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USA: Global Steel Industry Developing Vehicle Concept Around Next Generation Electrics,…

Summary:
— Phase 1 technology and component evaluations complete; four technical
specification options were considered: Future Steel Vehicle-1 (FSV)
(battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle); and
FSV-2 (plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle and fuel cell electric vehicle)

— Phase 2 vehicle concepts, to be More

Summary:
— Phase 1 technology and component evaluations complete; four technical
specification options were considered: Future Steel Vehicle-1 (FSV)
(battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle); and
FSV-2 (plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle and fuel cell electric vehicle)

— Phase 2 vehicle concepts, to be More

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USA: Electric cars come to Missouri

The future of both the automotive industry and the local economy in Mexico, Missouri, may have been on display their this morning.

A Georgia firm showed off its latest models of electric cars with hope that they might soon be assembled in Audrain County.

The anvil is the newest model of electric car from Tomberlin Automotive Group of August, Georgia. The model sells for about $16,000 More

The future of both the automotive industry and the local economy in Mexico, Missouri, may have been on display their this morning.

A Georgia firm showed off its latest models of electric cars with hope that they might soon be assembled in Audrain County.

The anvil is the newest model of electric car from Tomberlin Automotive Group of August, Georgia. The model sells for about $16,000 More

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USA: It’s Over: Five Reasons Why the Electric Car Wins

It could take ten years or more to become apparent, but I’ll call it now: the electric car will replace the internal combustion engine.

A caveat: I am not an automotive industry expert. Which is why I’m right. I’m not mired in the details, the past failures, the what ifs or the buts. All I see are the big, obvious things. When it comes to sea change in human behavior, though, obvious More

It could take ten years or more to become apparent, but I’ll call it now: the electric car will replace the internal combustion engine.

A caveat: I am not an automotive industry expert. Which is why I’m right. I’m not mired in the details, the past failures, the what ifs or the buts. All I see are the big, obvious things. When it comes to sea change in human behavior, though, obvious More

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USA: BMW Unveils Triple Threat Plug-In Sports Car

BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been the subject of rumor and innuendo for weeks, but now the German car company is setting the stage for its 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show display with new details of its concept.

As the name implies, this concept car grafts fashionable green technology on the body of a 2+2 sports car. The promise: BMW M-car performance from a vehicle with a thre More

BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been the subject of rumor and innuendo for weeks, but now the German car company is setting the stage for its 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show display with new details of its concept.

As the name implies, this concept car grafts fashionable green technology on the body of a 2+2 sports car. The promise: BMW M-car performance from a vehicle with a thre More

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China/USA: Warren Buffett’s Desire to Hike Stake In Chinese Electric Car-Maker May Not Be New

Shares of Chinese electric-car maker BYD rallied 8 percent in Hong Kong trading today (Monday), finishing at an all-time closing of HK$48.60.

The buying was apparently sparked by news wire headlines quoting BYD’s chairman as saying Warren Buffett “wants” or “intends” to raise Berkshire Hathaway’s 10 percent stake in the company.

Berkshire’s M More

Shares of Chinese electric-car maker BYD rallied 8 percent in Hong Kong trading today (Monday), finishing at an all-time closing of HK$48.60.

The buying was apparently sparked by news wire headlines quoting BYD’s chairman as saying Warren Buffett “wants” or “intends” to raise Berkshire Hathaway’s 10 percent stake in the company.

Berkshire’s M More

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USA: U.S. Postal Service Electrification of Delivery Vehicles

With a large geographically dispersed vehicle fleet and short delivery routes, the Postal Service makes a particularly interesting national laboratory for testing technological advancements of electric vehicles (EVs) sought by the President through the Department of Energy (DOE). The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted this study on the feasibility of EVs1 in the Postal Service in resp More

With a large geographically dispersed vehicle fleet and short delivery routes, the Postal Service makes a particularly interesting national laboratory for testing technological advancements of electric vehicles (EVs) sought by the President through the Department of Energy (DOE). The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted this study on the feasibility of EVs1 in the Postal Service in resp More

