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USA: Chrysler files for bankruptcy

Chrysler LLC filed for bankruptcy Thursday. But a deal has been reached to combine the company with Fiat in order to allow Chrysler to stay in business.
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Chrysler LLC filed for bankruptcy Thursday. But a deal has been reached to combine the company with Fiat in order to allow Chrysler to stay in business.
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UK: First Retro-fit Plug-In Hybrid system will help the unconverted

A collaboration between the UK’s leading automotive engineering facilities, including Cranfield University, has resulted in the development of the first retro-fit hybrid conversion of a combustion engine vehicle. Known as the Affordable Add-on Zero Emissions Vehicle (ADDZEV), the technology that has been developed demonstrates how it may be possible to convert much of the UK vehicle fleet into h More

A collaboration between the UK’s leading automotive engineering facilities, including Cranfield University, has resulted in the development of the first retro-fit hybrid conversion of a combustion engine vehicle. Known as the Affordable Add-on Zero Emissions Vehicle (ADDZEV), the technology that has been developed demonstrates how it may be possible to convert much of the UK vehicle fleet into h More

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USA: Smart Charger Controller simplifies electric vehicle recharging (w/Video)

Developed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the controller automatically recharges electric vehicles during times of least cost to the consumer and lower demand for power. Widespread use of these devices could help advance a smart power grid.
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Developed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the controller automatically recharges electric vehicles during times of least cost to the consumer and lower demand for power. Widespread use of these devices could help advance a smart power grid.
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China: New motor giant emerges

And where do the vast majority of laptops come from these days? China the country that boasts the second-largest battery company in the world, BYD, which also happens to be a prominent car maker. A picture begins to form of how China intends to drive automotive innovation.
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And where do the vast majority of laptops come from these days? China the country that boasts the second-largest battery company in the world, BYD, which also happens to be a prominent car maker. A picture begins to form of how China intends to drive automotive innovation.
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USA: Chevy Volt Owners Get $7500 Electric Car Tax Credit

General Motors Corp confirmed last Monday that it’s still on-target to release the Chevy Volt in 2010.
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General Motors Corp confirmed last Monday that it’s still on-target to release the Chevy Volt in 2010.
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Japan/USA: Nissan plans to start selling electric car in Seattle next year


The new plug-in vehicle will be able to exceed highway speed limits, go 100 miles on a charge and recharge in four to eight hours using a 220-volt line, similar to those for clothes dryers, said Mark Perry, director of product planning for Nissan North America
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The new plug-in vehicle will be able to exceed highway speed limits, go 100 miles on a charge and recharge in four to eight hours using a 220-volt line, similar to those for clothes dryers, said Mark Perry, director of product planning for Nissan North America
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USA: Cash for Clunkers Paves the Way to Retrofit Gas Guzzlers

Analysis compares two policy options for vehicles already on the road — 250 million in the U.S. and 900 million globally — that will continue to burn fossil fuels for decades. Large-scale, properly tuned policies can substantially reduce these vehicles’ carbon footprint. Two solutions focusing on older low-efficiency vehicles are scrappage programs, which are gaining increasing s More

Analysis compares two policy options for vehicles already on the road — 250 million in the U.S. and 900 million globally — that will continue to burn fossil fuels for decades. Large-scale, properly tuned policies can substantially reduce these vehicles’ carbon footprint. Two solutions focusing on older low-efficiency vehicles are scrappage programs, which are gaining increasing s More

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USA: Green Star to Demonstrate Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

FRANKFORT, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC: GSPI) announced today that within the next four weeks it plans to publicly test its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)
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FRANKFORT, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC: GSPI) announced today that within the next four weeks it plans to publicly test its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)
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USA: Electric car competition heats up with that other green city

The mayors of San Francisco and Portland have a lot in common. They’re both striving to make their respective cities the greenest on earth, they both Tweet to their constituents and they both have snazzy Web sites, among other things.
“If we were able to put a man on the moon, we most certainly can create a new generation of cars that do not run on fossil fuels,” Newsom wrote in his bl More

