Number of vehicles per person is still down from its maximum in 2006

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from 1984 to 2006 (from 0.665 vehicles to 0.786 vehicles), then decreased by 5.2% In conclusion: Vehicles per person reached a maximum in 2006, two years after a maximum for distance driven per person. By Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research.

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must not be 'hostage' to foreign oil February 20, 2006 MIT researchers invent new hybrid car battery February 7, 2006 Re-thinking the world's economic future February 7, 2006 100-M.P.G. T he Plug In Partners Blog celebrates its first year of publishing this month.

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12, 2006 AutoNation, Inc. Mike Jackson H ere's another important milestone for the Campaign. The Nation's largest retail car dealer sees the importance of the PHEV and its CEO is calling on his manufacturers to get with the program.

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Traction Action

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T his week's meeting of the Electric Drive Transportation Association in Washington was accompanied by some significant announcements.

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GM to Launch?

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GM likely to launch new plug-in hybrid Reuters Nov 10, 2006 DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp. GM Concept Car T here has been a rumor that General Motors might have a plug-in to show at the North American International Car Show in Detroit this coming January.

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New York Turn On

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Turn on the Electric Road By DAVID MORRIS Published: October 8, 2006 Minneapolis LAST summer, New York State took a page from California’s playbook, using state policy to jump-start a 21st century automobile industry.

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Google Ogles Plug Ins

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Philanthropy Google’s Way: Not the Usual By KATIE HAFNER New York Times Published: September 14, 2006 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. H ere is a big development for PHEVs.

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P G & E Plugs Drive

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P G & E plugs campaign for hybrid electric cars Joshua Sabatini The Examiner Sep 5, 2006 SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. wants its 5.1

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AE Signs Accord

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AFS TRINITY SIGNS ACCORD WITH AUSTIN ENERGY The Auto Channel August 17, 2006 " A n accord that was signed this week in Seattle and Austin should put Americans one step closer to seeing the 250 MPG AFS Trinity Power Corp (AFST) Extreme Hybrid ™ car on the road," according to AFS Trinity CEO Edward W.

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Megawatt Mileage

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electrons A new report from researchers at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory indicates that there is substantial idle capacity for use in a "switch from oil to electrons " Although the full report is not yet available, here is the press release from PNNL.

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July/August '06 - Activists Promote the Film, Ford Retreats on Hybrids

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Who Killed the Electric Car opens across America EAA chapters turn out for openings Summer 2006 has been all about “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Reviews of the movie by the score have been fueled by $75 per barrel oil and the fear of $4 per gallon gas.

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Anyone got a clutch?

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The conversion process highly recommends installing a new clutch assembly, so I ordered a clutch kit from Driving Source NW in Salem, OR (part # POR055822) on December 27th.

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Minnesota Plug-in Law

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Here is the story from the Brownfield Network Plug-in hybrid flexible-fueled cars on the way Thursday, June 8, 2006, 2:01 PM by Bob Meyer Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed a law promoting plug-in hybrid flexible-fueled vehicles.

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The Plug-in Bus

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C harging ahead with new LIPA buses By Jean Paul Vellotti Long Island Business News Friday, July 14, 2006 HAUPPAUGE – After five years of planning, research and development, the first plug-in hybrid electric bus built to serve Long Island straphangers is getting ready to roll.

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Governor Pataki On Board

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Taken from the press release , New York Governor's Office, August 2, 2006 Become a Partner today. T his story comes from the Energy Blog. New York to Convert 600 Hybrids to PHEVs New York Governor George E. Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L.

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The Motor is Here!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The motor and controller from Electro Automotive (sent from Azure Dynamics) arrived on November 20th and are now sitting in my living room awaiting the remainder of the kit parts.

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Toyota "Looking"

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H ere is big announcement for Plug-In fans Toyota looking at Plug-in Hybrids Los Angeles Times June 20, 2006 By JOHN O'DELL Toyota Motor Corp.

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Consortium Partners

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T wo major forces in the drive for Plug In Hybrids have come together. Here is the story.

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Nissan Pushes the Plug

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H ere is another very encouraging development Nissan to end Toyota hybrid tie-up The Yomiuri Shimbun N issan Motor Co. will develop a new hybrid vehicle technology on its own, which would end a joint agreement with Toyota Motor Corp., sources said Friday.

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Mayors Join Drive

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Conference of Mayors Join Drive for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles LAS VEGAS—June 5, 2006— The U.S.

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The Road to Independence

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The Road to Independence Sunday, July 2, 2006 PATRICK MAZZA AND RICH FELDMAN Guest Columnist An economic earthquake is poised to shake the globe. H ere is a guest editorial from a plug in partner city that appeared in the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

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Auto Lobby Deals a New Card

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Changing of the guard at the auto makers' industry group the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM). Former Democratic Congressman Dave McCurdy takes his lobbying skills from Electronics to Autos.

