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Lincvolt Bows Out of X Prize Competition: Neil Young’s biodiesel/gasoline/hydroxy gas-powered Lincvolt has withdrawn from the race to focus on developing technology without the distraction of devising a business model (an X Prize requirement). — Lincvolt via AutoblogGreen

Small Wind, Coming Soon to the Hardware Store: Startup WindTronics has struck a deal to distribute its small wind turbines through Ace Hardware starting this fall. — CNET’s Green Tech

Feds Unlock Cash for Biofuel Feedstocks: Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and USDA Chief Tom Vilsack announced today awards of up to $6.3 million for seven projects researching genomics-enabled improvements in plant feedstocks for biofuel production. — DOE

Q&A With GE Global Research Chief: General Electric (s GE) is pushing the smart grid and thin-film solar, but don’t expect new kinds of nuclear reactors, says Mark Little, head of the company’s $6 billion-a-year R&D effort. — MIT’s Technology Review

On the Range: A new electric concept car developed by Lotus Engineering, with a top speed of 65 MPH and a baseline range of 31 miles that can be increased with additional batteries, represents a shift in thinking from “range anxiety” to “range awareness” — Wired’s Autopia