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USA: House bill passes with $25 billion more for fuel-saving technology

WASHINGTON — Federal loans to automakers and suppliers for development of electric vehicles and other advanced-technology cars would be doubled to $50 billion under a bill passed by the House on Friday night.

The climate-change legislation — the centerpiece of which is a cap-and-trade system for power plants, oil refineries and factories — now goes to the Senate, where its More

WASHINGTON — Federal loans to automakers and suppliers for development of electric vehicles and other advanced-technology cars would be doubled to $50 billion under a bill passed by the House on Friday night.

The climate-change legislation — the centerpiece of which is a cap-and-trade system for power plants, oil refineries and factories — now goes to the Senate, where its More

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UK: Plans move on for North East electric car charging points

THE plan to install electric car charging points across the North East moved rapidly ahead yesterday when supermarkets and shopping centres were named as locations for ‘fill-up’ stations.

Collaborations with Tesco, British Gas, Capital Shopping Centres, CE Electric UK and the AA were also announced as the move towards mass production of electric cars in the region gathered pace.

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THE plan to install electric car charging points across the North East moved rapidly ahead yesterday when supermarkets and shopping centres were named as locations for ‘fill-up’ stations.

Collaborations with Tesco, British Gas, Capital Shopping Centres, CE Electric UK and the AA were also announced as the move towards mass production of electric cars in the region gathered pace.

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USA: June’s Most Popular Green Car Posts: All About Electric Cars

By now it’s a tradition: We celebrate the last day of the month by running down the most popular posts on GreenCarReports.com. For June, only a single Top Five post from May survived–and last month’s # 1 Ferrari hybrid piece didn’t show up at all.

This month, it’s all about electric cars:

# 1: First Ride: 2011 Coda Sedan Electric Car. We were one of the More

By now it’s a tradition: We celebrate the last day of the month by running down the most popular posts on GreenCarReports.com. For June, only a single Top Five post from May survived–and last month’s # 1 Ferrari hybrid piece didn’t show up at all.

This month, it’s all about electric cars:

# 1: First Ride: 2011 Coda Sedan Electric Car. We were one of the More

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UK: Electric car projects all over Europe

LONDON, June 30 (UPI) — “Sustainable mobility” is the catchphrase of the moment in Europe.

Test trials involving electric cars are mushrooming all over the continent, with the grandest plans tabled in Britain, Germany and Denmark. In times of climate change and quickly depleting fossil fuels, the electric cars are intended to reduce Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions More

LONDON, June 30 (UPI) — “Sustainable mobility” is the catchphrase of the moment in Europe.

Test trials involving electric cars are mushrooming all over the continent, with the grandest plans tabled in Britain, Germany and Denmark. In times of climate change and quickly depleting fossil fuels, the electric cars are intended to reduce Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions More

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USA: Plug In America Action Alert – Urge the CARB to close the ZEV loophole!

Join Plug In America in urging Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the CARB Board, and members of the California State Legislature to close a gaping loophole that could deal a blow to the proliferation of plug-in vehicles just as the federal government is awarding billions of dollars to automakers to advance battery technology and production of plug-in vehicles for sa More

Join Plug In America in urging Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the CARB Board, and members of the California State Legislature to close a gaping loophole that could deal a blow to the proliferation of plug-in vehicles just as the federal government is awarding billions of dollars to automakers to advance battery technology and production of plug-in vehicles for sa More

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Germany: Merkel Retreats on Nuclear Power, Backs Electric Cars (Update3)

June 29 (Bloomberg) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party ruled out for the first time building nuclear-power plants in Germany and backed plans to develop electric-car technology, aiming to broaden its appeal for Sept. 27 national elections.

While Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, agreed to stick to a policy of extending More

June 29 (Bloomberg) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party ruled out for the first time building nuclear-power plants in Germany and backed plans to develop electric-car technology, aiming to broaden its appeal for Sept. 27 national elections.

While Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, agreed to stick to a policy of extending More

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UK: Electric car industry ‘has been given a boost’

The number of people buying electric cars could increase significantly in the UK over the coming years, if one company’s predictions are anything to go by.

Elektromotive suggested there will be more than 500 recharging stations across Britain by 2010 – the most extensive network anywhere in the world.

It explained the £25 million the government is investing in green auto More

The number of people buying electric cars could increase significantly in the UK over the coming years, if one company’s predictions are anything to go by.

Elektromotive suggested there will be more than 500 recharging stations across Britain by 2010 – the most extensive network anywhere in the world.