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Rolling into the Rotunda

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C ongressional Briefing on Flexible Fuel Plug-in Hybrids March 29, 2006 Washington, DC [ RenewableEnergyAccesss.com ] The Environmental and Energy Study Institute ( EESI ) invites anyone interested to attend a Congressional briefing April 4, 2006 (from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

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World's Fastest PHEV

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The PML Mini The World's Fastest Plug In H ere is the story in the Energy Blog and the Green Car Congress "The Mini QED is a demonstration vehicle that showcases the Quad Electric Drive, a four wheel motor in wheel drive , plug-in electric vehicle, developed by PML Flightlink and its partner Synergy Innovations and unveiled at the British Motor Show. The QED has an all-electric range of 200-250 miles ( 333-417 km) and has a total range of about 932 miles (1,500 km). The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Two vehicles have been produced to demonstrate what can be achieved using the companies in-wheel motor technology. The PML eWheel permanent magnet wheel motor is designed to be rugged and flexible. Based on 5 years of evolution, the eWheel offers exceptional efficiency, coupled with a high power to weight ratio that makes it the ideal solution for battery powered equipment. Extensive attention to detail has been placed in the bearing, sealing and weather proofing arrangements to provide the eWheel with enough build quality to withstand arduous environments. The design features include rugged oversized taper roller bearings, fully waterproof to IP 65, high torque overload rating for fast acceleration, over-temperature thermistors fitted and smooth 12 step commutation for smooth high power performance" more The use of in-wheel motors may be an important design strategy in developing Plug In Hybrids that are smart, efficient, economical, and fast. O ne major manufacturer has already made the decision to employ them. Tokyo, May 11, 2005 — " Mitsubishi Motors has chosen to center its development of next-generation electric vehicle technology on in-wheel motors and on lithium-ion batteries that the company has been working on for several years. Currently working on a test vehicle that utilizes these technologies, which it has dubbed the Mitsubishi In-wheel motor Electric Vehicle (MIEV) concept, the company also envisages their application to hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles." S o Join the Plug In Bandwagon and Become a Partner today. Sign the On Line Petition more news HOME

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Getting a 914 platform

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This is a picture of the yellow 914 that I'm going to be purchasing from Camp914 near Portland as a base platform for the electric vehicle conversion. The picture was taken back on October 14th before it was ready to operate.

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Is GM's Plug-in Hybrid for Real? What Say Big Enviro?

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Lots of ink on GM's plug-in hybrid announcement. With headlines like "GM Promises Plug-in Hybrid," Waggoner's statement in LA moves plug-in cars back into the public discussion of petroleum alternatives.

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Jumpstart Ford Startles Waggoner, Escorted Out

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Bloomberg News reports: "At the conclusion of Wagoner's speech today, two activists with the environmental group Jumpstart Ford, which lobbies automakers to boost fuel-efficiency, surprised the chief executive on stage by asking him to sign a pledge committing GM to become the most fuel-efficient automaker by 2010. Wagoner declined, saying ``I'll let my speech speak for me.'' The two men were escorted out of the hall." Technorati Profile

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September '06 - Tesla Roadster Unveiled, Electric Cars NOT DEAD YET!

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Who Killed the Electric Car? Since my last report, the success of the film “Who Killed the Electric Car?” set the stage for the dramatic unveiling of the Tesla Motors Roadster in Santa Monica on July 19th.

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RAVs to Keep Rolling in LA

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The efforts of LA EV activists to keep the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s fleet of RAV4 EVs on the road appears to have been a success. Nate Vandershaaf, who arrived at one meeting with a bank-certified offer to purchase all 74 RAVs for $1.85

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October '06 - CARB Takes Testimony on Electrics; LA Takes Action on RAV4 EVs

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Evidence for Electrics Piles Up at ZEVTech Plug In America and the Electric Auto Association were well represented and well received at the California Air Resources Board Zero Emission Vehicle Technical Review in Sacramento.

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Is Ford First?

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Ford May Build a Plug-In Hybrid May 11, 2006 Ford Motor Co. photo by George Lange L ast week, Bill Ford made an announcement at his Stockholder meeting.

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Mayor Wynn Commends POTUS

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Mayor Wynn Commends President Bush's Support of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles and Biofuels; Prescribes Treatment for ''Oil Addiction'' Houston Chronicle By Business Editors(c) 2006 Business Wire Feb.

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Toyota "Moves"

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Toyota Motor Company J ust last month, there seemed to be good evidence that Toyota was looking at producing a plug- in. Now, Toyota is making it official.

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Summer Update

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Roger Duncan gives Campaign Update The Plug-In Partners National Campaign has now been underway for six months. We would like to take this opportunity to report on our efforts to demonstrate to automakers that a market for plug-in hybrid vehicles exists in the United States today.

