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car2go Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Electric Vehicle Carsharing in San Diego

–More than 12,500 members register for North America’s first all-electric carsharing program, –New EV charging depot set to be unveiled in the East Village,
By car2go North America LLC
Published: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 – 10:14 am

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 29, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North Ame More

–More than 12,500 members register for North America’s first all-electric carsharing program, –New EV charging depot set to be unveiled in the East Village,
By car2go North America LLC
Published: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 – 10:14 am

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 29, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North Ame More

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Morning Fresh Dairy aims for zero emissions with electric delivery trucks

Eric Alvarez hopped into the cab of his milk truck Thursday afternoon, flipped the ignition switch and waited a moment for the truck to warm up More

Eric Alvarez hopped into the cab of his milk truck Thursday afternoon, flipped the ignition switch and waited a moment for the truck to warm up More

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Bell-Labs-Style Research Center Aims to Cut Battery Costs by 80 Percent

Argonne National Labs was selected to head the $120 million Innovation Hub

Today the Department of Energy established a new, $120 million center for battery research with an ambitious goal of making batteries for electric vehicles and electric grid storage five times cheaper within five years. The center, which will be headquartered at Argonne National Lab near Chicago, is the fourth DOE I More

Argonne National Labs was selected to head the $120 million Innovation Hub

Today the Department of Energy established a new, $120 million center for battery research with an ambitious goal of making batteries for electric vehicles and electric grid storage five times cheaper within five years. The center, which will be headquartered at Argonne National Lab near Chicago, is the fourth DOE I More

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Electric vehicles recruited for military base grid security

Can electric vehicles help protect a military base from power disruptions? Well, maybe not entirely, but they could help make a base microgrid secure.

That More

Can electric vehicles help protect a military base from power disruptions? Well, maybe not entirely, but they could help make a base microgrid secure.

That More

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At L.A. Auto Show, Chevy and Fiat roll out EVs aimed at California

The plug-in Chevy Spark and Fiat 500e are designed to meet California zero-emission laws. And if you buy one, well, that’s OK, too.

 

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The plug-in Chevy Spark and Fiat 500e are designed to meet California zero-emission laws. And if you buy one, well, that’s OK, too.

 

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New Tesla, GM electric cars juice prospects for microcap Ecotality

Sure the roll-out of electric vehicles in the U.S. has hit some rough spots, with General Motors GM -0.39% falling short of sales goals for the Chevrolet Volt.

Antenna Group
Blink charging station by Ecotality.

But the emerging car segment continues to gain momentum.

Tesla’s Motors Inc. TSLA +0.05% won the coveted Motor Trend Car of the Year for its new Model S More

Sure the roll-out of electric vehicles in the U.S. has hit some rough spots, with General Motors GM -0.39% falling short of sales goals for the Chevrolet Volt.

Antenna Group
Blink charging station by Ecotality.

But the emerging car segment continues to gain momentum.

Tesla’s Motors Inc. TSLA +0.05% won the coveted Motor Trend Car of the Year for its new Model S More

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L.A. Auto Show: Are electric vehicle prices about to drop?

Don’t be surprised to see a decline in electric car prices over the next several months.

When Chevrolet introduced its Spark EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, it said the car will sell for less than $25,000 after a federal tax rebate. That would be lower than the prices of electric vehicles on the market now, although there are attractive lease deals.

The Leaf starts a More

Don’t be surprised to see a decline in electric car prices over the next several months.

When Chevrolet introduced its Spark EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, it said the car will sell for less than $25,000 after a federal tax rebate. That would be lower than the prices of electric vehicles on the market now, although there are attractive lease deals.

The Leaf starts a More

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Growing Pains for California’s Electric Car Charging Network

Imagine pulling up to a gas station and finding out that the pumps aren’t working or that you have to be a subscriber to fill up. Those are just a couple of the challenges that drivers of electric cars face as public charging stations slowly roll out. Alison van Diggelen, herself an early adopter, explores the gr More

Imagine pulling up to a gas station and finding out that the pumps aren’t working or that you have to be a subscriber to fill up. Those are just a couple of the challenges that drivers of electric cars face as public charging stations slowly roll out. Alison van Diggelen, herself an early adopter, explores the gr More

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Los Angeles Auto Show 2012: Hybrid, Electric Cars Steal The Show (PHOTOS)

Los Angeles Auto Show 2012

Electric and hybrid cars seem to hog the limelight at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto show that opens to the public Friday, as a wide array of options appeared to substitute gasoline-burning cars.

