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UK to spend £7bn on electric cars by 2014

Britain’s motor industry is in line for a £7bn boost from electric cars between now and 2014, according to a survey to be published this morning. Yet, in the short term, dealerships face a “fraught” 2011, as the stuttering economy and subdued consumer confidence drag sales down by as much as 10 per cent on last year, a leading industry expert warns.

The survey of 5,000-pl More

Britain’s motor industry is in line for a £7bn boost from electric cars between now and 2014, according to a survey to be published this morning. Yet, in the short term, dealerships face a “fraught” 2011, as the stuttering economy and subdued consumer confidence drag sales down by as much as 10 per cent on last year, a leading industry expert warns.

The survey of 5,000-pl More

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Feds delaying loans for advanced vehicles

Washington— Automakers, suppliers, start-up companies and members of Congress are frustrated that the government is sitting on billions of dollars in untapped loans intended to nurture the next generation of clean, fuel-efficient vehicles.

More than 100 applicants initially requested about $42.7 billion from the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan program since its More

Washington— Automakers, suppliers, start-up companies and members of Congress are frustrated that the government is sitting on billions of dollars in untapped loans intended to nurture the next generation of clean, fuel-efficient vehicles.

More than 100 applicants initially requested about $42.7 billion from the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan program since its More

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Buy a Nissan LEAF Now or Wait to Buy a Ford Focus Electric? 7 Things to Think About


Put aside, for a moment, the question of all-electric car versus plug-in hybrid—and the Volt-LEAF deathmatch that would likely ensue. We’ve had that question a lot here on PluginCars.com and much of the answer to it simply comes down to knowing your lifestyle and the driving needs generated by it. In More


Put aside, for a moment, the question of all-electric car versus plug-in hybrid—and the Volt-LEAF deathmatch that would likely ensue. We’ve had that question a lot here on PluginCars.com and much of the answer to it simply comes down to knowing your lifestyle and the driving needs generated by it. In More

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Mitsubishi to sell electric cars in Russia -dealer

To sell first electric cars in Russia H1 2011

* Expects Russia to be a problematic market

* Cars “won’t be cheap”

MOSCOW, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Mitsubishi Motors (7211.T) plans to start selling its I-MiEV electric cars in Russia in March-April, the head of Rolf Import, the Russian distributor of Mitsubishi cars, said on Monday.

“It is a sort o More

To sell first electric cars in Russia H1 2011

* Expects Russia to be a problematic market

* Cars “won’t be cheap”

MOSCOW, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Mitsubishi Motors (7211.T) plans to start selling its I-MiEV electric cars in Russia in March-April, the head of Rolf Import, the Russian distributor of Mitsubishi cars, said on Monday.

“It is a sort o More

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Washington Builds First Electric Vehicle-Friendly Highway


In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to have the United States become the first country to put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

Meeting this lofty goal will mean establishing a solid infrastructure to support EV’s and their drivers, a More


In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to have the United States become the first country to put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

Meeting this lofty goal will mean establishing a solid infrastructure to support EV’s and their drivers, a More

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GM’s Akerson Says Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid ‘Likely’


Late last year reports of a plug-in hybrid version of the Cadillac SRX surfaced, and though GM did not confirm them, neither did it deny such a vehicle was in the works. Today GM CEO Dan Akerson, while talking about future EV and extended-range EV (EREV) strategy, revealed that the SRX plug-in is, i More


Late last year reports of a plug-in hybrid version of the Cadillac SRX surfaced, and though GM did not confirm them, neither did it deny such a vehicle was in the works. Today GM CEO Dan Akerson, while talking about future EV and extended-range EV (EREV) strategy, revealed that the SRX plug-in is, i More

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Electric cars spark big interest at Auto Show


Crowds flocked to the 2011 Portland International Auto Show during the weekend, fueled in large part by interest in electric cars, hybrids and other green vehicles, according to show organizers.

“I won’t have final figures for awhile, but I already know attendance is going to be well up over previ More


Crowds flocked to the 2011 Portland International Auto Show during the weekend, fueled in large part by interest in electric cars, hybrids and other green vehicles, according to show organizers.

“I won’t have final figures for awhile, but I already know attendance is going to be well up over previ More

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On the GreenBeat: Think’s electric car gets recalled, Khosla bets against lithium-ion car batteries


Recall notices are now a standard part of the automotive landscape. Last year’s recall of almost 10 million Toyota and Lexus models only highlighted the fact that most vehicles get called back to dealers for minor upgrades or inspections to fix or avert potential defects.

