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Stretchable, serpentine lithium-ion battery works at three times its usual size

Feb. 26, 2013 — Northwestern University’s Yonggang Huang and the University of Illinois’ John A. Rogers are the first to demonstrate a stretchable lithium-ion battery — a flexible device capable of powering their innovative stretchable electronics.

No longer needing to be connected by a cord to an electrical outlet, the stretchable electronic devices now could be used an More

Feb. 26, 2013 — Northwestern University’s Yonggang Huang and the University of Illinois’ John A. Rogers are the first to demonstrate a stretchable lithium-ion battery — a flexible device capable of powering their innovative stretchable electronics.

No longer needing to be connected by a cord to an electrical outlet, the stretchable electronic devices now could be used an More

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California approves Amp electric truck sales

AMP E-100 MEDIUM DUTY ELECTRIC TRUCK APPROVED FOR SALE IN CALIFORNIA
California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved AMP’s E-100 truck as a zero emission vehicle and eligible for sale in California for the 2014 model year, which began this January.

Cincinnati, Ohio, February 26, 2013.
AMP ELECTRIC VEHICLES (OTCBB and OTCQB: AMPD) announced today that its all-electric E More

AMP E-100 MEDIUM DUTY ELECTRIC TRUCK APPROVED FOR SALE IN CALIFORNIA
California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved AMP’s E-100 truck as a zero emission vehicle and eligible for sale in California for the 2014 model year, which began this January.

Cincinnati, Ohio, February 26, 2013.
AMP ELECTRIC VEHICLES (OTCBB and OTCQB: AMPD) announced today that its all-electric E More

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USA: Georgetown parking ordinance updated, electric vehicle parking regulated

Georgetown City Council approved the first reading of changes to the city’s parking ordinance at its Feb. 26 meeting with a 5-1 vote. Councilman Tommy Gonzalez was the dissenting vote.

Acting City Attorney Bridget Chapman said several discrepancies in the code were identified and corrected, and language was revised to clarify parking locations, times and restrictions.

“We needed More

Georgetown City Council approved the first reading of changes to the city’s parking ordinance at its Feb. 26 meeting with a 5-1 vote. Councilman Tommy Gonzalez was the dissenting vote.

Acting City Attorney Bridget Chapman said several discrepancies in the code were identified and corrected, and language was revised to clarify parking locations, times and restrictions.

“We needed More

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Land Rover Begins Testing Electric Defender Sport Utility Vehicles

Land Rover is exploring the possibility of electric vehicles for the future with a battery-powered prototype of its Defender 110. If an electric Land Rover does eventually come to fruition, it could be the ultimate expression of the company’s “tread lightly” philosophy, which espouses minimizing impact on the environment when driving off-road.

The Electric Defender test vehicle swaps More

Land Rover is exploring the possibility of electric vehicles for the future with a battery-powered prototype of its Defender 110. If an electric Land Rover does eventually come to fruition, it could be the ultimate expression of the company’s “tread lightly” philosophy, which espouses minimizing impact on the environment when driving off-road.

The Electric Defender test vehicle swaps More

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China Tries Saving Nearly Non-Existent Electric Car Market

The Chinese government is trying to protect its ailing electric vehicle market by agreeing Thursday to extend subsidies to the industry.

China will subsidize electric vehicles sold in 25 cities, expanding from the current five cities, and adopt a unified national subsidy standard, The 21st Century Business Herald reported on Wednesday citing China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

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The Chinese government is trying to protect its ailing electric vehicle market by agreeing Thursday to extend subsidies to the industry.

China will subsidize electric vehicles sold in 25 cities, expanding from the current five cities, and adopt a unified national subsidy standard, The 21st Century Business Herald reported on Wednesday citing China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

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Students begin first electric van conversion in LINC class

University students will begin converting a 2003 Ford E-250 cargo van into an electric van in a Learning in Community engineering class Thursday.

Kevin Wolz, one o More

University students will begin converting a 2003 Ford E-250 cargo van into an electric van in a Learning in Community engineering class Thursday.

Kevin Wolz, one o More

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Batteries power up to the next level

Take any stand-alone solar power system and ask yourself what its weakest point might be? Ask the same of electric cars or laptop computers. The answer, in general, is the battery.

That may be about to change. Materials scientists and electrochemists the world over are joining forces to create new types of batteries that perform better and last longer, are more reliable and demand less of t More

Take any stand-alone solar power system and ask yourself what its weakest point might be? Ask the same of electric cars or laptop computers. The answer, in general, is the battery.

