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Frost & Sullivan’s Four Predictions for the Automotive and Transportation Industry

Key market highlights, global and regional hot spots of the industry, and areas of convergence in a new analysis

LONDON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Frost & Sullivan released the results from its customer survey with several hundred companies conducted in December 2011, executed to find out the top predictions for 2012 for the global automotive and transportation marke More

Key market highlights, global and regional hot spots of the industry, and areas of convergence in a new analysis

LONDON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Frost & Sullivan released the results from its customer survey with several hundred companies conducted in December 2011, executed to find out the top predictions for 2012 for the global automotive and transportation marke More

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Ford Looks to Dominate the World of Efficiency

There’s no doubt that gas prices are still high and have no signs of going down significantly any time soon. As a result auto companies have started an arms race towards sustainability with less dependence on foreign oil. In every car commercial the biggest advertising message is MPG…whoever gets to the magical number 40 wins. That is until the new Pius got to 50 and then the Chevy Vol More

There’s no doubt that gas prices are still high and have no signs of going down significantly any time soon. As a result auto companies have started an arms race towards sustainability with less dependence on foreign oil. In every car commercial the biggest advertising message is MPG…whoever gets to the magical number 40 wins. That is until the new Pius got to 50 and then the Chevy Vol More

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USA: Quantum delivers plug-in F-150 to Florida Power & Light

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide announced that it has delivered the first pilot version of its plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) F-150 pickup truck to Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), in association with Dow Kokam, the lithium-ion battery system supplier for the PHEV F-150.

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Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide announced that it has delivered the first pilot version of its plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) F-150 pickup truck to Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), in association with Dow Kokam, the lithium-ion battery system supplier for the PHEV F-150.

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Freescale Introduces Three Reference Designs to Help Redefine Battery Charging

Continued pressure for higher-performance mobile devices is causing the industry to consider alternative methods for battery charging. Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) today announced three reference designs for wireless charging that could change the way consumers power their energy-hungry devices.

Freescale is introducing a wireless charging reference design for high-capacity, single- More

Continued pressure for higher-performance mobile devices is causing the industry to consider alternative methods for battery charging. Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) today announced three reference designs for wireless charging that could change the way consumers power their energy-hungry devices.

Freescale is introducing a wireless charging reference design for high-capacity, single- More

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Canada: 100th all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV sold to Quebec customer

Mitsubishi has announced that Jean-Sébastien Croteau of Victoriaville, Quebec, took delivery of the 100th and 101st all-electric i-MiEV last week.

According to the vehicle maker, Croteau plans to use his new 2012 i-MiEVs for urban deliveries of health products for his Victoriaville firm Brunet Plus.

“We looked for a small, functional, zero-emission car, and worked very closely wit More

Mitsubishi has announced that Jean-Sébastien Croteau of Victoriaville, Quebec, took delivery of the 100th and 101st all-electric i-MiEV last week.

According to the vehicle maker, Croteau plans to use his new 2012 i-MiEVs for urban deliveries of health products for his Victoriaville firm Brunet Plus.

“We looked for a small, functional, zero-emission car, and worked very closely wit More

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UK: Mayor makes official debut in new eco-car

The town’s new green-thinking mayor was able to put theory into practice on Saturday as he rolled up to an official engagement in an electric vehicle for the first time.

Mayor Martin Biermann attended the launch of Down Grange’s newly revamped track in an battery powered Niss More

The town’s new green-thinking mayor was able to put theory into practice on Saturday as he rolled up to an official engagement in an electric vehicle for the first time.

Mayor Martin Biermann attended the launch of Down Grange’s newly revamped track in an battery powered Niss More

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USA: Nissan Leaf’s U.S. sales may jump after production starts here

Nissan sold just 370 Leaf electric vehicles in the U.S. last month and only 2,103 so far this year. To put this in perspective, the U.S. auto industry has sold almost 4.7-million vehicles this year.

