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Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on

The world is increasingly focusing on hybrid technology, and why not? After all it’s a pretty good way to help reduce emissions and hopefully save money. However you feel about the tech though, hybrid cars often divide opinion. The Prius is certainly an econ More

The world is increasingly focusing on hybrid technology, and why not? After all it’s a pretty good way to help reduce emissions and hopefully save money. However you feel about the tech though, hybrid cars often divide opinion. The Prius is certainly an econ More

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Europe: Jaguar XJ_e plug-in hybrid research vehicle headed for Goodwood

Jaguar will be heading for the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a plugin hybrid research vehicle based on their XJ sedan. The full label for the pre-production model is the XJ_e plug-in hybrid engineering research vehicle and it is the first step by the brand to offer a more environmental friendly and fuel More

Jaguar will be heading for the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a plugin hybrid research vehicle based on their XJ sedan. The full label for the pre-production model is the XJ_e plug-in hybrid engineering research vehicle and it is the first step by the brand to offer a more environmental friendly and fuel More

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USA: Chappaqua Station To Get Electric-Car Chargers

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Parking spaces with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be returning to the Chappaqua train station later this year, Town Administrator Penny Paderewski said this week.
“This past December the town applied and recently learned that it was awarded 10 charging stations for electric vehicles at our train station,” she said at Monday’s New Castle Town Board mee More

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Parking spaces with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be returning to the Chappaqua train station later this year, Town Administrator Penny Paderewski said this week.
“This past December the town applied and recently learned that it was awarded 10 charging stations for electric vehicles at our train station,” she said at Monday’s New Castle Town Board mee More

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USA: California’s electric car rebate program gets $27 million boost in funding

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, the source of the $2500 of additional incentives for electric car purchases, which was running low on funding, received new funding from the Air Resources Board.

California and its concern for air pollution has been at the forefront of pushing for clean vehicle technology. One of that states programs, the Air Quality Improvement Program, provides funds unde More

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, the source of the $2500 of additional incentives for electric car purchases, which was running low on funding, received new funding from the Air Resources Board.

California and its concern for air pollution has been at the forefront of pushing for clean vehicle technology. One of that states programs, the Air Quality Improvement Program, provides funds unde More

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Audi Best Nurburgring Electric Car Track Record

After nixing its electric A3 e-tron, Audi takes out the prettier R8 e-tron and laps best ever electric car lap for a production EV at the Nurburgring.

Audi is an interesting car maker that never stops to intrigue us. At first, it vehemently claimed there was no future with electric cars, then it proceeded to show us an e-tron electric vehicle, EV prototype that stopped everyone in their tra More

After nixing its electric A3 e-tron, Audi takes out the prettier R8 e-tron and laps best ever electric car lap for a production EV at the Nurburgring.

Audi is an interesting car maker that never stops to intrigue us. At first, it vehemently claimed there was no future with electric cars, then it proceeded to show us an e-tron electric vehicle, EV prototype that stopped everyone in their tra More

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USA: Honda will start limited Fit EV leases at $389 a month

All-Electric 2013 Honda Fit EV Begins Leasing July 20 in California and Oregon
EPA-rated at 118 MPGe, the Honda Fit EV will lease for $389 a month

TORRANCE, Calif., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Honda today announced the all-new 2013 Honda Fit EV will be available for lease beginning July 20, 2012, with a three-year lease price of $389 per month. The 2013 Honda Fit EV is the late More

All-Electric 2013 Honda Fit EV Begins Leasing July 20 in California and Oregon
EPA-rated at 118 MPGe, the Honda Fit EV will lease for $389 a month

TORRANCE, Calif., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Honda today announced the all-new 2013 Honda Fit EV will be available for lease beginning July 20, 2012, with a three-year lease price of $389 per month. The 2013 Honda Fit EV is the late More

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To Elon Musk and the Model S: Congratulations

On or about May 1, 2009, Elon Musk, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO of the electric car maker Tesla Motors, fired off an angry email to me regarding a story I had written in the pages of my then-employer.

I no longer have these emails, but as I recall, at issue was my public skepticism that a car such as the Model S could be built, within the technical specifications Mr. Musk laid o More

On or about May 1, 2009, Elon Musk, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO of the electric car maker Tesla Motors, fired off an angry email to me regarding a story I had written in the pages of my then-employer.

I no longer have these emails, but as I recall, at issue was my public skepticism that a car such as the Model S could be built, within the technical specifications Mr. Musk laid o More

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USA: Tesla opening stores in places car buyers wouldn’t think to shop

The builder of high-end electric vehicles aims to educate consumers about its products in factory-owned retail stores before they eventually go car shopping.

