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GM leads Nissan in December electric car sales as supply trickles in

Chevy’s electric hybrid vehicle, the Volt, beat out the cheaper Nissan Leaf in electric car sales in the last month of 2010 as each manufacturer struggled to keep up with demand for their newest rides, the Associated Press reported today.

The Volt went into production in mid-November and hit dealerships a few weeks later, just in time to compete with the Nissan Leaf. So far it looks like More

Chevy’s electric hybrid vehicle, the Volt, beat out the cheaper Nissan Leaf in electric car sales in the last month of 2010 as each manufacturer struggled to keep up with demand for their newest rides, the Associated Press reported today.

The Volt went into production in mid-November and hit dealerships a few weeks later, just in time to compete with the Nissan Leaf. So far it looks like More

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CHAdeMO-equipped quick-chargers to be the standard in America


With the whole world taking steps to ensure a greener and cleaner world for our future generation, one of the forerunners of this movement is using cars that run on electricity. Such cars emit no harmful gasses into the air, and don’t waste any precious fuels made from the world More


With the whole world taking steps to ensure a greener and cleaner world for our future generation, one of the forerunners of this movement is using cars that run on electricity. Such cars emit no harmful gasses into the air, and don’t waste any precious fuels made from the world More

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Projects in 2010 took aim at cleantech’s chicken-and-egg dilemma


Green technologies can face expensive and complicated chicken-and-egg questions when it comes to infrastructure. Which comes first, the electric car or the charging station? The wind farm or the transmission lines? There have been some notable efforts this year by companies to take the first leap. Her More


Green technologies can face expensive and complicated chicken-and-egg questions when it comes to infrastructure. Which comes first, the electric car or the charging station? The wind farm or the transmission lines? There have been some notable efforts this year by companies to take the first leap. Her More

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50,000 Waiting for Electric Cars

Electric car sales remained anemic in 2010, as auto-makers continue to ramp up production. However, an estimated 50,000 people are waiting to by cars like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

DETROIT (AP) — This was the year General Motors Co. and Nissan made good on their promise to bring mass-produced electric cars to the market. But don’t count on seeing one in traffic soon. Sales More

Electric car sales remained anemic in 2010, as auto-makers continue to ramp up production. However, an estimated 50,000 people are waiting to by cars like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

DETROIT (AP) — This was the year General Motors Co. and Nissan made good on their promise to bring mass-produced electric cars to the market. But don’t count on seeing one in traffic soon. Sales More

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Azure: Can an Innovator Accelerate?


High-tech start-ups in the vehicle business face some tall obstacles, among them a skeptical, century-old automotive establishment and pragmatic customers reluctant to experiment with expensive new technology.

Azure Dynamics, a fledgling maker of hybrid vehicles based in Oak Park, Mich., is making headway More


High-tech start-ups in the vehicle business face some tall obstacles, among them a skeptical, century-old automotive establishment and pragmatic customers reluctant to experiment with expensive new technology.

Azure Dynamics, a fledgling maker of hybrid vehicles based in Oak Park, Mich., is making headway More

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EV Veteran Calls for Faster Shift to Plug-in Cars

Last week, Ron Gremban took possession of Chevy Volt #24. This was not merely a car purchase, but a moral victory for Gremban, who has been advocating electric cars for more than 40 years. He received his car in Novato, Calif., at a celebration where CalCars Founder Felix Kramer and plug-in hybrid inventor Andy Frank also became proud owners of the Chevy Volt.
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Last week, Ron Gremban took possession of Chevy Volt #24. This was not merely a car purchase, but a moral victory for Gremban, who has been advocating electric cars for more than 40 years. He received his car in Novato, Calif., at a celebration where CalCars Founder Felix Kramer and plug-in hybrid inventor Andy Frank also became proud owners of the Chevy Volt.
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China – Energy plan to focus on electric vehicles

Analysts said that developing electric cars is the best way for China to save energy, reduce its oil imports, and tackle environmental problems.

China – Energy plan to focus on electric vehicles
The Energy Saving and New Energy Vehicle Development Plan (2011-2020), which aims to reduce environmental pollution from the booming auto production, will be formally released in January More

Analysts said that developing electric cars is the best way for China to save energy, reduce its oil imports, and tackle environmental problems.

