Yeah, I Got Your Chevy Volt, Right Here. Day 2 @ Plug-In 2009

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Luckily no one was really at Plug-In 2009 to hear the Three Car Stooges at this point, they don’t have any pleasant surprises in store for us. Tags: electric cars environment greenwashing plug-in cars politics AeroVironment BMW Mini-E ChargePoint Chevy Volt Coulomb Gridpoint J1772 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Plug-In 2009 Plug-In America If you’ve been wondering just how real the new Chevy Volt that gets 230 mpg in city driving is , well just take a look for yourself.

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Greenius On The Scene: Plug-In 2009

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Here’s a few shots from yesterday first full day of the Plug-In 2009 conference in Long Beach, California. I’ll be back there today for more Greenius coverage to be published later this week. The Creative Greenius with the new Nissan Leaf flat lithium ion battery. They’ll be making Leafs in Tennessee and they will be making many more batteries than cars. The Nissan spokesman told me they will be selling the battery as a standalone product too.

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US Refiners Slightly Expanded Capacity From 2008 to 2009

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From 2008 to 2009, total US crude distillation capacity increased from roughly 17.6 As of January 1, 2009, there were 150 operable refineries in the United States, not including facilities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Data in the report are compiled from information reported by the DOE Energy Information Administration in its 2009 Petroleum Supply Annual. million barrels per calendar day (BPCD) to 17.7

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Hyundai Takes the Lead for MY 2009 CAFE in US

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According to the latest US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy report, Hyundai passed all major manufacturers in MY 2009 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) as measured in EPA testing. The EPA 2009 Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends Report indicates that Hyundai has the highest MY 2009 laboratory 55/45 (55% city 45% highway weighted metric) fuel economy with 30.1 MY 2009 EPA Lab 55/45 ( projected ).

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Event: REFF-Wall Street. 23-24 June 2009

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The 6th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street (REFF-Wall Street) will occur on 23-24 June at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The event brings together industry veterans to discuss the issues associated with renewable energy finance in the US. More than 650 people attended last year’s event with 70% of them senior level leaders within their respective organizations, according to the organizers.

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Piaggio Introduces Li-ion Electric Version of Ape Calessino As Part of 2009 Refresh

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Piaggio has introduced the refreshed 2009 range of the Ape Calessino, including a new electric version powered by lithium-ion batteries. Powered by a 422 cc direct injection diesel engine, the conventionally-powered Ape Calessino is on sale with the new 2009 trim level, on the Italian market, at €9,150 (US$13,000), VAT not included. Ape Calessino Electric Lithium. Click to enlarge.

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SAE Hybrid Standards Committee: Works In Progress For 2009

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During the SAE 2009 World Congress in Detroit, Gary Kissel of General Motors presented an update of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle standards being revised or developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Hybrid Standards Committee. Estimated completion for J1711 is summer 2009. Estimated completion of J1772 is summer 2009. The standard is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009. The standard is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009.

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Solar Roadways Named a Finalist for 2009 EE Times ACE Awards

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has been nanmed one of five finalists for the Best Enabler Award for Green Engineering category in the 2009 EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. Solar Roadways , the developer of structurally engineered solar panels that are driven upon., Solar Roadway”s concept is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect and store solar energy to be used by homes and businesses.

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Meet Your Next Car At Plug-In 2009

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Don’t miss Plug-In 2009 if you’d like to get on board the Cluetrain before it leaves the station without you. Last year’s Plug-In 2008 gave attendees an insider’s advantage on the Plug-In technology that will quickly replace today’s obsolete, planet-killing fossil fuel centric cars. Creative Greenius readers were right there with me as I live blogged from the event: Top Ten Things I Learned At Plug In 2008. Day 3 At Plug In 2008.

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Mahindra Showcased Hydrogen-Powered 3-Wheeler at World Hydrogen Technologies Convention 2009

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M&M), one of India’s leading automotive majors, showcased its hydrogen-fueled combustion engine Alfa 3-wheeler, the Hy-Alfa, at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention 2009 ( WHTC-2009 ) held in New Delhi last week. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. M&M first introduced the Hy-Alfa in January 2006. Earlier post.). The Hy-Alfa is available in both passenger (3–seater) and cargo versions.

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Fiat, MINI and smart Beat 130 gCO2/km New Car Average in Europe for First Half of 2009

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The average CO 2 emissions figure on new Fiat cars sold in Europe during the first half of 2009 dropped 5.2 g/km reduction in the CO 2 output of new cars sold by the top 25 brands in Europe in 1H 2009, with a similar reduction measured in JATO’s 21 monitored EU markets. During the first half of 2009 around 65,000 Fiat Natural Power cars, with an average of 115.8 g/km to 129.1 g/km, according to an analysis by JATO Consult, the bespoke consulting service of JATO Dynamics.

