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With the 2016 US presidential election already getting rolling, the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard could play role in farming-intense states. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a supporter of the mandate, thinks candidates who don't support the RFS could be at a disadvantage there for the very important caucuses.

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US EVs To Hit 300,000 This Month; Cycling Superhighway For London

A man is graphing Tesla battery degradation over time. US plug-in vehicles are expected to hit 300,000 this month. Hyundai and South Korea are turning Gwangju into a fuel cell tech hub. London's mayor has approved a cycling superhighway. Corn states challenge EPA on emissions.

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Samsung SDI Brings New Batteries To Detroit

The Porsche 918 Spyder receives high honors from Robb Report. Samsung shows off new battery tech in Detroit. Relationship between ethanol producer and retailers means cheap E85 in Minnesota.

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Via Motors To Launch Electric Chevrolet Silverado

Jordan plans solar EV charging network. Mainstream BMWs to enjoy i3 and i8 technology. Ethanol prices could drop due to cheap oil. Antonio Felix da Costa wins Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix. Via Motors to announce launch of range-extended Chevrolet Silverado EV.

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A few weeks ago, the University of Minnesota released a study on the environmental costs of alternative fuels. Not really a big news kind of event, right? Well, the study made a splash and generated lots of "Oh, really?" kinds of headlines. Those weren't the most accurate ones possible.

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Pennsylvania, China Extend EV Subsidies

US green car news rounds out the year with record ethanol production levels, Pennsylvania and China extend subsidies for green cars and Wired reviews Henes Broon dual-motor sports EV for kids.

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As far as we know, Tesla didn't build all of the Model S sedans it has sold in Norway at once, but it is just those vehicles that have been found defective and will soon be fixed. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the company will replace defective Model S drive units sold in the Northern European country. Not a great way to start the holiday season.

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Biofuel Producers Get Happy, Frustrated

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not going to decide just yet how much biofuel to add to the national fuel supply in the future. Last year, the EPA said, for the first time ever, that it might reduce the biofuel component in American gas, but is now saying that the 2014 standards rule will be "significantly delayed."

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BMW i Invests In Zendrive; Chicago Petitions For E15

Porsche will be running a third 919 Hybrid LMP1 car in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The extra Porsche will race in the six-hour May 2 WEC race at Spa-Francorchamps as a lead-up to the legendary 24-hour race on June 13 and 14. Porsche hasn't announced the driver lineup for the third 919 Hybrid, but drivers will remain the same for the other two cars. Including the third car is meant to help further test performance and efficiency as part of development for future hybrid systems. R

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When sewage is treated at a wastewater treatment facility, biosolids are the byproduct. After being separated from the water, biosolids are usually sent to a landfill or incinerated. That doesn't mean that they're without value, however. Vitruvian Energy has created a process to make a usable fuel out of this human waste product, and while the source is pretty gross, it is undeniably abundant, and the results are much cleaner.

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EIA Predicts More Ethanol Next Year, Shorter Oil Supply In Coming Years; EV Interface Controller now available

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 temperatures, amperage, etc. - from the car and displays it in a user-friendly way using easy-to-understand graphics. The EVIC is currently available through Andromeda Interfaces' website. Read more in the press re

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The Tesla Model S is no longer a "green" car. Or brown, for that matter. Call it a case of streamlining.

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To Be Sure, The Future Is Unclear

Green transportation issues were not at the top of this year's midterm elections in the US, but the sweeping Republican victories – and probably new Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – could affect at least some aspects of how we get around without using as many resources as we used to.

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RFA Calls Out Retailers On E85 Price Gouging; Stock Expert Predicts A Tesla In Every Garage

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 simple to use, and would be readily available when tied to the lighting infrastructure. The two prototypes are currently in use at BMW World, with a pilot project planned for Munich in 2015. Read more at

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Continental, SK Innovation Might End Battery Partnership; Chargemaster Installs Wiltshire Charging Network

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 interest in EVs, but says consumers "are delaying their purchases," leading the Germany-based company to find a way to end the deal. Read more at Bloomberg.

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18 Percent Of US Drivers Have Used Carsharing; Ethanol Producers Complain Of Slow Rail Shipping

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 it goes on sale in Japan in the next several months. The Toyota FCV, rumored to be called "Mirai" in Japan, will begin sales there before April, according to Toyota, and in the summer in the US and Europ

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Fuels America To Obama: 'It's Not Too Late To Fix This'

November's coming up, so that must mean some election-season lobbying is on the way. One of the subjects being debated in the US right now is the how much renewable fuel must be included in the US gas supply. And advocates are already taking to the digital airwaves to make their point.

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Dutch Artist To Turn Smog Into Jewelry; DOE Funds Biofuel Growing Projects; Renault's Sustainable Mobility Website Turns 5

Renault's sustainability mobility website is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The site focuses on electric and hybrid cars, cycling, public transport as well as policy and events regarding getting around in a clean, green way. It also features a monthly forum where scientists, bloggers, politicians and other experts weigh in on sustainable transport. Visit the website, or read more in the press release below.

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Sierra Club Helps Buyers Choose An EV; CREW Takes EPA To Task Over RFS

New cars have outpaced the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for the 2012-2014 model years, according to a new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The CAFE standards target a five-percent reduction in CO2 per mile each year through 2025. Based on fuel economy ratings, cars have exceeded this standard - and NHTSA's expectations - for the first three years of the current standard, which started in 2012. "If the current trends in annual improvemen

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New Ethanol Plant Capable Of 25 Million Gallons Annually; Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Impala Runs On Garbage And Sewage

Detroit Electric has a new teaser video and has updated its brand in preparation of the introduction of the SP:01. The refreshed logo uses a blue and white color palette, and the company has also given its website a new look. The teaser video, which gives a sneak peek at the exterior of the SP:01, shows the car taking form in the midst of an electrical storm. Watch the video or learn more in the press release below.

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API Fears Ethanol Policy Could Influence Iowa Senate Race; Berlin To Add Electric Bus Line

Volkswagen is auctioning the first e-Golf in the US to raise money for Global Green USA. The auction is live now, and bidding goes until 3:30 pm Eastern on October 29. Global Green USA will use the proceeds to help find solutions to climate change, and the winner will get to enjoy emissions-free driving before the car e-Golf goes on sale in November. If you don't live in or near California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont or Washin

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