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  Quimera AEGT Electric Supercar Goes From 0-60 MPH In 3.0 Seconds

 
Tesla reports quarterly loss, research spending up
(August 4) - Tesla reported a net loss of $58.9 million or 60 cents per share, compared with the loss of $38.5 million, or $5.04 per share, a year earlier when there were fewer shares outstanding. The company's plan for profitability hinges on the success of its upcoming Model S sedan, which is set to debut in mid-2012 and take the company beyond the niche market it established with the Roadster.

Tesla begins assembling beta versions of Model S
(August 3) - Unlike the Tesla Roadster, the Model S Beta body panels and chassis will not be made of carbon fiber, but rather lightweight aluminum. To maximize air flow, the sedan will retain the flush door handles. Like some new vehicles entering the market, the Model S Beta will skimp on the spare tire. Instead, expect a tire inflation kit. The move will create room to seat seven and maximize storage space, which the designers say will be more than any sedan on the market.  
 
BMW’s electric cars of the future unveiled(August 3) - BMW is a little late to the electric car party but it has now arrived with two hot-looking prototype vehicles – the i3 city runabout and the i8 super sports car. These cars were engineered from the ground up to be electric cars unlike the company’s electric Mini, which was a conversion of the gas-powered car. 
 
GM says Chevy Volt 'virtually sold out'(August 2) - General Motors will only report about 100 Chevrolet Volt sales when July’s U.S. auto sales come out Tuesday, but the extended-range electric car is “virtually sold out” of the outgoing 2011 model year, spokeswoman Michelle Bunker said today. Of the 4,488 2011 Volts GM has built at Detroit-Hamtramck, about 100 remain unclaimed, she said. The rest are reserved for dealer demos of the Volt’s battery and backup generator or internal GM uses such as engineering tests or marketing.
 

Ford Focus Electric Gets Ready To Make Some Noise(August 2) - Ford’s upcoming Focus Electric car will charge in a few hours, provide affordable commuting to Massachusetts drivers and will release zero tailpipe emissions. There is just one problem – it doesn’t make enough noise. President Obama recently signed legislation into law that will require electric and hybrid vehicles to make noise to ensure pedestrian safety, and Ford is turning to the public to decide which noise the Focus Electric should make when it arrives at Ford dealerships later this year.
 
Riding on Prius, Toyota gets the greenest brand tag(August 2) -Toyota has been named the greenest global brand in a major study by Interbrand that spans the 10 biggest consumer markets. The research, called Best Global Green Brands, combines public perception of environmental sustainability with performance on publicly available information and data. It covers the US, Japan, China, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Brazil, Spain, and India.


GM Volt Supply Poised to Surge in Race With Nissan's Leaf
(July 27) - General Motors Co., trailing Nissan Motor Co. in electric-car sales, plans to boost output of its Chevrolet Volt to 5,000 a month as the automaker seeks to seize the lead and test consumers' hunger for plug-in vehicles. Nissan is winning this year, selling 3,875 of the Leaf in the U.S. to GM's 2,745 Volt sales.
    
Russian Mogul Pulls the Think Electric Car from Financial Wreckage
(July 27) - Russian cardboard mogul Boris G. Zingarevich has purchased the electric-car manufacturer Think Global AS, marking yet another financial revival for a company that’s faced demise several times throughout its 20-year existence.

Charge your electric car from solar power
(July 27) - Now you can power your electric car from the solar panels on your roof. SolarCity, one of the larger solar power installers in the West, is launching an electric car-charger installation service for homes and businesses. The company says it will give more consumers in the 11 states where it operates the chance to go "driving on su nshine."   
   
Revenge of the electric car
(July 24) - Revenge of the Electric Car, previewed last week in New York and set for wide release this October, proves equally as prescient. The film, which captures what may turn out to be the first stages of the auto industry's evolution away from oil, cruises smoothly over the finish line where its predecessor ultimately stalled short. 
 
Tesla signed to build power train for electric Rav4(July 23) - Tesla Motors has signed a $100 million deal to build the power train for Toyota's electric Rav4, the Palo Alto company reported Wednesday in a government filing. Tesla, famous for its luxury electric sports cars, will supply the Rav4's battery, charging system, motor and gearbox.
 
