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2012 Hyundai Accent SE: Quick Drive Report--Commuter Car Test

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Contrary to the practice in much of the rest of the world, subcompact cars are rarely the sole household vehicle in the U.S. They're more likely a second or third car, often used for commuting--and rarely occupied by more than a single person. With that in mind, we tried to assess our two and a half days in a 2012 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback from

Honda premiers BRIO urban commuter car in Thailand

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HATC), Honda’s automobile production and sales subsidiary in Thailand, has unveiled the BRIO urban commuter car. Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., The starting price will be 399,900 baht (US$13,300), with an annual sales plan of 40,000 units. The BRIO. Click to enlarge.

Honda Electric Micro Commuter Car To Begin Testing In Japan

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America''s wide open spaces have never been conducive for small car sales success, but the story is quite different elsewhere. We already know how popular the tiny kei-class cars are in Japan, for example--but some automakers are exploring even smaller vehicles to meet future transportation needs. Honda is the latest carmaker to confirm testing of

Toyota and Aston Martin Collaborate on iQ-Based “Cygnet” Luxury Commuter Car

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Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and Aston Martin are collaborating on the “Cygnet”—a new luxury commuter car based on the iQ platform ( earlier post ) that will be exclusively built for and sold to Aston Martin owners. The commuter car will be tailored specifically to customer requirements at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, the United Kingdom.

Honda CEO: Honda Studying Battery Electric Commuter Car, But Holds Fuel Cell Vehicle as the Ultimate Eco-car

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Honda is currently conducting research on a short-distance battery electric vehicle as a “ city commuter car. ” ( Earlier post.). But we’re studying the US market with a view to introducing this commuter car in the future. A fuel cell car is a full electric vehicle.The development cost must come down and there must be a major expansion of the hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

Honda delivers first Fit EV to California customer

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The couple was the very first registrant to sign up to lease the Fit EV and plan to use their vehicle as a daily commuter car. Matt and Becky Walton have a long history of owning Honda vehicles, beginning with a Honda N600 sedan and a Honda Z600 coupe in the 1970s and now a Honda Odyssey which will be used as a secondary car. American Honda Motor Co., delivered the first all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV to a couple in Southern California.

You Can't Do That!!! (the day the dreamers "grow up")

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car, recycled batteries, recycled wires and recycled dreams." We started looking more intently for a car which would make a ideal donor car and found Brian. Here he had just drove the car onto the car trailer for us (Uhaul rocks).

Rinspeed To Present an Intelligent Mobility Concept Based on “UC?” Electric Car at Geneva Show in March

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Swiss-based concept powerhouse Rinspeed, which converts and manufactures prototypes and limited series vehicles, will unveil an intelligent mobility concept that integrates electric commuter cars, rail and the Internet at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Concludes Knockout Qualifying Stage; 15 Vehicles from 12 Teams Continue On

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Edison2 Very Light Car #97 (Charlottesville, VA) Internal Combustion Engine. Edison2 Very Light Car #98 (Charlottesville, VA) Internal Combustion Engine. Commuter Cars, Tango (Spokane, WA) Battery Electric. Edison2, Very Light Car #95 (Charlottesville, VA) Internal Combustion Engine.

Arc 1 Conversion Journal 3/3/2012

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It has been about 5 months since I posted my first blog about converting my car to electricity. Winter 2011-2012: Engine Bay and Under-car: The car is now completely gas-less. I was also able to strip a good 2/3rds of the wiring from the car as they were directly related to ICE components. The bay and belly are now clean of all grease; estimated 2 gallons of crud stuck to the bottom of the car that is now gone. " motor that is typically used in smaller cars.

Scion iQ EV arrives in US for campus and urban car-sharing programs

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The iQ EV is a battery-electric four-seater city commuter car designed for car-sharing programs, in urban and campus environments; Toyota is targeting around 90 units for these applications. Approximately 90 iQ EVs will be available for fleet and car-sharing applications.

That Super Sexy Clean Tech Roundtable, Part II of a Greenius Exclusive

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Having the world’s greatest car is nice. Don’t forget that the big brains at General Motors used toasters, lamps and electric fans as the spokespeople last time they had a sexy electric car to market. He drives an electric car and has for seven years, a Toyota RAV4 EV.