Among the cars that made a splash were the i3 electric and i8 plug-in hybrid from BMW. Both the concept cars are scheduled to go on sale 2014.

Toyota was another More

Los Angeles Auto Show 2012

Electric and hybrid cars seem to hog the limelight at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto show that opens to the public Friday, as a wide array of options appeared to substitute gasoline-burning cars.

Among the cars that made a splash were the i3 electric and i8 plug-in hybrid from BMW. Both the concept cars are scheduled to go on sale 2014.

Toyota was another More

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November Ford’s Best Ever Month For Hybrid, Plug-In Sales

Progressive Prius drivers looking for the next step towards going green aren’t just moving into Nissan Leafs and Chevy Volts–Ford is benefitting too.

The company reports it expects November to be its best-ever month for hybrid sales, with over 6,000 units–beating July 2009’s high of 5,353 cars.

It’s partly thanks to the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, which sold More

Progressive Prius drivers looking for the next step towards going green aren’t just moving into Nissan Leafs and Chevy Volts–Ford is benefitting too.

The company reports it expects November to be its best-ever month for hybrid sales, with over 6,000 units–beating July 2009’s high of 5,353 cars.

It’s partly thanks to the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, which sold More

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USA: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid to Hit Roads in January

Honda Motors has announced that the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will go on sale in New York and California on January 15 with a price tag of $39,7801. The new vehicle from the Japanese automaker has earned a class-leading EPA-certified 115 MPGe rating.

The Accord Hybrid will feature Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system and will be launched nationwide next summer. It is anticipated that the More

Honda Motors has announced that the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will go on sale in New York and California on January 15 with a price tag of $39,7801. The new vehicle from the Japanese automaker has earned a class-leading EPA-certified 115 MPGe rating.

The Accord Hybrid will feature Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system and will be launched nationwide next summer. It is anticipated that the More

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Plugged in: University of Michigan installs 6 charging stations for electric cars

University of Michigan has installed six charging stations for electric cars.

ru_121115_evcharger.jpgA Chevy Volt is charged at one of the university& More

University of Michigan has installed six charging stations for electric cars.

ru_121115_evcharger.jpgA Chevy Volt is charged at one of the university& More

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World Debut: BMW i3 Electric Car, Up to 200 miles per charge

This week at the Los Angeles Auto Show BMW debuted the latest iterations of its special “i” program–electric concepts meant to show where the German automaker will take its alternative-fuel program in years to come.

Jacob Harb, the head of Electric Vehicle O More

This week at the Los Angeles Auto Show BMW debuted the latest iterations of its special “i” program–electric concepts meant to show where the German automaker will take its alternative-fuel program in years to come.

Jacob Harb, the head of Electric Vehicle O More

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Smith Electric Vehicles adding hundreds of jobs to Chicago with new factory

Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles is expanding again with a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago, the company announced on Wednesday. The new manufacturing plant is expected to add hundreds of j More

Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles is expanding again with a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago, the company announced on Wednesday. The new manufacturing plant is expected to add hundreds of j More

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U.S. launches new project ($120M) to develop electric-vehicle batteries

(Reuters) – The Obama administration launched a fresh $120-million research project Friday, aimed at developing cheaper batteries for electric vehicles, a sector that has faltered despite billions of dollars of prior government investment.

The Energy Department will dole out the money over five years to establish a research hub for batteries and energy storage, backed by five nationa More

(Reuters) – The Obama administration launched a fresh $120-million research project Friday, aimed at developing cheaper batteries for electric vehicles, a sector that has faltered despite billions of dollars of prior government investment.

The Energy Department will dole out the money over five years to establish a research hub for batteries and energy storage, backed by five nationa More

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ChargePoint and Service Solutions Announce Reseller Agreement for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in North America

ENP Newswire – 30 November 2012

Release date- 28112012 – Campbell, Calif. – ChargePoint the world’s largest and most established EV charging station network and Service Solutions US, LLC, an industry leader in EVSE full service supply, installation and support, today announced a reseller agreement for electric vehicle charging stations and services in the North Ameri More

ENP Newswire – 30 November 2012

Release date- 28112012 – Campbell, Calif. – ChargePoint the world’s largest and most established EV charging station network and Service Solutions US, LLC, an industry leader in EVSE full service supply, installation and support, today announced a reseller agreement for electric vehicle charging stations and services in the North Ameri More

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USA: EV Update, Part 2: Public Car Charging Grows 25%

Research follows the tracks and trips of electric vehicle drivers

SAN FRANCISCO — As the electric-vehicle (EV) market is poised for greater expansion, new research is helping illuminate the “fueling” behaviors of the EV driver.

