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USA: Finally: Draft EPA Stickers for New Plug-Ins — And All Cars

In advertisements, fuel economy numbers are the ones that count. In auto showrooms, the window stickers explain these numbers. These stickers are absolutely critical to plug-in cars’ prospects in the marketplace, and have been a long time coming. We’ve had five years of excitement about the100+MPG cars we could someday drive –now they’re about to arrive! So the US Environme More

In advertisements, fuel economy numbers are the ones that count. In auto showrooms, the window stickers explain these numbers. These stickers are absolutely critical to plug-in cars’ prospects in the marketplace, and have been a long time coming. We’ve had five years of excitement about the100+MPG cars we could someday drive –now they’re about to arrive! So the US Environme More

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USA: Climate Policy and West Coast Transportation

Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:00 AM –
Friday, September 17, 2010 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Stanford University, McCaw Hall
Palo Alto, California
United States

The West Coast Corridor Coalition proudly presents this timely conference on climate policy and west coast transportation and invites your active participation. We have assembled an impressive roster of More

Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:00 AM –
Friday, September 17, 2010 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Stanford University, McCaw Hall
Palo Alto, California
United States

The West Coast Corridor Coalition proudly presents this timely conference on climate policy and west coast transportation and invites your active participation. We have assembled an impressive roster of More

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USA: Nissan LEAF Ordering Starts Today, “Minor Hiccups” Overcome

If you’ve been waiting for the Nissan LEAF for the better part of three years, today might just be the day you get to satisfy your longstanding car-crush. A small group of LEAF reservation holders in the five initial launch markets of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Tennessee will finally be able to request a quote from a local dealer and get their place in line. And, even if you More

If you’ve been waiting for the Nissan LEAF for the better part of three years, today might just be the day you get to satisfy your longstanding car-crush. A small group of LEAF reservation holders in the five initial launch markets of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Tennessee will finally be able to request a quote from a local dealer and get their place in line. And, even if you More

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USA: Bill granting carpool stickers to plug-in hybrids signed into law

Coming eventually to a diamond lane near you: 40,000 plug-in hybrids that will be eligible for carpool stickers starting in 2012.

A bill signed into law late Monday night by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, SB 535, also extends the current carpool perk for hybrids by six months, until July 1, 2011.

The governor had already signed AB 1500, which extended until Jan. 1, 2015, the current car More

Coming eventually to a diamond lane near you: 40,000 plug-in hybrids that will be eligible for carpool stickers starting in 2012.

A bill signed into law late Monday night by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, SB 535, also extends the current carpool perk for hybrids by six months, until July 1, 2011.

The governor had already signed AB 1500, which extended until Jan. 1, 2015, the current car More

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USA: Proterra supplies electric buses to S. California transit agency

Three electric buses made by Proterra Inc. at its Golden prototype manufacturing plant will start carrying passengers in the Los Angeles area on Sept. 7, the company announced Tuesday.

It’s the first commercial deployment of Proterra’s electric buses, according to the company.

The three EcoRide BE35 buses, plus two charging stations, are a $5.6 million order from Foothill Transit More

Three electric buses made by Proterra Inc. at its Golden prototype manufacturing plant will start carrying passengers in the Los Angeles area on Sept. 7, the company announced Tuesday.

It’s the first commercial deployment of Proterra’s electric buses, according to the company.

The three EcoRide BE35 buses, plus two charging stations, are a $5.6 million order from Foothill Transit More

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USA: Berkeley Lab researchers present on energy applications

In the opening scene of the famous 1967 movie The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock, at a party to celebrate his new degree, is given one word of advice for his future: “Plastics.” Were young Benjamin to be receiving that advice today the word might well have been: “Batteries.”

Economic forecasters say that the market for advanced batteries that can power electric, hybri More

In the opening scene of the famous 1967 movie The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock, at a party to celebrate his new degree, is given one word of advice for his future: “Plastics.” Were young Benjamin to be receiving that advice today the word might well have been: “Batteries.”