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USA: ECOtality’s eTec Awarded $8 Million From California Energy Commission to Support Largest-Ever Transportation Electrification Project

Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec) : , a subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc. : (OTCBB:ETLY), a leader in the clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced today it has been awarded an estimated $8 million from the California Energy Commission to support the deployment of charge infrastructure and electric vehicles (EVs) in the San Diego region as
part of it More

Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec) : , a subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc. : (OTCBB:ETLY), a leader in the clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced today it has been awarded an estimated $8 million from the California Energy Commission to support the deployment of charge infrastructure and electric vehicles (EVs) in the San Diego region as
part of it More

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USA: Hybrid Batteries Show Plenty of Long-Term Spark

Q. You mentioned potential Toyota Prius battery life (Auto Letters, July 26). I recently read about Ford Escape hybrids used as New York City taxis since 2005 and how their number has grown to about 800 from 18. And Ford said that these units are using their original nickel-metal-hydride batteries. Any way to find out how many miles these taxis have run for a comparison with the planned 100,000- t More

Q. You mentioned potential Toyota Prius battery life (Auto Letters, July 26). I recently read about Ford Escape hybrids used as New York City taxis since 2005 and how their number has grown to about 800 from 18. And Ford said that these units are using their original nickel-metal-hydride batteries. Any way to find out how many miles these taxis have run for a comparison with the planned 100,000- t More

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Korea: Korean firms seek to lead market for car batteries

Korea’s large businesses are vying to grab a bigger share of the battery market for electric and hybrid cars, which is expected to grow exponentially. Three big firms – a chemicals firm, a display maker and a refinery business – are expanding their lithium-ion battery businesses, seeking to create new income sources to offset the slow growth of their traditional businesses.

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Korea’s large businesses are vying to grab a bigger share of the battery market for electric and hybrid cars, which is expected to grow exponentially. Three big firms – a chemicals firm, a display maker and a refinery business – are expanding their lithium-ion battery businesses, seeking to create new income sources to offset the slow growth of their traditional businesses.

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USA: Upstarts plug into electric car market

WASHINGTON — Coda Automotive employs 41 people. It has a headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., but it doesn’t have its own factory. It doesn’t have its own dealer network. It doesn’t have a coterie of designers. Its chief executive, Kevin Czinger, a one-time college football star and former assistant U.S. attorney, has spent most of his career working in finance.

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WASHINGTON — Coda Automotive employs 41 people. It has a headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., but it doesn’t have its own factory. It doesn’t have its own dealer network. It doesn’t have a coterie of designers. Its chief executive, Kevin Czinger, a one-time college football star and former assistant U.S. attorney, has spent most of his career working in finance.

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USA: BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept won’t look a tenth this wild when it hits the streets

We hate concept cars. Year after year we see new concept cars more fantastical and amazing than the last, and year after year we see cars hit the market that have had all the magic ripped out of them by safety regulations and market realities. The newly unveiled Vision EfficientDynamics car from BMW is mainly here to show us BMW’s new diesel-based plug-in hybrid drive system. But it’s More

We hate concept cars. Year after year we see new concept cars more fantastical and amazing than the last, and year after year we see cars hit the market that have had all the magic ripped out of them by safety regulations and market realities. The newly unveiled Vision EfficientDynamics car from BMW is mainly here to show us BMW’s new diesel-based plug-in hybrid drive system. But it’s More

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Japan/USA: Nissan very close to all electric car rollout

Nissan is a name many do not equate with alternative drive systems, like Toyota is with it’s Prius Hybrid or Tesla with its all electric roadster. However, Nissan has access to hybrid technology, they have a laudable entry with it’s Altima hybrid.

But in Bear Mountain State Park in upstate New York Nissan has been testing its new all electric technology. The platform of choice f More

Nissan is a name many do not equate with alternative drive systems, like Toyota is with it’s Prius Hybrid or Tesla with its all electric roadster. However, Nissan has access to hybrid technology, they have a laudable entry with it’s Altima hybrid.

