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AddLocal 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 price there, Bloomberg News reports. Eventually, the goal is to make all Priuses sold in China in that country in order to avoid the steep 25-percent import tariff.

55Georgia 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 because the federal government's $7,500 incentive is enough at this point to get folks to buy plug-ins, the Atlanta Business Chronicle says. Martin is pushing for the incentive to be dropped by April 1.

4China 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.

28Ethanol 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.

42Gasoline 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.

41Ford 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 purchase.

21Ford 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 purchase.

13IISD 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 research institute.

7Your 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 federal subsidy for ethanol producers:

5China to cancel subsidy of small-engine vehicles in 2011

Buick Excelle GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

77Opinion: 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 paying Olivier $7,500 to buy a Japanese car?"

AddRenault says electric cars won't happen without government help

click above image for a high-resolution gallery of the Renault Z.E. concept

AddAustralia 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 $2,000 for current vehicles. Upcoming LPG-powered vehicles continues to remain $1,000.

AddAustralia 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 $30 (23 American dollars) weekly after converting their engines.

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