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Germany's new EV incentive plan asks automakers to chip in

Germany remains well short of 1 million EV goal set for 2020.

The German government is considering a 5,000-euro perk for buyers of electric vehicles, and may ask automakers to help foot the bill.

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EV Sales prediction: China will sell 300,000 plug-ins in 2016

Best-Seller Likely To Be BYD Tang Electric SUV, With 75,000 Sales

BYD led the pack in China's electric vehicle sales in 2015, and will likely repeat this year as the country is on track to sell over 300,000 EVs in 2016.

Los Angeles plugs EV carsharing into low-income neighborhoods

State Pays To Push Fleet Further Towards Zero Emissions

California funds $1.6 million to Los Angeles for low-income plug-in vehicle carsharing program.

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Norway, yes, Norway leads global electric vehicle market

Ranking The World's Top EV Nations

Norway was the world’s top electric vehicle market through the first quarter of 2015 based on registration percentage, ahead of major markets US and China.

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Navigant: 1M plug-in vehicle sales a year in US by 2024

California Could Account For A Third Of That Figure Alone

US plug-in vehicle sales could reach 1 million units a year by 2024, Navigant says.

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VW quite interested in solid-state batteries for EVs

QuantumScape Batteries May Provide More Than 400 Miles Of Range

Volkswagen looks to US-based solid-state battery maker for potential boost in electric-vehicle range.

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Here We Go Again: Lexus attacks EVs in new ad [UPDATE]

No One Would Want An EV If These Messages Were True

UPDATE: We got a comment from founding member of Plug In America Paul Scott on this ad. It's available below.

Bay Area Governments Make Big Electric-Vehicle Buy

Six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.

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Philippines wants 1M EVs by 2020

The say everything is better in the Philippines, and soon that tourist-agency tagline might also apply to traffic on the tropical islands. What is now a somewhat dirty, noisy situation in its larger metro areas could be cleaner and quieter if the goal of one million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020 is achieved.

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Ecotricity offering 1,000 free EV miles to new customers

Ecotricity is offering electric vehicle drivers in the United Kingdom an lengthy incentive for using green energy: 1,000 miles of free fast charging per year. Called "Green Electricity + Car," the program will power customers' homes with renewable power allow them to charge their cars through Ecotricity's national network of fast chargers, which the company has named the Jon LeSage

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Toyota says freezing temps pose zero problems for fuel cell vehicles

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles are not afraid of one thing – freezing cold weather. That's the latest from two companies that have been driving the cars in frostbite temperatures in the Northeast recently.

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Renault Zoe EV sells 10,000 units in first year

Renault can find both good and bad news from its offering on the European electric vehicle market – the Zoe EV sold only one fifth of its sales target for its first year - with 10,000 units sold – but it appears that French customers who do bite are falling in love with the little EV.

Tesla Supercharger Network Now Covers Majority Of Americans

Elon Musk says 80 percent of population near a charging site

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced via twitter Sunday that Tesla has expanded its Supercharge network across the county. Owners of the all-electric car are now able to drive from coast to coast without fear of running out of juice.

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BYD not happy with Shanghai's lack of support for its EVs

BYD is not pleased with the way China's "new energy vehicle" campaign is being implemented in Shanghai. The Chinese automaker has complained about the way the city is making incentives for its air pollution initiative more available to local companies. The city denies any preference.

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Sri Lanka wants to import more EVs

Sri Lanka is taking steps toward importing more electric vehicles into the country. The island's network of charging stations will be expanded to encourage imports, and even better, the current heavy import fee will be lightened.

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Even Bhutan working on a Nissan Leaf taxi fleet

The nation of Bhutan wants its capital city Thimphu to become an electric vehicle hotspot. "We are confident that electric vehicles can take off here," said Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of the Himalayan kingdom bordered by China and India. The first challenge is getting the EVs shipped there, but the first ones could soon be on the way.

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Lawrence Berkeley lab working on lithium sulfur battery that will outlast the car

Oh man, there's another one of these studies on electric vehicle batteries that sounds too good to be true. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers are working on a breakthrough in lithium sulfur EV battery technology that could increase energy density to four times that of current lithium cells. The demonstrable discharge/charge cycle is estimated to last through 1,500 cycles, which means that a car usi

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First Tesla Supercharger in Switzerland now ready

Tesla's Supercharger network is continuing its rapid expansion throughout Europe. Tesla just opened its very first Supercharger station in Switzerland – in the the town of Lully, connecting the routes between Zurich and Geneva. It's located along Switzerland's highway A1.

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Globally, most engines will displace 1.0-1.9-liters by next year, 52% by 2020

Small, fuel efficient vehicle engines in the 1.0-liter-to-1.9-liter displacement range already make up the lion's share of the global vehicle fleet, and that number is going to get larger. A WardsAuto/AutomotiveCompass global powertrain forecast says the small engines will climb from 49 percent this year to over half next year, and then 52 percent by 2020. While the percentage change isn't much, the volume is huge: 15 million more vehicles.

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Toyota will license WiTricity wireless charging tech for upcoming EVs

Wireless charging looks promising for widespread use in electric vehicles, but it's certainly taking it's sweet time to show up. Toyota has made a licensing agreement that could move it all forward. WiTricity, a wireless power transfer company, has impressed Toyota enough that the global automaker has forged an intellectual property license agreement with Boston, MA-based company. Toyota believes wir

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