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Carbonfibre deal for BMW

BMW has joined forces with carbonfibre specialist SGL Group to produce lightweight parts for its new MegaCity electric vehicle.
MegaCity will take on Daimler’s struggling Smart division with a range of affordable urban vehicles, in both two- and four-wheeled forms.
Source: autocar.co.uk More

BMW has joined forces with carbonfibre specialist SGL Group to produce lightweight parts for its new MegaCity electric vehicle.
MegaCity will take on Daimler’s struggling Smart division with a range of affordable urban vehicles, in both two- and four-wheeled forms.
Source: autocar.co.uk More

USA: Obama Says Aptera’s 3-Wheeler Is a Car

The teardrop-shaped Aptera 2e electric three-wheeler has been officially deemed a car in the eyes of the Department of Energy.
President Obama has signed legislation making high-efficiency two- and three-wheeled vehicles eligible for the same loans the department has granted to Tesla Motors, Fisker Automotive and others to spur the development of high-efficiency automobiles. There is no guar More

The teardrop-shaped Aptera 2e electric three-wheeler has been officially deemed a car in the eyes of the Department of Energy.
President Obama has signed legislation making high-efficiency two- and three-wheeled vehicles eligible for the same loans the department has granted to Tesla Motors, Fisker Automotive and others to spur the development of high-efficiency automobiles. There is no guar More

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Ford and Azure Dynamics team up to deliver battery electric commercial van in 2010

DEARBORN, MI, Oct. 30 /CNW/ – Ford Motor Company announced today that Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD – News) has joined in a collaborative effort to deliver a pure battery electric Ford Transit Connect van for the United States and Canadian markets in 2010. Azure will integrate its Force Drive(TM) battery electric drive train in the Transit Connect van for commercial fleet and re More

DEARBORN, MI, Oct. 30 /CNW/ – Ford Motor Company announced today that Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD – News) has joined in a collaborative effort to deliver a pure battery electric Ford Transit Connect van for the United States and Canadian markets in 2010. Azure will integrate its Force Drive(TM) battery electric drive train in the Transit Connect van for commercial fleet and re More

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Toyota muscles into EV charging business with solar stations

Toyota, used to being top dog in the advanced transportation business with its hybrid Prius, has pushed into a whole new area of the electric vehicle business: charging stations. Watch out, Better Place! Move over, Coulomb Technologies! Getting a major automotive name in the charging business will change the game — or will it?

Toyota isn’t simply unveiling its own iteration of electric More

Toyota, used to being top dog in the advanced transportation business with its hybrid Prius, has pushed into a whole new area of the electric vehicle business: charging stations. Watch out, Better Place! Move over, Coulomb Technologies! Getting a major automotive name in the charging business will change the game — or will it?

Toyota isn’t simply unveiling its own iteration of electric More

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Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn: ‘Now Is the Time for the Electric Car’

The electric car is real. It’s here. And before long — when curbside charging stations become as ubiquitous as parking meters — it won’t seem all that complicated, either.
So says a man who has thrown his corporate reputation into the post-gasoline car: Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan. In a wide-ranging Wharton Leadership Lecture that touched on everything fro More

The electric car is real. It’s here. And before long — when curbside charging stations become as ubiquitous as parking meters — it won’t seem all that complicated, either.
So says a man who has thrown his corporate reputation into the post-gasoline car: Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan. In a wide-ranging Wharton Leadership Lecture that touched on everything fro More

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Nissan Aims to Cut Electric-Car Cost

BEIJING—Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said the Japanese auto maker intends to overcome the high cost of making advanced batteries and make its all-electric cars price-competitive even without government subsidies.

Mr. Ghosn, speaking to a small group of reporters in the Chinese capital, gave a timeframe of around three years for the cost-cutting effort, though he said the More

BEIJING—Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said the Japanese auto maker intends to overcome the high cost of making advanced batteries and make its all-electric cars price-competitive even without government subsidies.