Desp More


Recall notices are now a standard part of the automotive landscape. Last year’s recall of almost 10 million Toyota and Lexus models only highlighted the fact that most vehicles get called back to dealers for minor upgrades or inspections to fix or avert potential defects.

Desp More

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Car fire destroys garage, threatens San Jose duplex

A car fire at a West San Jose duplex Sunday destroyed the garage but was doused just as the flames lapped up the exterior walls and broke into a second-story living room.

The fire on Oakmont Place off Williams Road near San Tomas Expressway began before noon and was under control within 50 minutes, San Jose fire Capt. Steve Forman said.

Firefighters raced upstairs to evacuate More

A car fire at a West San Jose duplex Sunday destroyed the garage but was doused just as the flames lapped up the exterior walls and broke into a second-story living room.

The fire on Oakmont Place off Williams Road near San Tomas Expressway began before noon and was under control within 50 minutes, San Jose fire Capt. Steve Forman said.

Firefighters raced upstairs to evacuate More

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ECOtality’s Blink Network Integrates with Cisco’s Home Energy Management Solution

Consumers Can Now Manage Their Electric Vehicle Charging
and Home Energy Management from a Single Interface
SAN FRANCISCO – January 31, 2011 – ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation
and storage technologies with a full range of products for charging electric vehicles (EV), announced today it
has completed development for integrating the More

Consumers Can Now Manage Their Electric Vehicle Charging
and Home Energy Management from a Single Interface
SAN FRANCISCO – January 31, 2011 – ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation
and storage technologies with a full range of products for charging electric vehicles (EV), announced today it
has completed development for integrating the More

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USA: Jan. 31: Get Charged Up About Electric Vehicles


The Main Library will host a free lecture about how people who don’t have access to a garage can still recharge their electric vehicle. The panel will include representatives from Southern California Edison, the City of Santa Mo More


The Main Library will host a free lecture about how people who don’t have access to a garage can still recharge their electric vehicle. The panel will include representatives from Southern California Edison, the City of Santa Mo More

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2012 Ford Focus EV To Feature Fuel Efficient EcoMode


We just learned that the Ford Focus is going electric, and now we’re finally learning some details about the EV. Ford has revealed EcoMode, a software program that tracks driving behavior and aims to help drivers reduce fuel consumption.

The information is displayed in the instrument cluster, and the car will actuall More


We just learned that the Ford Focus is going electric, and now we’re finally learning some details about the EV. Ford has revealed EcoMode, a software program that tracks driving behavior and aims to help drivers reduce fuel consumption.

The information is displayed in the instrument cluster, and the car will actuall More

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Toyota Increases Its Presence at 2011 Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — With the start of the Chicago Auto Show a little more than one week away, Toyota is close to completing the largest exhibit the automaker has ever built for an auto show in the United States. The record-breaking 45,070-square-foot exhibit will highlight new and existing vehicles, as well as the technologies and safety systems that have enabled Toyota to More

CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — With the start of the Chicago Auto Show a little more than one week away, Toyota is close to completing the largest exhibit the automaker has ever built for an auto show in the United States. The record-breaking 45,070-square-foot exhibit will highlight new and existing vehicles, as well as the technologies and safety systems that have enabled Toyota to More

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mPhase Refines Design of Advanced Battery for European Car Manufacture

mPhase Technologies, Inc. (OTC.BB:XDSL – News) today said that it has refined the design of a new automotive product it has been developing with a major European automobile manufacturer that is based on advanced battery technology.

The refinement of this product is leading to advanced functionality with a small footprint. A prototype is expected to be completed in the first quarter of More

mPhase Technologies, Inc. (OTC.BB:XDSL – News) today said that it has refined the design of a new automotive product it has been developing with a major European automobile manufacturer that is based on advanced battery technology.

The refinement of this product is leading to advanced functionality with a small footprint. A prototype is expected to be completed in the first quarter of More

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The Waiting’s Over as Bethesda Prepares for Electric Cars


Bethesda Dealerships Electrify Their Selection
Bethesda continues to buzz with interest about electric cars along with the rest of the United States. Luckily, buzz is turning into the opportunity to see, test drive or own as el More


Bethesda Dealerships Electrify Their Selection
Bethesda continues to buzz with interest about electric cars along with the rest of the United States. Luckily, buzz is turning into the opportunity to see, test drive or own as el More

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Hawaii gets first charging stations for Nissan Leaf Read more: Hawaii gets first charging stations for Nissan Leaf | Pacific Business News

Hawaii now has its first network of commercial charging stations for Nissan Leaf electric cars.

