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Electric car’s battery to power home appliances

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced Monday that the company plans to market a device that enables i-MiEV electric cars to supply power to home electric appliances such as rice cookers in emergencies by the end of this year.

The device, which will make it possible to use the i-MiEV’s lithium-ion battery as a power source for electric appliances, will likely att More

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced Monday that the company plans to market a device that enables i-MiEV electric cars to supply power to home electric appliances such as rice cookers in emergencies by the end of this year.

The device, which will make it possible to use the i-MiEV’s lithium-ion battery as a power source for electric appliances, will likely att More

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Europe: Playing the electric vehicle incentives game

MICHAEL VAUGHAN
Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, May. 30, 2011 1:52PM EDT

The German government sees problems coming for the country’s all-important automotive industry if it doesn’t keep up with the development of electric vehicles. One newspaper bemoaned the fact, without mentioning China, that the mighty giants like Daimler, VW and BMW are suddenly facing EV compet More

MICHAEL VAUGHAN
Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, May. 30, 2011 1:52PM EDT

The German government sees problems coming for the country’s all-important automotive industry if it doesn’t keep up with the development of electric vehicles. One newspaper bemoaned the fact, without mentioning China, that the mighty giants like Daimler, VW and BMW are suddenly facing EV compet More

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Europe: Renault Installs 60MW Solar Energy for its Manufacturing

Renault has received orders for 100,000 of its Renault Fluence Z.E. electric car from Better Place for massive deployment in Israel, Denmark, and other countries. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the clear leader in freeway speed electric car sales with Nissan delivering the LEAF, and both using common electric drive system and lithium battery components.

These electric cars are zero emission More

Renault has received orders for 100,000 of its Renault Fluence Z.E. electric car from Better Place for massive deployment in Israel, Denmark, and other countries. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the clear leader in freeway speed electric car sales with Nissan delivering the LEAF, and both using common electric drive system and lithium battery components.

These electric cars are zero emission More

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Europe/Japan: Peugeot-Citroen may widen Mitsubishi Motors effort

By David Pearson
PARIS -(MarketWatch)- French auto maker PSA Peugeot-Citroen (UG.FR) said Tuesday it is considering expanding its cooperation with its Japanese partner Mitsubishi Motors Co. Ltd. (7211.TO) to embrace smaller vehicles, but added such a strategic move isn’t a priority at present.

Europe’s second-largest automobile group after Germany’s Volkswagen AG (V More

By David Pearson
PARIS -(MarketWatch)- French auto maker PSA Peugeot-Citroen (UG.FR) said Tuesday it is considering expanding its cooperation with its Japanese partner Mitsubishi Motors Co. Ltd. (7211.TO) to embrace smaller vehicles, but added such a strategic move isn’t a priority at present.

Europe’s second-largest automobile group after Germany’s Volkswagen AG (V More

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USA: Keep Demanding a Better Way to Drive

Years ago, when our EV1s and RAV4s were taken away from us and crushed, the automakers were the enemy. We never imagined that Plug In America would one day sit on the same panel as executives from GM and Toyota. But things have changed and car companies are starting to make enough plug-in vehicles to make a dent in the market; and, more importantly, a dent in our world.

Because of you, More

Years ago, when our EV1s and RAV4s were taken away from us and crushed, the automakers were the enemy. We never imagined that Plug In America would one day sit on the same panel as executives from GM and Toyota. But things have changed and car companies are starting to make enough plug-in vehicles to make a dent in the market; and, more importantly, a dent in our world.

Because of you, More

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USA: MTSU inventor creates universal plug-in hybrid motor kit

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – An inventor at Middle Tennessee State University, alongside his partner believe they have created a device that could save motorists hundreds of dollars in gas costs.

Dr. Charles Perry, his partner Paul Martin and dozens of students have spent the past four years perfecting a universal plug-in hybrid motor that will easily attach to any vehicle.

