Android developers across the world have descended on San Francisco for this week's Google I/O conference, and Ford is getting in on the action with its announcement to utilize Google's new Prediction API to increase efficiency and decrease commute times. The Prediction API has a range of ...

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    Google testing out Plugless Power wireless charging system
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    Once a small startup itself, Internet search giant Google should be able to relate to the extreme challenges that companies face when venturing into uncharted territory. With that in mind, Google turned to a little-known company called Plugless Power to install a wireless charging system at the ...

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    Google's investment in Transphorm could give electric cars more range
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    Compared to gas and diesel vehicles, electric cars are incredibly efficient. It's a good thing too, since their batteries hold only a small fraction of the energy in a typical gas tank. As with most any technology, though, there is always room to boost efficiency. This is where start-up ...

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