But as Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan’s Yokohama, Japan-based global operations, notes, the U.S. sales numbers don’t provide much of a marker for the success of the first ma More

Nissan sold just 370 Leaf electric vehicles in the U.S. last month and only 2,103 so far this year. To put this in perspective, the U.S. auto industry has sold almost 4.7-million vehicles this year.

But as Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan’s Yokohama, Japan-based global operations, notes, the U.S. sales numbers don’t provide much of a marker for the success of the first ma More

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Southeast Asia: Govt set to start ambitious electric car project next year

The government may appoint state-owned companies including PT Pindad and train manufacturer PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka) to take charge of the ambitious electric car project set to begin next year, a minister says.

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said on Tuesday that currently, the government was producing several automotive prototypes, such as compact four-seater city cars, More

The government may appoint state-owned companies including PT Pindad and train manufacturer PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka) to take charge of the ambitious electric car project set to begin next year, a minister says.

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said on Tuesday that currently, the government was producing several automotive prototypes, such as compact four-seater city cars, More

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USA: Gov. Gregoire’s statement on opening of electric-vehicle charging stations along I-5, US 2

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued the following statement on the opening of electric-vehicle charging stations along I-5 and US 2 – a significant step in creating a West Coast Electric Highway between the Mexican and Canadian borders:

“Today moves us a giant step closer to the day when we can drive our electric cars from Bellingham, Washington to San Diego, California alo More

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued the following statement on the opening of electric-vehicle charging stations along I-5 and US 2 – a significant step in creating a West Coast Electric Highway between the Mexican and Canadian borders:

“Today moves us a giant step closer to the day when we can drive our electric cars from Bellingham, Washington to San Diego, California alo More

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USA: PUC hears experts on alternative fuels and energy infrastructure

Mass acceptance of electric cars and natural-gas-powered trucks is still a few years away, but the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday pondered the potential for alternative-fuel vehicles to overwhelm critical infrastructure like the electric grid and gas utilities.

“Should we be worried?” commission chairman Robert F. Powelson wondered at the end of a six-hour PU More

Mass acceptance of electric cars and natural-gas-powered trucks is still a few years away, but the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday pondered the potential for alternative-fuel vehicles to overwhelm critical infrastructure like the electric grid and gas utilities.

“Should we be worried?” commission chairman Robert F. Powelson wondered at the end of a six-hour PU More

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USA: California’s low-emission vehicle rules enhancing market for ZEV credits

The California Air Resources Board’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate has already created so-called “compliance cars.” The corollary is a growing market for ZEV credits. That is, a way for companies who aren’t selling enough ZEVs (which, in this case, include pure electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles and ultra-low emission plug-in hybrids) can buy credits from companies More

The California Air Resources Board’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate has already created so-called “compliance cars.” The corollary is a growing market for ZEV credits. That is, a way for companies who aren’t selling enough ZEVs (which, in this case, include pure electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles and ultra-low emission plug-in hybrids) can buy credits from companies More

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Green Race Website Helps Electric-Car Drives Plan Range

Like it or not, range anxiety is a real phenomenon that affects a high proportion of first-time electric car drivers, especially when driving unknown routes.

But a website we’ve recently discovered — that has been in development for several years — helps electric car drivers better predict how much energy a particular route will use before they even leave their home.

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Like it or not, range anxiety is a real phenomenon that affects a high proportion of first-time electric car drivers, especially when driving unknown routes.

But a website we’ve recently discovered — that has been in development for several years — helps electric car drivers better predict how much energy a particular route will use before they even leave their home.

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USA: Electric Car Days set for Groton, Norwich

he public will have a chance to learn about electric cars and locations of battery charging equipment during events around the state Friday and Saturday.

Locally, events will take place Friday in Groton and Saturday in Norwich.
“Electric cars are not a perfect fit for everyone, but they can be a very beneficial alternative for the environment and fuel-saving reasons,” said More

he public will have a chance to learn about electric cars and locations of battery charging equipment during events around the state Friday and Saturday.