That may be about to change. Materials scientists and electrochemists the world over are joining forces to create new types of batteries that perform better and last longer, are more reliable and demand less of t More

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Driverless Cars Could Save $400 Billion Per Year: Infographic

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Johnson Controls’ Li-ion batteries to power award-winning electric boat motor

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Johnson Controls, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of automotive batteries, is slated to begin production this spring of Li-ion battery packs out of its advanced battery plant in Holland, Mich., for Torqeedo’s all-electric boat motors.

Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer, will use Johnson Controls’ Li-ion automo More

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Johnson Controls, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of automotive batteries, is slated to begin production this spring of Li-ion battery packs out of its advanced battery plant in Holland, Mich., for Torqeedo’s all-electric boat motors.

Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer, will use Johnson Controls’ Li-ion automo More

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Japanese disaster films highlight the stories of quake-tsunami victims


In this image made from a scene from the film “Fukushima: Memories of the Lost Landscape” released by Yojyu Matsubayashi, Kyoko Tanaka, a city council member of Minami Soma, patrols in the deserted town after evacuation of the residents, on April 3, 2011. More


In this image made from a scene from the film “Fukushima: Memories of the Lost Landscape” released by Yojyu Matsubayashi, Kyoko Tanaka, a city council member of Minami Soma, patrols in the deserted town after evacuation of the residents, on April 3, 2011. More

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Motion Control is Key to OSU’s Futuristic Electric Car

It’s half the size of your average passenger car, corners like it’s on rails, and is capable of being folded to fit into a parking spot. Meet the future for the urban electric car, if Ohio State University (OSU) researchers have anything to say about it.

A team led by Junmin Wang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory at More

It’s half the size of your average passenger car, corners like it’s on rails, and is capable of being folded to fit into a parking spot. Meet the future for the urban electric car, if Ohio State University (OSU) researchers have anything to say about it.

A team led by Junmin Wang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory at More

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China needs electric cars more than hybrid

hina will continue to promote electric vehicles despite their dim sales nationwide, China Youth Daily reported Thursday citing Wang Binggang, chief consultant of the State 863 Energy-saving & New Energy Vehicle Project.

In 2012, China saw 12,791 electric and hybrid vehicles sold, contributing to 0.7 percent of the nation’s total car sales.

“China saw a staggering amo More

hina will continue to promote electric vehicles despite their dim sales nationwide, China Youth Daily reported Thursday citing Wang Binggang, chief consultant of the State 863 Energy-saving & New Energy Vehicle Project.

In 2012, China saw 12,791 electric and hybrid vehicles sold, contributing to 0.7 percent of the nation’s total car sales.

“China saw a staggering amo More

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USA: Pa. Bill Would Create Incentives For Car Charging Stations

Law360, Philadelphia (February 28, 2013, 5:24 PM ET) — A Pennsylvania state representative announced Tuesday that he was reintroducing legislation that would create a tax credit for gas stations that added electric vehicle charging stations.

House Bill 842, introduced by Rep. Mark Cohen, D-Philadelphia, would provide a credit of up to 50 percent of the total costs of building a stati More

Law360, Philadelphia (February 28, 2013, 5:24 PM ET) — A Pennsylvania state representative announced Tuesday that he was reintroducing legislation that would create a tax credit for gas stations that added electric vehicle charging stations.

House Bill 842, introduced by Rep. Mark Cohen, D-Philadelphia, would provide a credit of up to 50 percent of the total costs of building a stati More

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Next-gen Nissan LEAF to break cover at Geneva Auto Show

Fans of the all-electric, much-awarded Nissan LEAF can look forward to the next generation of the car arriving on showroom floors soon. Set to float gently to Earth at next month’s Geneva Auto Show, the new Nissan LEAF promises longer range, better ergonomics and driving experience, and a light to see where to plug the bloody thing in at night.

Producing effectively no C02 at the poin More

Fans of the all-electric, much-awarded Nissan LEAF can look forward to the next generation of the car arriving on showroom floors soon. Set to float gently to Earth at next month’s Geneva Auto Show, the new Nissan LEAF promises longer range, better ergonomics and driving experience, and a light to see where to plug the bloody thing in at night.

Producing effectively no C02 at the poin More

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Toyota’s Prius Family Tops California New Vehicle Registrations for 2012

Toyota Prius Family
TORRANCE, Calif., February 28, 2013- – Toyota’s Prius-badged vehicles proved to be the most popular new vehicles with California drivers during the 2012 calendar year. According to R.L Polk, the Prius family cars (Prius Liftback, Prius v, Prius Plug-in, and Prius c) accounted for 61,893 vehicles registered in California, making Prius the No. 1 vehicle badge sold More

Toyota Prius Family
TORRANCE, Calif., February 28, 2013- – Toyota’s Prius-badged vehicles proved to be the most popular new vehicles with California drivers during the 2012 calendar year. According to R.L Polk, the Prius family cars (Prius Liftback, Prius v, Prius Plug-in, and Prius c) accounted for 61,893 vehicles registered in California, making Prius the No. 1 vehicle badge sold More

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Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid can now drive in California HOV lanes

When most people think about the state of California, several things come to mind. Things like good weather, beaches, and traffic to name a few. California also has a significant problem with air pollution leading the state to have some of the country’s most stringent requirements for zero emissions and low emissions vehicles.

