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1,300-mile road trip in a 2012 Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric: Owner takes 1,300-mile vacation
Ty Newell and his wife, Debra, took delivery of their Ford Focus EV in New York and drove to Wayne, Mich., where the Focus is built. And then home to Urbana, Ill. The Newell’s put in around 180 miles a day, charting their course online from charging unit to charging unit. http://www.ford.com/electric/focuselectric/2012/

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Ford Focus Electric: Owner takes 1,300-mile vacation
Ty Newell and his wife, Debra, took delivery of their Ford Focus EV in New York and drove to Wayne, Mich., where the Focus is built. And then home to Urbana, Ill. The Newell’s put in around 180 miles a day, charting their course online from charging unit to charging unit. http://www.ford.com/electric/focuselectric/2012/

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Quality over Quantity: Tesla Carefully Manages Model S Ramp Up

So far Tesla Motors has defied the odds, which are stacked against any new entries in the automotive space. Last month, the company’s Model S sedan was delivered ahead of schedule. The Model S was independently developed by Tesla from scratch over a space of three years. This was the culmination of a design, development and marketing plan executed nearly flawlessly over the past few years.

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So far Tesla Motors has defied the odds, which are stacked against any new entries in the automotive space. Last month, the company’s Model S sedan was delivered ahead of schedule. The Model S was independently developed by Tesla from scratch over a space of three years. This was the culmination of a design, development and marketing plan executed nearly flawlessly over the past few years.

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Volkswagen’s E-Bugster: Will The Green Car Boost The Automobile Giant’s Eco-Reputation?

To say that Volkswagen hasn’t been a leader in green cars is putting it mildly.

VW officials brought some reporters to Europe recently to talk about green cars, and then spent much of the trip deriding the whole concept of battery vehicles. I drove a prototype electric Golf (with 26.5 kilowatt-hours of Sanyo batteries) in California in 2010, and the car has been making slow progress. A fl More

To say that Volkswagen hasn’t been a leader in green cars is putting it mildly.

VW officials brought some reporters to Europe recently to talk about green cars, and then spent much of the trip deriding the whole concept of battery vehicles. I drove a prototype electric Golf (with 26.5 kilowatt-hours of Sanyo batteries) in California in 2010, and the car has been making slow progress. A fl More

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Research and Markets: Electric Vehicle Technology Explained – 2012 Edition Is Essential For Practising Electrical, Automotive, Power, Control and Instrumentation Engineers

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/m7cp2l/electric_vehicle_t) has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd’s new book “Electric Vehicle Technology Explained” to their offering.

Fully updated throughout, Electric Vehicle Technology, Second Edition, is a complete guide to the principles, design and app More

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/m7cp2l/electric_vehicle_t) has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd’s new book “Electric Vehicle Technology Explained” to their offering.

Fully updated throughout, Electric Vehicle Technology, Second Edition, is a complete guide to the principles, design and app More

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BMW Partners with Green Mountain Energy Company to Support Clean Energy

Launches program for BMW ActiveE drivers to purchase renewable energy certificates

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BMW and Green Mountain Energy Company today announced their partnership to offer drivers of the BMW ActiveE the choice to support renewable energy for their cars. The ActiveE drivers, known as “Electronauts,” now have the opportunity to purchase renewable energy c More

Launches program for BMW ActiveE drivers to purchase renewable energy certificates

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BMW and Green Mountain Energy Company today announced their partnership to offer drivers of the BMW ActiveE the choice to support renewable energy for their cars. The ActiveE drivers, known as “Electronauts,” now have the opportunity to purchase renewable energy c More

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Renault LG Chem alliance to ensure better presence in electric vehicle industry

Nissan Renault alliance will only come into effect in second half of 2013 but the alliance is focused on being at the forefront of the electric vehicle industry. Renault – Nissan goal is to be present across the entire electric vehicle value chain right from technical architecture to m More

Nissan Renault alliance will only come into effect in second half of 2013 but the alliance is focused on being at the forefront of the electric vehicle industry. Renault – Nissan goal is to be present across the entire electric vehicle value chain right from technical architecture to m More

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Canada: Hydro-Quebec launches electric vehicle energy transfer program

Energy producer Hydro-Quebec has announced it will partner with GRIDbot Canada to develop a new bi-directional charging station for an experimental electric vehicle program, HydroWorld.com has learned.