Locally, events will take place Friday in Groton and Saturday in Norwich.
“Electric cars are not a perfect fit for everyone, but they can be a very beneficial alternative for the environment and fuel-saving reasons,” said More

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USA: NRG says $102 million EV station plan will create $185 million in spending

PRINCETON, N.J., May 29, 2012–The planned $102.5 million investment by NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) to build electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in California will create more than 1,500 jobs in the Los Angeles Basin, San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and San Diego County regions, More

PRINCETON, N.J., May 29, 2012–The planned $102.5 million investment by NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) to build electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in California will create more than 1,500 jobs in the Los Angeles Basin, San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and San Diego County regions, More

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Canada: Bombardier Redefines e-mobility for Rail and Road with PRIMOVE Technology

Montréal, Québec, U.S.A., May 31, 2012 (Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) — Wireless charging solution for trams, buses and cars breaks new ground in clean, flexible and convenient urban transport

BERLIN, GERMANY–(Marketwire – May 31, 2012) – Bombardier Transportation today presented a new application of its game-changing BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE solution to selected g More

Montréal, Québec, U.S.A., May 31, 2012 (Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) — Wireless charging solution for trams, buses and cars breaks new ground in clean, flexible and convenient urban transport

BERLIN, GERMANY–(Marketwire – May 31, 2012) – Bombardier Transportation today presented a new application of its game-changing BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE solution to selected g More

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China: Kandi Technologies to Showcase EVs and Smart Parking Technology Before an International Audience at the 2012 China International Green Vehicle Industry Expo Being Held in Hangzhou in August

JINHUA, CHINA, May 31, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Kandi Technologies, Corp. (the ‘Company’ or ‘Kandi’) KNDI +0.68% , a leading Chinese manufacturer and developer of pure electric vehicles (EVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), today announced the Company has been invited to participate in the 2012 China International Green Vehicle Industry Expo being held in Hang More

JINHUA, CHINA, May 31, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Kandi Technologies, Corp. (the ‘Company’ or ‘Kandi’) KNDI +0.68% , a leading Chinese manufacturer and developer of pure electric vehicles (EVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), today announced the Company has been invited to participate in the 2012 China International Green Vehicle Industry Expo being held in Hang More

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USA: Car Charging Group, Inc. Offers Electric Vehicle Charging Services at Rapid Park in Lower Manhattan

Fast EV Charging Service Now Available at 25 Beekman Street in Manhattan, New York

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. and NEW YORK, May 31, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Car Charging Group, Inc. CCGI +13.68% today announced availability of its electric vehicle charging services at the Rapid Park garage at 25 Beekman Street, near the financial district and South Street Seaport in New York City, NY More

Fast EV Charging Service Now Available at 25 Beekman Street in Manhattan, New York

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. and NEW YORK, May 31, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Car Charging Group, Inc. CCGI +13.68% today announced availability of its electric vehicle charging services at the Rapid Park garage at 25 Beekman Street, near the financial district and South Street Seaport in New York City, NY More

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USA: OC installs car-charging stations

Orange County has installed 12 electric car-charging stations for use by the general public.

The stations were funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative led by the Triangle J Council of Governments.
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Orange County has installed 12 electric car-charging stations for use by the general public.

The stations were funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative led by the Triangle J Council of Governments.
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USA: Milwaukee panel backs vehicle charging station

A Milwaukee Common Council committee Wednesday endorsed setting up a charging station for electric vehicles in an east side parking lot.

If the full council agrees June 12, the station in the city-owned lot near E. Brady St. would be part of a network of five such stations that the city is establishing as a pilot program with $35,000 in federal stimulus funds. That would bring to eight the More

A Milwaukee Common Council committee Wednesday endorsed setting up a charging station for electric vehicles in an east side parking lot.

