2016 Scion iA Review, Honda Solar Charging, VW On Electric Cars: Today's Car News

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Today, we drive the 2016 Scion iA subcompact sedan, Honda tests solar-powered electric-car charging in the Marshall Islands, and some digging reveals that Volkswagen thought electric cars were the future, back in 2007. All this and more on Green Car Reports. See why Honda is testing solar-powered electric-car charging stations in the remote. Today in Car News

London Calling: Congestion Charge Recharges Electric Cars

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London could soon replace California as the electric car capital of the world. The policy, which exempts electric cars from hefty daily taxation, is resulting in increasingly significant vehicle choices for English consumers.

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Mitsubishi success to spawn more electric cars

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We’re just weeks away from the first fleet buyers in Japan receiving the production version of the much hyped Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car with individual buyers able to place orders for delivering beginning next April. The unexpected success of the vehicle has prompted the company to work on five more electric cars. Then in 2011, the company will introduce a larger all-electric vehicle based on a subcompact platform.

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French CO2 Feebate Plan Good News for Electric Cars

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Low emission vehicles will receive a rebate, high emission cars will be assessed a fee. Mid level emitters, representing about 45% of the cars currently sold, will be unaffected. As reported on the Green Car Congress website , electric vehicles would receive 5 times the rebate available to the best currently conceivable ICE vehicle. A Smart Car emitting less than 100 grams of CO2 per km would receive a €1000 ($1466) rebate.

Iran's Oil Woes; An Arab Electric Car?

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Nuclear or solar, if Iranians won't consider electricty for cars, perhaps neighboring Arab states will. A report out of tiny Abu Dhabi suggests some of the oil rich may be looking considering alternatives to oil for cars. Khalid Abdullah Al Bu Ainnain, Chairman of Baynuna , told Gulf News in an interview that the group has signed a deal with a French company to export 10,000 electric cars. "We

Here Come the PHEVs

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Audi Metroproject Quattro T his has been a big week of announcements from car manufacturers. Fisker's high end-plug in CNET News Blog Posted by Michael Kanellos Fisker Automotive. The car will cost $80,000. The new electric cars go only about 225 miles on a single charge at best.

Super Charge It

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Slow charging has been the key hurdle to public acceptance of battery-electric vehicles as viable distance travelers, so this breakthrough has all sorts of implications for the automotive industry as well as being a very welcome upgrade to a whole host of other portable devices.

Ford and Edison

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It is a good example of how electric utilities and car makers can begin to work together. more "We see electricity as itself an alternative fuel in support of transportation ," said John Bryson, chairman of Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison.

Plug-in Hybrid Bills in Congress Scare Auto Makers

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The Detroit News Autos Insider column today is reporting on Congressional efforts to promote plug-in hybrids and the backlash from the automakers. Toyota made the car, the Prius, that made plug-in conversions possible, and now they are trying to rein in the desires unleashed. A123 bought Hymotion and they are producing cars for Google's RechargeIT.org effort. HybridsPlus and EDrive have converted cars.

Tata Takes On Air

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W ith all of the accelerated development in advanced batteries, most car companies are focusing on that technological track. Here is an exception from the largest car maker in India. The Air Car uses compressed air to push its engine's pistons. Tags: electrics

GM Volts Ahead

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Here is part of the story from the Flint Journal Detroit shocker: GM unveils plug-in hybrid - and plans to build it The Flint Journal Sunday, January 07, 2007 By Todd Seibttseibt DETROIT - General Motors unveils a shocking concept car today: the Chevrolet VOLT.

Israel, Jordan Moving Ahead With "Electric Peace Car"

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Ynetnews.com, an Israeli news site, reports on continuing progress on the Middle East electric car front. Tags: renault israel electric car toyota shai agassi jordan Building on initial discussions in Davos at the World Economic Forum in January, a meeting has now been held in Jordan to move the idea forward. Renault and Toyota are reported to be involved along with Shai Agassi, ex-SAP executive.

Tesla - Longer Range, Later Delivery

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CNet is reporting some good and some not so welcome news about the Tesla Roadster. Cars will not hit the road until early next year. Simply getting on the waiting list for the car once cost $50,000. But don't expect to receive your car for at least a year. Tags: tesla electric car Seems the batteries are performing better than expected, and range is back up to about 250 mile per charge. But another delivery delay has been announced.

The Wall Street Journals

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In Quest for Cleaner Energy, Texas City Touts Plug-In Car John J. Fialka Wall Street Journal March 26, 2007 AUSTIN, Texas -- Of all the plans cooked up by cities to combat pollution and global warming, the one hatched here is among the most ambitious -- and, some say, one of the more quixotic.