Ford powers up hybrid production
(July 23) - Ford's hybrid powertrains and battery packs are nearly indestructible. Try this on for size: Out of the 42,629,318 cells used to make up 190,000 battery packs, only five cells — about the size of a D battery — failed. Of the 380,000 electric motors in Ford's 190,000 hybrids sold (every vehicle has two), none failed. You can't get any better than that.
 
Car2Go ups car-sharing ante by going all-electric
(July 22) - Daimler subsidiary Car2Go is expanding its car-sharing business to San Diego, but it's taking the green concept one step further by making its vehicle fleet all-electric. Car2go currently operates in Austin, Texas with a fleet of 300 two-seater gas-powered Smart ForTwos, which are produced by parent company Daimler. Members can rent the vehicles by the day, hour, or minute, and unlike ZipCar, they don't have to specify a time by which they will return the vehicles.
   
Toyota Targets at Least 16,000 U.S. Plug-In Prius Sales
(July 22) - Toyota, the world’s biggest seller of gasoline-electric autos, said it expects U.S. sales of at least 16,000 plug-in Prius hatchbacks in 2012 after the model debuts early in the year. The new version of the world’s best-selling hybrid, designed to be recharged at a standard 110-volt outlet, will go at least 13 miles solely on its lithium-ion battery pack, John Hanson, a Toyota spokesman, said in an interview. After that, it will operate like a standard Prius, averaging 50 miles per gallon of gasoline in city and highway driving, he said.
 
2011 Lexus CT 200h: Finally, a Prius with style
(July 22) - A quick glance is all it takes to know the 2011 Lexus CT 200h is a much sportier car than the Prius. A five-door hatchback with a large air dam and flowing lines, it resembles the popular Mazda3 hatchback, one of the hotter small cars today. More upscale than a Mazda, of course – it’s a Lexus, after all – but definitely aiming at younger buyers than the Prius.

LEAF electric car overshadows Chevy Volt sales
(July 9) - 3875 Nissan electric cars with lithium ion batteries sold since the beginning of LEAF, while Chevrolet sold 2,745 electric vehicles. LEAF Nissan and Chevy Volt are two options for electric car launched simultaneously in the U.S. market. Automobile magazine has been interested in knowing which of them has attracted more attention and it seems that the electric car Nissan LEAF is gaining an advantage. 3875 Nissan electric cars sold since the beginning of LEAF, while 2745 has sold Chevrolet Volt.
 
U.S. Weighs Rule Requiring Hybrids, EV Cars to Sound Pedestrian Alerts
(July 9) - Electric vehicles and hybrid cars could be required to sound alerts to pedestrians under a new proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The regulation would force light-duty cars, motorcycles, vans and trucks to automatically sound alerts at low speeds.

Mitsubishi's 'i' electric car gets better EPA rating than Volt, Leaf
(July 9) - Mitsubishi is today boasting of a double whammy when it comes to its new electric car. It not only will be cheaper to buy, but it will cost less in electricity to run than its major competitors. The i, Mitsubishi Motor's all-electric vehicle, has garnered an EPA-rated 126 MPGe (that's gas-mileage equivalency, meaning how its electricity use would compare if it ran on gasoline) for city driving and 99 MPGe for highway driving.

Electric car sets new Pikes Peak hill climb record
(June 29) - Yokohama Tires sponsored an electric race car using innerworking from California's AC Propulsion to break its own 2010 record on the hill climb. The AC Propulsion-equipped vehicle won the hill climb's Exhibition Class and set a new EV record with a time of 12:20:084, besting last year's record-breaking time of 13:17:575 by nearly one minute. Sounds pretty fast to us until you consider the new record for a car in the climb is now under 10 minutes. 
 
Ford To Facebook Fans: “How Should The 2012 Focus Electric Sound?”
(June 29) - The days of the almost silent electric car are gone. Motivated by a severe case of liticaphobia - or the fear of lawsuits - the auto industry has already agreed that electric cars should have some form of audible warning system fitted as standard to alert pedestrians of their approach.
 

