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First 2012 Tesla Model S Delivered To Earliest Depositor Steve Jurvetson

Green Car Reports

Deliveries of the 2012 Tesla Model S electric sedan will officially begin on June 22. But the very first production Model S off the line has already been handed over to its new owner. It went to none other than venture capitalist and Tesla board member Steve Jurvetson, who is now driving it around Silicon Valley--complete with a telltale

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Mazda to use hydrogen rotary engine for EV range extender

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Mazda Motor Corp. will use its hydrogen-fueled rotary engine technology ( earlier post ) as a range extender for an electric vehicle it plans to start leasing next year, according to Mazda President Takashi Yamanouchi as reported in The Nikkei. In 2009, Mazda began commercial leasing of the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid ( earlier post ). The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid featured a series-hybrid drivetrain, which combines Mazda’s hydrogen rotary engine with an electric motor.

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Mazda turns to hydrogen power

Green Cars News

There was a time when it appeared that it was either hydrogen or electric powered vehicles that would take over from the internal combustion engine. However, Mazda seems to believe that it isn’t a case of one or the other – because both technologies can work together. Reports in Japanese business daily The Nikkei suggest [.]. Green cars Hydrogen cars Latest news electric cars green cars hydrogen hydrogen cars Hydrogen fuel Mazda Mazda Premacy Hybrid

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Ford Focus Electric preview: It's a solid car, that's electric

National Green Transportation

The Ford Focus Electric will commence deliveries in the SF Bay Area within a week, and Ford brought the Focus Electric to a local electric car enthusiasts meeting to talk and give test rides.Ford's careful, measured, and

2013 Nissan Altima: The Most Fuel-Efficient Mid-Size Car You Can Buy

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Featuring some pretty nifty fuel-saving technology, like its redesigned continuously variable transmission and Easy Fill Tire Alert System, the 2013 Nissan Altima has always promised to be a green car. But now it’s official: according to the EPA, the 2013 Nissan Altima is the most fuel-efficient gasoline mid-size car you can buy. At least

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Inductive Charging: It's Charged (A Few) Italian Buses For 10 Years Now

Green Car Reports

Inductive charging is one of those "wait a few years" technologies, right? Not if you live in Italy, where inductive charging isn't just being used now, but has been for a decade in bus fleets in Turin and Genoa. The buses are charged each night at the depot, but to ensure they remain topped up during the day, induction coils are set into the road

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Skeleton Technologies introduces SkelCap Series ultracapacitors with very high power and energy densities; carbide-derived carbons

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Skeleton Technologies ( earlier post ), has introduced its new SkelCap series ultracapacitor family with devices ranging from 2.47 kW to 12.53 SkelCap cells offer power densities of more than 40 kW/kg and energy densities of up to 10 Wh/kg: about 4x the gravimetric power density and 2x the gravimetric energy density of competitive products. Volumetrically, SkelCap cells offer power densities of around 5x and energy densities of around 2x other products.

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Europe in danger of losing green car leadership

Green Cars News

Europe could lose its position as a leader in fuel-saving technology if it does not step up targets to reduce vehicle related CO2. As the EU prepares to bring in a target for average new car emissions of just 95g/km CO2 by 2020, environmental campaign group, Transport & Environment (T&E) warns that even this new [.]. Green credentials CO2 emissions Transport & Environment

The range of electric bicycle, scooter and motorcycle choices

National Green Transportation

There's a lot of concern about adopting electric cars, the high expense, the range limitations, and the recharging infrastructure. All those concerns are over-blown, because for example while todays electric cars have a higher up-front

Audi Cans Electric A2 City Car, A1 E-Tron: Report

Green Car Reports

Audi has demonstrated a vote of little confidence in electric cars by revealing it has canceled plans to produce the all-electric Audi A2, and the range-extended A1 e-tron. CAR cites Audi's concerns that the projected 40,000 Euro price tag--just under $50,000--would make the project unviable for the low sales volumes it would likely attract.

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Researchers produce high density renewable fuels from terpenes; potential use as significant components of jet, diesel and tactical fuels

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Isomerization/dimerization of β-pinene. Source: Meylemans et al. Click to enlarge.

