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    Video: Renault Twizy silently sneaks into university library
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    "If you've never heard of the Renault Twizy, that's because it's silent." That's the tagline for a new video of a promotional stunt by the French automaker that sent the funky looking EV driving into a university library to show off how quiet it is. Get it? You aren't supposed to talk in a ...

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    Official: EcoCar3 will convert Camaro to bitchin' eco rides
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    In the 47-year-history of the Chevrolet Camaro, there have been countless college-age kids spending a ton of time getting under the hood and souping 'em up. Now, General Motors is adding a twist to the concept by donating 16 Camaros for the EcoCar challenge that puts university teams together to ...

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    Official: Nissan donates Leaf EVs, chargers to Tennessee university
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    Nissan is donating Leafs and electric-vehicle charging stations to Middle Tennessee State University. And the good news is that the cars will be able to get to campus from the Nissan factory on a single charge, with plenty of room to spare. The Japanese automaker will give two Leafs and three ...

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    Official: Middle Tennessee State working on $3,000 after-market plug-in hybrid kit
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    A plug-in hybrid kit that even a starving college student may be able to afford? That might be a stretch, but a Middle Tennessee State University professor and a group of students are developing a PHEV kit that may ultimately cost far less than the premium some people are paying for ...

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    Official: University of Michigan wins American Solar Challenge fourth time in a row
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    When you're within spitting distance of the Motor City, you've got to defend your turf. That's exactly what the University of Michigan's Solar Car Team did with its solar-powered vehicle last week when it won the 2012 American Solar Challenge – the fourth year in a row the team has taken ...

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    Official: New biofuel process dramatically improves energy recovery
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    Don't worry, you won't be tested on this. Michigan State University scientists have found a biofuel production method that the institution says boosts energy from the production process by a factor of 20. Gemma Reguera, a microbiologist at MSU, led an effort that uses – stay with us ...

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    DOE offers $4.4 million for university biofuel projects
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    It's not all li-ion battery tech that the federal government is givng support to these days; biofuels are getting some tax dollars as well. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that six biofuel projects at universities around the U.S. will be getting up to $4.4 million in funding. ...

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    North Carolina's NASCAR Governor announces PHEV research center
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    You might expect the announcement of the funding of a plug-in hybrid research center to be boring. Not if North Carolina governor Mike Easley has anything to do with it! The NASCAR governor says, "the Middle East has the U.S. by the tail" and we should "get off the gas and get on the juice." ...

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    Toyota to hand over plug-in Priuses to CA Universities at ceremony Friday
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    In July, we told you two plug-in Priuses were coming to the United States for road tests. ln a ceremony Friday at Toyota headquarters in Torrance, Toyota will hand over those two plug-in Priuses to University of California at Irvine's Advanced Power and Energy Program and Institute of ...

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    Arizona State extending fuel cell-life with antifreeze
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    Researchers at Arizona State University, working on prolonging the life of hydrogen fuel-cells by increasing hydrogen storage density, have hit upon a new chemical combination to achieve their goal. By taking sodium borohydride which is used to store the hydrogen, and adding to it a chemical found ...

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    Greener ethanol: taking natural gas out of the production process
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    Iowa State University and Frontline BioEnergy, manufacturers of biomass gasification systems, have joined forces to attempt to eliminate natural gas from ethanol production. According to Physorg, natural gas is the second largest expense at most ethanol plants behind the cost of the corn. Natural ...

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    University of Michigan study: fuel-efficiency equals profits
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    It's no secret that the Big 3 are collectively suffering due short-sightedness in fuel-efficiency. However, a new study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) attempts to quantify near-future gains and losses if the domestic auto makers were to make proactive ...

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