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Test drive: Tesla’s Model S offers electrifying ride, high-tech interior

Tesla’s all-electric sedan comes with a 17-inch touchscreen console and provides a smooth, powerful drive (see video below)

IDG News Service – If you want to impress people in technology-drenched Silicon Valley, you need a pretty special gadget. An iPhone 5 prototype would definitely do it, and something related to the Mars Curiosity rover would probably earn you some cool point More

Tesla’s all-electric sedan comes with a 17-inch touchscreen console and provides a smooth, powerful drive (see video below)

IDG News Service – If you want to impress people in technology-drenched Silicon Valley, you need a pretty special gadget. An iPhone 5 prototype would definitely do it, and something related to the Mars Curiosity rover would probably earn you some cool point More

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Honda’s Fit EV gives battery cars a much-needed jolt

NEW YORK (Fortune) — It is no secret that sales of electric vehicles haven’t been burning up the track.
You can identify any number of reasons why: unsettled economic conditions, stable gasoline prices, lack of functionality, improved internal combustion engines, unr More

NEW YORK (Fortune) — It is no secret that sales of electric vehicles haven’t been burning up the track.
You can identify any number of reasons why: unsettled economic conditions, stable gasoline prices, lack of functionality, improved internal combustion engines, unr More

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USA: Taxi! Taxi! Of Santa Monica Introduces New Hybrids To Its Fleet

Taxi! Taxi! of Santa Monica has just plugged into the future – recently acquiring two 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids.

TMAT Corp. CEO Ayman Radwan said he invited residents to “feel the electricity” and “feel the excitement” while promising more power with the new hybrids.

“At Taxi! Taxi! of Santa Monica we bring power to the people and we know you’ll love More

Taxi! Taxi! of Santa Monica has just plugged into the future – recently acquiring two 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids.

TMAT Corp. CEO Ayman Radwan said he invited residents to “feel the electricity” and “feel the excitement” while promising more power with the new hybrids.

“At Taxi! Taxi! of Santa Monica we bring power to the people and we know you’ll love More

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Driving the Tesla Model S: Sweet, swift, stunning

When the auto industry was in its infancy, it looked for a while as if electric cars might play a starring role.

Although many early automakers worked with the internal combustion engine, it had some serious drawbacks. It was noisy and dirty, it wasn’t particularly re More

When the auto industry was in its infancy, it looked for a while as if electric cars might play a starring role.

Although many early automakers worked with the internal combustion engine, it had some serious drawbacks. It was noisy and dirty, it wasn’t particularly re More

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GM’s Volt sales low in China, but that’s just a start -exec

Aug 10 (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s electric-vehicle efforts in China are still in their infancy, with low sales of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car, but it intends to be a player in that market as it grows, an executive for the U.S. automaker said on F rid ay.

While Volt sales are minimal — partly because Chinese import duties push the price to almost double the j More

Aug 10 (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s electric-vehicle efforts in China are still in their infancy, with low sales of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car, but it intends to be a player in that market as it grows, an executive for the U.S. automaker said on F rid ay.

While Volt sales are minimal — partly because Chinese import duties push the price to almost double the j More

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UK: Shoichiro Toyoda Hosts Prius Plug-In Handover To First UK Fleet Customer

EPSOM, UNITED KINGDOM – Aug 6, 2012: Toyota hosted a special vehicle hand-over to one of its leading business customers yesterday when Dr Shoichiro Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation Honorary Chairman, personally presented the keys of a new Prius Plug- More

EPSOM, UNITED KINGDOM – Aug 6, 2012: Toyota hosted a special vehicle hand-over to one of its leading business customers yesterday when Dr Shoichiro Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation Honorary Chairman, personally presented the keys of a new Prius Plug- More

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USA: Toyota: New RAV4 EV Is Most Practical, Versatile and Convenient EV

With an estimated 103 miles of real-world range, the Toyota RAV4 EV provides more range than the competition.
“It’s the most practical, versatile and convenient electric vehicle on the market,” said Bill Fay, group vice president of US Toyota-brand sales. Fay is referring to the RAV4 EV, which starts to arrive at dealerships in California in approximately one month.