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Fords US Hybrid Sales Up 73% for First 9 Months of 2009; Total US Hybrid Sales Down 14% for Same Period

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Ford Motor Company’s US hybrid sales for the first nine months of 2009 are 73% higher than the same period in 2008, fueled by the introduction of hybrid versions of the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, which went on sale in March 2009. Toyota, still the number one provider of hybrids in the US with 144,351 units sold in the first nine months of 2009, saw its hybrid sales drop 28% from the same period in 2008 (200,450 units).

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Honda to Show Hybrid and Battery-Electric Vehicle Concepts at Tokyo Motor Show; CR-Z Concept 2009

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The CR-Z Concept 2009. Honda will reveal the CR-Z Concept 2009, the most recent prototype of a compact sports car using Honda’s IMA technology, at October’s Tokyo Motor Show. Click to enlarge. Honda introduced the first version of the CR-Z concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. When the production version goes on sale in 2010, it will be the first series-production sports hybrid car from a major OEM, and the first gasoline-electric vehicle to employ a 6-speed manual transmission.

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Grand Prize Combustion-Engine Winner at 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas Achieves 2,757.1 MPG

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Some of the vehicles in the 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas. The student team from Laval University (Quebec, Canada) took the grand prize in the “Prototype” category at the 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas , held 15-18 April at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, with 2,757.1 Category winners for the 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas include: Prototype. The 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas Design Award was presented to the Brazilian team from Minas Gerais State University.

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NOAA: February 2009 Ninth Warmest February for Globe

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The combined global land and ocean surface average temperature for February 2009 was the ninth warmest since records began in 1880, according to an analysis by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. million square kilometers) of Eurasia (Europe and Asia) were covered by snow in February 2009, which is 0.4

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Beijing Has No Plans for Vehicle Emission Fees in 2009

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Responding to a story in the Beijing Times about the pending imposition of fees on vehicle emissions in the city, the deputy-director of Beijing’s environmental protection bureau said that there are no plans for such fees in 2009. “We Xinhua. We usually follow the state policies on pollutant discharge fees,” said Du. Beijing had suggested tightening the management on vehicle tail gas after the Beijing Olympics. But relevant state departments are still doing research on the policy.”.

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Geely May Begin Production of Methanol Cars in Late 2009

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Geely has set a target of 25% growth in sales for 2009, despite the global economic downturn. China Daily. Geely Auto may start mass production of its methanol-fueled cars ( earlier post ) in the second half of this year, its chairman said Saturday. Methanol Haifeng. Click to enlarge.

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The Long View from SAE 2009 World Congress

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On 20 April, the opening day of the SAE 2009 World Congress, the AVL Technology Leadership Theater presented a forum on “Green Mobility—The Long View”. For reference, the fully loaded PRT is approximately 80% the weight of 2009 VW Rabbit. The city’s first section, MIST - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, will be complete by the end of 2009. by Bill Cooke.

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BMW Technology Day 2009: Focus on Aerodynamics, Two New Engines and 8-Speed Transmission

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For its Technology Day 2009 in Germany, BMW focused on describing its work with aerodyanmics, engines and transmissions in the context of its EfficientDyanmics development strategy. This will be applied in a production BMW 7 Series hybrid model in 2009. The new 3.0-liter gaosline engine combines turbocharging, direct fuel injection and VALVETRONIC for the first time. Click to enlarge.

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Adura Systems Wins Frost Sullivan 2009 Technology Innovation of the Year Award

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the developer of the MESA (Modular, Electronic, Scalable Architecture) electric powertrain for medium and large vehicles ( earlier post ) is the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s 2009 Technology Innovation of the Year Award. Adura Systems, Inc.,

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Japan Meteorological Agency: 2009 Tied With 2002, 2003, and 2006 For Third Warmest Year Since Instrumental Records Began

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A preliminary analysis of worldwide surface temperatures from January to November conducted by the Japan Meteorological Agency shows that the average land and sea surface temperatures for 2009 have been +0.31 ºC above normal, based on the 1971-2000 average, and that 2009 will be tied with 2002, 2003, and 2006 as the third highest record since 1891.

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Mazda to Debut Next-Generation Direct Injection Gasoline and Diesel Engines, Transmission and Kiyora Concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2009

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The Kiyora Concept uses a 1.3-liter version of the new SKY-G gasoline direct injection engine and achieves fuel economy of 75 mpg US on the Japanese 10-15 cycle. Click to enlarge. Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of its next-generation engine lineup and automatic transmissions at the 41 st Tokyo Motor Show, to be held from Saturday, 24 October through 4 November.

