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USA: Want a green car? Take a look at these six!

The Ford Fiesta is expected to hit showroom floors in late 2010. While Ford hasn’t used the latest green technology, they are hoping with this smaller and more fuel efficient compact will be a hit. Prices will range from only $15,500 to $20,000.

The Chevrolet Volt is also expected in late 2010. This vehicle is a first! It will be equipped with an extended range electric or E-REV to po More

The Ford Fiesta is expected to hit showroom floors in late 2010. While Ford hasn’t used the latest green technology, they are hoping with this smaller and more fuel efficient compact will be a hit. Prices will range from only $15,500 to $20,000.

The Chevrolet Volt is also expected in late 2010. This vehicle is a first! It will be equipped with an extended range electric or E-REV to po More

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USA: Prius: 10 years of electric dreams

It’s nearly a decade since the original Prius introduced hybrid petrol-electric cars to the UK in 2000. Produced in Japan, the Prius – like its main rival by Honda – used a battery and electric motor to recover energy wasted from braking and rolling down hills. The result: emissions around a third lower than a conventional petrol car. Although Toyota’s car was not an overni More

It’s nearly a decade since the original Prius introduced hybrid petrol-electric cars to the UK in 2000. Produced in Japan, the Prius – like its main rival by Honda – used a battery and electric motor to recover energy wasted from braking and rolling down hills. The result: emissions around a third lower than a conventional petrol car. Although Toyota’s car was not an overni More

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Japan: Nissan Offers Sneak Peek at Electric Car

Nissan is finally ready to unveil its still-unnamed battery electric car. The sheet will be drawn back at the opening of its new global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, on Aug. 2.

In the meantime, Nissan is giving the world a teaser peek at the production car at the Nissan Zero Emission micro site. Could that be a charging port in the nose? From the little we can see, it has some family res More

Nissan is finally ready to unveil its still-unnamed battery electric car. The sheet will be drawn back at the opening of its new global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, on Aug. 2.

In the meantime, Nissan is giving the world a teaser peek at the production car at the Nissan Zero Emission micro site. Could that be a charging port in the nose? From the little we can see, it has some family res More

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Sweden: Volvo opens e-car kimono

Volvo has shed more light on its electric car plans, revealing that a wholly battery-powered version of the C30 three-door coupe will launch in 2012.

Speaking to Register Hardware at the recent UK launch of its latest C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe models, the company said the electric C30 – no official name yet – will not feature the in-wheel motors seen on its 2007 C30 ReCharge hybrid con More

Volvo has shed more light on its electric car plans, revealing that a wholly battery-powered version of the C30 three-door coupe will launch in 2012.

Speaking to Register Hardware at the recent UK launch of its latest C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe models, the company said the electric C30 – no official name yet – will not feature the in-wheel motors seen on its 2007 C30 ReCharge hybrid con More

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USA: Plug-In Hybrids’ Fuel Economy Lookin’ Up In Seattle

A test fleet of plug-in hybrids cruising around Seattle averaged 57 mpg in June. Although that’s well short of the 100 mpg often touted for such cars, officials monitoring the fleet say it’s a “real world” figure they’re pleased with.

Seattle outfitted 14 Toyota Prius hybrids with plug-in conversion kits more than a year ago to see what the technology could do. The trial is one of More

A test fleet of plug-in hybrids cruising around Seattle averaged 57 mpg in June. Although that’s well short of the 100 mpg often touted for such cars, officials monitoring the fleet say it’s a “real world” figure they’re pleased with.

Seattle outfitted 14 Toyota Prius hybrids with plug-in conversion kits more than a year ago to see what the technology could do. The trial is one of More

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Japan: Nissan taking wraps off its new electric car

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Sunday will preview the production version of its new zero-emission electric vehicle, which will go on sale in 2010. Nissan will unveil the final design of the EV at its new Global Headquarters opening in Yokohama and launch a website for the car on the same day.

The company says the dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body, high-performance motor, co More

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Sunday will preview the production version of its new zero-emission electric vehicle, which will go on sale in 2010. Nissan will unveil the final design of the EV at its new Global Headquarters opening in Yokohama and launch a website for the car on the same day.

