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USA: Toyota to Debut All New RAV4 EV at EVS 26

Torrance, Calif., April 30, 2012—Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will debut the all new RAV4 EV at the 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) in Los Angeles. Toyota’s news conference will be held on Monday, May 7 at noon in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Credentialed media can receive complimentary EVS26 registration by visiting www.evs26.org.
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Torrance, Calif., April 30, 2012—Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will debut the all new RAV4 EV at the 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) in Los Angeles. Toyota’s news conference will be held on Monday, May 7 at noon in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Credentialed media can receive complimentary EVS26 registration by visiting www.evs26.org.
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April e-News from Plug In America

In this issue:
Deliverance: The First Official Nissan Leaf Delivery in Utah
Educators are Driving the rEVolution
EV Materials for the Classroom
EVS26
New Website for Educators
Dear David,
This month Plug In America focuses on education, because when it comes right down to it, plug-in education equals more consumer demand for plug-in cars and millions of EV More

In this issue:
Deliverance: The First Official Nissan Leaf Delivery in Utah
Educators are Driving the rEVolution
EV Materials for the Classroom
EVS26
New Website for Educators
Dear David,
This month Plug In America focuses on education, because when it comes right down to it, plug-in education equals more consumer demand for plug-in cars and millions of EV More

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USA: Toyota to unveil specs of game changing electric SUV, the RAV4 EV

The new Toyota RAV4 EV is the result of the Tesla-Toyota partnership, features a Tesla-provided electric drive train, and is an all-electric SUV built on a RAV4 chassis, manufactured by Toyota, specifications to be unveiled next week, and launch expected in July 2012.

Two years ago Toyota and Tesla excited the electric vehicle scene by announcing a partnership which saw Toyota joining Daiml More

The new Toyota RAV4 EV is the result of the Tesla-Toyota partnership, features a Tesla-provided electric drive train, and is an all-electric SUV built on a RAV4 chassis, manufactured by Toyota, specifications to be unveiled next week, and launch expected in July 2012.

Two years ago Toyota and Tesla excited the electric vehicle scene by announcing a partnership which saw Toyota joining Daiml More

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USA: Episode 60 – Electric Drive Transportation Association Gears Up for EVS26 in L.A.

In Episode 60 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on April 28, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Bill Acevedo, chair of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Genevieve Cullen, vice president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association. EDTA is a cross-industry trade association promoting the electrification of transportation. Previously, Cullen, a lawyer More

In Episode 60 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on April 28, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Bill Acevedo, chair of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Genevieve Cullen, vice president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association. EDTA is a cross-industry trade association promoting the electrification of transportation. Previously, Cullen, a lawyer More

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Europe/Japan: Gamesa and Toyota to nurture wind-EV synergies

Gamesa and Toyota Spain are joining forces in the field of energy-efficient mobility, signing a collaboration agreement to boost the use of electric vehicles in urban Spain. For six months the company will test the Toyota Prius Plug In to analyse its technology and the charging infrastructure needed to facilitate near-term mass rollout in Spain.

Toyota Spain is lending Gamesa a plug-in hybr More

Gamesa and Toyota Spain are joining forces in the field of energy-efficient mobility, signing a collaboration agreement to boost the use of electric vehicles in urban Spain. For six months the company will test the Toyota Prius Plug In to analyse its technology and the charging infrastructure needed to facilitate near-term mass rollout in Spain.

Toyota Spain is lending Gamesa a plug-in hybr More

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USA: Quick Drive: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

I ran a fairly extensive test of the Prius PHV last time it was in the office. The results, lower-than-expected battery range and poor mileage, were disappointing to say the least. That being said, I had a suspicion that part of this poor performance was down to the extre More

I ran a fairly extensive test of the Prius PHV last time it was in the office. The results, lower-than-expected battery range and poor mileage, were disappointing to say the least. That being said, I had a suspicion that part of this poor performance was down to the extre More

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Three keys to the next green business boom

Until we see big changes like a price on carbon or an affordable, scalable source of clean energy, it’s probably best to focus on small moves that can add up to a big difference.

FORTUNE — The clean-tech world keeps looking for a revolution, but that kind of change requires shifts in technology or policy first. Until we see big changes like a price on carbon or an affordable, sc More

Until we see big changes like a price on carbon or an affordable, scalable source of clean energy, it’s probably best to focus on small moves that can add up to a big difference.

