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    Recharge Wrap-up: Couple wins Toyota Mirai; Tesla Gigafactory wages reported
    National Biodiesel Board Elects Leadership; DOE Reports Progress In Hydrogen Production 1416661200

    A couple who won a Toyota Mirai at the Los Angeles Auto Show are among the first people to own the new fuel-cell sedan. Marianne Ellis bought the winning ticket - auctioned off by the Environmental Media Association to fund environmental programs - as a possible 30th anniversary gift for her ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla details factory expansion; Ford and SunPower raise money for Sierra Club
    Volkswagen Reports Environmental Program Is Doing Well; Beijing's EV Registration Lottery Flops; Dealer Protection Laws Hurt EV Adoption 1416495420

    Tesla has revealed the details of the upgrade of its Fremont, CA factory. One major change is the addition of a dedicated production space for the dual-motor P85D version of the Model S. Robots will be doing the battery installation on the Model S to save some time, and new export docks allow ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Chevy Volt named KBB "Best Buy," slow BMW i3 sales in Germany
    Audi Makes E-Diesel From Blue Crude; Uber Partners With Spotify 1416409080

    The Chevrolet Volt has been awarded Kelley Blue Book's Electric/Hybrid Car Best Buy for 2015. KBB cited the car's electric commuter capabilities, extended range, acceleration, design and overall value as reasons to place it above the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Toyota Prius. It works well in the real ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Daimler To Stop Battery Production At Li-Tec, House approves Keystone XL pipeline
    EIA Predicts More Ethanol Next Year, Shorter Oil Supply In Coming Years; EV Interface Controller now available 1416344280

    Andromeda Interfaces has launched its Electric Vehicle Interface Controller (EVIC), which displays and allows the user to visualize various vehicle systems. Users can monitor their EVs battery usage, motor controllers and vehicle charging. The EVIC gathers various data - voltage, cell ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Grimsel electric car breaks acceleration world record, electric Ford Raptor ATV debuts
    Lexus CT 200h Takes On BMW i3 In Funny Or Die Video 1416170700

    An all-electric version of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is now available... as an ATV. Made by Caddyshack Golf Cars, it features officially licensed Ford badging borrowed from the super-macho pickup. It has a lifted chassis with leaf springs in the front and rear, hydraulic shocks and off-road ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla battery drain reported; ELF two-seater solar trike
    KiOR Biofuel Company Bankrupt; Car2go To Hit 1 Million Users; VIA eREV Vans EPA Certified 1415980260

    Biofuel company KiOR has filed for bankruptcy. KiOR, which was born out of a partnership between Khosla Ventures and Dutch biofuel startup BIOeCON, has debts numbering $261.31 million, with just $58.27 million in assets. The company produced biocrude from cellulosic biomass, but was unable to ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: AutoNation CEO calls anti-Tesla laws unnecessary, Common Pence donates subway money
    Volkswagen Highlights Broad Efficiency Plans 1415883660

    Volkswagen has presented a list of near-term technologies to improve fuel economy and decrease emissions. The list includes an addition to a coasting function in its stop-start system, a 10-speed DSG transmission and a more power-dense four-cylinder TDI engine. Volkswagen aims to be the world's ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Pollution in China kills 670,000 yearly, Australia gets new fast-charging network
    Chevron Fined For Over-Oxygenated Gasoline; Chinese Researchers Make 95.4 Octane Gas From Biomass 1415806020

    CARB has fined Chevron $329,700 for over-oxygenated gasoline. The regulations put the cap for oxygenates at 10 percent, but 4.4 million gallons of Chevron gas from 2010 and 2011 were found to have about 11 percent. While adding oxygenates to gasoline helps reduce carbon monoxide and soot, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Honda Legend Sport Hybrid launching in Japan; driving cross-country on chicken fat
    GKN Develops Two-Speed eAxle; Why EVs Failed The First Time Around 1415727000

    Honda will begin sales in Japan of the Legend Sport Hybrid SH-AWD in January. The Legend is Japan's answer to the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid sold in the US. Up front, the new flagship sedan uses a 3.5-liter V6 with cylinder deactivation and a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission with integrated ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: BMW integrates EV charging into streetlights, EV Fleet debuts electric pickup
    RFA Calls Out Retailers On E85 Price Gouging; Stock Expert Predicts A Tesla In Every Garage 1415656500

