January, 2011

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Skeleton Technologies receives US patent for nanoporous carbon powder supercapacitor material; higher energy and power densities and lower cost

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Skeleton Technologies , an energy-storage start-up located in Tartu, Estonia, was recently awarded a US patent ( #7,803,345 ) on its nanoporous carbon powder supercapacitor material. The material possesses very high surface area and a high packing of nanopores, according to Skeleton, which aims to commercialize the carbon material and supercapacitor technology.

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State of the Electric Car Address

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"I don't know if you noticed, but (the oil companies) are doing just fine on their own." This is probably my favorite line from Pres. Obama's SOTU address tonight. A million electric cars on American roads by 2015!

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Cars Connected To The Cloud: The All-Electric 2012 Nissan Leaf

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In a move that shows off the latest push among automakers to bring cars to the digital age, Airbiquity and Hitachi Automotive Systems showcased a connected services technology system for electric vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today. The system, which is debuting in Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, allows drivers to search.

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Tesla Fan Drives Epic Electric Car Trip To Prove BBC Wrong

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The British Broadcasting Corporation, considered to be the center-pin of television and radio in the U.K., has always had a cautious view of the benefits of electric vehicles, often choosing to illustrate the limited range of electric cars in articles rather than the positive benefits. In typical form the latest BBC feature, a four-day trek from.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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Chip Yates electric motorcycle takes podium finishes in WERA gas bike racing

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Do you like this story? Yesterday (Jan 9) Chip Yates' electric motorcycle quest proved itself on a race track in a sanctioned race against gas powered motorcycles. He ran in two races, taking the podium both times, competing against racers on gas powered superbikes.

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Top 10 green cars of the Detroit Motor Show 2011. Green Piece

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Monday 17 January 2011. The Green Piece Column. The North American International Auto Show 2011 (the Detroit Motor Show as it is colloquially known) opened its doors to the public last Saturday (Jan 15) with many anticipating one of the most spectacular line-ups in the show’s 104-year history. With the auto industry enjoying a resurgence, [.].

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The Electric Car Will Have Her Revenge!

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Like you, I've been anxiously awaiting the "Who Killed the Electric Car?" sequel, and today CNN interviewed Chris Paine about the automaker-friendly tone of his new film called "Revenge of the Electric Car." I was surprised to learn that Greg Abbott (you may know him as Reverend Gadget ) will be featured in the movie. Follow the link to see the interview.

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How Chrysler's Hydraulic Hybrid Works: Energy From Pressure

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Chrysler has come out of hibernation with a bang, as far as green and more fuel-efficient vehicles are concerned. The company announced Wednesday that it would partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to build and test prototypes of a different kind of hybrid vehicle, one that accumulates energy not in a battery pack but by.

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Tesla's Challenge: Build $30k Mainstream Electric Car by 2015

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Build a $30,000 electric car in under four years. That’s the promise made last night by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Speaking at the Cleantech Investor Summit in Palm Springs, California, the 39-year old businessman shared his plans for the venture-backed automaker. In addition to bringing the 2012 Model S sedan we saw moving under its own power.

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Is Coda Automotive shifting to grid storage products?

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Do you like this story? Last week Coda named a new CEO, Phil Murtaugh (see: Former GM executive takes CEO position at Coda Automotive). During the conference call announcing this news the Coda management team discussed the huge potential of the grid storage market. Today.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Mitsubishi lines up finance deals for electric model

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Mitsubishi has confirmed finance offers for its newly available electric car model, the i-MiEV, as Government grants for electric cars come available to UK buyers. The Japanese car maker, one of the first to retail a fully electric car in the UK, is offering the new electric car for £399 per month on 48 month [.].

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Enterprise Rent-a-Car to offer Chevrolet Volt

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car will be the first to offer Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles (EVs) for daily and weekly rentals later this month. The Volt vehicles will be available at the Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, Calif., along with a new charging station. There are more than 5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood and airport offices, including the Mark Christopher Auto Center site, located within 15 miles of 90% of the US population.

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Have you heard about the Ford Focus Electric?

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Ford is coming out with a 240 volt electric version of the Focus at the end of the year. It's got a portable charging system, fast charging (3-4 hours), and a "Value Charging" application from Microsoft so you can charge up when it's cheapest.

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Forget Hydrogen: Here They Are, The Two Fuels of The Future

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Forget hydrogen. You can mostly ignore natural gas. Even diesel may not grow much. The two fuels that will largely power us for the next 20, maybe 30, years are already here. They are gasoline (with some ethanol in it), and electricity. That's it. That's all she wrote. First, gasoline Those hallowed green visions of a gasoline-free future in our.

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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BREAKING: 2012 Ford Focus Electric Unveiled by CEO at CES

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Earlier this week Ford hinted on the social media network site Facebook that it had plans to unveil an all-electric car at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. From the shots it released, we guessed the announcement would include an all-electric Focus. As suspected, Ford CEO Allan Mulally has just pulled the veil off the first of five.

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What ideas are being floated to save Caltrain, and whether it is worth saving?

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Do you like this story? Yesterdays summit meeting to save Caltrain (organized by the Friends of Caltrain; see: Friends of Caltrain seeks to save Peninsula train service from death spiral) was a hubbub of ideas to save and restructure the service. The same few steps were.

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Could methanol be the leading alternative fuel for our cars? The Green Piece

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Tuesday 25 January 2011. The Green Piece Column. Electric cars are making steady progress as the transportation method of the future with auto manufacturers continuing to announce new concepts and production vehicles. However, doubts remain about the sheer scale of investment that would be required to make electric cars a mainstream success – with battery [.].