Economic forecasters say that the market for advanced batteries that can power electric, hybri More

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Grid-Scale Energy Storage Market to Reach $35 Billion by 2020, According to Pike Research

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The stationary energy storage sector will play an increasingly larger role in the electricity grid of the future. Demand is being driven by several key trends including the proliferation of renewable energy from variable sources such as wind and solar, the expansion of utility smart grid initiatives, and the introduction of plug-in hybrid and electric ve More

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The stationary energy storage sector will play an increasingly larger role in the electricity grid of the future. Demand is being driven by several key trends including the proliferation of renewable energy from variable sources such as wind and solar, the expansion of utility smart grid initiatives, and the introduction of plug-in hybrid and electric ve More

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USA: Ford’s Electric Future


Back at the beginning of the 80′s, Ford set out to build a true “World Car”–the Escort–a version of which was to appear on every continent on Earth, making it a global vehicle in a way that hadn’t been earnestly attempted since the Model T. Though I continue to drive a Ford Escort ( More


Back at the beginning of the 80′s, Ford set out to build a true “World Car”–the Escort–a version of which was to appear on every continent on Earth, making it a global vehicle in a way that hadn’t been earnestly attempted since the Model T. Though I continue to drive a Ford Escort ( More

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USA/Japan: Tesla Roadster qualifies for Japan EV rebates

(Reuters) – U.S. electric car startup Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) said it has qualified for the Japanese government’s clean energy cash rebate programme, knocking off up to 3.24 million yen ($38,490) from the price of its Roadster.

The zero-emission sports car, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) in less than four seconds, costs more than 12.8 milli More

(Reuters) – U.S. electric car startup Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) said it has qualified for the Japanese government’s clean energy cash rebate programme, knocking off up to 3.24 million yen ($38,490) from the price of its Roadster.

The zero-emission sports car, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) in less than four seconds, costs more than 12.8 milli More

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Japan/USA: Hawaii signs electric car partnership agreement with Nissan


Hawaii has signed an agreement to partner with Nissan North America to promote the use of electric vehicles and infrastructure in Hawaii.

The partnership between Hawaii and Nissan was announced at a press conference at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, which started Tuesday and More


Hawaii has signed an agreement to partner with Nissan North America to promote the use of electric vehicles and infrastructure in Hawaii.

The partnership between Hawaii and Nissan was announced at a press conference at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, which started Tuesday and More

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Travelling across Canada in an e-car

An old 1972 VW Beetle is expected to be the first electric-powered car to cross Canada from one end to the other when it arrives in Halifax on Friday.

The car, bought from an online classified site, was transformed by a group of engineering students from the University of British Columbia (UBC), who are now on a national tour with their creation.

Ricky Gu, one of the students and the More

An old 1972 VW Beetle is expected to be the first electric-powered car to cross Canada from one end to the other when it arrives in Halifax on Friday.

The car, bought from an online classified site, was transformed by a group of engineering students from the University of British Columbia (UBC), who are now on a national tour with their creation.

Ricky Gu, one of the students and the More

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USA: Boston developers charged up


A real estate investor is trying to jump-start the electric-car industry by opening Boston’s first public “charging station.”

Dinosaur Capital Partners has reached a deal with Exxon Mobil Corp. to buy an abandoned Mobil station at the tip of the historic Bulfinch Triangle near North Sta More


A real estate investor is trying to jump-start the electric-car industry by opening Boston’s first public “charging station.”

Dinosaur Capital Partners has reached a deal with Exxon Mobil Corp. to buy an abandoned Mobil station at the tip of the historic Bulfinch Triangle near North Sta More

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USA/Europe: Electric Mercedes A-Class to Debut at Paris Auto Show Using Tesla Battery Tech

The A-Class has finally come of age! Mercedes has confirmed that it will show the production version of its all-electric A-Class concept at the Paris Motor Show, alongside the firm’s new CLS.

