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Mitsubishi and Tokyo Institute of Technology Developing EV Smart Charging from Wind Turbines

Nikkei. Mitsubishi Corp. and the Tokyo Institute of Technology are developing a smart charging system to exploit wind power produced at night to charge electric vehicles.

Power companies buy windmill electricity generated during the daytime and resell it to households, factories and buildings. But they often are not interested in buying power produced at night because of weak demand. In ord More

Nikkei. Mitsubishi Corp. and the Tokyo Institute of Technology are developing a smart charging system to exploit wind power produced at night to charge electric vehicles.

Power companies buy windmill electricity generated during the daytime and resell it to households, factories and buildings. But they often are not interested in buying power produced at night because of weak demand. In ord More

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Nissan Leaf projected to be in the black


Nissan Motor is on track to book 25,000 U.S. orders for its Leaf electric vehicle by year’s end and will be making money on the green car, the carmaker said Thursday.

Nissan has taken 8,000 U.S. reservations for the hatchback, set to go on sale in the United States in December, since More


Nissan Motor is on track to book 25,000 U.S. orders for its Leaf electric vehicle by year’s end and will be making money on the green car, the carmaker said Thursday.

Nissan has taken 8,000 U.S. reservations for the hatchback, set to go on sale in the United States in December, since More

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Plan B: California Braces for Climate Change

When it comes to environmental regulation, California doesn’t wait for the Feds to ride in and lay down the law. The Golden State led the way on mandating emissions-control equipment in motor vehicles in 1961. It pioneered tailpipe emissions standards in 1967 and ratcheted them up into the 1990s, prompting the federal government to follow. When the Environmental Protection Agency proved relu More

When it comes to environmental regulation, California doesn’t wait for the Feds to ride in and lay down the law. The Golden State led the way on mandating emissions-control equipment in motor vehicles in 1961. It pioneered tailpipe emissions standards in 1967 and ratcheted them up into the 1990s, prompting the federal government to follow. When the Environmental Protection Agency proved relu More

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USA: 11 charging stations designed to refuel EVs with renewable energy


Hopefully in the near a future majority of vehicles will be powered by electricity. Not only will these vehicles prove to be inexpensive to fuel, but will also ensure a healthier environment. However, this move towards cleaner highways will burden the grid, which is also striving to get those extra More


Hopefully in the near a future majority of vehicles will be powered by electricity. Not only will these vehicles prove to be inexpensive to fuel, but will also ensure a healthier environment. However, this move towards cleaner highways will burden the grid, which is also striving to get those extra More

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USA: Automotive X Prize: Aptera completes the handling test, West Philly triumphs


There was less hustle and bustle at the Michigan International Speedway on Thursday, as many teams had completed the inspection and testing, and several others were offsite for a Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize press conference. But there was plenty of trackside drama.

I manned the More


There was less hustle and bustle at the Michigan International Speedway on Thursday, as many teams had completed the inspection and testing, and several others were offsite for a Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize press conference. But there was plenty of trackside drama.

I manned the More

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2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid – First Drive Review


The plug-in Prius goes much farther and faster on electricity alone, but remains a Prius in every other respect.
BY STEVE SILER
April 2010

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Photos (57) Visit Our Buyer’s Guide »Toyota Prius
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The plug-in Prius goes much farther and faster on electricity alone, but remains a Prius in every other respect.
BY STEVE SILER
April 2010

Pages: 1 Photos

Photos (57) Visit Our Buyer’s Guide »Toyota Prius
› Overview› Specifications› Price with Options More

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Los Angeles Lures Chinese Auto Firm .


LOS ANGELES—City officials persuaded Chinese auto maker and technology company BYD Co. to open its first U.S. headquarters here, as the company gears up for an expansion of renewable energy and the rollout of electric vehicles.

BYD, which is part-owned by Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican More


LOS ANGELES—City officials persuaded Chinese auto maker and technology company BYD Co. to open its first U.S. headquarters here, as the company gears up for an expansion of renewable energy and the rollout of electric vehicles.

BYD, which is part-owned by Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican More

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USA: Gulf Coast braces for an oily mess

(CNN) — The Gulf Coast braced for a greasy and unwelcome tide Thursday as the region’s largest oil spill in decades threatened the marshlands and beaches at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

“This Saturday is the first date we can go catch live bait,” said Glenn Sanchez, who runs a marina in Hopedale, Louisiana. “If this was to happen, this could just devasta More

(CNN) — The Gulf Coast braced for a greasy and unwelcome tide Thursday as the region’s largest oil spill in decades threatened the marshlands and beaches at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

“This Saturday is the first date we can go catch live bait,” said Glenn Sanchez, who runs a marina in Hopedale, Louisiana. “If this was to happen, this could just devasta More

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Nissan’s ‘Leaf’ brings jobs, electric cars to Tucson


TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – The all electric car movement ran out of gas a few years ago but it’s now being revived.