The exchange process, called “vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-home” (V2G-V2H), would allow energy from the electrical grid to be transferred to the plug-in vehicles and vice versa, More

Energy producer Hydro-Quebec has announced it will partner with GRIDbot Canada to develop a new bi-directional charging station for an experimental electric vehicle program, HydroWorld.com has learned.

The exchange process, called “vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-home” (V2G-V2H), would allow energy from the electrical grid to be transferred to the plug-in vehicles and vice versa, More

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USA: EV Charging Initiative for Employers Kicks Off in California

Statewide Effort to Get Employer Support for Electric Vehicles Launches With Workshop at Google HQ

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Jul 31, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Held at Google’s Mountain View Campus, CALSTART today hosted a workshop aimed at bringing electric vehicle charging infrastructure to workplaces throughout the state. Keynoted by high-level U.S. Department of Energy represen More

Statewide Effort to Get Employer Support for Electric Vehicles Launches With Workshop at Google HQ

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Jul 31, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Held at Google’s Mountain View Campus, CALSTART today hosted a workshop aimed at bringing electric vehicle charging infrastructure to workplaces throughout the state. Keynoted by high-level U.S. Department of Energy represen More

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Driving a Nissan LEAF into the unknown

I just returned from a week-long reporting trip during which I drove a 2012 Nissan LEAF from Seattle to Wenatchee, Washington, and back again. I put 487 miles on the car, crossed a 4,000-foot mountain pass, twice, and plugged in everywhere from a friend’s house to a swanky downtown parking garage to a mountain town with a population of 202.

But first, I spent 15 minutes trying to move the More

I just returned from a week-long reporting trip during which I drove a 2012 Nissan LEAF from Seattle to Wenatchee, Washington, and back again. I put 487 miles on the car, crossed a 4,000-foot mountain pass, twice, and plugged in everywhere from a friend’s house to a swanky downtown parking garage to a mountain town with a population of 202.

But first, I spent 15 minutes trying to move the More

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USA: Two Surveys on EV

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I realize that everyone is busy—in the past week, we’ve been approached by two independent sources asking whether we could help generate some responses to surveys that have been posted on line. If you have 15 minutes to spare, you should be able to complete both.

The first survey is from the Electric Vehicle Information Exchange, and was put together by folks at Oceanus au More

All:
I realize that everyone is busy—in the past week, we’ve been approached by two independent sources asking whether we could help generate some responses to surveys that have been posted on line. If you have 15 minutes to spare, you should be able to complete both.

The first survey is from the Electric Vehicle Information Exchange, and was put together by folks at Oceanus au More

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Europe: Malta strategy for electric vehicles launched

A national strategy for the introduction of electric cars in Malta was launched this morning.

The strategy was spearheaded by a committee set up in June last year which consulted with stakeholders. It also carried out a survey on the public’s perception of conventional cars and attitude to alternative means of transport.

Committee chairman Peter Mifsud pointed out that electric car More

A national strategy for the introduction of electric cars in Malta was launched this morning.

The strategy was spearheaded by a committee set up in June last year which consulted with stakeholders. It also carried out a survey on the public’s perception of conventional cars and attitude to alternative means of transport.

Committee chairman Peter Mifsud pointed out that electric car More

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USA: High School Teachers Trains for Electric Car Classes

Teachers across the state have spent their summer learning through the Department of Education Leadership Institute. This week, automotive teachers from high schools and technical programs are in Morgantown for a pilot program with West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium.

