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    Report: Here We Go Again: Lexus attacks EVs in new ad [UPDATE]
    No One Would Want An EV If These Messages Were True 1410301740

    UPDATE: We got a comment from founding member of Plug In America Paul Scott on this ad. It's available below. The last time Lexus attacked plug-in battery vehicles in an ad, it had to apologize. The company is remaining on message, though, and has revisited a hybrid-vehicle advertising campaign ...

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    Report: London's double-decker buses get updated with wireless charging
    Transport For London Installs Inductive Chargers In Four Buses 1410007560

    Those big red buses running throughout London will be a little greener next year. The city's Transport for London (TfL) department is working on a program that will charge a few of its double-decker hybrid buses wirelessly at some of the city's bus stops, Pocket-lint says. TfL will retrofit four ...

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    Report: Rhode Island approves EV-specific license plates
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    OK, so it only took a couple of years for Rhode Island to get the hang of electric vehicle-specific license plates, like its New England neighbors. Now that the smallest state in the union has caught on, it's nice to see that Rhode Island has upped the game by including hybrids in that ...

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    Official: Prius out, ELR in with changing HOV landscape
    Arizona Kicks Out Hybrids, But PHEVs, Pure EVs Still Qualify 1407537000

    Out with the sort-of-old, in with the new-ish. The Arizona Department of Transportation has updated its list of vehicles that can legally drive in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane no matter how many people are in the car. The changes show us how the green car landscape is changing. Only ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla seeks Gigafactory architect, Uber hails carpools
    Audi A3 E-Tron On Sale In Germany; Tesla Names First Female Board Member 1407419820

    Tesla is looking for an architect to help design its proposed Gigafactory battery manufacturing facility. According to the Palo Alto-based job listing, which is titled "Architect - Gigafactory," the applicant must have, among other qualifications, over five years of experience with "high-tech ...

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    Official: 2015 Toyota Prius Persona special edition arrives in September
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    Is the Prius going into "Pimp My Ride" territory? A new official special edition model won't be lowered or have three-wheel motion or anything like that (though that'd be cool), but the world's best-selling hybrid is putting on a few stylish bells and whistles this September. Toyota has ...

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    Report: Next Toyota Prius may get optional all-wheel drive
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    We've been hearing rumors about the next generation of the Toyota Prius for the last couple of years on a pretty regular basis. From the expectation of lithium-ion battery packs with more capacity for electric-only miles to wireless charging and more emotional styling, there's been no shortage of ...

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    By The Numbers: June 2014: The looks-can-be-deceiving edition
    For The First Time, Fusion Energy Beats Chevy Volt 1404498480

    To paraphrase the classic villain line from the old Scooby Doo episodes, it would've been a good June if it wasn't for those meddling Volkswagen diesel and Chevy Malibu sales. Advanced-powertrain vehicle sales in the US halted their upward trajectory last month, and year-over-year demand fell for ...

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    Report: Ford not backing down on MPG-based marketing strategy
    EcoBoost, Hybrids Will Still Be Highlighted In Future Ads 1403737080

    The Blue Oval may have to back off a bit from the green messaging. Ford has had to lower fuel-economy ratings on a number of 2013 and 2014 model-year vehicles, namely its hybrids. And that may force the US automaker to rethink some of its marketing strategy, Automotive News reports. Ford has ...

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    Report: How Toyota's Le Mans racer may make its next Prius even better
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    The supercapacitor technology in the Toyota TS040 "offers great possibility for production car use." – Amanda Rice, Toyota Pop-culture junkies familiar with 1980s touchstone movies will hear the word "capacitor" and think Back to the Future. But the concept of supercapacitors being used ...

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    Exclusive: Ford made three big mistakes in calculating MPG for 2013 C-Max Hybrid
    Latest Error Was Discovered In March 1403029680

    It's been a rough time for the official fuel economy figures for the Ford C-Max Hybrid. When the car was released in 2012, Ford made a huge deal about how it would beat the Toyota Prius V, which was rated at 42 combined miles per gallon, 44 city and 40 highway. The Ford? 47 mpg across the ...

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    Official: EVs, hybrids finding a home in Scottish Car Clubs
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    Car clubs in Scotland are getting some electric love from their government. The UK is putting £1,000,000 ($1.7 million US) of new funding toward electric vehicles, specifically encouraging the clean growth of car clubs Scotland. Those funds are expected to provide as many as 30 additional ...

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    Study: Here's where green cars are the most popular
    Diesel and hybrids both selling well in Texas, California 1402063200

    As we've already learned, 2013 was a pretty big year for diesel and hybrid sales. According to registration data, there are now 7 million diesel passenger vehicles and 2.8 million hybrids on the roads in the US. Diesel registrations grew by 410,040 last year, and hybrids increased by 531,385. ...

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    Official: Old Toyota Camry Hybrid batteries find new life in Yellowstone
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    Beginning this fall, used hybrid batteries that would otherwise be recycled will get a second life in Yellowstone National Park. 208 nickel-metal hydride batteries are being retired from the Toyota Camry Hybrids they once helped power and will become part of an off-the-grid energy system at ...

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    Report: New Iranian law could boost EVs, hybrids
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    A change in Iranian trade law could help promote the sale of hybrid and electric vehicles. EVs and hybrids with engines 2.5-liters or smaller are no longer subject to import tariffs, reports the Tehran Times. Iran intends to completely eliminate car import tariffs within two years, according to ...

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    Report: Senate committee votes to ban solo driver hybrids from HOV lanes
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    Are hybrids officially swimming in the US mainstream? A recent federal government amendment appears to imply as much, since it says that hybrid drivers won't be able to count on getting solo access to high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes. And the Prius Nation sighs. A recently approved six-year ...

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    Official: Toyota finds 10% MPG improvement in hybrid PCU
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    Keeping up its from-all-angles approach to efficiency, Toyota has found yet another way to eke out up to ten percent more precious MPGs in its hybrid vehicles, this time electronically. The automaker has announced the development of new silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors for use in power ...

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    Report: US buyers show little interest in big hybrids
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    The idea of producing large, luxury-vehicle hybrids is turning into a "what were they thinking?" exercise in futility, USA Today reports. General Motors is discontinuing hybrid versions of the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs, while Mercedes-Benz and Toyota's Lexus division ...

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    By The Numbers: April 2014: The ramping-up-for-summer edition
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    Americans appear to be gearing up for further increases in US gas prices, as green-car sales last month had their largest year-over-year gains of 2014. Domestic customers bought almost 56,000 hybrids, plug-ins and diesels in April, marking a 2.6 percent increase from April 2013. Plug-in sales ...

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    Study: EV buyers are younger, more affluent than hybrid shoppers
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    If you're a real estate broker and see someone pulling up to your listed property in a Nissan Leaf, you should probably pay attention, because there's a pretty good chance that the driver of the very quiet car will be able to score a mortgage. According to data from Experian Automotive, EV owners ...

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