The Nissan Leaf will be launched in Tucson and four other cities in December.

Initially, Tucson will get about a thousand of the cars and a couple thousand car char More


TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – The all electric car movement ran out of gas a few years ago but it’s now being revived.

The Nissan Leaf will be launched in Tucson and four other cities in December.

Initially, Tucson will get about a thousand of the cars and a couple thousand car char More

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Research and Markets: Hybrid and Pure Electric Cars 2010-2020 – Detailed & up to Date Critical Analysis of Both Pure & Hybrid EV Cars Worldwide

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/faf576/hybrid_and_pure_el) has announced the addition of the “Hybrid And Pure Electric Cars 2010-2020” report to their offering.

Electric vehicles just became exciting. For 111 years, electric cars that rely only on a battery – “”pure EVs”” – ha More

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/faf576/hybrid_and_pure_el) has announced the addition of the “Hybrid And Pure Electric Cars 2010-2020” report to their offering.

Electric vehicles just became exciting. For 111 years, electric cars that rely only on a battery – “”pure EVs”” – ha More

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Europe: Companies Form German Network of Competence for Li-ion Batteries


Companies and research institutions encompassing the value chain for lithium-ion batteries have founded a network of competence for Li-ion batteries in Germany: Kompetenznetzwerk Lithium-Ionen-Batterien (KLiB).

The aim of the national network is to strengthen the entire value chain, from dev More


Companies and research institutions encompassing the value chain for lithium-ion batteries have founded a network of competence for Li-ion batteries in Germany: Kompetenznetzwerk Lithium-Ionen-Batterien (KLiB).

The aim of the national network is to strengthen the entire value chain, from dev More

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USA: 2011 Nissan Leaf First Drive


Given that there has been so much talk and so many wise words from so many different directions about our all-electric future, it can almost go unnoticed that the one thing no one has actually gotten around to doing is translating a single syllable into something a normal family with a normal budge More


Given that there has been so much talk and so many wise words from so many different directions about our all-electric future, it can almost go unnoticed that the one thing no one has actually gotten around to doing is translating a single syllable into something a normal family with a normal budge More

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Saft Li-ion Battery Technology Provides the Energy Storage at the Heart of ABB’s New SVC Light Concept for the Smart Grid


SVC Light With Energy Storage Will be a key Element in the Smart Grid Vital to Mitigate Potential Network Disruptions Created by Increasing Levels of Renewable Generation

Saft Li-ion (lithium-ion) battery technology is providing the energy storage at the heart of ABB’s new SVC Light con More


SVC Light With Energy Storage Will be a key Element in the Smart Grid Vital to Mitigate Potential Network Disruptions Created by Increasing Levels of Renewable Generation

Saft Li-ion (lithium-ion) battery technology is providing the energy storage at the heart of ABB’s new SVC Light con More

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Do-it-yourselfers leading charge as electric vehicles gain traction.

WENATCHEE — Look for “Lil’ Zippy,” the all-electric “Comuta-Car,” rolling along silently in this year’s Apple Blossom Parade.

It’s cute. A relic of long ago. An impish, rolling “doorstop,” with bulging headlights and wedge-shaped aerodynamics — a response to the 1970s fuel shortage that had motorists lined up for blocks, even miles, for a fill-up.

As this region More

WENATCHEE — Look for “Lil’ Zippy,” the all-electric “Comuta-Car,” rolling along silently in this year’s Apple Blossom Parade.

It’s cute. A relic of long ago. An impish, rolling “doorstop,” with bulging headlights and wedge-shaped aerodynamics — a response to the 1970s fuel shortage that had motorists lined up for blocks, even miles, for a fill-up.

As this region More

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USA: FastCharge: Power your electric car in 2.5 hours


Electric car charging is set to get a whole lot quicker — at least if Infracharge gets its way. The company, which supplies roadside charging station to London boroughs, will shortly be rolling out a new set of roadside and home charging stations that it says can recharge electric cars in as l More


Electric car charging is set to get a whole lot quicker — at least if Infracharge gets its way. The company, which supplies roadside charging station to London boroughs, will shortly be rolling out a new set of roadside and home charging stations that it says can recharge electric cars in as l More

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Automotive X Prize: Shakedown continues, drama ensues

The first day of shakedown for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize competition saw teams that made it through the technical inspection move on to performance test. And it was a humbling experience for many teams.

Having toured the garages on Tuesday, talking to the teams as they wrenched and tweaked right up to quitting time, it was hard to predict what Wednesday would bring. There More

The first day of shakedown for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize competition saw teams that made it through the technical inspection move on to performance test. And it was a humbling experience for many teams.

