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    Report: Local production could improve Toyota Prius' fortunes in China

    The Toyota Prius is the world's most popular hybrid vehicle, but it may take domestic production capabilities for the model to achieve a high level of popularity in China. Japan-based Toyota is aiming to produce an increasing percentage of Prius components in China in order to bring down its ...

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    Report: Georgia could end $5,000 EV subsidy by April 1

    Electric-vehicle advocates may really start believing the old Charlie Daniels song The Devil Went Down to Georgia after reading that one of that state's former politicians wants to abolish the local EV tax incentive. Former Alpharetta Mayor Chuck Martin says the state should cut its $5,000 perk ...

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    Report: China will re-start plug-in vehicle subsidies, says BYD chair

    China, which ended its three-year electric-vehicle subsidy program in December, will resume it as soon as April, Reuters reports, citing BYD chairman Wang Chuanfu. The head of the China-based automaker, whose biggest shareholder is Warren Buffet, didn't disclose details about the subsidy ...

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    Report: Ethanol advocates poke fun at Big Oil with "Century of Subsidies" party

    No one would mistake a bunch of ethanol advocates for the folks at Second City, but we give the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) credit for injecting a little humor into their political statements. In this case, the two groups are using the ...

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    Gasoline subsidies total $200 billion a year, making it dirt cheap in some countries

    The price of gasoline varies by a ridiculous amount around the world, from pennies for a gallon in some countries to the equivalent of $10 in others. One of the big reasons for this variation is fossil fuel subsidies. Driving The Nation's Lou Ann Hammond recently interviewed Renault's Philippe ...

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    Report: Ford Transit Connect Electric to qualify for $15,000 rebate in California

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is set to add an additional category to its Hybrid Incentive Voucher Program (HVIP) that awards buyers of zero-emissions light-duty commercial vehicles, including the Ford Transit Connect Electric, a discount of up to $15,000 on their green vehicle ...

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    Report: Fossil fuel subsidies on the rise across the globe

    Despite plenty of pledges to reduce them in the coming years, fossil fuel consumption subsidies rose all across the globe in 2010, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA estimates that subsidies that artificially lower the cost of fossil fuels – and also impede ...

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    Report: Moving forward? China rethinking plug-in vehicle policy

    Beijing appears to be rethinking its singular focus on electric vehicles as a way to reduce fuel consumption and seems ready to revise its alternative-energy vehicle estimates as it becomes increasingly evident that the city's electric vehicle targets were completely unrealistic. Beijing ...

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    IISD calls for countries to phase out all fossil fuel subsidies

    Reforming eliminating fossil fuel subsidies would save governments billions of dollars while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and freeing up monies for incentives on cleaner forms of energy, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Canada-based ...

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    Opinion: Why no country should promote a specific type of alternative fuel

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    Governments here in the U.S. have offered some significant incentives for purchasing green vehicles. Buyers can get up to $7,500 off an electric vehicle, thousands off on hybrids and even deeper discounts in select states. Though ...

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    Your cheat sheet for tonight's Republican Presidential debate ethanol scuffle

    When seven Republican presidential hopefuls gather in Iowa for a candidates' debate tonight night, they'd better be ready to discuss corn and ethanol. Based on what we've seen buzzing around the media for the last few weeks, we expect biofuel will be a hot topic. Here are their stances on the ...

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    Ethanol industry may soon lose subsidy

    A couple of days ago, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma introduced the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act. The bill, amendment #309 to a small business bill, will do away with the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and the tariff on imported ...

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    China to cancel subsidy of small-engine vehicles in 2011

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    Back in 2009, the Chinese government agreed to slash the sales tax charged on vehicles sporting engines that displace 1.6 liters or less. The decision, which halved sales tax from ten percent to five percent, was meant to spur buyers ...

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    Opinion: Why early electric vehicle adopters deserve tax credits

    Fox News recently crucified the first U.S. customer of Nissan's all electric Leaf, Bay Area resident Olivier Chalouhi, for receiving the benefit of a $7,500 federal tax credit towards the purchase of his new clean energy car. At one point, the host, Eric Bolling, asked: ""Why in the world are we ...

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    Renault says electric cars won't happen without government help

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    French automakers Renault, Peugeot and Citroën have already taken government assistance worth $11.8 billion. Renault, which accepted a $3.9 billion loan, is now saying that without more government help - like purchase ...

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    Australia to offer $2000 for drivers to convert to LPG

    We had previously posted that Australian Prime Minister John Howard had been considering offering a $1,000 (approximately 767 American dollars) incentive to all drivers who converted their vehicles to use liquid petroleum gas (LPG) as part of his new energy package. Well, the amount is officially ...

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    Australia may offer $1,000 subsidy for LPG switch

    Australia's Prime Minister John Howard may be offering drivers a $1,000 (approximately 767 American dollars) incentive to modify their vehicles to use liquid petroleum gas (LPG or autogas) as part of his energy policy. LPG is less costly than regular petrol (gasoline); Australians would save up to ...


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