Tesla is a small volume auto company that just started selling its flagship Model S, a sporty, full-size hatchback seen above. The car sells for about $50,000 to more than $100,000 depending on trim level and options. Tesla builds the More

The builder of high-end electric vehicles aims to educate consumers about its products in factory-owned retail stores before they eventually go car shopping.

Tesla is a small volume auto company that just started selling its flagship Model S, a sporty, full-size hatchback seen above. The car sells for about $50,000 to more than $100,000 depending on trim level and options. Tesla builds the More

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USA: Saturday Drive: 2012 Tesla Model S

The car: 2013 Tesla Model S

The power: 362 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque coming from an 85 kWh battery and a rear-mounted, liquid-cooled, AC induction motor routing power to the rear wheels.

The photos: Tesla Model S

The speed: 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds

The bragging rights: World’s first all-electric luxury sedan (though it’s technically a hatchback More

The car: 2013 Tesla Model S

The power: 362 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque coming from an 85 kWh battery and a rear-mounted, liquid-cooled, AC induction motor routing power to the rear wheels.

The photos: Tesla Model S

The speed: 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds

The bragging rights: World’s first all-electric luxury sedan (though it’s technically a hatchback More

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USA: Owners Help GM Clarify ‘Misconceptions’ About the Chevy Volt

General Motors launched the “extended-range electric” Chevrolet Volt in December 2010 but apparently misconceptions about it are so common the company has been compelled to run commercials to help get the message out.

Along the lines of other ads in which Volt drivers offer personal testimonials that they are among the “happiest drivers on the planet,” the adopters of the still-nasc More

General Motors launched the “extended-range electric” Chevrolet Volt in December 2010 but apparently misconceptions about it are so common the company has been compelled to run commercials to help get the message out.

Along the lines of other ads in which Volt drivers offer personal testimonials that they are among the “happiest drivers on the planet,” the adopters of the still-nasc More

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USA: Quick Drive: 2013 Ford Focus EcoBoost

If we asked you what kind of engine would win “International Engine Of The Year” and “Best New Engine” from Engine Technology International Magazine, what would you say? The V-12 engine in the Ferrari F12? Maybe the 5.5-liter, biturbocharged V-8 in Mercedes-Benz’s AMG range More

If we asked you what kind of engine would win “International Engine Of The Year” and “Best New Engine” from Engine Technology International Magazine, what would you say? The V-12 engine in the Ferrari F12? Maybe the 5.5-liter, biturbocharged V-8 in Mercedes-Benz’s AMG range More

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Middle East: BMW i3 decked up for BMW i Store opening


German auto-manufacturer BMW have showcased a new luxury edition of the i3 Concept as part of the inaugural jubilations for the manufacturer’s first i Store in London.

The designers for this electric i3 have shown greater enthusiasm for sustainability. The wood trim is carved More


German auto-manufacturer BMW have showcased a new luxury edition of the i3 Concept as part of the inaugural jubilations for the manufacturer’s first i Store in London.

The designers for this electric i3 have shown greater enthusiasm for sustainability. The wood trim is carved More

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USA/China: University of Utah Purchases 40-Foot Electric Bus from BYD

une 29, 2012 04:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time
SALT LAKE CITY–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–The University of Utah has placed an order for a 40-foot, all-electric transit bus with BYD Company Limited (BYD) the largest manufacture of all-electric buses in the world.

“We More

une 29, 2012 04:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time
SALT LAKE CITY–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–The University of Utah has placed an order for a 40-foot, all-electric transit bus with BYD Company Limited (BYD) the largest manufacture of all-electric buses in the world.

“We More

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USA; University Of Utah To Use Cordless Charging On Campus Shuttle

The University of Utah has placed an order for a 40-foot, all-electric transit bus with BYD Company Limited. The all-electric BYD GreenCity bus will be retrofitted with WAVE’s wireless charging pad under the bus, developed by the Utah State University Energy Dynamics Laboratory.

This technology will allow the BYD ele More

The University of Utah has placed an order for a 40-foot, all-electric transit bus with BYD Company Limited. The all-electric BYD GreenCity bus will be retrofitted with WAVE’s wireless charging pad under the bus, developed by the Utah State University Energy Dynamics Laboratory.

This technology will allow the BYD ele More

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The Hidden Value In Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Over the past three years, companies such as ECOTALITY INC (ECTY), Car Charging Group (CCGI.OB), and NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) have been quietly gobbling up major US real estate in a nationwide race to establish an electric car charging infrastructure in the United States an More

Over the past three years, companies such as ECOTALITY INC (ECTY), Car Charging Group (CCGI.OB), and NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) have been quietly gobbling up major US real estate in a nationwide race to establish an electric car charging infrastructure in the United States an More

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Tesla owner gives top 10 11 reasons why he loves his Model S

Konstantin Othmer loves his Tesla Model S. The serial entrepreneur was one of the lucky few who took delivery last Friday at the car’s official launch and as such, he is one of just a handful of people who have had more then a mere ten minutes behind the wheel.

