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USA: A Long Bet on Electric Cars

The Obama Administration is eager to establish a green auto industry and is willing to spend money to make it happen. So far the U.S. Energy Dept. has agreed to lend $8.5 billion to help companies large and small retool plants to make more fuel-efficient cars and develop new technologies. On Sept. 22, the Energy Dept. announced the latest such loan: $528 million for a Silicon Valley startup called More

The Obama Administration is eager to establish a green auto industry and is willing to spend money to make it happen. So far the U.S. Energy Dept. has agreed to lend $8.5 billion to help companies large and small retool plants to make more fuel-efficient cars and develop new technologies. On Sept. 22, the Energy Dept. announced the latest such loan: $528 million for a Silicon Valley startup called More

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Europe: France targets 2 mln electric cars in 2020

PARIS, Sept 30 – France hopes to have 2 million electric cars on the road by 2020, and its energy minister Jean-Louis Borloo will on Thursday launch a plan designed to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place in time. The French state will invest over a billion euros, installing charging stations, adapting the electricity grid and buying vehicles, as well as providing subsidies to buy More

PARIS, Sept 30 – France hopes to have 2 million electric cars on the road by 2020, and its energy minister Jean-Louis Borloo will on Thursday launch a plan designed to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place in time. The French state will invest over a billion euros, installing charging stations, adapting the electricity grid and buying vehicles, as well as providing subsidies to buy More

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India: Reva to roll out two new electric cars soon

BANGALORE: The maker of India’s sole battery-run car, Reva Electric Car
Co., is setting up a second plant in the country’s tech hub to roll out
two new models next year for domestic and export markets, a top company official has said.

“We are investing Rs 300 million (Rs 30 crore) in the second plant that will eventually have an installed capacity of 30,000 uni More

BANGALORE: The maker of India’s sole battery-run car, Reva Electric Car
Co., is setting up a second plant in the country’s tech hub to roll out
two new models next year for domestic and export markets, a top company official has said.

“We are investing Rs 300 million (Rs 30 crore) in the second plant that will eventually have an installed capacity of 30,000 uni More

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Canada: Makers of electric cars want Ottawa’s help to charge up Canadian roads

MONTREAL — A consortium of carmakers and experts has published a so-called road map to 2018, when they hope 500,000 electric vehicles will be buzzing along Canadian roads.

The guide highlights some of the big challenges and the tantalizing business opportunities for what could be humanity’s next major method of day-to-day transportation.

The report was presented to the federa More

MONTREAL — A consortium of carmakers and experts has published a so-called road map to 2018, when they hope 500,000 electric vehicles will be buzzing along Canadian roads.

The guide highlights some of the big challenges and the tantalizing business opportunities for what could be humanity’s next major method of day-to-day transportation.

The report was presented to the federa More

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Korea: South Korean electric car maker considers manufacturing facility here, jobs

In what may be the first fruits of the G-20 Summit , or maybe just serendipity, Gov. Ed Rendell and Allegheny County Exec Dan Onorato announced that CT&T Co. Ltd., a global leader in electric vehicle technologies, will open two production and distribution facilities in Pennsylvania that will create up to 400 jobs.

CT&T makes cute, boxy low – and mid-speed electric vehicles, More

In what may be the first fruits of the G-20 Summit , or maybe just serendipity, Gov. Ed Rendell and Allegheny County Exec Dan Onorato announced that CT&T Co. Ltd., a global leader in electric vehicle technologies, will open two production and distribution facilities in Pennsylvania that will create up to 400 jobs.

CT&T makes cute, boxy low – and mid-speed electric vehicles, More

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USA: Rockville, Maryland-Based Genovation Cars Unveils New Electric Car: the G1

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Genovation Inc. (www.genovationcars.com), a Maryland designer and custom builder of environmentally friendly automobiles, recently unveiled its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHeV), the G1. [Visit Genovation Cars at booth 1125 Oct. 10 and 11 at the Washington Green Festival at the Washington Convention Center]

The GI is a conversion of a More

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Genovation Inc. (www.genovationcars.com), a Maryland designer and custom builder of environmentally friendly automobiles, recently unveiled its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHeV), the G1. [Visit Genovation Cars at booth 1125 Oct. 10 and 11 at the Washington Green Festival at the Washington Convention Center]

The GI is a conversion of a More

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Japan: Mitsubishi Motors to Show Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Motor Show

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the maker of the i-MiEV electric minicar, will display a plug-in hybrid concept sport-utility vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, as it seeks to add larger alternative-energy models.