The company says the dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body, high-performance motor, co More

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USA: Vehicle Of The Future(video)

March 17, 2009 7:02 AM
The Aptera may be the vehicle of the future. As Daniel Sieberg reports, it is an electric three-wheeled vehicle with a futuristic design.

Source: www.cbsnews.com More

March 17, 2009 7:02 AM
The Aptera may be the vehicle of the future. As Daniel Sieberg reports, it is an electric three-wheeled vehicle with a futuristic design.

Source: www.cbsnews.com More

USA: Mitsubishi Discloses What Will Come After i-MiEV

Mitsubishi Motors Corp will expand the lineup of its electric vehicles (EV).

Following the i-MiEV, which was launched in July 2009, the company is now planning to release an EV that is based on the platform of the i-MiEV and has a larger storage space for business use by 2012.

Subsequently, Mitsubishi Motors plans to introduce the “Global Small,” a new platform of about 1 More

Mitsubishi Motors Corp will expand the lineup of its electric vehicles (EV).

Following the i-MiEV, which was launched in July 2009, the company is now planning to release an EV that is based on the platform of the i-MiEV and has a larger storage space for business use by 2012.

Subsequently, Mitsubishi Motors plans to introduce the “Global Small,” a new platform of about 1 More

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Portugal: Has Portugal solved the electric car problem?

LAGOS, Portugal (GlobalPost) — It’s a hot summer weekend and the parking lots around Lagos marina are filling quickly with the BMWs, Range Rovers and Porsche SUVs of the Portuguese yachting set.

The scene is repeated across the sun-splashed Algarve coast, but a new government plan could make the gas-guzzling race to the south coast a thing of the past.

Prime Minister Jose Soc More

LAGOS, Portugal (GlobalPost) — It’s a hot summer weekend and the parking lots around Lagos marina are filling quickly with the BMWs, Range Rovers and Porsche SUVs of the Portuguese yachting set.

The scene is repeated across the sun-splashed Algarve coast, but a new government plan could make the gas-guzzling race to the south coast a thing of the past.

Prime Minister Jose Soc More

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USA: Public Invited to Inspect Plug-in Electric Vehicles

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ — Interested in driving a cleaner, quieter car that averages 100 miles per gallon? Like the idea of plugging in your car at home to get local all-electric driving range? Eager to lower your fuel costs and help protect the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and smog-forming pollutants?

If so, then visit the Plug-In 2009 Conference & More

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ — Interested in driving a cleaner, quieter car that averages 100 miles per gallon? Like the idea of plugging in your car at home to get local all-electric driving range? Eager to lower your fuel costs and help protect the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and smog-forming pollutants?

If so, then visit the Plug-In 2009 Conference & More

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Japan: Nissan, EnerDel to fund auto battery research

Seeking out a better auto battery, Nissan Motor and EnerDel said Thursday that they will team up in support of research into a better conductive material for batteries.

The pact calls for the two companies to co-fund research at the Argonne National Laboratory to develop a new electrolyte made of a slurry liquid. The work is being done specifically for electric and hybrid vehicle batteries. More

Seeking out a better auto battery, Nissan Motor and EnerDel said Thursday that they will team up in support of research into a better conductive material for batteries.

The pact calls for the two companies to co-fund research at the Argonne National Laboratory to develop a new electrolyte made of a slurry liquid. The work is being done specifically for electric and hybrid vehicle batteries. More

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USA: Plug-In conference goes public Aug. 11

Long Beach. Interested in driving a cleaner, quieter car that averages 100 miles per gallon? Like the idea of plugging in your car at home to get local all-electric driving range?

Visit the Plug-In 2009 Conference and Exposition Public Night on Aug. 11 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Long Beach Convention Center, Hall A, at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. For a $10 per-person fee (tickets must b More

Long Beach. Interested in driving a cleaner, quieter car that averages 100 miles per gallon? Like the idea of plugging in your car at home to get local all-electric driving range?

Visit the Plug-In 2009 Conference and Exposition Public Night on Aug. 11 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Long Beach Convention Center, Hall A, at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. For a $10 per-person fee (tickets must b More

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USA: Infrastructure initiatives await surge in electric vehicle sales

It’s not too hard to get an electric vehicle in New England. Charging it has been another story.

