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    Read This: ​Electric vehicles will widen emissions gap with conventional cars
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    Despite some claims to the contrary, green cars will get downright emerald when it comes to environmental friendliness, as electric production gets cleaner, according to a recent Natural Resources Defense Council blog post. Electric vehicles contribute as much as 53 percent fewer ...

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    Official: Nissan's green-brand image takes a leap thanks to Leaf
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    When it comes to green branding, Nissan went downright General Lee this year, vaulting over a host of companies – jumping 16 spots – to reach No. 5 in Interbrand's annual "Best Global Green Brands" survey. Increased sales for the all-electric Leaf, high safety ratings for the battery ...

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    Report: California still has plenty plug-in HOV lane stickers available
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    Californians aren't exactly standing in line for those green stickers that let plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers get solo-driving access to the state's diamond lanes. So, what else is new? Just over 9,000 of the 40,000 green stickers that California will hand out before January 1, 2015, have landed ...

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    Report: Mind The Skid Marks: Toto toilet company unveils poo-powered motorcycle
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    Yes, this sounds like something straight out of the The Onion, but it appears to be the real deal. Toto Ltd., a Japanese toilet company has apparently constructed a highly efficient motorcycle that runs on, well, excrement. The project, which has been ongoing since 2009 is called 'Toilet Bike ...

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    Report: California has HOV lane stickers for plug-in vehicles, but not many takers
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    Those new green stickers in the Golden State haven't exactly been golden. A California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) program that distributes special high-occupancy-vehicle-lane (HOV) stickers to owners of vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in has started slower than ...

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    Video: Watch Audi's R8 E-Tron quickly and quietly round the 'Ring in 8:09
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    Silent but deadly fast. The Audi R8 E-Tron may set the record for a production EV on the Nurbürgring in June, but the video of Marcus Winkelhock won't win any awards for its sound track. During the eight minutes, nine seconds of driving, the car offers hardly any sound. Gone is the thunder ...

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    Video: 2013 Toyota Prius C doesn't get much love from Consumer Reports
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    Consumer Reports has panned the 2012 Toyota Prius C in a new video review that urges car shoppers to get a used regular Prius over the new baby model, "it's a much better car overall," said Mike Quincy in the review. The problems Toyota ran into in creating the Prius C appear to be in making it ...

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    Report: Reputation of electric cars takes a hit in Japan due to tsunami aftermath?
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    Electric vehicle owners like to think of themselves as green, but that color may be taking on a more glowing, radioactive hue in Japan. The ecologically friendly reputation of electric cars in Japan is taking a hit since last year's meltdowns of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have ...

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    Teased: Toyota releases new FT-Bh teasers ahead of Geneva
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    Toyota has let slip a few additional teasers for the company's FT-Bh concept headed to the Geneva Motor Show in March. As you may recall, the vehicle is an engineering study designed to evaluate what kind of emission reductions can be accomplished in the city car segment without resorting to ...

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    Review: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
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    Is 42 MPG The Ultimate Answer To The Ultimate Question? On paper, it sounds like an enthusiast's dream. Start by trimming almost 100 pounds from the curb weight of the base Chevrolet Cruze. Then drop the optional turbocharged engine underhood, bolted to a six-speed manual transmission. Lower the ...

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    Report: General Motors, BMW to shack up on fuel cell development
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    Reuters reports General Motors and BMW are headed toward a partnership that may see the two automakers join forces on the creation of a fuel cell system. German business magazine Wirtschafts Woche has cited unnamed industry sources as saying talks between the companies are already quite advanced, ...

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    Mitsubishi i rated 112 MPGe with 62 to 98-mile range
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    Mitsubishi is nearly ready to join North America's nascent all-electric parade. The 2012 Mitsubishi i will be available sometime early next year, and the automotive world has been speculating on the type of electron-powered economy one can expect to achieve when behind the wheel. The speculators ...

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    Study: Study: Consumer Reports says car buyers will pay for higher fuel economy, won't compromise safety
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    According to a survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, new car buyers are factoring fuel economy as a larger concern in their purchases. That's no real surprise given that prices at the pump remain high, but the study also revealed that those same consumers are ...

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    Autotrader survey shows most motorists go green to "save money, not the environment"
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    Research conducted by Auto Trader suggests that money, not the environment, is the main driving force behind motorists' interest in eco-friendly vehicles, at least in Great Britain. The majority of UK motorists (73 percent) would consider "going green" to save money on fuel, compared to just 41 ...

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    EV Cup calendar brings electric racing, former Stig to California [w/video]
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    It's said that racing improves the breed, and if ever there was a breed of vehicles that could stand some improving, it's electric ones. The EV Cup is a racing series designed to encourage this very thing, and the announcement of its official 2011 inaugural calendar reveals dates at Laguna Seca ...

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    Shanghai: Luxgen shows Neora EV concept in Shanghai
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    Luxgen is making a splash at the Shanghai Motor Show with the world debut of its Neora EV sedan shown here. Sporting a 180 kW induction motor, Luxgen says the car's electric powertrain will push the four-door to 60 miles per hour in an impressive 6.5 seconds. That may not be lightning quick, but ...

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    Are green cars considered feminine? Advertisers may be to blame
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    According to a recent study, companies hawking green wares may need to change their marketing strategies. OgilvyEarth, a consulting group specializing in sustainability, just released the results of their research called "Mainstream Green: Moving sustainability from niche to normal." It turns out ...

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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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    Report: Automaker group voices concerns over federal ethanol legislation
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    Lawmakers and car manufacturers often find themselves on opposite ends of debates, and a proposed mandate to make most vehicles E85 capable only proves that point. The Detroit News reports that Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has sponsored a bill that would force automakers to make 90 percent of ...

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    Report: EU working to ban gas and diesel-powered cars by 2050
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    According to new reports, the European Union will announce plans to ban all fossil fuel-powered cars in Europe by 2050. The detailed plan will be outlined in the European Union's Roadmap on Transport, which will come out on Monday. By 2030, the EU plans to have reduced fossil fuel traffic by ...

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