The Univers More

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – An inventor at Middle Tennessee State University, alongside his partner believe they have created a device that could save motorists hundreds of dollars in gas costs.

Dr. Charles Perry, his partner Paul Martin and dozens of students have spent the past four years perfecting a universal plug-in hybrid motor that will easily attach to any vehicle.

The Univers More

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China: China’s Electric Car Future Turns to Low-Speed Vehicles

hen China declared in 2010 that it wanted to be the world’s largest producer of, and market for, electric vehicles by 2020, many assumed it meant passenger cars. But producing fully electric passenger cars that meet the necessary safety standards and consumer demands is proving difficult.

So China see More

hen China declared in 2010 that it wanted to be the world’s largest producer of, and market for, electric vehicles by 2020, many assumed it meant passenger cars. But producing fully electric passenger cars that meet the necessary safety standards and consumer demands is proving difficult.

So China see More

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Clean Energy Business Models are in the Midst of a Transformation

May 31, 2011

As the clean energy industry emerges from a challenging period caused by the global economic downturn, it is entering a stage of rapid change in which business models are being transformed against a backdrop of regulatory uncertainty. In several key sectors, the market is shifting back toward business structures and technologies that were once abandoned, but are now being revi More

May 31, 2011

As the clean energy industry emerges from a challenging period caused by the global economic downturn, it is entering a stage of rapid change in which business models are being transformed against a backdrop of regulatory uncertainty. In several key sectors, the market is shifting back toward business structures and technologies that were once abandoned, but are now being revi More

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USA; GM responds to Nissan “Gas Powered Everything” television ad

Earlier today, TorqueNews brought you a look at the new Nissan Lead television advertisement that envisions a world where everything relies on a gasoline engine with the commercial going so far as to include the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and in reply to the playful commercial shot in the ribs, General Motors employees have offered a few choice comments.

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Earlier today, TorqueNews brought you a look at the new Nissan Lead television advertisement that envisions a world where everything relies on a gasoline engine with the commercial going so far as to include the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and in reply to the playful commercial shot in the ribs, General Motors employees have offered a few choice comments.

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Europe: Porsche Boxster E Gets An Electric Overhaul

Luxury sports car company Porsche recently unveiled two all-electric prototypes at a sustainability forum in Berlin. The cars, called the Boxster E, are part of a larger $185 million program that is funded by the German government to test large-scale electric vehicle roll out.

The two-seat, four wh More

Luxury sports car company Porsche recently unveiled two all-electric prototypes at a sustainability forum in Berlin. The cars, called the Boxster E, are part of a larger $185 million program that is funded by the German government to test large-scale electric vehicle roll out.

The two-seat, four wh More

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Europe: Tour of electric vehicles

Renault is organizing this operation to give potential customers a chance to preview Renault’s electric car with lithium ion batteries in real-life driving conditions ahead of its launch.

The Z.E. European Tour 2011 will stop in six French cities. After Spain, the first country on the tour, Renault will arrive in Bordeaux on May 31.

A test center will be set up in priority for Rena More

Renault is organizing this operation to give potential customers a chance to preview Renault’s electric car with lithium ion batteries in real-life driving conditions ahead of its launch.

The Z.E. European Tour 2011 will stop in six French cities. After Spain, the first country on the tour, Renault will arrive in Bordeaux on May 31.

A test center will be set up in priority for Rena More

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Europe: BMW i3 Electric Car to Debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show?

According to sources close to BMW, the German automaker is reputedly working on five models to premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, including its long-awaited i3 electric car.

BMW has kept details of its first mass-produced electric car quiet, although the ongoing stream of information on the car now in the public domain details a plausible set of specifications: a 112 kil More

According to sources close to BMW, the German automaker is reputedly working on five models to premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, including its long-awaited i3 electric car.

BMW has kept details of its first mass-produced electric car quiet, although the ongoing stream of information on the car now in the public domain details a plausible set of specifications: a 112 kil More

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Europe: Chemicals Giant Gambles on Li-ion Batteries

BASF, the German chemicals conglomerate, said last week that it would pursue a stronger position in the lithium-ion battery space by commercializing higher-quality electrolyte formulas.