Mr. Ghosn, speaking to a small group of reporters in the Chinese capital, gave a timeframe of around three years for the cost-cutting effort, though he said the More

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Netherlands: Car battery-pack project gets $20M in tax credits

HOLLAND — The U.S.-French partnership to build lithium-ion batteries for future Ford Motor Co. plug-in hybrid vehicles in Holland got a boost from the state Tuesday.
The Michigan Economic Growth Authority board approved $20 million over three years in tax credits for Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. and Paris-based Saft Advanced Power Solutions, a division of Saft SA, to manufactu More

HOLLAND — The U.S.-French partnership to build lithium-ion batteries for future Ford Motor Co. plug-in hybrid vehicles in Holland got a boost from the state Tuesday.
The Michigan Economic Growth Authority board approved $20 million over three years in tax credits for Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. and Paris-based Saft Advanced Power Solutions, a division of Saft SA, to manufactu More

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Nissan CEO targets 500,000 electric batteries a year

BEIJING (Reuters) – Nissan (7201.T) Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Thursday that his Franco-Japanese alliance is ready to produce a half million electric car batteries annually, but market conditions would determine when.

Nissan Motor Co. will begin to sell electric cars in Japan in the second half of next year, followed a year later by partner Renault SA (RENA.PA), and then glo More

BEIJING (Reuters) – Nissan (7201.T) Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Thursday that his Franco-Japanese alliance is ready to produce a half million electric car batteries annually, but market conditions would determine when.

Nissan Motor Co. will begin to sell electric cars in Japan in the second half of next year, followed a year later by partner Renault SA (RENA.PA), and then glo More

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Mexico: Introduction Of The Nissan LEAF in Mexico City In 2011

The Renault–Nissan Alliance and the Mexico City Government today announced a partnership that paves the way for the introduction of the Nissan LEAF in Mexico’s capital city in 2011.
Mexico City will become the first city in Latin America to receive the Nissan LEAF and is part of the Mexico City government Green Plan (Plan Verde) committed to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles by promotin More

The Renault–Nissan Alliance and the Mexico City Government today announced a partnership that paves the way for the introduction of the Nissan LEAF in Mexico’s capital city in 2011.
Mexico City will become the first city in Latin America to receive the Nissan LEAF and is part of the Mexico City government Green Plan (Plan Verde) committed to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles by promotin More

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USA: Nissan races to install electric-car chargers

With Nissan planning to roll out its first electric vehicles in five states next year and nationwide in 2012, the Japanese automaker is racing to set up a recharging network quickly enough to be ready for them.

Tennessee, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington are the states getting the vehicles first; they won’t be available in Texas until sometime in 2012.
Even before the More

With Nissan planning to roll out its first electric vehicles in five states next year and nationwide in 2012, the Japanese automaker is racing to set up a recharging network quickly enough to be ready for them.

Tennessee, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington are the states getting the vehicles first; they won’t be available in Texas until sometime in 2012.
Even before the More

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USA: Smart grid gets multibillion-dollar injection

The U.S. electricity grid will get a 21st century upgrade, including installation of millions of smart meters, through a government-led program.
The Obama administration is scheduled to announce Tuesday where it is spending $3.4 billion of stimulus money on 100 smart-grid projects in 49 states. As part of the funding, utilities are contributing $4.7 billion to the projects, pushing the total More

The U.S. electricity grid will get a 21st century upgrade, including installation of millions of smart meters, through a government-led program.
The Obama administration is scheduled to announce Tuesday where it is spending $3.4 billion of stimulus money on 100 smart-grid projects in 49 states. As part of the funding, utilities are contributing $4.7 billion to the projects, pushing the total More

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USA: 3 Electric Car Makers Courting Upstate

GREENVILLE, S.C. — An Upstate Congressman announced on Tuesday that three electric car companies are looking at moving into the area.
Rep. Bob Inglis, a Republican from Greenville, made the announcement on his Twitter page.
“Proterra is one of 3 electric vehicle companies looking at the Upstate,” Inglis’ Twitter page said. “I’m excited about the hund More

GREENVILLE, S.C. — An Upstate Congressman announced on Tuesday that three electric car companies are looking at moving into the area.
Rep. Bob Inglis, a Republican from Greenville, made the announcement on his Twitter page.
“Proterra is one of 3 electric vehicle companies looking at the Upstate,” Inglis’ Twitter page said. “I’m excited about the hund More

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USA: Ford’s Electric Car for 2011: One for the Masses?