FORTUNE — The clean-tech world keeps looking for a revolution, but that kind of change requires shifts in technology or policy first. Until we see big changes like a price on carbon or an affordable, sc More

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USA: Here’s why people dislike Chevy Volt

To the letter writer who wondered why “The Right” dislikes the Chevy Volt, I offer my two cents worth. (April 27: “Why does the ‘right’ dislike the GM Volt?”)
First, I wish to congratulate the writer’s success that he can afford to choose between BMWs and the Volt. Everyone has the right to rise in this country.
The problem with the Volt is that it is so expensive, it sim More

To the letter writer who wondered why “The Right” dislikes the Chevy Volt, I offer my two cents worth. (April 27: “Why does the ‘right’ dislike the GM Volt?”)
First, I wish to congratulate the writer’s success that he can afford to choose between BMWs and the Volt. Everyone has the right to rise in this country.
The problem with the Volt is that it is so expensive, it sim More

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USA: Electric Chevy Volt is alive and getting stronger by the day

I am responding to Pat Skrable’s April 23 “Another View” article, “Free market killed Chevy Volt, not the right wing, as libs say,” which alleges that the Chevy Volt is dead. Skrable ought to go to 3Way Chevrolet and test drive the very car he claims is dead. He will find that demand has outstripped production.

The Volt has forced the rest of the industry (Ford More

I am responding to Pat Skrable’s April 23 “Another View” article, “Free market killed Chevy Volt, not the right wing, as libs say,” which alleges that the Chevy Volt is dead. Skrable ought to go to 3Way Chevrolet and test drive the very car he claims is dead. He will find that demand has outstripped production.

The Volt has forced the rest of the industry (Ford More

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Indian car giant Tata is believed to have ditched plans to introduce an electric car in the UK.

Tata started a limited production run of the Indica Vista EV in Coventry last March, with plans to use the first models as test vehicles in public, on-the-road trials. But according to a ‘reliable source’ the Indian firm is to withdraw the vehicle and shut down the entire p More

Tata started a limited production run of the Indica Vista EV in Coventry last March, with plans to use the first models as test vehicles in public, on-the-road trials. But according to a ‘reliable source’ the Indian firm is to withdraw the vehicle and shut down the entire p More

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Ireland: Electric vehicles to get free parking if new laws are put in motion

ELECTRIC car drivers could get prime city parking spots free of charge under legislation being introduced by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.

New measures to allow local authorities to reserve certain parking spots for electric vehicles — and waive or reduce parking charges for their use — are set to be tabled within weeks.

The move is aimed at encouraging more drivers to More

ELECTRIC car drivers could get prime city parking spots free of charge under legislation being introduced by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.

New measures to allow local authorities to reserve certain parking spots for electric vehicles — and waive or reduce parking charges for their use — are set to be tabled within weeks.

The move is aimed at encouraging more drivers to More

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Isreal: Electric-car buyers to get thousands of shekels in tax benefits from Israeli government

New incentive involves lowering purchase tax on vehicles that pollute less, resulting in a saving of NIS 6,000 to NIS 10,000 for car buyers.

Motorists who buy electric-powered cars and some hybrid cars are to get additional tax benefits in a bid to encourage more Israelis to purchase these greener models, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz announced on Sunday.

The new incentive involves More

New incentive involves lowering purchase tax on vehicles that pollute less, resulting in a saving of NIS 6,000 to NIS 10,000 for car buyers.

Motorists who buy electric-powered cars and some hybrid cars are to get additional tax benefits in a bid to encourage more Israelis to purchase these greener models, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz announced on Sunday.

The new incentive involves More

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USA: Toyota RAV4 EV to Debut May 7

It’s been nearly two years since Toyota announced its collaboration with Tesla Motors to bring electric variants of the RAV4 to market in 2012. We first got a glimpse of what that model might look like through a demonstration prototype unveiled at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show.

Toyota is now prepar More

It’s been nearly two years since Toyota announced its collaboration with Tesla Motors to bring electric variants of the RAV4 to market in 2012. We first got a glimpse of what that model might look like through a demonstration prototype unveiled at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show.

Toyota is now prepar More

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USA: Plugless Power(TM) Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging on Display at EVS26 May 6th — 9th

EVS26 attendees can test drive a wireless charging equipped EV, interact with user interfaces, and see vehicle integration details while visiting Plugless Power booth #1115

WYTHEVILLE, Va., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Evatran(TM), the developer of Plugless Power wireless recharging technology for electric vehicles, will welcome EVS26 attendees at the Los Angeles Conventio More

EVS26 attendees can test drive a wireless charging equipped EV, interact with user interfaces, and see vehicle integration details while visiting Plugless Power booth #1115

WYTHEVILLE, Va., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Evatran(TM), the developer of Plugless Power wireless recharging technology for electric vehicles, will welcome EVS26 attendees at the Los Angeles Conventio More

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Must-Ask Eco Questions: Buying an Electric Vehicle

If you’re shopping around for a new car, you may be considering one of the many electric vehicles (EVs) currently on the market. But will an EV really cut your fuel costs? And which type of EV works best with your driving habits: an all-electric car like the Nissan LEAF or a plug-in model like the Chevy Volt?

