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USA: Volt Drawing New Faces to Chevrolet Dealerships

DETROIT – For Chevrolet dealers in the Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic states, the arrival of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range means new faces coming through the doors of their stores.

“We’ve been here a long time and the Volt is bringing in people we have never seen before,” said Alan Starling, a dealer in Starling Chevrolet in St. Cloud, Fla.

Sta More

DETROIT – For Chevrolet dealers in the Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic states, the arrival of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range means new faces coming through the doors of their stores.

“We’ve been here a long time and the Volt is bringing in people we have never seen before,” said Alan Starling, a dealer in Starling Chevrolet in St. Cloud, Fla.

Sta More

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Europe: Frankfurt show to push electric cars; survey shows battery apathy

///////////////////Hundreds of thousands of Germans are expected to throng by the exhibits at the biennial Frankfurt Auto Show next month and most manufacturers will be showing their latest ideas on electric cars as well as their most exciting new conventional machines.

All the world’s big automobile manufacturers are spending huge amounts of capital on new ideas for power plants tha More

///////////////////Hundreds of thousands of Germans are expected to throng by the exhibits at the biennial Frankfurt Auto Show next month and most manufacturers will be showing their latest ideas on electric cars as well as their most exciting new conventional machines.

All the world’s big automobile manufacturers are spending huge amounts of capital on new ideas for power plants tha More

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USA: Museum installing electric vehicle charging station

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is installing the first electric vehicle charging station in downtown Roanoke.

Beverly T. Fitzpatrick Jr., the museum’s executive director, said installation of the Eaton Level 2 Pow-R-Station is part of its efforts to highlight emerging transportation technologies and their effect on community development. “Alternative energies and fuels have an im More

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is installing the first electric vehicle charging station in downtown Roanoke.

Beverly T. Fitzpatrick Jr., the museum’s executive director, said installation of the Eaton Level 2 Pow-R-Station is part of its efforts to highlight emerging transportation technologies and their effect on community development. “Alternative energies and fuels have an im More

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USA: Public Charging in the EV Future: Why Proposed California Law AB 475 Needs to Be Enacted

For years, members of California’s EV community have been whirring about in their golf carts, Th!nks, GEMs, and other electric runabouts (until 2003, that included a bunch of GM EV1s), and parking in a limited number of public spots equipped with charging stations at malls, airports, and the occasional Mickey D’s. But the promise of more plug-in vehicles from several automakers—tens of thous More

For years, members of California’s EV community have been whirring about in their golf carts, Th!nks, GEMs, and other electric runabouts (until 2003, that included a bunch of GM EV1s), and parking in a limited number of public spots equipped with charging stations at malls, airports, and the occasional Mickey D’s. But the promise of more plug-in vehicles from several automakers—tens of thous More

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Europe: Plug-in Hybrid bus under development at Volvo

Volvo has sold more than 250 hybrid buses. The company is now developing a chargeable electric motor and a battery along with the internal combustion engine that can reduce emissions up to 35%. Read on to know more about Volvo’s future hybrid buses

The new hybrid More

Volvo has sold more than 250 hybrid buses. The company is now developing a chargeable electric motor and a battery along with the internal combustion engine that can reduce emissions up to 35%. Read on to know more about Volvo’s future hybrid buses

The new hybrid More

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USA: Ford Evos Concept: A Techy, Sexy Plug-In Hybrid

This morning Ford has taken off the veil of its latest concept car, called simply the “Evos.” A design study more than a planned production car, the Evos gives us a glimpse of what future Fords may look like. Bonus; it’s a plug-in hybrid.

Now I don’t know about you, but I think this is a dam More

This morning Ford has taken off the veil of its latest concept car, called simply the “Evos.” A design study more than a planned production car, the Evos gives us a glimpse of what future Fords may look like. Bonus; it’s a plug-in hybrid.