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Heard At The Show: Snippets from SAE 2009 World Congress

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Where does all of the energy go? In a session on total vehicle energy consumption, several people shared similar pie charts showing the flow of energy within an automobile. For every kJ of chemical energy in the fuel for a spark ignition internal combustion engine, 73 % is sacrificed to chemical and thermal losses. Braking losses add another 6%. Only 22% remains to power the vehicle.

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Shouldn’t We ALL Be Going to PowerShift 2009?

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I know I should be in Washington DC in two weeks to help take over the capitol on behalf of green jobs, clean energy and ending our carbon-based economy. I know I should be there contributing, blogging and shooting pictures, marching and lobbying and networking with my green brothers and sisters in arms. I know I should be there with the 10,000 young people who are gathering in Washington to hold our elected officials’ feet to the accountability fire. “I

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Delphi Details Evaporative Emissions Control Strategies For Hybrid Powertrains at tank.tech 2009

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At the tank.tech 2009 congress in Bad Gögging, Germany, Delphi’s Dr. Andrzej Kalina, engineering manager, evaporative emission control products, is presenting a technical paper co-authored by Jan Jasinski, group engineering leader, evaporative emission control products and titled, “Evaporative Emissions Control Strategies for Hybrid Powertrains.”. Delphi evaporative emissions canisters. Click to enlarge.

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Li-Tec Boosting Li-ion Production at Kamenz Plant to 300,000 Units By End of 2009

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Li-Tec Battery GmbH, the lithium-ion battery company jointly owned by of Evonik Industries AG and Daimler, plans to boost its production capacity for battery cells to 300,000 annual units by the end of this year. Its plant in Kamenz, Germany will begin serial production of several million cells in 2011.

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What Can One Blog Do?

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Creative Greenius is a proud part of Blog Action Day 2009. Expect to be amazed on October 15, 2009. Tags: climate change blog action day 2009

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Audi Sets US Pricing for 2010 MY A3 TDI Clean Diesel; Arrives in Showrooms in Late November 2009

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Expected to begin arriving at US dealers in late November 2009, the 50-state certified A3 TDI delivers 42 mpg US (5.6 Audi announced pricing for the 2010 A3 TDI, its second US clean diesel offering launched this year. L/100km) highway cycle fuel economy—the highest highway fuel economy in the luxury car category, according to US Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

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ZENN Motor Increases Stake in EEStor to 10.7%; EESU Production Prototype Promised by End of 2009

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EEStor has said it anticipates having at-voltage components verified independently by September of this year, with delivery of production prototype EESUs to ZMC by the end of 2009. ZMC announced its intention to exercise this additional investment option on 21 May 2009. Earlier in July, ZENN Motor Company Inc. ZMC) increased its equity investment in energy storage developer, EEStor, Inc. with an additional US $5.0 million investment.

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Preliminary Data Shows June 2009 Second Warmest on Record Globally; Global Sea Surface Temperature Hits June Record

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Based on preliminary data, the globally averaged combined land and sea surface temperature was the second warmest on record for June 2009 and the January-June 2009 year-to-date tied with 2004 as the fifth warmest on record, according to the US National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), part of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The global ocean SST for June 2009 was the warmest on record, 0.59 °C (1.06 °F) above the 20 th century average of 16.4 °C

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Chinas 3rd Largest Oilfield Expects to Post 24% Growth in Output in 2009

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Xinhua. PetroChina expects that its Changqing oilfield—currently the country’s third-largest—will post an annual growth of 24 percent in oil and gas output this year. By Dec. 19, the oil and gas equivalent production at Changqing had exceeded 30 million tonnes, and the figure would reach 31 million by the end of this year, or 6 million more than last year, said Peng Xufeng, a company spokesman.

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Despite a Slight Recovery in 2009, Arctic Sea Ice Remains on Downward Trend

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Despite a slight recovery in summer Arctic sea ice in 2009 from record-setting low years in 2007 and 2008, the sea ice extent remains significantly below previous years and remains on a trend leading toward ice-free Arctic summers, according to the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center. According to the CU-Boulder center, the 2009 minimum sea ice extent was the third lowest since satellite record-keeping began in 1979.

