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Hire Electric Completes Largest Net Metered System in Washington State

An old water retention swale at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington now plays double duty as home to 126,000 watts of solar generating capacity and twelve electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Hire Electric’s Solar Division completed the system installation in mid November 2010. To date, this is the largest net-metered solar array in Washington state. The syst More

An old water retention swale at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington now plays double duty as home to 126,000 watts of solar generating capacity and twelve electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Hire Electric’s Solar Division completed the system installation in mid November 2010. To date, this is the largest net-metered solar array in Washington state. The syst More

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Mitsubishi set to launch plug-in hybrid SUV in 2013


Mitsubishi will launch a plug-in hybrid SUV in 2013, the head of the company’s electric vehicle business unit said.

The SUV will be similar to the Px-MiEV concept car shown at the 2009 Tokyo auto show, said Yoshikazu Nakamura, senior executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corp More


Mitsubishi will launch a plug-in hybrid SUV in 2013, the head of the company’s electric vehicle business unit said.

The SUV will be similar to the Px-MiEV concept car shown at the 2009 Tokyo auto show, said Yoshikazu Nakamura, senior executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corp More

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EV Adapt brings electric Fiat 500 to Europe


The CARe 500 is an electric version of the Fiat 500, and is now available in Europe

The CARe 500 is an electric version of the Fiat 500, and is now available in Europe
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Fiat recently announced that it will be manufacturing an electric version of its cu More


The CARe 500 is an electric version of the Fiat 500, and is now available in Europe

The CARe 500 is an electric version of the Fiat 500, and is now available in Europe
Image Gallery (7 images)

Fiat recently announced that it will be manufacturing an electric version of its cu More

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Walgreens to host EV charging stations


The eVgo Network’s initial launch in 2011 includes EV charging stations in the Houston area along highways and in high-traffic shopping and business districts.
(Credit: eVgo)

The Walgreens pharmacy chain will offer rapid-charging EV stations at 18 Houston-area stores next year, through More


The eVgo Network’s initial launch in 2011 includes EV charging stations in the Houston area along highways and in high-traffic shopping and business districts.
(Credit: eVgo)

The Walgreens pharmacy chain will offer rapid-charging EV stations at 18 Houston-area stores next year, through More

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Who Are The EV Charging Station Players?


Asked what distinguishes his company’s electric-vehicle (EV) charger, ECOtality CEO Jonathan Read, said, “The most important thing is, we are the smarter charger.” Asked the same question, Read’s counterpart at Coulomb Technologies, Richard Lowenthal, said, “We invented More


Asked what distinguishes his company’s electric-vehicle (EV) charger, ECOtality CEO Jonathan Read, said, “The most important thing is, we are the smarter charger.” Asked the same question, Read’s counterpart at Coulomb Technologies, Richard Lowenthal, said, “We invented More

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Infineon Supplies Semiconductors for Tesla’s Electric Cars

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) –Infineon Technologies AG, Europe’s second-largest chipmaker, is supplying power semiconductors for Tesla Motors Inc.’s electric cars, Chief Executive Peter Bauer told reporters last night in Frankfurt.

Tesla has incorporated Infineon’s power semiconductors in its battery-powered Roadster and is also testing them for its Model S, which is scheduled to begin p More

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) –Infineon Technologies AG, Europe’s second-largest chipmaker, is supplying power semiconductors for Tesla Motors Inc.’s electric cars, Chief Executive Peter Bauer told reporters last night in Frankfurt.

Tesla has incorporated Infineon’s power semiconductors in its battery-powered Roadster and is also testing them for its Model S, which is scheduled to begin p More

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Economies boost outlook for electric vehicles profitability

Cost has always been one of the major stumbling blocks to bringing electric vehicles with lithium ion batteries to market.

Economies boost outlook for electric vehicles profitability
The electric cars are expensive to develop and the lithium ion batteries packs are a complex new technology (at this scale and performance) and currently more expensive to build than traditional internal More

Cost has always been one of the major stumbling blocks to bringing electric vehicles with lithium ion batteries to market.

Economies boost outlook for electric vehicles profitability
The electric cars are expensive to develop and the lithium ion batteries packs are a complex new technology (at this scale and performance) and currently more expensive to build than traditional internal More

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India, China and Electric Cars

Those are the subjects that are exercising the minds of leading motor industry managers and experts if discussions at this week’s annual automotive sector conference at Barcelona’s IESE, the leading Spanish business school, are anything to go by.

