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You No Longer Need A Card To Share A Car

For all the smarts in the Smart cars used in Car2go, the cars haven't been smart enough to talk to users' smart phones. At least, not in the way you might want them to talk to each other. Until now, Car2go users have had to carry a special card with them to gain access to the broad network of carsharing vehicles. Now, you can get in and drive using your phone and the Car2go app.

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Audi Makes E-Diesel From Blue Crude; Uber Partners With Spotify

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 world, and doesn't leave drivers with range anxiety. Plus, it's comfortable, and a fun car to drive, according to KBB. Read more at Kelley Blue Book.

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One Of The World's Largest Green Car Gatherings In A Place That Needs It

There were any number of things said at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum last week that could easily be taken as platitudes. In the opening address by the CEO of the Michelin Group, Jean-Dominique Senard, for example, we have this: the Challenge has "the goal of imagining and creating the mobility of the future." Does that even have a meaning?

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KiOR Biofuel Company Bankrupt; Car2go To Hit 1 Million Users; VIA eREV Vans EPA Certified

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 meet its production targets at its facility in Columbus, MS, and was also facing quality problems and accused mismanagement. KiOR shuttered its biocrude plant earlier this year, and suffered a huge loss in

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Volkswagen Highlights Broad Efficiency Plans

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 most sustainable automaker by 2018 through electric mobility, improved design and increased environmental performance from internal combustion vehicles. Volkswagen also announced other technologies for in

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Display In Chengdu 2014 Gives Us A Clue

Despite a recent setback in the UK, Daimler's carsharing company Car2go remains in expansion mode. The company is currently studying the scene in China (and other countries) to see where the next batch of blue-and-white Smart Fortwo cars will land.

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Researchers Aim For More Accurate Range Estimates; DC Cabbies Protest Ride Service Bill

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 approach looks at traffic, grade, weather and other variables that can affect mileage to give the driver a more realistic and less fickle range estimate. The folks working on the project were able to get

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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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Park Your EV Downtown, Get Free Minutes

Plugging in a vehicle to get power makes sense when that vehicle is owned by one person or family and – like most of the cars on the planet – sits still for most of the day. But when you're trying to share an EV, or a few hundred of them, charging time becomes doubly important. You need those electrons to move but every minute spent charging is time the car can't be shared.

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Pennsylvania Permits Per-kWh Pricing; UK Announces Hydrogen Funding; CARB Allows XL Hybrids Conversion; Sony Pictures Installs 60 Chargers In Culver City

BYD has debuted a 60-foot electric bus at the American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, TX. The Lancaster bus, as it is called, has a 120-passenger capacity and can drive over 170 miles on a single charge. The articulated bus features low floors and no steps, thanks to in-wheel hub motors. BYD also displayed a 40-foot electric bus that drove the 1,500 miles to the show under its own power (recharging along the way, of course). Read 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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France Gets Electric/Hydrogen Hybrid Test Fleet

Zipcar will provide membership to its carsharing service to Southwest Airlines and AirTran employees. The nearly 45,000 airline employees will also enjoy reduced driving rates. The idea is to allow flight crews more mobility when their work takes them to cities away from home. It also allows Zipcar to expand its membership base around the world. "The ease of use and availability of cars at our crew hotels and cities across the nation means more flexibility for our employees while they are travel

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Renault Looks To Creat Smart Grid In France; Renault-Nissan Alliance To Source Batteries From Outside Suppliers

The Car2go carsharing service is starting operations in Brooklyn next month. Beginning October 25, the service will offer 400 Car2go edition Smart Fortwo vehicles for point-to-point travel. Members pay a one-time sign-up fee, and are charged by the amount of time the use the vehicle (fuel and insurance is free). Drivers can find a car using the Car2go app or website, and can return the car to any non-metered parking spot within the 36-square-mile Brooklyn Home Area. Car2go is offering free membe

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Bike Lanes Could Help Traffic Flow; Who Rides Public Transit?

Elon Musk and his cousin, Lyndon Rive, spoke about their ideas for solar power and energy storage at a private conference in New York. Musk, the Tesla CEO and Rive, CEO of SolarCity, said that within 10 years, every solar system SolarCity sells will come with battery storage, and that it will be cheaper than getting energy from a utility company. Tesla, which provides battery packs for SolarCity, will set aside a portion of its Gigafactory's production capacity for grid-scale energy storage. Riv

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Chevrolet Express Van Offers Renewable Fuel Options; Renault To Build Fluence ZE In China; Germany Lifts Uber Ban

Chevrolet offers versions of its Express passenger van with B20 biodiesel and E85 capability. Customers can buy the van with the Duramax turbodiesel V8, which is compatible with the 20-percent biodiesel blend. There is also a FlexFuel V8, which can use the 85-percent ethanol gasoline blend. It's a great option for shuttling the whole soccer team to practice using renewable fuels. Read more at Domestic Fuels.

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EVs Get Cleaner; Zipcar In Paris; MIT's Nav System Eases Congestion

Car and Driver has published a comparison test pitting the 2014 BMW i3 against the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive. The test not only measured the quality of the driving experience, but also all the quantitative details that are especially important when looking at electric vehicles. For instance, the Benz's real-world MPGe surpassed its own rating, but it still couldn't match the BMW. The B-Class, though, won in the range department. We won't spoil all the results, or Car and Driver's

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California Calls UberPool Illegal; The Man Behind China's EV Policy

See the Tesla Model S with Firmware 6.0 in action in new videos from Teslarati. The large software update includes improved traffic-based navigation, a calendar function, updated power management, "Location-Based Smart Air Suspension" as well as other improvements. Drivers get more route options to save energy, and more control over how the car saves energy. The car can also remember ride height settings when driving in those same locations again. Additionally, you can start and drive the car wi

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London Mayor Renews Call For Diesel Scrapping Incentives; Automakers Partner For UK Rapid Charge Network; NYC Taxis Get More Flexible Mobile Payment

Scotland's Isle of Eigg's electrical grid relies solely on wind, hydro and solar power. It's the first grid of its kind after switching to renewable energy from noisy, unreliable diesel generators. Scotland's renewable resources are fodder for supporters of independence form the UK, and Eigg is a perfect example of that potential. Besides being a responsible community, it also seems like a lovely place to visit. Read more at Reuters.

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Are Electric Buses More Important Than Cars?

Lightweight showed off its Velocité electric bike concept at the Eurobike show in Germany. The Velocité pedelec features a rear rim with magnets mounted in it, and coils inside the seat tube (which wraps around the top of the wheel) to propel it magnetically. The battery is hidden within the bike's carbon frame. With 500 watts of power, the Velocité can reach speeds of up to 28 miles per hour, but could potentially be tuned for higher speeds. According to Lightweight's Frank

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In some circles, the 1956 Firebird II concept is a famous example of some everything-plus-the-kitchen sink futuristic thinking, but for some reason we've never featured it on AutoblogGreen. Since we came across a shiny example at the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Detroit today and discovered that this early connected car also recycled its exhaust heat – 80 percent of that heat was reused to power the turbine engine – we thought we'd share some pictures

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China Offers EV Tax Break

Pennsylvania is offering nearly $4 million in grants for alternative fuel vehicles. Governor Tom Corbett has announced the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants, which will go to local governments, organizations, and businesses to switch to cleaner vehicles. The grants will pay for the purchase or conversion of 274 compressed natural gas vehicles, 261 propane-powered cars and 23 electric vehicles (including plug-in hybrids). The grants also provide $1.8 million for four alternative fuel technology p

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