Called the E-Cell, 500 cars will be built at first and will go on trial in Europe next year. The trial will be used to build-up a bank of data about how drivers use electric cars, much like BMW is d More

The A-Class has finally come of age! Mercedes has confirmed that it will show the production version of its all-electric A-Class concept at the Paris Motor Show, alongside the firm’s new CLS.

Called the E-Cell, 500 cars will be built at first and will go on trial in Europe next year. The trial will be used to build-up a bank of data about how drivers use electric cars, much like BMW is d More

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Japan/MidEast: Nissan hope for Masdar car link


Nissan is looking to bring the world’s first mass-market electric car to the UAE and is hoping for a partnership with Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Government’s clean-energy company to do it.

By December, Nissan will begin selling the Leaf, an all-electric hatchback with a range of 160km, in the More


Nissan is looking to bring the world’s first mass-market electric car to the UAE and is hoping for a partnership with Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Government’s clean-energy company to do it.

By December, Nissan will begin selling the Leaf, an all-electric hatchback with a range of 160km, in the More

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USA/China: GM’s Volt heads for China, but as a Chevy-not a Buick after all


Ceremonial handshakes offer photo opportunities the world over, and so it is with the arrival of the first running Volt range-extended electric car in China.

And despite earlier reports–including ours–to the contrary, General Motors plans to sell the car as a Chevrolet, rather than as a More


Ceremonial handshakes offer photo opportunities the world over, and so it is with the arrival of the first running Volt range-extended electric car in China.

And despite earlier reports–including ours–to the contrary, General Motors plans to sell the car as a Chevrolet, rather than as a More

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USA: Nissan to take orders for its Leaf electric car starting tomorrow


Word on the street is that Nissan will start taking orders tomorrow for the hotly anticipated Leaf, the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle priced low enough for the general consumer.

The automaker has been accepting reservations for a refundable fee of $99, and already has 18,000 More


Word on the street is that Nissan will start taking orders tomorrow for the hotly anticipated Leaf, the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle priced low enough for the general consumer.

The automaker has been accepting reservations for a refundable fee of $99, and already has 18,000 More

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USA: Leaf Models, Options, Features, Prices …

Nissan LEAF SV: MSRP $32,780 (mod : Invoice – $31,393)
Well-equipped high technology features with surprising customer convenience items, including:
• All-New Dedicated EV Platform
• Laminated 24 kWh Lithium Ion Battery
• 3.3 kW Onboard Charger
• Portable Trickle Charge Cable (120V)
• Standard Charge Port (240V)
• Navigation System
More

Nissan LEAF SV: MSRP $32,780 (mod : Invoice – $31,393)
Well-equipped high technology features with surprising customer convenience items, including:
• All-New Dedicated EV Platform
• Laminated 24 kWh Lithium Ion Battery
• 3.3 kW Onboard Charger
• Portable Trickle Charge Cable (120V)
• Standard Charge Port (240V)
• Navigation System
More

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Electric Vehicles to Advance in China with Help from New Alliance between Eaton, IBM, AECOM, Beiqi Foton and Other Technology Leaders

Date: August 30, 2010

Electric Vehicles to Advance in China with Help from New Alliance between Eaton, IBM, AECOM, Beiqi Foton and Other Technology Leaders
BEIJING … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced the formation of an alliance to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles in cities across China. NESTIA, the New Energy Sustainable Transport More

Date: August 30, 2010

Electric Vehicles to Advance in China with Help from New Alliance between Eaton, IBM, AECOM, Beiqi Foton and Other Technology Leaders
BEIJING … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced the formation of an alliance to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles in cities across China. NESTIA, the New Energy Sustainable Transport More

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Frost & Sullivan: Electric Vehicles Fuelling Demand for Battery Technology and Supply

