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Washington State: Home To A 100% Plug-in Taxi Firm

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You probably know that places like New York City and San Francisco are known for their high numbers of hybrid taxis, but a small taxi firm in Washington state has gone one step further, turning Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts into taxis.

Toyota introduces 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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2012 Prius Plug-in hybrid. With a starting base price of $32,000 (before rebates), the production Prius Plug-in features a 4.4

Mitsubishi to debut eight xEVs in next five years: hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs

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In Japan, MMC will collaborate with Nissan on a joint venture to build a new minicar for domestic release. by Jack Rosebro. Click to enlarge.

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Ohio State team wins EcoCAR2 competition with E85 series-parallel plug-in hybrid Malibu

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announced that the Ohio State University (OSU) team was the overall winner of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals. The OSU team’s engineered 2013 Chevrolet Malibu featured a series-parallel plug-in hybrid drive with E85-fueled engine technology. OSU’s series-parallel PHEV. Click to enlarge.

Navigant: N. American PEV sales to hit almost 200K units this year; ~62% growth y-o-y

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Navigant further expects significant growth in the North American PEV market over the next few years.

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Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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Pike Research forecasts that annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will reach 358,959 vehicles by 2017, representing a compound anual growth rate (CAGR) of 43% between 2011 and 2017. The second highest penetration rate will be in California (5.4%), followed by Oregon (5.4%), Washington, D.C. Forecasts Plug-in

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Chrysler to deploy 20 Ram plug-in hybrid pickups this month; first of 140-unit test fleet

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Bazzi in his presentation at the US Department of Energy (DOE) 2011 Merit Review in Washington, DC this week. Click to enlarge.

Ford begins production of 2012 Focus Electric at Michigan Assembly, C-MAX models on deck

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limited number of Focus Electrics will first be available in California and the New York/New Jersey areas. Availability of the Focus Electric will expand in 2012 to the remaining 15 launch markets as production ramps up. Seattle; and Washington, D.C. Optimized gear ratios enabling improvement in fuel economy.

Toyota announces priority registration website for Prius Plug-In Hybrid

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announced the introduction of a new Online Order System that will launch later this year for the all-new Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Customers who are interested in being one of the first to own a Prius Plug-in can log on to and complete their registration on the site. Brief

EIA: California home to almost half of US plug-in electric vehicles

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Washington has exempted EVs from the state''s 6.5% Electric vehicles per 1,000 vehicles. sales and use tax. Brief

Chrysler RAM plug-in hybrid project explores battery life

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A two-mode RAM Truck plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is being showcased by Chrysler at the Washington DC Auto Show. Chrysler Green cars Latest news battery life green trucks plug-in hybrid trucks RAM plug-in hybrid truck RAM Truck

Conference confirms plug-in fever

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Once again, a conference on plug-in cars. Coming on the heels of the Google/Brookings event in Washington, D.C., Plug-in 2008 in San Jose, California witnessed a noon-time address by new heavy-weight convert, Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel. No plug? will pay nothing for my 300 mile road trip.)

A New Battery of Tools to Fight Patent Pollution

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The new law seeks in part to harmonize the US with the rest of the world by converting the US from a “first to invent” country to a “first to file” a patent application country. In addition, the AIA adds tools to the repertoire of accused infringers for challenging the validity of issued patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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The collaboration, forged by the White House in partnership with DOE and the Department of Transportation (DOT), the US Air Force and US Army, and the Environmental Protection Agency, is centered on a set of Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. University of Washington. Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

EPRI/NRDC Plug-in Hybrid Enviro Assessment to be Released

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The long awaited report assessing the environmental impact of plug-in hybrids undertaken by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council will see the light of day on Thursday morning in Washington DC. I'll report on the details soon as they're available.

Two studies exploring battery costs for hybrids and plug-ins: LEESS, PHEV20, and PHEV40

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For PHEV20 batteries, TIAX found significant overlap in battery costs among five cathode classes, with wider variation within each chemistry based on the electrode design than between chemistries. For PHEV20, the program focused on both commercially available and emerging cathode materials aimed for use in a 20-mile PHEV battery pack.

Toyota Plug In

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Here's the story from the LA Times: Toyota promises plug-in hybrid vehicle in U.S., Yet can this potential be realized?

11 states assessing fees on EV owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes

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Commercial and noncommercial plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) have different fees in Georgia. Source: DOE EERE. Click to enlarge.

150-mile per gallon hybrid fights back at LA Auto Show

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Last June, we told you about the 150-mile per gallon hybrid developed by Washington state company, AFS Trinity Power Corporation.

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ICCT paper assesses leading regional EV markets in US and policies behind them

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In each region, the authors identified the four leading metropolitan areas with the highest electric vehicle share in each region.