Now I don’t know about you, but I think this is a dam More

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USA: Hertz joins Enterprise in renting electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids

Next time you rent a car in California, it could be an electric vehicle (EV) such as the Nissan Leaf or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEVs) such as the Chevrolet Volt. Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz are offering EVs and PHEVs in a handful of locations in California and elsewhere in the US as a traditional rental or as a Zipcar-like sharing service. Some rental locations are in upscale hotel More

Next time you rent a car in California, it could be an electric vehicle (EV) such as the Nissan Leaf or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEVs) such as the Chevrolet Volt. Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz are offering EVs and PHEVs in a handful of locations in California and elsewhere in the US as a traditional rental or as a Zipcar-like sharing service. Some rental locations are in upscale hotel More

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USA: P’ville to get 12 car charging stations

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – The city of Pflugerville will receive 12 Coulomb Technologies, Inc. electric vehicle charging stations in conjunction with the ChargePoint America Grant program, available to cities for the development of stations for public use.

In return, the city is responsible for installation and maintenance, must allow usage of the charger by the general public and a More

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – The city of Pflugerville will receive 12 Coulomb Technologies, Inc. electric vehicle charging stations in conjunction with the ChargePoint America Grant program, available to cities for the development of stations for public use.

In return, the city is responsible for installation and maintenance, must allow usage of the charger by the general public and a More

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USA/Korea: Why GM is jumping into bed with the South Koreans

Over the weekend, the New York Times Magazine ran out an interesting piece on a big U.S. problem — its much-weakened capacity to manufacture consumer products. The piece, by Jon Gertner, tells the story of the Obama Administration’s effort to start restoring that ability through an energy policy focusing on advanced batteries. It’s a controversial policy — Washington has di More

Over the weekend, the New York Times Magazine ran out an interesting piece on a big U.S. problem — its much-weakened capacity to manufacture consumer products. The piece, by Jon Gertner, tells the story of the Obama Administration’s effort to start restoring that ability through an energy policy focusing on advanced batteries. It’s a controversial policy — Washington has di More

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USA: Car Charging Group to Charge for Electric Vehicle (EV) Services at Stations Across Country

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Aug 15, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Car Charging Group Inc. /quotes/zigman/4181752 CCGI +10.00% an electric vehicle charging service provider, announced today that it will begin charging on an hourly basis for the fueling of EVs at its charging stations across the country.

“While establishing and pursuing our goal of owning and building out a nationwide More

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Aug 15, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Car Charging Group Inc. /quotes/zigman/4181752 CCGI +10.00% an electric vehicle charging service provider, announced today that it will begin charging on an hourly basis for the fueling of EVs at its charging stations across the country.

“While establishing and pursuing our goal of owning and building out a nationwide More

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Canada: 2011 Nissan Leaf ‘Sells Out’ In Canada? Not Quite

On August 27th, Nissan North America opened up online reservations for the 2011 Nissan Leaf to Canadian buyers.

Two hours later, Nissan had received more reservations than it had cars to sell, prompting some news outlets to report that the car was sold out.

Just 40 cars

While we’re happy to see that the 2011 Nissan Leaf is just as popular in Canada with early adopters as it More

On August 27th, Nissan North America opened up online reservations for the 2011 Nissan Leaf to Canadian buyers.

Two hours later, Nissan had received more reservations than it had cars to sell, prompting some news outlets to report that the car was sold out.

Just 40 cars

While we’re happy to see that the 2011 Nissan Leaf is just as popular in Canada with early adopters as it More

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USA: Batteries for Energy Storage: New Developments Promise Grid Flexibility and Stability

By Tildy Bayar, Contributor
August 30, 2011 | 22 Comments
Integrating variable output renewable generation into the grid means balancing supply and demand. Tildy Bayar looks at developments in large-scale battery energy storage solution.

Balancing power supply and demand is always a complex process. When large volumes of renewables such as solar PV, wind and tidal energy, More

By Tildy Bayar, Contributor
August 30, 2011 | 22 Comments
Integrating variable output renewable generation into the grid means balancing supply and demand. Tildy Bayar looks at developments in large-scale battery energy storage solution.

