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China/Korea: Beijing Auto, CT&T to Form Electric-Car Venture in China

April 1 (Bloomberg) — Beijing Automotive Group, CT&T and SK Energy Co. plan to form a venture in China to make and sell electric cars.

The companies will build a plant in Beijing with a production capacity of 50,000 units a year, and plan to build about 10 factories of a similar size within China, South Korean electric-car maker CT&T said today in an e-mailed statement.

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April 1 (Bloomberg) — Beijing Automotive Group, CT&T and SK Energy Co. plan to form a venture in China to make and sell electric cars.

The companies will build a plant in Beijing with a production capacity of 50,000 units a year, and plan to build about 10 factories of a similar size within China, South Korean electric-car maker CT&T said today in an e-mailed statement.

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4EVRiders.org: 2010 EV and Plug-In Hybrid Predictions

Predictions for 2010 by 4EVRiders.org, March 2010

  1. 2010 – Year of EV and Plug-in Hybrids
      Inaugural launch of Nissan Leaf, Aptera 2e, BYD F3DM, GM Volt, CODA EV and others for the mass market.

  2. Green cars of the year: Aptera 2e, Nissan Leaf, GM Volt, and Toyota Prius Plug-in.
  3. Talks and demonstrations of next generation technologies:
    Wireless charging More

    Predictions for 2010 by 4EVRiders.org, March 2010

    1. 2010 – Year of EV and Plug-in Hybrids
        Inaugural launch of Nissan Leaf, Aptera 2e, BYD F3DM, GM Volt, CODA EV and others for the mass market.

    2. Green cars of the year: Aptera 2e, Nissan Leaf, GM Volt, and Toyota Prius Plug-in.
    3. Talks and demonstrations of next generation technologies:
      Wireless charging More

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USA: Aptera Raises $9.8M


Vista-based electric vehicle manufacturer Aptera Motors has raised $9.8M in an equity funding round, according to a filing from the firm today. Source of the new funding was not disclosed, however, the firm has previously raised funding from Esenjay Investments, Google, Idealab, The Beall Family Tr More


Vista-based electric vehicle manufacturer Aptera Motors has raised $9.8M in an equity funding round, according to a filing from the firm today. Source of the new funding was not disclosed, however, the firm has previously raised funding from Esenjay Investments, Google, Idealab, The Beall Family Tr More

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USA: White House to Purchase First 100 Chevy Volts


The White House said today that the government will “purchase the first 100 plug-in electric vehicles to roll off American assembly lines” before the end of the year.

The Volt, which GM describes as an extended range electric vehicle, is the only model that fits that description. More


The White House said today that the government will “purchase the first 100 plug-in electric vehicles to roll off American assembly lines” before the end of the year.

The Volt, which GM describes as an extended range electric vehicle, is the only model that fits that description. More

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USA: Ford Pushes Its Electric-Drive Roadmap


ord CEO Alan Mulally opened the New York International Auto Show with a keynote outlining the company’s roadmap for greener cars and trucks. Mulally said there is still “so much room to improve the internal combustion engine,” but said the company plans to roll out more hybrid More


ord CEO Alan Mulally opened the New York International Auto Show with a keynote outlining the company’s roadmap for greener cars and trucks. Mulally said there is still “so much room to improve the internal combustion engine,” but said the company plans to roll out more hybrid More

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India: Reva explains “rescheduling” of pilot production of NXR electric car

The production delay of the Reva NXR – aka the next-gen G-Wiz electric car – is taking place because the Indian company is listening to its customers. Keith Johnston, Reva’s president of European operations, told AutoblogGreen that feedback from the Frankfurt Motor Show, where the car’s price (9,995 euros for the lead acid version with leased batteries) was announced and a subseque More

The production delay of the Reva NXR – aka the next-gen G-Wiz electric car – is taking place because the Indian company is listening to its customers. Keith Johnston, Reva’s president of European operations, told AutoblogGreen that feedback from the Frankfurt Motor Show, where the car’s price (9,995 euros for the lead acid version with leased batteries) was announced and a subseque More

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AXcess News: The Launch of Electric Cars Is Commercializing Demand for Lithium

Nissan Motor Co. unveiled its new electric car, the Leaf, which will hit showrooms across the US a month after the GM Volt. Both cars are powered by lithium batteries, which is spurring demand for commercialization of mining projects to fill it. Pan American Lithium Corp. (TSX-V: PL) (PINKSHEETS: PALTF) looks to get in on the action, having announced that it was extending its option with Escondida More

Nissan Motor Co. unveiled its new electric car, the Leaf, which will hit showrooms across the US a month after the GM Volt. Both cars are powered by lithium batteries, which is spurring demand for commercialization of mining projects to fill it. Pan American Lithium Corp. (TSX-V: PL) (PINKSHEETS: PALTF) looks to get in on the action, having announced that it was extending its option with Escondida More

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Clean Car Gain Means Polypore Battery Parts Beat Wind (Update1)

March 31 (Bloomberg) — Polypore International Inc., which makes one of the key components of electric-car batteries, is climbing faster than most alternative energy stocks this year as investors bet on a global shift to low-polluting automobiles.