My test drive of the new Ford (F) electric car for 2011 demonstrated that Ford is building an electric car that millions will want. The Ford Focus EV prototype provided a quiet and smooth drive for a prototype. One Ford engineer indicated that he was going beyond a 60-mile daily range in Michigan without nearing battery depletion.

The Focus EV looks and drives like the popular gasoline powe More

My test drive of the new Ford (F) electric car for 2011 demonstrated that Ford is building an electric car that millions will want. The Ford Focus EV prototype provided a quiet and smooth drive for a prototype. One Ford engineer indicated that he was going beyond a 60-mile daily range in Michigan without nearing battery depletion.

The Focus EV looks and drives like the popular gasoline powe More

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NETHERLANDS: Mitsubishi to support EV promotion programme

Netherlands prime minister Balkenende and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) president Osamu Masuko have agreed on MMC support of the country’s electric vehicle (EV) promotion programme.
The government last June launched a subsidy programme to provide incentives for EV evaluation trials and demonstration projects and is working on making EVs popular as one method of sustainable transp More

Netherlands prime minister Balkenende and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) president Osamu Masuko have agreed on MMC support of the country’s electric vehicle (EV) promotion programme.
The government last June launched a subsidy programme to provide incentives for EV evaluation trials and demonstration projects and is working on making EVs popular as one method of sustainable transp More

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USA: Electric-Car Companies Grab U.S. Cash to Blunt Risks (Update2)

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Electric-car makers ranging from Ford Motor Co. to California startups are using $11 billion in taxpayer funds to supply a market that doesn’t yet exist.
Fisker Automotive Inc., backed by a $528.7 million U.S. loan, said today it will join the rush to the assembly line by buying a closed Delaware plant from the former General Motors Corp. for $18 million. It wil More

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Electric-car makers ranging from Ford Motor Co. to California startups are using $11 billion in taxpayer funds to supply a market that doesn’t yet exist.
Fisker Automotive Inc., backed by a $528.7 million U.S. loan, said today it will join the rush to the assembly line by buying a closed Delaware plant from the former General Motors Corp. for $18 million. It wil More

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MEGA approves $20 million in tax credits for car battery pack project

HOLLAND — The U.S.-French partnership to build lithium-ion batteries for future Ford Motor Co. plug-in hybrid vehicles in Holland got a boost from the state Tuesday.
The Michigan Economic Growth Authority board approved $20 million over three years in tax credits for Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. and Paris-based Saft Advanced Power Solutions, a division of Saft SA, to manufactu More

HOLLAND — The U.S.-French partnership to build lithium-ion batteries for future Ford Motor Co. plug-in hybrid vehicles in Holland got a boost from the state Tuesday.
The Michigan Economic Growth Authority board approved $20 million over three years in tax credits for Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. and Paris-based Saft Advanced Power Solutions, a division of Saft SA, to manufactu More

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Canada: Company to build electric car batteries near Montreal

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — French billionaire Vincent Bollore is joining the global rush to build electric batteries for the vehicles of tomorrow.
And he’s setting up shop near Montreal.
Bollore announced Tuesday his company, Bollore Group, will invest $120 million in a battery-producing factory east of Montreal.
The batteries will be built using lithium-metal-polymer technolog More

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — French billionaire Vincent Bollore is joining the global rush to build electric batteries for the vehicles of tomorrow.
And he’s setting up shop near Montreal.
Bollore announced Tuesday his company, Bollore Group, will invest $120 million in a battery-producing factory east of Montreal.
The batteries will be built using lithium-metal-polymer technolog More

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USA: Toyota to Participate in SmartGridCity Project

Toyota announced that it will put 10 Prius plug-ins into use in Boulder, Colorado. The vehicles will be part of a research project and will utilize Xcel’s SmartGridCity technology. The research will be coordinated by the University of Colorado at Boulder Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute which itself is a joint venture between the University of Colorado and the Department of Energ More

Toyota announced that it will put 10 Prius plug-ins into use in Boulder, Colorado. The vehicles will be part of a research project and will utilize Xcel’s SmartGridCity technology. The research will be coordinated by the University of Colorado at Boulder Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute which itself is a joint venture between the University of Colorado and the Department of Energ More

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USA: Bright Automotive scores military contract

Anderson, Ind.-based Bright Automotive said today the U.S. Army’s department of Tactical Communications (TACOM) plans to test the startup’s plug-in hybrid vehicles in non-combat situations.