Ford has announced that its plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi has b More

When most people think about the state of California, several things come to mind. Things like good weather, beaches, and traffic to name a few. California also has a significant problem with air pollution leading the state to have some of the country’s most stringent requirements for zero emissions and low emissions vehicles.

Ford has announced that its plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi has b More

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Mahindra Reva to go ahead with electric car E2O launch in March

MUMBAI: Mahindra Reva, the electric car arm of India’s largest utility vehicle maker, Mahindra & Mahindra has decided to go ahead with the roll out the first electric car ‘E2O’ in March, despite the Finance Minister n More

MUMBAI: Mahindra Reva, the electric car arm of India’s largest utility vehicle maker, Mahindra & Mahindra has decided to go ahead with the roll out the first electric car ‘E2O’ in March, despite the Finance Minister n More

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Coda EV’s Failure Becoming L.A. Council’s Solyndra

At the Nov. 2011 opening of Coda’s L.A. headquarters: From left to right, California Councilman Herb Wesson; Coda’s Executive Chairman Mac Heller; Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Forrest Beanum, Coda V More

At the Nov. 2011 opening of Coda’s L.A. headquarters: From left to right, California Councilman Herb Wesson; Coda’s Executive Chairman Mac Heller; Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Forrest Beanum, Coda V More

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Here’s How to Rent Tesla’s Model S With Just an App

If you want to give the Tesla Model S a spin (and you’re around San Francisco), there’s an app for that.

Getaround, a San Francisco-based car-sharing startup, launched a redesigned iPhone app today — with a pair of Tesla Model S cars added to its fleet to go along with the launch.

The company, often referred to as “Airbnb for cars,” now has more than 10,000 car owners signe More

If you want to give the Tesla Model S a spin (and you’re around San Francisco), there’s an app for that.

Getaround, a San Francisco-based car-sharing startup, launched a redesigned iPhone app today — with a pair of Tesla Model S cars added to its fleet to go along with the launch.

The company, often referred to as “Airbnb for cars,” now has more than 10,000 car owners signe More

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Cabot Launches First Graphene-Based Additive To Improve Energy Density Of Li-ion Batteries

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cabot Corp. (NYSE: CBT) announces the launch of LITX™ G700, the company’s first graphene-based additive for high energy density lithium-ion battery applications. Utilizing graphene material developed on the basis of a new technology platform, this new additive helps lithium-ion battery manufacturers achieve superior cell performance.

“Cabot is co More

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cabot Corp. (NYSE: CBT) announces the launch of LITX™ G700, the company’s first graphene-based additive for high energy density lithium-ion battery applications. Utilizing graphene material developed on the basis of a new technology platform, this new additive helps lithium-ion battery manufacturers achieve superior cell performance.

“Cabot is co More

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Nano Beads of Silicon Could String Together Li-ion Batteries of the Future

Traditional graphite-based anodes for Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries just don’t measure up in terms of charge life for the demands that are being put on them in today’s personal gadget applications. Silicon-based anodes as an alternative have demonstrated drastically improved charge life, but they begin to crack after a relatively few charge-discharge cycles.

As a result, much research More

Traditional graphite-based anodes for Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries just don’t measure up in terms of charge life for the demands that are being put on them in today’s personal gadget applications. Silicon-based anodes as an alternative have demonstrated drastically improved charge life, but they begin to crack after a relatively few charge-discharge cycles.

As a result, much research More

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Resident Upset Los Gatos Electric Car Charge Stations Occupied by Non-EV

A Los Gatos resident, who declined to be identified, complains that regular car drivers are parking their wheels at the four electric vehicle charging stations in downtown lots.

“I have a friend who owns an EV and he was complaining to me about never getting to recharge his car,” she said, asking that her name not be used in this story. “Has anyone ever mentioned putting i More

A Los Gatos resident, who declined to be identified, complains that regular car drivers are parking their wheels at the four electric vehicle charging stations in downtown lots.

“I have a friend who owns an EV and he was complaining to me about never getting to recharge his car,” she said, asking that her name not be used in this story. “Has anyone ever mentioned putting i More

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USA: URGENT: Need volunteers for EV pace car at Juana Run on 3/2

I need two volunteers and an EV to help at a fundraising 8K marathon
race at a school in Palo Alto.
http://www.barron.pausd.org/juanarun/

Sorry for the short notice, the race is Saturday morning (two days from
today).

