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50Mazda3 versus BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 in Euro diesel showdown

From drag races to roominess comparison, the Mazda3 came out ahead of the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series in a diesel-hatchback comparison.

32Next-gen Chevy Volt gets Corvette looks, adjustable regen levels

More details are leaking out about the 2016 Chevy Volt, including that the new Corvette influenced the design and that the ELR's adjustable regen braking levels will be available in the Chevy plug-in hybrid as well.

2Recharge Wrap-up: Ridesharing jeopardizes taxi medallion values

Formula E's School Series, Rotterdam's BYD e6 EVs

A number of short green car news items. Today, how ridesharing is putting the hurt on taxi medallions and how EVs can get cleaner over time.

35China's answer to Elon Musk seeks license to build electric car

Chinese tech billionaire Jia Yueting is trying to get a license to build electric cars in China, and he thinks that they could be a revolution there. Even if Jia doesn't make it, other companies are getting ready to jump into China's emerging EV marketplace.

12Bultaco returns with new offroad electric bike

Spanish motorcycle brand Bultaco is back on the scene with its latest electric cycle. The Brinco is an electrically assisted moped made to traverse rough roads, with disc brakes and lots of suspension travel at the front and rear. Its four-horsepower motor can go about 19 miles on a charge or, you can start pedaling.

67Tesla starts real-world beta testing of Model S battery swaps in California [UPDATE]

Tesla has finally launched its long-awaited Model S battery swap technology. The first station, still in a limited beta test phase, is now open between Los Angeles and San Francisco in California.

26Tesla Model S drivers put way more miles on their cars than Nissan Leaf owners do (we think)

California EV Company Hits One Billion Kilometer Milestone 1.5 Years Earlier

Just a few weeks ago, Nissan announced that its customers have driven over a billion electric kilometers in the four years that the world's best-selling EV has been on the road. That heady milestone means, Nissan says, that the Leaf has saved 180 million kilograms of CO2 emissions around the world.

13There's a familiar ring to this 1966 video of GM's hydrogen ElectroVan

Also: A Look Back At Green Cars From The 1994 Chicago Auto Show

"What we need is fuel cells that can run on a hydrocarbon fuel and air."

2Recharge Wrap-up: Honda FCV Concept comes to Detroit, Toyota seeks young green energy fellows

Sandia And Linde Team Up On Hydrogen Infrastructure; Scania To Test Wirelessy Charged Bus In Sweden; Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Recieves Environmental Certification

Honda will bring its FCV Concept to the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The hydrogen-powered concept made its Japanese debut in November, and will now make its way to North America for the first time. The FCV concept improves upon the design of the FCX Clarity with a more striking appearance and roomier interior. Its smaller powertrain packaging means more space for people, and the FCV Concept seats five passengers. Honda also expects the next-generation fuel-c

76New Toyota Mirai videos continue questionable hydrogen claims

Ad Says H2 Car Has 'Smaller Carbon Footprint' Than EVs

"Toyota engineers were simultaneously working on a brand new technology that met all the driver's needs with an even smaller carbon footprint."

1Recharge Wrap-up: Smart celebrates 5 years in China, France wants to quit diesel

Ninebot One Is An Electric Unicycle; Use A USB Mouse On A Tesla Model S

Smart celebrated its fifth anniversary in China with a concert and two special editions of the Fortwo. The two editions include a China red version limited to five units and a Chinese New Year edition limited to 666 examples. Smart has 143 dealerships in 77 Chinese cities, with 60,000 cars sold so far. Daimler is also looking to expand its Car2go carsharing network in China using Smart vehicles. The anniversary celebration featured a live concert for 50,000 fans. Read more in the press release b

AddSmarter charging, load leveling can save $10,000 a month in electricity costs

GE Pilot Program Comes To NYC

Longtime electric-vehicle drivers will tell you that, when it comes maximizing efficiency while driving, smoothness counts. And it looks like the same goes for the electricity of the buildings charging those vehicles. Which is why General Electric is running a pilot program of plug-in vehicle chargers in New York, Wired reports.

