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Advice To Dealers On Green-Car Sales: Focus On Cost Savings First

Green cars can’t help reduce emissions or save gasoline if no one buys them.

In the U.S., sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids have been strong in some areas, but weak in others–and it may be because dealers are emphasizing green too much.

Lincoln Merrihew–vice president, transportation for market-research firm MillwardBrown Digital–told WardsAuto that b More

Green cars can’t help reduce emissions or save gasoline if no one buys them.

In the U.S., sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids have been strong in some areas, but weak in others–and it may be because dealers are emphasizing green too much.

Lincoln Merrihew–vice president, transportation for market-research firm MillwardBrown Digital–told WardsAuto that b More

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Who Buys Plug-In Electric Cars, And Why? CA Report Explains It All For You

Within two or three months, there will be more than 200,000 plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads–and we’re learning more about who buys them, and why.

California’s Center for Sustainable Energy released a new report this month that depicts the owners of different models having different reasons for their purchases.

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Within two or three months, there will be more than 200,000 plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads–and we’re learning more about who buys them, and why.

California’s Center for Sustainable Energy released a new report this month that depicts the owners of different models having different reasons for their purchases.

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?Wireless Charging Systems for Electric Vehicles Will Surpass 300,000 in Annual Sales by 2022, Forecasts Navigant Research

Wireless charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs) offer several advantages over conventional plug-in technology, foremost among them unparalleled convenience for EV owners. Until recently, these systems were in the R&D and pilot stages only, but now products have begun to reach the market, and several major EV manufacturers have plans to offer models with wireless charging capability in t More

Wireless charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs) offer several advantages over conventional plug-in technology, foremost among them unparalleled convenience for EV owners. Until recently, these systems were in the R&D and pilot stages only, but now products have begun to reach the market, and several major EV manufacturers have plans to offer models with wireless charging capability in t More

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TV: Most shocking thing is how US gov’t was “very concerned” about Fukushima radiation

JapanFocus, Kyle Cleveland, Temple U. (Japan), Feb. 17, 2014:Nuclear disaster in Fukushima […] has given rise to one of the most significant public health crises in modern world history […]

Democracy Now!, Feb. 26, 2014 (at 54:30 in) — AMY GOODMAN, host: What most shocked you when you were doing research for this book? — EDWIN LYMAN, Sr. Scientist at Union of Concerned Scien More

JapanFocus, Kyle Cleveland, Temple U. (Japan), Feb. 17, 2014:Nuclear disaster in Fukushima […] has given rise to one of the most significant public health crises in modern world history […]

Democracy Now!, Feb. 26, 2014 (at 54:30 in) — AMY GOODMAN, host: What most shocked you when you were doing research for this book? — EDWIN LYMAN, Sr. Scientist at Union of Concerned Scien More

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Tesla sees electric future outside the automobile – SFGate

Tesla Motors’ voracious appetite for growth reaches beyond cars.

The upstart automaker also wants to build batteries capable of powering homes or businesses, an emerging market that could even surpass Tesla’s core business making high-end electric sedans.

Tesla recently disclosed plans for a $5 billion “Gigafactory” to make advanced batteries for its next gene More

Tesla Motors’ voracious appetite for growth reaches beyond cars.

The upstart automaker also wants to build batteries capable of powering homes or businesses, an emerging market that could even surpass Tesla’s core business making high-end electric sedans.

Tesla recently disclosed plans for a $5 billion “Gigafactory” to make advanced batteries for its next gene More

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Tesla’s Gigafactory to significantly reduce Li-ion battery production costs by 2020

As Tesla’s Supercharger network expands andModel S sales continue to grow, so too does the company’s need to find a more economical battery solution. A proposed technology amalgamation in the form of the Gigafactory could theoretically reduce per kWh and lithium-ion costs by over 30 percent by 2020.

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As Tesla’s Supercharger network expands andModel S sales continue to grow, so too does the company’s need to find a more economical battery solution. A proposed technology amalgamation in the form of the Gigafactory could theoretically reduce per kWh and lithium-ion costs by over 30 percent by 2020.