It’s the first time the NAFTC has brought high school teachers into its cl More

Teachers across the state have spent their summer learning through the Department of Education Leadership Institute. This week, automotive teachers from high schools and technical programs are in Morgantown for a pilot program with West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium.

It’s the first time the NAFTC has brought high school teachers into its cl More

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USA: New Mexico developer suing Tesla over lost electric car factory

Remember back in 2008 when Tesla decided to move the production of its Model S electric car from New Mexico to California? Well, so does the developer that was going to build the facility — they’re suing Tesla for breach of contract and fraud.

Remember back in 2008 when electric car maker Te More

Remember back in 2008 when Tesla decided to move the production of its Model S electric car from New Mexico to California? Well, so does the developer that was going to build the facility — they’re suing Tesla for breach of contract and fraud.

Remember back in 2008 when electric car maker Te More

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1-Hour Interview With Elon Musk: Tesla, SolarCity, Electric Planes, ‘Fool Cells”, and Lots More..

Portrait of a Serial Entrepreneur Who Thinks Big
Sarah Lacy of PandoDaily, a site that covers the startup world in Silicon Valley, sat down for 1 hour with hyperkinetic entrepreneur Elon Musk. They covered a lot of ground in the interview, and I think that a lot of it will be of interest to TreeHugger readers. Maybe not everything – after all, PandoDaily’s focus isn’t the e More

Portrait of a Serial Entrepreneur Who Thinks Big
Sarah Lacy of PandoDaily, a site that covers the startup world in Silicon Valley, sat down for 1 hour with hyperkinetic entrepreneur Elon Musk. They covered a lot of ground in the interview, and I think that a lot of it will be of interest to TreeHugger readers. Maybe not everything – after all, PandoDaily’s focus isn’t the e More

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Europe: Danish MECc EV project promises 500 mile range and “refuel” time of less than three minutes

A collaborative project involving ECOmove, Insero E-Mobility and Serenergy is aiming to produce a fuel cell range extender for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) that should boost the distance between charges to at least 497 miles (800 km). The first vehicle to receive the new bio-methanol-based Modular Energy Carrier More

A collaborative project involving ECOmove, Insero E-Mobility and Serenergy is aiming to produce a fuel cell range extender for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) that should boost the distance between charges to at least 497 miles (800 km). The first vehicle to receive the new bio-methanol-based Modular Energy Carrier More

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Japan: FedEx testing electric Nissan e-NV200 in Yokohama

Nissan and FedEx will be carrying out real world tests of the 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 van in the Yokohama area this month. As you can probably tell from the name, the e-NV200 is a 100% electric version of the NV200, which is sold in Malaysia with a 1.5 litre petrol engine in panel van and semi-panel van More

Nissan and FedEx will be carrying out real world tests of the 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 van in the Yokohama area this month. As you can probably tell from the name, the e-NV200 is a 100% electric version of the NV200, which is sold in Malaysia with a 1.5 litre petrol engine in panel van and semi-panel van More

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Chargepoint Announces New Mobile App

Chargepoint, the largest online global charging network, which connects drivers of electric vehicles to charging stations throughout 14 countries, has announced its latest mobile application for all iOS and Android smart phones. The app will include a variety of social network options.
The mobile app will continue providing users the ability to locate and check charging station availability More

Chargepoint, the largest online global charging network, which connects drivers of electric vehicles to charging stations throughout 14 countries, has announced its latest mobile application for all iOS and Android smart phones. The app will include a variety of social network options.
The mobile app will continue providing users the ability to locate and check charging station availability More

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Electric Vehicles Get Big Boost!

BMW i Ventures, the investment arm of BMW, just made an investment in EV Charging Stations maker Coulomb Technologies.

Coulomb Technologies’s ChargePoint is the largest online global charging network, connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint provides the most feature-rich solution for station owners and EV drivers alike, with innovati More

BMW i Ventures, the investment arm of BMW, just made an investment in EV Charging Stations maker Coulomb Technologies.