LONDON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ — The batteries used to propel electric vehicles (EVs) can be derived from one of several chemistries, including lead acid, nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium-ion (Li-ion). The rapidly developing and evolving market for EVs is boosting demand for new battery technologies and greater supply. The EV industry has developed quickly, after decades of slow develo More

LONDON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ — The batteries used to propel electric vehicles (EVs) can be derived from one of several chemistries, including lead acid, nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium-ion (Li-ion). The rapidly developing and evolving market for EVs is boosting demand for new battery technologies and greater supply. The EV industry has developed quickly, after decades of slow develo More

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Japan’s taxi firms introducing all-electric fleets

Impressed by the success of the Better Place experiment with electric taxis in the city of Tokyo, an increasing number of Japan’s taxi operators are adopting electric vehicles (EVs).

Nissan Motor Co. has received advance orders for around 6,000 orders for its Leaf electric car, which will go on sale in Japan in December, with several hundred of those orders from taxi companies. Mitsub More

Impressed by the success of the Better Place experiment with electric taxis in the city of Tokyo, an increasing number of Japan’s taxi operators are adopting electric vehicles (EVs).

Nissan Motor Co. has received advance orders for around 6,000 orders for its Leaf electric car, which will go on sale in Japan in December, with several hundred of those orders from taxi companies. Mitsub More

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USA: Costco’s New Electric Car Opportunity

Will new legislation get the big box retailer to invest in electric car charging stations again?

I love my 160-gig iPod Classic, but my kids tell me it’s a dinosaur. The darned thing must be three or four years old. The situation with instantly obsolete electronics is roughly analogous to that of electric car chargers. If they’re a few years old, they’re dumb doorstops, f More

Will new legislation get the big box retailer to invest in electric car charging stations again?

I love my 160-gig iPod Classic, but my kids tell me it’s a dinosaur. The darned thing must be three or four years old. The situation with instantly obsolete electronics is roughly analogous to that of electric car chargers. If they’re a few years old, they’re dumb doorstops, f More

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Companies, Governments See an Electric-Vehicle Revolution

With mainstream automakers such as Chevrolet and Nissan set to release electric vehicles into the market, interest in electric cars is on the rise among Americans.

Almost half of all interviewees participating in a Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) survey said that they would look into and test-drive an electric car.

Overall consumer knowledge about electric cars is still rathe More

With mainstream automakers such as Chevrolet and Nissan set to release electric vehicles into the market, interest in electric cars is on the rise among Americans.

Almost half of all interviewees participating in a Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) survey said that they would look into and test-drive an electric car.

Overall consumer knowledge about electric cars is still rathe More

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USA: Electric carmaker Tesla to open D.C. store

A luxury car dealership and service station is on its way to downtown Washington, but don’t expect to get your oil changed there.

This Story
Electric carmaker Tesla to open D.C. store
Slow to start up, Tesla electrifies
The Deadly Silence of the Electric Car
Small Firms Take Big Electric Leap
Tesla and Tata Race Into a Future They Could Dominate
A More

A luxury car dealership and service station is on its way to downtown Washington, but don’t expect to get your oil changed there.

This Story
Electric carmaker Tesla to open D.C. store
Slow to start up, Tesla electrifies
The Deadly Silence of the Electric Car
Small Firms Take Big Electric Leap
Tesla and Tata Race Into a Future They Could Dominate
A More

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Electric cars can succeed in oil-rich states: Ghosn

ABU DHABI — Electric cars can be successful in Gulf countries and other oil-rich states, but only with initial government help, the president and CEO of Nissan and Renault said on Monday in Abu Dhabi.

“Yes, I think it can,” Carlos Ghosn said when asked if the electric car could be successful in oil-producing countries, adding that “it will depend on how much initial supp More

ABU DHABI — Electric cars can be successful in Gulf countries and other oil-rich states, but only with initial government help, the president and CEO of Nissan and Renault said on Monday in Abu Dhabi.