Higher-quality electrolytes can enhance battery performance by improving the efficiency of transporting electronic >charges inside batteries. The move into electrolytes will expand BASF’s portfolio of batt More

BASF, the German chemicals conglomerate, said last week that it would pursue a stronger position in the lithium-ion battery space by commercializing higher-quality electrolyte formulas.

Higher-quality electrolytes can enhance battery performance by improving the efficiency of transporting electronic >charges inside batteries. The move into electrolytes will expand BASF’s portfolio of batt More

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USA: Georgia Power Paves the Way for Electric Vehicles

ATLANTA, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — By this fall, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will begin making their way into Georgia and onto car dealer showrooms.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20050216/CLW066LOGO )

As a leader in the electric transportation industry since the early 1990s, Georgia Power can help consumers decide if an electric vehicle is right for them by gi More

ATLANTA, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — By this fall, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will begin making their way into Georgia and onto car dealer showrooms.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20050216/CLW066LOGO )

As a leader in the electric transportation industry since the early 1990s, Georgia Power can help consumers decide if an electric vehicle is right for them by gi More

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USA: County sets $5 as maximum fee for recharging stations

By Warren Kagarise

The cost to plug in electric and hybrid vehicles at King County facilities is capped at $5, County Council members decided May 16.
The ordinance establishes a per-use fee, and directs the county Department of Transportation to set a fee of up to $5 per use. The proposed maximum fee is based on maintenance costs, vendor costs and electricity.

“The $5 cap fee More

By Warren Kagarise

The cost to plug in electric and hybrid vehicles at King County facilities is capped at $5, County Council members decided May 16.
The ordinance establishes a per-use fee, and directs the county Department of Transportation to set a fee of up to $5 per use. The proposed maximum fee is based on maintenance costs, vendor costs and electricity.

“The $5 cap fee More

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USA: Council votes for 10 electric charge station by August

BY JON MAURER
Rome Observer Staff Writer
As simple as plugging in a vacuum cleaner. 10 electric charging stations will be installed in certain parts of the city by August of this year. Although demand is low now for these stations, the city feels that it will save mor More

BY JON MAURER
Rome Observer Staff Writer
As simple as plugging in a vacuum cleaner. 10 electric charging stations will be installed in certain parts of the city by August of this year. Although demand is low now for these stations, the city feels that it will save mor More

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UK: Japan blowing new wind into U.K. green industries

LONDON — Britain’s private and public sectors have been “revolutionized” thanks to practices picked up from Japan’s car manufacturers, but now there is a “new wave” of Japanese investment in green industries, experts say.

While British industry has embraced Toyota and Nissan’s “lean” production techniques, the country is now hoping to More

LONDON — Britain’s private and public sectors have been “revolutionized” thanks to practices picked up from Japan’s car manufacturers, but now there is a “new wave” of Japanese investment in green industries, experts say.

While British industry has embraced Toyota and Nissan’s “lean” production techniques, the country is now hoping to More

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Nissan promotes eco-car with new electrifying ad campaign

Japanese automaker Nissan is promoting its new electric car, the Nissan Leaf, with a multichannel marketing initiative that imagines a world run by gasoline-powered engines.

The creative is designed to show that cars don’t necessarily need to run on traditional combustion engines by over exaggerating their use. For example, in the ad, a man heading to work starts his coffee maker by p More

Japanese automaker Nissan is promoting its new electric car, the Nissan Leaf, with a multichannel marketing initiative that imagines a world run by gasoline-powered engines.

The creative is designed to show that cars don’t necessarily need to run on traditional combustion engines by over exaggerating their use. For example, in the ad, a man heading to work starts his coffee maker by p More

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Europe: A Day in the Unelectrified Life, by Renault

Carlos Tavares, the former Nissan Americas head, recently was named the new chief operating officer at Renault. Along with Renault-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, Mr. Tavares has been an outspoken proponent of electric vehicles, appearing at various conferences to tout the Nissan Leaf E.V. and sound the trumpet for strengthening private and public outlays for E.V. infrastructure.