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New Audi A3 range launches in UK

Green Cars News

With fuel efficiency gains averaging 12 per cent across the range, the new Audi A3 compact hatchback (Audi A3 range, pictured) is now available for order in the UK. The vehicle has been redesigned from the ground up, with the focus on lightweight construction – indeed the vehicle tips the scales an impressive 80kg lighter [.]. Audi Green cars Latest news Audi A3 green cars UK

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MotoCsyzs breaks the ton in third TT ZERO electric motorcycle racing win

National Green Transportation

In a historic win in the 2012 TT ZERO, Mike Ritter (MotoCzysz) achieved a 104.056 miles/hr lap speed, the first electric motorcycle racer to break the ton during a TT Week race, winning the £10,000 prize

Toyota Enters Electric Car Into Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Green Car Reports

This year’s annual Pikes Peak hill climb is shaping up to be something pretty spectacular for electric vehicle fans. After last year’s race, which saw the all-electric Yokohama HER-02 set a new course with a time of 12 minutes and 20 seconds, we’ve seen official entries already tendered for 2012 from Mitsubishi, Monster Tajima

Prototype electric New Flyer transit bus powered by 120 kWh MHI MLiX Li-ion pack in operational testing in Manitoba, Canada

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An all-electric, battery-powered prototype demonstration bus under joint development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI), the government of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Red River College and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC has been completed and was recently unveiled in Manitoba, Canada. Earlier post.) The bus will be demonstrated on the streets of Winnipeg over the next two years.

Canada commits to green vehicles

Green Cars News

The Canadian Government has emphasised its commitment to green cars by launching the latest phase of its ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Programme. The programme, costing $38million over five years, is designed to test advanced vehicle technologies and develop both safety and environmental regulations. It is hoped that the tests will help to align vehicle regulations across [.]. Green cars Latest news Canada canadian ecoTECHNOLOGY green cars

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Zap Electric Cars

Electric Cars are for Girls

My favorite of the Zap electric cars is a zebra-striped Xebra. Sure, they do other paint jobs.but WHY

2012 Nissan Leaf Becomes A Taxi In Sao Paulo City

Green Car Reports

It’s the largest city in Brazil, and the world’s seventh largest city by population, but now Sao Paulo can claim another first: it’s one of the few cities in the world where you can hail a Nissan Leaf electric taxi cab. Part of a pilot program between Sao Paul Municipality, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, AES Electropaulo and the

Ajinomoto and Bridgestone jointly developing synthetic rubber from biomass

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Bridgestone Corporation has successfully polymerized high-cis polyisoprene synthetic rubber from Ajinomoto’s bio-isoprene, produced from biomass using a fermentation pathway. Ajinomoto Co., is a global manufacturer of high-quality seasonings, processed foods, beverages, amino acids, pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals. The partners aim to commercialize synthetic rubber for tires using bio-based isoprene and are proceeding with the research.

Electric cars failing to spark interest with UK drivers

Green Cars News

There has been many a survey into the number of people who would consider buying an electric car in the future, but this has to be the most disappointing one we’ve seen yet. According to specialist insurance firm, Adrian Flux just two per cent of people are likely to buy an electric vehicle in the [.]. Electric cars electric car Insurance research

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Zap Jonway "Change of Leadership"

Electric Cars are for Girls

Steve Schneider, long time CEO of US operations at Zap, is now GONE. What does this mean for the future of Zap, I wonder

How To Make Money On Electric Cars: Sell Green Credits (To Other Carmakers)

Green Car Reports

Most brand-new auto technologies are, at best, a breakeven proposition in their early years. Toyota is thought to have lost money on every Prius hybrid it sold for several years, until its sales rose enough to gain economies of scale. Makers of plug-in electric cars may be losing money on each one right now, but they can earn a bit of extra cash

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2013 Honda Fit EV receives EPA fuel economy rating of 118 MPGe; highest yet

Green Car Congress

The 2013 Honda Fit EV ( earlier post ) received a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency (MPGe) rating of 118 MPGe—the highest yet awarded by the EPA. City and highway cycle fuel-economy ratings are 132 and 105 MPGe, respectively. The FIT EV’s fuel consumption rating is 29 kWh per 100 miles; EPA-rated annual fuel cost is $500.