San Francisco-based ECOtality Inc. oversees the Blink Network of residential, private and public smart-charging stations. The latter range from a More

Research follows the tracks and trips of electric vehicle drivers

SAN FRANCISCO — As the electric-vehicle (EV) market is poised for greater expansion, new research is helping illuminate the “fueling” behaviors of the EV driver.

San Francisco-based ECOtality Inc. oversees the Blink Network of residential, private and public smart-charging stations. The latter range from a More

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USA: [BayLEAFs Announce] Bay Area EV Council is looking for Focus Group participants

SF BayLEAFs was recently contacted by the Bay Area EV Council which is a part of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency looking for SFBayLEAFs members to participate in a series of research panels on how to better educate Bay Area Residents on the benefits of driving electric vehicles/

The following are the details of the panel events:

Dear SF BayLEAFs Members:

Are you interes More

SF BayLEAFs was recently contacted by the Bay Area EV Council which is a part of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency looking for SFBayLEAFs members to participate in a series of research panels on how to better educate Bay Area Residents on the benefits of driving electric vehicles/

The following are the details of the panel events:

Dear SF BayLEAFs Members:

Are you interes More

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Future iPhones could have true wireless charging with no station required

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Wireless charging is set to take off this year with the likes of HTC’s (2498) Windows Phone 8X, Nokia’s (NOK) Lumia 920 and 820 and Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 4. By comparison, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 feels decidedly last-gen without wireless charging or NFC. Apple More

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Wireless charging is set to take off this year with the likes of HTC’s (2498) Windows Phone 8X, Nokia’s (NOK) Lumia 920 and 820 and Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 4. By comparison, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 feels decidedly last-gen without wireless charging or NFC. Apple More

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Apple Patent Describes “Realistic & Practical” Wireless Charging

Apple has been researching a “realistic and practical” way to provide wireless charging to devices. A new patent application More

Apple has been researching a “realistic and practical” way to provide wireless charging to devices. A new patent application More

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It’s Been An Electric Los Angeles Auto Show

Automakers have used the LA auto show as an opportunity to showcase their much improved hybrids and electric cars. Still, only 3.3% of the vehicles sold in the U.S. are electric-hybrids and the share of the plug-in hybrids or pure electrics is even lower. [1] So there is a significant opportunity up for grabs for the automakers ready to bet on these cars becoming more mainstream within the America More

Automakers have used the LA auto show as an opportunity to showcase their much improved hybrids and electric cars. Still, only 3.3% of the vehicles sold in the U.S. are electric-hybrids and the share of the plug-in hybrids or pure electrics is even lower. [1] So there is a significant opportunity up for grabs for the automakers ready to bet on these cars becoming more mainstream within the America More

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China BAK Battery Regains NASDAQ Listing Compliance for Independent Director Requirements

China BAK Battery, Inc. (“China BAK” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CBAK), a leading global manufacturer of lithium-based battery cells, today announced that the Company has received a letter from the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications department, dated November 26, 2012, notifying the Company that it has regained compliance with the independent director and audit committee requirem More

China BAK Battery, Inc. (“China BAK” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CBAK), a leading global manufacturer of lithium-based battery cells, today announced that the Company has received a letter from the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications department, dated November 26, 2012, notifying the Company that it has regained compliance with the independent director and audit committee requirem More

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China approves Wanxiang plan to buy U.S. battery maker A123

(Reuters) – China’s government has approved a plan by Wanxiang Group Corp, a major Chinese auto parts maker, to acquire bankrupt U.S. battery maker A123 Systems Inc (AONEQ.PK), although a deal still hinges on the outcome of an auction next month and U.S. government approval.

A123, a maker of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in More

(Reuters) – China’s government has approved a plan by Wanxiang Group Corp, a major Chinese auto parts maker, to acquire bankrupt U.S. battery maker A123 Systems Inc (AONEQ.PK), although a deal still hinges on the outcome of an auction next month and U.S. government approval.