That concern — being stranded without a plug in sight — has been a stumbling block to widespread electric-vehicle adoption, even as the speed and range of the vehicles improve. But a number of groups are working to build the infrastructure necessary to help plug-in cars and trucks to take More

It’s not too hard to get an electric vehicle in New England. Charging it has been another story.

That concern — being stranded without a plug in sight — has been a stumbling block to widespread electric-vehicle adoption, even as the speed and range of the vehicles improve. But a number of groups are working to build the infrastructure necessary to help plug-in cars and trucks to take More

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USA: Future of green cars depends on incentives

Imagine a time in the future when a car that gets 50 m.p.g. is the most-popular vehicle on the market.
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Envision a world where hybrid gas-electric vehicles are at the top of the sales charts.

Sound far-fetched? It’s happening right now — in Japan.

For the past three months, a hybrid model has been the best-selling car in Japan. In April, it was t More

Imagine a time in the future when a car that gets 50 m.p.g. is the most-popular vehicle on the market.
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Envision a world where hybrid gas-electric vehicles are at the top of the sales charts.

Sound far-fetched? It’s happening right now — in Japan.

For the past three months, a hybrid model has been the best-selling car in Japan. In April, it was t More

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USA/Japan/Europe: Inventors look to crack electric car conundrum

Researchers grappling with the problem of developing the most fuel-efficient electric cars are using micro-jet turbine engines and ‘supercapacity’ batteries to help energy-conscious consumers drive further.

Companies from Europe, Japan and Israel believe on-board chargers and high-powered battery technology could give them an edge in the race to produce a commercially viable ele More

Researchers grappling with the problem of developing the most fuel-efficient electric cars are using micro-jet turbine engines and ‘supercapacity’ batteries to help energy-conscious consumers drive further.

Companies from Europe, Japan and Israel believe on-board chargers and high-powered battery technology could give them an edge in the race to produce a commercially viable ele More

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USA: A look at electric vehicles

Most of us know that electric cars are coming, sooner rather than later. Most of us don’t know they’re already here. Sure, this is just the first wave, and the selection is a bit limited, but you’ll find the current crop of electrics at Keith’s Kars, 9490 S. Virginia Street. He’s got three models of fully street legal, plug-in vehicles for sale. These models aren’t for everybody. For e More

Most of us know that electric cars are coming, sooner rather than later. Most of us don’t know they’re already here. Sure, this is just the first wave, and the selection is a bit limited, but you’ll find the current crop of electrics at Keith’s Kars, 9490 S. Virginia Street. He’s got three models of fully street legal, plug-in vehicles for sale. These models aren’t for everybody. For e More

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USA: Cash for Clunkers Available on ZAP Electric Car

SANTA ROSA, CA — 07/30/09 — Electric car pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) is participating in its own “Cash for Clunkers” program with up to $4,500 in sales incentives and tax credits on top of the savings over the lifetime of the vehicle, not to mention 90 percent fewer carbon emissions.

ZAP says it can offer up to $3,300 trade-in allowance towards a ZAP Xebra Sedan for qu More

SANTA ROSA, CA — 07/30/09 — Electric car pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) is participating in its own “Cash for Clunkers” program with up to $4,500 in sales incentives and tax credits on top of the savings over the lifetime of the vehicle, not to mention 90 percent fewer carbon emissions.

ZAP says it can offer up to $3,300 trade-in allowance towards a ZAP Xebra Sedan for qu More

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Japanese: Electric Car Maker Think Signs Japanese Deal, Aftenposten Says

July 30 (Bloomberg) — Norwegian electric carmaker Think signed a letter of intent with Japan Post to equip one-fourth of the postal service’s 22,000 vehicles with battery-driven engines, Aftenposten said, citing Think spokesman James Andrew.

Battery maker Ener1 is also part of the deal, under which the Japanese postal service will test out the Think electric car technology, the Oslo More

July 30 (Bloomberg) — Norwegian electric carmaker Think signed a letter of intent with Japan Post to equip one-fourth of the postal service’s 22,000 vehicles with battery-driven engines, Aftenposten said, citing Think spokesman James Andrew.