The PX-MiEV has a fuel economy of 50 kilometers per liter (118 miles per gallon), according to the carmaker. The SUV has a 1.6-liter gasoline engine More

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the maker of the i-MiEV electric minicar, will display a plug-in hybrid concept sport-utility vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, as it seeks to add larger alternative-energy models.

The PX-MiEV has a fuel economy of 50 kilometers per liter (118 miles per gallon), according to the carmaker. The SUV has a 1.6-liter gasoline engine More

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USA: GM’s top electric car exec quits

Bob Kruse, who recently led a critical Chevrolet Volt team and devised the automaker’s long-term electric vehicle strategy, has resigned months before the vehicle’s debut, The Detroit News has learned.

Kruse’s resignation, effective today, comes at a crucial time for General Motors Co., which is banking on the Volt to change public perceptions of the company and also help More

Bob Kruse, who recently led a critical Chevrolet Volt team and devised the automaker’s long-term electric vehicle strategy, has resigned months before the vehicle’s debut, The Detroit News has learned.

Kruse’s resignation, effective today, comes at a crucial time for General Motors Co., which is banking on the Volt to change public perceptions of the company and also help More

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USA: 2010 Solutions For Plug In Hybrid Electric Cars

It wasn’t too long ago when the idea of launching new 2010 Plug In Cars was only written on a scratch of notebook paper. The auto industry has made great achievements since 2008 as consumers demand for fuel-efficient hybrid plug in vehicles. The times are changing as we reduce carbon emissions and foreign oil dependency.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicles (PHEV) are energy efficient and More

It wasn’t too long ago when the idea of launching new 2010 Plug In Cars was only written on a scratch of notebook paper. The auto industry has made great achievements since 2008 as consumers demand for fuel-efficient hybrid plug in vehicles. The times are changing as we reduce carbon emissions and foreign oil dependency.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicles (PHEV) are energy efficient and More

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USA: Google working on “smart” plug-in hybrid charging

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) –

Google Inc is in the early stages of looking at ways to write software that would fully integrate plug-in hybrid vehicles to the power grid, minimize strain on the grid and help utilities manage vehicle charging load.

“We are doing some preliminary work,” said Dan Reicher, Google’s director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives. &# More

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) –

Google Inc is in the early stages of looking at ways to write software that would fully integrate plug-in hybrid vehicles to the power grid, minimize strain on the grid and help utilities manage vehicle charging load.

“We are doing some preliminary work,” said Dan Reicher, Google’s director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives. &# More

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Europe: Volvo Cars Takes on Safety Challenges Involving Electric Cars

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – Volvo is conducting extremely wide-ranging and thorough analysis of a variety of safety scenarios for cars with electric power. Through advanced automatic monitoring of battery status and by encapsulating the battery and protecting it effectively in a collision, the result is a comprehensive safety package of the very highest class.

Volvo imposes the same high saf More

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – Volvo is conducting extremely wide-ranging and thorough analysis of a variety of safety scenarios for cars with electric power. Through advanced automatic monitoring of battery status and by encapsulating the battery and protecting it effectively in a collision, the result is a comprehensive safety package of the very highest class.

Volvo imposes the same high saf More

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China: BYD hopes for big share in China’s electric car program

Chinese electric car and battery maker BYD Co Ltd hopes to be a top supplier in incentive programs to boost the use of electric cars in Chinese cities, according to a senior executive.

“The Chinese government supports ten cities to each have 1,000 electric vehicles for public transportation,” said Henry Li, general manager of BYD Auto’s export trade division.

