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    Official: BMW, Toyota outline new tech joint venture, new sports car
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    Back in June, Toyota and BMW announced a "memorandum of understanding" outlining plans for the two companies to join forces on future products and technology development. On Thursday, they signed a more formal and binding agreement that goes further into detail about the partnership, and it all ...

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    Report: Virginia's Gov. McDonnell proposes elimination of gasoline tax
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    The assessment of a gas tax and the role it plays in a state's transportation and overall budgets has been a topic of discussion for a while, and Virginia state governor Bob McDonnell is the latest to offer up another way to secure more revenue from the state's residents to pay for their roads ...

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    Opinion: Audi working on new fuels to make cars carbon neutral
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    A car can be considered CO2 neutral if the amount of greenhouse gas used in creating the fuel is balanced against the CO2 emitted by the vehicle in operation. Even as automakers move to increase the number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), fuel cell vehicles and hybrids, internal ...

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    Study: Alt-fuel cars unsustainable without government assistance
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    According to the 2012 U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index by Booz & Co., alternative vehicle powertrains may take up as much as 10 percent of the total market by 2020, but only if the federal government continues to support development. Without a helping hand from Uncle Sam, ...

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    Video: Denver Zoo shows off tuk tuk powered by animal poo
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    When you run a zoo, we imagine there's a large quantity of animal excrement to dispose of. Fertilizer is the first thing that comes to mind. But there are only so many zoo gardens in need of nutrients. Sooner or later, you're faced with surplus of tiger turds, camel crap and snake, um, ...

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    Study: Global auto execs don't see electric cars making big inroads for at least a decade
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    A new survey by audit powerhouse KPMG suggests auto executives don't see electrified car sales passing 15 percent of global sales until at least 2025. Yet despite the slowly developing market, these same execs foresee substantial increased investment in electric and hybrid car production along ...

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    Modified motorcycle burns vegetable oil in record-setting run
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    At the Loring Timing Association in Maine, John Petsche drove a highly modified motorcycle into the record books. Powered by a six-horsepower industrial diesel engine and fueled by store-bought vegetable oil, Petsche's two-wheeler hit a top speed of 56.535 miles per hour, sufficient to set a ...

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    International racing organizations meet to discuss environmental responsibility
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    2009 24 Hours of Le Mans Start – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Aside from the thrill of the race, motorsports are useful because the race cars they showcase often pass their genes down to the everyday vehicles that we drive. In an effort to perhaps hold its position as a ...

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    Grounds for Celebration: TV scientists convert VW Scirocco to run on coffee
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    This is what we mean when we say that the future of alternative fuels isn't anywhere close to being decided. A team from the BBC program Bang Goes the Theory has rigged an older Volkswagen Scirocco to run on coffee pellets. It's a bit complex, with the coffee grounds needing to be heated to 1,292 ...

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    2010 Nissan Leaf electric car: In person, in depth - and U.S. bound [*UPDATED w/vids & live photos]
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    2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for hi-res gallery
    It would be easy to paint Nissan as late to the burgeoning U.S. green party, as the company essentially only counts the Altima Hybrid to sell among its alt-fuel offerings – and that sedan utilizes technology borrowed from Toyota, and it's ...

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    A Call for Green: AT&T to add 15,000 alt-fuel vehicles to fleet
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    Although AT&T claims it wants to be more sustainable, today's announcement from the telecom behemoth is more about cutting operating expenses as fuel costs climb. Whatever the reason, the addition of 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles to the company's ...

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    Toyota seriously considering separate Prius brand
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    This isn't the first time we've heard that Toyota might spin off the Prius as a separate brand much like Scion. But we now have the most concrete news about the automaker's plans we've seen yet.Micheline Maynard of The New York Times talked with James E. Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales ...

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    Could U.S. become net exporter of gasoline?
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    A number of factors are conspiring to create a situation that recently would have been unthinkable: the United States as a supplier of gasoline to world markets. According to Booz & Company, those factors are the rise of biofuels in the West, the introduction of plug-in electric and other ...

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    Ronn Motors' Scorpion: 450 horses, 40 miles to the gallon
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    Hydrogen has been touted as a viable fuel source for decades, and seemingly every day, some new or upcoming hydrogen-powered milestone is reached or discussed. However, in nearly every case, hydrogen is being touted as a standalone fuel source. But what about using pure hydrogen mixed with gasoline ...

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    GM tells the Feds that the Volt and plug-ins aren't going to help with CAFE
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    With the Feds eager to keep raising the bar on CAFE standards, and apparently doing so based on proposed future technologies, General Motors Corp. bluntly told federal regulators not to count on the Chevrolet Volt, or other planned plug-in hybrids, when proposing new rules. GM is maintaining the ...

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    VW working on internal combustion 2.0
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    Picture this: we're no longer beholden to energy resources from unstable regions and we're no longer burning petroleum-based fuels in our cars. Despite the radical change in fuels, engines are largely the same, as is the fuelling infrastructure. While it sounds like a nice dream, Volkswagen has ...

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    Paris Preview: methane-powered Fiats
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    In addition to the higher-output Panda Sport, Fiat will be showing two new methane-powered vehicles at the Paris show at the end of the month. Over the past year, across Europe, Fiat has sold 24,000 methane-powered cars; the major advantage being reduced CO2 emissions. The rather oddly-named Panda ...

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    BP announces $500 million biofuels research center
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    BP plans to make a major investment in alternative energy sources, funding "radical research" at a new bioscience energy research lab. Outlining a ten-year program costing $500 million, BP chief executive Lord Browne said Wednesday that the company plans to site the lab at a major academic center ...

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    Cadillac Escalade leading charge as gas guzzlers flourishing despite fuel prices?
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    Despite all the carping about gasoline prices these days, sales of Cadillac's new Escalade and their ilk are boomin' louder than the gigawatt stereos they often house. So says MSNBC, which points out that despite post-Katrina price shocks and media outlets trumpeting hybrids and new small car ...

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    GM, DaimlerChrysler, BMW debut new full hybrid system
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    The Global Hybrid Cooperation partnership - a joint venture of General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and BMW - took the wraps off its new state-of-the-art "full hybrid" system Thursday.The system integrates electric motors with a fixed-gear transmission into a unit comparable in size and ...

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