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USA: Boston-Power Fuels Growth in Clean Technology With Expansion of U.S. Headquarters

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Oct 30, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — –Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Unveil State-of-the-Art Battery R&D Lab for Applications Ranging from Consumer Electronics to Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
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WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Oct 30, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — –Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Unveil State-of-the-Art Battery R&D Lab for Applications Ranging from Consumer Electronics to Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
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USA: Get Paid for Driving an Electric Car

As of now, most grids have back up stations providing this extra boost of power, but researchers like Jeff Stein of the University of Michigan say that groups of parked electric cars could do the same job more effectively.
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As of now, most grids have back up stations providing this extra boost of power, but researchers like Jeff Stein of the University of Michigan say that groups of parked electric cars could do the same job more effectively.
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USA: Duke Energy, Progress Energy team up on electric-car venture

Twelve Toyota Priuses will be modified for plug-in recharging and equipped with two-way technology for connecting to the electric grid. The goal is to make it possible for vehicles to charge overnight and then, at times, return power to the grid for use at peak demand.
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Twelve Toyota Priuses will be modified for plug-in recharging and equipped with two-way technology for connecting to the electric grid. The goal is to make it possible for vehicles to charge overnight and then, at times, return power to the grid for use at peak demand.
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USA: Why Wait for a Plug-in Prius? Benefit Auction for Plug In America

The Green Car Company in Seattle will auction its first 2009-model converted Plug-in Prius on eBay and donate the proceeds of the profit to Plug In America, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for plug-in vehicles. These Plug-in Prius hybrids feature the crash-tested A123 Hymotion Li-on battery pack installed by Hymotion CHIP-certified technicians.
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The Green Car Company in Seattle will auction its first 2009-model converted Plug-in Prius on eBay and donate the proceeds of the profit to Plug In America, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for plug-in vehicles. These Plug-in Prius hybrids feature the crash-tested A123 Hymotion Li-on battery pack installed by Hymotion CHIP-certified technicians.
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USA: SENATOR BARACK OBAMA ON PHEVS AND THE GRID:

Obama: “One of the most important infrastructure
projects that we need is a whole new electricity
grid. Because if we’re going to be serious about
renewable energy, I want to be able to get wind
power from North Dakota to population centers
like Chicago. And we’re going to have to have a
smart grid if we want to use plug-in hybrids.
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Obama: “One of the most important infrastructure
projects that we need is a whole new electricity
grid. Because if we’re going to be serious about
renewable energy, I want to be able to get wind
power from North Dakota to population centers
like Chicago. And we’re going to have to have a
smart grid if we want to use plug-in hybrids.
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USA: Plugging In Your Volt: Not With Just Any Old Cord

When you imagine plugging an electric or plug-in hybrid car into the wall to recharge, what do you envision in your hand? A standard orange extension cord? Time to change that picture; production electric-drive vehicles will all use a special cord, with a plug and socket on the car end that’s unlike any you’ve seen before.
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When you imagine plugging an electric or plug-in hybrid car into the wall to recharge, what do you envision in your hand? A standard orange extension cord? Time to change that picture; production electric-drive vehicles will all use a special cord, with a plug and socket on the car end that’s unlike any you’ve seen before.
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USA: The end of the road for U.S. carmakers?

Some analysts suggest failure may not be such a bad thing for Detroit’s Big Three. Others, especially Michigan politicians, warn of calamity.
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Some analysts suggest failure may not be such a bad thing for Detroit’s Big Three. Others, especially Michigan politicians, warn of calamity.
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USA: Oregon Governor proposed $5000 tax credit for Plug-in

End the $1,500 tax credit for purchasing hybrid cars and establish a $5,000 credit for buying plug-in electric hybrids and all-electric cars.
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End the $1,500 tax credit for purchasing hybrid cars and establish a $5,000 credit for buying plug-in electric hybrids and all-electric cars.
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2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Prototype: Next-Gen Test Drive

TOKYO — Toyota may be the first to market with a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicle. Today, we were briefed on Toyota’s future hybrid and alternative fuel plans. And while there was no official announcement by Yoshitaka Asakura, Project General Manager of Toyota’s Hybrid Vehicle System Engineering Development Division, he mentioned that their plug-in development program was under way and More

TOKYO — Toyota may be the first to market with a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicle. Today, we were briefed on Toyota’s future hybrid and alternative fuel plans. And while there was no official announcement by Yoshitaka Asakura, Project General Manager of Toyota’s Hybrid Vehicle System Engineering Development Division, he mentioned that their plug-in development program was under way and More

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USA: Futuristic Aptera will achieve 300 mpg


A new car has been built that is dramatically beautiful and, more importantly in these troubled times, unbelievably efficient.
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A new car has been built that is dramatically beautiful and, more importantly in these troubled times, unbelievably efficient.
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China: INTERVIEW – BYD Lines Up EU Channel For Hybrid Car