If the full council agrees June 12, the station in the city-owned lot near E. Brady St. would be part of a network of five such stations that the city is establishing as a pilot program with $35,000 in federal stimulus funds. That would bring to eight the More

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USA: Calif.’s tougher ZEV mandate sparks new market for clean-air credits

A new front is opening in the emerging market for electric vehicles — not for selling cars, but for credits required to meet clean-air rules.

Starting this year, California is requiring the biggest automakers to sell increasing numbers of “zero-emission vehicles,” or ZEVs, such as pure-electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered autos. Companies that fail to meet their quotas have t More

A new front is opening in the emerging market for electric vehicles — not for selling cars, but for credits required to meet clean-air rules.

Starting this year, California is requiring the biggest automakers to sell increasing numbers of “zero-emission vehicles,” or ZEVs, such as pure-electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered autos. Companies that fail to meet their quotas have t More

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Photo Release — Valence Partnership With PVI Boosts Electric Truck and Bus Sales in Europe

nnovative Business Model is Speeding the Introduction of Electric Delivery Vehicles and Buses in Several Countries
AUSTIN, Texas, May 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Valence Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:VLNC), a leading U.S.-based global manufacturer of advanced energy storage solutions, announced today that it has signed an extended supply agreement with French based PVI, a market leader in e More

nnovative Business Model is Speeding the Introduction of Electric Delivery Vehicles and Buses in Several Countries
AUSTIN, Texas, May 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Valence Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:VLNC), a leading U.S.-based global manufacturer of advanced energy storage solutions, announced today that it has signed an extended supply agreement with French based PVI, a market leader in e More

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USA: New England-based electric utilities that formed the Regional Electric Vehicle Initiative. REVI

Welcome to REVI.net, the online collaboration of six New England-based electric utilities that formed the Regional Electric Vehicle Initiative. REVI works to advance the region’s understanding of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and the charging infrastructure that supports them.

Electricity is a cleaner, lower cost, locally available transportation fuel alternative. EVs drivers can rechar More

Welcome to REVI.net, the online collaboration of six New England-based electric utilities that formed the Regional Electric Vehicle Initiative. REVI works to advance the region’s understanding of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and the charging infrastructure that supports them.

Electricity is a cleaner, lower cost, locally available transportation fuel alternative. EVs drivers can rechar More

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BYD shares in China and Hong Kong recover following exploding taxi incident


Gasgoo.com (Shanghai May 30) – BYD’s stocks made a strong recovery following an official statement from the manufacturer on Tuesday that its E6 electric car met government crash test standards, the Beijing Times reported today. The manufacturer made headlines following an incident las More


Gasgoo.com (Shanghai May 30) – BYD’s stocks made a strong recovery following an official statement from the manufacturer on Tuesday that its E6 electric car met government crash test standards, the Beijing Times reported today. The manufacturer made headlines following an incident las More

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China: China’s BYD plays down fire in electric car

Company and industry officials on Wednesday played down the significance of fire in a BYD electric car after it was hit at high-speed by another vehicle in an accident that killed three people.

Cui Dongshu, vice secretary of the China Passenger Car Association, said the collision between the BYD E6 electric taxi and a sports car travelling at an estimated speed of up to 180 kilometres per h More

Company and industry officials on Wednesday played down the significance of fire in a BYD electric car after it was hit at high-speed by another vehicle in an accident that killed three people.

Cui Dongshu, vice secretary of the China Passenger Car Association, said the collision between the BYD E6 electric taxi and a sports car travelling at an estimated speed of up to 180 kilometres per h More

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USA: Charging stations being pursued for Pemberton

The Pemberton Community Centre could be the site of electric vehicle-charging stations in the future if a grant application put forth by the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) is approved.

During Monday’s (May 28) board meeting, SLRD staff was directed to submit a Community Charging Infrastructure Fund application to install two charging stations at the Portage Road facility, foll More

The Pemberton Community Centre could be the site of electric vehicle-charging stations in the future if a grant application put forth by the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) is approved.