A123, a maker of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in More

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USA: Nissan Leaf’s November, December sales likely to climb back to 2011 levels

Nissan is apparently past the problems that plagued sales of its all-electric Leaf earlier past year and is likely to either surpass or be close to matching its 2011 sales numbers for November and December, according to a company executive at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Nissan ran into supply issues after it expanded distribution to all 50 states from seven earlier this year. That meant tha More

Nissan is apparently past the problems that plagued sales of its all-electric Leaf earlier past year and is likely to either surpass or be close to matching its 2011 sales numbers for November and December, according to a company executive at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Nissan ran into supply issues after it expanded distribution to all 50 states from seven earlier this year. That meant tha More

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GS Yuasa Li-ion battery cells selected to power International Space Station

ROSWELL, Ga., Nov. 29, 2012 — ROSWELL, Ga., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — GS Yuasa Lithium Power, Inc. (GYLP) has been awarded a contract by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) to provide lithium ion (Li-ion) battery cells to be used on the International Space Station (ISS). PWR will integrate GS Yuasa Li-ion cells into batteries that will replace the nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H2) batteri More

ROSWELL, Ga., Nov. 29, 2012 — ROSWELL, Ga., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — GS Yuasa Lithium Power, Inc. (GYLP) has been awarded a contract by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) to provide lithium ion (Li-ion) battery cells to be used on the International Space Station (ISS). PWR will integrate GS Yuasa Li-ion cells into batteries that will replace the nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H2) batteri More

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USA: Adams Opens New Electric Car Charging Stations In Downtown Portland

Portland Mayor Sam Adams unveiled new electric vehicle charging stations Thursday in downtown Portland. The mayor is hopeful the move will encourage more people to get out and shop.
Mayor Sam Adams using the new electronic vehicle charging station on a smart car.

Sammy Brenner / OPB

Mayor Sam Adams using the new electronic vehicle charging station on a smart car.

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Portland Mayor Sam Adams unveiled new electric vehicle charging stations Thursday in downtown Portland. The mayor is hopeful the move will encourage more people to get out and shop.
Mayor Sam Adams using the new electronic vehicle charging station on a smart car.

Sammy Brenner / OPB

Mayor Sam Adams using the new electronic vehicle charging station on a smart car.

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USA: Electric vehicle charging station installed in Rohnert Park

The City of Rohnert Park installed its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station last Wednesday, Nov. 21, upon the approval of the City Council. Located in the City Center Plaza parking lot, the station should be available for use in a couple of weeks, according to the city’s energy coordinator/project manager Johnny Chung.

The cost of purchase, installation and management of the EV ch More

The City of Rohnert Park installed its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station last Wednesday, Nov. 21, upon the approval of the City Council. Located in the City Center Plaza parking lot, the station should be available for use in a couple of weeks, according to the city’s energy coordinator/project manager Johnny Chung.

The cost of purchase, installation and management of the EV ch More

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Karma plug-in hybrid to launch in China next year

LOS ANGELES – Fisker Automotive will start selling its US$100,000-plus (S$122,780)Karma plug-in hybrid in China during the first quarter of next year to take advantage of the country’s rapidly growing market for luxury cars, company executives said on Wednesday.

Fisker said earlier More

LOS ANGELES – Fisker Automotive will start selling its US$100,000-plus (S$122,780)Karma plug-in hybrid in China during the first quarter of next year to take advantage of the country’s rapidly growing market for luxury cars, company executives said on Wednesday.

Fisker said earlier More

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2012 LA: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid price starts at $39,780, EPA-certified 115 MPGe

At the 2012 LA Auto Show, Honda announced the pricing details for the new 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid, which will be going on sale starting Jan. 15 in California and New York. Prices will start at $39,780.

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid gets the highest EPA MPGe rating in its class of 115 MPGe – surpassing the Ford C-MAX Energi’s 100 MPGe, the Volt’s 98 MPGe and the Toyota Prius More

At the 2012 LA Auto Show, Honda announced the pricing details for the new 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid, which will be going on sale starting Jan. 15 in California and New York. Prices will start at $39,780.

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid gets the highest EPA MPGe rating in its class of 115 MPGe – surpassing the Ford C-MAX Energi’s 100 MPGe, the Volt’s 98 MPGe and the Toyota Prius More

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LA Auto Show: We Talk The Toyota RAV4, V6 Engines, And EVs With Toyota

I managed to catch Toyota’s Environmental Communications Manager, Jana Hartline, while her Rav4 EV was out being tested, and we had a lovely chat about Toyota’s plans for the future. As the full range vehicle manufacturer with the highest fleet MPG, they know a thing or two about building efficient vehicles.

Here’s the full interview, straight from the show floor.

There were a More

I managed to catch Toyota’s Environmental Communications Manager, Jana Hartline, while her Rav4 EV was out being tested, and we had a lovely chat about Toyota’s plans for the future. As the full range vehicle manufacturer with the highest fleet MPG, they know a thing or two about building efficient vehicles.

Here’s the full interview, straight from the show floor.

There were a More

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