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BMW, Tendril will build demonstration home ‘wired’ for ActivE electric vehicle

BMW and Boulder, CO-based energy management company Tendril will build a demonstration home designed to power BMW’s ActiveE electric vehicle while minimizing the home and the car’s carbon footprint, the New York Times reported.

The home, which will be built at BMW’s S More

BMW and Boulder, CO-based energy management company Tendril will build a demonstration home designed to power BMW’s ActiveE electric vehicle while minimizing the home and the car’s carbon footprint, the New York Times reported.

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USA: States Mull Electric-Vehicle Incentives, Impediments

Ill. fee hike would fund rebates; Kansas bill would impose EV “gas” tax

CSP Daily News | January 27, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A new report designed to spark electric vehicle (EV) usage in Illinois calls for a $1 boost in the state license plate fee to help bankroll rebates and grants for alternative fuel vehicles, reported the Bloomington Pantagraph.

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Ill. fee hike would fund rebates; Kansas bill would impose EV “gas” tax

CSP Daily News | January 27, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A new report designed to spark electric vehicle (EV) usage in Illinois calls for a $1 boost in the state license plate fee to help bankroll rebates and grants for alternative fuel vehicles, reported the Bloomington Pantagraph.

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Isreal: Better Place gets its Israeli battery swap system up and running

Better Place has one of the more unique ways of dealing with exhausted electric car batteries. While it does offer charging stations which take quite a while to charge your battery, it also offers the option of simply switching it out. A 100 car fleet of electric vehicles will now begin testing the infrastructure which stretches across Israel.

Way back in 2008, we reported on Better Place More

Better Place has one of the more unique ways of dealing with exhausted electric car batteries. While it does offer charging stations which take quite a while to charge your battery, it also offers the option of simply switching it out. A 100 car fleet of electric vehicles will now begin testing the infrastructure which stretches across Israel.

Way back in 2008, we reported on Better Place More

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China’s Largest Electric Car Charging Station Opens in Beijing

China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping station has been put into operation in Beijing, sources with the city’s power supply authorities said Sunday

China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping station has been put into operation in Beijing, sources with the city’s power supply authorities said Sunday.

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China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping station has been put into operation in Beijing, sources with the city’s power supply authorities said Sunday

China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping station has been put into operation in Beijing, sources with the city’s power supply authorities said Sunday.

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Free video: Revenge of the Electric Car

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USA: Can California change US cars forever? New zero-emissions rules take aim.

California has adopted new rules that require 15 percent of all cars sold in the state to be electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen-powered by 2025. Perhaps surprisingly, automakers are onboard.

Confirming its role as a national trend-setter on auto emissions, California passed stringent new standards Friday intended to boost the production and sale of electric and hybrid vehicles here and n More

California has adopted new rules that require 15 percent of all cars sold in the state to be electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen-powered by 2025. Perhaps surprisingly, automakers are onboard.

Confirming its role as a national trend-setter on auto emissions, California passed stringent new standards Friday intended to boost the production and sale of electric and hybrid vehicles here and n More

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USA: Despite late arrival, Prius beats Volt

Toyota scored a victory in 2011 as U.S. deliveries of its Prius wagon in 10 weeks topped sales of GM’s Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid that was available all year.

Toyota sold 8,399 of the hybrid wagon, which didn’t arrive at U.S. dealerships until the last week of October, said Carly Schaffner, a company spokeswoman. GM de-livered 7,671 rechargeable Volts in 2011 and 7,997 in the More

Toyota scored a victory in 2011 as U.S. deliveries of its Prius wagon in 10 weeks topped sales of GM’s Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid that was available all year.

Toyota sold 8,399 of the hybrid wagon, which didn’t arrive at U.S. dealerships until the last week of October, said Carly Schaffner, a company spokeswoman. GM de-livered 7,671 rechargeable Volts in 2011 and 7,997 in the More

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USA: Pennsylvania State Senate Passes Greenleaf’s Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Bill

The legislation would allow drivers to operate the compact, environmentally friendly vehicles in areas with speed limits between 25 and 35 miles per hour.

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The legislation would allow drivers to operate the compact, environmentally friendly vehicles in areas with speed limits between 25 and 35 miles per hour.

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USA: A big bet on electric vehicle manufacturing goes bust

This Think City electric car and many others await additional assembly at a plant in Elkhart, Ind. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune / January 10, 2012)

Production of electric vehicles and batteries was supposed to create high-tech jobs in Indiana. Think City and Ener1 set up shop, enticed by government incentives. B More

This Think City electric car and many others await additional assembly at a plant in Elkhart, Ind. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune / January 10, 2012)

Production of electric vehicles and batteries was supposed to create high-tech jobs in Indiana. Think City and Ener1 set up shop, enticed by government incentives. B More

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USA: Honda Begins Deliveries of Battery-Powered Fit

HONDA has begun handing over the keys to its all-electric Fit EV. The first of the 2013-model cars have been delivered to Google, Stanford University and the city of Torrance, Calif., in advance of the public introduction this summer.

