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Toyota Cuts 2009 Sales F’cast, Speeds Up Electric Cars

TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp cut its 2009 vehicle sales forecast by nearly 7 percent as high fuel prices hammer demand for large cars and pickup trucks, and said it will speed up the rollout of hybrid and electric cars as their popularity grows.
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TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp cut its 2009 vehicle sales forecast by nearly 7 percent as high fuel prices hammer demand for large cars and pickup trucks, and said it will speed up the rollout of hybrid and electric cars as their popularity grows.
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S. Korean Firms Align for Plug-in Hybrid Car Batteries

South Korean companies have agreed to form an alliance in an effort to develop a battery pack that can be mounted on future plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), government and industry sources said Monday.
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South Korean companies have agreed to form an alliance in an effort to develop a battery pack that can be mounted on future plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), government and industry sources said Monday.
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BYD and Chery To Launch New Hybrids in China this year.

The Corolla-size F3DM will go on sale later this year, priced from around $14,500, according to the Chinese Web site sina.com. With this car, BYD expects to undercut the price of the Toyota Prius by thousands of dollars. The F3DM, or Dual Mode, is a plug-in hybrid with a proprietary lithium-ion battery pack that can run on either gasoline or pure electric power.

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The Corolla-size F3DM will go on sale later this year, priced from around $14,500, according to the Chinese Web site sina.com. With this car, BYD expects to undercut the price of the Toyota Prius by thousands of dollars. The F3DM, or Dual Mode, is a plug-in hybrid with a proprietary lithium-ion battery pack that can run on either gasoline or pure electric power.

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Sanyo In Battery Talks With Automakers

The world’s largest rechargeable battery maker, Sanyo Electric Co Ltd (6764.T) announced last week that it is in talks with carmakers in Japan, Europe and the U.S. to supply batteries for electric and plug-in vehicles.
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The world’s largest rechargeable battery maker, Sanyo Electric Co Ltd (6764.T) announced last week that it is in talks with carmakers in Japan, Europe and the U.S. to supply batteries for electric and plug-in vehicles.
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Mazda Building a Volt of Its Own

Autocar reports that Mazda’s engineers are developing a range-extended electric vehicle much like the car GM is working 24/7 to put in showrooms by the end of 2010.
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Autocar reports that Mazda’s engineers are developing a range-extended electric vehicle much like the car GM is working 24/7 to put in showrooms by the end of 2010.
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Hyundai Going Electric With Hybrids and Plug-Ins

Hyundai’s been making so many announcements about electric vehicles and hybrids lately you’d More

Hyundai’s been making so many announcements about electric vehicles and hybrids lately you’d More

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UPDATE 1-Ener1 sees hybrid battery costs halving

Ener1 Inc will be able to cut the cost of batteries for hybrid electric vehicles by 50 percent once its lithium-ion technology amasses scale, Chief Executive Charles Gassenheimer said on Friday.

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Ener1 Inc will be able to cut the cost of batteries for hybrid electric vehicles by 50 percent once its lithium-ion technology amasses scale, Chief Executive Charles Gassenheimer said on Friday.

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Spy Shot: Production interior of Chevy Volt (maybe)

General Motors continues to eek out teaser shots of the production Chevy Volt, but it appears that an image of the More

General Motors continues to eek out teaser shots of the production Chevy Volt, but it appears that an image of the More

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GM settles on Volt’s battery maker

JOLIET, Ill. — General Motors Corp. has decided on a battery maker for the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric vehicle, but it’s not saying who it is, yet, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said Thursday on the sidelines of a media event touting the automaker’s 2009 vehicle line.

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JOLIET, Ill. — General Motors Corp. has decided on a battery maker for the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric vehicle, but it’s not saying who it is, yet, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said Thursday on the sidelines of a media event touting the automaker’s 2009 vehicle line.

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Toyota Plans Electric Car, Earlier Plug-In Prius Test (Update2)

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Toyota Motor Corp., working to keep a lead in advanced autos over General Motors Corp., is developing an electric- More

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Toyota Motor Corp., working to keep a lead in advanced autos over General Motors Corp., is developing an electric- More

AIST Makes LiFePO4 Superfine Particles for Li-ion Battery

Two Japanese institutes succeeded in synthesizing olivine structure (a kind of crystal structure) LiFePO4 (lithium ion phosphate) coated with a carbon film, which has great potential as a positive electrode material, into superfine particles of nanometer-order.