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With an estimated 103 miles of real-world range, the Toyota RAV4 EV provides more range than the competition.
“It’s the most practical, versatile and convenient electric vehicle on the market,” said Bill Fay, group vice president of US Toyota-brand sales. Fay is referring to the RAV4 EV, which starts to arrive at dealerships in California in approximately one month.

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USA: As 1,849 Chevrolet Volts Are Sold In July, GM Celebrates 30,000th Volt Off The Line, But Without Original Cast

Chevrolet enjoyed another above average selling month in July, with 1,849 Volts moving into customers hands, the second best monthly result to date (2,289 were sold in March of this year). This figure was almost triple that of its main competitor, the somewhat extended range (11 miles at speed), Prius Plug-In, which Toyota only managed to move 695 copies of.

So far this year 10,666 Volts More

Chevrolet enjoyed another above average selling month in July, with 1,849 Volts moving into customers hands, the second best monthly result to date (2,289 were sold in March of this year). This figure was almost triple that of its main competitor, the somewhat extended range (11 miles at speed), Prius Plug-In, which Toyota only managed to move 695 copies of.

So far this year 10,666 Volts More

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USA: Toyota and Tesla Trot Out the RAV4 EV

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.– The RAV4 EV, a battery-powered crossover jointly developed by Toyota and Tesla, made its California debut this week.

The vehicle, aimed at urban markets here, will be offered for sale this summer for $51,000.

Tesla has a $100 millio More

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.– The RAV4 EV, a battery-powered crossover jointly developed by Toyota and Tesla, made its California debut this week.

The vehicle, aimed at urban markets here, will be offered for sale this summer for $51,000.

Tesla has a $100 millio More

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Canada: i-Miev Recall

ransport Canada Recall # 2012252
Recall Date 2012/07/31
Notification Type Safety TC
System Airbag
Manufacturer Recall Number SR12-003
Units Affected 49
Category Car
Recall Details
On certain vehicles, sensors are incompatible with the self-diagnostic software used by the Safety Restraint System (SRS) system, causing the SRS warning lamp to illumina More

ransport Canada Recall # 2012252
Recall Date 2012/07/31
Notification Type Safety TC
System Airbag
Manufacturer Recall Number SR12-003
Units Affected 49
Category Car
Recall Details
On certain vehicles, sensors are incompatible with the self-diagnostic software used by the Safety Restraint System (SRS) system, causing the SRS warning lamp to illumina More

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USA: Tesla shares rise on Model S production numbers

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. rose Friday on investor optimism that the electric car company’s supply problems are being resolved and the ramp up in production of its key new model is on schedule.

THE SPARK: George Blankenship, Tesla’s vice president for sales, said in a company sponsored blog post Thursday that Tesla is producing 10 of its new Model S sedans per More

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. rose Friday on investor optimism that the electric car company’s supply problems are being resolved and the ramp up in production of its key new model is on schedule.

THE SPARK: George Blankenship, Tesla’s vice president for sales, said in a company sponsored blog post Thursday that Tesla is producing 10 of its new Model S sedans per More

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USA: Ford sells 38 electric Focus cars in July as EVs continue to be tough sell

previews for its forthcoming RAV4 EV that will go on sale later this summer.

Nissan has repeatedly insisted it will double Leaf sales in 2012 to 20,000, but with just five months left it looks increasingly unlikely. The automaker would have to sell nearly 3,300 a month for the rest of year — nearly as many as it sold in the first seven months — to meet the goal.

“Our target More

previews for its forthcoming RAV4 EV that will go on sale later this summer.