The three first cars will be part of a de More

HONDA has begun handing over the keys to its all-electric Fit EV. The first of the 2013-model cars have been delivered to Google, Stanford University and the city of Torrance, Calif., in advance of the public introduction this summer.

The three first cars will be part of a de More

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USA: Chevrolet Volt Ads Look to Rebuild Confidence in Electric Vehicle [Video]

GM has a long road ahead of them to rebuild consumer confidence in the Chevrolet Volt after months of negative press surrounding the fire risk of their extended-range electric vehicle.

The advertising campaign will focus on just how safe the Volt is and will include full-page ads in 19 different US newspapers including The New York Times, along with television ads. The launch of the ad camp More

GM has a long road ahead of them to rebuild consumer confidence in the Chevrolet Volt after months of negative press surrounding the fire risk of their extended-range electric vehicle.

The advertising campaign will focus on just how safe the Volt is and will include full-page ads in 19 different US newspapers including The New York Times, along with television ads. The launch of the ad camp More

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USA: MU to co-host electric vehicle safety training for first responders

COLUMBIA — First responders can learn how to deal with electric vehicles in emergencies during a training session Saturday in the Chamber Auditorium at the MU Student Center.

The National Fire Protection Association and the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute will host the electric vehicle safety training session beginning at 8 a.m.

The eight-hour session is part of the associ More

COLUMBIA — First responders can learn how to deal with electric vehicles in emergencies during a training session Saturday in the Chamber Auditorium at the MU Student Center.

The National Fire Protection Association and the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute will host the electric vehicle safety training session beginning at 8 a.m.

The eight-hour session is part of the associ More

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USA: Company aims to build viable electric car in Md

Car on display at University of Maryland, which provided funding

Alex Ratushny, a student and co-op at the wind tunnel, runs the… (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

January 26, 2012|By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — Genovation Cars Inc., a Rockville-based company, wants to do what many in the auto industry have failed to do — build a fully electric, battery More

Car on display at University of Maryland, which provided funding

Alex Ratushny, a student and co-op at the wind tunnel, runs the… (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

January 26, 2012|By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — Genovation Cars Inc., a Rockville-based company, wants to do what many in the auto industry have failed to do — build a fully electric, battery More

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USA: High-Speed Test Drive of Tesla Model S

Wherein your humble narrator test-drives the new Tesla Sedan against the EV company’s wishes.

Greentech Media was invited by Tesla Motors to pilot a test drive in the new Model S beta at their Palo Alto, California facility.

The beta is the phase of vehicle development before it reaches full production.

I arrived, sporting my flame-retardant one-piece test suit and helmet, More

Wherein your humble narrator test-drives the new Tesla Sedan against the EV company’s wishes.

Greentech Media was invited by Tesla Motors to pilot a test drive in the new Model S beta at their Palo Alto, California facility.

The beta is the phase of vehicle development before it reaches full production.

I arrived, sporting my flame-retardant one-piece test suit and helmet, More

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GM Working with Automakers Toward Fast Electric Charger

Chevy Volt team just said that GM is working with several other automakers toward producing a common fast charger for electric cars such as Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-Miev.

This afternoon at 1PM Eastern Time Rob Peterson and Michelle Malcho with Chevrolet Communications, joined with Dough Wernert and Grant Kenny from ChevroletVoltage.com were holding a Facebook web chat discus More

Chevy Volt team just said that GM is working with several other automakers toward producing a common fast charger for electric cars such as Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-Miev.

This afternoon at 1PM Eastern Time Rob Peterson and Michelle Malcho with Chevrolet Communications, joined with Dough Wernert and Grant Kenny from ChevroletVoltage.com were holding a Facebook web chat discus More

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USA: MyFord Mobile App Aims to Electrify EV Owners

At CES, Ford demonstrated for Discovery News a beta version of the MyFord Mobile app it hopes will energize and empower Focus Electric drivers, by making ownership easier and more fun. Set to coincide with the official Focus Electric release, the app will launch for Android, Blackberry and iOS smart phones, as well as feature phones with WAP 2.0-supported browsers and any device (including desktop More

At CES, Ford demonstrated for Discovery News a beta version of the MyFord Mobile app it hopes will energize and empower Focus Electric drivers, by making ownership easier and more fun. Set to coincide with the official Focus Electric release, the app will launch for Android, Blackberry and iOS smart phones, as well as feature phones with WAP 2.0-supported browsers and any device (including desktop More