GM Tests Electric Chevy Beat in India(June 29) - Their mainstream debut might be getting mixed reviews here in the United States, but all-electric cars are here to stay. Or so it seems: on the heels of its extended-range Volt General Motors just begun testing a new electrified version of the Chevrolet Beat hatchback in India. The Beat EV (also known in some markets as the Spark; no pun intended) is powered by a 20kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and propelled by a 45 kW (60 hp) motor and a single-speed drive unit. GM indicates that under normal driving conditions, the Beat EV’s range should be in the neighborhood of 81 miles.
         
Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX Experimental Electric prepares for world tour
(June 29) - This week, Rolls-Royce is putting their 102EX electric car to the test in the MIRA research facility. It will be subjected to lab-controlled heat and humidity tests to figure out how these extreme conditions will affect battery performance. Once that’s done, the 102EX will embark on a global tour that will take it to the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and North America. 
 
Is that a Volts-wagen? Beetle becomes fastest electric-powered drag racer doing 0-60mph in 1.6 seconds
(June 6) - Two brothers are celebrating after setting a world speed record in an electric car - made from a Beetle and a milk float. Sam and Olly Young, who are sponsored by their local pub in Hungerford, Berkshire, set out to prove you can have zero emissions and the thrill of super-fast travel too. They built a 'green' mean machine out of a milk float and a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, which they have named Black Current.

Tesla Model S Alpha New Images Released
(June 6) - It may still be well over a year away from launch, but Tesla’s latest press photographs are certainly getting the automotive world talking. Released over the weekend, the photographs show a Model S which looks good enough to take on mainstream automotive giants on the showroom floor head-on.  
 
Nissan’s Leaf Being Driven in Government’s Electric Vehicle Pilot Program(June 6) - The Nissan Leaf, Nissan’s very first 100 percent electric vehicle, was part of a 116-car fleet chosen by the U.S. government for their employees and recently handed out to twenty government agencies. The Department of Energy and the Department of Defense, were chosen to be part of the government’s new Electric Vehicle Pilot Program.   
  
New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt(June 6) - A radically new approach to the design of batteries, developed by researchers at MIT, could provide a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to existing batteries for electric vehicles and the power grid. The technology could even make "refueling" such batteries as quick and easy as pumping gas into a conventional car.

   

                       Electric VW "The Black Current" 0-60 1.6 Seconds

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EV News and Hybrid Headlines

  
Is that a Volts-wagen? Beetle becomes fastest electric-powered drag racer doing 0-60mph in 1.6 seconds
(June 6) - Two brothers are celebrating after setting a world speed record in an electric car - made from a Beetle and a milk float. Sam and Olly Young, who are sponsored by their local pub in Hungerford, Berkshire, set out to prove you can have zero emissions and the thrill of super-fast travel too. They built a 'green' mean machine out of a milk float and a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, which they have named Black Current.

Tesla Model S Alpha New Images Released
(June 6) - It may still be well over a year away from launch, but Tesla’s latest press photographs are certainly getting the automotive world talking. Released over the weekend, the photographs show a Model S which looks good enough to take on mainstream automotive giants on the showroom floor head-on
 
Nissan’s Leaf Being Driven in Government’s Electric Vehicle Pilot Program(June 6) - The Nissan Leaf, Nissan’s very first 100 percent electric vehicle, was part of a 116-car fleet chosen by the U.S. government for their employees and recently handed out to twenty government agencies. The Department of Energy and the Department of Defense, were chosen to be part of the government’s new Electric Vehicle Pilot Program.  
  
New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt(June 6) - A radically new approach to the design of batteries, developed by researchers at MIT, could provide a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to existing batteries for electric vehicles and the power grid. The technology could even make "refueling" such batteries as quick and easy as pumping gas into a conventional car.


2011 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid is a foxy, feisty take on the Prius
(May 6) -Take a Toyota Prius gas-electric hybrid, shorten it for a more fetching proportion, but sacrifice rear-seat legroom. Lower the roof for sex appeal, at the expense of spaciousness. Modify the chassis to improve handling. Ta-dah, you wind up with a Lexus CT 200h.