Having toured the garages on Tuesday, talking to the teams as they wrenched and tweaked right up to quitting time, it was hard to predict what Wednesday would bring. There More

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Nissan Leaf is the Most Popular Vehicle Launch of the Year


On the first day you could put $99 down to reserve a 2011 Nissan Leaf, 6,635 people jumped on it. This means that in one day alone, Nissan got six times more sales leads than the Ford Fiesta did in 6 days. Looking at electrics, the Nissan leaf has many times more reservations than anything Tesla or More


On the first day you could put $99 down to reserve a 2011 Nissan Leaf, 6,635 people jumped on it. This means that in one day alone, Nissan got six times more sales leads than the Ford Fiesta did in 6 days. Looking at electrics, the Nissan leaf has many times more reservations than anything Tesla or More

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Japan/Europe: Toyota Plug-in Prius Hits the Road En Masse, in Strasbourg


A pilot project for testing plug-in hybrid vehicles and smart charging tech that Toyota and French utility EDF have been developing in Strasbourg, France for nearly three years is finally ready for a large-scale demo. This week the companies said they are rolling out about 100 plug-in hybrid vehicl More


A pilot project for testing plug-in hybrid vehicles and smart charging tech that Toyota and French utility EDF have been developing in Strasbourg, France for nearly three years is finally ready for a large-scale demo. This week the companies said they are rolling out about 100 plug-in hybrid vehicl More

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New zealand: Oil demand to halve as we switch to electric cars

Demand for oil in New Zealand could almost halve in the next 20 years because of more efficient cars, electric vehicles and the use of biofuels, an energy report says.

The Ministry of Economic Development energy outlook report finds if there is high uptake of alternatives, oil demand would drop by 40 per cent.

At an oil price of US$180 ($250) per barrel and emissions price of $100 a More

Demand for oil in New Zealand could almost halve in the next 20 years because of more efficient cars, electric vehicles and the use of biofuels, an energy report says.

The Ministry of Economic Development energy outlook report finds if there is high uptake of alternatives, oil demand would drop by 40 per cent.

At an oil price of US$180 ($250) per barrel and emissions price of $100 a More

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Europe: Brussels pushes for electric cars [de] [fr]

The European Commission has approved a new strategy to promote clean and energy-efficient vehicles in the EU, primarily focusing on the role of electric cars rather than biofuel-powered vehicles.

Background
Transport accounts for 25% of CO2 emissions and 73% of all oil consumed in Europe and the global car fleet is expected to grow from 800 million to 1.6 billion vehicles by 2030, acc More

The European Commission has approved a new strategy to promote clean and energy-efficient vehicles in the EU, primarily focusing on the role of electric cars rather than biofuel-powered vehicles.

Background
Transport accounts for 25% of CO2 emissions and 73% of all oil consumed in Europe and the global car fleet is expected to grow from 800 million to 1.6 billion vehicles by 2030, acc More

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Singapore: More charging stations soon


In it, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) is looking to build up to 63 charging stations across the island, with three of them capable of quick charging. — PHOTO: RENAULT

THE drive to put electric cars on Singapore’s roads has moved up a gear, with the Government seeking proposals More


In it, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) is looking to build up to 63 charging stations across the island, with three of them capable of quick charging. — PHOTO: RENAULT

THE drive to put electric cars on Singapore’s roads has moved up a gear, with the Government seeking proposals More

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USA/Japan: Eaton, Takaoka Electric Manufacturing Company Announce Collaboration on Electric Vehicle Charging

PITTSBURGH, Apr 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation /quotes/comstock/13*!etn/quotes/nls/etn (ETN 76.88, -0.16, -0.21%) today announced that it will collaborate with Takaoka Electric Manufacturing Company, Ltd. to develop and launch DC Quick Chargers, a key component in the charging of electric vehicle (EV) battery packs. The collaboration will ena More

PITTSBURGH, Apr 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation /quotes/comstock/13*!etn/quotes/nls/etn (ETN 76.88, -0.16, -0.21%) today announced that it will collaborate with Takaoka Electric Manufacturing Company, Ltd. to develop and launch DC Quick Chargers, a key component in the charging of electric vehicle (EV) battery packs. The collaboration will ena More

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Toyota to launch plug-in hybrid in China


BEIJING (MarketWatch) — Toyota Motor Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!tm/quotes/nls/tm (TM 76.87, -0.12, -0.16%) said Friday it aims to start the trial launch of its plug-in hybrid vehicles in China.