The company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is about to finish the first quarter with a 46 percent increase to $17.34 a share, the top g More

March 31 (Bloomberg) — Polypore International Inc., which makes one of the key components of electric-car batteries, is climbing faster than most alternative energy stocks this year as investors bet on a global shift to low-polluting automobiles.

The company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is about to finish the first quarter with a 46 percent increase to $17.34 a share, the top g More

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Africa: Ethiopia launches electric car despite power shortages

Ethiopia has launched an electric car, despite suffering from power shortages. It is only the second African country to do so, after South Africa.

Two versions of the Solaris Elettra will be manufactured in Addis Ababa, costing around $12,000 and $15,000.

The cars will be sold in Ethiopia and exported to Africa and Europe.

But some doubt if Africa, where erratic power suppli More

Ethiopia has launched an electric car, despite suffering from power shortages. It is only the second African country to do so, after South Africa.

Two versions of the Solaris Elettra will be manufactured in Addis Ababa, costing around $12,000 and $15,000.

The cars will be sold in Ethiopia and exported to Africa and Europe.

But some doubt if Africa, where erratic power suppli More

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USA: Electric Car Company, Inc. Utilizes Grant From the State of Missouri to Increase Efficiency and Lower Overhead Costs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Mar 31, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Electric Car Company, Inc. /quotes/comstock/11k!elcr (ELCR 0.00, +0.00, +152.94%) , a vehicle conversion company that specializes in electric conversions and manufacturing for the Livery and Fleet Markets, announces that the Company has utilized a training Grant from the State of Missouri to increase efficiency and lower overhead co More

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Mar 31, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Electric Car Company, Inc. /quotes/comstock/11k!elcr (ELCR 0.00, +0.00, +152.94%) , a vehicle conversion company that specializes in electric conversions and manufacturing for the Livery and Fleet Markets, announces that the Company has utilized a training Grant from the State of Missouri to increase efficiency and lower overhead co More

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USA: While Obama Drills Offshore, FedEx Goes Alternative

President Obama has lifted the ban on drilling for oil off the coast of Virginia in an effort to decrease America’s long-term dependence on foreign oil.

While the decision may add a small amount of extra capacity to the nation’s oil supply, we likely won’t see much downward pressure on prices because of it.

Analyst Peter Beutel of Cameron Hanover says, “People are using oil More

President Obama has lifted the ban on drilling for oil off the coast of Virginia in an effort to decrease America’s long-term dependence on foreign oil.

While the decision may add a small amount of extra capacity to the nation’s oil supply, we likely won’t see much downward pressure on prices because of it.

Analyst Peter Beutel of Cameron Hanover says, “People are using oil More

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USA: Ford, Microsoft to work on electric-car charging


Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. have signed a deal to work together on a computerized link between houses, electric cars and utility companies to help manage energy use.

The companies said Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show that this is the beginning of a smart system t More


Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. have signed a deal to work together on a computerized link between houses, electric cars and utility companies to help manage energy use.

The companies said Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show that this is the beginning of a smart system t More

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Europe: Mercedes-Benz announces new electric engines

Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz will produce a new generation of transmission-integrated electric engines for its hybrid vehicles at its plant in Berlin, starting in 2012.

“The electrification of the drive system will play an important part in mobility in the future,” said Volker Stau More

Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz will produce a new generation of transmission-integrated electric engines for its hybrid vehicles at its plant in Berlin, starting in 2012.

“The electrification of the drive system will play an important part in mobility in the future,” said Volker Stau More

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Japan/USA: Nissan Leaf electric car will cost $25,000


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Nissan announced Tuesday that its Leaf electric car will come with a sticker price of $32,780. But after a federal tax credit of $7,500, the car will only set you back about $25,280.

That would make the Leaf considerably less expensive than General Motors̵ More


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Nissan announced Tuesday that its Leaf electric car will come with a sticker price of $32,780. But after a federal tax credit of $7,500, the car will only set you back about $25,280.

That would make the Leaf considerably less expensive than General Motors̵ More

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New Zealand: Electric cars drive call for better buses

Research suggesting electric cars can be less environmentally friendly than petrol ones because of their energy consumption pushes New Zealand’s case to create renewable energy and better public transport, the Green Party says.

A report by Clive Matthew-Wilson, author of the car-buyers’ magazine the Dog & Lemon Guide, said a high percentage of the world’s electricity More

Research suggesting electric cars can be less environmentally friendly than petrol ones because of their energy consumption pushes New Zealand’s case to create renewable energy and better public transport, the Green Party says.

