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3 Things You May Not Know About Electric-Car Maker Tesla Motors, Inc.

) is still new to the automotive scene. Sure, the stock now boasts a market capitalization about half of General Motors’, but it was only two years ago when Tesla was delivering only hundreds of cars per quarter. This year, Tesla is looking to sell 35,000 vehicles on the continued success of its Model S luxury sedan. Even in the U.S., a Tesla Model S remains a rare site in some states.

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California EV Driver Survey Dashboard

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) User Survey gathers data from California EV drivers, providing monthly updates of market data on a variety of demographic and behavioral topics. The dashboard only reflects data from EV drivers who purchased or leased their vehicles since September 2012 and who participated in the project and responded to the self-administered survey.

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Tesla hands over the keys to its electric car technology

CEO Elon Musk unveils plans to give away the company’s entire patent portfolio to ‘clear a path’ for electric vehicles.

esla currently makes the Model S and is developing two vehicles. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burn More


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China wants 30 percent of government cars to be electric cars –

China is continuing its march of electric car progress with the announcement that 30 percent of all government vehicles should be plug-ins.

Battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell cars will all be eligible under the plan, set to be phased in over the next two years.

According to Charged EVs, the plan stipulates that all official vehicles operating fixed routes in urb More


Global Lithium Ion Battery Market: Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast 2013 – 2019 | Motor E magazine

Transparency Market Research published a new report “Global Lithium Ion Battery Market: Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast 2013 – 2019″ to its report store. Browse the full report:

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China accelerates green vehicle development – Headlines, features, photo and videos from|china|news|chinanews|ecns|cns

The State Council, China’s cabinet, announced a set of support guidelines on Monday aimed at augmenting the country’s new-energy vehicle market which has performed far below the government’s expectations.

The measures are designed to promote the development of pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel-cell vehicles, according to the guidelines published on t More


Beijing Angles For More EVs: 1,000 Fast Chargers, Wiring Mandate For Buildings

The Chinese government is working hard to encourage the mass adoption of electric cars, but those cars will never catch on if there’s no place to charge them.

The city government in Beijing hopes to address that problem with a new mandate that will massively expand the charging infrastructure in the Chinese capital.

Under the plan, new residential communities will be required t More


Fukushima’s Children are Dying | OpEdNews

Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.

More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people-nearly 200,000 kids-tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts. The rate is More


Mobile Web – Top Stories – Tesla idles Fremont production line for Model X upgrade

FREMONT — Tesla Motors shut down its production line Monday as part of a long-scheduled plan to retool the factory to increase production of the Model S sedan and prepare for the introduction of the Model X crossover SUV.

“We’ll be back at regular production Aug. 4,” Simon Sproule, Tesla’s vice president of communications, said in an interview. “We’ More


Nissan Leaf – What to expect? |

Japanese carmaker Nissan shot to fame in the Indian market with its affordable Micra hatchback that was launched a couple of years ago. Recently, Nissan has launched the new facelifted version of its big-on-space sedan named Sunny. Nissan has been delivering cars in both petrol and a diesel alternative, but this time around, the carmaker has been reportedly planning to launch its internationally p More


Volvo: Delivery of Complete Electrified Bus Solutions to Cities

Under the global partnership agreement, Volvo Buses (STO:VOLVA) (STO:VOLVB) will supply electric-hybrid buses and full-electric buses. ABB will supply standard-based fast-charging solutions for the electric vehicles.

“We are delighted to enter into partnership with ABB. Together, we have a complete and competitive offer for cities around the world that want to switch to a sustainable More


First Six Months of 2014 U.S. EV Sales Show 33% Year-Over-Year Gain

Recent sales numbers from indicate that U.S. EV sales continue to grow steadily. For the first half of 2014, over 54,000 vehicles moved (quietly) off the lot, compared with almost 41,000 for the first six months of 2013. While the winter and early spring remained relatively calm, sales soared in May and June, and showed over a 50% gain (almost 24,000 vs. under 16,000) over last ye More


Nissan To Roll Out Two New Self-Driving Technologies by End of 2016

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Fully automated parking systems will be available across a wide range of Nissan vehicles by the end of 2016, as the Japanese automaker continues to roll out vehicle automation technologies.
In two years, Nissan will also bring to market a “traffic-jam pilot,” a technology enabling cars to drive autonomously on congested highways.
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Kandi Shares Even Sweeter on Tax Break News

Kandi Technologies is popping in Monday trading on the news that China will not extend previously announced tax breaks to electric cars made outside its borders.

Shares of the Chinese manufacturer of electric vehicles were trading up more than 9 percent by midday Monday, and have accelerated more the 33 percent over the past 7-day period.

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BMW open to sharing battery technology

Samsung SDI will increase its battery cell supply for the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid. The i8 is to go on sale in the United States next month.

ULSAN, South Korea — BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI.

BMW purchasing boss Klaus Draeger said sharing the technology would reduce the cost of the batter More


India: Electric car owners may get subsidy

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government is mulling offering a subsidy to car owners choosing to go electric. The move comes after the Centre offered a subsidy in this year’s budget under the National Mission on Electric Mobility. These, however, are not aimed at e-rickshaws.

“As part of the pilot project, the government will offer a substantial subsidy to those who want to switch to el More


Chinese Tesla Fan Builds Crowdsourced Charging Network

Electric vehicle chargers are slowly breaking into the mainstream here in the U.S., but for Tesla drivers in China, they are few and far between. One Chinese businessman is looking to change that.