The aim of the $1.4 million demonstration project is to reduce fuel consumption in military vehicles. In addition, the contract calls for the Army to use the plug-in vehicles as sources of p More

Anderson, Ind.-based Bright Automotive said today the U.S. Army’s department of Tactical Communications (TACOM) plans to test the startup’s plug-in hybrid vehicles in non-combat situations.

The aim of the $1.4 million demonstration project is to reduce fuel consumption in military vehicles. In addition, the contract calls for the Army to use the plug-in vehicles as sources of p More

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India: Reva to rope in franchises for production abroad

Electric car manufacturer Reva is planning manufacturing facilities abroad under a franchise model to penetrate those markets. These units will be built under licensing agreements with local partners, wherein the brand name and technology will be owned by Reva.

The company, whose head office is here, has sold about 3,400 electric cars so far. It says the licencing agreements will cover not More

Electric car manufacturer Reva is planning manufacturing facilities abroad under a franchise model to penetrate those markets. These units will be built under licensing agreements with local partners, wherein the brand name and technology will be owned by Reva.

The company, whose head office is here, has sold about 3,400 electric cars so far. It says the licencing agreements will cover not More

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USA: Biden to discuss plans for former GM plant in Delaware to manufacture plug-in hybrids

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce Tuesday that a California luxury automaker will build plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at a former General Motors plant in Delaware.

The White House said Sunday that Biden, a former senator from Delaware, will make a major announcement about the future of the former GM plant in Wilmington, Del., along with Delaware Gov. Jac More

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce Tuesday that a California luxury automaker will build plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at a former General Motors plant in Delaware.

The White House said Sunday that Biden, a former senator from Delaware, will make a major announcement about the future of the former GM plant in Wilmington, Del., along with Delaware Gov. Jac More

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USA: Ford chairman calls for a concerted push on electric cars

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. told government and industry leaders last week that his company is serious about building electric cars.
But he stressed that the automobile industry cannot make the shift to greener technology alone and called for a concerted effort to build the infrastructure these vehicles will require.
“We stand at the threshold of a rev More

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. told government and industry leaders last week that his company is serious about building electric cars.
But he stressed that the automobile industry cannot make the shift to greener technology alone and called for a concerted effort to build the infrastructure these vehicles will require.
“We stand at the threshold of a rev More

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USA: NY company to roll out electric cars in 2010

SYRACUSE, New York – A new New York company hopes to complete financing of a Syracuse plant to make electric cars by the end of this year and start rolling out plug-in hatchbacks in late 2010.
Bannon Automotive, with a nearly $7 million state package of grants and tax incentives, says it chose the central New York site partly because of the “dogged pursuit” of local, state More

SYRACUSE, New York – A new New York company hopes to complete financing of a Syracuse plant to make electric cars by the end of this year and start rolling out plug-in hatchbacks in late 2010.
Bannon Automotive, with a nearly $7 million state package of grants and tax incentives, says it chose the central New York site partly because of the “dogged pursuit” of local, state More

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USA: Gen. Clark: Electric vehicles more important than ever

Detroit — The nation must muster the same economic might that brought about the explosion in personal computing, the Internet and cellular phones, and apply it to electric vehicle technology to help wean the U.S. from its dependence on foreign oil, Gen. Wesley Clark said this afternoon at “The Business of Plugging In” conference.

Freeing the U.S. of its petroleum-dependen More

Detroit — The nation must muster the same economic might that brought about the explosion in personal computing, the Internet and cellular phones, and apply it to electric vehicle technology to help wean the U.S. from its dependence on foreign oil, Gen. Wesley Clark said this afternoon at “The Business of Plugging In” conference.