While his ne More

Carlos Tavares, the former Nissan Americas head, recently was named the new chief operating officer at Renault. Along with Renault-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, Mr. Tavares has been an outspoken proponent of electric vehicles, appearing at various conferences to tout the Nissan Leaf E.V. and sound the trumpet for strengthening private and public outlays for E.V. infrastructure.

While his ne More

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New phone app aims to ease electric car drivers’ ‘range anxiety’

“Running on empty” is both a great Jackson Browne song and a rite of passage no driver would care to repeat.

But you’ve probably done it. There’s no worse feeling than sitting in your car and anxiously eyeing the gas gauge as it hovers below the empty line.

With purely electric vehicles now hitting the streets in appreciable droves, “running on fumes” is no longer an is More

“Running on empty” is both a great Jackson Browne song and a rite of passage no driver would care to repeat.

But you’ve probably done it. There’s no worse feeling than sitting in your car and anxiously eyeing the gas gauge as it hovers below the empty line.

With purely electric vehicles now hitting the streets in appreciable droves, “running on fumes” is no longer an is More

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USA: Are EV Dealers Claiming $7500 Tax Credit For Themselves? GM, Nissan Think Not

A dramatic report from a Virginia-based non-profit claims that Chevrolet dealerships are stealing a federal tax credit from customers, but General Motors says that’s not the case, and that the accusations are “confused.”

To help offset the high cost of new green cars, the federal government offers buyers of electric cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf a $7500 tax credit. Howe More

A dramatic report from a Virginia-based non-profit claims that Chevrolet dealerships are stealing a federal tax credit from customers, but General Motors says that’s not the case, and that the accusations are “confused.”

To help offset the high cost of new green cars, the federal government offers buyers of electric cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf a $7500 tax credit. Howe More

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USA: Surrey pumped to offer alternative fuel sources at new gas stations

Surrey has passed a bylaw that will require all new gas stations in the city to offer at least one alternative fuel source.

Photograph by: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters

Leaded, un-leaded or hydrogen?

Those are options that Surrey drivers may soon have at the pumps.

Surrey city council passed a bylaw at a council meeting Monday night that will require future gas stations op More

Surrey has passed a bylaw that will require all new gas stations in the city to offer at least one alternative fuel source.

Photograph by: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters

Leaded, un-leaded or hydrogen?

Those are options that Surrey drivers may soon have at the pumps.

Surrey city council passed a bylaw at a council meeting Monday night that will require future gas stations op More

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USA: GE Converts Parking Lot to Solar Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

Just the other day, Cleantechnica reported that GE foresees the cost of solar power falling below that of fossil fuels and nuclear energy within the next five years, and the tech giant has wasted no time positioning itself to ride that transition. Its latest move is a foray into solar power installations at parking lots, and true to form the company pulled out all the stops for this one. One of th More

Just the other day, Cleantechnica reported that GE foresees the cost of solar power falling below that of fossil fuels and nuclear energy within the next five years, and the tech giant has wasted no time positioning itself to ride that transition. Its latest move is a foray into solar power installations at parking lots, and true to form the company pulled out all the stops for this one. One of th More

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USA: Car Charging Group to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for the City of West Palm Beach

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., May 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Car Charging Group Inc. (OTCBB:CCGI), a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services with the mission to own and build-out a nationwide network of EV charging stations, announced it has completed the installations of seven EV charging stations for the city of West Palm Beach, Fl.

“We’re thrilled to be working with t More

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., May 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Car Charging Group Inc. (OTCBB:CCGI), a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services with the mission to own and build-out a nationwide network of EV charging stations, announced it has completed the installations of seven EV charging stations for the city of West Palm Beach, Fl.