Connected cars by 2014 predicts Frost & Sullivan

Green Cars News

Every car will be making use of internet connectivity by 2014-that’s the prediction of Frost & Sullivan analyst Martin Briggs, ahead of a London conference into impact of connectivity on the future of mobility. Cars are expected to become the third most connected device behind smartphones and tablet computers within the next couple of years. [.]. Latest news connecting Frost & Sullivan transport

Vandana Shiva

Electric Cars are for Girls

From nuclear physicist to eco-activist: Vandana Shiva went after the mega-corporations with the two weapons she knows best - research and words

Tree-Hugger? Nah, This Nissan Leaf Owner Hugs Corners, Beats Gas Cars

Green Car Reports

There are some who might say the Nissan Leaf is a bit of a car for wimps. A hippy car. Or even a car for those who don't really think we should be driving cars at all. Tell that to the guys who take their Leafs to autocross events--and even beat those racing on internal combustion. Of course, the Leaf isn't an obvious choice for motorsport.

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Toyota develops vehicle-to-home (V2H) power system; testing begins at the end of year

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Energy management with the V2H system. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has developed a vehicle-to_home (V2H) system for the mutual sharing of power between plug-in vehicles—plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) and electric vehicles (EVs)—and homes. The V2H system is to start testing, using Prius PHVs, at the end of 2012 in approximately ten households as part of the Toyota City Low-Carbon Verification Project (Toyota City Project) that began in April 2010.

Limiting speed the key to vehicle fleet fuel savings

Green Cars News

One of the UK’s leading safety and telematics providers, Cobra UK (logo, pictured) has outlined how speed limiting technology could help fleets slash their fuel costs – by nearly 40 per cent. As part of an independent test, Cobra UK was able to achieve a 37 per cent reduction in fuel use using its speed [.]. Green cars Latest news Cobra UK eco-driving green cars speed limit

IT Electric Cars: Way cute NEVs!

Electric Cars are for Girls

IT electric cars from Dynasty look just the cars you're used to.only much, much CUTER

Penske Automotive Signs To Become 2012 Fisker Karma Dealer

Green Car Reports

Yesterday, Fisker Automotive, makers of the super-sexy 2012 Karma plug-in hybrid sports car, announced that it had just signed its 80th independent dealer. But Fisker’s 80th dealer, Fisker of Scottsdale, Arizona, isn’t owned by a local independent dealer chain. It’s owned by Penske Automotive. One of the largest and best known

GM tweaks battery materials, pack size, SOC window to increase 2013 Chevrolet Volt EV range to 38 miles

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The all-electric vehicle range of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt will increase by three miles from the 2012 model to be 38 miles on a single charge. The miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel economy will increase from 94 miles to 98 miles and the total range, including extended range operation, will be 380 miles. Power consumption in EV mode is EPA-rated at 35 kWh/100 miles for the 2013 model, down from 36 kWh in the 2012 model.

Amazon Kindle Touch competition winner revealed

Green Cars News

Today we can reveal the winner of the Amazon Kindle Touch competition on Running throughout May the competition was free and simple to enter; entrants simply needed to know that electricity powers the Nissan LEAF – and not petrol, hybrid power or LPG which were the other options in your multiple choice question. Thousands [.]. Latest news Amazon competition Kindle

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Honda S2000 EV Conversion

I was curious to see how much my cells have degraded so I took the car out for a test drive. I forgot how much I missed this car until I dropped the top and drove through the hills. What a blast! I drove 65 miles and brought it home using 137 Ah.

Brine: Key To Cheaper, Longer-Lasting Electric Car Batteries?

Green Car Reports

There may not be a magic bullet for battery technology, but improvements can come from the most unlikely places. One of those is the San Andreas fault in California, where one of battery tech's futures is bubbling out of the ground. As a tectonic fault line, the area is a great source of geothermal energy, where hot brine bubbling out of the

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