Balancing power supply and demand is always a complex process. When large volumes of renewables such as solar PV, wind and tidal energy, More

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Japan: Nissan, Mitsubishi May be Working to Standardize System to Power Homes Through EVs

TOKYO -– Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. aim to jointly develop a technology that allows electric vehicle owners to power their homes from car batteries, a news report says.

Cooperation could lead to unified standards for the te More

TOKYO -– Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. aim to jointly develop a technology that allows electric vehicle owners to power their homes from car batteries, a news report says.

Cooperation could lead to unified standards for the te More

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USA: Battery Management IC Protects High Current Loads

Power Electronics Technology Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) To meet the higher current requirements of next-generation Li-ion-powered equipment, Texas Instruments has introduced a fully integrated battery protection and cell-balancing solution for high power battery packs. The bq77910 battery management/protection IC (Fig. 1.) is intended for Cordless Power Tools, Cordless Lawn Equipment, Electric Bi More

Power Electronics Technology Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) To meet the higher current requirements of next-generation Li-ion-powered equipment, Texas Instruments has introduced a fully integrated battery protection and cell-balancing solution for high power battery packs. The bq77910 battery management/protection IC (Fig. 1.) is intended for Cordless Power Tools, Cordless Lawn Equipment, Electric Bi More

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China: As Sales Slump, BYD Exec Says Auto Maker is Going Upscale

Thanks to a nagging slump in car sales, Warren Buffett-backed Chinese battery producer and auto maker BYD appears to be running short of funds to carry out its ambitious plans for electric cars and other “green” technologies. The big question: When will BYD’s sales of gasoline cars rebound?

While most industry observers are doubtful about the prospects for an early recovery, Stella Li More

Thanks to a nagging slump in car sales, Warren Buffett-backed Chinese battery producer and auto maker BYD appears to be running short of funds to carry out its ambitious plans for electric cars and other “green” technologies. The big question: When will BYD’s sales of gasoline cars rebound?

While most industry observers are doubtful about the prospects for an early recovery, Stella Li More

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USA: Electric car charging station unveiled at Atlantic Station

Atlanta is streamlining its tough permitting procedures to encourage apartment owners, families and businesses to install charging stations for electric cars.

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Atlanta is streamlining its tough permitting procedures to encourage apartment owners, families and businesses to install charging stations for electric cars.

More Atlanta area news »
Ex-Vick partner cited for kennel condition in Henry County
Driver accused of killing 3 teens back in court; funerals set
Burger cashier used bogus Groupon discounts to steal, police say
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USA: Is China Backing Away From Electric Vehicles?

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This article offers another look at China’s evolving plans for electric cars, also covered last week: China’s Electric Car Plans Unrealistic, Focus Now On Hybrids)

China’s ambitious goals for electrification of its automotive fleet call for 10 percent of the cars expected to be produced in 2015 to be EVs, as Micheal Austin reported in a “technol More

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This article offers another look at China’s evolving plans for electric cars, also covered last week: China’s Electric Car Plans Unrealistic, Focus Now On Hybrids)

China’s ambitious goals for electrification of its automotive fleet call for 10 percent of the cars expected to be produced in 2015 to be EVs, as Micheal Austin reported in a “technol More

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USA: Electric vehicles will soon be for sale in Fayetteville dealerships

By Andrew Barksdale
Staff writer

Plug-in electric cars, with their allure of a quieter and cleaner way to travel, will start showing up at Fayetteville dealerships soon.

To prepare for the green transportation alternative, the city plans to install its first electric-vehicle charging station downtown for the public to use for a fee.

It’s part of a nationwide initi More

By Andrew Barksdale
Staff writer

Plug-in electric cars, with their allure of a quieter and cleaner way to travel, will start showing up at Fayetteville dealerships soon.

To prepare for the green transportation alternative, the city plans to install its first electric-vehicle charging station downtown for the public to use for a fee.

It’s part of a nationwide initi More

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Europe: Toyota Sets Record With Electric Racing Car

Toyota has set a new lap record for electric cars at the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany with a time of 7:48, beating the previous mark of 9:01 second set earlier this year. The challenging 13-mile long road course is considered the benchmark for automotive performance.