Battery maker Ener1 is also part of the deal, under which the Japanese postal service will test out the Think electric car technology, the Oslo More

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China/USA: Warren Buffett’s Stake in Chinese Electric Car Company Generates $1 Billion Paper Profit

Warren Buffett’s bet on a Chinese electric car company is generating sparks.

Bloomberg notes that Berkshire Hathaway’s stake of almost 10 percent in BYD has soared in value by about $1 billion since it was first announced last fall.

The purchase was completed today at the September price after the China Securities Regulatory Commission gave its approval for the deal.

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Warren Buffett’s bet on a Chinese electric car company is generating sparks.

Bloomberg notes that Berkshire Hathaway’s stake of almost 10 percent in BYD has soared in value by about $1 billion since it was first announced last fall.

The purchase was completed today at the September price after the China Securities Regulatory Commission gave its approval for the deal.

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USA: San Jose Leading Electric Vehicle Charge

The city of San Jose has installed 7 charging stations so far, including spots at City Hall and a public parking garage. At the charging locations vehicle owners don’t pay for the power; instead they are charged based on the time in the parking spot. To simplify payment, EV owners get a keychain fob that’s connected to their credit card.

Nanci Klein, the manager of corporate outreach fo More

The city of San Jose has installed 7 charging stations so far, including spots at City Hall and a public parking garage. At the charging locations vehicle owners don’t pay for the power; instead they are charged based on the time in the parking spot. To simplify payment, EV owners get a keychain fob that’s connected to their credit card.

Nanci Klein, the manager of corporate outreach fo More

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USA: Electric Car Event

While we all believe electric cars are the future for sustainable transport,
one nagging doubt remains in the public¹s mind.

Range.

New vehicles coming to market or being developed have greater ranges than
before, but drivers still harbour the worry that they will run out of power
and be stranded.

We developed an international green transport rally from Vic More

While we all believe electric cars are the future for sustainable transport,
one nagging doubt remains in the public¹s mind.

Range.

New vehicles coming to market or being developed have greater ranges than
before, but drivers still harbour the worry that they will run out of power
and be stranded.

We developed an international green transport rally from Vic More

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USA: Coke, Staples, Frito-Lay, AT&T Take Keys to Electric Cargo Trucks

Major corporations have added the largest road-going electric truck to their fleets. The new Smith Newton electric delivery trucks are made by Smith Electric Vehicles, a U.K.-based firm.

At a ceremony at Capitol Hill, the keys to the trucks were handed over to:

• Pacific Gas and Electric Company
• Coca-Cola
• Staples
• Frito-Lay
• AT&T
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Major corporations have added the largest road-going electric truck to their fleets. The new Smith Newton electric delivery trucks are made by Smith Electric Vehicles, a U.K.-based firm.

At a ceremony at Capitol Hill, the keys to the trucks were handed over to:

• Pacific Gas and Electric Company
• Coca-Cola
• Staples
• Frito-Lay
• AT&T
More

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USA: A123 and TIAX to Present at Lithium Mobile Power 2009

Dr. Bart Riley, CTO and Vice President of R&D at A123Systems, will present the latest on the company’s nanophosphate technology for next generation high-power lithium-ion batteries

Dr. Brian Barnett, Vice President of Technology at TIAX LLC, will introduce CAM-7, a unique cathode material providing both high energy density and high power

For complete program details, and t More

Dr. Bart Riley, CTO and Vice President of R&D at A123Systems, will present the latest on the company’s nanophosphate technology for next generation high-power lithium-ion batteries

Dr. Brian Barnett, Vice President of Technology at TIAX LLC, will introduce CAM-7, a unique cathode material providing both high energy density and high power

For complete program details, and t More

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USA: Electric car documentary filmmaker to speak Aug. 9 at UD

11:48 a.m., July 28, 2009—-In 1996, electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust, and ran without gasoline. Ten years later, these futuristic cars were almost all gone. What happened? Why should we be haunted by the ghost of the electric car?

Those words lead off the theatrical release trailer for the 2006 documentary “Who More

11:48 a.m., July 28, 2009—-In 1996, electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust, and ran without gasoline. Ten years later, these futuristic cars were almost all gone. What happened? Why should we be haunted by the ghost of the electric car?

