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USA: Nissan seeks approval for solar-powered car-charging statio

FRANKLIN — In yet another sign of Nissan’s commitment to electric vehicles, the automaker wants to build a solar-assisted auto charging station — the first the automaker has built — at its Nissan Americas headquarters in Franklin.

The proposed 300-square-foot facility would have room for 18 electric vehicles and would use a solar panel array to help offset the power demand that More

FRANKLIN — In yet another sign of Nissan’s commitment to electric vehicles, the automaker wants to build a solar-assisted auto charging station — the first the automaker has built — at its Nissan Americas headquarters in Franklin.

The proposed 300-square-foot facility would have room for 18 electric vehicles and would use a solar panel array to help offset the power demand that More

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USA: Nissan Leaf – Eco-Friendly Car of the Year

The Nissan Leaf is no less than the first purely battery-electric car designed for mass production and sale throughout the world. Though it’s far ahead of the rest of the automotive industry as of its late-2010 introduction, the Leaf doesn’t feel like a rush job. It’s simple where you want it to be — in its design and usability — and complex where it needs to be, in its provi More

The Nissan Leaf is no less than the first purely battery-electric car designed for mass production and sale throughout the world. Though it’s far ahead of the rest of the automotive industry as of its late-2010 introduction, the Leaf doesn’t feel like a rush job. It’s simple where you want it to be — in its design and usability — and complex where it needs to be, in its provi More

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Freescale Introduces Intelligent Sensor for Car Battery Monitoring

Automotive qualified sensor offers robust, cost-effective solution to precisely monitor battery voltage, current and temperature
embedded world 2011

NUREMBERG, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Freescale Semiconductor today introduced the MM912J637 intelligent battery sensor (IBS), which accurately measures the voltage, current and temperature of lead-acid batteries and calculates t More

Automotive qualified sensor offers robust, cost-effective solution to precisely monitor battery voltage, current and temperature
embedded world 2011

NUREMBERG, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Freescale Semiconductor today introduced the MM912J637 intelligent battery sensor (IBS), which accurately measures the voltage, current and temperature of lead-acid batteries and calculates t More

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Ford Supercharges Electric Vehicle Plan, Bringing New C-Max Energi And C-Max Hybrid Products To Europe

Ford is bringing hybrid electric vehicles to Europe, introducing first the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It will go on sale in Europe together with the C-MAX Hybrid in 2013. Both are based on the Ford C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle and will offer low fuel consumption and emissions as well as distinctive body design and a flexible interior.

Ford has More

Ford is bringing hybrid electric vehicles to Europe, introducing first the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It will go on sale in Europe together with the C-MAX Hybrid in 2013. Both are based on the Ford C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle and will offer low fuel consumption and emissions as well as distinctive body design and a flexible interior.

Ford has More

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Fisker Karma Finally Has A Production Date: March 21st

After much delay, the Fisker Karma will finally be rolling off its assembly line in Finland on March 21st and the car should be available to its first customers by April.

The luxury plug-in hybrid, which was initially supposed to launch on November 2009, pushed back its production date to September 2010, and delayed that again to February 2011. This time, however, reports are coming in, tha More

After much delay, the Fisker Karma will finally be rolling off its assembly line in Finland on March 21st and the car should be available to its first customers by April.

The luxury plug-in hybrid, which was initially supposed to launch on November 2009, pushed back its production date to September 2010, and delayed that again to February 2011. This time, however, reports are coming in, tha More

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Costa Rica: Electric vehicles i-MiEV Goes on Sale in Costa Rica

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the commencement of new generation electric car i-MiEV with lithium ion batteries sales in Republic of Costa Rica.

Electric vehicles i-MiEV Goes on Sale in Costa Rica
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the commencement of new generation electric car i-MiEV sales in Republic of Costa Rica, mainly to fleet customers such as govern More

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the commencement of new generation electric car i-MiEV with lithium ion batteries sales in Republic of Costa Rica.

Electric vehicles i-MiEV Goes on Sale in Costa Rica
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the commencement of new generation electric car i-MiEV sales in Republic of Costa Rica, mainly to fleet customers such as govern More

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USA: Q&A with CEO of Electric Car Dealership Company; EVCARCO (OTCBB:EVCA)

February 28, 2011 (Investorideas.com renewable energy/green newswire) Investorideas.com
a leading global investor and industry portal covering the green and renewable energy sector
released a recent interview with Mack Sanders, Chief Executive Officer of green car company,
EVCARCO (OTCBB:EVCA).

With oil prices on the rise, Mr. Sanders discussed the potential future

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February 28, 2011 (Investorideas.com renewable energy/green newswire) Investorideas.com
a leading global investor and industry portal covering the green and renewable energy sector
released a recent interview with Mack Sanders, Chief Executive Officer of green car company,
EVCARCO (OTCBB:EVCA).