BYD ho More

Chinese electric car and battery maker BYD Co Ltd hopes to be a top supplier in incentive programs to boost the use of electric cars in Chinese cities, according to a senior executive.

“The Chinese government supports ten cities to each have 1,000 electric vehicles for public transportation,” said Henry Li, general manager of BYD Auto’s export trade division.

BYD ho More

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UK: Brighton & Hove aims to become UK’s most electric car-friendly city

Not content with trying become self-sufficient in food, possibly electing the first Green party MP and weaning itself off oil as a Transition Town, Brighton & Hove is launching a bid to become UK’s most friendly city for electric cars.

This week the city sees a major investment in electric car charging infrastructure, with the installation of four street-side charging stations an More

Not content with trying become self-sufficient in food, possibly electing the first Green party MP and weaning itself off oil as a Transition Town, Brighton & Hove is launching a bid to become UK’s most friendly city for electric cars.

This week the city sees a major investment in electric car charging infrastructure, with the installation of four street-side charging stations an More

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Korea: Korea’s On-the-Go Electric-Car Experiment

Auto companies around the world are touting plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. In South Korea, researchers are working on an experimental alternative they say could revolutionize the way vehicles will be powered. A group of 55 scientists and engineers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, the country’s top technology university known as KAIST, is working on des More

Auto companies around the world are touting plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. In South Korea, researchers are working on an experimental alternative they say could revolutionize the way vehicles will be powered. A group of 55 scientists and engineers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, the country’s top technology university known as KAIST, is working on des More

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USA: ECOtality CEO Featured on CNN Money

Jonathan Read, President and CEO of ECOtality, Inc. (OTCBB: ETLY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, recently appeared on CNNMoney.com in an interview about the $100 million grant ECOtality’s subsidiary, Electric Transportation Engineering Corp. (eTec), received from the U.S. Department of Energy to undertake the largest deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) an More

Jonathan Read, President and CEO of ECOtality, Inc. (OTCBB: ETLY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, recently appeared on CNNMoney.com in an interview about the $100 million grant ECOtality’s subsidiary, Electric Transportation Engineering Corp. (eTec), received from the U.S. Department of Energy to undertake the largest deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) an More

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Japan: Nissan Targets 20,000 Initial U.S. Orders for Leaf Battery Car

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) — Nissan Motor Co., aiming to be the top seller of electric vehicles, said it expects at least 20,000 U.S. orders for the battery-powered Leaf model by the time the car arrives at dealerships next year.

The automaker will start taking reservations for the small hatchback early next year, with initial deliveries by the end of 2010, said Fred Standish, a spokesman More

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) — Nissan Motor Co., aiming to be the top seller of electric vehicles, said it expects at least 20,000 U.S. orders for the battery-powered Leaf model by the time the car arrives at dealerships next year.

The automaker will start taking reservations for the small hatchback early next year, with initial deliveries by the end of 2010, said Fred Standish, a spokesman More

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Japan: Mitsubishi i-MIEV Electric Sold Out Through First Year’s Production

According to a source close to the matter, the zero-emission i-MiEV, which launched in Japan this year with the delivery of about 50 of the electric four-seaters to government offices and companies around Tokyo, has now racked up over 1400 pre-orders, representing the entire scheduled production run for the first model year. Mitsubishi began taking pre-orders for the i-MiEV through its dealer n More

According to a source close to the matter, the zero-emission i-MiEV, which launched in Japan this year with the delivery of about 50 of the electric four-seaters to government offices and companies around Tokyo, has now racked up over 1400 pre-orders, representing the entire scheduled production run for the first model year. Mitsubishi began taking pre-orders for the i-MiEV through its dealer n More

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China/Spain: Largest private automotive distributor in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, Bergé Automoción, signs deal to distribute electric and hybrid vehicles in Spain

The Chinese city of Shenzhen was the scene for last week’s deal, described in a press release by Bergé as “evidence that both companies are clearly committed to alternatives for sustainable mobility”.

The automotive division of Bergé, which began operations back in 1979 and started to expand internationally in 2000, represents a total of 28 vehicle brands (in both the distribution a More

The Chinese city of Shenzhen was the scene for last week’s deal, described in a press release by Bergé as “evidence that both companies are clearly committed to alternatives for sustainable mobility”.