“Yes, I think it can,” Carlos Ghosn said when asked if the electric car could be successful in oil-producing countries, adding that “it will depend on how much initial supp More

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Your Car Would Have to Get 70 MPG to Be as Clean as an Electric Car, Study Finds

Are electric cars less catastrophic for our future climate than gasoline cars? Well, duh. But, here’s another study carefully poring over the evidence and showing it to be the case. At least for Europe.

A team of Empa scientists made a detailed life cycle assessment of the current state of the art lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in electric vehicles, and published it in the scientific More

Are electric cars less catastrophic for our future climate than gasoline cars? Well, duh. But, here’s another study carefully poring over the evidence and showing it to be the case. At least for Europe.

A team of Empa scientists made a detailed life cycle assessment of the current state of the art lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in electric vehicles, and published it in the scientific More

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USA: Nissan to take orders for its Leaf electric car starting tomorrow


Word on the street is that Nissan will start taking orders tomorrow for the hotly anticipated Leaf, the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle priced low enough for the general consumer.

The automaker has been accepting reservations for a refundable fee of $99, and already has 18,000 More


Word on the street is that Nissan will start taking orders tomorrow for the hotly anticipated Leaf, the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle priced low enough for the general consumer.

The automaker has been accepting reservations for a refundable fee of $99, and already has 18,000 More

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Nissan Exec Predicts Global Auto Sales of 70M This Year; Market Led by China

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — Global auto sales are expected to reach 70 million units this year, as China continues to lead the new car market, a senior executive with Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. said.

In 2009, global auto sales only reached 60.99 million units due to the global economic downturn, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) More

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — Global auto sales are expected to reach 70 million units this year, as China continues to lead the new car market, a senior executive with Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. said.

In 2009, global auto sales only reached 60.99 million units due to the global economic downturn, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) More

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USA: ODOT seeks federal grant to establish statewide network of electric cars and charging stations

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Plug-in electric cars in Lakewood, Shaker Heights and Oberlin?

They could be humming along area streets if the Ohio Department of Transportation receives a $11.3 million federal grant to “electrify Ohio’s transportation system” by establishing a statewide network of the vehicles.

Share ODOT would place 136 electric vehicles and more than 80 More

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Plug-in electric cars in Lakewood, Shaker Heights and Oberlin?

They could be humming along area streets if the Ohio Department of Transportation receives a $11.3 million federal grant to “electrify Ohio’s transportation system” by establishing a statewide network of the vehicles.

Share ODOT would place 136 electric vehicles and more than 80 More

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USA: Portland Launches Electric Car Future

Portland this week quietly hosted two separate national electric car launches likely to change the face of auto travel in America.
On Tuesday, Ford Motor Company and PGE offered media test-drives of their new plug-in Ford Focus Electric, at the Portland State University Urban Center.
Nissan countered with the Leaf, feted at a ceremony Thursday featuring Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
Both More

Portland this week quietly hosted two separate national electric car launches likely to change the face of auto travel in America.
On Tuesday, Ford Motor Company and PGE offered media test-drives of their new plug-in Ford Focus Electric, at the Portland State University Urban Center.
Nissan countered with the Leaf, feted at a ceremony Thursday featuring Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
Both More

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Plug-In Hybrid Conversions Could Equal 100 MPG

LITTLETON, Colo. — Imagine driving 700 miles on just one tank of gas. That’s what Ray Flesher says he’s been able to accomplish ever since he converted his 2005 Toyota Prius to a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

“I’ve had this car for five years and have driven it 60,000 miles. Originally, I was getting as much as 52 miles per gallon. Now, I’m getting 97 miles per More

LITTLETON, Colo. — Imagine driving 700 miles on just one tank of gas. That’s what Ray Flesher says he’s been able to accomplish ever since he converted his 2005 Toyota Prius to a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

“I’ve had this car for five years and have driven it 60,000 miles. Originally, I was getting as much as 52 miles per gallon. Now, I’m getting 97 miles per More

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