With oil prices on the rise, Mr. Sanders discussed the potential future

More

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India: India’s Government To Incentivize Electric And Hybrid Cars

India’s 2011 budget, which was announced earlier today, seems great for hybrid and electric cars. The government has proposed to set up a National Mission for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles to encourage the manufacturing and selling of eco-friendly vehicles. The government has also eliminated import fees on hybrid parts coming into the country, while proposing to […] […]

USA: Think’s electric car faces third recall after three months in the U.S.


Dozens, even hundreds, of different models get recalled each year by their makers to address defects or potential problems.

Most pass unnoticed, except to the owners who get letters in the mail asking them to bring their vehic More


Dozens, even hundreds, of different models get recalled each year by their makers to address defects or potential problems.

Most pass unnoticed, except to the owners who get letters in the mail asking them to bring their vehic More

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USA: A123 Systems Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results

WATERTOWN, Mass., Feb. 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A123 Systems (Nasdaq:AONE), a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate™ lithium ion batteries and systems, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010.

“During 2010, we more than doubled A123’s worldwide manufacturing capacity on an annual basis, and put in p More

WATERTOWN, Mass., Feb. 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A123 Systems (Nasdaq:AONE), a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate™ lithium ion batteries and systems, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010.

“During 2010, we more than doubled A123’s worldwide manufacturing capacity on an annual basis, and put in p More

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UK: New UK electric vehicle network to be powered by green energy

A network of charging points to connect electric vehicles (EVs) directly with green energy is to be rolled out across the UK.

Green Motion (UK) has partnered with Hertfordshire-based Green Energy to charge its Network One stations with power from clean energy technologies, such as wind and solar.

The breakthrough boosts the green credentials of EV charging stations as it counters the More

A network of charging points to connect electric vehicles (EVs) directly with green energy is to be rolled out across the UK.

Green Motion (UK) has partnered with Hertfordshire-based Green Energy to charge its Network One stations with power from clean energy technologies, such as wind and solar.

The breakthrough boosts the green credentials of EV charging stations as it counters the More

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USA: CA Electric Car Rebate Will Run Out Mid 2011, Advocate Warns

California has always been kind to drivers of alternative fuelled vehicles with special privileges in High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, reduced parking and even additional purchase tax credits.

However, the $5,000 Californian state rebate for those purchasing electric vehicles may soon run out, an electric vehicle advocate has warned.

Jay Frieland, legislative director of Plug In More

California has always been kind to drivers of alternative fuelled vehicles with special privileges in High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, reduced parking and even additional purchase tax credits.

However, the $5,000 Californian state rebate for those purchasing electric vehicles may soon run out, an electric vehicle advocate has warned.

Jay Frieland, legislative director of Plug In More

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How Child-Friendly is the 2011 Nissan Leaf?

For those who don’t know or have forgotten, the name for Nissan’s first mass-produced electric car is an acronym: Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car. But is the 2011 Nissan Leaf really a family-friendly car?

When examining a car for suitability for a family there are a fair few prerequisites. As our colleagues over at FamilyCarGuide will tell you, a good family car More

For those who don’t know or have forgotten, the name for Nissan’s first mass-produced electric car is an acronym: Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car. But is the 2011 Nissan Leaf really a family-friendly car?

When examining a car for suitability for a family there are a fair few prerequisites. As our colleagues over at FamilyCarGuide will tell you, a good family car More

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China: Small Firms Find Cash Lifeline in China

Two years ago, Brad Williams halted production at his 250-employee recreation-vehicle company and eventually laid off more than 200 workers, unable to find cash to keep his factory humming when sales slowed.

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Brad Williams, left, is hiring 1,200 at MVP RV, thanks to a $310 million investment from China. ‘ More

Two years ago, Brad Williams halted production at his 250-employee recreation-vehicle company and eventually laid off more than 200 workers, unable to find cash to keep his factory humming when sales slowed.

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David McNew for The Wall Street Journal

Brad Williams, left, is hiring 1,200 at MVP RV, thanks to a $310 million investment from China. ‘ More

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Build Green and Save The Green in Your Wallet

Building green homes is a growing worldwide movement with the purpose of saving the environment but more importantly, money. For years we’ve been hearing about the dangers of global warming and the deadly consequences of doing nothing. Highlighted, most notably by the Al Gore film “An Inconvenient Truth” where he uses extensive statistical data as well as sad and dramatic images More

Building green homes is a growing worldwide movement with the purpose of saving the environment but more importantly, money. For years we’ve been hearing about the dangers of global warming and the deadly consequences of doing nothing. Highlighted, most notably by the Al Gore film “An Inconvenient Truth” where he uses extensive statistical data as well as sad and dramatic images More

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USA; Electric car charge stations planned in Chandler

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) – Chandler is getting charged up over alternative fuel vehicles as gas prices continue to skyrocket.