The automotive division of Bergé, which began operations back in 1979 and started to expand internationally in 2000, represents a total of 28 vehicle brands (in both the distribution a More

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Canada: Energy storage key to electric car plan, committee says

Increasing the amount of electrical energy that can be stored on board a vehicle is the most important factor in electric cars gaining widespread use, a federal government-appointed committee said Monday.

The Canadian Electric Vehicle Technology Road Map, set up to look at what role Canada can play in the electric car market, said earlier that it wants to see at least 500,000 highway-capabl More

Increasing the amount of electrical energy that can be stored on board a vehicle is the most important factor in electric cars gaining widespread use, a federal government-appointed committee said Monday.

The Canadian Electric Vehicle Technology Road Map, set up to look at what role Canada can play in the electric car market, said earlier that it wants to see at least 500,000 highway-capabl More

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USA: California Highway 101 Gets Solar Power Car Chargers

Only in California, some observers are saying, but solar enthusiasts see the solar electric car charging stations as the wave of future.

A joint venture between Foster City-based SolarCity and San Carlos-based Tesla Motors, the solar charging stations will be placed at four specific Rabobank locations (Salinas, Atascadero, Santa Maria and Goleta) along the 101 route from San Francisco to Lo More

Only in California, some observers are saying, but solar enthusiasts see the solar electric car charging stations as the wave of future.

A joint venture between Foster City-based SolarCity and San Carlos-based Tesla Motors, the solar charging stations will be placed at four specific Rabobank locations (Salinas, Atascadero, Santa Maria and Goleta) along the 101 route from San Francisco to Lo More

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AUS: Australia ‘could be electric car leader’

AUSTRALIA could become a world leader in the design and production of zero-emission electric cars within the next decade, a Government report said.

The Federal Government has joined with the Victorian Government to predict trends in the local car industry leading up to 2020.

It predicted that from 2012, the adoption of electric cars would accelerate.

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AUSTRALIA could become a world leader in the design and production of zero-emission electric cars within the next decade, a Government report said.

The Federal Government has joined with the Victorian Government to predict trends in the local car industry leading up to 2020.

It predicted that from 2012, the adoption of electric cars would accelerate.

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Europe: First drive: Volvo C30 electric car

If you could ignore the promotional stickers that scream “electric car”, then the Volvo C30 BEV (battery electric vehicle) could almost look like a regular three-door hatchback of Volvo’s smallest, most affordable vehicle.

Look a bit closer, though, and the one-off development version of the C30 BEV (there are actually two similar development vehicles) starts to reveal som More

If you could ignore the promotional stickers that scream “electric car”, then the Volvo C30 BEV (battery electric vehicle) could almost look like a regular three-door hatchback of Volvo’s smallest, most affordable vehicle.

Look a bit closer, though, and the one-off development version of the C30 BEV (there are actually two similar development vehicles) starts to reveal som More

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USA: Power grid chief touts electric-car payback

NEW YORK – U.S. power grid chief Jon Wellinghoff is touting the long-term cost savings of electric cars, saying the vehicles could earn $1,500 a year in paybacks for their owners when their batteries are connected to the power grid.

While electric cars planned for U.S. market in the next few years will likely carry heftier price tags than many gas-powered cars, Wellinghoff agued at an More

NEW YORK – U.S. power grid chief Jon Wellinghoff is touting the long-term cost savings of electric cars, saying the vehicles could earn $1,500 a year in paybacks for their owners when their batteries are connected to the power grid.