Tesla: Earnings Call Shows It's on the Right Track
(May 6) - For the quarter, Tesla beat analyst estimates, posting a loss of $0.44 per share versus consensus of a $0.52 loss. Revenues jumped 35 percent, year-over-year, to $49 million versus consensus estimates of $43.3 million.
   
Back From The Future, An Electric DeLorean
(May 5) - The old DeLorean failed spectacularly in the 1980s; the current company bought the remaining parts, a huge cache capable of assembling maybe 300 DeLoreans. A “new/old” one will cost you $57,500. And DeLorean Texas plans to offer a $75,000 electric version, with (appropriately enough) Flux batteries — a 30 kilowatt/hour pack.
 
Nissan Leaf Taxis: Ready for the Mean Streets of New York?(May 5) - Nissan is also sponsoring a pilot program “to study the use of zero-emission, electric vehicles as taxis.” That means that up to six Nissan LEAFs, and their charging stations, will hit the mean streets with meters running next year (a year before the NV200s). It’s a practical demonstration, because the NV200 itself could get a battery drivetrain down the road—the LEAF system would probably slot right into it.
 
Review: 2011 Chevrolet Volt(May 4) - General Motors' long-anticipated Chevy Volt is a great little car, but it's mainly for shoppers who like to be first with the latest technology, cost be damned. I came away from a weeklong test-drive wanting a Volt—really wanting a Volt, in fact—but knowing that buying one doesn't make financial sense. You get far more bang for the buck from a Toyota Prius or diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta TDI, or a conventional compact such as the new Honda Civic, Chevy Cruze, or Ford Focus.
  


The Electric [Car] Strikes Back!
(April 25) - Almost a decade later, the electric car has been resurrected as told through Paine’s sequel “The Revenge of the Electric Car”. The film will bring audiences into the boardrooms and manufacturing facilities of several of the major auto manufacturers now jockeying for first mover advantage in the race to be the leader in the electric vehicle category.
 
Nissan Leaf Wins 2011 World Car of the Year award
(April 24) - Nissan Leaf, a five-door mid-size hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan, won the 2011 World Car of the Year award at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 21, 2011, beating Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series.  
 
BMW to lease electric sedan in US this fall
(April 22) - BMW AG plans to offer 700 ActiveE electrics in the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York and Boston and the state of Connecticut. BMW is offering a two-year lease for $499 per month and a down payment of $2,250. The ActiveE is a 1-Series coupe with a lithium-ion battery that gives the car enough power to go about 100 miles between charges. The ActiveE comes in white and has special, circuit-like graphics on the sides.
    
Top ten green cars of 2011 -
Topping the list is the Nissan Leaf. The electric car delivers 73 miles per charge and the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon. The Chevy Volt comes in at number two. The Toyota Prius takes the number three spot and the Lexus CT 200h comes in fourth. Honda Insight is fifth on the list. Rounding out the top ten: The Ford Fusion Hybrid, Volkswagen Golf TDI, Hyundai Elantra, Fiat 500, and the Ford Focus.
 
Tesla Roadster Wins 5th Straight Monte Carlo Rally
(April 20) - For the fifth time the Tesla Roadster has won the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally, crushing Top Gears claims about its electric batteries, supposed, short range. The Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally includes some of the same roads as the original Monte Carlo Rally and involves a 1,230 meter pass that puts electric cars and other alternative fuel vehicles to the test. The Tesla Roadster has an average range of 212 miles but the Roadster managed to put out another 68 miles to dominate the race.
 
Meet the Sora, Electric Motorcycle
(April 19) - What’s as fast as a Tesla Roadster, has more range than a Nissan Leaf, and costs about as much as a Chevy Volt? The answer is the Sora by Lito Green Motion, an electric motorcycle that’s just badass. Lito Green Motion, based out of Barthélémy Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, built this bullet of a bike to have a top speed of 124 mph, or 200 kph.  
   