A report by Clive Matthew-Wilson, author of the car-buyers’ magazine the Dog & Lemon Guide, said a high percentage of the world’s electricity More

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USA: Portland State University and Portland General Electric sign pact to foster electric cars and sustainability

Portland Stat U and Portland General Electric formally joined forces this morning to help the region accommodate electric cars, renew energy, design environmentally friendly buildings and foster regional sustainability.

Presidents of both organizations signed a memorandum of understanding at Portland State, pledging to work together on research, economic development, community projects and More

Portland Stat U and Portland General Electric formally joined forces this morning to help the region accommodate electric cars, renew energy, design environmentally friendly buildings and foster regional sustainability.

Presidents of both organizations signed a memorandum of understanding at Portland State, pledging to work together on research, economic development, community projects and More

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Japan/France/Spain: Renault-Nissan in deal with Spain’s Acciona for electric cars


MADRID (AFP) – Automakers Renault and Nissan signed a deal with Spanish energy and infrastructure group Acciona on Tuesday to market electric cars in the country, the three companies announced.

Under the agreement signed in Madrid, Acciona will set up a network of recharging points and ass More


MADRID (AFP) – Automakers Renault and Nissan signed a deal with Spanish energy and infrastructure group Acciona on Tuesday to market electric cars in the country, the three companies announced.

Under the agreement signed in Madrid, Acciona will set up a network of recharging points and ass More

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USA/Canada: Electric Car Company Aurica Motors Enters Two Partnerships for Manufacturing Training and Engineering

Electric car company Aurica Motors, which plans to retool the NUMMI plant in California to build not only electric cars but compatible battery charging stations (earlier post), has entered two partnerships in support of its mission.

■The Clean Tech Institute in Santa Clara has agreed to develop a training curriculum for electric auto manufacturing. Aurica intends to have swappable batteri More

Electric car company Aurica Motors, which plans to retool the NUMMI plant in California to build not only electric cars but compatible battery charging stations (earlier post), has entered two partnerships in support of its mission.

■The Clean Tech Institute in Santa Clara has agreed to develop a training curriculum for electric auto manufacturing. Aurica intends to have swappable batteri More

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USA/China: Aptera heading to the PRC with electric sedan


SHANGHAI — U.S. electric vehicle maker Aptera Motors is now in China looking for production partners, in order to significantly reduce costs and speed up volume production for markets in North America and China.
In 2011, Aptera Motors of San Diego, California, will launch the Aptera 2e; a t More


SHANGHAI — U.S. electric vehicle maker Aptera Motors is now in China looking for production partners, in order to significantly reduce costs and speed up volume production for markets in North America and China.
In 2011, Aptera Motors of San Diego, California, will launch the Aptera 2e; a t More

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Li-ion firms evaluate Nexeon silicon anode


Oxfordshire-based Nexeon has signed material evaluation agreements (MEAs) with undisclosed companies interested in its novel Li-ion cell anode.

It is developing silicon-based anodes, claiming that, by weight, silicon offer around ten times the storage capacity of traditional carbon anodes. < More


Oxfordshire-based Nexeon has signed material evaluation agreements (MEAs) with undisclosed companies interested in its novel Li-ion cell anode.

It is developing silicon-based anodes, claiming that, by weight, silicon offer around ten times the storage capacity of traditional carbon anodes. < More

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Scientist Think Tank Thinking About PHEVs And The Smart Grid

With thousands of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) slated to hit the roads before 2015, many are growing concerned that even the weightiest of smart grids will be pushed past their limits. Such a worry calls for a redesigned smart grid, one that the U.S. Department of Energy knows will need to be better suited to handling America’s energy needs.

Enter a band of scientists from Arg More

With thousands of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) slated to hit the roads before 2015, many are growing concerned that even the weightiest of smart grids will be pushed past their limits. Such a worry calls for a redesigned smart grid, one that the U.S. Department of Energy knows will need to be better suited to handling America’s energy needs.

Enter a band of scientists from Arg More

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Electric Car Conversion Kits Benefiting the Economy

Electric car conversion has now become more and more popular simply because gas prices just continue to go up and never down. With high prices of gas, some people just could not keep their cars anymore even though this is also considered a necessity for working people. If you want a convenient way to go to and from your work, keeping a car is the best choice to make. However, if your salary is not More

Electric car conversion has now become more and more popular simply because gas prices just continue to go up and never down. With high prices of gas, some people just could not keep their cars anymore even though this is also considered a necessity for working people. If you want a convenient way to go to and from your work, keeping a car is the best choice to make. However, if your salary is not More

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China: CODA ramps up electric car manufacturing in China with new $394M

