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    Recharge Wrap-up: Nissan Leaf in Puerto Rico, BMW i3 REx tax-free in NJ, BC2BC cancelled
    US and China Sign MOU On EVs, Energy 1406059200

    Envia Systems will develop battery technology for United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR). The $7.7 million contract, co-funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), involves a 36-month development program ...

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    Report: What does the open patents deal mean for Tesla ... and BMW?
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    Gift to the world or trade bait? Tesla Motors announced this week it would open its patents for other automakers to use. That has analysts guessing whether the California-based electric-vehicle maker is looking to either swap trade secrets with other automakers or to expand the proverbial pie ...

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    Official: BMW Smart Charging App helps drivers charge for less
    Company says it can save EV drivers $400 a year 1402401240

    As electric vehicles proliferate and people try to conserve energy, moves toward smart charging seem only natural. Now, BMW is offering smarter charging, and it should mean more money in the pockets of its customers when they charge at home. BMW owners who drive one of the company's i vehicles ...

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    Report: BMW says 80 percent of i3 plug-in EV buyers come from other brands
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    BMW is feeling continued good vibes from its recently launched i sub-brand of plug-in vehicles. The German automaker, which started selling its i3 battery-electric vehicle in Europe late last year, is finding better-than-expected demand for both the i3 and the i8 plug-in hybrid, Automotive News ...

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    Official: BMW i3 with range extender won't get all the EV tax benefits in NJ
    State will discuss direct EV sales tomorrow 1401912000

    Everyone loves that new-car smell, but not everyone loves that new-car tax. And whoever in New Jersey thought the extended-range version of the BMW i3 plug-in would be exempt from said tax was sorely mistaken, Green Car Reports says. To paraphrase the Garden State's favorite son, Bruce ...

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    Report: As BMW i3 US launch nears, more details discovered
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    Think of the BMW i3's gas-powered range-extender as akin to driving around with a middle linebacker in the back seat. Except that football player will have a hard time pushing the car 60 miles or so once the battery runs out. Thankfully, he won't prevent you from getting a nifty tax credit ...

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    Report: BMW ups i3 production to 100 units a day to meet demand
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    To reverse the old Field of Dreams quote, they are coming, so BMW is building them. All indications are that US demand for the BMW i3 plug-in will be larger than initially expected. As a result, the automaker is upping production at its German factor by more than 50 percent in advance of ...

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    Exclusive: Senior VP Hildegard Wortmann says BMW's electric journey is just beginning
    i3, i8 are upscale and green, but also 'proper BMWs' 1394812680

    Anyone who questions BMW's effort or sincerity on electrified vehicles should have a chat with Hildegard Wortmann, the German automaker's senior vice president over product management for automobiles and aftersales. I was fortunate to do just that at the Detroit North American International Auto ...

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    Report: In-demand BMW i8 deliveries start in June, and it's more efficient than we thought
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    Memo to Elon Musk: objects in the rear-view mirror may be closer than they appear. In this case, it's a couple of plug-in BMWs. And they represent the closest thing to a true competitor for Musk and the Tesla Motors electric vehicles. The German automaker re-confirmed that demand for its ...

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    Official: 2014 World Green Car of the Year nominees include EVs, PHEVs and e-gas
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    The World Green Car of the Year will be announced at the New York Auto Show on April 17 – and it looks like hats may be tipping toward the BMW i3. Not only did it make the top five finalist list for World Green Car, it was also named a finalist for 2014 World Car of the Year and the World ...

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    Report: BMW apparently still undecided about future i project electric vehicles
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    Coaches like to say that there's no "i" in team. At least one BMW executive is saying the company's not sure if there are any more "i"s in its near future. BMW executive Harald Krueger indicated that the German automaker is holding back on any i-project plans besides the i3 city car and i8 ...

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    Report: BMW NA president says i3 beats Tesla EVs thanks to lighter all-around footprint
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    Those waiting for a full-out brawl between Tesla Motors head Elon Musk and BMW North America chief Ludwig Willisch will have to wait a bit. For the bloodthirsty, there are signs of some healthy competition and a little bit of green-car sniping between the two automakers. Willisch, speaking at ...

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    BMW i3 qualifies for both green and white HOV stickers in California
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    BMW buyers tend to have enough cash on hand to be buffered from the concept of "sticker shock," but the term may take on a different meaning when it comes to the German automaker's i3 plug-in vehicle and its classification by California clean-air regulators. The first i3 EVs are set to be sold ...

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    Official: BMW 360 Electric provides n00bs with EV service from every angle [Correction]
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    BMW is ready to hold the hand of anyone considering taking the plunge and buying a plug-in model from the German automaker's i sub-brand. A new suite of services called 360 Electric is a "portfolio of consumer-oriented offerings designed to overcome commonly perceived barriers to purchasing an ...

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    Report: Is BMW's i project causing a stock slide?
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    More electric car sales? Good. More stock sales? Bad. That's one theory behind BMW and its stock taking a hit of almost five percent earlier this week after the company forecast lower fourth-quarter earnings largely on its stepped-up investment in electric vehicles like its i3. While the reasons ...

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    Read This: Why the BMW i3 has such a tiny gas tank
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    To give you a better idea of how small the gas tank on the BMW i3's range-extender will be, it's about equal to a quartet of those two-liter plastic Coke bottles you'll get at the supermarket for your next football bash. That's it. The German automaker is limiting the size of its ...

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    Official: BMW invests in UK charging provider Chargemaster in advance of i3 debut
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    BMW is putting a bigger stake in its electric-vehicle initiative by investing in UK-based electric-vehicle charging infrastructure provider Chargemaster Plc in advance of the debut of the German automaker's first production electric vehicle, the i3. In addition to the investment through its i ...

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    Official: BMW, GM successfully test SAE Combo fast chargers on i3, Spark EVs [w/video]
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    Think of it as a BMW-General Motors combo for the Combo. The two automakers have worked together to ensure that the BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Spark Electric will be the first two US vehicles to be compatible with the recently developed Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) so-called fast-charging ...

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    Report: BMW gets 6,000 handraisers in UK, studies 'megacities' to increase EV sales
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    BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer recently cited "German angst" as a concern for the automaker and its efforts to generate sales from its electric-drive vehicles starting later this year. Good thing the British don't appear to share that angst. BMW has tapped 46 UK dealers to help launch the i3 ...

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    Report: BMW exec: Germans should shrug off 'angst' and just buy electric vehicles
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    Honda once told Americans to "respect the van" in its effort to sell its Odyssey minivans. Now, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer is telling his fellow Germans to "embrace the plug." Reithofer cited "German angst" to explain a potential sales roadblock for the German automaker's new "i" sub-brand, ...

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