The mayors of San Francisco and Portland have a lot in common. They’re both striving to make their respective cities the greenest on earth, they both Tweet to their constituents and they both have snazzy Web sites, among other things.
“If we were able to put a man on the moon, we most certainly can create a new generation of cars that do not run on fossil fuels,” Newsom wrote in his bl More

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Honda and Nissan Consider Plug-in Hybrids

For both companies, the plug-in hybrid is seen as the next stage of hybrids and as the key to the technology’s longevity.
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For both companies, the plug-in hybrid is seen as the next stage of hybrids and as the key to the technology’s longevity.
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Japan/USA: Seattle welcomes Nissan electric car in 2010

Nissan plans to introduce plug-in electric vehicles in 2010 in Seattle, along with other markets including Oregon and Tennessee, and mass market them globally two years later.
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Nissan plans to introduce plug-in electric vehicles in 2010 in Seattle, along with other markets including Oregon and Tennessee, and mass market them globally two years later.
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China: Auto Shanghai 2009: The sleeping giant awakes

In the first quarter of 2009, China sold more cars than the world’s largest car market, North America. China has already been outselling Europe, Japan and Korea for a few years now.
Other Chinese carmakers that showcased impressively large exhibits with technologically up-to-date models included Chery, BYD Auto, Geely and Great Wall Motor.
BYD Auto and Geely showcased electric and hy More

In the first quarter of 2009, China sold more cars than the world’s largest car market, North America. China has already been outselling Europe, Japan and Korea for a few years now.
Other Chinese carmakers that showcased impressively large exhibits with technologically up-to-date models included Chery, BYD Auto, Geely and Great Wall Motor.
BYD Auto and Geely showcased electric and hy More

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USA: Lexington plugs in to battery research

The state will spend between $5 million and $8 million to convert this old office building in northern Fayette County into the new Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center.
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The state will spend between $5 million and $8 million to convert this old office building in northern Fayette County into the new Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center.
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Nissan electric car: silent, quick off the line

Nissan’s prototype of a mass-produced, all-electric car drives much like a mass-produced, gasoline-powered car, with a couple of major exceptions – there’s no drive-train noise and there’s no lurching from gear to gear.
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Nissan’s prototype of a mass-produced, all-electric car drives much like a mass-produced, gasoline-powered car, with a couple of major exceptions – there’s no drive-train noise and there’s no lurching from gear to gear.
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Honda May Develop Plug-In as Obama Alters U.S. Policy

Honda, Japan’s second-largest carmaker, last week began building a lithium-ion battery factory with joint-venture partner GS Yuasa Corp. in Japan’s Kyoto prefecture to make packs for gasoline-electric hybrid cars. Tokyo-based Honda plans starting producing the vehicles in late 2010.
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Honda, Japan’s second-largest carmaker, last week began building a lithium-ion battery factory with joint-venture partner GS Yuasa Corp. in Japan’s Kyoto prefecture to make packs for gasoline-electric hybrid cars. Tokyo-based Honda plans starting producing the vehicles in late 2010.
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Nissan Sees Higher Oil Prices Spurring Demand for Electric Cars

“When GDP growth comes back on a worldwide basis, there will be again attention on the oil market, which will trigger an oil price increase,” Carlos Tavares, a Nissan executive vice president, said in an interview on April 24. “We will be in the right tempo to face that environment.”
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“When GDP growth comes back on a worldwide basis, there will be again attention on the oil market, which will trigger an oil price increase,” Carlos Tavares, a Nissan executive vice president, said in an interview on April 24. “We will be in the right tempo to face that environment.”
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USA: Chrysler Unveils Electric Minivan for US Postal Service

