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USA: Tesla Opens Model S Facility, Talks Model X [VIDEO]


In a ceremony yesterday attended by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially opened the factory that will be the birthplace of thousands of Model S sedans per year.

Located in Fremont, Calif., the 5.2-million-square-foot former NUMMI facility is scheduled to begin produc More


In a ceremony yesterday attended by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially opened the factory that will be the birthplace of thousands of Model S sedans per year.

Located in Fremont, Calif., the 5.2-million-square-foot former NUMMI facility is scheduled to begin produc More

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USA: Tesla reopening in Fremont is a very good thing

Nearly seven months after the last Toyota Corolla rolled of the assembly line, the venerable auto manufacturing plant along Interstate 880 is back in business.

Tesla’s reopening of the Fremont facility for the assembly of its electric cars was the first step in what could be a renaissance of old-fashioned blue-collar jobs and the emergence of 21st century clean technology.

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Nearly seven months after the last Toyota Corolla rolled of the assembly line, the venerable auto manufacturing plant along Interstate 880 is back in business.

Tesla’s reopening of the Fremont facility for the assembly of its electric cars was the first step in what could be a renaissance of old-fashioned blue-collar jobs and the emergence of 21st century clean technology.

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USA: Overcoming Range Anxiety by Jerry Pohorsky

© 2010 by Jerry Pohorsky
Having driven electric cars for over 10 years, I have developed a good feel for what the cars can do and what they can’t do. My present electric car is a 2002 Toyota RAV 4 EV that was built from the ground up as an electric car by the factory in Japan. I am very happy with this car.

The car has over 115,000 miles on the original battery pack and I dri More

© 2010 by Jerry Pohorsky
Having driven electric cars for over 10 years, I have developed a good feel for what the cars can do and what they can’t do. My present electric car is a 2002 Toyota RAV 4 EV that was built from the ground up as an electric car by the factory in Japan. I am very happy with this car.

The car has over 115,000 miles on the original battery pack and I dri More

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USA: Springfield, Missouri, City Council committee ponders electric car infrastructure

As hybrid and fully electric vehicles become more common, the phrase “filling up” could be replaced by “plugging in.”

City Council’s Finance and Administration Committee spent part of the lunch hour Friday discussing what the city needs to do to ensure that when that time comes, drivers are able to refuel away from home.
“We’re not trying to s More

As hybrid and fully electric vehicles become more common, the phrase “filling up” could be replaced by “plugging in.”

City Council’s Finance and Administration Committee spent part of the lunch hour Friday discussing what the city needs to do to ensure that when that time comes, drivers are able to refuel away from home.
“We’re not trying to s More

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China Lithium Technologies Unveils New Lithium Magic Cube Product Series at the China Import and Export Fair in Guangzho


60Ah/80Ah Lithium-Ion Battery Technology Allows Consumers to Replace Lead Acid Batteries in Automobiles With Lithium-Ion Batteries, Without Modification to the Vehicle

NEW YORK and BEIJING, Oct 28, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — China Lithium Technologies Inc. /quotes/comstock/11k! More


60Ah/80Ah Lithium-Ion Battery Technology Allows Consumers to Replace Lead Acid Batteries in Automobiles With Lithium-Ion Batteries, Without Modification to the Vehicle

NEW YORK and BEIJING, Oct 28, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — China Lithium Technologies Inc. /quotes/comstock/11k! More

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32 companies charging the Super Grid now


The super grid, the theme of VentureBeat’s next GreenBeat conference, involves a bewildering array of technologies and companies from industry behemoths like GE and Cisco to disruptive young startups. Together, they’re taking existing efforts to build a smart power grid to the next level. With b More


The super grid, the theme of VentureBeat’s next GreenBeat conference, involves a bewildering array of technologies and companies from industry behemoths like GE and Cisco to disruptive young startups. Together, they’re taking existing efforts to build a smart power grid to the next level. With b More

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USA: Sacramento Welcomes First of Hundreds of ChargePoint Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles


Coulomb Technologies today announced the installation of its ChargePoint® networked electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Sacramento as a part of its $37 million ChargePoint America program. The first Coulomb ChargePoint station is now installed at Harv’s Car Wash (1901 L Street) in Midt More


Coulomb Technologies today announced the installation of its ChargePoint® networked electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Sacramento as a part of its $37 million ChargePoint America program. The first Coulomb ChargePoint station is now installed at Harv’s Car Wash (1901 L Street) in Midt More

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Expert: Electric Cars Will Sell Faster than Hybrids

As we reported earlier this week, J.D. Power—perhaps the most respected auto market forecaster in the industry—published a lowball forecast for electric car sales in 2020. J.D. Power says that just 100,000 EVs will be sold in 10 years, a decade after the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt and other new-generation plug-in vehicles hit the market.