Earth911 rounded up seven questions that will help you determine if an EV is a r More

If you’re shopping around for a new car, you may be considering one of the many electric vehicles (EVs) currently on the market. But will an EV really cut your fuel costs? And which type of EV works best with your driving habits: an all-electric car like the Nissan LEAF or a plug-in model like the Chevy Volt?

Earth911 rounded up seven questions that will help you determine if an EV is a r More

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USA: Electric car chargers now on Market Street

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– There’s something electric about Market Street.

Two all-electric charging stations, the first in The Woodlands, have been installed on the first level of the Market Street parking garage.

The Blink Pedestal stations are available for fre More

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– There’s something electric about Market Street.

Two all-electric charging stations, the first in The Woodlands, have been installed on the first level of the Market Street parking garage.

The Blink Pedestal stations are available for fre More

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USA: NRG’s electric car charging network creating new jobs in California

When California and NRG agreed to build new electric car charging infrastructure, it meant new jobs, new careers, and new job training programs, geared to training the workforce required to build and maintain infrastructure to support electric cars.

he recently announced deal to create a large electric car charging station network in California, also comes with job-training and job-creating More

When California and NRG agreed to build new electric car charging infrastructure, it meant new jobs, new careers, and new job training programs, geared to training the workforce required to build and maintain infrastructure to support electric cars.

he recently announced deal to create a large electric car charging station network in California, also comes with job-training and job-creating More

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UK: Luton firm is charging up for electric future

AT the moment there are more electric car charging posts in the UK than there are electric cars – but a Luton company is ready to lead a transport revolution.

Chargemaster, in Capability Green, reckons over the next few years there will be an explosion in the number of electric cars on the roads, using its products.

“Next year looks very exciting,” said entrepreneur David Marte More

AT the moment there are more electric car charging posts in the UK than there are electric cars – but a Luton company is ready to lead a transport revolution.

Chargemaster, in Capability Green, reckons over the next few years there will be an explosion in the number of electric cars on the roads, using its products.

“Next year looks very exciting,” said entrepreneur David Marte More

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USA: Milwaukee County Event Officially Welcomed Four Work Trucks Powered by Odyne Plug-In Hybrid Systems Into Their Fleet

Just in time for Earth Day, new hybrid signal and street lighting maintenance vehicles will reduce emissions, lower fuel costs and create quiet environments.

Waukesha, WI, April 26, 2012 –(PR.com)– Milwaukee County held a press conference at Rainbow Park in West Allis, Wisconsin More

Just in time for Earth Day, new hybrid signal and street lighting maintenance vehicles will reduce emissions, lower fuel costs and create quiet environments.

Waukesha, WI, April 26, 2012 –(PR.com)– Milwaukee County held a press conference at Rainbow Park in West Allis, Wisconsin More

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USA: ALTe Powertrain Technologies and Club Assist Announce Development Project on Plug-In Electric Hybrid Powertrain for Fleets

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ALTe Powertrain Technologies, developer of the first range-extended plug-in electric hybrid powertrain for light commercial fleet vehicle applications, and Club Assist, the leading supplier of mobile, car electric and road services to motoring clubs worldwide, today announced a joint development project to study ALTe’s powertrain techn More

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ALTe Powertrain Technologies, developer of the first range-extended plug-in electric hybrid powertrain for light commercial fleet vehicle applications, and Club Assist, the leading supplier of mobile, car electric and road services to motoring clubs worldwide, today announced a joint development project to study ALTe’s powertrain techn More

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China State Council Targets 5 Million Plug-In Vehicles on the Road by 2020

If you thought President Obama’s goal of putting 1 million plug-in cars on US roads by 2015 is ambitous, consider China’s goals for electrified vehicles. China’s State Council, the country’s most powerful state organ, is soon expected to adopt a set of guidelines to foster immediate growth in the EV segment—with the target of putting 5 million plug-in on the road by 2020. By More

If you thought President Obama’s goal of putting 1 million plug-in cars on US roads by 2015 is ambitous, consider China’s goals for electrified vehicles. China’s State Council, the country’s most powerful state organ, is soon expected to adopt a set of guidelines to foster immediate growth in the EV segment—with the target of putting 5 million plug-in on the road by 2020. By More

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Will Prius Plug-in Owners View the Plug As Optional?

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid went on sale in the past few weeks, without the fanfare that usually accompanies rollouts of new plug-ins. As I reported for KQED, Toyota hasn’t made a big deal of the plug-in Prius, because the company sees it as an extension of its hybrid offerings—rather than something novel. In other words, the PIP is a hybrid first and a plug-in second.

I suspect we More

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid went on sale in the past few weeks, without the fanfare that usually accompanies rollouts of new plug-ins. As I reported for KQED, Toyota hasn’t made a big deal of the plug-in Prius, because the company sees it as an extension of its hybrid offerings—rather than something novel. In other words, the PIP is a hybrid first and a plug-in second.