Coulomb Technologies’s ChargePoint is the largest online global charging network, connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint provides the most feature-rich solution for station owners and EV drivers alike, with innovati More

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China’s Electric Vehicle Industry

BMW has released a report on its yearlong electric vehicle road test in Beijing, just days after the Chinese government rolled out a plan to boost the country’s electric vehicle industry. BMW hopes the test will facilitate the development of both its future EV models and China’s EV industry. How is China’s EV industry developing? And what are the barriers it must overcome?

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BMW has released a report on its yearlong electric vehicle road test in Beijing, just days after the Chinese government rolled out a plan to boost the country’s electric vehicle industry. BMW hopes the test will facilitate the development of both its future EV models and China’s EV industry. How is China’s EV industry developing? And what are the barriers it must overcome?

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Europe: BMW Takes The Electric Vehicle Lead In Germany

Just when we thought BMW was content to have made a spectacular splash with its all electric i3 and its gorgeous plug-in hybrid i8, here comes the C Evolution electric scooter.

A few years ago, the company was toying with what it called the E scooter, an electric scooter. To put things back into perspective, this was a time when German car manufacturers were less than lukewarm about the ele More

Just when we thought BMW was content to have made a spectacular splash with its all electric i3 and its gorgeous plug-in hybrid i8, here comes the C Evolution electric scooter.

A few years ago, the company was toying with what it called the E scooter, an electric scooter. To put things back into perspective, this was a time when German car manufacturers were less than lukewarm about the ele More

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USA: AAA charging up roadside assistance for electric-vehicle drivers (poll)

Want to buy an electric car but can’t get over your range anxiety?

A new member benefit being offered by AAA of Oregon and Idaho in the Portland area might help you make a baby step into the EV commuting world.

On Friday, AAA is testing roadside-assistance vehicles capable of charging electr More

Want to buy an electric car but can’t get over your range anxiety?

A new member benefit being offered by AAA of Oregon and Idaho in the Portland area might help you make a baby step into the EV commuting world.

On Friday, AAA is testing roadside-assistance vehicles capable of charging electr More

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USA; car2go Adds Electric Car Sharing To Portland, Oregon

The car2go car sharing service from Daimler is currently present in five markets in the United States and gaining in popularity, especially in Portland, Oregon. It is in this city that registrations from new participants have soared, and to which an electric vehicle option is being added.< More

The car2go car sharing service from Daimler is currently present in five markets in the United States and gaining in popularity, especially in Portland, Oregon. It is in this city that registrations from new participants have soared, and to which an electric vehicle option is being added.< More

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Latest e-Scooter Prototype Shown By BMW i Electric-Car Brand

BMW has big plans for its i brand of plug-in electric cars, giving the lineup its own visual design language and its first foray into online sales.

But beyond the i3 subcompact electric city car and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe, there will be other BMW i m More

BMW has big plans for its i brand of plug-in electric cars, giving the lineup its own visual design language and its first foray into online sales.

But beyond the i3 subcompact electric city car and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe, there will be other BMW i m More

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George Clooney selling his Tesla Roadster to support Sudan charity

It may not save the planet, but buying this electric car could do some good on the other side of it.
George Clooney is auctioning his Tesla Roadster sports car and giving the proceeds to the Satellite Sentinel Project, an organization founded by the actor/activist that uses satellite ima More

It may not save the planet, but buying this electric car could do some good on the other side of it.
George Clooney is auctioning his Tesla Roadster sports car and giving the proceeds to the Satellite Sentinel Project, an organization founded by the actor/activist that uses satellite ima More

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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Only Gets 4 Stars from NHTSA [Video]

It seems that extra weight really affects a car’s crash safety considerably. Apparently, the 54.5 extra kilos (120 lbs) the plug-in Toyota Prius has over the non-plug-in model have made a big difference in its safety rating.