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Pitched as a “forward looking project,” Tesla’s proposed Gi More

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Tesla Plans $5 Billion Battery Factory for Mass-Market Electric Car – NYTimes.com

Tesla Motors said on Wednesday that it planned to invest about $2 billion in a large-scale factory to produce cheaper batteries for a mass-market electric car within three years.

The company, which makes all-electric luxury sedans, indicated that it would build the factory in the American Southwest, without specifying where. Nor would it name its partners, who it said would invest up to ano More

Tesla Motors said on Wednesday that it planned to invest about $2 billion in a large-scale factory to produce cheaper batteries for a mass-market electric car within three years.

The company, which makes all-electric luxury sedans, indicated that it would build the factory in the American Southwest, without specifying where. Nor would it name its partners, who it said would invest up to ano More

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ABB has record-high sales in China, bullish on electric car future – Headlines, features, photo and videos from ecns.cn|china|news|chinanews|ecns|cns

Swiss power and automation group ABB said it posted record-high sales in China despite many uncertainties in the economy, and expects electric cars to become a key future market for its products.

Sales in China rose to US$5.6 billion in 2013, from just over US$5.2 billion in 2012, the company announced in Beijing today. New orders — not yet classified as completed sales — also rose to a More

Swiss power and automation group ABB said it posted record-high sales in China despite many uncertainties in the economy, and expects electric cars to become a key future market for its products.

Sales in China rose to US$5.6 billion in 2013, from just over US$5.2 billion in 2012, the company announced in Beijing today. New orders — not yet classified as completed sales — also rose to a More

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The unlikely battle between Elon Musk and Warren Buffett to sell electric cars in China – Quartz

Tesla’s plans to build a battery “gigafactory” have captured all the headlines this week. Theambitious facility could make Elon Musk’s electric car maker the world’s biggest producer of lithum-ion batteries and even aserious player in the energy industry.

But an equally significant, yet arguably overlooked announcement for Tesla this week came from China. BYD Auto, the Chinese ele More

Tesla’s plans to build a battery “gigafactory” have captured all the headlines this week. Theambitious facility could make Elon Musk’s electric car maker the world’s biggest producer of lithum-ion batteries and even aserious player in the energy industry.

But an equally significant, yet arguably overlooked announcement for Tesla this week came from China. BYD Auto, the Chinese ele More

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6 reasons why you’d be crazy to buy an electric car | ecomento.com

That headline was a little sensational – we apologize for that.

That said, while Ecomento.com thinks that electric cars are more than likely the future of personal transport for a number of excellent reasons, there are some notable drawbacks. And if you’re seriously thinking about buying an electric car they are worth knowing about.

We haven’t addressed the two main disadvantag More

That headline was a little sensational – we apologize for that.

That said, while Ecomento.com thinks that electric cars are more than likely the future of personal transport for a number of excellent reasons, there are some notable drawbacks. And if you’re seriously thinking about buying an electric car they are worth knowing about.

We haven’t addressed the two main disadvantag More

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Nissan Leaf Electric Car to Race in Australia

While some people who drive the electric-powered Nissan Leaf regularly sing its praises, they would be hard-pressed to call it a racy, high-performance car. But the slow sedan’s image could get an upgrade when the Leaf Nismo RC competes against gasoline-powered cars on Australia’s famous Adelaide Parklands circuit.

The car’s appearance is part of the run-up to Sunday’s Clipsal 500 r More

While some people who drive the electric-powered Nissan Leaf regularly sing its praises, they would be hard-pressed to call it a racy, high-performance car. But the slow sedan’s image could get an upgrade when the Leaf Nismo RC competes against gasoline-powered cars on Australia’s famous Adelaide Parklands circuit.

The car’s appearance is part of the run-up to Sunday’s Clipsal 500 r More

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid goes on sale in July from $135,700

BMW’s new era of sports cars will commence in June when the $135,700 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid goes on sale.