He has s More

Konstantin Othmer loves his Tesla Model S. The serial entrepreneur was one of the lucky few who took delivery last Friday at the car’s official launch and as such, he is one of just a handful of people who have had more then a mere ten minutes behind the wheel.

He has s More

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Tesla Model S: How it’s put together

Autoweek editor Davey G. Johnson writes in his review of the Tesla Model S that this highly anticipated model has been called “everything from the salvation of the auto industry to abject vaporware.” But the latter is no longer a concern, he says: On June 22, Tesla began the regular delivery of cars (Founder and CEO Elon Musk and Tesla investor Steve Jurvetson had already received their vehicl More

Autoweek editor Davey G. Johnson writes in his review of the Tesla Model S that this highly anticipated model has been called “everything from the salvation of the auto industry to abject vaporware.” But the latter is no longer a concern, he says: On June 22, Tesla began the regular delivery of cars (Founder and CEO Elon Musk and Tesla investor Steve Jurvetson had already received their vehicl More

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2 Electric Car Teams Racing Around the World

Ah, races around the world — so much fun. I have to admit, I’m a sucker for around-the-world stories, ever since Around the World in Eighty Days. From what I hear, two electric car teams are in competition to become the first to circle the world only powered by electricity. Here’s the story from Chris DeMorro More

Ah, races around the world — so much fun. I have to admit, I’m a sucker for around-the-world stories, ever since Around the World in Eighty Days. From what I hear, two electric car teams are in competition to become the first to circle the world only powered by electricity. Here’s the story from Chris DeMorro More

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USA: Expanded North Carolina Lithium Facility Opens, Boosting U.S. Production Of A Key Manufacturing Material

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–June 29, 2012. Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recognized the opening of Rockwood Lithium’s expanded manufacturing facility in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Rockwood is leveraging a $28.4 million investment from the Recovery Act to expand its North Carolina lithium production facility as well as its production operations in Silver Peak, Nevada. This More

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–June 29, 2012. Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recognized the opening of Rockwood Lithium’s expanded manufacturing facility in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Rockwood is leveraging a $28.4 million investment from the Recovery Act to expand its North Carolina lithium production facility as well as its production operations in Silver Peak, Nevada. This More

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USA: Green Automotive Signs Agreement to Acquire Liberty Electric Cars

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jun 29, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Green Automotive Company GACR -2.33% announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Liberty Electric Cars Limited ( www.liberty-ecars.com ). Liberty Electric Cars is a state-of-the-art vehicle design, engineering and manufacturing company, driving innovation in the use of leading edge zero and low emission technolog More

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jun 29, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Green Automotive Company GACR -2.33% announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Liberty Electric Cars Limited ( www.liberty-ecars.com ). Liberty Electric Cars is a state-of-the-art vehicle design, engineering and manufacturing company, driving innovation in the use of leading edge zero and low emission technolog More

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USA: This Summer, Electric Cars Are Merging Into California’s Traffic


DEBUT Deliveries of the Tesla Model S are just beginning, including a model offering a 265-mile range at $96,570. More Photos »

IT doesn’t sound as sexy as the 1967 Summer of Love, but for Californians with a passion for plug-ins, the warm months of 2012 are turning into t More


DEBUT Deliveries of the Tesla Model S are just beginning, including a model offering a 265-mile range at $96,570. More Photos »

IT doesn’t sound as sexy as the 1967 Summer of Love, but for Californians with a passion for plug-ins, the warm months of 2012 are turning into t More

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USA: Driving an electric car in Boston, now with less pain

(Eliana Monteforte for Boston.com)
That’s me smiling, because now I don’t have cold sweats worrying about the city’s nearest charging station.
In April last year, my neighbors thought I’d burn the bu More

(Eliana Monteforte for Boston.com)
That’s me smiling, because now I don’t have cold sweats worrying about the city’s nearest charging station.
In April last year, my neighbors thought I’d burn the bu More

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Honda Leverages Fuel-Cell Savvy to Extend Fit EV’s Range

Honda Motor Co. (7267), the first automaker to lease fuel-cell cars to retail customers, said advances in hydrogen-vehicle technology helped it create a battery-powered Fit that has the highest efficiency of any car in the U.S.