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid to Be Ordered Online
(April 18) - A new breed of cars is in need of a new breed of ordering system. Taking advantage of the easy process insured by the Internet, Toyota announced today that the long-awaited natural evolution of the Prius hybrid, the plug-in hybrid variant, would be made available through an online ordering system. Starting April 22, the day that has been designated to become Earth Day, Toyota will be accepting reservations for the model.
     
Toyota's 'geek-mobile' Prius hybrid hits 1m mark in US deliveries
(April 17) - Toyota's Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid auto, hit a U.S. milestone with cumulative sales in that market reaching 1 million vehicles as a supply disruption looms following Japan's record earthquake. Sales of the gasoline-electric hatchback, first sold in the U.S. in 2000, reached the volume goal on April 5, Toyota said late yesterday at a conference in  California. 

Toyota's 'geek-mobile' Prius hybrid hits 1m mark in US deliveries
(April 17) - Toyota's Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid auto, hit a U.S. milestone with cumulative sales in that market reaching 1 million vehicles as a supply disruption looms following Japan's record earthquake. Sales of the gasoline-electric hatchback, first sold in the U.S. in 2000, reached the volume goal on April 5, Toyota said late yesterday at a conference in  California.
 
Coda Automotive Raising Money to Finish Electric Car
(April 16) - Coda Automotive, an electric vehicle developer in Santa Monica, Calif., with a battery joint venture in Tianjin, China, is seeking fresh capital to complete work on its first model, the electric Coda Sedan. Christopher Rose, the company’s senior vice president for corporate development, said on the sidelines of the Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference in San Francisco last weekend that the $50 million investment the company was seeking would be used “to finish the car.”

The Mysterious 400-Mile Electric-Car Battery: Does It Really Exist?
(April 15) - With electric cars struggling to achieve 100 miles of range, it’s an understatement to say that everybody wants to see a battery breakthrough. The consensus is that there’s nothing around the corner in the short term that much improves on conventional lithium-ion, though solid-state batteries and other technology could be important longer-term plays. But what’s this about a low-cost, lightweight, 400-mile-per-charge battery from Germany?
  
For The Electric Vehicles Market, Small Batteries Mean Big Sales
(April 14) - For the electric vehicle market, it looks like small is the new big, especially when it comes to batteries. According to a new study by Lux Research, the market forecast for energy storage devices for electronic vehicles is bright. Lux sees the sector’s overall growth rising from $13 billion in 2011 to $30 billion by 2016 — a compound annual growth rate of 18 percent.

 
House Passes Bill Declaring Lithium Batteries Safe
(April 13) - The House of Representatives has passed legislation that prevents the United States government from implementing more stringent rules classifying lithium batteries as a hazardous material. Does that mean the batteries are not hazardous? Not necessarily. The move is based on lobbying and financial interests, rather than environmental or safety concerns.  
 
Exciting Adventure of Electric Vehicles at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show
(April 3) - Hyundai BlueOn, fully developed in Korea, is being showcased. The BlueOn has a compact body with an overall length of 3,585 mm, overall width of 1,595 mm and overall height of 1,540 mm. It is equipped with a highly efficient electric motor powered by an innovative 16.4 kWh LiPoly battery that offers numerous advantages over other battery types. The battery's lifespan and storage capacity determines the vehicle's performance. LiPoly batteries deliver the same power with its previous nickel-metal hydride batteries at 30 percent less weight and 40 percent less volume.

Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric in first road test
(April 3) - The Phantom is Roll-Royce's first crack at making an electric car, and it's probably the most luxurious 'leccy jalopy yet to draw charge. The BBC has taken the Phantom out for a spin and it lives up to its ghostly name, drifting along in "spine-tingling" silence.
 
It sounds Italian, but scusi, this electric car is from China
(April 3) - IT LOOKS like a Smart city car and its name sounds Italian, but the Alpha Lujo is neither. It is a Chinese-built electric car and its manufacturer plans to begin importing it into Australia in September to sell for as little as $18,000.
 
Green Car Parade to Cruise Through Washington DC During Earth Week
(March 31) - Earth Week is scheduled from Friday, April 15 through Friday, April 22. The parade of cars and trucks will take place on Tuesday, April 19, and be part of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) conference. Twenty-two companies will participate, including AMP Electric Vehicles, BMW, Coda Automotive, Edison Electric Institute, General Motors, Mitsubishi, Tesla, Toyota and VW.    