China – Energy plan to focus on electric vehicles
The Energy Saving and New Energy Vehicle Development Plan (2011-2020), which aims to reduce environmental pollution from the booming auto production, will be formally released in January More

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Book chronicles story of how Volt was born


General Motors has twice killed the electric car. The first time it happened was when GM’s Charles F. Kettering invented an electric starter for internal combustion engines.

That one device, installed on a Cadillac in 1913, helped put the nail in the coffin of almost every electric automaker building battery-powered cars More


General Motors has twice killed the electric car. The first time it happened was when GM’s Charles F. Kettering invented an electric starter for internal combustion engines.

That one device, installed on a Cadillac in 1913, helped put the nail in the coffin of almost every electric automaker building battery-powered cars More

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California’s Electric Grid Prepares for Future With More Solar Power

In California, there is a shift taking place in the amount of renewable energy being generated that is connected to the state’s electrical grid. According to the operators of the wholesale electrical grid there, power generated from renewable energy sources is now coming more from solar than wind power and the grid is preparing for further solar increases.

The California Independent S More

In California, there is a shift taking place in the amount of renewable energy being generated that is connected to the state’s electrical grid. According to the operators of the wholesale electrical grid there, power generated from renewable energy sources is now coming more from solar than wind power and the grid is preparing for further solar increases.

The California Independent S More

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Auto center installs electric charging stations for customers in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — Wilder Auto Center can now charge up the Nissan Leaf cars that became available this year.

Two charging stations were installed Wednesday at the dealership at 97 Deer Park Road west of Port Angeles.

The Leaf is a completely electric car with no combustion engine, said Dan Wilder Jr.

It has a range of about 100 miles before it must be recharged, he said.

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PORT ANGELES — Wilder Auto Center can now charge up the Nissan Leaf cars that became available this year.

Two charging stations were installed Wednesday at the dealership at 97 Deer Park Road west of Port Angeles.

The Leaf is a completely electric car with no combustion engine, said Dan Wilder Jr.

It has a range of about 100 miles before it must be recharged, he said.

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High-Energy Batteries Coming to Market


Rechargeable zinc-air batteries can store three times the energy of a lithium-ion battery.

* Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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Rechargeable zinc-air batteries can store three times the energy of a lithium-ion battery.

* Wednesday, October 28, 2009
* By Kevin Bullis

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New Battery for Cheap Electric Vehicles


Founder of A123 Systems starts a new company to commercialize the technology.

* Monday, August 16, 2010
* By Kevin Bullis

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Founder of A123 Systems starts a new company to commercialize the technology.

* Monday, August 16, 2010
* By Kevin Bullis

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The Year in Energy

At the end of 2010, GM and Nissan introduced their long-awaited electric cars, the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt and the all-electric Nissan Leaf. If these are successful, they could bring sweeping changes to the automobile industry, which has relied almost exclusively on petroleum to power its cars. But whether electric vehicles become popular depends on improving the technology, especially by de More

At the end of 2010, GM and Nissan introduced their long-awaited electric cars, the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt and the all-electric Nissan Leaf. If these are successful, they could bring sweeping changes to the automobile industry, which has relied almost exclusively on petroleum to power its cars. But whether electric vehicles become popular depends on improving the technology, especially by de More

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Canada: Hamilton: From plug-ins to panels – 5 trends for 2011

When I started writing this column six years ago oil prices were considered high at $55 a barrel, the big automakers were trash-talking the idea of plug-in electric vehicles, and solar power was a largely foreign concept to Ontarians.

At the same time, “cleantech” was just beginning to gain some traction as an investment category.

The world has changed quite a bit since 2004. All More

When I started writing this column six years ago oil prices were considered high at $55 a barrel, the big automakers were trash-talking the idea of plug-in electric vehicles, and solar power was a largely foreign concept to Ontarians.

At the same time, “cleantech” was just beginning to gain some traction as an investment category.

The world has changed quite a bit since 2004. All More

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As Electric Vehicles Return, Will Federal Support Continue?