SHANGHAI – China’s BYD Co has signed up 10 distributors for its plug-in hybrid car in Europe ahead of its targeted entry into that market in 2010, a senior company executive said on Tuesday.
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SHANGHAI – China’s BYD Co has signed up 10 distributors for its plug-in hybrid car in Europe ahead of its targeted entry into that market in 2010, a senior company executive said on Tuesday.
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China: Electric cars are a big chance for China -McKinsey

BEIJING, Oct 29 (Reuters) – China should push electric cars to curb its dependence on imported oil and foreign automobile technology, although they offer smaller cuts in carbon emissions than alternatives like hybrids, McKinsey and Company said.
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BEIJING, Oct 29 (Reuters) – China should push electric cars to curb its dependence on imported oil and foreign automobile technology, although they offer smaller cuts in carbon emissions than alternatives like hybrids, McKinsey and Company said.
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USA: Chrysler ends hybrid adventure before it can begin

The move will leave Chrysler without an alternative powertrain model for at least a year and probably longer. No other models are in line to get hybridized, though last month Chrysler unveiled two plug-in hybrids and a pure electric car, saying it would produce one of the models — either a Jeep Wrangler, a Chrysler Town & Country or a two-seat sports car — by late 2010.
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The move will leave Chrysler without an alternative powertrain model for at least a year and probably longer. No other models are in line to get hybridized, though last month Chrysler unveiled two plug-in hybrids and a pure electric car, saying it would produce one of the models — either a Jeep Wrangler, a Chrysler Town & Country or a two-seat sports car — by late 2010.
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USA: GE gets charged up about batteries

NISKAYUNA, N.Y.–General Electric hosted a symposium on battery technology at its industrial labs in upstate New York last week. It gathered a number of people from industry and government to discuss the electrification of transportation and the electric power industry.
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NISKAYUNA, N.Y.–General Electric hosted a symposium on battery technology at its industrial labs in upstate New York last week. It gathered a number of people from industry and government to discuss the electrification of transportation and the electric power industry.
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GE is charging up for battery-powered cars

General Electric is stepping up its investment in developing new battery technologies for autos as it looks to increase its role in electrifying cars—a key strategy to boost fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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General Electric is stepping up its investment in developing new battery technologies for autos as it looks to increase its role in electrifying cars—a key strategy to boost fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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UK Government Seeking Families for Electric Car Trials

The government in the UK is looking for families to participate in trials of electric cars. The drivers have to trade their petrol car for an all-electric model, which could be a big issue for some. Electric cars simply don’t have the range many drivers need.
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The government in the UK is looking for families to participate in trials of electric cars. The drivers have to trade their petrol car for an all-electric model, which could be a big issue for some. Electric cars simply don’t have the range many drivers need.
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China’s BYD to sell plug-in hybrid in U.S. by 2010

Chinese manufacturer BYD is planning to have plug-in hybrid vehicles on sale in the U.S. by 2010, with similar ambitions for the European market. If the name BYD sounds familiar then it may be because of its notorious reputation as a copyright infringer, however its latest strategy doesn’t require originality to scare the likes of Toyota and GM.
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Chinese manufacturer BYD is planning to have plug-in hybrid vehicles on sale in the U.S. by 2010, with similar ambitions for the European market. If the name BYD sounds familiar then it may be because of its notorious reputation as a copyright infringer, however its latest strategy doesn’t require originality to scare the likes of Toyota and GM.
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USA: Firefly to Charge Up Long-Haul Trucking

The battery startup plans to launch its first commercial product in the first quarter of 2009 named Oasis, which will power the amenities in truckers’ sleeper cars.
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The battery startup plans to launch its first commercial product in the first quarter of 2009 named Oasis, which will power the amenities in truckers’ sleeper cars.
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UK: Government announces £30m electric car research funding

The government today announced £30m worth of research funding for companies developing electric cars, alongside plans for the roll out of 100 electric test cars in UK towns and a pledge to ensure that the development of an electric car charging infrastructure is not hampered by the planning system.
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The government today announced £30m worth of research funding for companies developing electric cars, alongside plans for the roll out of 100 electric test cars in UK towns and a pledge to ensure that the development of an electric car charging infrastructure is not hampered by the planning system.
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London: International expert plan mass market production of low carbon & electric cars

In the first meeting of its kind, industry experts and government officials will be in London to discuss how to kick start the mass market production of low carbon and electric vehicles.
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In the first meeting of its kind, industry experts and government officials will be in London to discuss how to kick start the mass market production of low carbon and electric vehicles.
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USA: Charleston, South Carolina launches plug-in hybrid coalition