Those words lead off the theatrical release trailer for the 2006 documentary “Who More

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USA: UCD students convert retro car to electric

DENVER, Colo. – They took a 42-year old car back to the future. A team of University of Colorado Denver students converted a gas guzzler from the 1960’s into an all-electric car for the 21st century.

“After you get going, the buzz of the speed control goes away and now we have quiet silent driving,” said Stefan Elsener as he drove along a Denver neighborhood street.< More

DENVER, Colo. – They took a 42-year old car back to the future. A team of University of Colorado Denver students converted a gas guzzler from the 1960’s into an all-electric car for the 21st century.

“After you get going, the buzz of the speed control goes away and now we have quiet silent driving,” said Stefan Elsener as he drove along a Denver neighborhood street.< More

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USA: MIT’s Project elEVen: an Electric Car That Recharges in Under 11 Minutes

MIT’s Electric Vehicle Team is working on Project elEVen, an electric car which aspires to top 100 mph, travel 200 miles on a single charge, and rejuice in around 10 minutes.

The team is starting with a Lincoln Milan hybrid, whose engine they have gutted and converted to all-electric power. Their goal is to create an electric car that has mainstream appeal, both in looks and performan More

MIT’s Electric Vehicle Team is working on Project elEVen, an electric car which aspires to top 100 mph, travel 200 miles on a single charge, and rejuice in around 10 minutes.

The team is starting with a Lincoln Milan hybrid, whose engine they have gutted and converted to all-electric power. Their goal is to create an electric car that has mainstream appeal, both in looks and performan More

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China/USA: Paulson to Advise Electric-Car Startup Coda on China Partners

July 29 (Bloomberg) — Coda Automotive said former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will serve as an adviser to the startup electric-car maker on partnerships in China.

Paulson has “deep, personal relationships in China and unique insights into the country and its people,” the Santa Monica, California-based company said today in a statement. Coda also said Paulson invested in More

July 29 (Bloomberg) — Coda Automotive said former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will serve as an adviser to the startup electric-car maker on partnerships in China.

Paulson has “deep, personal relationships in China and unique insights into the country and its people,” the Santa Monica, California-based company said today in a statement. Coda also said Paulson invested in More

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Japan: Toyota to make bigger push for hybrid market

TOKYO: Japan’s Toyota Motor is making a bigger push for the hybrid market. Reports said the leading automaker plans to launch a hybrid compact in Japan in late 2011.

Domestic auto sales for Japan’s top carmakers continued to slide in June. Toyota alone booked a 25 per cent drop on-year.

Demand overall may still be weak, but the numbers for hybrid vehicles have been encour More

TOKYO: Japan’s Toyota Motor is making a bigger push for the hybrid market. Reports said the leading automaker plans to launch a hybrid compact in Japan in late 2011.

Domestic auto sales for Japan’s top carmakers continued to slide in June. Toyota alone booked a 25 per cent drop on-year.

Demand overall may still be weak, but the numbers for hybrid vehicles have been encour More

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Japan/China: Electric cars may send electric shock to Asia

The Asian plantation industry assumes that the EU bio-fuel market presents major opportunities, especially for bio-diesel from CPO (palm oil), despite EU environmental restrictions on imports to protect Asian forests and wetlands.

But the new EU push on the electric car may greatly undermine potential EU bio-fuel export markets for Asian producers.

Jason Dawe in the Irish Sunday Time More

The Asian plantation industry assumes that the EU bio-fuel market presents major opportunities, especially for bio-diesel from CPO (palm oil), despite EU environmental restrictions on imports to protect Asian forests and wetlands.

But the new EU push on the electric car may greatly undermine potential EU bio-fuel export markets for Asian producers.

Jason Dawe in the Irish Sunday Time More

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China: China’s push for electric cars

The Chinese government’s push for environmentally friendly transport is gaining momentum.

Electric carmakers around the country are trying to increase their production levels to record levels.

Battery producer and aspiring car maker BYD is aiming for around 700,000 vehicle sales in 2010, four times the amount of its 2008 level.

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The Chinese government’s push for environmentally friendly transport is gaining momentum.

Electric carmakers around the country are trying to increase their production levels to record levels.

Battery producer and aspiring car maker BYD is aiming for around 700,000 vehicle sales in 2010, four times the amount of its 2008 level.

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