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Clean Car & Bike News Roundup

There’s so much going on in the world of clean(er) cars and bike news. Here’s a roundup of some stories from around the interwebs from the past week or so that we haven’t yet covered (see our Clean Transportation category for more):
Clean Cars

ChargePoint is giving away (yes, giving away… for $0) electric car chargers. “Until Monday, October 15, 2012, ChargePoint says it will give away a free charging station and offer discounted installation costs to any company looking to install electric car charging stations for its employees and visitors.”

Chance to win $30,000… if you can design a better BMW than anyone else. “Local Motors is teaming up with BMW to offer a $30,000 grand prize to anybody who can design an urban car concept good enough to be an Ultimate Driving Machine.”

Coda is looking to grab more of the EV market: “the California-based automaker plans to take its electric car nationwide in the coming year, working up to a 30-dealer network that spans coast to coast.”

Daimler is betting on lower costs attracting more people to electric vehicles. The company well known for its Smart car (oh, and Mercedes-Benz) is looking to offer the cheapest electric car on the market. The first deliveries of its new e-Smart have been sent. “The e-Smart will offer about 145 km/90 miles of driving per charge, well within the 30 or so miles most Smart car owners currently drive in Europe, and it will do it at the lowest price point for any EV; 18,910 Euros, or about $24,600 U.S. dollars.”

Smart ForStarsSmart also has a cool-looking concept car called Smart ForStars. The car’s all-electric drivetrain comes from “famed” Mercedes tuner BRABUS, Chris Demorro informs us. The interesting new Smart car “will offer around 87 miles of range from a 17.5 kWh battery pack.” More pretty pics over on Gas2.

Next on the Tesla table is reportedly a small crossover & a new sports car. “Tesla Motors is looking out as far as 2016, when the crossover and sports car are set to hit market. Before then, the already-unveiled Model X SUV will start rolling out of factories, followed in 2015 by a $30,000 “entry-level” sedan. At some point Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, hopes to also roll out an all-electric supercar.”

Toyota Rav4 EV will be leasing for $599/month. “With $3,499 down, well-qualified lessees could driving off in a Toyota Rav4 EV for only $599 a month. Yup, that’ll cost you, though it is still a good deal less than you’d pay trying to buy the Rav4 EV.”

A BMW hybrid will likely be BMW’s first front-wheel drive car. “The BMW Concept Active Tourer hasn’t officially been given the FWD designation, mind you, but speculation and comments by BMW executives point to that being the case. The Concept Active Tourer uses a 1.5 liter turbocharged 3-cylinder gas generator to charge a lithium-ion battery pack good for up to 20 miles of EV-only driving. After that, the gas generator kicks in. The Active Tourer will reportedly go from 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, better than most hybrids.”

An upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid has had its brochure leaked. The car will have 800 horsepower while getting 78 mpg, according to the leaked brochure. It will also look quite pretty.

And the 10 “Best Value Hybrid Cars” are… over on Gas2. Interestingly, not all hybrid cars save you money. 11 of 25 hybrid cars tested by industry analysts reportedly save you money in the long run, “with the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid saving buyers $7,001 while the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid cost buyers over $8,065 more to own (than comparably equipped conventional vehicles).”

Hot weather killing Nissan Leaf batteries? Independent tests done by Arizonans who own the car seem to be showing that it is. I wouldn’t say it’s 100% verified yet, but if the tests done by these owners are legit, the heat in Arizona is decreasing the lifespan of their batteries much faster than Nissan promised.
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