The special More

Toyota has set a new lap record for electric cars at the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany with a time of 7:48, beating the previous mark of 9:01 second set earlier this year. The challenging 13-mile long road course is considered the benchmark for automotive performance.

The special More

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Europe: Volvo Cars, Siemens Plan Partnership to Build Electric Vehicles

Volvo Car Corp. and Siemens AG (SIE) said they plan a partnership to develop electric vehicles and aim to start testing the autos by the end of this year.

Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, will develop electric motors and charging systems with Gothenburg, Sweden- based Volvo. Siemens will try out as many as 200 Volvo electric cars under real-life conditions by late 2012 foll More

Volvo Car Corp. and Siemens AG (SIE) said they plan a partnership to develop electric vehicles and aim to start testing the autos by the end of this year.

Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, will develop electric motors and charging systems with Gothenburg, Sweden- based Volvo. Siemens will try out as many as 200 Volvo electric cars under real-life conditions by late 2012 foll More

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USA: Odyne wins plug-in hybrid contract for California trucks

Odyne Systems of Waukesha has been awarded a $2.9 million contract to install its plug-in hybrid system on commercial work trucks.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as well as the South Coast Air Quality Management District in southern California.

Through the project, Odyne will install seven hybrid power systems on bucket trucks and underground utility trucks.More

Odyne Systems of Waukesha has been awarded a $2.9 million contract to install its plug-in hybrid system on commercial work trucks.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as well as the South Coast Air Quality Management District in southern California.

Through the project, Odyne will install seven hybrid power systems on bucket trucks and underground utility trucks.More

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Europe: Ford Evos Plug-In Hybrid Concept: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show Preview

Today Ford unveiled the Evos Concept Car that will be at the center of its display at next month’s 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The bright-red concept is a sports coupe that the company says shows off an evolution of its global “kinetic design” language. It will also preview research into new ways for a driver to interact with his “personal cloud of information” v More

Today Ford unveiled the Evos Concept Car that will be at the center of its display at next month’s 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The bright-red concept is a sports coupe that the company says shows off an evolution of its global “kinetic design” language. It will also preview research into new ways for a driver to interact with his “personal cloud of information” v More

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USA: Democrats: Turn Michigan into the Silicon Valley of car batteries

Daily Tribune Staff Writer
State House and Senate Democrats went on the offensive Monday, pushing for Gov. Rick Snyder and GOP lawmakers to preserve tax incentives for the advanced battery industry that produced results under former governor Jennifer Granholm.

At a series of seven press conferences held across the state, Democratic legislators trumpeted the previous track record: As o More

Daily Tribune Staff Writer
State House and Senate Democrats went on the offensive Monday, pushing for Gov. Rick Snyder and GOP lawmakers to preserve tax incentives for the advanced battery industry that produced results under former governor Jennifer Granholm.

At a series of seven press conferences held across the state, Democratic legislators trumpeted the previous track record: As o More

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Car-Battery Shakeout Ahead

By DAVID PEARSON

PARIS—Companies making batteries for electric vehicles appear headed for a shakeout as government subsidies to foster the emerging industry could result in a glut by the middle of the decade.

Industry watchers say some companies will be acquired as the sector consolidates, while others won’t generate enough sales to achieve critical size and will go out of bu More

By DAVID PEARSON

PARIS—Companies making batteries for electric vehicles appear headed for a shakeout as government subsidies to foster the emerging industry could result in a glut by the middle of the decade.

Industry watchers say some companies will be acquired as the sector consolidates, while others won’t generate enough sales to achieve critical size and will go out of bu More

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Europe: Toyota electric race car sets EV lap record at Nürburgring

Toyota’s mission in life isn’t just making wildly popular sedans for the masses. Another division, Toyota Motorsports, exists to build fast cars. Toyota announced today they just set a record lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife for an electric vehicle.