Takeshi Uchiyamada, an executive vice president with the Japanese auto maker, said at a pre More


BEIJING (MarketWatch) — Toyota Motor Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!tm/quotes/nls/tm (TM 76.87, -0.12, -0.16%) said Friday it aims to start the trial launch of its plug-in hybrid vehicles in China.

Takeshi Uchiyamada, an executive vice president with the Japanese auto maker, said at a pre More

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Europe charts route for electric car roll-out

EU exec plans standards for charging electric cars by 2011

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* Electric safety rules in 2010, crash safety review in 2012

* Fuel efficiency rules for motorbikes due this year

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EU exec plans standards for charging electric cars by 2011

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* Electric safety rules in 2010, crash safety review in 2012

* Fuel efficiency rules for motorbikes due this year

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Renault Solar Paint Car

An environmentally friendly design car of the Renault that combines electric power and renewable energy from solar energy through nano solar paint on car. Renault 2010 Sand Jumper use the next-gen renewable energy technology and recycled,recyclable ecological materials.

Renault 2010 Sand Jumper is great looks, designed by Luis Pedro Fonseca with electric engine and on board battery rechargi More

An environmentally friendly design car of the Renault that combines electric power and renewable energy from solar energy through nano solar paint on car. Renault 2010 Sand Jumper use the next-gen renewable energy technology and recycled,recyclable ecological materials.

Renault 2010 Sand Jumper is great looks, designed by Luis Pedro Fonseca with electric engine and on board battery rechargi More

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USA: Berkeley-Stanford CleanTech Conference: Electric Car 2.0 – May 5 in

Panelists Information
Dian Grueneich | Mark Duvall | Saul Zambrano | Marc Tarpenning | Dan Mosher | Eric Wesoff | Jit Bhattacharya | Roland Hwang | Marc Gottschalk | Luka Erceg | Lee Schipper | Mike Granoff | Bob Hayden | Marianne Wu | John Boesel
Opening Keynote: 12:10 – 12:45
Dian M. Grueneich – Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission
Governor More

Panelists Information
Dian Grueneich | Mark Duvall | Saul Zambrano | Marc Tarpenning | Dan Mosher | Eric Wesoff | Jit Bhattacharya | Roland Hwang | Marc Gottschalk | Luka Erceg | Lee Schipper | Mike Granoff | Bob Hayden | Marianne Wu | John Boesel
Opening Keynote: 12:10 – 12:45
Dian M. Grueneich – Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission
Governor More

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ESC: Keynoter sketches out vision for electric cars

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In 10 years as many as a third of all new cars sold could be battery-operated electric vehicles. They will sport on-board electronics that alert drivers when batteries are low and direct them to the nearest location where they can get a charge or even swap in new batteries in the time it takes to get a fill up at a gas station.

That’s the vision of startup Better More

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In 10 years as many as a third of all new cars sold could be battery-operated electric vehicles. They will sport on-board electronics that alert drivers when batteries are low and direct them to the nearest location where they can get a charge or even swap in new batteries in the time it takes to get a fill up at a gas station.

That’s the vision of startup Better More

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How Will People Adapt to Electric Cars?

In the suddenly zooming story of electric cars, it’s the cars themselves that have tended to hog the spotlight.

Later this year, Nissan and GM will be the first to unveil their hyped first attempts at cars they hope will appeal to both America’s inner motorist and its inner environmentalist: cars that get much or all of their fuel from electricity.

But others, including t More

In the suddenly zooming story of electric cars, it’s the cars themselves that have tended to hog the spotlight.

Later this year, Nissan and GM will be the first to unveil their hyped first attempts at cars they hope will appeal to both America’s inner motorist and its inner environmentalist: cars that get much or all of their fuel from electricity.

But others, including t More

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Europe: Fraunhofer Researchers Develop Smart Charging Station

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed a smart charging station, which is a device that facilitates electric cars to recharge during low system load and utilize renewable energy sources at high load. In this manner, the full benefit of solar energy can be exploited.

The concept of electromobility can be ideal only when car batteries get charged f More

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed a smart charging station, which is a device that facilitates electric cars to recharge during low system load and utilize renewable energy sources at high load. In this manner, the full benefit of solar energy can be exploited.

The concept of electromobility can be ideal only when car batteries get charged f More

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Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Teams Arrive at Michigan International Speedway for Start of On-Track Testing

BROOKLYN, MI (April 26, 2010)—Today, 28 teams, representing 36 super fuel efficient vehicles from across the globe will begin arriving at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI to officially start on-track performance testing for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a multi-million dollar competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, production-capable, and More

BROOKLYN, MI (April 26, 2010)—Today, 28 teams, representing 36 super fuel efficient vehicles from across the globe will begin arriving at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI to officially start on-track performance testing for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a multi-million dollar competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, production-capable, and More

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