The company will start leasing the Fit EV hatchback on July 20, for $389 a month, in California and Oregon. The car’s 82 miles (132 kilometers) per charge and 118 More

Honda Motor Co. (7267), the first automaker to lease fuel-cell cars to retail customers, said advances in hydrogen-vehicle technology helped it create a battery-powered Fit that has the highest efficiency of any car in the U.S.

The company will start leasing the Fit EV hatchback on July 20, for $389 a month, in California and Oregon. The car’s 82 miles (132 kilometers) per charge and 118 More

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USA: Should Apple buy Tesla because of the shortage of lithium for batteries?

Both Apple and Tesla depend on lithium ion batteries, making some float the theory that Apple should buy Tesla because both require companies “massive amounts of lithium”.

A theory is making the round again, that Apple should buy Tesla Motors. The connection? Both depend on lithium ion batteries to power the gizmos sold by each company. A recent news report suggested the boom in More

Both Apple and Tesla depend on lithium ion batteries, making some float the theory that Apple should buy Tesla because both require companies “massive amounts of lithium”.

A theory is making the round again, that Apple should buy Tesla Motors. The connection? Both depend on lithium ion batteries to power the gizmos sold by each company. A recent news report suggested the boom in More

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A Bare-Bones Electric Car That Goes the Extra Miles

THE driving distance for electric vehicles priced near the heart of the new-car market — starting around $35,000, before federal tax credits and other incentives — is defined by cars like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric. Each of those models, when keeping pace with a More

THE driving distance for electric vehicles priced near the heart of the new-car market — starting around $35,000, before federal tax credits and other incentives — is defined by cars like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric. Each of those models, when keeping pace with a More

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Canada: WV looks to install car charging stations

ELECTRIC vehicles may soon have a place to power up in West Vancouver after council voted to apply for provincial funding to install charging stations at two of the municipality’s community centres.

Councillors voted to support the plan at a meeting June 25. If Victoria approves the funding, charging stations will appear in parking lots at the West Vancouver and Gleneagles community c More

ELECTRIC vehicles may soon have a place to power up in West Vancouver after council voted to apply for provincial funding to install charging stations at two of the municipality’s community centres.

Councillors voted to support the plan at a meeting June 25. If Victoria approves the funding, charging stations will appear in parking lots at the West Vancouver and Gleneagles community c More

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BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation Agree to Further Strengthen Collaboration

Companies Sign Memorandum of Understanding Aimed at Collaboration in Four Technological Fields

MUNICH, Germany (June 29, 2012) — Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), met today with Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at the BMW Group headquarters in Munich to announce the planned expansion of their existing cooperation initiated in De More

Companies Sign Memorandum of Understanding Aimed at Collaboration in Four Technological Fields

MUNICH, Germany (June 29, 2012) — Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), met today with Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at the BMW Group headquarters in Munich to announce the planned expansion of their existing cooperation initiated in De More

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USA: Please Help – $50 to bring National Plug In Day to 50 Cities

The second annual National Plug In Day is on Sunday, September 23, 2012 and we are throwing a party to celebrate the plug-in electric vehicles now available nationwide. With simultaneous events in 25 cities, last year’s National Plug In Day was the country’s largest grassroots EV event in history. With your help, this year can be bigger.

We need your help!

Donating $50 or more no More

The second annual National Plug In Day is on Sunday, September 23, 2012 and we are throwing a party to celebrate the plug-in electric vehicles now available nationwide. With simultaneous events in 25 cities, last year’s National Plug In Day was the country’s largest grassroots EV event in history. With your help, this year can be bigger.

We need your help!

Donating $50 or more no More

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USA: Charge at large In Ashland, Oregon


Pacific Electrical contractor Mike Casper installs an electric vehicle charging station near downtown Ashland Wednesday. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch

Two additional electric vehicle char More


Pacific Electrical contractor Mike Casper installs an electric vehicle charging station near downtown Ashland Wednesday. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch

Two additional electric vehicle char More

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Toyota named top Green brand

Auto giant tops 49 brands in 13 sectors

Toyota has been named the world’s Best Global Green Brand for 2012 for its leadership in innovation, environmental sustainability and fuel efficiency. It’s the second successive year the automotive giant has held the top spot of all world brands in 13 sectors.

The Best Global Brand Top 50 awards are bestowed by Interbrand, the world’s lea More

Auto giant tops 49 brands in 13 sectors

Toyota has been named the world’s Best Global Green Brand for 2012 for its leadership in innovation, environmental sustainability and fuel efficiency. It’s the second successive year the automotive giant has held the top spot of all world brands in 13 sectors.

The Best Global Brand Top 50 awards are bestowed by Interbrand, the world’s lea More

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