By David Wilkins

Friday, 26 November 2010

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Those are the subjects that are exercising the minds of leading motor industry managers and experts if discussions at this week’s annual automotive sector conference at Barcelona’s IESE, the leading Spanish business school, are anything to go by.

By David Wilkins

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The EV Charge and Swap Stations race is on.


While all the political and technical planning is going on, states and localities are aggressively implementing an EV infrastructure to allow their constituents to be ready to plug in once they bring their EV home. They are busy working the codes…

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While all the political and technical planning is going on, states and localities are aggressively implementing an EV infrastructure to allow their constituents to be ready to plug in once they bring their EV home. They are busy working the codes…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Pres More

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Graphene-Based Supercapacitor with an Ultrahigh Energy Density

Nanotek Instruments, Inc. and ‡Angstron Materials, Inc., Dayton, Ohio 45404, United States
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, People’s Republic of China
§These authors contributed equally to this work
*Corresponding Author: Bor.Jang@NanotekInstruments.com
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Summarized in this manuscript are research More

Nanotek Instruments, Inc. and ‡Angstron Materials, Inc., Dayton, Ohio 45404, United States
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, People’s Republic of China
§These authors contributed equally to this work
*Corresponding Author: Bor.Jang@NanotekInstruments.com
Summary
Summarized in this manuscript are research More

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CARe 500 electric car priced at $32,900


The CARe 500, the electric car based on the much-loved, ultra-compact FIAT 500, will now be available at a starting price of €23,900 (USD 32,900). This price does not include batteries, which can be leased for €150 including a flat-rate fee for electricity. Alternat More


The CARe 500, the electric car based on the much-loved, ultra-compact FIAT 500, will now be available at a starting price of €23,900 (USD 32,900). This price does not include batteries, which can be leased for €150 including a flat-rate fee for electricity. Alternat More

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USA: Charging stations coming up as Asheville readies for electric cars


ASHEVILLE — Electric cars won’t be hugging curves of the Blue Ridge Parkway or sitting in traffic on Hendersonville Road until next summer, but local municipalities and businesses are getting ready for the newest vehicles to hit the road.

Cleveland-based Eaton Corp. is manufacturing e More


ASHEVILLE — Electric cars won’t be hugging curves of the Blue Ridge Parkway or sitting in traffic on Hendersonville Road until next summer, but local municipalities and businesses are getting ready for the newest vehicles to hit the road.

Cleveland-based Eaton Corp. is manufacturing e More

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Electric Cars Go Mainstream

Even though we’ve all been hoping for flying cars for decades, we’ll have to settle for electric cars for right now. But the two newest additions to the electric car family are as cool as, if not cooler than, flying cars anyway.

Motor Trend magazine named the Chevrolet Volt the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Photo: General Motors Press Photo

The Nissan LEAF will be available f More

Even though we’ve all been hoping for flying cars for decades, we’ll have to settle for electric cars for right now. But the two newest additions to the electric car family are as cool as, if not cooler than, flying cars anyway.

Motor Trend magazine named the Chevrolet Volt the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Photo: General Motors Press Photo

The Nissan LEAF will be available f More

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6,348 Get Behind Wheel During Chevy Volt Unplugged Tour


DETROIT – Nothing is more important with a new vehicle, especially a groundbreaking one like the Chevrolet Volt, than getting people to drive it. During the 12-city Volt Unplugged Tour, 6,348 consumers climbed in and took the electric vehicle with extended-range capability for a spin.

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DETROIT – Nothing is more important with a new vehicle, especially a groundbreaking one like the Chevrolet Volt, than getting people to drive it. During the 12-city Volt Unplugged Tour, 6,348 consumers climbed in and took the electric vehicle with extended-range capability for a spin.

In s More

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Charging network a goal as electric vehicles come on line


Electric vehicles, many of which will hit dealership showrooms starting next month, took center stage at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

But while wooed by the futuristic designs and promises of huge fuel savings, many tire-kickers at the show raised worries about how they would keep More


Electric vehicles, many of which will hit dealership showrooms starting next month, took center stage at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

But while wooed by the futuristic designs and promises of huge fuel savings, many tire-kickers at the show raised worries about how they would keep More

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Why “Battery Swapping” isn’t such a good idea.

http://www.evtalk.org/404/why-battery-swapping-isnt-such-a-good-idea/battery-swap/
I see comments all of the time from both EV enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts saying something to the effect that “Until we get battery swapping stations available, electric cars just won’t be practical.” Everybody seems to love the idea of swapping your battery instead of charging it. After all, its fas More

http://www.evtalk.org/404/why-battery-swapping-isnt-such-a-good-idea/battery-swap/
I see comments all of the time from both EV enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts saying something to the effect that “Until we get battery swapping stations available, electric cars just won’t be practical.” Everybody seems to love the idea of swapping your battery instead of charging it. After all, its fas More

