Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla dashcam catches thief, Joe Biden loses Tesla bet

VW diesel recalls begin in Europe; DOE and DOT partner and smart transport and clean energy.

A Tesla dashcam video led to the arrest of a thief. Brooks Weisblat of DragTimes caught the criminal on his camera breaking into his Model S two times. The thief smashed the windows, causing $2193.70 in damages, and stole an iPad and a drone. What the thief didn't know is that the camera recorded his license plate number, which led law enforcement right to him, and tattoos confirmed his identity. See the video above, and read more at Teslarati .

Joe Biden lost $10 betting against a Tesla Model S. During a visit to the Vatican, the Vice President of the US told the Vatican secretary that he lost a friendly bet when he thought a Cadillac CTS-V would outpace the electric car on the drag strip. "The Tesla's two tenths of a second faster. But I lost," says Biden. "I paid my $10." When asked if that counted as a confession, Biden replies, "I'm seeking absolution!" Read more from The Verge.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Transportation (DOT) are partnering on smart transportation and alternative fuels. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding, which was revealed at the symposium, Achieving Zero-Emission Mobility: The Role of Innovative Electric Vehicle Companies . They will work together to advance and deploy technology for clean transportation energy and safety, including support of the Smart City Challenge. Read more from the DOE.

Volkswagen is beginning recalls to fix diesel emissions problems in Europe. The first car to be recalled since the diesel cheating scandal is the 2.0-liter Golf TDI. Other models will follow, staggered in groups to efficiently fix them all. In Europe, about 15,000 Golfs are affected by the recall. Read more at Green Car Congress.

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