But in Bear Mountain State Park in upstate New York Nissan has been testing its new all electric technology. The platform of choice f More

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USA: Ford’s vehicle-2-grid system for their coming plug-in hybrid vehicles

Ford Motor Company has announced an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The system is meant to exchange data with the electric grid in the “smart grid” future. The data exchange is meant to help recharge the onboard battery pack without strain on the electric grid, and potentially to serve as an energy storage system More

Ford Motor Company has announced an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The system is meant to exchange data with the electric grid in the “smart grid” future. The data exchange is meant to help recharge the onboard battery pack without strain on the electric grid, and potentially to serve as an energy storage system More

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Europe: Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept

It’s a diesel, a hybrid, a plug-in, a three-cylinder–and a tour de force, perhaps?

BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been the subject of rumor and innuendo for weeks, but now the German car company is setting the stage for its 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show display with new details of its concept–but no full photos or video as of yet.

As the name implies, t More

It’s a diesel, a hybrid, a plug-in, a three-cylinder–and a tour de force, perhaps?

BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been the subject of rumor and innuendo for weeks, but now the German car company is setting the stage for its 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show display with new details of its concept–but no full photos or video as of yet.

As the name implies, t More

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USA: He’s a driving force in the world of electric cars

The gig: He doesn’t make the cars of the future; he makes the cars of the future go. As chief executive of AC Propulsion Inc., Tom Gage advances the technologies under the hoods of electric transportation. The high-tech batteries and drive systems made by the San Dimas company power a growing number of electric vehicles. Those include a test fleet of BMW’s electric Minis, which are cur More

The gig: He doesn’t make the cars of the future; he makes the cars of the future go. As chief executive of AC Propulsion Inc., Tom Gage advances the technologies under the hoods of electric transportation. The high-tech batteries and drive systems made by the San Dimas company power a growing number of electric vehicles. Those include a test fleet of BMW’s electric Minis, which are cur More

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USA: Battery efforts paying dividends: Gov. Jennifer Granholm touted a partnership between Eaton’s Vehicle Group and Compact Power Inc.

CHARLESTON TOWNSHIP — Eaton Corp., which secured about $35 million this month to supply hybrid power systems for commercial vehicles, will soon be using Michigan-made batteries in those systems.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Thursday touted a partnership between Eaton’s Vehicle Group, in Charleston Township, and Compact Power Inc., of Troy, as evidence that the state’s strateg More

CHARLESTON TOWNSHIP — Eaton Corp., which secured about $35 million this month to supply hybrid power systems for commercial vehicles, will soon be using Michigan-made batteries in those systems.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Thursday touted a partnership between Eaton’s Vehicle Group, in Charleston Township, and Compact Power Inc., of Troy, as evidence that the state’s strateg More

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USA: Buick plans plug-in for 2011

GM plans to launch an all-new five-passenger Buick crossover in late 2010, but the bigger news is that the crossover will get a plug-in hybrid model
in 2011. The crossover is likely to be based on the popular Chevy Equinox and coming GMC Terrain. GM said it will feature the same fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine as those two models.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain, however, is not lif More

GM plans to launch an all-new five-passenger Buick crossover in late 2010, but the bigger news is that the crossover will get a plug-in hybrid model
in 2011. The crossover is likely to be based on the popular Chevy Equinox and coming GMC Terrain. GM said it will feature the same fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine as those two models.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain, however, is not lif More

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Europe: Think Electric Car Is Back, With Ambitious Plans

It was more than eight months ago that Norway’s Think suspended production of its plastic-bodied, battery-powered urban runabout, the City. Soon after, the company came under the protection of the Norwegian courts, leading some observers to wonder if it was the end of the line for a company with a colorful history that included a brief period of Ford ownership.

But despite the shuttered f More

It was more than eight months ago that Norway’s Think suspended production of its plastic-bodied, battery-powered urban runabout, the City. Soon after, the company came under the protection of the Norwegian courts, leading some observers to wonder if it was the end of the line for a company with a colorful history that included a brief period of Ford ownership.