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Ford C-MAX Energi garners 2012 Green Car Vision Award

The 2013 C-MAX Energi hybrid headlines Ford’s transformed lineup, one third of which will feature a model with 40 mpg or more in 2012. The new C-MAX is targeted to achieve better fuel economy than Toyota Prius V.
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GreenCar Journal dubbed the Ford C-MAX Energi winner of the 2012 Green Car Vision Award yesterday at the Washington Auto Show. This is the second consecut More

The 2013 C-MAX Energi hybrid headlines Ford’s transformed lineup, one third of which will feature a model with 40 mpg or more in 2012. The new C-MAX is targeted to achieve better fuel economy than Toyota Prius V.
(Credit: Ford)
GreenCar Journal dubbed the Ford C-MAX Energi winner of the 2012 Green Car Vision Award yesterday at the Washington Auto Show. This is the second consecut More

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Europe: New electric BMW i5 to launch in 2015urope:

BMW will launch a mid-range MPV in 2015 to add to its ‘Project i’ series of upcoming electric vehicles, according German motoring magazine Auto Bild.

The BMW i5 will fill the gap between the diminutive i3 pure-electric compact hatch, due to go on sale at the end of 2013, and the i8 plug-in hybri More

BMW will launch a mid-range MPV in 2015 to add to its ‘Project i’ series of upcoming electric vehicles, according German motoring magazine Auto Bild.

The BMW i5 will fill the gap between the diminutive i3 pure-electric compact hatch, due to go on sale at the end of 2013, and the i8 plug-in hybri More

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USA: Santa Monica home to 7 new charging stations

CITYWIDE — When it comes to charging electric vehicles, it’s out with the old and in with the new.

Santa Monica is now home to seven new, publicly-accessible electrical vehicle charging stations that have been strategically placed in high-traffic areas like Santa Monica Place, the Civic C More

CITYWIDE — When it comes to charging electric vehicles, it’s out with the old and in with the new.

Santa Monica is now home to seven new, publicly-accessible electrical vehicle charging stations that have been strategically placed in high-traffic areas like Santa Monica Place, the Civic C More

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USA: Community Hospital Long Beach Installs Electric Car Charging Station

1:50pm | After months of research and hard work, a physician’s “green” dream has become a reality. Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB) has opened two new GE WattStation Wall Mounts – to charge electric cars – for physicians, employees and visitors to use. The addition of the new wall mounts will help CHLB be a greener hospital by offering charging stations to the many visitors o More

1:50pm | After months of research and hard work, a physician’s “green” dream has become a reality. Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB) has opened two new GE WattStation Wall Mounts – to charge electric cars – for physicians, employees and visitors to use. The addition of the new wall mounts will help CHLB be a greener hospital by offering charging stations to the many visitors o More

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USA: Environmentalists laud California’s electric-car mandate

Environmentalists are thrilled about California’s adoption of the toughest, new clean-air regulations in the country that will mandate that one out of seven cars sold in 2025 are plug-ins or full electrics.

In particular, they say that the mandate will help lower prices of electric cars because it will force more of them to be manufactured. Makers will finally achieve economies of sca More

Environmentalists are thrilled about California’s adoption of the toughest, new clean-air regulations in the country that will mandate that one out of seven cars sold in 2025 are plug-ins or full electrics.

In particular, they say that the mandate will help lower prices of electric cars because it will force more of them to be manufactured. Makers will finally achieve economies of sca More

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USA: Bus Board Approves Charging Station For Electric Vehicles

The Sunset Empire Transit Center will be the first site in Astoria to get an electric vehicle charging station added to its parking lot.

After several discussions – most in executive session – the board of directors approved the 15-year lease agreement Thursday with Aero Vironment, Inc., a company from California trying to stay a step ahead of the curve for the pending electric car tren More

The Sunset Empire Transit Center will be the first site in Astoria to get an electric vehicle charging station added to its parking lot.

After several discussions – most in executive session – the board of directors approved the 15-year lease agreement Thursday with Aero Vironment, Inc., a company from California trying to stay a step ahead of the curve for the pending electric car tren More

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UK: Culham firm develops battery for Cybergo driverless bus

Culham firm develops battery for Cybergo driverless bus
Advertisement26 January 2012 Last updated at 14:57 ET Help An Oxfordshire company has developed a battery to power a public transport vehicle that is able to drive itself.

Cybergo uses a combination of GPS, lasers and cameras to navigate without the aid of a driver.

