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    The ugly economics of green vehicles
    All Of Us Want Cleaner Cars, But How Many Of Us Are Willing To Pay For Them? 1411166700

    It's fair to say that most consumers would prefer a green vehicle, one that has a lower impact on the environment and goes easy on costly fuel (in all senses of the term). The problem is that most people can't – or won't – pay the price premium or put up with the compromises today's ...

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    Exclusive: IRS won't, or can't, reveal how many plug-in vehicle tax credits are left
    No One At The Federal Agency Seems To Know What's Going On 1411066740

    The IRS has set up a page to help track individual automaker sales figures, but it's a complete mess. One of the benefits of driving a plug-in vehicle these days is a federal tax credit worth up to $7,500. Officially called IRC 30D, this credit is intended to make the high cost of new EVs ...

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    Official: Renault Eolab is a hyperefficient, conventional-looking answer to VW's XL1 [w/video]
    260 MPG Concept Coming To Paris 1410906540

    Watch out Volkswagen, Renault has your number. Debuting at the Paris Motor Show in a few weeks, this Renault Eolab concept aims to match the German automaker's XL1 space pod's fuel economy – without its out-of-this-world styling and offbeat packaging. The VW, which gets its name from its ...

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    Video: GM learning from current Chevy Volt owners as it works on next-gen model
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    Details of the second-generation Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid are coming in at a trickle, and the latest is that the 2016 model-year Volt will be improved in all meaningful areas, including performance and all-electric range, says General Motors powertrain director Larry Nitz. ...

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    Official: UC Davis is most EV-ready campus
    Based On Number Of Charging Stations, Anyway 1410868620

    When it comes to deploying electric-vehicle charging stations, University of California Davis is giving it the old college try. The school, located just outside of Sacramento, has 38 plug-in vehicle charging stations on campus, making it the most charging-friendly institution of higher learning ...

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    Video: How to charge up your BMW i3 with a Honda
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    Behold a cheaper version of BMW's range extender for its i3 plug-in. And it's brought to you by ... Honda? Sort of, if you take the approach that Gadget Review took when it looked for an alternative to ponying up the $4,000 or so for the gas-powered i3 range extender that comes from the ...

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    Official: Despite Bright leaders, Echo Automotive needs to restructure
    Echo Tells SEC It 'Does Not Have Adequate Liquidity' 1410371880

    Not to state the obvious, but an echo is about all that's left for the plug-in hybrid vehicle system maker of the same name. Echo Automotive, which was led by the engineering team of the defunct Bright Automotive, has run out of cash. Echo said in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing ...

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    Report: Apple Watch watches your BMW i3, i8
    EV Drivers Can Monitor Charging Status, 1410361020

    Apple unveiled details about its long-awaited Apple Watch yesterday and we now know that the $349, er, watch will be released to the public early next year. Amid the millions of features the watch has is the ability to provide real-time information on the battery charge level in a BMW i3 or i8 ...

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    Official: California has sold 102,440 EVs since Volt, Leaf went on sale in 2010
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    Last July, Plug In America declared that a Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Alabama was the 100,000th electric vehicle sold in the US. Today, the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative announced that that many EVs have now been sold in California alone. To celebrate the milestone – which was ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf sells 3,186 in best month ever as Chevy moves 2,511 Volts
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    The end of summer seems to inspire people to go out and buy a lot of plug-in vehicles. Last year, for example, the Chevy Volt had its best month ever in August, with 3,351 sales. This year, the Nissan Leaf is going up to the winner's podium, setting its own best-ever record with 3,186 units ...

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    Official: Aggressive new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S coming to Paris
    Key Words Are "Sporty And Sophisticated" 1409669880

    Already a hit in the rest of the world, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid is not coming to the US until late next year. That gives Mitsu plenty of time to upgrade the SUV to the next-generation model, and we might be getting a glimpse of what the US-speck Outlander PHEV will look like at ...

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    Report: Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner
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    For the most part, plug-in hybrids rely on the power stored in the battery until that charge is depleted. Unless the switch can be changed manually, it's only then that the cars fire up the internal combustion engine and begin using the fossil fuels on board. This is ideal, of course, when one's ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV van variant coming to Europe
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    Mitsubishi's Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV will be hitting our shores this fall. Across the Pond, however, it's heading into more no-nonsense territory. That's because the Japanese automaker is making a commercial van variant of the plug-in hybrid for the UK. Mitsubishi will start selling a model ...

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    Report: Are the EPA's MPGe ratings hurting EV sales?
    Confusion May Reign 1409054400

    Plug-in vehicle makers are losing out on sales dollars because the mileage ratings don't make a lot of sense. That's what one Venture Beat writer says after buying a Toyota Prius Plug-in and trying to apply the miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) standard to real-world results. In short, it's ...

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    Someone's willing to pay $16,000 for a hollow, non-working BMW i8
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    There is an unusual BMW i8 for sale on eBay right now. Unlike your average – and by that we mean "working" – i8, this one pretty much just sits there, looking pretty. See, the i8 in question is just a promotional body shell. It's fullsize and being sold (we think) by a legit BMW ...

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    First BMW i8 in US sells for $825,000
    That's Six Times Base MSRP, But At Least Jay Leno Was There To Give The Car Away 1408392840

    Here are some numbers. The standard BMW i8 starts at starts at $135,700. The first i8 in the US was auctioned off at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this past weekend and the auctioneers, Gooding & Company, said before the gavel was lifted the fist time that they expected the i8 with ...

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    GM admits Cadillac ELR no real competition for Tesla Model S
    Hey Detroit, Where's The EV That Can Challenge California? 1408122960

    Last year, then-CEO of General Motors, Dan Akerson, made it clear that the company lookouts at the Ren Cen had California automaker Tesla in their sights. "If you want to compete head-to-head with Tesla, and we ultimately will, you want to do it with a Cadillac," he said. So, given the fact that ...

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    Official: Over 100 events already scheduled for National Drive Electric Week
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    113 cities and counting. That's not bad for an event that started with just 29 four years ago. Yes, next month, from September 15-21, National Drive Electric Week will take place in over 100 locations around the country (with some in Canada and Mexico). The celebration of electric vehicles is ...

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    Video: Pump: The Movie, wants to crush America's addiction to oil
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    if you've ever felt like going to the gas station was in some ways similar to a junkie visiting a dealer, we've got the movie for you. Pump: The Movie is coming to theaters next month and it looks like it's going to put the addiction to oil message front and center. We like the movie's ...

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    What we know, and think we know, about the 2016 Chevy Volt
    Five Seats? 1.0-Liter, 3-Cylinder Engine? More Efficient? 1407884220

    With the next-gen Chevy Volt due to make an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show early next year, bits and pieces about the new car are making their way into the press. Perhaps most importantly, the new Volt is going to have better "fuel economy and efficiency," according to GM executive vice ...

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