Recharge IT

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today announced the RechargeIT initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil dependence by accelerating the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. What's New Sign the On Line Petition News Summary I HOME

Inevitable and Invisible: Electricity as "Alternative Fuel"

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An incredible pair of stories in the Detroit news here and here. In one, electric drive is seen as inevitable. In the other electricity isn't even mentioned. Tags: GM electric car plug-in hybrid electricity Thanks for the tip to Felix Kramer of CalCars.

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Tesla to build new EV plant in New Mexico!

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AP via the Detroit News Link Albuquerque, N.M., to be site for electric car production "New Mexico's biggest city will be home to an automobile assembly facility for Tesla Motors' all-electric, four-door, five-passenger sedan that will sell for at least $50,000." "The The company plans to produce at least 10,000 cars a year at the Albuquerque plant, with the first cars scheduled to be ready in the fall of 2009. Tags: tesla electric cars

What up with GM's Plug-in hybrid Volt?

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But there it is in a Detroit News Autos Insider piece today. Interest in plug-in cars of all sorts is real and growing. billion taxpayer-funded effort, called the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), to build an 80-miles-per-gallon car. Laptops didn't wait for Lithium, and neither should cars. Tags: GM electric car plug-in hybrid chevy volt fuel cell

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Hydrogen Hyped: BMW Does Pogue

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In addition, "David is an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS News, a frequent contributor to NPR's "Morning Edition," creator of the Missing Manual series of computer books, and father of three." On March 29, Pogue blogged about The Future of Hydrogen Cars. His blog only once before (in my quick search) discussed alternative fuels for cars. But like most of us, he drives a car, knows petroleum isn't forever, and receives periodic wake-up calls.

Th!nk City: Electric Civic for the 21st century?

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nk City electric car has rolled off its Norwegian assemblyline. Biggest piece of news: According to [CEO Jan Olaf] Willums, General Electric (GE) is now an investor in Think and the company struck a deal with GE to collaborate on battery technology. It wouldn't be the first time GE has dabbled in electric cars Business 2.0's s Green Wombat blogger Todd Woody has written up an optimistic report on the Th!nk

Everybody Happy: Bush to Sign Do-little Energy Bill

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The opening line of the Detroit News story says all you need to know: The House approved a stripped-down energy bill Tuesday and sent it to President George Bush, who is expected to sign the legislation. The headline is a 35mpg CAFE standard for cars produced 13 years from now. I can't help thinking if carmakers are still producing masses of 20something mpg cars and pickups and SUVs in 2020, something envisioned with a 35mpg average, we're in big trouble.

CARB: Sawyer v Governator

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If the governor fired Sawyer over requiring reflective auto paint, it's hard to believe he would have allowed a reinvigorated ZEV mandate that could bring plug-in hybrids and electric cars to market. It is looking like the Governor's contribution to global warming is a lot of hot air touting his greenness while opposing the slightest additional measure proposed by an actual clean air professional.

Volt, Re-Volt, No Volt - Will CARB Revolt?

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In January GM announced the Volt, a smart idea that makes use of the two existing primary energy infrastructures - the electric grid and gasoline stations. With NiMH batteries - those that provide energy to every hybrid on the road and thousands of all-electric cars - the Volt plug-in hybrid could go into production today. Instead, GM says the batteries must be Lithium and must take the car 40 miles before the engine comes on.

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Bush Budget: Plug-ins Hybrids, Not So Much

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The Detroit News has the alternative fuel breakdown in the president's budget request, and it isn't pretty. Increases for hydrogen fuel cell research from $289 million in FY 2007 to $309 million in FY 2008. I guess that wasn't enough to actually make a marketable, economic car. Honestly, much as I want the federal and state efforts to move toward batteries and electricity, we don't really need pure "research." We need cars.

Lutz Chats Volt with "Fellow Bloggers"

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Lutz responds to the sense that GM might be pulling back from its commitment to the Volt that resulted from Sharon Terlep's Detroit News article a month or so ago. (My If you've got the desire to introduce a radically different car, why not simplify the effort by using the best available mature battery technology in the inevitably small-run first generation? Perhaps Lutz's mistaken impressions about the EV1 and electric cars color his understanding of what NiMH can achieve. (Or

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Electric car sales slump in UK

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Anyone who thought that electric cars were ready to take over on the UK’s roads needs to think again, with new sales figures revealing that their popularity has slumped. According to The Guardian, sales of new electric cars in the UK dropped by 90 per cent from their peak of 397 units in 2007, to [.].