The launch date was announced with minimal fanfare on the BMW USA website, and while examples of the 362hp carbon fiber car will touch down in BMW dealerships, they won’t stay for long as every one is allegedly already spoken for.

Production volumes will be modest for 2014, wi More

BMW’s new era of sports cars will commence in June when the $135,700 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid goes on sale.

The launch date was announced with minimal fanfare on the BMW USA website, and while examples of the 362hp carbon fiber car will touch down in BMW dealerships, they won’t stay for long as every one is allegedly already spoken for.

Production volumes will be modest for 2014, wi More

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Volta Industries launches EV charging network in Arizona

Volta Industries LLC, which operates one of the largest networks of free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations in the United States, has recently launched its first 12 EV charging stations across Arizona, serving drivers in metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson, the Honolulu-based firm said Wednesday.

“We’re so excited about the response to our EV charging network in Arizona,” Volta Dir More

Volta Industries LLC, which operates one of the largest networks of free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations in the United States, has recently launched its first 12 EV charging stations across Arizona, serving drivers in metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson, the Honolulu-based firm said Wednesday.

“We’re so excited about the response to our EV charging network in Arizona,” Volta Dir More

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In Atmosphere Ion Drive(Assess Viability For Spacecraft)

For starters, watch this video to see what I’m talking about. It has been done, so I know it can work, but I want to assess viability for maneuvering while in the thermo-sphere (space shuttle/ISS orbit)
You can skip to 2:20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk2GGoMJ7NU

So based on that video, it’s obvious that is you create a strong enough electric field, you will gen More

For starters, watch this video to see what I’m talking about. It has been done, so I know it can work, but I want to assess viability for maneuvering while in the thermo-sphere (space shuttle/ISS orbit)
You can skip to 2:20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk2GGoMJ7NU

So based on that video, it’s obvious that is you create a strong enough electric field, you will gen More

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Smoking Is More Dangerous Than Fukushima Radiation

The nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan was perhaps the worst of all time, but despite that ominous reputation, radiationMore More

The nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan was perhaps the worst of all time, but despite that ominous reputation, radiationMore More

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2015 BMW i8: Sexy Plug-In Hybrid Sport Coupe Coming Later This Year

With awareness of the 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric car starting to rise–it will arrive at dealers in late April or early May–it’s sometimes easy to forget that BMW has a second plug-in car following close behind.

And unlike the i3, whose looks are controversial, there’s very little debate over the design of the 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe.

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With awareness of the 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric car starting to rise–it will arrive at dealers in late April or early May–it’s sometimes easy to forget that BMW has a second plug-in car following close behind.

And unlike the i3, whose looks are controversial, there’s very little debate over the design of the 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe.

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The Great Auto Industry Conspiracy to Eliminate Electric Streetcars in America

As the demand for electric cars—such as the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf—accelerates, and with social and political pressures around fuel economy and carbon emissions, it’s time to glance back upon the vast electric infrastructure America once had.

After World War I and before the boom of the auto industry, America had a powerful and broad electric streetcar public transportation sy More

As the demand for electric cars—such as the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf—accelerates, and with social and political pressures around fuel economy and carbon emissions, it’s time to glance back upon the vast electric infrastructure America once had.

After World War I and before the boom of the auto industry, America had a powerful and broad electric streetcar public transportation sy More

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Top European Countries For 100%-Electric Car Sales & Plug-In Hybrid Electric Car Sales (Charts)

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CA Carpool-Lane Stickers For Plug-In Hybrids Run Out By May–Or Sooner

One of the major incentives for buying a plug-in electric car in California is the coveted sticker allowing single-occupant travel in the carpool lanes on the state’s crowded freeways.

Now, the supply of stickers for plug-in hybrids that can travel on battery power alone but also have an engine as backup is close to running out.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid – producti More

One of the major incentives for buying a plug-in electric car in California is the coveted sticker allowing single-occupant travel in the carpool lanes on the state’s crowded freeways.