The electric car is back. With an assist from government, Nissan delivered the first models of its new electric vehicle (EV) to customers earlier this month, and thanks to a $100 million Federal program hundreds more will be on the road soon. Nissan is the first manufacturer out of the gate, but others are expected to offer EVs for sale in the next couple of years. While governments at the Fede More

The electric car is back. With an assist from government, Nissan delivered the first models of its new electric vehicle (EV) to customers earlier this month, and thanks to a $100 million Federal program hundreds more will be on the road soon. Nissan is the first manufacturer out of the gate, but others are expected to offer EVs for sale in the next couple of years. While governments at the Fede More

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Tesla Pins Profit Hope at Low Volumes to Strategy for Lower-Cost Batteries


Tesla the electric carmaker backed by Toyota Motor Corp. and Daimler AG, said cheaper batteries will make its Model S sedan profitable with much lower sales than Nissan Motor Co. seeks for its Leaf car.

The $57,000 electric Model S, which uses cells similar to those in laptops, is designed to make money for P More


Tesla the electric carmaker backed by Toyota Motor Corp. and Daimler AG, said cheaper batteries will make its Model S sedan profitable with much lower sales than Nissan Motor Co. seeks for its Leaf car.

The $57,000 electric Model S, which uses cells similar to those in laptops, is designed to make money for P More

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The Future of the Green Car Industry

For many years car companies have brought out “green” cars which they claim are the big revolution, which will reduce our usage of fossil fuels. The majority of these have been false dawns which have only served to damage the image of the green car industry as consumers become sceptical of anything which claims to be environmental.

Another issue has been that being environmentally consc More

For many years car companies have brought out “green” cars which they claim are the big revolution, which will reduce our usage of fossil fuels. The majority of these have been false dawns which have only served to damage the image of the green car industry as consumers become sceptical of anything which claims to be environmental.

Another issue has been that being environmentally consc More

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General Motors Explains the Chevrolet Volt’s Fuel Economy Rating


In August last year, General Motors announced something seemingly ludicrous: that its 2011 Chevrolet Volt was likely to get a 230 mpg city rating. That was long before the EPA testing methodology for electric vehicles was set, which caused GM to retract that statement in July this year and to eve More


In August last year, General Motors announced something seemingly ludicrous: that its 2011 Chevrolet Volt was likely to get a 230 mpg city rating. That was long before the EPA testing methodology for electric vehicles was set, which caused GM to retract that statement in July this year and to eve More

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USA: Battery group dishes out development, technology contracts


Five companies will share $5.43 million in advanced battery development and technology assessment contracts.

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Make Your Year-End Donation to Plug In America Today

2010 was a great year for plug-in electric vehicles and Plug In America is proud to have played its part in the burgeoning success of the movement.

Some of the highlights we enjoyed in 2010 were:

* Publishing the successful first edition of Charged Up and Ready to Roll – The Definitive Guide to Plug-In Electric Vehicles.
* Starting our consulting arm and helping t More

2010 was a great year for plug-in electric vehicles and Plug In America is proud to have played its part in the burgeoning success of the movement.

Some of the highlights we enjoyed in 2010 were:

* Publishing the successful first edition of Charged Up and Ready to Roll – The Definitive Guide to Plug-In Electric Vehicles.
* Starting our consulting arm and helping t More

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EV and Plug-in Hybrid: 2010 Year in Review and 2011 Predictions by 4EVRiders.org

2010 Year in Review and 2011 Predictions by 4EVRiders.org
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  • Toyota to reveal 10-year green car plan

    After dominating the green car sector for a decade with the success of the Prius, Toyota has been relatively quiet in recent times. However, it now appears the Japanese manufacturer has a plan to lead the marketplace again.

    A 10-year blueprint will be unveiled next spring outlining the automaker’s first long-term vision compiled under President Akio Toyoda which is said to target the full More

    After dominating the green car sector for a decade with the success of the Prius, Toyota has been relatively quiet in recent times. However, it now appears the Japanese manufacturer has a plan to lead the marketplace again.

    A 10-year blueprint will be unveiled next spring outlining the automaker’s first long-term vision compiled under President Akio Toyoda which is said to target the full More

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    Vermont Utilities Plan Recharging Stations For Electric Cars


    Vermont’s electric utilities are interested in building a network of recharging stations that drivers of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles can use.

    Green Mountain Power says it plans to build three public charging stations. The utility hasn’t settled on sites for them, but they’re planned for Chitt More


    Vermont’s electric utilities are interested in building a network of recharging stations that drivers of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles can use.