China Plucky Plug In

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China's Plucky Plug-In Hybrid BYD's car hits the stage at the Detroit auto show—but will it really be ready to roll this summer?


Detroit Faces Skeptical Washington; Bush Long on Rhetoric

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aid gets cool reception , outlines the predicament faced by automakers and Washington. and DaimlerChrysler AG were disappointed their request for $500 million in federal funds over five years for research into advanced batteries was not mentioned during the State of the Union. The Detroit News story today, Big 3's call for U.S.

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Navigant forecasts annual plug-in electric vehicle sales in N America to exceed 1.1M by 2024

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In a new report, Navigant Research forecasts that North American plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales will exceed 1.1 The report, Electric Vehicle Geographic Forecasts , provides data and forecasts for LD PEV sales in North America, including US states, MSAs, and utility service territories and Canadian provinces and cities.

Plug in Video On line

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T he Plug In Video produced for the Plug In Partners campaign is now online here. Plug to follow. " The momentum continues.

Frank Talk on Plug-Ins

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photo EV World H ere is a new interview with Andy Frank from Washington Technology. WT: What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle?

GM: Putting 1M Plug-ins on the Road Will Require a Plug-In Ecosystem

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GM is focused on the first two pillars: leading plug-in technology vehicles and the enabling technologies. Date: Friday, 3 April.

DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 60 research projects for up to a combined $156 million in funding from the Fiscal Year 2011 budget. million in funds to approximately 120 energy projects within seven program areas. million in awards at ARPA-E. molecules in oilseeds.

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Honda to begin leasing Clarity fuel cell vehicle in California by year end; targeting <$500/month

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At Washington, D.C. Honda expects limited volumes in the early stages of production. Next-generation plug-in hybrid.

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Hatch Hopes to Drive Plug-In

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EV world HATCH HOPING TO DRIVE PLUG-IN HYBRID TECHNOLOGY Speech with National Press Club explores alternative-fuel cars Washington — Sen.

Toyota reduces pricing on 2014 Prius Plug-In in US

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Toyota has reduced the MSRP on the 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid by more than $2,000, making the starting MSRP $29,990 (excluding dealer preparation and handling, DPH). This price repositioning on the base Prius Plug-in Hybrid is not accompanied by any reduction in vehicle content. Brief

Transportation Secretary Foxx Tours Detroit, Drives Plug-In Hybrid

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is the latest Washington official to pay a visit to Detroit. In Dearborn Michigan, Foxx drove a blue Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid around a test track, and met with Ford president of

Navigant forecasts 18.6% CAGR for plug-ins in North America to 2022; 2.4% new vehicle share in US

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In an update to its 2012 geographic breakdown of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales in North America, Navigant Research now forecasts that overall sales of will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.6% Overall, 2.4% of total vehicle sales in the United States are expected to be PEVs in 2022.

Electric Vehicle Initiative Launched at Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington DC

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At the Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington, DC, 19-20 July, ministers reaffirmed their commitment to previously-announced targets for the deployment of electric vehicles, which the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates will create global market momentum leading to at least 20 million electric vehicles on the road worldwide by 2020.

2010 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Makes North American Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show; First Li-ion Battery Traction Battery Developed by Toyota and PEVE

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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Demonstration Program Vehicle 002. With a plug-in you get rid of range anxiety.

SOTU: Will Bush Plug Plug-ins?

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First hint from the NY Times says ethanol will be the big winner in Bush's State of the Union Address. Advocates of plug-in cars are hoping for a another good word and perhaps some funding for plug-in hybrids. We'll see. billion gallons by 2012. billion gallons.

PNNL study finds that PHEVs and BEVs could serve as feasible resource to offset grid imbalances caused by integration of large amounts of intermittent wind generation

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Infrastructure Plug-ins Power Generation Smart charging Smart Grid WindClick to enlarge. traffic. Resources.

Prius Plug-In eligibile for a $1,500 California consumer incentive plus $2,500 Federal tax credit

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announced that the 2012 Prius Plug-in has been approved for the State of California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program ( CVRP ). Designed to promote the use of Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) and related clean vehicle technologies, the CVRP is a consumer incentive made available in addition to a $2,500 Federal Tax credit. Brief

ORNL researcher proposes more efficient control strategy for series hybrids

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The increasing demand for and investment in hybrid propulsion systems has brought with it focused study of the supervisory control (i.e.,

CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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Life cycle emissions by pollutant and life cycle stage for each vehicle type in the recent (a) and future (b) PJM grid. Source: Weis et al.

Washington Governor and Legislators Introduce Climate Action Plan; $419M for Transportation Projects

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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and legislative leaders have introduced a Green Jobs and Climate Action legislative package that proposes investments totaling $455 million in the next biennium for energy-reducing transportation projects, energy efficiency projects, green buildings and clean-energy technology. Resources.

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