CODA released some important news today: We’ve now gathered $394 million dollars to expand our battery venture with Lishen. This is exciting news for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, it means we can produce more than enough batteries to ramp-up CODA’s production and meet our manufacturing goals. In-turn, this allows us to preserve and create jobs. At home, we will be able to continue to More

CODA released some important news today: We’ve now gathered $394 million dollars to expand our battery venture with Lishen. This is exciting news for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, it means we can produce more than enough batteries to ramp-up CODA’s production and meet our manufacturing goals. In-turn, this allows us to preserve and create jobs. At home, we will be able to continue to More

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Japan/USA: Nissan LEAF™ pricing


The Nissan LEAF will be available for purchase or lease in select markets this December. Later this spring, Nissan will begin accepting reservations at NissanUSA.com. For complete details, read the recent pricing announcement.

Read the complete announcement

Manufacturer’s Sugges More


The Nissan LEAF will be available for purchase or lease in select markets this December. Later this spring, Nissan will begin accepting reservations at NissanUSA.com. For complete details, read the recent pricing announcement.

Read the complete announcement

Manufacturer’s Sugges More

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Electric Cars To Spur Lithium Demand

TORONTO (CP) — Demand for high-grade lithium used in rechargeable batteries could soar by as much as 150 percent over the next six years if projections for electric vehicle sales are correct, says the CEO of Canada Lithium Corp.

A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicted 10 million electric vehicles will be sold globally by 2016. Demand for the low-emission vehicle More

TORONTO (CP) — Demand for high-grade lithium used in rechargeable batteries could soar by as much as 150 percent over the next six years if projections for electric vehicle sales are correct, says the CEO of Canada Lithium Corp.

A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicted 10 million electric vehicles will be sold globally by 2016. Demand for the low-emission vehicle More

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Japan: Panasonic gears Li-ion battery factory for April production


Li-ion batteries are used not only in mobile devices such as notebook computers and mobile phones, but also for eco-friendly cars, backup power source and household energy storage systems that consist of solar panels and fuel cells. Global demand for Li-ion batteries is expected to reach 3.2 trillio More


Li-ion batteries are used not only in mobile devices such as notebook computers and mobile phones, but also for eco-friendly cars, backup power source and household energy storage systems that consist of solar panels and fuel cells. Global demand for Li-ion batteries is expected to reach 3.2 trillio More

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Tesla Roadster Wins the Monte Carlo Rally

According to a Tesla press release, this Tesla Roadster has become the first all electric vehicle to win the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally. Veteran Formula One driver Erik Comas was at the wheel and claimed victory for Tesla who also snagged the first victory for an electric car in an FIA sanctioned competition.

Comas’ Tesla Roadster beat out close to 100 competitors in rang More

According to a Tesla press release, this Tesla Roadster has become the first all electric vehicle to win the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally. Veteran Formula One driver Erik Comas was at the wheel and claimed victory for Tesla who also snagged the first victory for an electric car in an FIA sanctioned competition.

Comas’ Tesla Roadster beat out close to 100 competitors in rang More

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Test Driving the Chevy Volt [Video]


Having cost GM billions in R&D, it’s a technical marvel well ahead of it’s time. And it won’t be making money anytime soon: When the Volt finally hits market after a whirlwind, moonshot development process, it’ll be limited to just 10,000 units in California, Washington More


Having cost GM billions in R&D, it’s a technical marvel well ahead of it’s time. And it won’t be making money anytime soon: When the Volt finally hits market after a whirlwind, moonshot development process, it’ll be limited to just 10,000 units in California, Washington More

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Europe/USA: Think to sell all-electric City car in New York City

Norwegian based electric-car company Think announced today that it plans on bringing its Think City electric-car to customers in New York City. New York ranked third in THINK’s EV-Ready Cities Index based on the great fit EV’s have for city driving and the strength of the state and local governments support. Los Angeles came in at No. 1.

“Bringing the THINK City to New York will play More

Norwegian based electric-car company Think announced today that it plans on bringing its Think City electric-car to customers in New York City. New York ranked third in THINK’s EV-Ready Cities Index based on the great fit EV’s have for city driving and the strength of the state and local governments support. Los Angeles came in at No. 1.

“Bringing the THINK City to New York will play More

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USA: Lackluster ChargePoint iPhone app a shockingly bad electric car charging app


If the free ChargePoint iPhone app worked like it was supposed to, a map that shows you nearby charging stations for your electric car, the score at the bottom of this review would be much different. Instead, ChargePoint is an iPhone app that sometimes shows you charging stations and sometimes m More


If the free ChargePoint iPhone app worked like it was supposed to, a map that shows you nearby charging stations for your electric car, the score at the bottom of this review would be much different. Instead, ChargePoint is an iPhone app that sometimes shows you charging stations and sometimes m More

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