Nissan has repeatedly insisted it will double Leaf sales in 2012 to 20,000, but with just five months left it looks increasingly unlikely. The automaker would have to sell nearly 3,300 a month for the rest of year — nearly as many as it sold in the first seven months — to meet the goal.

“Our target More

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USA: Toyota Says Electric RAV4 Will Set Pace for Mileage Per Charge

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), the biggest maker of hybrid autos, said its RAV4 EV sport-utility vehicle powered by batteries and motor from Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) (TSLA) will go farther on a charge than major competitors’ electric models.

The small SUV, arriving at California dealers in about a month, goes as far as 113 miles (182 kilometers) per full charge, Toyota said at a briefing this More

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), the biggest maker of hybrid autos, said its RAV4 EV sport-utility vehicle powered by batteries and motor from Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) (TSLA) will go farther on a charge than major competitors’ electric models.

The small SUV, arriving at California dealers in about a month, goes as far as 113 miles (182 kilometers) per full charge, Toyota said at a briefing this More

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USA: Tesla Makes First 50 Model S Cars Ahead Of Output Ramp Up

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), the electric-car company led by Elon Musk, said it has produced its first 50 Model S luxury sedans and will accelerate output on a weekly basis to meet a target of delivering 5,000 this year.
Since starting production in Fremont, California, on June 22, Tesla has made 29 customer cars and 21 vehicles for its stores for use as loaners and for test drives, Christina R More

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), the electric-car company led by Elon Musk, said it has produced its first 50 Model S luxury sedans and will accelerate output on a weekly basis to meet a target of delivering 5,000 this year.
Since starting production in Fremont, California, on June 22, Tesla has made 29 customer cars and 21 vehicles for its stores for use as loaners and for test drives, Christina R More

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USA: The All-Electric Toyota RAV4 EV First Drive

0-60 MPH in Seven Seconds
World’s Most Aerodynamic SUV

Newport Beach, Calif., August 2, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) offered news media first drive opportunities today for the Toyota RAV4 EV, an all-new, all-electric SUV arriving in select California dealerships lat More

0-60 MPH in Seven Seconds
World’s Most Aerodynamic SUV

Newport Beach, Calif., August 2, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) offered news media first drive opportunities today for the Toyota RAV4 EV, an all-new, all-electric SUV arriving in select California dealerships lat More

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Tesla Model S review: A good first impression

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — I was never that impressed with the Tesla Roadster, the $100,000 two-seat sports car that so many people saw as the beginning of an electric car revolution.
The Roadster was a deft parlor trick, I figured. It’s easy to make an exciting long-range electric car if you don’t bother to making it affordable or practical.

Now comes Tesla’s next More

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — I was never that impressed with the Tesla Roadster, the $100,000 two-seat sports car that so many people saw as the beginning of an electric car revolution.
The Roadster was a deft parlor trick, I figured. It’s easy to make an exciting long-range electric car if you don’t bother to making it affordable or practical.

Now comes Tesla’s next More

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USA: Chevy Volt posts 2nd best month of 2012 in July, continues to pound Nissan’s Leaf

The Chevrolet Volt continued its vast dominance of the electric vehicle segment in the US in July 2012 with their second best month of the year in terms of sales volume – with 1,849 units sold equaling nearly five times the number of Nissan Leaf electric vehicles sold in July.

During the month of July 2012, General Motors sold 1,849 copies of the Chevrolet Volt – marking the second best More

The Chevrolet Volt continued its vast dominance of the electric vehicle segment in the US in July 2012 with their second best month of the year in terms of sales volume – with 1,849 units sold equaling nearly five times the number of Nissan Leaf electric vehicles sold in July.