The city of Chandler, executives with California-based ECO-tality, the company installing the charging stations and the Salt River Project announced plans to begin installation of 900 residential charging stations for electric cars.

The East Valley Tribune More

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) – Chandler is getting charged up over alternative fuel vehicles as gas prices continue to skyrocket.

The city of Chandler, executives with California-based ECO-tality, the company installing the charging stations and the Salt River Project announced plans to begin installation of 900 residential charging stations for electric cars.

The East Valley Tribune More

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USA: Posty Cards Unveils 1st Commercially Available ChargePoint Electric Vehicle Charging Station in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area

CAMPBELL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Coulomb Technologies today announced that Posty Cards has installed the first publicly available ChargePoint® networked charging station in the Kansas City Metropolitan area at its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations can earn a company LEED building credit and the Posty Cards headquarters facility i More

CAMPBELL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Coulomb Technologies today announced that Posty Cards has installed the first publicly available ChargePoint® networked charging station in the Kansas City Metropolitan area at its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations can earn a company LEED building credit and the Posty Cards headquarters facility i More

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USA: Free electric auto charging stations being installed across the US Continue reading on Examiner.com: Free electric auto charging stations being installed across the US – Dallas County Environmental News

Economic stimulus grants by the Department of Energy boosting employment, as workers prepare the country for electric vehicles with a network of free recharging stations

DALLAS (Feb. 28, 2011) – Following a report last week that Texas is joining the lead of California with plans to install electric vehicle charging stations along its Interstate-35 corridor, now is learned plans include More

Economic stimulus grants by the Department of Energy boosting employment, as workers prepare the country for electric vehicles with a network of free recharging stations

DALLAS (Feb. 28, 2011) – Following a report last week that Texas is joining the lead of California with plans to install electric vehicle charging stations along its Interstate-35 corridor, now is learned plans include More

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USA: Consumer Reports says GM Volt falls short on range

* Mostly electric vehicle underperformed in cold weather

* Recommends consumers stick with hybrids for efficiency

* GM says rating hasty, more tests needed to fairly judge

By John Crawley

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s (GM.N: Quote) mostly electric Chevy Volt turned in a lackluster performance for efficiency in its first series of road te More

* Mostly electric vehicle underperformed in cold weather

* Recommends consumers stick with hybrids for efficiency

* GM says rating hasty, more tests needed to fairly judge

By John Crawley

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s (GM.N: Quote) mostly electric Chevy Volt turned in a lackluster performance for efficiency in its first series of road te More

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USA: Ford Announces 19 Launch Markets For 2012 Focus Electric


Ford’s first all-electric passenger vehicle, the 2012 Focus Electric, has just received its list of initial launch markets. Totaling 19 cities in all, the vehicle will roll out across the country with Nissan LEAF-like targets for range and performance.

Ford says the Focus Electric w More


Ford’s first all-electric passenger vehicle, the 2012 Focus Electric, has just received its list of initial launch markets. Totaling 19 cities in all, the vehicle will roll out across the country with Nissan LEAF-like targets for range and performance.

Ford says the Focus Electric w More

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International Stocks in Berkshire Hathaway’s Equity Portfolio: BYD Company, Munich Re, POSCO, Sanofi-Aventis, Tesco Plc

In the much discussed shareholder letter of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett released the list of stocks that Berkshire owned on 12/31/2010. If one compares with the list of stocks in Buffett portfolio covered by us, you will find that some of the stocks are not in our list. These are the international stocks that Berkshire is not required to report in 13Fs.

The table below is the summary More

In the much discussed shareholder letter of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett released the list of stocks that Berkshire owned on 12/31/2010. If one compares with the list of stocks in Buffett portfolio covered by us, you will find that some of the stocks are not in our list. These are the international stocks that Berkshire is not required to report in 13Fs.

The table below is the summary More

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USA: Hello Racers and Fellow EV Owners!

Our first race of the 2011 season is 1 month away! The East Coast Electric Drag
Racing Association teams are in full speed finishing cars and signing contracts.

Please, if you have any need for assistance in finishing your car or technical
support contact us, we will help with your project.

We recommend to all new race teams, build the car you want, don’t settle for More

Our first race of the 2011 season is 1 month away! The East Coast Electric Drag
Racing Association teams are in full speed finishing cars and signing contracts.

Please, if you have any need for assistance in finishing your car or technical
support contact us, we will help with your project.

We recommend to all new race teams, build the car you want, don’t settle for More

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USA: Greenville officials working on green deal with GE

GREENVILLE, S.C. —

The city of Greenville is hoping to become a model of energy efficiency.

The Greenville News reported Sunday that the city is talking with corporate giant General Electric Co. about electric car fleets, hybrid water heaters, LED lights and downtown upgrades as part of an energy sustainability project.