It explained the £25 million the government is investing in green auto More

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Portugal: Portugal creates electric car recharging network

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal announced a plan Monday to install about 1,300 recharging sites for electric vehicles over the next two years, part of an effort to create a mass market for environmentally friendly electric cars expected to go on sale next year.

The center-left Socialist government is aiming to reduce energy imports and emissions.

Having no oil or coal, Portugal has More

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal announced a plan Monday to install about 1,300 recharging sites for electric vehicles over the next two years, part of an effort to create a mass market for environmentally friendly electric cars expected to go on sale next year.

The center-left Socialist government is aiming to reduce energy imports and emissions.

Having no oil or coal, Portugal has More

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UK: Renault’s Kangoo Be Bop Z.E electric car now available for test drive

The Renault Kangoo be bop Z.E. prototype is powered by a 44kW (60hp) electric motor and is equipped with a 15kWh battery. With just 18 months remaining before the release of Renault’s forthcoming production electric vehicles, Kangoo be bop Z.E. provides a range of approximately 100km.

By the time of their launch, Renault’s electric vehicles will have benefited from an evolution More

The Renault Kangoo be bop Z.E. prototype is powered by a 44kW (60hp) electric motor and is equipped with a 15kWh battery. With just 18 months remaining before the release of Renault’s forthcoming production electric vehicles, Kangoo be bop Z.E. provides a range of approximately 100km.

By the time of their launch, Renault’s electric vehicles will have benefited from an evolution More

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USA: Toyota Said to Consider Offering Prius Hybrid to GM (Update2)

June 30 (Bloomberg) — Toyota Motor Corp. may offer to supply a version of its Prius hybrid car to General Motors Corp. during a meeting between the companies’ chief executives, two people familiar with the plan said.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda and GM’s Fritz Henderson will meet in Michigan in August said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plan isn’t public More

June 30 (Bloomberg) — Toyota Motor Corp. may offer to supply a version of its Prius hybrid car to General Motors Corp. during a meeting between the companies’ chief executives, two people familiar with the plan said.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda and GM’s Fritz Henderson will meet in Michigan in August said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plan isn’t public More

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USA: Microsoft Enters Smart Grid Market with Hohm

Innovations in technology allow today’s PCs to consume far less energy than earlier models, and the power of today’s computers can also help you keep tabs on your entire home’s power bill–that’s the premise behind Microsoft Hohm, at least. Put simply, the Hohm service lets consumers see how much electrical power and gas they consume in a given month, with suggestions More

Innovations in technology allow today’s PCs to consume far less energy than earlier models, and the power of today’s computers can also help you keep tabs on your entire home’s power bill–that’s the premise behind Microsoft Hohm, at least. Put simply, the Hohm service lets consumers see how much electrical power and gas they consume in a given month, with suggestions More

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UK: The New Toyota Prius Awarded WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2009

The title of WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2009 has been awarded to the ‘next generation’ Toyota Prius, due to be launched in the UK on 1st August 2009.

The new Toyota Prius was chosen from a short-list of 10 green car finalists which were test-driven at Imperial College, London, by six of the UK’s leading green transport and environmental experts. The judging was completel More

The title of WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2009 has been awarded to the ‘next generation’ Toyota Prius, due to be launched in the UK on 1st August 2009.

The new Toyota Prius was chosen from a short-list of 10 green car finalists which were test-driven at Imperial College, London, by six of the UK’s leading green transport and environmental experts. The judging was completel More

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USA: Aptera: oodles of cool in the Google car

The biggest problem with most electric cars is that they are adapted from conventional cars and you end up with something less than you started with. For example, you take a VW Golf, strip out the internals, add batteries and make it slower and heavier, with less range and fewer safety features.

The nice thing about the Google car, or Aptera as it’s correctly known, is that it is a purpos More

The biggest problem with most electric cars is that they are adapted from conventional cars and you end up with something less than you started with. For example, you take a VW Golf, strip out the internals, add batteries and make it slower and heavier, with less range and fewer safety features.

The nice thing about the Google car, or Aptera as it’s correctly known, is that it is a purpos More

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USA: Orrin Hatch Calls On President To Protect U.S. Lead In Plug-In Hybrid Technology

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Scotland: Electric dreams

TRANSPORT MINISTER STEWART Stevenson will this week unveil a multi-billion pound switch to electric cars that looks set to take Scotland closer to a future of zero-carbon vehicles than any other country in the world.

In an audacious move that has been greeted with a mixture of admiration and derision by the business community, the minister will tomorrow announce proposals that will requir More

TRANSPORT MINISTER STEWART Stevenson will this week unveil a multi-billion pound switch to electric cars that looks set to take Scotland closer to a future of zero-carbon vehicles than any other country in the world.