During the month of July 2012, General Motors sold 1,849 copies of the Chevrolet Volt – marking the second best 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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Honda Fit EV Sport Vs. Eco Mode: What It Means for Range

am enjoying my week with the Honda Fit EV. The Fit is a great platform, and Honda engineers and designers are meticulous. I could easily see myself owning this car one day—if Honda someday decides to move beyond leasing, and offer the car for sale. As I wrote about on Wednesday, my favorite feature of the More

am enjoying my week with the Honda Fit EV. The Fit is a great platform, and Honda engineers and designers are meticulous. I could easily see myself owning this car one day—if Honda someday decides to move beyond leasing, and offer the car for sale. As I wrote about on Wednesday, my favorite feature of the More

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A 200-Mile “Date” with a 2012 Mitsubishi i EV

The Mitsubishi i electric vehicle has been anticipated, discussed, driven, featured in many CleanTechnica articles, and even raced, but there are probably as many ways to view the experience of a test drive as there are drivers. Yet, common, to the point of cliché, are the expressions: “It drives like a normal car,” and “It doesn’t drive like a golf cart.” Confident in my own unusual pe More

The Mitsubishi i electric vehicle has been anticipated, discussed, driven, featured in many CleanTechnica articles, and even raced, but there are probably as many ways to view the experience of a test drive as there are drivers. Yet, common, to the point of cliché, are the expressions: “It drives like a normal car,” and “It doesn’t drive like a golf cart.” Confident in my own unusual pe More

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USA: Tesla May Increase Production on Model S to 30,000 Cars Next Year

Despite only selling 10 Model S all electric cars this quarter, and facing production cuts in the current quarter that will halve the expected deliveries from 1,000 units to 500 (due to some interior quality control issues), Tesla has big plans for the end of this year and into the future.

B More

Despite only selling 10 Model S all electric cars this quarter, and facing production cuts in the current quarter that will halve the expected deliveries from 1,000 units to 500 (due to some interior quality control issues), Tesla has big plans for the end of this year and into the future.

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Canada: Toyota’s plug-in Prius is out there – quietly

Even though Toyota Canada has just quietly made its Prius PHV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle) available, the chance to see one in a showroom, let alone on the road, are slim – unless you have already pre-ordered one of them sight-unseen.

Toyota has not made a public announcement, but posted the vehicle’s availability on the Toyota Canada website, toyota.ca. It’s accessible only v More

Even though Toyota Canada has just quietly made its Prius PHV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle) available, the chance to see one in a showroom, let alone on the road, are slim – unless you have already pre-ordered one of them sight-unseen.

Toyota has not made a public announcement, but posted the vehicle’s availability on the Toyota Canada website, toyota.ca. It’s accessible only v More

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An Early Autumn For A Nissan Leaf Owner In Texas

Imagine you are an environmentally conscious and technologically savvy early adopter of the Nissan Leaf who researched everything you could about the all-electric car since pre-production test mules were being talked about in 2006.

You bought one in good faith, knowing it was EPA-rated at 73 miles range – not a lot, but enough – and Nissan had assured you that the car was engineered to More

Imagine you are an environmentally conscious and technologically savvy early adopter of the Nissan Leaf who researched everything you could about the all-electric car since pre-production test mules were being talked about in 2006.

You bought one in good faith, knowing it was EPA-rated at 73 miles range – not a lot, but enough – and Nissan had assured you that the car was engineered to More

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Asia: Electric Odyssey Citroen C-Zero happily cruising through Asia

On 9 July, Antonin Guy and Xavier Degon arrived in China at the wheel of their all-electric CITROËN C-ZERO. Greeted by CITROËN staff on 18 July in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, they were also welcomed by personalities and representatives from a range of media. An opportunity for the More

On 9 July, Antonin Guy and Xavier Degon arrived in China at the wheel of their all-electric CITROËN C-ZERO. Greeted by CITROËN staff on 18 July in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, they were also welcomed by personalities and representatives from a range of media. An opportunity for the More

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ECOmove’s QBEAK electric car to hit the road in 2012

Over the last few years, electric cars have become more mainstream with the launch of successful models such as the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. Now, Danish developer and manufacturer ECOmove hopes to enter the expanding e-car market with its QBEAK model, which is slated to hit the road in 2012.