    BMW has unveiled prototypes of LED streetlights that also serve as EV charging stations. "Light and Charge is a simple and innovative solution to naturally integrate a reliable network of charging stations in the city," says BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer. Connected to the ChargeNow network, they're ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: 2015 Fuel Economy Guide available, how Porsche ships 919 Hybrid
    Terra Motors Brings Electric Scooter To Europe; VW Provides Research e-Golf To Stanford 1415397660

    The EPA and Department of Energy have released the 2015 Fuel Economy Guide. Unsurprisingly, the groups say that this year features more fuel efficient and low-emissions vehicles than previous years, and they span a greater variety of vehicle types. The guide also provides "best-in-class" lists, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Chevy Volt's new, improved powertrain; Inabikari wants to build Tesla Model X fighter
    Interview With Hyundai Hydrogen Boss; New Emissions Rules Will Mean Design Changes 1415314740

    We knew the 2016 Chevrolet Volt's new powertrain would provide more range, but we didn't know how much. According to GM's Executive Director Larry Nitz, it is about 12 percent more, overall. "I can't think of a powertrain we've re-engineered more extensively within a five-year period than this ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla Model S races TVR Tuscan S, Chicago considers E15
    Continental, SK Innovation Might End Battery Partnership; Chargemaster Installs Wiltshire Charging Network 1415192040

    Continental might end a partnership with Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation due to low demand. Lower-than-expected growth and an abundance of competition have cast a shadow over the partners' plans to supply lithium ion batteries for electric cars. Continental CFO Wolfgang Schaefer sees ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Volt makes up third of Quebec Chevy dealerships sales, Tesla seeks Aussie talent
    Electric Turbochargers Are Future Of Fuel Efficiency; US Crude Futures Tumble 1415142000

    A Chevrolet dealership in Quebec has had the Volt make up 35 percent of its sales so far this year. Bourgeois Chevrolet in Rawdon, Quebec received recognition for the feat at the 2014 Electric Vehicle Conference, where it won the award for Leading Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Dealership. To ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Indianapolis to switch 425 fleet vehicles to EVs, Chevy Corvette provides bat habitats
    Vehicle-To-Grid Could Mean Longer EV Range In US; LG Chem Breaks Ground In China 1415055600

    Indianapolis will deploy 425 battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as part of its municipal fleet by 2016. The fleet will include such cars as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Ford Fusion Energi. The city will also reduce its overall fleet by 100 vehicles. In all, the revised group - ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota FCV Rally Car To Compete, Barra bullish on Chevy Volt
    18 Percent Of US Drivers Have Used Carsharing; Ethanol Producers Complain Of Slow Rail Shipping 1414764240

    The Toyota FCV will compete in the last stage of the 2014 Japanese Rally Championship. The sport-tuned hydrogen-powered car will tackle the 177-mile Shinshiro Rally on November 1 and 2, emitting no greenhouse gases in the process. The rally course will help prove the safety of the vehicle before ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: meet the '66 ZelectricBug, DOE announces home-scale H2 refueling competition
    New Hyundai Hybrid Transmission Integrates Electric Motor; Battery Startup Plans $1 Billion Factory In NC; Shanghai Waives Tesla Plate Fees 1414702680

    The US Department of Energy has launched the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize competition to create small- to medium-scale hydrogen refueling systems. The systems could be home-scale systems that produce hydrogen using utilities at home for refueling, or medium-scale systems to supply locations such ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Elio explains engine updates, gas prices lowest since 2010
    Researchers Aim For More Accurate Range Estimates; DC Cabbies Protest Ride Service Bill 1414591320

    Computer engineers at North Carolina State University are working toward creating more accurate range estimates in electric cars. They hope that it could help relieve range anxiety. The new system takes the whole route into account rather than using an average of the previous miles driven. This ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: more than 600K EVs worldwide; Musk sees demons in AI
    Renault Eolab Would Cost Around $24K; NTx Apps Challenge Awards; Tesla Supercharger Notifications 1414530120

    More than 600,000 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars have been sold worldwide. This number is up 20 percent in the last four months, and includes the top 10 countries for EVs. The number does not include most commercial vehicles, motorcycles, buses or EVs not legal for highway use. The US ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla considers Model III SUV and wagon, Ford tears Tesla apart
    No Incentives For EVs In Brazil 1414447200

    Worries over Brazil's electric grid mean EVs are excluded from green car incentives. As part of a new efficiency program, non-plug-in hybrids will be eligible for a reduction in import duties, while EVs and plug-in hybrids will not. Brazil's government is concerned that the country's grid lacks ...

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