Suzuki Swift 1.3 DDI-S road test

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Likely to appeal to many motorists from newly qualified young drivers looking for something with serious street cred to those looking for an economical and environmentally friendly commuter car or just run-about town small car.

New Study Outlines Pathway to 76% Reduction in UK Transport Sector CO2 Emissions By 2050; Road Transport Becomes Carbon Neutral

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Measures for Spatial Planning include: Pedestrian-oriented design: urban car VKT reduced by 10%. Road space reallocation: urban car CO 2. High occupancy only vehicle (HOV) lanes: urban car VKT reduced by 1.4%. Workplace car parking charges: CO 2 emissions from commuting by car reduced by 12%. Thus, assuming 25% of total car CO 2 emissions are due to commuting, this equates to a 3% reduction in total passenger car CO 2.

MIT Battery Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Electric Cars : Gas 2.0

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

The breakthrough could revolutionize electric car battery technology and pave the way for ultra-fast charging electric vehicles in as little as two years. The tango (commuter cars) says they only need 50 million to become profitable.

BCG Report Expects Battery Costs Will Constrain Widespread Market Adoption of Fully Electric Vehicles, Absent a Technology Breakthrough; Forecasts 26% of Major Market New Cars in 2020 To be Hybrid or Electric

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Despite this cost challenge, however, the report projects steady growth for hybrid and electric cars—including mild- and full-hybrids; plug-in hybrids; extended range electric vehicles; and fully electric vehicles. Batteries for Electric Cars Challenges, Opportunities, and the Outlook to 2020.

Electric Car Manufacturers Inspire New Paradigms -- Seeking Alpha

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Kulongoski, Oregon as the electric-car manufacturer may be eyeing the “green” city of Portland. Think may use the former Freightliners plant site to employ over 1,000 workers that would ultimately expand to make 60,000 compact cars a year. Electric cars a still a joke.

Reflections on Converting a 914 to an EV

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The conversion car came from camp914.com and had very little rust and good structural integrity. This made the car much easier to drive (similar to an ICE vehicle). The AC motor also provides regenerative braking for free, which also aids in stopping the car with the heavier battery weight. The critical parts needed to complete the car took eight months for delivery. The transmission on the original 914 was bad and rattled the car violently.

New diesel Volkswagen Golf GTD heading for the US; first driving impressions

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Since the A-pillar has migrated towards the back of the car, the hood looks longer and the car has a premium “cab backwards” look. The ESC can also be activated and de-activated by settings in the CAR menu as well as by the button on the center console. New Golf GTD.

Reva: A little company with big ambitions. The Green Piece

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Slow, clunky, even potentially “life-threatening” – these are just a handful of the insults that have been thrown the way of electric car maker REVA and particularly its G-Wiz model. The car will go on sale for around €10,000 and can be charged in just 90minutes.

Rav4 EV

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

This car has half the power, substantially more battery capacity, and similar range to the EV1. Much of the car is identical to the ICE counterpart. The BIG advantage of this car (besides the fact that nobody can take it away from us!)

Profile: Li-ion Battery and Pack Supplier Valence Technology

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Green Car Congress had the opportunity recently to have a discussion with Mark Donaghy, the Global Marketing Manager for Valence Technology, Inc., Valence is trying to persuade OEMs to consider vehicles with a maximum range of 30-40 miles which would still cover the majority of commutes while minimizing battery investment. Valence sees future families having two cars: a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for longer trips and an all electric commuter car.

Expert panel report finds achieving 1M plug-in vehicles in US by 2015 would require concentrated action to overcome barriers

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early technology adopters and relatively affluent urban consumers interested in a “green” commuter car). Early Adopters vs. Mainstream Car Buyers. Mainstream car buyers are careful about investing in new technologies that are not fully understood.

Plug In America - Links and Resources

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Real Life EV Stories A Case for Electricity Plug In America Positions Energy Policy Frequently Asked Questions About Plug-in Buses Who Killed the Electric Car? Prop 87 Missed Opportunity RAVs to Keep Rolling in LA Holiday EVangelism ZEVTech Saving RAVs Holiday EVangelism Who Killed the Electric Car? nk City Electric car www.thinkelectric.org Documentary about electric cars, hybrids, hydrogen and the future of transportation. Who Killed the Electric Car?"