Now, the supply of stickers for plug-in hybrids that can travel on battery power alone but also have an engine as backup is close to running out.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid – producti More

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Why A Gigafactory? Tesla Used 1/3 Of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

The 210,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold around the world last year used a lot of lithium-ion batteries.

But if startup automaker Tesla Motors has its way, it will soon need as many lithium-ion cells (of the 18650 format it uses) as are now built worldwide.

That’s why the company plans to release more details this week on its upcoming “gigafactory,” a huge U.S. pl More

The 210,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold around the world last year used a lot of lithium-ion batteries.

But if startup automaker Tesla Motors has its way, it will soon need as many lithium-ion cells (of the 18650 format it uses) as are now built worldwide.

That’s why the company plans to release more details this week on its upcoming “gigafactory,” a huge U.S. pl More

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Panasonic And Tesla In Talks To Build A $1 Billion Car Battery Factory

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William Wei, Business Insider

Japan’s Panasonic and California-based electric-vehicle venture Tesla Motors are in talks to build a $1 billion automotive battery plant in the United States, a report said Wednesday.

The electronic giant is inviting several other Japanese materials makers to join the project, with the aim of lowering man More

tesla model s supercharger station 2

William Wei, Business Insider

Japan’s Panasonic and California-based electric-vehicle venture Tesla Motors are in talks to build a $1 billion automotive battery plant in the United States, a report said Wednesday.

The electronic giant is inviting several other Japanese materials makers to join the project, with the aim of lowering man More

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Electric Cars Get a Needed Jolt in China

China and global companies are taking new steps to fulfill the country’s ambitions for electric cars, which so far have exceeded Beijing’s grasp.

Chinese auto makers BYD Co. 002594.SZ +3.01% and BAIC Motor Co. on Wednesday won approval from Beijing’s municipal government to sell electric cars in the city. Shares of BYD, which is partially backed by Warren Buffett, jumped 9 More

China and global companies are taking new steps to fulfill the country’s ambitions for electric cars, which so far have exceeded Beijing’s grasp.

Chinese auto makers BYD Co. 002594.SZ +3.01% and BAIC Motor Co. on Wednesday won approval from Beijing’s municipal government to sell electric cars in the city. Shares of BYD, which is partially backed by Warren Buffett, jumped 9 More

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Why Tesla Motors Is the Amazon of Autos

At first glance, it seems that Tesla Motors and Amazon.com have little, if anything, in common. However, from an investmentpective, the luxury electric-car maker and the world’s largest online retailer couldn’t be more alike. Let me explain.

Tesla investors and Amazon investors have a lot in common these days. As Tesla’s ballooning valuation attests, the company’s sh More

At first glance, it seems that Tesla Motors and Amazon.com have little, if anything, in common. However, from an investmentpective, the luxury electric-car maker and the world’s largest online retailer couldn’t be more alike. Let me explain.

Tesla investors and Amazon investors have a lot in common these days. As Tesla’s ballooning valuation attests, the company’s sh More

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Cancer risk escalates among Fukushima kids

Tokyo, February 26 (ANI): A new study has revealed that the cancer risk among 1-year-old girls in Fukushima has increased slightly.

The study, which checked the radiation exposure of around 460 residents living near the crippled plant, found that after 2012, the lifetime solid cancer incidence rate will be raised by 1.06 percentage points in the Tamano area of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, fr More

Tokyo, February 26 (ANI): A new study has revealed that the cancer risk among 1-year-old girls in Fukushima has increased slightly.

The study, which checked the radiation exposure of around 460 residents living near the crippled plant, found that after 2012, the lifetime solid cancer incidence rate will be raised by 1.06 percentage points in the Tamano area of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, fr More

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Opinion: Fukushima nuclear disaster now an American problem

In a few months, the devastating effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will officially taint America’s reputation.

Radiation traces have been found in the Japanese food chain, according to the Centre for Research on Globalization, and by April radiation will be freely flowing onto the shores of California beaches.