MIT Battery Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Electric Cars : Gas 2.0

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Write For GO About Advertise Contact Login Explore GO Media: News & Opinion Family & Lifestyle Business & Technology Gas 2.0 The breakthrough could revolutionize electric car battery technology and pave the way for ultra-fast charging electric vehicles in as little as two years.

Electric Car Manufacturers Inspire New Paradigms -- Seeking Alpha

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Seeking Alpha Home The Macro View Stocks & Sectors Global Markets ETFs Investing Ideas Breaking News Transcripts Register | Login Email: Password: Forgot Your Password? Think is also working closely with the Brussel based Eurelectric , the European union of electricity industry.

BREAKING NEWS: Exxon/Mobil Ordered Out of Torrance, Guilty of Greenhouse Gas Pollution

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He makes his living off cars that run out of gas or break down because of the inadequacies of the internal combustion gasoline powered engine. You think HE’s anxious to see electric cars replace fossil fueled vehicles?

Electric car trial participants express enthusiasm

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Some of the participants in the UK Government’s electric car trial have expressed their enthusiasm at earning funding to be part of the scheme. Smart, part of the Mercedes Benz group, has earned £2.5million in funding from the Technology Strategy Board and is inviting applicants to take part in two electric drive research trials: one in London and the South East and one in the West Midlands.

Smart-grid project matches wind to electric cars | Green Tech - CNET News

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The EDISON (Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks) research consortium will seek to match power generation from wind turbines on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, with the power consumption of charging plug-in electric cars. Smart grid refers to a number of technologies aimed at gathering more data on the flow of electricity through the transmission grid.

Electric Car Makers: Oregon Wants You - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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Ted Kulongoski behind the wheel of Nissan’s prototype electric vehicle. Mr. Kulongoski wants to make Oregon the go-to state for electric vehicle production. According to Nissan, the company plans to introduce its upcoming electric car in Oregon in late 2010.

Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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Electric cars and a smart electric grid have a bright future, according to panelists at a roundtable discussion on the subject that I attended last Friday in Boston. “I In effect, cars would be acting like tiny power stations. “You guys own the cars.&#

Electric-Car Fans Rally Around the Volt - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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Supporters of the car say that’s shortsighted. “Any new technology like the Chevy Volt takes time to become profitable,&# said Jay Friedland, the legislative director for Plug-In America , an electric-car advocacy group. — Electric Cars Are For Girls 22.

Solar Powered Greenius Producing Massive South Bay Energy

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The good news is that positive things ARE happening and our efforts are starting to make a difference. First of all he’s already gone where I want to go by installing solar, back in 2007. Luckily we’ve all stopped counting on the newspaper to actually bring us the news.

Tennessee, Nissan and TVA forge a path for electric car | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean

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Other editions: Mobile | News Feeds | E-Newsletters | Subscribe to paper Find it: Jobs | Cars | Real Estate | Rentals | Shopping | Coupons | Classifieds | Place an ad | Dating Sponsored by: Your browsers security settings are preventing some features from appearing. Tennessee, Nissan and TVA forge a path for electric car By G. Phil Bredesen spent part of Earth Day last week test-driving a Nissan prototype all-electric vehicle at the automakers U.S.

Electric Smart to begin large scale production

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The Smart Fortwo electric drive vehicle will begin large scale production at its plant in Hambach, France, in 2012. Daimler AG had already announced it would begin limited series production of around 1,000 units of the Smart Fortwo electric drive at Hambach this November with the vehicles to be provided to customers participating in a number of mobility projects in major cities in Europe and the US.

Ford testing plug-in electric grid system

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Smart charging systems appear to be the order of the day among the leading car manufacturers with Ford the latest to develop an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The system will communicate directly with the electric grid and allows the vehicle operator to program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long and at what rate.

Why plug-in hybrids are top of the pile

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Internal combustion engines, hybrid electrics or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles - which would you choose? It tested the performance of two 2007 model Prius hybrids and then converted them into plug-in hybrids using a Hymotion 5kWh lithium-ion battery conversion kit. It believes its study confirms the viability of electricity as a clean and low cost transportation fuel while highlighting the increased efficiencies of plug-in hybrid technologies.

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Revenge of the Electric Car

Saturday September 27th, 2008 : Immediately after the Santa Monica 2008 AltCarExpo , “ Who Killed the Electric Car? &# Director Chris Paine graciously hosted Plug In America ’s very first fundraiser at his PV+EV residence in Culver City, CA. GM's amazing Chevy Volt - A 100% electric drive (range extending) plug-in hybrid. Click here to see my Vectrix Electric Maxi-Scooter coverage from March 2007.