I suspect we More

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Enclosed Electric Motorcycle An Industry Changer?

In the moments after Daniel Kim narrowly escaped from under the 500-pound Land Rover chassis that he was welding, he decided that he needed to rethink his ideas about vehicles.

This was in 2004 and Kim, a Land Rover mechanic in Portland, Ore., was trying to build the “perfect SUV” More

In the moments after Daniel Kim narrowly escaped from under the 500-pound Land Rover chassis that he was welding, he decided that he needed to rethink his ideas about vehicles.

This was in 2004 and Kim, a Land Rover mechanic in Portland, Ore., was trying to build the “perfect SUV” More

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Sporty Compact EV Dreams Of Being A Motorcycle

Motorcycles, even those powered by gas, are much more fuel-efficient than cars, but its hard to travel with a companion unless they’re fond of clinging to you like a baby koala. All-terrain vehicles offer incredible stability and performance, as well as relative fuel-effi More

Motorcycles, even those powered by gas, are much more fuel-efficient than cars, but its hard to travel with a companion unless they’re fond of clinging to you like a baby koala. All-terrain vehicles offer incredible stability and performance, as well as relative fuel-effi More

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Next Generation Electric Cars Around The Corner Promise Better Range

The world of electric cars is an exciting one where almost every week brings you a new chapter of this great adventure. With each new day, better ways of extracting more efficiency of a battery pack and an electric drivetrain is being discovered.

If automobile stagnated these past few decades, it has become exciting again and certainly has incited many a debate. Case in point, the electric More

The world of electric cars is an exciting one where almost every week brings you a new chapter of this great adventure. With each new day, better ways of extracting more efficiency of a battery pack and an electric drivetrain is being discovered.

If automobile stagnated these past few decades, it has become exciting again and certainly has incited many a debate. Case in point, the electric More

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USA: Infiniti makes its debut

SMYRNA — To Infiniti and beyond!

The Nissan plant here could easily adopt Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase as it is now building the state’s first luxury vehicle, and the only More

SMYRNA — To Infiniti and beyond!

The Nissan plant here could easily adopt Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase as it is now building the state’s first luxury vehicle, and the only More

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Cars will be greener than trains by 2020: report

A leading UK engineer says the greenest cars on the market by 2020 will emit fewer harmful emissions per passenger than electric trains.

Autocar reports Richard Parry-Jones told a transportation conference in London that current industry targets put hybrid and plug-in cars on track to outperform the cleanest trains in the UK’s high-speed fleet.

The industry has its sights set on lo More

A leading UK engineer says the greenest cars on the market by 2020 will emit fewer harmful emissions per passenger than electric trains.

Autocar reports Richard Parry-Jones told a transportation conference in London that current industry targets put hybrid and plug-in cars on track to outperform the cleanest trains in the UK’s high-speed fleet.

The industry has its sights set on lo More

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Isreal: Steinitz: Tax on on hybrid, electric cars to drop

Purchase tax on electric vehicles will decrease from 10 percent to 8% on June 1, before returning to 10% in 2014 and rising to 30% in 2015. Photo: Courtsey of Toyota Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz decided Sunday to reduce the purchase tax on hybrid and electric vehicles, introducing it as part of the Tax Authority’s “green taxation” policy

Purchase tax on electric vehicles will decre More

Purchase tax on electric vehicles will decrease from 10 percent to 8% on June 1, before returning to 10% in 2014 and rising to 30% in 2015. Photo: Courtsey of Toyota Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz decided Sunday to reduce the purchase tax on hybrid and electric vehicles, introducing it as part of the Tax Authority’s “green taxation” policy

Purchase tax on electric vehicles will decre More

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Elektra One goes farther on solar


When someone mentions switching to solar power, we often envision photovoltaic panels fixed onto the roof of a house or lined up in a field.

When we think of electric vehicles, our minds often jump to cars like the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt. The idea that solar panels could be used to power e More

When someone mentions switching to solar power, we often envision photovoltaic panels fixed onto the roof of a house or lined up in a field.

When we think of electric vehicles, our minds often jump to cars like the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt. The idea that solar panels could be used to power e More

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USA: California EV Charging Deal Aims At The Masses

For the non-1 percenters in California able to afford an electric car, the chances of finding a place to charge it should improve in the years ahead. That’s because a revised settlement between California regulators and NRG Energy encourages the company to build more charging infrastructure accessible to low- and middle-income people, and requires NRG to keep its network of electric vehicle char More

For the non-1 percenters in California able to afford an electric car, the chances of finding a place to charge it should improve in the years ahead. That’s because a revised settlement between California regulators and NRG Energy encourages the company to build more charging infrastructure accessible to low- and middle-income people, and requires NRG to keep its network of electric vehicle char More

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