“We’re thrilled to be working with t More

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Carlos Ghosn: The little things matter

April 19, 2006
Carlos Ghosn is world famous. In Japan, he’s rockstar famous. He’s most famous, of course, for the amazing turnaround of Nissan. That’s a very a big thing. But to Carlos Ghosn, the little things are also crucial. In The Ghosn Factor, for example, Miguel Rivas-Micoud recounts how Ghosn made a special effort to painstakingly learn the proper way to use Japanese More

April 19, 2006
Carlos Ghosn is world famous. In Japan, he’s rockstar famous. He’s most famous, of course, for the amazing turnaround of Nissan. That’s a very a big thing. But to Carlos Ghosn, the little things are also crucial. In The Ghosn Factor, for example, Miguel Rivas-Micoud recounts how Ghosn made a special effort to painstakingly learn the proper way to use Japanese More

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USA: Bill Ford looks ahead

The auto industry faces the biggest disruption since the launch of the Model T. Infotech is radically transforming what we drive and how we will travel.

FORTUNE — For more than 30 years, Bill Ford, 54, has pushed his company and the auto industry to be more environmentally friendly. Soon after the great-grandson of Henry Ford first went to work in 1979, he was asked by Ford’s CE More

The auto industry faces the biggest disruption since the launch of the Model T. Infotech is radically transforming what we drive and how we will travel.

FORTUNE — For more than 30 years, Bill Ford, 54, has pushed his company and the auto industry to be more environmentally friendly. Soon after the great-grandson of Henry Ford first went to work in 1979, he was asked by Ford’s CE More

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USA: ORNL Marks Completion of Solar-Assisted EV Charging Stations

Newswise — OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 25, 2011 – With 125 solar-assisted electric vehicle charging stations to be built from Knoxville to Memphis, Tennessee is poised to lead the nation with an electric vehicle demonstration project led by the Department of Energy and industry partners.

At a ceremony today at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, industry and lab officials celebrated the completion More

Newswise — OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 25, 2011 – With 125 solar-assisted electric vehicle charging stations to be built from Knoxville to Memphis, Tennessee is poised to lead the nation with an electric vehicle demonstration project led by the Department of Energy and industry partners.

At a ceremony today at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, industry and lab officials celebrated the completion More

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Europe: Zetsche Says Germany May Miss Electric Car Goal, Bild Reports

Daimler AG (DAI) Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche said Germany will fail to reach a goal of putting one million electric vehicles on Germany’s roads by 2021 if the government doesn’t offer subsidies for the cars, Bild newspaper said, citing an interview with the manager.
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Daimler AG (DAI) Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche said Germany will fail to reach a goal of putting one million electric vehicles on Germany’s roads by 2021 if the government doesn’t offer subsidies for the cars, Bild newspaper said, citing an interview with the manager.
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USA: EPA, DOT Unveil the Next Generation of Fuel Economy Labels

WASHINGTON th The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today are unveiling new fuel economy labels that will help consumers take advantage of the increased efficiency standards achieved under the Obama Administration that will save families money at the pump starting this year.

(Media-Newswire.com) – WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Tra More

WASHINGTON th The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today are unveiling new fuel economy labels that will help consumers take advantage of the increased efficiency standards achieved under the Obama Administration that will save families money at the pump starting this year.

(Media-Newswire.com) – WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Tra More

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Mitsubishi iMiEV vs. Renault Fluence Z.E. / Kangoo Z.E. – Electric Kings

The two “Mohicans” who are embarking on an extremely difficult road, but at least as are necessary Mitsubishi (iMiEV model) and Renault (Fluence ZE model). If Mitsubishi and Citroen have already removed the little cars selling electricity and can be ordered in showrooms this fall R More

The two “Mohicans” who are embarking on an extremely difficult road, but at least as are necessary Mitsubishi (iMiEV model) and Renault (Fluence ZE model). If Mitsubishi and Citroen have already removed the little cars selling electricity and can be ordered in showrooms this fall R More

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