Fisker Karma Electric Sports Car Begins Production(March 29) - The Fisker Karma is Fisker Automotive’s first product. It was first debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2008 as a concept model, but delays have kept it off the market – until now. The Fisker Karma electric car has begun production in Finland, and some reports indicate that it could reach customers as early as next month.  

Tesla Roadster Drives 10 Million Miles and Counting(March 28) - Tesla Motors announced today that electric Roadsters in more than 30 countries have now covered over 10 million real-world miles, the greatest collective distance covered by any electric vehicle maker to date. “The Roadster has proven to the world that electric cars can be incredibly fun and practical. Most importantly, these vehicles have provided Tesla with a real-world test fleet that allows us to stay on the cutting edge of electric powertrain engineering and technology.”
 
Toyota eyes magnesium batteries for EVs(March 28) - Toyota believes that future electric vehicle batteries will have to perform better to be competitive. And the company thinks it's found a solution: It's called magnesium. So what is magnesium, and why will it be a better battery component for future electric vehicles?
 

Volvo to Lease C30 Electric Car for $2,100 A Month(March 28) - Volvo has given us a few clever concept cars, from the ReCharge concept to the plug-inV60 diesel-electric hybrid that sounds very promising. Now they even have a road-ready EV concept that they’re ready to put into the hands of consumers…for 1,500 euros, or about $2,100 a month, for 36 months.


Tesla Roadster Drives 10 Million Miles and Counting
(March 28) - Tesla Motors announced today that electric Roadsters in more than 30 countries have now covered over 10 million real-world miles, the greatest collective distance covered by any electric vehicle maker to date. “The Roadster has proven to the world that electric cars can be incredibly fun and practical. Most importantly, these vehicles have provided Tesla with a real-world test fleet that allows us to stay on the cutting edge of electric powertrain engineering and technology.”
 
Toyota eyes magnesium batteries for EVs
(March 28) - Toyota believes that future electric vehicle batteries will have to perform better to be competitive. And the company thinks it's found a solution: It's called magnesium. So what is magnesium, and why will it be a better battery component for future electric vehicles?
 
Volvo to Lease C30 Electric Car for $2,100 A Month
(March 28) - Volvo has given us a few clever concept cars, from the ReCharge concept to the plug-inV60 diesel-electric hybrid that sounds very promising. Now they even have a road-ready EV concept that they’re ready to put into the hands of consumers…for 1,500 euros, or about $2,100 a month, for 36 months. 
 
New battery technology may allow for complete recharging within minutes(March 23) - "This system that we have gives you capacitor-like power with battery-like energy," said U Illinois' Paul Braun, a professor of materials science and engineering. "Most capacitors store very little energy. They can release it very fast, but they can't hold much. Most batteries store a reasonably large amount of energy, but they can't provide or receive energy rapidly. This does both."

 
Porsche Puts a $845,000 Pricetag on Its Limited-Edition 918 Spyder Hybrid(March 21) - orsche SE, the German automaker merging with Volkswagen AG (VOW), will sell the 918 Spyder hybrid sports car, its most expensive model ever, for $845,000 in North America and limit production to 918 vehicles.

   
Rolls-Royce 102EX - Phantom Experimental Electric Car(March 21) - Reinvention is part of being timeless and Phantom EE is the latest in a line of experimental vehicles from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. It builds on a legacy which dates back to 1919 and 1EX. Experimental models are used to test and evaluate new technologies and applications which could shape future Rolls-Royce products. Unlike a concept car, Rolls-Royce experimental models are always fully functioning, drivable vehicles using tangible materials such as wood, leather and metals rather than clay and foam or other concepts.
  
Carnegie Mellon researchers to showcase electric version of Honda Civic(March 21) - Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University are all set to unveil an electric version of the 2002 Honda Civic as the production prototype of its ChargeCar Electric Vehicle Conversion Project. ChargeCar is a community-centered project from the Robotics Institute at the University, where researchers are working with local garages to develop methods and components necessary for efficiently converting electric cars into vehicles that can be used for commuting.