The plug-in received only four stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as it performed worse in both the frontal test, as well as the ro More

It seems that extra weight really affects a car’s crash safety considerably. Apparently, the 54.5 extra kilos (120 lbs) the plug-in Toyota Prius has over the non-plug-in model have made a big difference in its safety rating.

The plug-in received only four stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as it performed worse in both the frontal test, as well as the ro More

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JAPAN: 100 EV chargers to be installed along highways by 2020

Highway operators will install quick-charging facilities for electric vehicles at 100 spots throughout Japan by 2020, the Nikkei said.

EVs already sold in Japan include the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf while Honda launches the Fit [Jazz] EV at the end of August.

Annual shipments of EVs in Japan are projected to reach 270,000 cars in 2020 and 1.9m in 2030, according to data from More

Highway operators will install quick-charging facilities for electric vehicles at 100 spots throughout Japan by 2020, the Nikkei said.

EVs already sold in Japan include the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf while Honda launches the Fit [Jazz] EV at the end of August.

Annual shipments of EVs in Japan are projected to reach 270,000 cars in 2020 and 1.9m in 2030, according to data from More

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USA: Updated: 100k electric sports car turns heads in downtown Holland

Holland —
Electric vehicles of any type are still rare enough to earn second looks.

So when a high-end Fisker EVer Karma appeared plugged into a charge station along downtown Holland’s Eighth Street, it caused a sensation, with motorists and pedestrians alike rubbernecking as they passed. The car’s cooling fan could be heard humming as it charged.

Similar to the C More

Holland —
Electric vehicles of any type are still rare enough to earn second looks.

So when a high-end Fisker EVer Karma appeared plugged into a charge station along downtown Holland’s Eighth Street, it caused a sensation, with motorists and pedestrians alike rubbernecking as they passed. The car’s cooling fan could be heard humming as it charged.

Similar to the C More

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GPS Prototype Fights EV Range Anxiety With Data

GPS can be a very useful, if sometimes distracting, navigation aid while driving to your destination. I sometimes use the GPS system in my Prius to help me explore non-highway routes for a sort of backroads-type experience.

What if GPS technology could also be an aid to help electric vehicle drivers eke out more driving range? That’s the focus of a recent study in California.

Resea More

GPS can be a very useful, if sometimes distracting, navigation aid while driving to your destination. I sometimes use the GPS system in my Prius to help me explore non-highway routes for a sort of backroads-type experience.

What if GPS technology could also be an aid to help electric vehicle drivers eke out more driving range? That’s the focus of a recent study in California.

Resea More

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EDTA Says Government Partnerships Accelerating Advanced Vehicle Technology

The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) strongly believes electricity can be a key solution to reducing American dependence on foreign oil and improving the U.S. economy.

This it made clear Thursday, July 26 when EDTA President Brian Wynne testified during a Subcommittee hearing on Energy and Environment before the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee.

The hea More

The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) strongly believes electricity can be a key solution to reducing American dependence on foreign oil and improving the U.S. economy.

This it made clear Thursday, July 26 when EDTA President Brian Wynne testified during a Subcommittee hearing on Energy and Environment before the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee.

The hea More

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Princeton Power Systems Powers on Energy Storage System at BMW Technology Office

The System is the first of its kind to use Princeton Power’s Demand Response Inverter.

PRINCETON, N.J., Jul 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Princeton Power Systems (PPS) turns on its Energy Storage System (ESS) at BMW Group’s Technology Office in Mountain View, CA. The ESS is the first of its kind to use PPS’ new Demand Response Inverter in an integrated system.

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The System is the first of its kind to use Princeton Power’s Demand Response Inverter.

PRINCETON, N.J., Jul 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Princeton Power Systems (PPS) turns on its Energy Storage System (ESS) at BMW Group’s Technology Office in Mountain View, CA. The ESS is the first of its kind to use PPS’ new Demand Response Inverter in an integrated system.

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