Maybe the only result is that fishermen will lose jobs and the d More

In a few months, the devastating effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will officially taint America’s reputation.

Radiation traces have been found in the Japanese food chain, according to the Centre for Research on Globalization, and by April radiation will be freely flowing onto the shores of California beaches.

Maybe the only result is that fishermen will lose jobs and the d More

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In shadow of Fukushima nuclear plant, a town withers away

wall, while a clock suspended from the ceiling remains stuck at 2:50. Documents and other files are scattered on the floor around desks and shelves. Potted plants withered and died long ago.

Outside, on the rooftop of the Futaba town office, one can clearly see the isolation and desolation of this dying town where time has stopped.

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wall, while a clock suspended from the ceiling remains stuck at 2:50. Documents and other files are scattered on the floor around desks and shelves. Potted plants withered and died long ago.

Outside, on the rooftop of the Futaba town office, one can clearly see the isolation and desolation of this dying town where time has stopped.

For the first time since the aftermath of March 2011 More

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USA: Utah Electric Car Tax Incentive Passes the House

House ChamberElectric cars may become more attainable for Utahns after this legislative session. On Tuesday, the House passed HB 74 on a 59-13 vote.

The bill, which gives a larger tax incentive for Utahns to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles, was sponsored by Representative Lowry Snow (Republican – St. George), and extends the current $2,500 tax write off for CNG (Compressed Natural G More

House ChamberElectric cars may become more attainable for Utahns after this legislative session. On Tuesday, the House passed HB 74 on a 59-13 vote.

The bill, which gives a larger tax incentive for Utahns to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles, was sponsored by Representative Lowry Snow (Republican – St. George), and extends the current $2,500 tax write off for CNG (Compressed Natural G More

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Revolutionary All-Electric Nissan Leaf Nismo Rc On-Track At Clipsal 500

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A race car with a real difference is set to turn heads at this weekend’s Clipsal 500.
Nissan will stage a three-way speed comparison on the streets of Adelaide including a vehicle that is 100% electrically driven.

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PACKAGE: Ben Beazley reporting
Nissan is at the forefront of automotive and racing technologies. Mixing the two always cre More

INTRO:
A race car with a real difference is set to turn heads at this weekend’s Clipsal 500.
Nissan will stage a three-way speed comparison on the streets of Adelaide including a vehicle that is 100% electrically driven.

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PACKAGE: Ben Beazley reporting
Nissan is at the forefront of automotive and racing technologies. Mixing the two always cre More

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2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Overview

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Exterior

Not only is the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV the least expensive electric vehicle on the market, but it is also one of the most stylish. The sleek design of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is sure to be a hit with younger buyers, and standard 15-inch alloy wheels provide an athletic stance, which is uncommon in the EV class.
2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Performance

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2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Exterior

Not only is the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV the least expensive electric vehicle on the market, but it is also one of the most stylish. The sleek design of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is sure to be a hit with younger buyers, and standard 15-inch alloy wheels provide an athletic stance, which is uncommon in the EV class.
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BYD Gets Green Light to Sell Electric Cars in Beijing, Shanghai

Warren Buffett-Backed Company’s Cars Have Been Sold in Shenzhen, Leased in Hong Kong

A man looks at the BYD’s M6 at the company’s booth during the Guangzhou 2013 Auto Show in Guangzhou, China, in November. BYD has received approval to roll out electric vehicles in Shanghai and Beijing. Associated Press

HONG KONG—Chinese car maker BYD Co. 002594.SZ +2.96% has gott More

Warren Buffett-Backed Company’s Cars Have Been Sold in Shenzhen, Leased in Hong Kong

A man looks at the BYD’s M6 at the company’s booth during the Guangzhou 2013 Auto Show in Guangzhou, China, in November. BYD has received approval to roll out electric vehicles in Shanghai and Beijing. Associated Press

HONG KONG—Chinese car maker BYD Co. 002594.SZ +2.96% has gott More

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