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    Report: Japan considering offering free hydrogen cars because $30k incentives apparently not enough
    And Free Fuel, Too, Why Not? 1407348000

    There's no such thing as a free lunch. A free hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, though? It may become a possibility in Japan, says Automotive News. We know the Japanese government is being plenty supportive of hydrogen vehicles since it will provide about $20,000 worth of incentives to prospective ...

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    Report: China decrees 30 percent of new government vehicles will plug in
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    Maybe Warren Buffett's bet on Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD will pay off after all. That's because the Chinese government just made a commitment to buy lots of advanced-powertrain vehicles through its government-vehicle system in an effort to address the notorious pollution problem in ...

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    Report: Pennsylvania, Tesla approach five-store compromise [UPDATE]
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    In the Keystone State, the compromise number between zero and unlimited is five, apparently. Pennsylvania's Senate applied that math in an attempt to resolve the issue of allowing Tesla Motors to operate company-owned stores in the state. The senate this week unanimously voted for a bill that ...

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    Report: What's this, a bipartisan proposal to increase the US gas tax?
    Senators Corker (R) And Murphy (D) Want To Tie It To Inflation 1403641620

    It would be the first federal hike in gas taxes since 1993. One Democrat and one Republican senator are reaching across the aisle to try to solve an upcoming funding shortfall for US road improvements. Of course, it involves raising taxes, so this first step might also be the last in the ...

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    Report: Japan's government gives hydrogen vehicles a big boost
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    The Japanese government is really paving the way for hydrogen fuel cell technology on its roads. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry is changing regulations on fuel tanks to make hydrogen cars more appealing to drivers, which should help put the country ahead of others in the race to ...

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    Official: China's push for better fuel economy has a bigger purpose
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    Any business reporter is taught that, when in doubt, always follow the money. With China's aggressive push for advanced-powertrain vehicle production and sales, that means better fleetwide fuel economy. Why? Lower fuel use means less money spent importing oil. It's that simple. China's gasoline ...

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    Official: DOE lays out 'all of the above' energy strategy for next five years
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    The US government really does have a plan for how advanced-drivetrain technology will help the country meet its goal of cutting petroleum imports in half by the end of the decade, which means US emissions will need to be 17 percent lower than they were in 2005. The plans involves, among other ...

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    Report: US to help China draft stricter emissions regulations
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    The US will soon work with China as the world's most populous nation works to draft stricter emissions standards. The two countries certainly know how to put pollution into the air – China is the world's biggest emitter polluter, followed by the US. The announcement was made during a visit ...

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    Report: UK getting ready to end EV subsidies
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    When it comes to electric-vehicle subsidies in the UK, the government is selling but the public isn't buying. British ministers are saying that a two-year-old program that funds 5,000 British pounds ($7,850) worth of subsidies to buyers of electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf will be ...

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    Official: Biofuel company Sapphire Energy pays of $54.5m government loan early
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    In the "lightning strikes twice" department, another California company in the green transportation field has said it paid off its federal government loans ahead of schedule. In this case, San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, which specializes in converting plant algae to crude oil, says it has paid ...

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    Official: Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi will collaborate on charging network in Japan
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    A rising tide and electric vehicles may make for a mixed metaphor, but four of Japan's largest automakers say they're going to work together to build out enough of a charging infrastructure to boost demand for plug-in vehicles in their home country. Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi will work ...

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    Report: US House votes to keep $25b DOE loan program alive
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    In the "it may be broke, but we ain't fixing it" department, the US government has decided not to shutter the $25 billion Department of Energy loan program geared to accelerate advanced-powertrain technology development, the Detroit News reports. Given the opportunity to cut a mere $6 million in ...

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    Report: Congress may change, or even repeal, 2007 ethanol mandate
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    The battle over selling a higher ethanol blend of gasoline in light-duty vehicle fuel is back in the headlines, as some members of Congress are now suggesting an overhaul of the 2007 ethanol mandate, the Detroit News says. Some Congresspeople are arguing that the ethanol mandate needs to be ...

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    Official: US DOE ready with $9m in grants for fuel-cell advances
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    Some might say $9 million is a drop in the zero-emission bucket when it comes to federal funding of hydrogen fuel-cell advancements, but it does beat a sharp stick in the eye. The US Department of Energy has announced a $9-million grant that will be directed towards speeding up hydrogen ...

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    Study: CR says higher CAFE standards will save car buyers $4,600
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    Consumer Reports isn't wearing quite as rosy a pair of sunglass as the federal government is about the savings prospects for US drivers once stricter fuel economy standards take effect in model year 2017. Still, the publication says drivers will save a few thousand dollars worth of gas during the ...

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    Report: House Republicans will hold hearing on Fisker, Henrik asks for travel funds
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    House Republicans have been critical of the Obama Administration over new-energy loans to companies such as Tesla Motors, and will hold a hearing later this month to discuss struggling California-based Fisker Automotive, the Wall Street Journal says. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), of the ...

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    Report: French nuclear power grid could be strained by electric vehicles
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    File this under the "if it's not one thing, it's another" department. France, whose largest automaker Renault is already addressing concerns over what may be less-than-expected demand for electric vehicles, has a power grid that may be insufficient should consumers adopt plug-in vehicles in ...

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    Official: Toyota loans two hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to DOE
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    Following a record-setting year of plug-in electric vehicle sales in the US, the federal government is continuing an "all-of-the-above" alternative energy strategy to ensure folks don't forget about the wonders of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV). In fact, the US Energy Department's ...

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    Report: Canadian governments will invest $34m upgrading Toyota plant for Lexus hybrid
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    Many Americans – Michael Moore excluded, of course – regard our neighbors to the north as friendly. But we imagine Toyota must be feeling even more warm and fuzzy that we do right about now. We imagine this because of the fact that Canadian government entities will kick in as much as ...

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    Report: US 'fiscal cliff' deal extends biofuel incentives, includes support for e-scooters
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    When the US Senate signed off on a budget agreement to (at least temporarily) avoid the so-called "fiscal clif," it stirred up plenty of debate among Democrats and Republicans. It is doing the same among those eying the biofuel industry. Here's how the green vehicle scene shakes out for now, ...

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