Chrysler is celebrating Earth Day by unveiling an electric minivan… that you won’t be able to buy (yet). They’re making them for the US Postal Service, and so far 4 out of an eventual 250 have been built. The electric minivan is based on the Chrysler Town & Country EV that we wrote about last year, and the powertrain will be very similar except that the USPS version is a non More

Chrysler is celebrating Earth Day by unveiling an electric minivan… that you won’t be able to buy (yet). They’re making them for the US Postal Service, and so far 4 out of an eventual 250 have been built. The electric minivan is based on the Chrysler Town & Country EV that we wrote about last year, and the powertrain will be very similar except that the USPS version is a non More

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Japan: Mitsubishi Motors surprises with profit forecast

Mitsubishi Motors is looking to strengthen its lineup of small cars to ride a global trend towards fuel-efficient vehicles, such as by developing what it calls a “global small car”.
In July, it will roll out the i-MiEV electric car to fleet customers in Japan,
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Mitsubishi Motors is looking to strengthen its lineup of small cars to ride a global trend towards fuel-efficient vehicles, such as by developing what it calls a “global small car”.
In July, it will roll out the i-MiEV electric car to fleet customers in Japan,
Source: guardian.co.uk More

UK: Electric car company announces first all-electric production car

The Citroën C1 ‘ev’ie’ goes on sale today priced from £16,850. It is capable of 60mph and has a 60-70 mile range when fully charged. The C1 ‘ev’ie’ takes around 6-7 hours to charge from a normal domestic socket.
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The Citroën C1 ‘ev’ie’ goes on sale today priced from £16,850. It is capable of 60mph and has a 60-70 mile range when fully charged. The C1 ‘ev’ie’ takes around 6-7 hours to charge from a normal domestic socket.
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USA; GM’s New Plan: Fewer Jobs, More Chevy Volt

Those areas include quicker and deeper cuts of the workforce, dealer network, and the number of brands; restructuring GM’s balance sheet to lighten its debt load; and “keeping development of our mainstream alternative technology vehicles on track, including the much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt.”
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Those areas include quicker and deeper cuts of the workforce, dealer network, and the number of brands; restructuring GM’s balance sheet to lighten its debt load; and “keeping development of our mainstream alternative technology vehicles on track, including the much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt.”
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Japan/USA: Nissan Introduces New Structure in The Americas

Nissan will launch a battery electric vehicle in the United States and Japan in 2010. Two years later, Nissan EVs will be made available to the mass market globally.
At the start of fiscal year 2009, four zero-emission partnerships in the Americas had been announced by the Renault-Nissan Alliance, including Tucson and Phoenix Ariz.; Sonoma County, Calif.; the State of Oregon; the State of Te More

Nissan will launch a battery electric vehicle in the United States and Japan in 2010. Two years later, Nissan EVs will be made available to the mass market globally.
At the start of fiscal year 2009, four zero-emission partnerships in the Americas had been announced by the Renault-Nissan Alliance, including Tucson and Phoenix Ariz.; Sonoma County, Calif.; the State of Oregon; the State of Te More

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Japan: Report: Hitachi Develops High-Power Automotive Li-Ion Battery: 4,500 W/kg

The Nikkei reports that Hitachi Ltd. has developed a high-power lithium-ion battery for hybrid-electric vehicles. The battery reportedly has specific power of 4,500 W/kg— a power increase of 70% over its current models, and 50% over a new version Hitachi plans to begin mass-producing next year.
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The Nikkei reports that Hitachi Ltd. has developed a high-power lithium-ion battery for hybrid-electric vehicles. The battery reportedly has specific power of 4,500 W/kg— a power increase of 70% over its current models, and 50% over a new version Hitachi plans to begin mass-producing next year.
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USA/Japan: Tennessee, Nissan and TVA forge a path for electric car

Nissan’s first electric car is to go into corporate and government fleets beginning in late 2010. It would then be offered for public use in 2012, said Brian Carolin, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan North America Inc.
Source: tenessean.com More

