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Municipal fleets are saving money by using electric vehicles, and the Electrification Coalition has the numbers to prove it. Houston, TX, for example, expects to save $110,000 a year by bringing in 27 Nissan Leafs, according to the EC study.The organization also found that using Leafs in the city fleet in Loveland, CO, will save 41 percent compared to owning and operating gasoline-powered cars.

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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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Chinese automaker BYD is preparing to launch its second-generation Qin plug-in electric hybrid in Costa Rica next year. No details have been released yet on launch date, pricing, warranty or amenities. Sales will commence in Central and South America through what BYD describes as the region's "largest automobile distributors."

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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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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 wireless charging will be a key differentiator in the marketplace because it makes refilling the bat

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A presentation made by Belgian researchers at Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) 27 in Barcelona might irk fans of battery-driven EVs. A new study found that the numbers prove fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle (FCHEV) powertrains partnered with supercapacitors have better fuel economy than powertrains that blend a fuel cell and a battery.

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ChargePoint's electric vehicle charging network recently added its 50,000th user and, unsurprisingly, the ChargePoint member lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Not long ago, that community took the top spot on ChargePoint's list of the "Top 10 EV-friendly Metropolitan Markets."

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The entire country has about as many electric vehicles as a typical San Francisco co-op, but Barbados has to start somewhere. The Caribbean island nation is home to about 280,000 people and has a most famous export in Rihanna and now it is sounding the horn for more electric vehicles as a way to help the economy, the Barbados Advocate says.

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General Motors just might have figured out a good way to go head-to-head with its luxury electric vehicle competitors, the Tesla Model S and BMW i3 – throw fancy new smart energy and cloud-based connections into the deal. GM says the extended range Cadillac ELR will be "Smart Grid ready" as its technology, combined with OnStar's connectivity, can communicate between the car and electric grid to save energy.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, is joining the west coast network of DC fast chargers for plug-in electric vehicles. The Canadian province's electric utility company, BC Hydro, will be installing 13 DC fast chargers in the greater Vancouver area in the Fraser Valley, on Vancouver Island and in Kamloops.

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One of the big complaints that automakers had with America's fuel economy legislation a few years ago was the potential for California to lead the way in setting up its own, more-stringent rules that would lead to a "patchwork" of mpg laws. That never happened because the federal government came in and established a national standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025. A newer automotive legislation push – again led by California – is aiming for another big milestone by that same deadline.

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Despite the fact that they are both zero-emission vehicle technologies that can be powered by renewable energy, there's no question that advocates of plug-in electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are sometimes at odds with each other. So, it's nice when we get a somewhat neutral analysis of the two technologies, and that's what a commentary written by Carlos Uribe, a Seeking Alpha Market Exclusive contributor, does, laying out why EVs will win, hands down.

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Wait a minute, you're counting the Volt here? EV World giddily reports that for what may be the first time in modern US automobile history (i.e. not counting the turn of the 19th century), there are more electric vehicles on US roads than there are gas stations beside them. Specifically, there are about 120,000 electric vehicles, compared to about 119,000 gas stations. Granted, that gas station number is based on 2007 estimates, but EV World says any growth in chain stations has likely been offs

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John DeCicco is starting to make a name for himself speaking out against green cars. In June, he said electric vehicles won't help much unless the energy well they tap is cleaned up. He's now back with an article in a Yale University publication called Environment 360 that we're guessing some people won't like very much. DeCicco says that government subsidies and mandates, including the electric vehicle and alternative fuel vehicle campaign championed by the Obama administration, are a big waste

Tesla Motors appears ready to add a third model to its alphabetic lineup following the Model S and Model X. The company filed for a new US federal trademark registration for "Model E" on August 5th. The filing says next to nothing about what the Model E could be used for, only that it applies to "Automobiles and structural parts therefor" and is "Perfect for these industries: Vehicles and Products for locomotion by land, air or water." So, technically, it could be a stylish, expensive plug-in el

As we noted earlier this week, electric vehicle charger company Ecotality, Inc., may be joining a club – companies serving the EV business filing for bankruptcy or considering doing so.

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A concours d'elegance (French for "parade of elegance") is a high-zoot, high-buck display of mostly pristine historic and collectible automobiles, most of them unaffordable to most of us. Probably the best known such events in the US are the nose-in-the-air Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, CA, the younger, fresher Amelia Island Concours north of Jacksonville, FL and the Meadow Brook Concours in suburban Detroit.

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Lithium-ion batteries have two big hurdles to climb if they're going to power millions of plug-in vehicles – they're too expensive and their reliability has been called to question. For next-gen li-ion batteries to make it, there had better be a cheap and plentiful component. How about rice husks?