Clearly pitched at urban More

Over the last few years, electric cars have become more mainstream with the launch of successful models such as the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. Now, Danish developer and manufacturer ECOmove hopes to enter the expanding e-car market with its QBEAK model, which is slated to hit the road in 2012.

Clearly pitched at urban More

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USA: $199/mo LEAF + more specials from Boardwalk Nissan (end July 31st!)

New 2012 LEAF SL with Floor mats for $199/mo* lease 24 month lease, plus tax, options, first month payment, dealer fees & applicable security deposit. MSRP: $38,270 (includes destination charge). $3,995 down payment, Purchase option at lease end for $21,432.20. At lease end lessees responsible for $0.20/mile over 24,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Lessee responsible for insurance. Le More

New 2012 LEAF SL with Floor mats for $199/mo* lease 24 month lease, plus tax, options, first month payment, dealer fees & applicable security deposit. MSRP: $38,270 (includes destination charge). $3,995 down payment, Purchase option at lease end for $21,432.20. At lease end lessees responsible for $0.20/mile over 24,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Lessee responsible for insurance. Le More

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2012 Tesla Model S: Seven Little Things A Buyer Doesn’t Like

Let’s make one thing clear right up front: I think the 2012 Tesla Model S is the coolest freaking car in the history of Western Civilization.

I put down my $5,000 deposit more than two years ago. I’ve chugged the Tesla Kool-Aid, extra-large size.

But after a 7-minute spin in a dark green Model S last week at the Tesla “Get Amped” test-drive tour stop in Mahwah More

Let’s make one thing clear right up front: I think the 2012 Tesla Model S is the coolest freaking car in the history of Western Civilization.

I put down my $5,000 deposit more than two years ago. I’ve chugged the Tesla Kool-Aid, extra-large size.

But after a 7-minute spin in a dark green Model S last week at the Tesla “Get Amped” test-drive tour stop in Mahwah More

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Scottish Energy Company Takes Delivery of Six Ampera

Luton – The Chief Executive of (SSE), the broadest based energy company in the UK, has taken delivery of six new Vauxhall Ampera Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (E-REV). As well as being introduced to SSE’s company car scheme, the revolutionary Amperas will also be included in the pool car fleet at various sites across the UK.

CEO Ian Marchant received the new Ampera Positiv – Scotla More

Luton – The Chief Executive of (SSE), the broadest based energy company in the UK, has taken delivery of six new Vauxhall Ampera Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (E-REV). As well as being introduced to SSE’s company car scheme, the revolutionary Amperas will also be included in the pool car fleet at various sites across the UK.

CEO Ian Marchant received the new Ampera Positiv – Scotla More

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USA: Nissan Leafs 2012 Discounts at Fontana Nissan


2012 Nissan LEAF

Hatchback SL 4 Door Car
MSRP: $38,649
Savings: -$12,500
Bottom Line Price: $26,149
Mileage: 10 Stock #: 121258
Ext. Color: Blue Ocean Int. Color: Light G
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2012 Nissan LEAF

Hatchback SL 4 Door Car
MSRP: $38,649
Savings: -$12,500
Bottom Line Price: $26,149
Mileage: 10 Stock #: 121258
Ext. Color: Blue Ocean Int. Color: Light G
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USA: In Discouraging Trend, Nissan Dealers Discount LEAF Price


Screen shot from Fontana Nissan’s website: Save up to $13,000 off MSRP on the Nissan LEAF.

In the past few days, I’ve started seeing reports that some Nissan dealerships are offering steep discounts on the Nissan LEAF. While this could mean great deals for a few EV buyers, the move to drop t More


Screen shot from Fontana Nissan’s website: Save up to $13,000 off MSRP on the Nissan LEAF.

In the past few days, I’ve started seeing reports that some Nissan dealerships are offering steep discounts on the Nissan LEAF. While this could mean great deals for a few EV buyers, the move to drop t More

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