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U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels


U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels
Aaron Favila/Associated Press

Oil tankers that were set on fire in Pakistan. The convoys that haul fuel to bases have been sitting ducks for enemy fighters.
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: October 4, 20 More


U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels
Aaron Favila/Associated Press

Oil tankers that were set on fire in Pakistan. The convoys that haul fuel to bases have been sitting ducks for enemy fighters.
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: October 4, 20 More

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Utilities prepare for electric cars

NEW YORK — The first mass-market electric cars go on sale next month, and the nation’s electric utilities couldn’t be more thrilled — or worried. Plugged into a socket, an electric car can draw as much power as a small house. The surge in demand could knock out power to a home, or even a neighborhood. That has utilities scrambling to upgrade transformers and other equipment in neig More

NEW YORK — The first mass-market electric cars go on sale next month, and the nation’s electric utilities couldn’t be more thrilled — or worried. Plugged into a socket, an electric car can draw as much power as a small house. The surge in demand could knock out power to a home, or even a neighborhood. That has utilities scrambling to upgrade transformers and other equipment in neig More

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Chevy Volt tops Prius in fuel economy rating


DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co said on Wednesday its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will carry an overall fuel economy rating of 60 miles per gallon, topping the Toyota Prius, the industry’s long-time fuel economy leader.

GM has begun to assemble the long-awaited Volt at a Detroit- More


DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co said on Wednesday its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will carry an overall fuel economy rating of 60 miles per gallon, topping the Toyota Prius, the industry’s long-time fuel economy leader.

GM has begun to assemble the long-awaited Volt at a Detroit- More

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Germany/Korea: Bosch & Samsung Partnership Opens New Li-Ion Battery Factory


ULSAN, South Korea – SB LiMotive Co. Ltd. – a since 2008 operating joint-venture of German Robert Bosch GmbH and South Korean Samsung SDI – has officially taken a new factory into operation. The Ulsan/South Korea based facility is concentrating on manufacturing lithium-ion battery cells fo More


ULSAN, South Korea – SB LiMotive Co. Ltd. – a since 2008 operating joint-venture of German Robert Bosch GmbH and South Korean Samsung SDI – has officially taken a new factory into operation. The Ulsan/South Korea based facility is concentrating on manufacturing lithium-ion battery cells fo More

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GM to Invest $163 Million, Retain 184 Jobs in Three Plants

DETROIT, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —

* Flint and Bay City, Michigan, and Defiance, Ohio Get Additional Work

* GM U.S. Investments Top $3.3 Billion; 8,000 Jobs During Recovery

* Supports Additional Engine Production for Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Future Small Chevy

General Motors today announced a $163.2-million investment in its operations in Flint and More

DETROIT, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —

* Flint and Bay City, Michigan, and Defiance, Ohio Get Additional Work

* GM U.S. Investments Top $3.3 Billion; 8,000 Jobs During Recovery

* Supports Additional Engine Production for Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Future Small Chevy

General Motors today announced a $163.2-million investment in its operations in Flint and More

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Volt receives EPA ratings and label: 93 mpg-e all-electric, 37 mpg gas-only, 60 mpg-e combined


The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its fuel economy ratings and accompanying fuel economy label for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. The dual-fuel vehicle (electricity and gasoline) is rated at 93 miles per gallon-equivalent (combined city/highway) in al More


The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its fuel economy ratings and accompanying fuel economy label for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. The dual-fuel vehicle (electricity and gasoline) is rated at 93 miles per gallon-equivalent (combined city/highway) in al More

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India: Electric Vehicles Get Government Incentives

Good news to Indian electric vehicles industry, the ministry of new and renewable energy on Monday announced a 20 per cent financial incentive on the ex-factory price of electric cars and scooters sold in the country.

As the expectations soar in the camps of Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles in India. The firm anticipates a 100% growth for Rs 95 crore incentive scheme offered by More

Good news to Indian electric vehicles industry, the ministry of new and renewable energy on Monday announced a 20 per cent financial incentive on the ex-factory price of electric cars and scooters sold in the country.