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Los Angeles Harbor Commission Launches 2009 Alternative Fuel Truck Incentive Program with $44.2M

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million in Port funding toward the 2009 Clean Truck Incentive Program at the Port of Los Angeles. The 2009 incentives will be used to help bring trucks into service at the Port that run on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), or lithium-ion battery electric power. Our goal is to put 1,000 alternative fuel trucks into service through our 2009 Clean Truck Incentive Program, and the funding our board just approved is a major step in that direction.

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Mitsubishi Motors Begins Production of i-MiEV; Targeting 1,400 Units in Fiscal 2009

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Mitsubishi Motors expects to distribute, on a maintenance lease basis, some 1,400 i-MiEV units in fiscal 2009 principally to corporations and to local authorities. The i-MiEV system configuration. Click to enlarge. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) unveiled the production version of the i-MiEV electric vehicle on World Environment Day in Tokyo.

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US LDV Sales Dropped 36.8% in March 2009; March SAAR Up Slightly to 9.86M Units

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by volume year-on-year in March 2009 to 857,735 units, according to figures from Autodata. March 2009 had 25 sales days compared to 26 in March 2008; all figures here reflect changes in actual volume, rather than adjusted day selling rate. The SAAR (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in March 2009 was 9.86 The passenger car share of new vehicle sales in March 2009 rose to 51.9%, the highest monthly total since July 2008.

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AMAA 2009 Focuses on Smart Systems for Safety, Sustainability and Comfort

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The 13 th International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications ( AMAA ) will be held in Berlin, Germany 5-6 May 2009, with the theme “Smart Systems for Safety, Sustainability and Comfort”. Papers from AMAA will be published as a Springer conference book: Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications 2009.

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Volkswagen to Use B5 Biodiesel for 2009 Jetta TDI Cup Season

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will use B5 biodiesel to power its race cars, transport vehicles and generators during the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup season. During the 2009 season, the Jetta TDI Cup cars will consume approximately two tanks of B5 biodiesel during race conditions and overall carbon emissions produced by the series will be reduced by 2,583 pounds as a result of the new fuel. Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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Ohio State University Takes Top Spot at 2009 EcoCAR Competition with EREV Design

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University students from The Ohio State University earned top honors at the 2009 finals of the EcoCAR : The NeXt Challenge competition in Toronto, Canada for their design of a Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV). The competition challenges university engineering students across North America to re-engineer a 2009 Saturn VUE to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions while retaining the vehicle’s performance and consumer appeal.

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BAF Technologies Begins Converting 600 ATT Vehicles To CNG in 2009

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Dallas-based BAF Technologies has begun converting 600 AT&T Ford E-Series vans to dedicated CNG technology in 2009. This is part of AT&T’s plan to invest up to $565 million to deploy more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles over the next 10 years. AT&T expects to spend an estimated $350 million to purchase about 8,000 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles and approximately $215 million to begin replacing its passenger cars with alternative-fuel models, beginning with hybrids.

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Mazda to Show New Mazda3 i-stop at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show

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Mazda Motor Corporation will debut two new models of the all-new Mazda3 (known as Mazda Axela in Japan) product range at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show from 3-15 March 2009. The world premiere of the Mazda3 with i-stop, Mazda’s advanced fuel-saving start-stop system, will be shared with the all-new Mazda3 MPS, Mazda3’s high performance flagship model. MZR 2.0 DISI i-stop. Click to enlarge. The Mazda3 with i-stop features the i-stop system in combination with the MZR 2.0

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Honda’s Cumulative World-wide Hybrid Sales Pass 300,000 In January 2009

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Global sales of Honda hybrid vehicles reached 300,740 units on a cumulative basis at the end of January 2009. Honda began sales in Japan in February 2009 of the all-new Insight hybrid vehicle ( earlier post ), a five-door hatchback model featuring a lightweight, compact hybrid system designed for affordability as well as fuel economy. Cumulative hybrid sales by model and region. Click to enlarge.

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Mitsubishi Motors to Show Another i MiEV Concept for European Market at 2009 Geneva Show

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Currently involved in testing and promotional activities in Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Europe, the i MiEV will be launched in Japan during the summer of 2009 Alongside the i MiEV Sport Air concept ( earlier post ), Mitsubishi will unveil the Prototype i MiEV concept model at the 79 th Geneva International Motor Show (3-15 March).

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Ford Unveils New Battery-Electric Tourneo Connect at 2009 Geneva Show

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The technology is already available for commercial vehicle applications, and at the 2009 Chicago Show we confirmed that we will launch, with Tanfield as our partner, the Transit Connect van as a full BEV in North America in 2010. The Tourneo Connect BEV Concept also introduces a new look for the Tourneo and Transit Connect range that will be launched later in 2009. (A Ford Tourneo Concept BEV. Click to enlarge.

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