The Nürburgring (or Nürburg Ring) is a famous race track in Germany built around the village of Nürburg. The Nordsch More

Toyota’s mission in life isn’t just making wildly popular sedans for the masses. Another division, Toyota Motorsports, exists to build fast cars. Toyota announced today they just set a record lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife for an electric vehicle.

The Nürburgring (or Nürburg Ring) is a famous race track in Germany built around the village of Nürburg. The Nordsch More

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USA: Nissan Leaf mod offers more accurate battery status, less streamlined interior

Car mods come in many forms — including, even, a piece of cardboard with some switches and an LED display. The car being modded in this case is the Nissan Leaf, and the mod in question (still in its temporary form here, thankfully) is a simple but important one. It’s a homebrew device that plugs into the Leaf’s OBD-II diagnostics port and displays the battery’s exact state More

Car mods come in many forms — including, even, a piece of cardboard with some switches and an LED display. The car being modded in this case is the Nissan Leaf, and the mod in question (still in its temporary form here, thankfully) is a simple but important one. It’s a homebrew device that plugs into the Leaf’s OBD-II diagnostics port and displays the battery’s exact state More

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Canada: Dana secures grant for battery cooling development

Dana Holding: (Maumee, OH) has secured a $2 million grant from the Canadian Province of Ontario for the ongoing development and manufacture of lithium-ion battery cooling technologies required for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. The grant will further support Dana’s efforts to provide solutions that help automakers advance alternative-energy capabilities.
To date, Dana’s More

Dana Holding: (Maumee, OH) has secured a $2 million grant from the Canadian Province of Ontario for the ongoing development and manufacture of lithium-ion battery cooling technologies required for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. The grant will further support Dana’s efforts to provide solutions that help automakers advance alternative-energy capabilities.
To date, Dana’s More

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Canada: Magna And Government Of Ontario Team Up On New EV Project

Our neighbors in the North want to see green in their future. No, not just money, but also green energy. Hence the Government of Ontario (Canada) has teamed up with one of the worlds largest automotive parts manufacturer Magna International Inc. to develop electric vehicle technologies.

The project is said to cost $441-million and will take about six-years to develop. The Ontario government More

Our neighbors in the North want to see green in their future. No, not just money, but also green energy. Hence the Government of Ontario (Canada) has teamed up with one of the worlds largest automotive parts manufacturer Magna International Inc. to develop electric vehicle technologies.

The project is said to cost $441-million and will take about six-years to develop. The Ontario government More

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USA: Leaf Rebate For Fast-Charging Tennesseans

by Steve Duda, August 30th, 2011
What’s it gonna take to get you into a Nissan Leaf today? Sure, you’ve probably heard of the $7,500 federal tax credit for an electric vehicle (EV) purchase. But if you live in Tennessee you could qualify for an additional $2,500 rebate.

The state of Tennessee announced in September 2010 that $2.5 million had been budgeted for the rebates that are More

by Steve Duda, August 30th, 2011
What’s it gonna take to get you into a Nissan Leaf today? Sure, you’ve probably heard of the $7,500 federal tax credit for an electric vehicle (EV) purchase. But if you live in Tennessee you could qualify for an additional $2,500 rebate.

The state of Tennessee announced in September 2010 that $2.5 million had been budgeted for the rebates that are More

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USA: Batteries for Energy Storage: New Developments Promise Grid Flexibility and Stability

By Tildy Bayar, Contributor
August 30, 2011 | Post Your Comment
Integrating variable output renewable generation into the grid means balancing supply and demand. Tildy Bayar looks at developments in large-scale battery energy storage solutions.
Balancing power supply and demand is always a complex process. When large volumes of renewables such as solar PV, wind and tidal en More

By Tildy Bayar, Contributor
August 30, 2011 | Post Your Comment
Integrating variable output renewable generation into the grid means balancing supply and demand. Tildy Bayar looks at developments in large-scale battery energy storage solutions.
Balancing power supply and demand is always a complex process. When large volumes of renewables such as solar PV, wind and tidal en More

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