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USA: Aptera December 2009 Newsletter


Many of you have written us to inquire why we elected to restart the counter on the Newsletter asking the question, “Just what is the “New Constant Contact Newsletter?” The answer is that we have moved to a hosted newsletter service (Constant Contact). This is a change from our More


Many of you have written us to inquire why we elected to restart the counter on the Newsletter asking the question, “Just what is the “New Constant Contact Newsletter?” The answer is that we have moved to a hosted newsletter service (Constant Contact). This is a change from our More

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Europe/Japan/India: Masterplan unveiled: Volkswagen-Suzuki to produce EVs and hybrids in India

When Volkswagen bought a stake in Suzuki earlier this month, the German carmaker mentioned “growing emerging markets” and “innovative and environmentally friendly compact cars” and how Suzuki fit its plans. Well, it becomes clearer now as both VW and Suzuki have revealed that they will be working jointly on hybrid and electric car projects in India, accoding to a report by carazoo.com.

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When Volkswagen bought a stake in Suzuki earlier this month, the German carmaker mentioned “growing emerging markets” and “innovative and environmentally friendly compact cars” and how Suzuki fit its plans. Well, it becomes clearer now as both VW and Suzuki have revealed that they will be working jointly on hybrid and electric car projects in India, accoding to a report by carazoo.com.

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Japan: Panasonic boosts Li-Ion power


New battery technology from Panasonic holds the promise of future Lithium-Ion cells that can provide significantly more power than is currently possible.

As reported over on Gizmodo, the company has announced a new 18650-type lithium ion power cell – so called owing to its 18mm diameter More


New battery technology from Panasonic holds the promise of future Lithium-Ion cells that can provide significantly more power than is currently possible.

As reported over on Gizmodo, the company has announced a new 18650-type lithium ion power cell – so called owing to its 18mm diameter More

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World: 21 companies that will lead the green car charge

Last January, VentureBeat ran a story listing 30 electric car companies poised to make a splash over the next couple of years. That post went on to become one of the most popular in the history of this web site, racking up 189 comments.

Today, we bring you a redux of that article — but instead of a list of all of the companies with an EV in a works, here’s a rundown of 21 companies were More

Last January, VentureBeat ran a story listing 30 electric car companies poised to make a splash over the next couple of years. That post went on to become one of the most popular in the history of this web site, racking up 189 comments.

Today, we bring you a redux of that article — but instead of a list of all of the companies with an EV in a works, here’s a rundown of 21 companies were More

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Italy/USA: Chrysler will display electric car at Detroit auto show


Chrysler Group LLC will show off new products at the Detroit auto show, after all, a source familiar with Chrysler’s planning told The Detroit News.

The Auburn Hills automaker will show a battery-powered version of the Fiat 500 subcompact, a product of the company’s partner More


Chrysler Group LLC will show off new products at the Detroit auto show, after all, a source familiar with Chrysler’s planning told The Detroit News.

The Auburn Hills automaker will show a battery-powered version of the Fiat 500 subcompact, a product of the company’s partner More

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China/Denmark: Geely made huge impact at COP15 with electric car

A Chinese car company, Geely, has made a huge impact on COP15 in Copenhagen with its new electric car.
The car is made in co-operation with the Danish company Lynx which has developed its electrical components and a new state-of-the-art lithium battery pack.

Geely and the Danish electric car developer Lynx Cars and Danish Positive batteries have their focus on lowering C02 emission w More

A Chinese car company, Geely, has made a huge impact on COP15 in Copenhagen with its new electric car.
The car is made in co-operation with the Danish company Lynx which has developed its electrical components and a new state-of-the-art lithium battery pack.

Geely and the Danish electric car developer Lynx Cars and Danish Positive batteries have their focus on lowering C02 emission w More

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USA: San Diego car show kicks off Wednesday

This soon-to-debut Fisker Karma, a plug-in hybrid, is among the 500 new cars that will be on display at the San Diego International Auto Show , which opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday.

Basic admission price is $10; discount admission coupons are available at www.sdautoshow.com.

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This soon-to-debut Fisker Karma, a plug-in hybrid, is among the 500 new cars that will be on display at the San Diego International Auto Show , which opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday.

Basic admission price is $10; discount admission coupons are available at www.sdautoshow.com.