9Toyota says C-HR Concept is more of a Prius preview than we thought

Angular, Aggressive Design Could Arrive On Fourth-Gen Hybrid

When the designers thought they were just about finished with the new look of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid, higher-ups did not like what they saw and sent those designers back to the proverbial drawing board to come up with something a little spicier. Duly inspired, the designers came up with something last spring that may look a bit like the C-HR crossover concept, Automotive News says. For those looking for a Prius design with a little more bite, that isn't necessarily a bad thing

9Turns out, prices don't really affect gasoline demand

We've been hearing for a while that the steady drop in US fuel prices are hurting sales of fuel-efficient cars like hybrids and plug-ins. As far as driving habits, though? Lower prices are the pump are having little impact on how much people are behind the wheel, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

3Recharge Wrap-up: Chicago and NY taxis consider their own hailing apps; Zipcar extends one-way service in Boston

Tesla Investors Raising New Fund; Andromeda Interfaces Releases EVIC Video

Chicago and New York are considering creating hailing apps for taxis. In order to keep up with rivals like Uber and Lyft, Chicago has approved plans for an app (or perhaps multiple apps) that allow users to hail a cab from their smartphone. A New York City councilperson has also proposed a similar app that has yet to be voted on. The Chicago plan, which is part of the city's Taxi Driver Fairness Reforms package, has the backing of a taxi union, as drivers would benefit from keeping pace with the

28First Tesla Model S P85D owner says it's 'night and day' improvement

Kevin Babineau Loves The Extra Quickness

The first public owner of a Tesla Model S P85D says the model's autonomous-driving feature that more-or-less allows for the all-electric sedan drive itself hasn't been activated yet. We should all have such troubles.

11Recharge Wrap-up: Shift to offer Teslas for Hire, Model S P85D beats Ferrari in drag race

Nissan Prices Replacement Leaf Battery For UK; Mercedes-Benz C200 Narrowly Beats Tesla Model S For Drive Car Of The Year

A company called Shift plans to provide bikes and EVs for hire. Based in Las Vegas, NV, Shift will provide chauffeured ride services like Uber, but will also include a car- and bike-sharing service that delivers the desired wheels to the customer. Shift's fleet will include EVs like the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive and the Tesla Model S. Shift also promises that you will, "Be on your way within five minutes," which is a pretty tall order. Shift is scheduled to be available to members beginning th

9Only five* countries will sell over 10,000 EVs in 2014

Sales Remain 'Geographically Inconsistent'

While 2014 has been a big year for plug-in vehicle sales – the biggest ever, in fact – the overall numbers are still small. In fact, a new study by The Research Capsule says that sale are "geographically inconsistent" and that only five countries will end the year with more than 10,000 EV sales.

4Formula E plugs into Uruguay for Punta del Este ePrix [w/video]

Vergne Takes Pole And Earns FanBoost, But Was It Enough For The Win?

The inaugural FIA Formula E Championship is now getting up to speed. After the opening round in Beijing, followed by a two-month break and the second round in Malaysia, the electrified circus set sail for Uruguay for the Punta del Este ePrix on the Atlantic coast.

2Car2go now has 1,000,000 members

12,000 Carsharing Vehicles Have Gone 136 Million Miles

Turns out, 1,000,000 people sharing 12,000 cars can have a big impact. Now that Car2go has claimed the seven-digit member figure (disclosure: I'm one of those million), the Daimler-owned carsharing company is, ahem, sharing a few figures in the traditional infographic format. Click the image above to enlarge it.

3BMW readies EV, hydrogen updates for 2015 Detroit Auto Show

ChargeNow, ParkNow And DriveNow Will All See Enhancements

BMW's stand at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show will be the place to go for updates. News about advances in electric vehicle infrastructure, hydrogen fuel cells (maybe) and BMW's suite of connected vehicles app things will all make an appearance at the show next month.

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