Charleston resident, James Poch, collaborated with national gas conservation group, Plug-in Partners, to establish thePlug-in Hybrid Coalition of the Carolinas.
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Charleston resident, James Poch, collaborated with national gas conservation group, Plug-in Partners, to establish thePlug-in Hybrid Coalition of the Carolinas.
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Canada: REV Zero Emission Fleet Vehicles and Novex Delivery Solutions announce Canada’s first green fleet of delivery vehicles

October 23 2008, Vancouver BC, Novex Delivery Solutions and local electric vehicle conversion company REV Technologies jointly announced an order for REV’s rapid electric vehicles and a commitment from Novex to a 100% clean fleet by 2012. This announcement takes place at REV’s gala opening of the first electric vehicle showroom in Canada. The partnership between REV and Novex will mark the fir More

October 23 2008, Vancouver BC, Novex Delivery Solutions and local electric vehicle conversion company REV Technologies jointly announced an order for REV’s rapid electric vehicles and a commitment from Novex to a 100% clean fleet by 2012. This announcement takes place at REV’s gala opening of the first electric vehicle showroom in Canada. The partnership between REV and Novex will mark the fir More

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UK: £100m electric car test planned

Ministers are planning to announce a £100m scheme to test electric cars and vans in cities, with a view to expanding their use across the UK.
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Ministers are planning to announce a £100m scheme to test electric cars and vans in cities, with a view to expanding their use across the UK.
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Chrysler: FINALLY, ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITHOUT COMPROMISE

You’ve told us that you want clean, economical fuel solutions and we’ve been listening. ENVI — a special team within Chrysler — was formed specifically to bring you the next generation of alternative drivetrains as early as 2010 for North America. Soon after European markets will also benefit from this innovative solution.
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You’ve told us that you want clean, economical fuel solutions and we’ve been listening. ENVI — a special team within Chrysler — was formed specifically to bring you the next generation of alternative drivetrains as early as 2010 for North America. Soon after European markets will also benefit from this innovative solution.
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Ultracapacitors for electric cars looking more likely

According to most experts’ expectations for electric cars, the vehicles will be fueled mainly by batteries. But there’s a dark horse competitor for energy storage: ultracapacitors, devices that store energy in an electric field. Three companies, Apowercap Technologies, Eestor and Maxwell Technologies, looking increasingly likely to commercialize that technology.
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According to most experts’ expectations for electric cars, the vehicles will be fueled mainly by batteries. But there’s a dark horse competitor for energy storage: ultracapacitors, devices that store energy in an electric field. Three companies, Apowercap Technologies, Eestor and Maxwell Technologies, looking increasingly likely to commercialize that technology.
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UK: Plug points in street will boost battery car revolution

Charging points for electric cars are to be installed in thousands of car parks and on streets as part of a government plan to convert drivers from petrol and diesel to electricity.
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Charging points for electric cars are to be installed in thousands of car parks and on streets as part of a government plan to convert drivers from petrol and diesel to electricity.
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GM reported to have chosen Compact Power as Volt battery supplier

Reuters is now reporting that Korea’s LG Chem and its US subsidiary Compact Power Inc, has won out over the team of Continental and A123 Systems.
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Reuters is now reporting that Korea’s LG Chem and its US subsidiary Compact Power Inc, has won out over the team of Continental and A123 Systems.
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Toyota confirms – again – plans to build production plug-in hybrid vehicles

Irv Miller, veep of Toyota’s American corporate communications. Says Miller, “Let me be clear about this: We believe strongly in the viability of plug-in hybrids in some applications, and in their use of lithium-ion batteries. We believe so strongly, in fact, that we plan to begin production of PHEVs late next year.
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Irv Miller, veep of Toyota’s American corporate communications. Says Miller, “Let me be clear about this: We believe strongly in the viability of plug-in hybrids in some applications, and in their use of lithium-ion batteries. We believe so strongly, in fact, that we plan to begin production of PHEVs late next year.
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Xcel chooses Boulder for plug-in hybrid tests

Xcel eventually plans to add 500 plug-ins to the grid and conduct tests involving smart charging stations around Boulder.
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Xcel eventually plans to add 500 plug-ins to the grid and conduct tests involving smart charging stations around Boulder.
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Toshiba throws hat into high-tech EV battery ring

Solving the problem of storing enough energy in a dense enough package without undue cost, weight or danger is the primary hurdle facing hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) today. Toshiba has already developed a battery technology that could make significant strides toward solving that problem, and today it has announced it plans to build up to 3 million of the high-tech cells per month starting i More

Solving the problem of storing enough energy in a dense enough package without undue cost, weight or danger is the primary hurdle facing hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) today. Toshiba has already developed a battery technology that could make significant strides toward solving that problem, and today it has announced it plans to build up to 3 million of the high-tech cells per month starting i More

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