As Nick Chambers pointed out, J.D. Power produced it More

As we reported earlier this week, J.D. Power—perhaps the most respected auto market forecaster in the industry—published a lowball forecast for electric car sales in 2020. J.D. Power says that just 100,000 EVs will be sold in 10 years, a decade after the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt and other new-generation plug-in vehicles hit the market.

As Nick Chambers pointed out, J.D. Power produced it More

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Mitsubishi to unveil the i-MiEV car in LA auto show next month


Mitsubishi has finally declared on Twitter’s US version that the company will be unveiling the 2011 i-MiEV at 2010 Los Angeles auto show that is scheduled to be conducted next month. In fact, i MiEV is the zero emission vehicles. When considering carbon dioxide emissions at power plants which gen More


Mitsubishi has finally declared on Twitter’s US version that the company will be unveiling the 2011 i-MiEV at 2010 Los Angeles auto show that is scheduled to be conducted next month. In fact, i MiEV is the zero emission vehicles. When considering carbon dioxide emissions at power plants which gen More

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USA: Electric car purchase to jolt industry

General Electric may jump-start the electric-vehicle industry with an order that CEO Jeffrey Immelt said will be the largest in history.

GE, whose power-generation equipment provides a third of the world’s electricity, will order “tens of thousands” of the vehicles in about a week, Immelt said in a speech in London, without giving a total or identifying a manufacturer.

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General Electric may jump-start the electric-vehicle industry with an order that CEO Jeffrey Immelt said will be the largest in history.

GE, whose power-generation equipment provides a third of the world’s electricity, will order “tens of thousands” of the vehicles in about a week, Immelt said in a speech in London, without giving a total or identifying a manufacturer.

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Electric Car Drives 375 Miles at 55 mph, Recharges In 6 Minutes

We all know that battery packs are the weakest link in electric vehicles. Not only are they heavy and expensive, but they take a long time to recharge and on average can only provide around 100 miles per charge.

A German-based company has changed all that with a new vehicle capable of driving up to 375 miles at moderate highway speeds.

That’s roughly the equivalent of driving f More

We all know that battery packs are the weakest link in electric vehicles. Not only are they heavy and expensive, but they take a long time to recharge and on average can only provide around 100 miles per charge.

A German-based company has changed all that with a new vehicle capable of driving up to 375 miles at moderate highway speeds.

That’s roughly the equivalent of driving f More

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UK: Extended EV Range With Under-Road Charging

The world’s first market-ready wireless charging system for electric cars has been launched in London.

The system, launched by start-up business, HaloIPT, part-owned by the global design consultancy ARUP, promises secure and simple on-street charging and could eventually increase EV range by ‘electrifying’ motorways such as the M25.

The charging system – which depends on prin More

The world’s first market-ready wireless charging system for electric cars has been launched in London.

The system, launched by start-up business, HaloIPT, part-owned by the global design consultancy ARUP, promises secure and simple on-street charging and could eventually increase EV range by ‘electrifying’ motorways such as the M25.

The charging system – which depends on prin More

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GM to repay taxpayers $2.1 billion as prepares for IPO


(Reuters) – In a series of moves that pave the way for an IPO and strengthen its finances, General Motors Co GM.UL said on Thursday it would repay $2.1 billion to U.S. taxpayers and make early payments to pension and retiree health plans.

The announcement comes just days before banke More


(Reuters) – In a series of moves that pave the way for an IPO and strengthen its finances, General Motors Co GM.UL said on Thursday it would repay $2.1 billion to U.S. taxpayers and make early payments to pension and retiree health plans.

The announcement comes just days before banke More

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Ford, Chevrolet To Debut Electric Vehicles In Raleigh



RALEIGH – Both Chevrolet and Ford are giving members of the public a chance to examine and drive electric vehicles next week in Raleigh.

As part of the Chevrolet Volt Unplugged to More



RALEIGH – Both Chevrolet and Ford are giving members of the public a chance to examine and drive electric vehicles next week in Raleigh.

As part of the Chevrolet Volt Unplugged to More

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Of Course GE Will Order ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle technology is exciting, but expensive. For example, according to current pricing estimates you’d have to drive the new Nissan Leaf over 167,000 miles before you break even on energy saving costs compared to the Hyundai Elantra, even with the big government credit. Yet, according to news today General Electric plans to buy “tens of thousands” of electric vehicles More

Electric vehicle technology is exciting, but expensive. For example, according to current pricing estimates you’d have to drive the new Nissan Leaf over 167,000 miles before you break even on energy saving costs compared to the Hyundai Elantra, even with the big government credit. Yet, according to news today General Electric plans to buy “tens of thousands” of electric vehicles More

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Nissan Leaf: The Top Products of 2010


Brilliant Idea: A pure EV with space for five, a moderate price and enough range for most tasks—plus, an operating cost that’s irresistibly low.