Nissan’s first electric car is to go into corporate and government fleets beginning in late 2010. It would then be offered for public use in 2012, said Brian Carolin, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan North America Inc.
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USA: Oregon to pursue money for electric cars

PORTLAND — Gov. Ted Kulongoski says Oregon will seek a share of $300 million in federal stimulus money set aside to promote purchases of electric cars and charging stations.
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PORTLAND — Gov. Ted Kulongoski says Oregon will seek a share of $300 million in federal stimulus money set aside to promote purchases of electric cars and charging stations.
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China: 2009 Shanghai Auto Show: Microcars Rule

SHANGHAI, China — One thing was clear at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show: there’s a “smaller is better” movement afoot. Chinese consumers, long recognized as lovers of large, conservatively styled sedans, are shifting their focus rapidly toward the opposite end of the automotive spectrum. It’s an accelerating trend that is being fed by a confluence of factors, from environmen More

SHANGHAI, China — One thing was clear at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show: there’s a “smaller is better” movement afoot. Chinese consumers, long recognized as lovers of large, conservatively styled sedans, are shifting their focus rapidly toward the opposite end of the automotive spectrum. It’s an accelerating trend that is being fed by a confluence of factors, from environmen More

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My money’s on China to produce world-changing electric car

Once in a while an invention comes along that changes the world: Gunpowder. Printing press. Steam engine. Telegraph. Telephone. Model T Ford. Television. Computers – first mainframes, then PCs. The Internet. And now – maybe – the electric car.
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Once in a while an invention comes along that changes the world: Gunpowder. Printing press. Steam engine. Telegraph. Telephone. Model T Ford. Television. Computers – first mainframes, then PCs. The Internet. And now – maybe – the electric car.
Source: theglobeandmail.comM< More

USA: Energy Storage Conference in Berkeley

Enhancing the Value of Renewables Lawrence Hall of Science, May 6, 2009, 12âm-7pm
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Enhancing the Value of Renewables Lawrence Hall of Science, May 6, 2009, 12âm-7pm
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USA: (Aptera Video) Driving the Prototype of the EV Three-Wheeler


This pre-production prototype of the 2010 Aptera 2e weighs in at a mere 1,700 pounds (1,500 pounds in production trim is the goal) and has a 0.15 coefficient of aerodynamic drag, which compares to the 0.25 Cd of the 2010 Toyota Prius. (The Prius engineers were celebr More


This pre-production prototype of the 2010 Aptera 2e weighs in at a mere 1,700 pounds (1,500 pounds in production trim is the goal) and has a 0.15 coefficient of aerodynamic drag, which compares to the 0.25 Cd of the 2010 Toyota Prius. (The Prius engineers were celebr More

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Australia: Green Car Innovation Fund now open

The fund is part of the Rudd Government’s $6.2billion New Car Plan for a Greener Future which is designed to renew the Australian automotive industry. According to Senator Kim Carr the funding will start to flow from July 1 2009.
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The fund is part of the Rudd Government’s $6.2billion New Car Plan for a Greener Future which is designed to renew the Australian automotive industry. According to Senator Kim Carr the funding will start to flow from July 1 2009.
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USA: Bright Automotive’s 100 MPG Plug-In Hybrid Truck: It’s Good Enough for the Post Office

Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sedans, sports cars, and SUVs are fine for everyday consumer use, but what about businesses that require larger vans (i.e. the U.S. Post Office)? Bright Automotive’s new “light-use truck” eschews the sexy aesthetic of cars like the Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma for a more utilitarian 180-cubic-foot space with a 2,000 pound payload.
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Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sedans, sports cars, and SUVs are fine for everyday consumer use, but what about businesses that require larger vans (i.e. the U.S. Post Office)? Bright Automotive’s new “light-use truck” eschews the sexy aesthetic of cars like the Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma for a more utilitarian 180-cubic-foot space with a 2,000 pound payload.
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