GE officials would not comment to the newspaper ab More

GREENVILLE, S.C. —

The city of Greenville is hoping to become a model of energy efficiency.

The Greenville News reported Sunday that the city is talking with corporate giant General Electric Co. about electric car fleets, hybrid water heaters, LED lights and downtown upgrades as part of an energy sustainability project.

GE officials would not comment to the newspaper ab More

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Why Toyota and Daimler Looked At And Passed On Tesla

It is far cheaper for Global 1000 manufacturers to pay technology developers for a look-see at their wares than to try and develop tens of thousands of even good ideas in-house.

Toyota and Daimler follow this rule of limiting their costs on reserach and development.

For this reason, primarily, they both paid some money or, in the case of Toyota, gave a discount to Tesla for a look a More

It is far cheaper for Global 1000 manufacturers to pay technology developers for a look-see at their wares than to try and develop tens of thousands of even good ideas in-house.

Toyota and Daimler follow this rule of limiting their costs on reserach and development.

For this reason, primarily, they both paid some money or, in the case of Toyota, gave a discount to Tesla for a look a More

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China/USA: Chinese hybrid revving up for U.S. market

Labels that read Made in China are long familiar to Americans. But a car for sale in the United States bearing those words – considering what that might portend for our economy and our self-image – could deliver a jolt far sharper than discovering that the newest digital gadget was produced in the world’s largest exporting country.

Yet there was no wobble to be felt in the More

Labels that read Made in China are long familiar to Americans. But a car for sale in the United States bearing those words – considering what that might portend for our economy and our self-image – could deliver a jolt far sharper than discovering that the newest digital gadget was produced in the world’s largest exporting country.

Yet there was no wobble to be felt in the More

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Getting There (Part 2) – Ford’s Focus

Peeling back another layer at the Ford website reveals an array of Hybrid & EV vehicles in a drop-down tab. In this display there are the Fusion Hybrid and the Escape Hybrid listed with prices and stats, indicating current availability. Below these is a row marked “Future Vehicles” which included the Focus Electric, identified as “Coming Late 2011.” I found no listing for any Focus Hy More

Peeling back another layer at the Ford website reveals an array of Hybrid & EV vehicles in a drop-down tab. In this display there are the Fusion Hybrid and the Escape Hybrid listed with prices and stats, indicating current availability. Below these is a row marked “Future Vehicles” which included the Focus Electric, identified as “Coming Late 2011.” I found no listing for any Focus Hy More

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Zero Emissions Race Trip Around the World Ends


These days, the electric vehicles are in full swing, with at least two mass production models slowly making their entrance into the markets and with the consumers pretty much in the loop with what this new means of motoring means.

Still, for some reason, most More


These days, the electric vehicles are in full swing, with at least two mass production models slowly making their entrance into the markets and with the consumers pretty much in the loop with what this new means of motoring means.

Still, for some reason, most More

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Research and Markets: Electric Vehicles: Energy, Infrastructure and the Mobility Market 2011

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/b2e66a/electric_vehicles) has announced the addition of the “Electric Vehicles: Energy, Infrastructure and the Mobility Market 2011” report to their offering.

This latest study on the electric vehicle market, including an in-depth review of EV technologies, electric car manufacturers and battery makers. The report More

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/b2e66a/electric_vehicles) has announced the addition of the “Electric Vehicles: Energy, Infrastructure and the Mobility Market 2011” report to their offering.

This latest study on the electric vehicle market, including an in-depth review of EV technologies, electric car manufacturers and battery makers. The report More

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Europe: BMW Launches BMW i Ventures: Heading In A New And Exciting Direction


BMW have launched their own venture capital fund last week – named BMW i Ventures, which will encompass a raft of new developments, says the iconic Munich, Germany based car maker. In addition, BMW i will launch two new vehicles: the fully electric BMW i3 – formerly known as the MegaCity Vehicle; and t More


BMW have launched their own venture capital fund last week – named BMW i Ventures, which will encompass a raft of new developments, says the iconic Munich, Germany based car maker. In addition, BMW i will launch two new vehicles: the fully electric BMW i3 – formerly known as the MegaCity Vehicle; and t More

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Low power car navigation sytem SoC IC chip with high media processing power

The new R-Car M1 series of SoCs are Renesas Electronics’ first members of the R-Car series, which represent the integration of the company’s SH-Navi series and EMMA Car series products. These devices have had high adoption rates in car infotainment systems, such as dashboard-mounted car navigation systems. The R-Car M1 series of SoCs have been developed for mid-range systems which are More

The new R-Car M1 series of SoCs are Renesas Electronics’ first members of the R-Car series, which represent the integration of the company’s SH-Navi series and EMMA Car series products. These devices have had high adoption rates in car infotainment systems, such as dashboard-mounted car navigation systems. The R-Car M1 series of SoCs have been developed for mid-range systems which are More

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