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Erik Lindbergh Keeps Aviation Pioneering In The Family

In some ways, Erik Lindbergh may turn out to be as important to the evolution of aviation as his legendary grandfather, Charles. He's a supporter of battery-powered flight, solar-powered flight, space tourism, and ultra-light aircraft that can be parked in our driveways and powered by renewable energy. Lindbergh's advocacy has already yielded some incredible results. We caught up with Lindbergh in Toronto, where he was the keynote speaker at a travel writer's conference, speaking about ideas th

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New rules for EV charging etiquette

The EV equivalent of spam is parking an internal combustion vehicle at a spot where there's a charger (also known as getting ICE'd), or leaving your electric vehicle in a charge space long after you've juiced up. Now that plug-ins are going mainstream, and municipalities from San Diego to New York City are installing charging stations in public places (okay, so far in NYC they're only in public garages), we've got to learn to play nice and share.

Bertha Benz Route In Germany Marks A Woman's Contribution To Early Motoring

Her 125-mile round trip in 1886 is now a tourist destination

When Bertha Benz drove off in husband Carl's motorized invention 125 years ago, she had no idea she would be driving into history. Hers was the world's first long-distance drive and the first recorded drive by a woman driver. Germany has designated her 150-mile round-trip route between Manheim and Pforzheim as the Bertha Benz Route, and a tourist destination.

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New CA bill would tax EV as a "comparable conventional fuel vehicle"

The California legislature may do what the feds have been unable to do – create a permanent tax credit for buyers of super efficient vehicles, including electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid-electric, and natural gas.

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NYC launches electric taxi 'fleet' with six Nissan Leaf EVs

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg drove up to the news conference in Rockefeller Center that introduced the first-ever all-electric NYC taxi in the back seat of - you guessed it – an EV taxi. Nissan and NYC chose Earth Day, today, to launch a zero-emission taxi fleet.

NYC launching electric Nissan Leaf taxi pilot program on Earth Day

On Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, New York City will launch a zero-emission taxi fleet. Okay, it's just six Nissan Leaf vehicles and just a pilot project, but it's a start.

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Double-Digit Growth For Diesel in U.S., Say German Automakers

New entries from GM, Mazda, BMW and Audi to spur sales

Double digit diesel sales in North America for 20 of the last 24 months have helped German automakers reach record sales. That is likely to increase as all five - Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW - roll out more diesel choices, including powerful and fuel efficient turbo versions.

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Geely, Kandi form partnership focused on electric vehicles

Geely and Kandi Technology have plugged themselves together to research, develop, produce and market EVs together. The initial investment is a billion yuan ($160 million US) to fund the partnership, and each partner retains a 50-50 share.

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GM will make next electric car in Korea; expected to be bigger than Spark EV

GM reportedly will produce next-generation electric vehicles in South Korea, alongside the Chevrolet Spark EV (pictured), due to arrive in American showrooms by summer, and later this year in Europe. The Spark EV also will be available for fleets in Canada.

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Chevy Corvette's Surprising Designer

Key designer of the utlimate male American icon sports car is a British woman

Helen Emsley says she has been designing interiors for General Motors vehicles for nearly 20 years, first in Europe for GM's Opel (in Europe) and Holden (in Australia) brands, and for the last 14 years in Detroit.

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Who should win 2013 World Green Car of the Year?

Which is best new green car in the world – the all-electric Renault Zoe, the all-electric Tesla Model S or the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid?

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Honda leads pack with four HOV qualifying vehicles in California

Honda is tooting its fuel-efficient horn, boasting that it has more vehicles than any other manufacturer – four – that qualify for access to California's coveted HOV lanes.

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Energy Department offers $50 million for more, better plug-in vehicles

Sequestration or no sequestration, Washington is investing another $50 million in electric vehicles and hybrid electric cars, with the goal of making them as affordable to own and operate as today's gas-powered vehicles.

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BMW increases fuel cell use, production at Spartanburg, SC plant

BMW is increasing the use of hydrogen in assembly line equipment powered by fuel cells, including fork lifts and motorized parts delivery carts. The fuel cells also will help power the company's vehicle test fleet, which has doubled in the past few years to more than 200. The additional fuel cell material – hydrogen – is being manufactured at BMW's four million square foot factory in Spartanburg, SC.

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Bollore Bluecar EV priced at 12,000 euros, plus 80-euro/month battery lease

Bollore, the company that supplies electric cars to the Paris carsharing service Autolib, will begin selling the vehicles for a rock-bottom 12,000 euros (US$15,550). That sounds good, but remember that that's without a battery, which buyers would have to rent with a monthly service plan.

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Ford Fusion Energi qualifies for California HOV lane access

The approval of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid for California carpool lanes puts the Blue Oval into the winner's circle; tied with Toyota for the most fuel-efficient models approved for use in the Golden State's HOV lanes.

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Smart ForFour, Renault Twingo going rear-wheel drive on same platform

The alliance between Smart parent Daimler and Renault-Nissan is getting stronger with word that the companies' ForFour and Twingo urban minicars will share a rear-wheel drive platform.

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Honda installing wind turbines to make cars with wind power at Ohio factory

Honda is installing wind turbines at its transmission plant in Russells Point, OH that will spin and supply 10 percent of the factory's electricity needs. The turbines are expected to produce 10,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year, while also (naturally) reducing CO2 emissions.

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