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Two Japanese institutes succeeded in synthesizing olivine structure (a kind of crystal structure) LiFePO4 (lithium ion phosphate) coated with a carbon film, which has great potential as a positive electrode material, into superfine particles of nanometer-order.

Source: TechOn More

Beyond Nano Breakthrough, MIT Team Quietly Builds Virus-Based Batteries

In a surprise development that could have implications for powering electronics, cars and even the military, researchers at MIT have created the world’s first batteries constructed at the nano scale by microscopic viruse More

In a surprise development that could have implications for powering electronics, cars and even the military, researchers at MIT have created the world’s first batteries constructed at the nano scale by microscopic viruse More

California: Toyota First Dealer Taking Deposits on 2010 PHEVs

Felix Kramer of CalCars reports that Magnussen’s Toyota of Palo Alto (California), one of the US’ top Prius dealers, has decided to begin taking $500 deposits for plug-in 2010 Priuses.

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Felix Kramer of CalCars reports that Magnussen’s Toyota of Palo Alto (California), one of the US’ top Prius dealers, has decided to begin taking $500 deposits for plug-in 2010 Priuses.

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Democrats Want Obama to Grow a Green, Clean Energy Economy

DENVER, Colorado, August 27, 2008 (ENS) – Speaker after speaker at the Democratic National Convention is calling on Americans to elect Barack Obama president because they expect him to build a green economy powered by U.S. renewable energy instead of by foreign oil.

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DENVER, Colorado, August 27, 2008 (ENS) – Speaker after speaker at the Democratic National Convention is calling on Americans to elect Barack Obama president because they expect him to build a green economy powered by U.S. renewable energy instead of by foreign oil.

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Real key to viable hybrid is in its battery, says Ford

FORD Motor Company is staying resolutely sceptical about hybrid vehicles despite having two in the US market and being about to launch another pair next year.

Instead, the company was pouring its efforts into improved internal combustion engines — almost every engine in the group will be renewed by 2010 — while keeping a watching brief on electric cars, said global chief executive Alan More

FORD Motor Company is staying resolutely sceptical about hybrid vehicles despite having two in the US market and being about to launch another pair next year.

Instead, the company was pouring its efforts into improved internal combustion engines — almost every engine in the group will be renewed by 2010 — while keeping a watching brief on electric cars, said global chief executive Alan More

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The Hinterland 1: Electric tank-car of the future

Existing purely as sketches, renderings, and specs at this point, the Hinterland 1 electric car looks like one part tank, one part VW bus with a pinch of bullet train added for flavor. OK, maybe two parts tank, but we really like the Hinterland 1’s hyper-fut More

Existing purely as sketches, renderings, and specs at this point, the Hinterland 1 electric car looks like one part tank, one part VW bus with a pinch of bullet train added for flavor. OK, maybe two parts tank, but we really like the Hinterland 1’s hyper-fut More

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Tesla Confirms Model S Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

Earlier this month, Tesla confirmed that it has started work on a second model, the follow up to the long-awaited electric-powered Roadster. The car, a family-sized four-door sedan previously known as “Whitstar” in rumors now has a nam More

Earlier this month, Tesla confirmed that it has started work on a second model, the follow up to the long-awaited electric-powered Roadster. The car, a family-sized four-door sedan previously known as “Whitstar” in rumors now has a nam More

HYUNDAI MOTOR TO SELL PLUG-IN HYBRID BY 2013

Hyundai Motor Co. (KSE:005380) said Monday it plans to begin selling a battery-powered hybrid vehicle that can be recharged at standard outlets by 2013, hoping to catch up to its Japanese rivals in the race for plug-in hybrids.

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Hyundai Motor Co. (KSE:005380) said Monday it plans to begin selling a battery-powered hybrid vehicle that can be recharged at standard outlets by 2013, hoping to catch up to its Japanese rivals in the race for plug-in hybrids.

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Sprung! Next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid

Although the new car is heavily disguised, the photo shows that Toyota designers haven’t made major changes to the petrol-electric hybrid vehicle’s distinctive look.

Source: Stuff.co.nz More

Although the new car is heavily disguised, the photo shows that Toyota designers haven’t made major changes to the petrol-electric hybrid vehicle’s distinctive look.

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Busting the electric car myth

I was excited to hear that Chevy plans to debut an electric car in 2010. But then a discussion with a friend got me thinking: If the electricity used to charge up an electric car is created by burning fossil fuels, is it better to stick with a gas-powered car with good fuel economy?