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September 28, 2010 12:00 AM Text Size: A . A . A It’s not the first pure EV, but the Leaf is More


Brilliant Idea: A pure EV with space for five, a moderate price and enough range for most tasks—plus, an operating cost that’s irresistibly low.

By The Editors Email Print RSS Share
September 28, 2010 12:00 AM Text Size: A . A . A It’s not the first pure EV, but the Leaf is More

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China ‘to focus on promoting electric cars’

BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese authorities have agreed to promote electric cars to address the country’s intensifying energy and pollution concerns, as auto sales surge, an official said Thursday.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and other government agencies have studied the future of China’s auto industry, Zhu Hongren, the ministry’s spokesman, told reporte More

BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese authorities have agreed to promote electric cars to address the country’s intensifying energy and pollution concerns, as auto sales surge, an official said Thursday.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and other government agencies have studied the future of China’s auto industry, Zhu Hongren, the ministry’s spokesman, told reporte More

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USA/Japan: Tesla, Toyota in Talks on Electric RAV4 Assembly Plans

Tesla a maker of electric cars backed by Toyota Motor Corp., said the two companies are considering whether to build battery-powered RAV4 sport-utility models at the U.S. automaker’s California plant.

“We’re discussing that with Toyota,” said Gilbert Passin, Tesla’s vice president of manufacturing. “Stay tuned.”

Toyota, after buying a $50 million stake in Tesla this More

Tesla a maker of electric cars backed by Toyota Motor Corp., said the two companies are considering whether to build battery-powered RAV4 sport-utility models at the U.S. automaker’s California plant.

“We’re discussing that with Toyota,” said Gilbert Passin, Tesla’s vice president of manufacturing. “Stay tuned.”

Toyota, after buying a $50 million stake in Tesla this More

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USA: MTC Announces Grants For Electric Cabs, Battery Stations In SF


The Metropolitan Transportation Commission today announced $14 million in grants for electric vehicle projects in San Jose and across the Bay Area.

The announcement was made by representatives from the Bay Area Climate Collaborative at a news conference this afternoon at San Jose City Hall, w More


The Metropolitan Transportation Commission today announced $14 million in grants for electric vehicle projects in San Jose and across the Bay Area.

The announcement was made by representatives from the Bay Area Climate Collaborative at a news conference this afternoon at San Jose City Hall, w More

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Consumer Reports: 39% of consumers will consider a hybrid or plug-in for next car [w/poll]

Recently, Consumer Reports conducted a random, nationwide survey of 1,700 vehicle owners. Questions focused on green vehicle technologies and buyer motivation. The survey aimed to uncover what motivate buyers to consider buying a green vehicle for their next car. CR is still analyzing the findings, but has released some early numbers:

51 percent of those surveyed say that being green plays More

Recently, Consumer Reports conducted a random, nationwide survey of 1,700 vehicle owners. Questions focused on green vehicle technologies and buyer motivation. The survey aimed to uncover what motivate buyers to consider buying a green vehicle for their next car. CR is still analyzing the findings, but has released some early numbers:

51 percent of those surveyed say that being green plays More

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Chevy Volt Doesn’t Qualify for HOV Lane or $5,000 Rebate in California


The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid does not qualify for the California $5,000 tax rebate for zero-emissions cars. According to the California Air Resources Board, the Chevrolet Volt is an ultra low emissions vehicle, which sounds great but is actually an average rating, given to 55% of all new vehic More


The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid does not qualify for the California $5,000 tax rebate for zero-emissions cars. According to the California Air Resources Board, the Chevrolet Volt is an ultra low emissions vehicle, which sounds great but is actually an average rating, given to 55% of all new vehic More

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India/China: Mahindra to launch Reva in China

Mahindra & Mahindra, the India’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer is planning to launch the electric car Reva in the Chinese market by next year. M&M bought 55% stake in Bangalore based Reva Electric Car manufacturing company earlier this year. Reva is also the world’s largest electric car manufacturer as of now.

Due to the sudden rise in demand for environmental friendly More

Mahindra & Mahindra, the India’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer is planning to launch the electric car Reva in the Chinese market by next year. M&M bought 55% stake in Bangalore based Reva Electric Car manufacturing company earlier this year. Reva is also the world’s largest electric car manufacturer as of now.