Freeing the U.S. of its petroleum-dependen More

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USA: Electric cars to be assembled in central New York

ALBANY – Bannon Automotive, LLC, will locate its plug-in electric vehicle manufacturing site in Central New York. The company will invest $26.6 million to open a manufacturing facility in Onondaga County, creating 250 new full-time jobs in three years. Empire State Development (ESD) has offered Bannon a $3 million capital grant to proceed with the project.

“New York’s research inf More

ALBANY – Bannon Automotive, LLC, will locate its plug-in electric vehicle manufacturing site in Central New York. The company will invest $26.6 million to open a manufacturing facility in Onondaga County, creating 250 new full-time jobs in three years. Empire State Development (ESD) has offered Bannon a $3 million capital grant to proceed with the project.

“New York’s research inf More

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USA: Electric car industry pulls in for quick charge at Microsoft

REDMOND, Wash. – A recent report claims only 7 percent of the vehicles on American roads in the next 20 years will be electric-powered.
Representatives of two of the nation’s largest companies scoffed at that notion during a conference today in Redmond.
Microsoft is hosting The Cascadia Center’s Annual “Beyond Oil” event which is attracting major and minor More

REDMOND, Wash. – A recent report claims only 7 percent of the vehicles on American roads in the next 20 years will be electric-powered.
Representatives of two of the nation’s largest companies scoffed at that notion during a conference today in Redmond.
Microsoft is hosting The Cascadia Center’s Annual “Beyond Oil” event which is attracting major and minor More

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USA: Congress passes bill that will allow makers of three-wheeled vehicles to become eligible for federal funds

Congress has approved a bill that would would allow fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicles to be made eligible for the same federal funds that have been going to other automakers. The measure now goes to President Obama for his signature, and there’s every indication he’ll sign it.
The bill could make funds available to companies such as Aptera Motors, which is making a novel thre More

Congress has approved a bill that would would allow fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicles to be made eligible for the same federal funds that have been going to other automakers. The measure now goes to President Obama for his signature, and there’s every indication he’ll sign it.
The bill could make funds available to companies such as Aptera Motors, which is making a novel thre More

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UPDATE: Sanyo To Produce Lithium-Ion Batteries For Plug-In Hybrid Cars

TOKYO (Dow Jones)–Sanyo Electric Co. (6764.TO) announced Wednesday a major push into the growing market for auto batteries, with a plan to mass-produce lithium-ion cells for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles from 2011.
The Japanese electronics company said it plans to produce 300,000 to 400,000 batteries per month for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles that can …
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TOKYO (Dow Jones)–Sanyo Electric Co. (6764.TO) announced Wednesday a major push into the growing market for auto batteries, with a plan to mass-produce lithium-ion cells for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles from 2011.
The Japanese electronics company said it plans to produce 300,000 to 400,000 batteries per month for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles that can …
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Electric vehicles are charging up the automotive industry

A dozen all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles are expected to hit the market in the next three years. They promise to combine blinding fuel efficiency, radical new technology and futuristic styling.
Next time you’re filling up the cavernous fuel tank of the gas-gulping family jalopy, imagine getting 230 miles per gallon.
Better yet, how about never buying another gallon of gas? More

A dozen all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles are expected to hit the market in the next three years. They promise to combine blinding fuel efficiency, radical new technology and futuristic styling.
Next time you’re filling up the cavernous fuel tank of the gas-gulping family jalopy, imagine getting 230 miles per gallon.
Better yet, how about never buying another gallon of gas? More

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The competition for the best car battery begins

If you need any more evidence about whether electric car will be zipping off in the next few years, look no further than all the heavyweights jumping in to invest in batteries for cars and their development.
Heavies such as Frenchman Vincent Bolloré, one of the world’s wealthiest men and chairman and CEO of the Bolloré Group.
In 2007, the Bolloré Group bought the assets of the Fre More

If you need any more evidence about whether electric car will be zipping off in the next few years, look no further than all the heavyweights jumping in to invest in batteries for cars and their development.
Heavies such as Frenchman Vincent Bolloré, one of the world’s wealthiest men and chairman and CEO of the Bolloré Group.
In 2007, the Bolloré Group bought the assets of the Fre More

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