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I was excited to hear that Chevy plans to debut an electric car in 2010. But then a discussion with a friend got me thinking: If the electricity used to charge up an electric car is created by burning fossil fuels, is it better to stick with a gas-powered car with good fuel economy?

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Kalamazoo man converting gas cars to electric

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A man that runs an automotive center in Kalamazoo says he’s fighting high gas prices by converting cars on the street to electric vehicles.

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A man that runs an automotive center in Kalamazoo says he’s fighting high gas prices by converting cars on the street to electric vehicles.

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Battery tech starts catching up to high tech

Standing at the base of a gym’s climbing rope, Nathan Ball checks his harness and prepares to live every gym student’s dream. He flicks a switch on his “rope ascender” and zips up to the 45-foot ceiling in More

Standing at the base of a gym’s climbing rope, Nathan Ball checks his harness and prepares to live every gym student’s dream. He flicks a switch on his “rope ascender” and zips up to the 45-foot ceiling in More

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125mph Tesla Roadster solves electric car performance deficiency

While many road users would likely be keen to throw their support behind eco-friendly electric cars, a persistent lack of performance-related oomph has repeatedly left electric alter More

While many road users would likely be keen to throw their support behind eco-friendly electric cars, a persistent lack of performance-related oomph has repeatedly left electric alter More

Electric car battery giant formed

Bosch and Samsung have formed a joint venture to produce and market lithium-ion batteries for cars by 2011.
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Bosch and Samsung have formed a joint venture to produce and market lithium-ion batteries for cars by 2011.
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Look out for the 125mph electric car (because you won’t hear it)

It looks as stylish as a Lotus, can outpace a Porsche 911 and is coveted by Hollywood A-listers such as Brad Pitt and George Clooney. But unlike the average super car, the Tesla Roadster is electric.

Source: The Independent More

It looks as stylish as a Lotus, can outpace a Porsche 911 and is coveted by Hollywood A-listers such as Brad Pitt and George Clooney. But unlike the average super car, the Tesla Roadster is electric.

Source: The Independent More

The DIY Hybrid

Here’s one for the dedicated back-yard mechanic. Arizona based Robert Q. Riley Enterprises has now released construction plans based on the completed prototype of its do-it-yourself, two-passenger, XR3 plug-in hybrid, a vehicle that’s capable of up to 225 miles per gallon, has a top speed of 80 mph and acceleration comparable to a conventional small car. The USD$200 instructional packa More

Here’s one for the dedicated back-yard mechanic. Arizona based Robert Q. Riley Enterprises has now released construction plans based on the completed prototype of its do-it-yourself, two-passenger, XR3 plug-in hybrid, a vehicle that’s capable of up to 225 miles per gallon, has a top speed of 80 mph and acceleration comparable to a conventional small car. The USD$200 instructional packa More

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Plug-In Hybrid From G.M. Is Nearly Ready for Testing

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McCain, Obama Promise Plug-in Cars as Detroit Charts a Timetable

As the fight for the White House turned into an all-out energy policy battle this summer, both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have thrown their weight (inflated tires aside) behind plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). While More

As the fight for the White House turned into an all-out energy policy battle this summer, both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have thrown their weight (inflated tires aside) behind plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). While More

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GM set to bring Volt electric car to Europe

General Motors is planning to rebadge its Chevrolet Volt electric car as an Opel and bring it to Europe as part of the US carmaker’s plans to expand the model range of its highly anticipated new vehicle. GM is sufficiently encouraged by the development of the Volt that it has begun work on several other similar vehicles. Source: More

General Motors is planning to rebadge its Chevrolet Volt electric car as an Opel and bring it to Europe as part of the US carmaker’s plans to expand the model range of its highly anticipated new vehicle. GM is sufficiently encouraged by the development of the Volt that it has begun work on several other similar vehicles. Source: More

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AltCar Expo, One of Nation’s Largest Displays of Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Frees Consumers from Gas Guzzlers

The free, two-day expo will be held for the third consecutive year in Santa Monica, CA–where 10,000 attendees typically flock–on Sept. 26 & 27 , and for the first time this year in Austin, TX on Oct. 17 & 18.
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The free, two-day expo will be held for the third consecutive year in Santa Monica, CA–where 10,000 attendees typically flock–on Sept. 26 & 27 , and for the first time this year in Austin, TX on Oct. 17 & 18.
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