While electric cars planned for U.S. market in the next few years will likely carry heftier price tags than many gas-powered cars, Wellinghoff agued at an More

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USA: Research engineer explores future of hybrid technology

The Science Forum lectures continued Friday with a talk from Bob DeVault titled �Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in 2010.�

DeVault, who earned a bachelor�s and master�s degree in engineering science from UT, is a research engineer and principle investigator for plug-in vehicles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

DeVault began his talk by giving his audience background in More

The Science Forum lectures continued Friday with a talk from Bob DeVault titled �Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in 2010.�

DeVault, who earned a bachelor�s and master�s degree in engineering science from UT, is a research engineer and principle investigator for plug-in vehicles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

DeVault began his talk by giving his audience background in More

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USA: FPL Group And Duke Energy Investing $600 M To Convert Vehicles To Plug-In Hybrid Or Electric By 2020

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE:FPL) and Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) today announced a commitment to transition their company cars and trucks to plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles.

The announcement was made during the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) fifth annual meeting in New York City.

The joint commitment represents more than 10,000 vehic More

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE:FPL) and Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) today announced a commitment to transition their company cars and trucks to plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles.

The announcement was made during the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) fifth annual meeting in New York City.

The joint commitment represents more than 10,000 vehic More

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USA: Clemson researchers study energy savings with electric cars and IntelliDrive technology

CLEMSON — Clemson University researchers have been awarded a $470,000 National Science Foundation grant to study making plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) more efficient to reduce fossil fuel use.

The researchers will study integrating the vehicles with infrastructure where they act as probes that generate continuous detailed traffic data, such as speed profiles and travel time in c More

CLEMSON — Clemson University researchers have been awarded a $470,000 National Science Foundation grant to study making plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) more efficient to reduce fossil fuel use.

The researchers will study integrating the vehicles with infrastructure where they act as probes that generate continuous detailed traffic data, such as speed profiles and travel time in c More

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Europe: Volvo Cars Takes on Safety Challenges Involving Electric Cars

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – Volvo is conducting extremely wide-ranging and thorough analysis of a variety of safety scenarios for cars with electric power. Through advanced automatic monitoring of battery status and by encapsulating the battery and protecting it effectively in a collision, the result is a comprehensive safety package of the very highest class.

Volvo imposes the same high saf More

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – Volvo is conducting extremely wide-ranging and thorough analysis of a variety of safety scenarios for cars with electric power. Through advanced automatic monitoring of battery status and by encapsulating the battery and protecting it effectively in a collision, the result is a comprehensive safety package of the very highest class.

Volvo imposes the same high saf More

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USA: Electric Cars: Transformational Change or Niche Trend? Palo Alto Oct

Howdy,

You are invited to attend this event.
Beer, wine and snacks will be served.
There is a registration fee.

Registration link is in the email below.

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Source: autos.groups.yahoo.com More

Howdy,

You are invited to attend this event.
Beer, wine and snacks will be served.
There is a registration fee.

Registration link is in the email below.

Adios,

Jerry Pohorsky

Source: autos.groups.yahoo.com More

USA: Battle brews in California over expanding carpool-lane access

One of California’s most coveted motoring perks is up for grabs again.

The yellow decals that give nearly 85,000 solo drivers of fuel-sipping hybrids – mainly Toyota Priuses – free access to the state’s carpool lanes are set to expire at the end of 2010.

Now, some lawmakers want the state to give out another round of the stickers in January 2011 to boost sales of the More

One of California’s most coveted motoring perks is up for grabs again.

The yellow decals that give nearly 85,000 solo drivers of fuel-sipping hybrids – mainly Toyota Priuses – free access to the state’s carpool lanes are set to expire at the end of 2010.

Now, some lawmakers want the state to give out another round of the stickers in January 2011 to boost sales of the More

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Canada: Electric-car revolution starts taking shape at Montreal conference

MONTREAL – Enthusiasts of the current electric-vehicle revolution envision about 500,000 of them on Canadian highways by 2018. Some wonder if there is a niche market for electric snowmobiles, while others explore military applications for electric vehicles.

Opportunities seem plentiful in the global push to electrify transportation, but so do the challenges, noted Al Cormier, executiv More

MONTREAL – Enthusiasts of the current electric-vehicle revolution envision about 500,000 of them on Canadian highways by 2018. Some wonder if there is a niche market for electric snowmobiles, while others explore military applications for electric vehicles.

Opportunities seem plentiful in the global push to electrify transportation, but so do the challenges, noted Al Cormier, executiv More

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