In an audacious move that has been greeted with a mixture of admiration and derision by the business community, the minister will tomorrow announce proposals that will requir More

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UK: At last, Britain is ready to build hybrid cars

BRITAIN is to make hybrid cars for the first time after a decision by Toyota to start production of the high-tech vehicles at its Burnaston plant near Derby.

The UK is the first European country the Japanese car giant has chosen for hybrid production, and only the third outside Japan. Toyota makes nearly all its hybrids in Japan, with small numbers produced in China and America. The best k More

BRITAIN is to make hybrid cars for the first time after a decision by Toyota to start production of the high-tech vehicles at its Burnaston plant near Derby.

The UK is the first European country the Japanese car giant has chosen for hybrid production, and only the third outside Japan. Toyota makes nearly all its hybrids in Japan, with small numbers produced in China and America. The best k More

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USA: IBM Aims for a Battery Breakthrough

Eager to place itself at the forefront of technology considered crucial to transportation’s future, Big Blue is throwing its weight behind batteries.

On June 23, IBM announced a multiyear effort to increase the performance of rechargeable batteries by a factor of 10. The aim is to design batteries that will make it possible for electric vehicles to travel 300 to 500 miles on a single More

Eager to place itself at the forefront of technology considered crucial to transportation’s future, Big Blue is throwing its weight behind batteries.

On June 23, IBM announced a multiyear effort to increase the performance of rechargeable batteries by a factor of 10. The aim is to design batteries that will make it possible for electric vehicles to travel 300 to 500 miles on a single More

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UK: UK government funds Toyota plug-in hybrid test

As part of the TSB’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Competition, the UK government announced this week it was awarding eight companies funding for testing of low carbon emissions vehicles. Amongst those companies is Toyota, who announced that they are using the funding to test 20 plug-in hybrid cars in urban and common use settings. The test cars are powered by an ion battery. The tes More

As part of the TSB’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Competition, the UK government announced this week it was awarding eight companies funding for testing of low carbon emissions vehicles. Amongst those companies is Toyota, who announced that they are using the funding to test 20 plug-in hybrid cars in urban and common use settings. The test cars are powered by an ion battery. The tes More

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USA: Interesting hybrid designs

If hybrids have you going ho-hum, these new new hybrids should perk up your interest.

The gist is that if hybrid vehicles, HEV are really a stepping stone until we have batteries that have enough energy density to take us beyond the illusive 30 mile range, some HEVs pack some innovations. While they have offered some fuel economy and a certain amount of performance, we are all eagerly awai More

If hybrids have you going ho-hum, these new new hybrids should perk up your interest.

The gist is that if hybrid vehicles, HEV are really a stepping stone until we have batteries that have enough energy density to take us beyond the illusive 30 mile range, some HEVs pack some innovations. While they have offered some fuel economy and a certain amount of performance, we are all eagerly awai More

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USA/India/China:Hybrid and Pure Electric Cars: The Next Ten Years

A radical change in attitude to electric vehicles has occurred in 2009, resulting in huge new financing from governments and tough new laws that will boost sales. Now all car makers must offer electric versions in their line up or face oblivion as governments finally get serious about global warming, oil running out and the domino effect of imminent collapse of their traditional car industries. Ea More

A radical change in attitude to electric vehicles has occurred in 2009, resulting in huge new financing from governments and tough new laws that will boost sales. Now all car makers must offer electric versions in their line up or face oblivion as governments finally get serious about global warming, oil running out and the domino effect of imminent collapse of their traditional car industries. Ea More

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USA:MGE unveils public charging station for electric cars

Given the suspected link between fossil fuel emissions and global warming, Madison Gas & Electric picked the ideal location Thursday to tout gasoline-free driving: an asphalt parking lot on a 90-degree summer scorcher.

With a noon sun blazing, the local utility unveiled an electric car charging station behind its headquarters building on East Main Street — one of six stations plan More

Given the suspected link between fossil fuel emissions and global warming, Madison Gas & Electric picked the ideal location Thursday to tout gasoline-free driving: an asphalt parking lot on a 90-degree summer scorcher.

With a noon sun blazing, the local utility unveiled an electric car charging station behind its headquarters building on East Main Street — one of six stations plan More

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USA:Feds lend Tesla $465 million to build electric car

(WIRED) — The Obama Administration will lend Tesla Motors $465 million to build an electric sedan and the battery packs needed to propel it. It’s one of three loans totaling almost $8 billion that the Department of Energy awarded Tuesday to spur the development of fuel-efficient vehicles.