As the expectations soar in the camps of Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles in India. The firm anticipates a 100% growth for Rs 95 crore incentive scheme offered by More

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Indonisia: City Receives Eco-Friendly Electric Car From Mercedes

As one effort to overcome the transportation and air pollution problems in the capital, Jakarta capital city government has received one unit of lent electric car and a battery recharging system from PT Mercedes Benz in cooperation with PT Siemens Indonesia; which are to be used as a pilot project to prove the effectiveness of the use of zero emission cars that can utilize alternative energy sourc More

As one effort to overcome the transportation and air pollution problems in the capital, Jakarta capital city government has received one unit of lent electric car and a battery recharging system from PT Mercedes Benz in cooperation with PT Siemens Indonesia; which are to be used as a pilot project to prove the effectiveness of the use of zero emission cars that can utilize alternative energy sourc More

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Norwegian-based Think North America begins making electric cars in Elkhart ahead of schedule

ELKHART, Ind. — A Norwegian company has started making two-seat electric cars at its plant in northern Indiana and expects the first completed ones to roll off the production line in the coming days.

Think North America spokesman Brendan Prebo told The Elkhart Truth that the company plans to roll out 300 cars from the plant before the end of the year. The company originally planned to sta More

ELKHART, Ind. — A Norwegian company has started making two-seat electric cars at its plant in northern Indiana and expects the first completed ones to roll off the production line in the coming days.

Think North America spokesman Brendan Prebo told The Elkhart Truth that the company plans to roll out 300 cars from the plant before the end of the year. The company originally planned to sta More

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CODA and Essex Credit Corporation Team-Up to Finance CODA Electric Vehicles

Santa Monica, Calif., Nov. 24, 2010 – CODA Automotive, a California-based electric car and battery company, and Essex Credit Corporation, a subsidiary of Bank of the West, have reached a preliminary agreement to provide financing for customers of the 2011 CODA™ Sedan.

“CODA’s sales process eliminates the hassle most consumers have come to expect when buying a car,” said Mac He More

Santa Monica, Calif., Nov. 24, 2010 – CODA Automotive, a California-based electric car and battery company, and Essex Credit Corporation, a subsidiary of Bank of the West, have reached a preliminary agreement to provide financing for customers of the 2011 CODA™ Sedan.

“CODA’s sales process eliminates the hassle most consumers have come to expect when buying a car,” said Mac He More

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ECOtality Appoints Ravi Brar Chief Financial Officer

SAN FRANCISCO – November 23, 2010 – ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced today that Ravi Brar joined ECOtality as Chief Financial Officer on Friday, November 19, 2010. Current CFO Barry Baer will remain on as a Director for ECOtality and as a consultant to the company to assist in the transition period.

“We thank More

SAN FRANCISCO – November 23, 2010 – ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced today that Ravi Brar joined ECOtality as Chief Financial Officer on Friday, November 19, 2010. Current CFO Barry Baer will remain on as a Director for ECOtality and as a consultant to the company to assist in the transition period.

“We thank More

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“Revenge of the Electric Car” facebook site

The electric car is back! Coming in Spring 2011, this is the new documentary film about electric cars by Chris Paine, director of “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

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The electric car is back! Coming in Spring 2011, this is the new documentary film about electric cars by Chris Paine, director of “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

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Toshiba aims to apply its samarium-cobalt (SmCo) magnets

The Nikkei reports that Toshiba aims to apply its samarium-cobalt (SmCo) magnets to consumer electronics within one year and also hopes to commercialize them for electric vehicles. By using samarium, a rare-earth metal in ample supply in Australia and the US, Toshiba would avoid reliance on dysprosium, a rare-earth metal almost entirely supplied by China.

Samarium-cobalt magnets are som More

The Nikkei reports that Toshiba aims to apply its samarium-cobalt (SmCo) magnets to consumer electronics within one year and also hopes to commercialize them for electric vehicles. By using samarium, a rare-earth metal in ample supply in Australia and the US, Toshiba would avoid reliance on dysprosium, a rare-earth metal almost entirely supplied by China.

Samarium-cobalt magnets are som More

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Plug-In Electric Vehicles Gain Traction

Imagine making fewer—or zero—stops at the gas station. Instead, you simply drive home and plug your car into your house to charge up overnight. On top of that, your car emits no air pollution. Within the next decade, such fueling ease could be commonplace. New technology is just breaking into our markets and communities: plug-in electric vehicles.

Currently, drivers have two plug-in cho More

Imagine making fewer—or zero—stops at the gas station. Instead, you simply drive home and plug your car into your house to charge up overnight. On top of that, your car emits no air pollution. Within the next decade, such fueling ease could be commonplace. New technology is just breaking into our markets and communities: plug-in electric vehicles.

Currently, drivers have two plug-in cho More

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