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Mayor Menino Adds Boston

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Menino Guest Column Thursday, February 2, 2006 Here is part of the Mayor's column. "In Boston joins in the Plug-In Campaign. By Mayor Thomas M. In addition, I joined mayors from across the country in a national effort to support the National Plug-in Hybrid Campaign.

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No Hostage to Oil

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must not be 'hostage' to foreign oil Monday 20 February 2006 By Tabassum Zakaria MILWAUKEE, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The United States must reduce its dependence on oil from foreign countries that can hold it hostage, President George W.

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Ford Executive Talks Plug-Ins

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Feb 17, 2006 SYNOPSIS: Lewis Booth acknowledged the importance of climate change and the responsibility to take action, calling for greater support for a more holistic approach to the challenges raised by sustainable mobility. autoblog EV World and Autoblog posted this story today.

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New Plug-In

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AFS Trinity and Richardo to Develop Plug-In Source: AFS Trinity Jan 25, 2006 SEATTLE and LONDON An Extreme Hybrid™ car -- which plugs into house current from the power grid for most of its power and is expected to give the average driver more than 250 miles per gallon of gasoline -- moved closer to reality today according to news from AFS Trinity Power Corporation and the leading global automotive engineering firm, Ricardo. AFS Trinity and Ricardo have agreed to work together to design, test and develop the Extreme Hybrid™ drive-train and build the initial systems that are expected to be licensed by AFS Trinity to carmakers worldwide. Dave Shemmans, CEO of Ricardo plc, said, “After the Extreme Hybrid™ is ready to be licensed to OEM’s, Ricardo intends to provide assistance to the world’s automakers integrating the XH™ plug-in hybrid drive train into their specific vehicular platforms.” Ricardo has 1750 engineers and consultants who serve the world’s automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers from design, testing and engineering facilities throughout Europe, US and Asia. In related news, Edward W. Furia, Chairman and CEO of AFS Trinity, said, “The power electronics, ultra-capacitors, batteries, motors and other related advanced components that we will integrate with Ricardo’s help into the Extreme Hybrid™ drive train are all advancing rapidly and reducing in cost. more

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Chicago Plugging Green

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T hrough the leadership of Mayor Richard Daley , the City of Chicago has joined Plug In Partners with a big bang by committing to purchase 850 plug in hybrid vehicles. Recently, Chicago's greening was highlighted in Time.

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Public Power Leads Charge

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org January 30, 2006 Last week, a dozen cities, over 100 public power utilities, businesses and a host of national policy groups kicked off a nationwide campaign to urge automakers to accelerate development of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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Obama embraces PHEVs

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28, 2006 In this year's State of the Union address, President Bush told us that it was time to get serious about America's addiction to foreign oil. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) delivered a major speech on energy independence yesterday. The setting was a meeting of the National Governors Association.

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Philadelphia Joins Coalition

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T he City of Philadelphia, where Independence was declared, has once again made it's voice clear by joining a growing list of cities, counties, environmental organizations, security organizations, electric utilities, and others who see that the flexible fuel plug-in is a here and now component of any future energy policy. C ity of P hiladelphia Council of the City of Philadelphia (Resolution No. 051211) RESOLUTION Supporting the development and purchase of flexible-fuel plug-in hybrid vehicles. W HEREAS, The over-reliance of America on foreign oil has become a growing and serious threat to the economic vitality and national security interests of the United States; and W HEREAS, Automobile emissions are a major contributing factor to global warming and to smog in our cities, which threaten the health of our citizens and the sustainability of our planet; and W HEREAS, The imbalance between gasoline resources and worldwide demand is escalating gasoline prices at an alarming rate and to levels that overburden commerce, hurt economic growth and cause serious hardship on our citizens; and W HEREAS, The technology exists today to build a flexible-fuel plug-in hybrid electric automobile which would reduce oil imports, fuel costs to our citizens and our economy and air emissions by dramatic margins; and W HEREAS, On November 1, 2005, pursuant to Resolution 050837, the Legislative Oversight Committee conducted a public hearing on whether the Office of Fleet Management’s vehicle purchasing policies should require a preference for the purchase of alternative fuel or hybrid-electric vehicles; and W HEREAS, On January 24, 2006, the Plug-in Partners National Campaign, will be announced in Washington, D.C., to encourage the public and private sectors to promote the development and use of flexible-fuel plug-in hybrid vehicles; now therefore, be it R ESOLVED, THAT THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, Makes a commitment to support local, state and federal policies to promote flexible-fuel plug-in hybrid vehicles ; and, be it F URTHER RESOLVED, That the Council of the City of Philadelphia urges the Mayor to work with the government, education, business and environmental communities to advocate the development and purchase of flexible-fuel plug-in hybrid vehicles." Become a Partner today. Sign the On Line Petition more news

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50,000 Fleet Vehicles Ordered

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5, 2006 Imagine if we could develop a passenger car that averaged more than 100 miles per gallon — or, if used only for short trips, 1,000 miles per gallon.

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