But despite the shuttered f More

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USA: Big Blue dreams of a big green battery

SAN FRANCISCO — Spike Narayan watched a Tesla electric sports car rocket from zero to 60 mph (100 kph) in less than four seconds and knew batteries would be the next big thing.

“It’s hard to understand you’re not in a gas powered Porsche,” Narayan said as he recalled the demonstration outside IBM’s Almaden Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Spike Narayan watched a Tesla electric sports car rocket from zero to 60 mph (100 kph) in less than four seconds and knew batteries would be the next big thing.

“It’s hard to understand you’re not in a gas powered Porsche,” Narayan said as he recalled the demonstration outside IBM’s Almaden Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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NZ: Electric cars: Charged up for the future

Fast forward to the future in a new suburb south of Auckland, a showcase environmental satellite. A family of four moves into the day.

The two children board an electric train to school. The train runs on power from an electro-magnetic cable under the narrow-gauge track.

Their father takes the same train to a bus station at a junction near State Highway One, then transfers to a plug- More

Fast forward to the future in a new suburb south of Auckland, a showcase environmental satellite. A family of four moves into the day.

The two children board an electric train to school. The train runs on power from an electro-magnetic cable under the narrow-gauge track.

Their father takes the same train to a bus station at a junction near State Highway One, then transfers to a plug- More

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USA: Electric car rally a current attraction in Palo Alto

When the Silicon Valley chapter of the Electric Auto Association held its first electric vehicle rally 37 years ago, the cars were a curiosity. These days, with all-electric automaker Tesla setting up a powertrain plant in Palo Alto and President Barack Obama calling for a million electric vehicles on the nation’s roads by 2015, they’re on the verge of becoming big business.

Tod More

When the Silicon Valley chapter of the Electric Auto Association held its first electric vehicle rally 37 years ago, the cars were a curiosity. These days, with all-electric automaker Tesla setting up a powertrain plant in Palo Alto and President Barack Obama calling for a million electric vehicles on the nation’s roads by 2015, they’re on the verge of becoming big business.

Tod More

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USA: Startup Seeo Raises $8.6M, CFX Snags $5M

Battery startups are sparking lots of interest from investors these days.

Seeo, based in Berkeley, Calif., has raised $8.6 million while CFX Battery has snagged $5 million, according to their filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

Both companies are on the quest for the perfect lithium chemistries to make batteries that can hold lots of energy and are cheap to More

Battery startups are sparking lots of interest from investors these days.

Seeo, based in Berkeley, Calif., has raised $8.6 million while CFX Battery has snagged $5 million, according to their filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

Both companies are on the quest for the perfect lithium chemistries to make batteries that can hold lots of energy and are cheap to More

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USA: Seattle to Receive $1.4 Million for Green Vehicles and Electric Car Charging Stations

On Wednesday Mayor Greg Nickels announced in a press release that the city will receive $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to add to the city’s fleet of green vehicles and to install electric car charging stations citywide. The funding is part of a $15 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Clean Cities Coalition More

On Wednesday Mayor Greg Nickels announced in a press release that the city will receive $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to add to the city’s fleet of green vehicles and to install electric car charging stations citywide. The funding is part of a $15 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Clean Cities Coalition More

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USA: Making Way for Electric Cars

WITH many car manufacturers preparing to hit the streets with fully electric cars in the next few years, some real estate developers are getting ahead of a possible trend by installing car-charging stations in their apartment buildings.

Glenwood Management, which has two dozen rental buildings in the city, will install four charging stations for electric cars in the 400-car parking garage o More

WITH many car manufacturers preparing to hit the streets with fully electric cars in the next few years, some real estate developers are getting ahead of a possible trend by installing car-charging stations in their apartment buildings.

Glenwood Management, which has two dozen rental buildings in the city, will install four charging stations for electric cars in the 400-car parking garage o More

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USA: Granholm touts Eaton’s hybrid award

CHARLESTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Gov. Jennifer Granholm Thursday visited Eaton Corporation near Galesburg to highlight the company’s key role in a $45.4 million advanced-battery award by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, according to a news release.