Due to the sudden rise in demand for environmental friendly More

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New Zealand Company Launches First Wireless Electric Car Charger


A New Zealand company has launched the world’s first wireless technology which allows parked or moving electric cars to charge automatically.

HaloIPT, a UK based company, is owned by Auckland UniServices Ltd and Ove Arup & Partners.

The company is the first in the world to b More


A New Zealand company has launched the world’s first wireless technology which allows parked or moving electric cars to charge automatically.

HaloIPT, a UK based company, is owned by Auckland UniServices Ltd and Ove Arup & Partners.

The company is the first in the world to b More

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New Anode Material Increases Li-ion Battery Capacity By 30 Percent


With the increasing power and features of new smartphones, battery life has been an issue that manufacturers have yet to address. Now a Japanese group of researchers have developed a new oxide negative-electrode material that can enhance the capacity, lower the cost and increase the life of lithium- More


With the increasing power and features of new smartphones, battery life has been an issue that manufacturers have yet to address. Now a Japanese group of researchers have developed a new oxide negative-electrode material that can enhance the capacity, lower the cost and increase the life of lithium- More

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USA: Detroit’s clean, green auto machine revs up

Businesses built around sustainability are showing some of the greatest promise to grow in Metro Detroit. That includes everything from exporting components to wind turbines to building the next electric-hybrid car.

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General Motors and Ford are now hiring hundreds of engineers to work on hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2012 F More

Businesses built around sustainability are showing some of the greatest promise to grow in Metro Detroit. That includes everything from exporting components to wind turbines to building the next electric-hybrid car.

Excerpt:

General Motors and Ford are now hiring hundreds of engineers to work on hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2012 F More

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Japan/China: Toyota To Road-Test Prius Plug-In Hybrid In Tianjin


NAGOYA (Nikkei)–Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) said Thursday that its Prius Plug-in Hybrid will hit the streets of the Chinese city of Tianjin this year for testing under real-world conditions.

Toyota will debut the Prius Plug-in Hybrid in early 2012. Partnering with the government-affiliat More


NAGOYA (Nikkei)–Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) said Thursday that its Prius Plug-in Hybrid will hit the streets of the Chinese city of Tianjin this year for testing under real-world conditions.

Toyota will debut the Prius Plug-in Hybrid in early 2012. Partnering with the government-affiliat More

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USA: Tesla Model S Manufacturing Plant Opens Doors [Tesla Model S Electric Car Plant to Be Housed in Fremont, California


Electric car company, Tesla officially opened the doors to their new California plant just a few months after the building had been shuttered. Tesla’s Model S will be produced in the plant that served for the last 16 years as a manufacturing facility for New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI).

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Electric car company, Tesla officially opened the doors to their new California plant just a few months after the building had been shuttered. Tesla’s Model S will be produced in the plant that served for the last 16 years as a manufacturing facility for New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI).

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Japan: Sanyo to shift new battery plant into overdrive


Sanyo Electric Co. has announced plans to boost the production capacity for lithium-ion batteries at its newly built plant in Kasai, Hyogo Prefecture, tenfold by 2015.

The plant, which began operations in July, is on track to achieve its initial production target of 1 million lithium-ion bat More


Sanyo Electric Co. has announced plans to boost the production capacity for lithium-ion batteries at its newly built plant in Kasai, Hyogo Prefecture, tenfold by 2015.

The plant, which began operations in July, is on track to achieve its initial production target of 1 million lithium-ion bat More

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USA: Plug In America Urges “No” Votes on CA Props 23 and 26,

We’re just a week away from another historic election, so Plug In America wants to update you on plug-in election issues that could significantly affect electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Two key propositions are on the California ballot, both of which impact plug-in vehicles in a very negative way. In case you just want the quick answer, vote NO on Props 23 and 26. Then review ou More

We’re just a week away from another historic election, so Plug In America wants to update you on plug-in election issues that could significantly affect electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Two key propositions are on the California ballot, both of which impact plug-in vehicles in a very negative way. In case you just want the quick answer, vote NO on Props 23 and 26. Then review ou More

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USA: Nissan Drive Tour in San Jose, CA this weekend


Tour stop dates and hours

*drive electric tour dates and hours may vary than that of the event/venue dates and hours.

Friday, October 29: 7am-6pm
Saturday, October 30: 8am-6pm
Sunday, October 31: 8am-5pm

address
Almaden/Woz Parking Lot

253 Woz Way More


Tour stop dates and hours

*drive electric tour dates and hours may vary than that of the event/venue dates and hours.

Friday, October 29: 7am-6pm
Saturday, October 30: 8am-6pm
Sunday, October 31: 8am-5pm

address
Almaden/Woz Parking Lot

253 Woz Way More

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