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Mercedes-Benz launching round-the-world fuel cell car drive

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At the end of January, Mercedes-Benz will launch the F-CELL World Drive— a circumnavigation of the world with the series-produced fuel cell vehicle, the B-Class F-CELL. Mercedes-Benz intends to use the F-CELL World Drive is to demonstrate the efficiency and suitability for everyday use of fuel cell technology, and at the same time campaign for the development of a global hydrogen filling station network.

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Drive an Electric Car and You'll Never Go Back

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Last month, Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan Leaf's daddy, said that "people who buy electric cars will never ever buy another car again. " Hey, I thought that was OUR LITTLE SECRET. Shh. But get this: The Stig, former driver for Top Gear - the gearhead show that hates everything electric, even lamps - tumbled for that very same Nissan Leaf. And he fell so hard that he's driving one in the EV Cup this summer!

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Question: How Do Electric Cars (Volt, Leaf) Heat Passengers?

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Another in our irregular series of answering questions from readers, this one from John Q of Eugene, Oregon: Question: I was wondering how an electric car provides heat and defrosting. Using batteries to generate the heat will drain them pretty fast. Maybe with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the internal combustion engine is run for heat? But what about.

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Rent A Tesla For $25/Hour, Just Plan Your Charging Carefully

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The all-electric Tesla Roadster is probably the world's best advertisement for electric cars. While crude, cramped, and expensive, its 0-to-60-mph time of 3.9 seconds will make a convert out of any electric skeptic. But thus far, Tesla Motors has built only 1,500 Roadsters, and the car was always meant to be a limited-production exercise. How to.

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Ed Begley Jr shilling for Ford's EV program in online video

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Do you like this story? A couple years ago I saw Ed Begley talk about his experience in running television programs with a 'green' image. The first green TV program he did was very dry, giving factual information and reviews about green products, and the show.

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New green car Congestion Charge rules start today

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Changes to London’s Congestion Charge come into force today (January 4, 2011) which introduce a radical overhaul to the exemptions for lower emission vehicles. The Alternative Fuel Discount (AFD) closes to new applicants as the new Greener Vehicle Discount comes into operation. The new system of exemptions permits all vehicles which emit below 100g/km of [.].

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13 Japanese automakers and energy companies join forces to support rollout of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2015

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Planned hydrogen infrastructure, with four major metro areas linked. Click to enlarge. A coalition of 13 major Japanese automakers and energy companies—including Toyota, Honda and Nissan—are joining together to expand the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in 2015 and develop the hydrogen supply network throughout Japan. The two groups are looking to the government to join them in forming various strategies to support their joint efforts and to gain greater public acc

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It's All About the Electricity!

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Electric is the new black, apparently, and the Chevy Volt is right in the center of the stage in Detroit. I.shh.like the Nissan Leaf better, and I'll be writing a little something about it very soon. Did you get on the list for a Leaf?

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Confirmed: Toyota Could Consider Prius-Based Pickup Truck

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Auto shows are a great place to get rumors--or even wild fantasies--confirmed. (Or, occasionally, dismissed contemptuously--but that's a different story.) Following today's Toyota press conference that introduced the Prius V multipurpose vehicle that will go on sale as a 2012 model, and unveiled the Prius C concept for a compact hybrid to be.

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Chelsea Sexton Slams Bias On Both Sides Over Electric-Car Range (Guest Post)

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by Chelsea Sexton Slanted, anti-EV reporting is hardly a new thing, and I suspect we're in for a lot more of it in 2011 as plug-in vehicles hit showrooms. But the recent BBC "Mini Adventure," a 484-mile journey from London to Edinburgh in a Mini E, has caught fire like nothing I've seen in a while. Helen Keller could have predicted the outcome of.

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Zero Motorcycles building new factory in Santa Cruz, sees growth in 2011

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Do you like this story? Zero Motorcycles, the Santa Cruz County based electric motorcycle manufacturer, announced today plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Scotts Valley. They expect the new facility to begin production in Feb 2011.Sharp eyed readers will ask.

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i-MiEV electric car available in 15 European countries

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It may have taken its time to reach the marketplace, but the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is now firmly making its mark across Europe. The electric car is now available in 15 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Production of the European [.].

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

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by Jack Rosebro. Mitsubishi will introduce 8 xEVs by FY 2015. Click to enlarge. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) plans to introduce eight hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and battery-powered (BEV) models by fiscal year 2015 in anticipation that demand for low-carbon, fuel-efficient automobiles will expand worldwide. Concurrently, the company will focus on producing new compact vehicles and SUVs in emerging markets, and will strengthen manufacturing capabilities in China, Russia, and Thail

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Electric Volvo Crash Test

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Looks like the Electric Volvo C30 comes out great in the offset 40 mph crash test. Good thing, since it's packing 440 volts.

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2011 Scion iQ Minicar Sales Delayed Until This Summer

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If you're eagerly waiting for the first 2011 Scion iQ minicar to show up at your dealer, sit down and have a nice cup of tea. You're going to have wait a bit longer. Scion's parent, Toyota, is delaying the U.S. launch of the iQ, originally scheduled to happen by March of this year, to sometime this summer. tC in the spotlight Spokesman Greg Thome.

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First Two 2011 Nissan LEAF Road Trips: Fontana To San Diego

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111 miles from a full charge. That's the impressive figure attained by not one but two MyNissanLeaf forum members, leafme and Randy on their first journey home having picked up their respective LEAFs from Fontana Nissan in California. Tackling the highways heading South to San Diego their only break in progress was for a 90-minute Level 2 charge.

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CRP Racing launches new website for eCRP race ready electric motorcycle

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Do you like this story? CRP Racing has made an interesting series of announcements demonstrating a big commitment to their eCRP electric race motorcycle. They are an Italian race motorcycle and parts manufacturer who, over the last year, has developed an impressive bike.