American Electric Co. LLC has installed the charging stations at Hawaii Nissan dealerships. It is currently not known how many dealerships have received the Leaf charging stations.

American Electric is also able to perform residential installations of the charging stations.
More More

Hawaii now has its first network of commercial charging stations for Nissan Leaf electric cars.

American Electric Co. LLC has installed the charging stations at Hawaii Nissan dealerships. It is currently not known how many dealerships have received the Leaf charging stations.

American Electric is also able to perform residential installations of the charging stations.
More More

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Ford Focus Electric Likely Won’t Support DC Fast Charging at Launch


If you’ve been following the news about the upcoming Ford Focus Electric, you’ve likely seen Ed Begley Jr. junior acting as a pitch man for the vehicle. One of the loudest selling points that Ford has Begley Jr. espouse to set the Focus Electric apart from its only all-electric competition More


If you’ve been following the news about the upcoming Ford Focus Electric, you’ve likely seen Ed Begley Jr. junior acting as a pitch man for the vehicle. One of the loudest selling points that Ford has Begley Jr. espouse to set the Focus Electric apart from its only all-electric competition More

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More people improving UK air quality with green car purchases


More people have been doing their bit to improve the air quality in the UK after a survey revealed that the popularity of buying electric cars is growing.

Earlier this week, a survey by More


More people have been doing their bit to improve the air quality in the UK after a survey revealed that the popularity of buying electric cars is growing.

Earlier this week, a survey by More

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Chrysler shows off Ram plug-in hybrid electric truck, won’t sell it to you


Electrovaya today announced that Chrysler’s Ram truck plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, packing Electrovaya’s 12-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, is being showcased in public for the first time at the Washington D.C. Auto Show that started today.

You’ll recall that with the help of a $48 More


Electrovaya today announced that Chrysler’s Ram truck plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, packing Electrovaya’s 12-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, is being showcased in public for the first time at the Washington D.C. Auto Show that started today.

You’ll recall that with the help of a $48 More

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USA: A ‘different kind of gas station’


Glance at the University of Iowa’s new solar-powered charging station for electric automobiles, and it might remind you of a traditional gas station.

The layout and function are similar. Only instea More


Glance at the University of Iowa’s new solar-powered charging station for electric automobiles, and it might remind you of a traditional gas station.

The layout and function are similar. Only instea More

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USA: EG-Based Lime Leading Charge On Electric Trucks

One of the biggest challenges to mainstream acceptance of electric vehicles is a lack of charging stations spread out to service those vehicles where they drive.

Elk Grove Village-based Lime Energy is tackling that issue by announcing it signed a $1.5 million contract with a national Fortune 500 company late last year to install charging stations for that company’s fleet of light elec More

One of the biggest challenges to mainstream acceptance of electric vehicles is a lack of charging stations spread out to service those vehicles where they drive.

Elk Grove Village-based Lime Energy is tackling that issue by announcing it signed a $1.5 million contract with a national Fortune 500 company late last year to install charging stations for that company’s fleet of light elec More

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USA: Salinas maker of Triac electric vehicle nears production stage

Salinas’ only electric-car company is revving up to meet an increasing global demand for alternative-fuel vehicles — good news for both the company and the Salinas Valley workforce.

Green Vehicles is ironing out the details on a $2 million state grant awarded in July. The company will use the grant to leverage private money the company has already raised and to court new investors.< More

Salinas’ only electric-car company is revving up to meet an increasing global demand for alternative-fuel vehicles — good news for both the company and the Salinas Valley workforce.

Green Vehicles is ironing out the details on a $2 million state grant awarded in July. The company will use the grant to leverage private money the company has already raised and to court new investors.< More

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USA: Electric car charging stations opening in Norwalk


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) – The Norwalk Parking Authority and Car Charging Group Inc., a provider of electric vehicle charging services, are celebrating the opening of the first electric vehicle charging stations in a municipal parking area in Fairfield County.

The event will take place at 3 More


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) – The Norwalk Parking Authority and Car Charging Group Inc., a provider of electric vehicle charging services, are celebrating the opening of the first electric vehicle charging stations in a municipal parking area in Fairfield County.

The event will take place at 3 More

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Nissan unveils new Leaf at Sawgrass Mills

A shot in what could be a revolution in automotive transportation was fired in South Florida on Friday — but you had to really strain to hear it.