Michigan led the nation earlier this month with the announcement of 12 awa More

CHARLESTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Gov. Jennifer Granholm Thursday visited Eaton Corporation near Galesburg to highlight the company’s key role in a $45.4 million advanced-battery award by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, according to a news release.

Michigan led the nation earlier this month with the announcement of 12 awa More

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USA: What’s Next in Lithium Batteries?

Current lithium-ion batteries are like democracy: They are the worst option, except for all of the other ones.

But next-generation technologies like lithium-sulfur and lithium-air batteries still have a long way to go before they’re ready for laptops and cars, as researchers speaking Wednesday at IBM’s annual Almaden Institute at its Almaden labs near San Jose, Calif. made clear More

Current lithium-ion batteries are like democracy: They are the worst option, except for all of the other ones.

But next-generation technologies like lithium-sulfur and lithium-air batteries still have a long way to go before they’re ready for laptops and cars, as researchers speaking Wednesday at IBM’s annual Almaden Institute at its Almaden labs near San Jose, Calif. made clear More

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USA: Electric, plug-in hybrids ready to hit the streets

Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are two technologies that automakers are trying to develop for mainstream use, but two upstart California companies are leading the alternative vehicle world. Tesla Motors already sells the only electric vehicle legal for highway use, while Fisker Automotive stands to be the first to bring a plug-in hybrid to market.

The Fisker Karma [right] is a stylis More

Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are two technologies that automakers are trying to develop for mainstream use, but two upstart California companies are leading the alternative vehicle world. Tesla Motors already sells the only electric vehicle legal for highway use, while Fisker Automotive stands to be the first to bring a plug-in hybrid to market.

The Fisker Karma [right] is a stylis More

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USA: A powerful challenge

Of all the groups preparing for the day when plug-in hybrid vehicles become commonplace, electric utilities face some of the most-daunting challenges.

Where will cars be plugged in? What happens if they all recharge at the same time? How much power will they consume?

The answers could force utilities to build more power plants, depending on how quickly consumers adopt the vehicles an More

Of all the groups preparing for the day when plug-in hybrid vehicles become commonplace, electric utilities face some of the most-daunting challenges.

Where will cars be plugged in? What happens if they all recharge at the same time? How much power will they consume?

The answers could force utilities to build more power plants, depending on how quickly consumers adopt the vehicles an More

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USA: Plug-in Fisker Karma car is stylishly environmental

MONTEREY, Calif. — Even as Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces prowled the avenue, the obscure silver sedan parked at the curb gathered its share of stares and curiosity.

The Fisker Karma, as it is called, has looks that rival a Mercedes-Benz roadster. Yet the key to what makes it different is emblazoned on the sides in chrome letters: Plug-in Hybrid.

The maker, Fisker Automoti More

MONTEREY, Calif. — Even as Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces prowled the avenue, the obscure silver sedan parked at the curb gathered its share of stares and curiosity.

The Fisker Karma, as it is called, has looks that rival a Mercedes-Benz roadster. Yet the key to what makes it different is emblazoned on the sides in chrome letters: Plug-in Hybrid.

The maker, Fisker Automoti More

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USA: Global Green Cars and Green Star to Showcase New 2010 Electric Vehicles with Free Public Test Drive Demos Across the Nation

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC:GSPI – News) and Global Green Cars, Inc. (GGCI) announced today that they will unveil their 2010 G-3 Electric Delivery Mini-Truck to the public and the media this weekend August 29th and 30th in Utah. The event will take place at the Rocky Mountain Speedway (near Salt Lake City) 6555 W 2100 S, West Valley City, UT 8412 More

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC:GSPI – News) and Global Green Cars, Inc. (GGCI) announced today that they will unveil their 2010 G-3 Electric Delivery Mini-Truck to the public and the media this weekend August 29th and 30th in Utah. The event will take place at the Rocky Mountain Speedway (near Salt Lake City) 6555 W 2100 S, West Valley City, UT 8412 More

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