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Korea: Electric cars to hit roads in March

Electric cars that can reach 60kph will hit the road in March, speeding up mass-production of their vehicles, officials said Tuesday (December 29).

The land, transport and maritime affairs ministry said the government passed a revision bill to the Vehicle Management Law, to allow low-speed electric cars in some designated areas to take effect on March 30.

The revised law also stres More

Electric cars that can reach 60kph will hit the road in March, speeding up mass-production of their vehicles, officials said Tuesday (December 29).

The land, transport and maritime affairs ministry said the government passed a revision bill to the Vehicle Management Law, to allow low-speed electric cars in some designated areas to take effect on March 30.

The revised law also stres More

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China: China’s BYD lifts 2010 auto sales target 14 pct


HONG KONG, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Chinese battery and car maker BYD (1211.HK), backed by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffet, said it has raised its 2010 sales target, as it prepares to roll out its first electric cars.

BYD, 10 percent owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa.N) More


HONG KONG, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Chinese battery and car maker BYD (1211.HK), backed by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffet, said it has raised its 2010 sales target, as it prepares to roll out its first electric cars.

BYD, 10 percent owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa.N) More

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USA: ECOtality Hosts Arizona Debut of Nissan ‘LEAF’


PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc. (OTCBB: ETLE), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, will join Nissan North America this week for the debut of the zero-emission LEAF elec More


PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc. (OTCBB: ETLE), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, will join Nissan North America this week for the debut of the zero-emission LEAF elec More

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Health: Nothing new in carbon monoxide poisoning

Basalt police officer Mike Taylor said Friday he has been unable to check in on the health of the couple, who were found unconscious in their bed Thursday morning, rushed to Aspen Valley Hospital and airlifted to a Denver hospital. The last he had heard they would be OK.

The identities of the couple have not been released but when they were found the situation appeared life-threatening. A c More

Basalt police officer Mike Taylor said Friday he has been unable to check in on the health of the couple, who were found unconscious in their bed Thursday morning, rushed to Aspen Valley Hospital and airlifted to a Denver hospital. The last he had heard they would be OK.

The identities of the couple have not been released but when they were found the situation appeared life-threatening. A c More

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USA: Tesla May Launch IPO, and Charging Networks Will Help

Tesla Motors, maker of the much-written-about Tesla Roadster, would seem to have a lot going for it as it prepares to launch an IPO. The company is selling all the Roadsters it can build (1,000 at last count) and has more than 1,000 orders for the forthcoming Model S. It got a $465 million loan from the Department of Energy to help build the Model S, and Daimler showed its confidence in Tesla’s More

Tesla Motors, maker of the much-written-about Tesla Roadster, would seem to have a lot going for it as it prepares to launch an IPO. The company is selling all the Roadsters it can build (1,000 at last count) and has more than 1,000 orders for the forthcoming Model S. It got a $465 million loan from the Department of Energy to help build the Model S, and Daimler showed its confidence in Tesla’s More

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USA: Advanced battery research driving to displace gasoline

(Nanowerk News) In excess of seven million barrels of gasoline are consumed by vehicles in the United States every day. As scientists race to find environmentally sound solutions to fuel the world’s ever-growing transportation needs, battery researchers are exploring the promise of lithium-air ba More

(Nanowerk News) In excess of seven million barrels of gasoline are consumed by vehicles in the United States every day. As scientists race to find environmentally sound solutions to fuel the world’s ever-growing transportation needs, battery researchers are exploring the promise of lithium-air ba More

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USA: OSU teams with manufacturing group to help auto industry

The Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) and The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR) announced that they will collaborate to generate increased growth and profitability for the motor vehicle and parts manufacturing industry throughout Ohio.

Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Development designated Cleveland-based MAGNET as the “go to” Ohio More

The Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) and The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR) announced that they will collaborate to generate increased growth and profitability for the motor vehicle and parts manufacturing industry throughout Ohio.

Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Development designated Cleveland-based MAGNET as the “go to” Ohio More

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USA: Sandia ramping up battery research


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Some $4.2 million in federal stimulus funds is going to help Sandia National Laboratories improve its Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory to develop low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Sandia says its lab is a leader in the field o More


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Some $4.2 million in federal stimulus funds is going to help Sandia National Laboratories improve its Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory to develop low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Sandia says its lab is a leader in the field o More

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China: SAIC Makes Forays into Global Market

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has made a series of moves to boost its status as a global player. Early this month, the Chinese carmaker set up Shanghai GM, a joint venture with U.S. auto giant GM where it holds a 51 percent stake. SAIC also made inroads into India by establishing a 50-50 joint venture with GM there. And it has become the world’s eighth largest auto seller b More

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has made a series of moves to boost its status as a global player. Early this month, the Chinese carmaker set up Shanghai GM, a joint venture with U.S. auto giant GM where it holds a 51 percent stake. SAIC also made inroads into India by establishing a 50-50 joint venture with GM there. And it has become the world’s eighth largest auto seller b More

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Europe: BMW ActiveE Electric Car


BMWs current MINI E lease program is the first step in what BMW calls its MegaCity Project i, the goal of which is to develop a mass production electric vehicles in the next five years.

BMW ActiveE Electric Car
“We are acquiring pioneering future technologies and raw materials tha More


BMWs current MINI E lease program is the first step in what BMW calls its MegaCity Project i, the goal of which is to develop a mass production electric vehicles in the next five years.

BMW ActiveE Electric Car
“We are acquiring pioneering future technologies and raw materials tha More

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Europe: Volvo: C30 e-car coming as fleet not one-off prototype

Leccy Tech When Volvo first unveiled its C30 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) back in September 2009, it stressed that the handful of cars produced would be one-off prototypes.

That’s now officially no longer the case, as the Swedish car maker has announced it is building a fleet of 50 of the things for serious evaluation.

Like the rather more exciting leccy Saab 9-3, the C30 BEV More

Leccy Tech When Volvo first unveiled its C30 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) back in September 2009, it stressed that the handful of cars produced would be one-off prototypes.

That’s now officially no longer the case, as the Swedish car maker has announced it is building a fleet of 50 of the things for serious evaluation.

Like the rather more exciting leccy Saab 9-3, the C30 BEV More

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Japan/USA: Faceoff: 2011 Chevrolet Volt Vs 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid


Toyota and GM are the auto industry’s heavyweights. Each has stumbled this year; General Motors collapsed into bankruptcy and Toyota is beset with embarrassing recalls that may dent its repu More


Toyota and GM are the auto industry’s heavyweights. Each has stumbled this year; General Motors collapsed into bankruptcy and Toyota is beset with embarrassing recalls that may dent its repu More

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China: Simplo Technology CEO Self-promotes with Analysis of Li-ion Cell Biz


Taking advantage of his position as a major player in the lithium-ion battery sector, F.H. Sung, chairman and CEO of Simplo Technology Co., Ltd., recently pitched his company`s strength and capability in the EV (electric vehicle) lithium-ion battery business to a delegation of about 100 executives f More


Taking advantage of his position as a major player in the lithium-ion battery sector, F.H. Sung, chairman and CEO of Simplo Technology Co., Ltd., recently pitched his company`s strength and capability in the EV (electric vehicle) lithium-ion battery business to a delegation of about 100 executives f More

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USA/China: Google Rumor Charges Up a Chinese Battery Play


Electric cars have been the focus of recent battery hype, but don’t discount the impact of a cell phone contract.

Mention Google (NASDAQ: GOOG – News) in the same breath as any small-cap company and it is likely to send the latter soaring. Today’s beneficiary is China BAK Ba More


Electric cars have been the focus of recent battery hype, but don’t discount the impact of a cell phone contract.

Mention Google (NASDAQ: GOOG – News) in the same breath as any small-cap company and it is likely to send the latter soaring. Today’s beneficiary is China BAK Ba More

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Europe/USA: Fiat 500 electric car will rival Mini-E


The news that a MINI-E electric car has joined the government car pool for use by ministers on official business around London has been followed quickly by rumours that Fiat is to launch an electric version of its best-selling 500 model at next month’s Detroit Motor Show.

The MINI-E is More


The news that a MINI-E electric car has joined the government car pool for use by ministers on official business around London has been followed quickly by rumours that Fiat is to launch an electric version of its best-selling 500 model at next month’s Detroit Motor Show.

The MINI-E is More

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China: Largest EV charging stations operating in Shenzhen

Shanghai, December 29 (Gasgoo.com) China’s largest electric charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) were put into service at the Universiade Center in Shenzhen’s Longgang district yesterday, the People’s Daily Online reported.