OXIS Energy in Culham has made the rechargeable lithium b More

Culham firm develops battery for Cybergo driverless bus
Advertisement26 January 2012 Last updated at 14:57 ET Help An Oxfordshire company has developed a battery to power a public transport vehicle that is able to drive itself.

Cybergo uses a combination of GPS, lasers and cameras to navigate without the aid of a driver.

OXIS Energy in Culham has made the rechargeable lithium b More

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Electric vehicle batteries drive materials market – report

In a newly released report, “New Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries -2012”, from industry analyst NanoMarkets predicts that growing need for performance batteries in consumer electronics and hybrid/electric vehicles will create a large market for novel lithium battery electrode materials.

Revenues from non-conventional electrode materials are expected to reach around $1.3bn More

In a newly released report, “New Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries -2012”, from industry analyst NanoMarkets predicts that growing need for performance batteries in consumer electronics and hybrid/electric vehicles will create a large market for novel lithium battery electrode materials.

Revenues from non-conventional electrode materials are expected to reach around $1.3bn More

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USA: GM CEO Defends Chevrolet Volt in Written Testimony, Hearing Before Congress

GM CEO Dan Akerson with the Chevrolet Volt (Source: mlive.com)In addition to Akerson, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland testified in favor of the Volt

The Chevrolet Volt’s reputation took a bit of a beating throughout 2011 after a few battery fire incidents. In May 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a side-impact crash test on the Volt, and More

GM CEO Dan Akerson with the Chevrolet Volt (Source: mlive.com)In addition to Akerson, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland testified in favor of the Volt

The Chevrolet Volt’s reputation took a bit of a beating throughout 2011 after a few battery fire incidents. In May 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a side-impact crash test on the Volt, and More

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USA: January e-News from Plug In America

I want to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who responded to Plug In America’s year-end request for donations, as well as our campaign to extend the federal EV and infrastructure tax credits which expired December 31st. Both calls for support resulted in the best December receipts ever in our history. On behalf of the board, staff, and volunteers at Plug In America, thank you! More

I want to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who responded to Plug In America’s year-end request for donations, as well as our campaign to extend the federal EV and infrastructure tax credits which expired December 31st. Both calls for support resulted in the best December receipts ever in our history. On behalf of the board, staff, and volunteers at Plug In America, thank you! More

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Europe: Chevrolet Cruze station wagon to be launched in Geneva

Chevrolet Cruze will get the Station Wagon version at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, as the North American based automaker recently announced.

Even if the Chevy Cruze SW has been announced to make its debu More

Chevrolet Cruze will get the Station Wagon version at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, as the North American based automaker recently announced.

Even if the Chevy Cruze SW has been announced to make its debu More

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USA: Ford to Triple EcoBoost Vehfficle Production Capacity in 2012

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•Ford will offer fuel-efficient EcoBoost™ engines in 11 vehicles in 2012, up from seven in 2011, tripling the production capacity of EcoBoost-equipped Ford vehicles. Expanded availability in high-volume nameplates helps make fuel economy more affordable for hundreds of thousands of drivers
•Delivering up to 20 percent better fuel economy than conventional engines, EcoBoost us More

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•Ford will offer fuel-efficient EcoBoost™ engines in 11 vehicles in 2012, up from seven in 2011, tripling the production capacity of EcoBoost-equipped Ford vehicles. Expanded availability in high-volume nameplates helps make fuel economy more affordable for hundreds of thousands of drivers
•Delivering up to 20 percent better fuel economy than conventional engines, EcoBoost us More

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Canada: Galaxy Resources has moved light years ahead

Increased demand of lithium batteries will help Galaxy grow.

GALAXY Resources has come a long way since its early days as a lithium explorer.

It has now moved into production at its Mt Cattlin mine near Ravensthorpe, it has interests in a Canadian deposit, and is set to open the wor More

Increased demand of lithium batteries will help Galaxy grow.

GALAXY Resources has come a long way since its early days as a lithium explorer.

It has now moved into production at its Mt Cattlin mine near Ravensthorpe, it has interests in a Canadian deposit, and is set to open the wor More

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New NanoMarkets Report Projects Strong Growth for Lithium Battery Electrode Materials

GLEN ALLEN, Va., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — In a newly released report, “New Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries -2012”, industry analyst firm NanoMarkets projects that the need for higher performance batteries for consumer electronics, hybrid/electric vehicles and other applications will quickly create a large market for novel lithium battery electrode mat More

GLEN ALLEN, Va., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — In a newly released report, “New Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries -2012”, industry analyst firm NanoMarkets projects that the need for higher performance batteries for consumer electronics, hybrid/electric vehicles and other applications will quickly create a large market for novel lithium battery electrode mat More

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