When Andrew Zong picked up his new Tesla Model S in Beijing he realized there was no way he could drive it home to Guangzhou without stopping for a charge. Unlike the U.S. and parts of Europe, out More


Electric Cars are becoming the “In” Thing

Electric cars are a much better option than the fossil-fuel dependent muscle cars since they are clean and closer to the cars of the future. They don’t leave behind a carbon footprint so they are just ideal for a sustainable future.

And Tesla Motors is at the forefront of an effort to replace gasoline-run monsters with the hybrid smart cars that will be populating the cities of tomorrow. More


Electric cars: Why Tesla is important for both the auto industry and Silicon Valley

Electric cars have a valuable advocate in Tesla, whose Model S sedan is the gold standard in the growing industry. But in addition to the growth of electric cars, Tesla’s success is vital to the US auto industry as a whole.
By Antony Ingram, July 21, 2014

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Battery Capacity of Mercedes EV is 67% Bigger than for BMW i3

The two newest electric cars on the market—both luxury models from Germany—make for a fascinating study of contrasts. The BMW i3 and Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive carry nearly identical price tags of $42,300 and $42,400 respectively. They are both beautifully designed and well engineered. But it’s their differing approaches to overcoming limitations in driving range—arguably the biggest More


Nissan cars seen self-parking by 2016 as autos go driverless

Nissan Motor Co. will introduce cars that park themselves by 2016, as the Japanese carmaker rushes to be among the first to offer automated driving.

The feature, along with technology enabling cars to autonomously navigate congested highways, will be available in a wide range of vehicles, according to Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn. Two years later, the company plans to offer vehicles More


Motoring: Visibility issues mar Renault’s electric Zoe

The Renault Zoe could be an excellent electric car but is let down by some 
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BLINDSPOTS AND GLARE: The Renault Zoe is let down by some serious issues

This column does get the whole electric car thing, in principle anyway. In fact, I am extremely well set up for it. I live very More


Big Green: 7 Electric Utility Vehicles Coming to the U.S.

It’s official: For the first time ever, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) have overtaken sedans in U.S. market share. Though it has seemed like a big car country for over a decade, it has not been a re More


Bosch: Electric Cars Will Soon Have Transmissions

Most electric cars make so with direct drive – essentially a single “gear” that serves the car from 0 to 100 MPH and beyond. It’s an elegant, simple system that reduces the number of moving parts and lowers costs. If German electronics giant and auto-industry supplier, Bosch, is right, however, that may soon change.

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Tesla symposium: It’s full speed ahead for electric cars

Progress good, future bright for industry, users hear at Monterey gathering

By Dennis Taylor @mchdennistaylor on Twitter
Posted: 07/19/2014 05:33:18 PM PDT1 Comment
Updated: 07/19/2014 06:14:39 PM PDT

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UK: Students Build Record-Breaking Solar Electric Car

Sunswift, a team of engineering students from the University of New South Wales, designed and built a car that holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle. In 2011, that car reached a top speed of 88 km/h (55 mph). The team hopes that i More


Mobile Web – Top Stories – Mountain View: Google offers free electric shuttles for pilot program

Google employees ride their Google multi-colored bicycles to and from the GooglePlex along Charleston Road in Mountain View, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (Patrick Tehan/Staff)
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Google is proposing to fund four electric shuttles that will provide free community transportation in a two-year pilot program that could be extended.

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Mobile Web – Top Stories – The EV generation: The faithful gather for Tesla event in Monterey

MONTEREY — The co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a Menlo Park venture capital firm, paced excitedly and spoke at breakneck speed about the future of electric vehicles, as if bragging about a child who made the honor roll.

Some day — he couldn’t yet predict when — everything on the road will be powered by electricity, said Steve Jurvetson, whose professional asso More


[network] Tesla adopts charging standards to put itself on electric car grid|Companies|Business|

Tesla displays its Model S and charging booths in Shanghai, April 23. (File photo/Xinhua)

Following the agreement between China and Germany on uniform standards for electric car charging outlets, Tesla is eager to get in on the deal to cut the costs for its power charging stations, said Wu Bixuan, president of Tesla China, in an interview with the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Heral More


Tesla to Go Down-Market with Mainstream Model 3 – NBC

Tesla Motors has shown it can take on established premium-luxury brands with its Model S sedan, but the real test will come when it launches an all-new mainstream electric vehicle at roughly half the price.

CEO and founder Elon Musk has long made clear his plans to go down-market, and the new Model 3 (or Model III) sedan, confirmed this week, is expected to come More


When In Rome – BMW i3 Looks To Take Sales Lead For Italy In 2014

We don’t often pass along plug-in electric vehicle sales in Italy since the figures are often so low they are a nearly meaningless addition to our global EV sales tally.

That’s why it immediately caught our attention when we saw the BMW i3 being featured in Rome, and also climbing close to the top of the sales charts in Italy with a strong June result.

It’s clear to us that BMW More


Japan should honorably resign as host of 2020 Summer Olympics | OpEdNews

In September 2013, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) met in Buenos Aires to elect a host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured the IOC that “the situation [at Fukushima Daiichi] is under control”, and convinced them to hold the Games in Tokyo .

Abe was lying. Unforunately, the site is nowhere near “under co More