During Monday’s (May 28) board meeting, SLRD staff was directed to submit a Community Charging Infrastructure Fund application to install two charging stations at the Portage Road facility, foll More

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Japan: Nissan Motor : Nissan and Nichicon to Launch the “LEAF to Home” Power Supply System With “EV Power Station”

Nissan and Nichicon to Launch the “LEAF to Home” Power Supply
System With “EV Power Station”
Nissan to launch LEAF to Home power system at its dealerships in Japan in mid-June
Nissan, Nichicon collaborate to achieve the world’s first power supply system that provides electricity from the Nissan LEAF’s high-capacity batteries to houses
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Nissan and Nichicon to Launch the “LEAF to Home” Power Supply
System With “EV Power Station”
Nissan to launch LEAF to Home power system at its dealerships in Japan in mid-June
Nissan, Nichicon collaborate to achieve the world’s first power supply system that provides electricity from the Nissan LEAF’s high-capacity batteries to houses
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China promises support for 7 emerging industries

BEIJING China’s Cabinet said Wednesday it has approved plans to promote development of seven emerging industries, including clean energy, as it tries to restructure the economy and boost growth.

The announcement comes as Beijing is trying to fight an economic slump by spending on affordable housing and public works construction.

The Cabinet said it approved plans to launch 20 “ma More

BEIJING China’s Cabinet said Wednesday it has approved plans to promote development of seven emerging industries, including clean energy, as it tries to restructure the economy and boost growth.

The announcement comes as Beijing is trying to fight an economic slump by spending on affordable housing and public works construction.

The Cabinet said it approved plans to launch 20 “ma More

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PowerStream & Nissan to Hold First Canadian Demonstration Featuring “Vehicle-To-Home” Power Supply Technology

PowerStream and Nissan Canada will be demonstrating, for the first time in Canada, the ‘vehicle-to-home” (V2H) power supply technology developed by the Nissan Motor Company. When this technology is available commercially, it will help Ontario homeowners on time-of-use (TOU) rates, who own a Nissan LEAF™ 100% electric vehicle, to better manage their electricity costs through load shif More

PowerStream and Nissan Canada will be demonstrating, for the first time in Canada, the ‘vehicle-to-home” (V2H) power supply technology developed by the Nissan Motor Company. When this technology is available commercially, it will help Ontario homeowners on time-of-use (TOU) rates, who own a Nissan LEAF™ 100% electric vehicle, to better manage their electricity costs through load shif More

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Tesla Shows Off Model S Stamping Machine – Launch Over 3 Weeks Away

Last Thursday, Tesla announced that the first Model S would be delivered in exactly one month – June 22nd. As you can imagine, this is a very exciting time for Tesla, as well as the automotive industry as a whole. We’ve been following the development of the Model S since the beginning, and we’re glad to see it being brought to fruition.

It’s hard to believe it is has been just three More

Last Thursday, Tesla announced that the first Model S would be delivered in exactly one month – June 22nd. As you can imagine, this is a very exciting time for Tesla, as well as the automotive industry as a whole. We’ve been following the development of the Model S since the beginning, and we’re glad to see it being brought to fruition.

It’s hard to believe it is has been just three More

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Tesla Keeps Model S Pre-Order Buyers In The Loop

If over 10,000 Tesla Model S pre-order customers have had to wait until June 22, and beyond before getting their new car, it’s unlikely they will say Tesla has not been willing to engage, inform, and entertain them as they patiently stand in their virtual queue.

Perhaps taking lessons from Tom Sawyer, Tesla is More

If over 10,000 Tesla Model S pre-order customers have had to wait until June 22, and beyond before getting their new car, it’s unlikely they will say Tesla has not been willing to engage, inform, and entertain them as they patiently stand in their virtual queue.

Perhaps taking lessons from Tom Sawyer, Tesla is More

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