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(WIRED) — The Obama Administration will lend Tesla Motors $465 million to build an electric sedan and the battery packs needed to propel it. It’s one of three loans totaling almost $8 billion that the Department of Energy awarded Tuesday to spur the development of fuel-efficient vehicles.

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Japan/USA:2012 Nissan EV Electric Car To Be Revealed August 2

Just two days ago, we noted that Nissan was granted $1.6 billion of Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loans by the US Department of Energy. It plans to use the money to retool its Smyrna, Tennessee, assembly plant to b More

Just two days ago, we noted that Nissan was granted $1.6 billion of Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loans by the US Department of Energy. It plans to use the money to retool its Smyrna, Tennessee, assembly plant to b More

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Korea:(Yonhap Feature) S. Korean hybrid-car battery makers scurry to boost investment

The car is a pretty ordinary looking sedan, which is not an altogether bad thing for an electric car. The weird, boxy “green-look” of so many of the pioneer models had limited appeal.

But it’s the battery in BYD Auto’s new E6 fully electric car, not the design, that is currently causing the buzz in the decidedly dejected auto industry.

Instead of being made wi More

The car is a pretty ordinary looking sedan, which is not an altogether bad thing for an electric car. The weird, boxy “green-look” of so many of the pioneer models had limited appeal.

But it’s the battery in BYD Auto’s new E6 fully electric car, not the design, that is currently causing the buzz in the decidedly dejected auto industry.

Instead of being made wi More

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USA:Big Oil suborns regulators, killing other industries and our health

LATimes reporter Alana Semuels makes a good point about how the state is closing down manufacturing, via over-regulation from CAL-EPA.

“A factory goes silent, and state gets the blame”, Jun 23, Alana Semuels
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LATimes reporter Alana Semuels makes a good point about how the state is closing down manufacturing, via over-regulation from CAL-EPA.

“A factory goes silent, and state gets the blame”, Jun 23, Alana Semuels
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China:China looks to plug into new car market

The car is a pretty ordinary looking sedan, which is not an altogether bad thing for an electric car. The weird, boxy “green-look” of so many of the pioneer models had limited appeal.

But it’s the battery in BYD Auto’s new E6 fully electric car, not the design, that is currently causing the buzz in the decidedly dejected auto industry.

Instead of being made wi More

The car is a pretty ordinary looking sedan, which is not an altogether bad thing for an electric car. The weird, boxy “green-look” of so many of the pioneer models had limited appeal.

But it’s the battery in BYD Auto’s new E6 fully electric car, not the design, that is currently causing the buzz in the decidedly dejected auto industry.

Instead of being made wi More

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USA:Mitsubishi Corp., MMC, GS Yuasa plan new lithium-ion battery plant

TOKYO, Jun 24, 2009 (The Yomiuri Shimbun – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — YUSBF | More

TOKYO, Jun 24, 2009 (The Yomiuri Shimbun – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — YUSBF | More

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UK:All-electric i MiEV to go on UK trial

The all-electric Mitsubishi i MiEV city car is set to play a prominent role in one of UK’s recently announced Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator projects.

Mitsubishi will showcase its award-winning all-electric i MiEV city car, with 25 vehicles going on the road as part of the trial from November this year.

The trial will receive £25 million (S$59.4 million) from the UK gov More

The all-electric Mitsubishi i MiEV city car is set to play a prominent role in one of UK’s recently announced Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator projects.

Mitsubishi will showcase its award-winning all-electric i MiEV city car, with 25 vehicles going on the road as part of the trial from November this year.

The trial will receive £25 million (S$59.4 million) from the UK gov More

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UK: A Plug-In Hybrid for $10 an Hour? Rent Your Own EV in Central London

Streetcar Offers Plug In Hybrid Rentals
When Streetcar car sharing club set up in major London stations I got pretty excited. When Plug-In Hybrids started appearing on the streets of London, Mich More

Streetcar Offers Plug In Hybrid Rentals
When Streetcar car sharing club set up in major London stations I got pretty excited. When Plug-In Hybrids started appearing on the streets of London, Mich More

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USA: Funds give green light to electric-car operation

A private company that state officials hope will put Hawaii on the road to the widespread use of electric vehicles expects to begin installing infrastructure here in about six months.

Better Place Hawaii Inc. has access to $45 million in special purpose revenue bond money for the planning, design, building and development of transportation infrastructure, equipment and apparatus to support More

A private company that state officials hope will put Hawaii on the road to the widespread use of electric vehicles expects to begin installing infrastructure here in about six months.

Better Place Hawaii Inc. has access to $45 million in special purpose revenue bond money for the planning, design, building and development of transportation infrastructure, equipment and apparatus to support More

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