The Nissan Leaf, the first all-electric car built by a major automaker for the mass market, starts up exactly like a computer. You push a button. You hear some bing-bong music, then nothing. If not for dash lights, you wouldn’t know it More

A shot in what could be a revolution in automotive transportation was fired in South Florida on Friday — but you had to really strain to hear it.

The Nissan Leaf, the first all-electric car built by a major automaker for the mass market, starts up exactly like a computer. You push a button. You hear some bing-bong music, then nothing. If not for dash lights, you wouldn’t know it More

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Lucky Family First to Get a Volt & a Leaf

So far we haven’t found anyone in California or anywhere else with BOTH new mass-produced plug-in cars. Since my wife Rochelle Lefkowitz and I both work from home, we’re not that typical. Still, as early adopters, it’s a privilege to be an ecumenical plug-in household. Which car is better? The real competition is the electric mile versus the fossil-fuel mile. But we enjoy competi More

So far we haven’t found anyone in California or anywhere else with BOTH new mass-produced plug-in cars. Since my wife Rochelle Lefkowitz and I both work from home, we’re not that typical. Still, as early adopters, it’s a privilege to be an ecumenical plug-in household. Which car is better? The real competition is the electric mile versus the fossil-fuel mile. But we enjoy competi More

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USA: Electric Car Chargers Being Installed

HONOLULU — The first all-electric cars have not yet arrived in the islands.

But chargers for the Nissan Leaf are on Oahu and they’re already being installed.

Some hope that will spark more sales of electric vehicles.

Kurt Speas spends a lot of time answering questions about the all-electric car, the Nissan Leaf.

Now that a car charger has been installed at t More

HONOLULU — The first all-electric cars have not yet arrived in the islands.

But chargers for the Nissan Leaf are on Oahu and they’re already being installed.

Some hope that will spark more sales of electric vehicles.

Kurt Speas spends a lot of time answering questions about the all-electric car, the Nissan Leaf.

Now that a car charger has been installed at t More

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USA: EV4Oregon unveils solar charging stations


The quiet work of two Portland entrepreneurs is having its coming-out party at the Portland International Auto Show this week, its solar laden canopy looming over the showroom floor.

EV4 Oregon LLC, a startup backed by $150,000 from an angel investor, unve More


The quiet work of two Portland entrepreneurs is having its coming-out party at the Portland International Auto Show this week, its solar laden canopy looming over the showroom floor.

EV4 Oregon LLC, a startup backed by $150,000 from an angel investor, unve More

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Electric RAV4 jolts Toyota

The much-vaunted systems used by Toyota Motor Corp. to churn out millions of vehicles are being put to one side as the automaker tries to crack new markets in the U.S.

Speed has been at the fore in Toyota’s joint development of an electric version of its RAV4 sport-utility vehicle with startup manufacturer Tesla Motors.

On May 20, Toyota and Tesla made the surprising announceme More

The much-vaunted systems used by Toyota Motor Corp. to churn out millions of vehicles are being put to one side as the automaker tries to crack new markets in the U.S.

Speed has been at the fore in Toyota’s joint development of an electric version of its RAV4 sport-utility vehicle with startup manufacturer Tesla Motors.

On May 20, Toyota and Tesla made the surprising announceme More

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Solar takes hold in Tennessee

Solar power is gaining traction in Tennessee – and a major solar-module producer has even established a factory in the state.

This week, the Tennessee Valley Authority – one of the Southeast’s largest energy producers – announced that it is rolling out a network of solar-powered electric-car charging stations. The stations were designed in collaboration with the Elec More

Solar power is gaining traction in Tennessee – and a major solar-module producer has even established a factory in the state.

This week, the Tennessee Valley Authority – one of the Southeast’s largest energy producers – announced that it is rolling out a network of solar-powered electric-car charging stations. The stations were designed in collaboration with the Elec More

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Electric cars take center stage at Auto Show

PHILADELPHIA – January 28, 2011 (WPVI) — As soon as Action News arrived at the Convention Center ahead of the 2011 Philadelphia Auto Show, General Motors offered us a chance to test drive their new, plug-in hybrid electric/gas vehicle.

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PHILADELPHIA – January 28, 2011 (WPVI) — As soon as Action News arrived at the Convention Center ahead of the 2011 Philadelphia Auto Show, General Motors offered us a chance to test drive their new, plug-in hybrid electric/gas vehicle.

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More: See it? Shoot it! Send it!

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