Basically, just show up before 8:00AM, they give you a map of the route
and you drive your EV as the pace car for the first batch of runners.More

I need two volunteers and an EV to help at a fundraising 8K marathon
race at a school in Palo Alto.
http://www.barron.pausd.org/juanarun/

Sorry for the short notice, the race is Saturday morning (two days from
today).

Basically, just show up before 8:00AM, they give you a map of the route
and you drive your EV as the pace car for the first batch of runners.More

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GM Targeting 20-Percent Growth for Plug-In Hybrids in 2013

Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) — General Motors Co. is planning to build as many as 36,000 Chevrolet Volts and other plug-in hybrids for worldwide delivery this year, 20 percent more than in 2012, two people familiar with the effort said.

GM is planning to build 1,500 to 3,000 of the fuel- efficient vehicles a month, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified because the target isn’t More

Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) — General Motors Co. is planning to build as many as 36,000 Chevrolet Volts and other plug-in hybrids for worldwide delivery this year, 20 percent more than in 2012, two people familiar with the effort said.

GM is planning to build 1,500 to 3,000 of the fuel- efficient vehicles a month, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified because the target isn’t More

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CarCharging & Beam Consolidate NY Charging Stations

As the electric car industry matures, much is happening behind the scene to make it ready. ChargePoint and DBT are the biggest players and this consolidation in NYC with Beam cements this player in the field.

As the electric car market matures and audience becomes more receptive, a few other battles rush behind the scene to make this electric car dream come true. Besides cleaner, more susta More

As the electric car industry matures, much is happening behind the scene to make it ready. ChargePoint and DBT are the biggest players and this consolidation in NYC with Beam cements this player in the field.

As the electric car market matures and audience becomes more receptive, a few other battles rush behind the scene to make this electric car dream come true. Besides cleaner, more susta More

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USA: 3nd Annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention – EVCCON

In September of 2011, 140 Electric Vehicle Conversion enthusiasts and 28 vehicles gathered in Cape Girardeau Missouri for nearly a week of educational sessions, shopwork, autocross and drag races, car shows, and general EV mayhem in More

In September of 2011, 140 Electric Vehicle Conversion enthusiasts and 28 vehicles gathered in Cape Girardeau Missouri for nearly a week of educational sessions, shopwork, autocross and drag races, car shows, and general EV mayhem in More

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Spring production for UK Nissan Leaf

Leaf will be built outside Japan for the first time
Improved range and more cabin space
Charging time has been halved

The Nissan Leaf will be built outside of Japan for the first time when production starts at the car maker’s Sunderland factory this spring.

Changes to the new model have extended the electric car’s range, while adjustments have been More

Leaf will be built outside Japan for the first time
Improved range and more cabin space
Charging time has been halved

The Nissan Leaf will be built outside of Japan for the first time when production starts at the car maker’s Sunderland factory this spring.

Changes to the new model have extended the electric car’s range, while adjustments have been More

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Electric-Car Charger Congestion…At Least In California


Electric cars at charging stations at Disney Family Museum, San Francisco [photo: Wendy Bartlett]
Electric cars aren’t evenly distributed across the U.S. By far the largest singl More


Electric cars at charging stations at Disney Family Museum, San Francisco [photo: Wendy Bartlett]
Electric cars aren’t evenly distributed across the U.S. By far the largest singl More

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USA: RFR installs electric car charging stations in its office buildings

RFR Realty announced the completion of the installation of charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in four of its seven Stamford office buildings. RFR has installed charging stations in three of the four Stamford Plaza office buildings and at 300 At More

RFR Realty announced the completion of the installation of charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in four of its seven Stamford office buildings. RFR has installed charging stations in three of the four Stamford Plaza office buildings and at 300 At More

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List-Building Plugin Hybrid-Connect Offers Low Entry Level Pricing for Spring 2013

In a List-Building Plugin Offer worth checking out, the creators of the acclaimed WordPress List-Building Plugin Hybrid-Connect have updated their pricing structure, with an entry level option for now at just $49.

Those of you who are in a hurry can get a more detailed look at the List-Building Plugin Hybrid-Connect here.
“List Building Plugin Offers Legion But None Contains The Uni More

In a List-Building Plugin Offer worth checking out, the creators of the acclaimed WordPress List-Building Plugin Hybrid-Connect have updated their pricing structure, with an entry level option for now at just $49.

Those of you who are in a hurry can get a more detailed look at the List-Building Plugin Hybrid-Connect here.
“List Building Plugin Offers Legion But None Contains The Uni More

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