    Green Mountain Power says it plans to build three public charging stations. The utility hasn’t settled on sites for them, but they’re planned for Chitt More

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    Electric Cars Lead New Models in 2011

    Electric cars have been in development for a few years, but industry experts say more efficient batteries, improved performance, and greater consumer acceptance could transform 2011 into the year of the electric car. Our reporter looks at some of the models you’ll see in showrooms soon.

    Electric cars are set to go mainstream in 2011.

    And automakers are all vying for a slice of More

    Electric cars have been in development for a few years, but industry experts say more efficient batteries, improved performance, and greater consumer acceptance could transform 2011 into the year of the electric car. Our reporter looks at some of the models you’ll see in showrooms soon.

    Electric cars are set to go mainstream in 2011.

    And automakers are all vying for a slice of More

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    Charged for Battle

    The first serious contenders for a mass-scale electric car are on the road. They’ve already changed GM and Nissan; will they change the world?
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    The electric car age just got a little closer

    For the last year, Deutsche Bank’s Paul Sankey, one of the best long-range energy minds on Wall Street, has been distributing a series of provocative, deeply researched, and forward-looking notes to clients under titles like “The Peak Oil Market” and “The End of the Oil Age.” Last week, Sankey produced a sixth note called “2011 and Beyond — A Reality Check More

    For the last year, Deutsche Bank’s Paul Sankey, one of the best long-range energy minds on Wall Street, has been distributing a series of provocative, deeply researched, and forward-looking notes to clients under titles like “The Peak Oil Market” and “The End of the Oil Age.” Last week, Sankey produced a sixth note called “2011 and Beyond — A Reality Check More

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    USA: GMP to Install Public Charging Stations for Electric Cars

    COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – December 29, 2010) – Green Mountain Power has announced plans to install three public charging stations for electric cars in 2011. The charging stations will use state of the art technology, powered by the sun and will be ready for public use by spring 2011.

    “Electric vehicles are part of Vermont’s energy future,” says Mary P More

    COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – December 29, 2010) – Green Mountain Power has announced plans to install three public charging stations for electric cars in 2011. The charging stations will use state of the art technology, powered by the sun and will be ready for public use by spring 2011.

    “Electric vehicles are part of Vermont’s energy future,” says Mary P More

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    Santa Barbara firm wins honor for electric car design

    In what is expected to be a key boost in its effort to find external investors, a Santa Barbara-based company has received a bost in its bud to mass produce a solar-powered, affordable car.

    Revolution Motors received the prize for the Best New Vehicle Design During the “Future of Electric Vehicles” at the inaugural IDTechEx conference earlier this month in Silicon Valley. IDTechEx promo More

    In what is expected to be a key boost in its effort to find external investors, a Santa Barbara-based company has received a bost in its bud to mass produce a solar-powered, affordable car.

    Revolution Motors received the prize for the Best New Vehicle Design During the “Future of Electric Vehicles” at the inaugural IDTechEx conference earlier this month in Silicon Valley. IDTechEx promo More

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    Reports Suggest Subaru To Stop EV Production

    Just the Facts:

    * Reports from Japan suggest Fuji Heavy Industries will suspend EV production.
    * On the chopping block would be the Subaru Stella, which went on sale in July 2009.
    * The company is reportedly waiting for EV demand and infrastructure to mature.

    TOKYO — Reports out of Japan suggest that Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru, is planni More

    Just the Facts:

    * Reports from Japan suggest Fuji Heavy Industries will suspend EV production.
    * On the chopping block would be the Subaru Stella, which went on sale in July 2009.
    * The company is reportedly waiting for EV demand and infrastructure to mature.

    TOKYO — Reports out of Japan suggest that Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru, is planni More

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    Portugal’s Prime Minister accepts 2011 Nissan Leaf


    The 2011 Nissan Leaf has reached the point where it is being delivered to customers all over the world and as the first wave of the new electric cars hit Portugal, the country’s Prime Minister became the first world leader to drive the Leaf.
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    The 2011 Nissan Leaf has reached the point where it is being delivered to customers all over the world and as the first wave of the new electric cars hit Portugal, the country’s Prime Minister became the first world leader to drive the Leaf.
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