The first batch of electric charging faci More

Shanghai, December 29 (Gasgoo.com) China’s largest electric charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) were put into service at the Universiade Center in Shenzhen’s Longgang district yesterday, the People’s Daily Online reported.

The first batch of electric charging faci More

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Brave new world of auto alliances

The auto industry has progressively witnessed the formation of global alliances. Hitherto independent companies have been pulled into this orbit. The process has, by no means, been monotonic; it has been one of ebb and flow, with companies exiting alliances and entering new ones.

General Motors and Chrysler, hit by the US recession, were like contracting stars that released large planets. T More

The auto industry has progressively witnessed the formation of global alliances. Hitherto independent companies have been pulled into this orbit. The process has, by no means, been monotonic; it has been one of ebb and flow, with companies exiting alliances and entering new ones.

General Motors and Chrysler, hit by the US recession, were like contracting stars that released large planets. T More

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USA/Europe: Ford Plans to Start Electric-Car Tests in Germany Next Month


Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) — Ford Motor Co. will start a two-year test program of electric Focus compact cars and Transit vans in Germany on Jan. 4 as the U.S. company prepares to introduce battery-powered models as early as next year.

The 25 vehicles will be driven under normal traffic c More


Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) — Ford Motor Co. will start a two-year test program of electric Focus compact cars and Transit vans in Germany on Jan. 4 as the U.S. company prepares to introduce battery-powered models as early as next year.

The 25 vehicles will be driven under normal traffic c More

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USA/India: GM India to display Volt plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle at 2010 Auto Expo

General Motors India, which has officially announced that it will display six production and concept vehicles at the upcoming Auto Expo, has now confirmed that Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is one of them.

The Chevrolet Volt, which is expected to be launched in November 2010 as a 2011 model i More

General Motors India, which has officially announced that it will display six production and concept vehicles at the upcoming Auto Expo, has now confirmed that Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is one of them.

The Chevrolet Volt, which is expected to be launched in November 2010 as a 2011 model i More

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South Korea: Hyundai to unveil i10 Electric at Auto Expo


New Delhi, Dec 28 : Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) today said it will unveil the electric version of its compact car-the i10, an all-electric zero-emission vehicle during the Auto Expo 2010 which kicks off in the capital form January 5.

The company already has a strong line-up of best More


New Delhi, Dec 28 : Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) today said it will unveil the electric version of its compact car-the i10, an all-electric zero-emission vehicle during the Auto Expo 2010 which kicks off in the capital form January 5.

The company already has a strong line-up of best More

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India: Reva has been making electric cars for years — but its time may have come


BANGALORE, India — Years before the sleek Tesla Roadster hugged West Coast highways or General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Volt, a tiny Indian car firm was making and selling stubby electric vehicles turned out by a nondescript factory in Bangalore.

The Reva Electric Car Co. has more all-elect More


BANGALORE, India — Years before the sleek Tesla Roadster hugged West Coast highways or General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Volt, a tiny Indian car firm was making and selling stubby electric vehicles turned out by a nondescript factory in Bangalore.

The Reva Electric Car Co. has more all-elect More

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Europe: Iceland wants to be independent from fossil fuel

Iceland is among the countries hardest hit by the financial crisis. While trying to recover from the crisis, it plans to move the nation to use renewable energy completely.

Iceland plans to move the nation to use renewable energy completely since 80 percent of the nation’s total energy use already stems from renewable sources which boasts the world number one in this aspect.

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Iceland is among the countries hardest hit by the financial crisis. While trying to recover from the crisis, it plans to move the nation to use renewable energy completely.

Iceland plans to move the nation to use renewable energy completely since 80 percent of the nation’s total energy use already stems from renewable sources which boasts the world number one in this aspect.

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USA: General Motors to Unveil More on Volt Battery Strategy During ‘Landmark’ January 7 Announcement


The Volt–the car we’ve all been waiting for–is going to be one of the big stories at the North American International Auto Show taking place next month in Detroit.

General Motors sent out an e-mail blast today stating that GM and government officials will make a landmark announcement re More


The Volt–the car we’ve all been waiting for–is going to be one of the big stories at the North American International Auto Show taking place next month in Detroit.

General Motors sent out an e-mail blast today stating that GM and government officials will make a landmark announcement re More

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