Tesla confirms third-party app support for Model S(March 18) - According to comments by chief executive Elon Musk at a press conference in San Francisco late yesterday, the car maker is looking to build up an ecosystem of third-party developers for the in-car computing platform to be built into the Model S - in much the same way as Apple and Google have built up strong development communities for their respective iOS and Android operating systems.

Does the future of electric cars lie in capacitors?(March 17) - Capacitors are electric devices that can store charges temporarily. They can handle a greater number of charge cycles than batteries, and can provide quick jolts of energy. If Tesla could find a way to use them in conjunction with—and eventually in place of—their current lithium-ion batteries, electric cars could travel greater distances before needing to be recharged.
 
‘Revenge of the Electric Car’ To Premiere At Tribeca Film Festival(March 16) - The filmmakers behind “Revenge of the Electric Car,” which follows a group of car makers as they develop and market electric vehicles, say the film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 22 — Earth Day. “Revenge of the Electric Car” is a documentary about electric cars directed by Chris Paine, who made a splash with his 2006 film, “Who Killed the Electric Car?”


Google Maps adds electric car charging station locations(March 16) - Google will display the locations of electric vehicle charging stations on its Google Maps web and mobile applications in an attempt to push potential electric car buyers to take the plunge. Google Maps users can search for “ev charging stations” plus whatever city they are in. Google Maps then marks all the relevant locations.

Nissan Faces Blow to Leaf Due to Earthquake(March 16) - The earthquake in Japan is complicating what has already been a slow U.S. rollout of one of the most eagerly awaited cars hitting the road this year: the all-electric Leaf, made by Nissan Motor Co.The auto maker said that a ship with 600 of the electric vehicles left port in Japan on Thursday, just before Friday's devastating quake and tsunami, but the plant in Oppama that builds the car is now closed through at least Wednesday, and Nissan isn't sure whether a more significant supply disruption may occur.

 
‘Revenge of the Electric Car’ To Premiere At Tribeca Film Festival(March 16) - The filmmakers behind “Revenge of the Electric Car,” which follows a group of car makers as they develop and market electric vehicles, say the film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 22 — Earth Day. “Revenge of the Electric Car” is a documentary about electric cars directed by Chris Paine, who made a splash with his 2006 film, “Who Killed the Electric Car?”


Top 10 list of most fuel-efficient cars: What's the best buy?(March 12) - Of the top 10, nine are gas-electric hybrids, topped by Toyota's 2011 Prius. The only non-hybrid in the top 10 is the 2011 Hyundai Elantra.When buying a gas-miser, "consumers should consider two factors – price (to buy it) and annual cost of fuel," advises Jesse Toprak, VP of industry trends and insights at TrueCar. His analysis of the list: "If you're looking for the most fuel-efficient car, the Toyota Prius wins. If you're looking for the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient car, the Hyundai Elantra is the clear winner."

 
Republican Senator Leases Electric Car(March 12) - Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, has signed lease papers for a new Nissan Leaf. Previously he had been driving another energy-efficient vehicle, a Toyota Prius. Senator Alexander said of his switch from a hybrid gas-electric car to an all-electric one, “…the single best way for our country to use less foreign oil is to use all electric cars and trucks. It will also give me the patriotic pleasure of not sending more money overseas to people who want to blow us up.” 
 

Study: Americans Don’t Know a Thing About Electric Vehicles(March 12) - Only two-thirds of people surveyed knew that hybrids used both battery and gasoline power (hence the “hybrid” name), and only one-third knew that hybrids could run on the electric motor by itself. It gets more distressing. Those surveyed about plug-in hybrids didn’t know that they still required gasoline. Less than half knew that plug-ins, like their regular hybrid brethren, could also run in electric-only mode. The survey was conducted from Oct. 22 and Nov. 2 of last year, among 1,898 Americans who were about to buy a new car or intended to do so. Synovate concluded from these results that a lack of buyer knowledge could affect vehicle sales, before going on to prove the aqueous qualities of dihydrogen monoxide.

                                    


 





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