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Navistar Will Sell Electric 2-Ton Commercial Truck in Oregon First


Earlier this month Navistar announced it had begun production of the first Class 2c-3, 2-ton, medium-duty commercial electric truck in the U.S. — the eStar. It’s also the same vehicle that FedEx has announced it will be testing for fleet…

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Nissan Plans on Selling an Inexpensive, Under 30-Minute Fast Charging Station in the U.S.


Mark Perry (left) next to the Nissan LEAF battery mock up
Nissan shocked everybody a bit earlier this week when they announced they had developed a DC fast charging station that had the capability of getting a Nissan LEAF’s 24…

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Nissan LEAF Will Include Fast Charge Capability and Emergency Charging Cable at Launch


At the Nissan LEAF battery plant groundbreaking yesterday in Smyrna, Tennessee, I made it a goal to squeeze as much detailed information as I could out of Nissan regarding the LEAF and what kinds of equipment it will ship with.…

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Japanese Team Pushes Electric Car 623 Miles Without Recharging


Driving in a Daihatsu Mira equipped with a huge 74 kWh lithium-ion battery and a brushless DC motor, the Japan EV Club has achieved a new world record for an electric car: 1003.184 kilometers (623 miles) without recharging.
Although the…

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Nissan Breaks Ground on Their U.S. Electric Car Battery Plant


The hot, sweltering Tennessee sun baked us under a big white-top tent this morning as Nissan dedicated the future site of their $1.7 billion dollar, state-of-the art Nissan LEAF battery plant in Smyrna. Encompassing 1.3 million square feet (22 American…

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Nissan LEAF Early Adopters Won’t Get Gouged By the Dealer – Here’s Why.


The Nissan LEAF is the world’s first truly mass-market, affordable electric car and there are plenty of folks who’ve plunked down the $99 reservation fee with plans to be one of the first to own one when they start going…

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Report: Porsche 918 Spyder Eco-Supercar Being Readied to Race


The plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder was the best concept to come out of the Geneva Motor Show this year. With a claimed 0-60 time of about 3 seconds, the ability to return a fuel efficiency of 78 mpg, and…

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Electric Cars are Coming, But Where are the Fast Chargers?


In the brave new world of electric cars, charging is perhaps the most critical element of the equation. For early adopters, almost all of it will be done from the comfort of your own garage in the wee hours of…

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Back to the Future: A Revolutionary $1,000 EV With Battery Swap Tech and a 100 Mile Range


Think electric cars are great? Well, they’ve been great for the better part of a century now — a fact that most people seem to be unaware of. Before Big Oil got its greasy paws in a death-lock stranglehold around…

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NEVs: They May be Small, Low-Speed Electric Cars, but They Raise Big Safety Concerns


Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) have been touted as a low-cost way to quickly electrify much of the daily driving that people do. They typically don’t go faster than 35 mph and are increasingly showing up in cities as a way…

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Honda “Lacks Confidence” in Electric Car Business, Adopts Wait and See Attitude


Having dipped their feet in the waters of electric vehicle sales in Japan once before, Honda’s president of research and development, Tomohiko Kawanabe, said that they still “lack confidence” in demand for electric cars, according to a report from Bloomberg.…

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Survey Says: 65 Percent of Americans Want Government-Enforced 50 MPG Standards


The consequences of our almost hopeless relationship with oil are clearly on everybody’s minds these days — and for good reason. The disaster on the Deepwater Horizon and its incomprehensible effects on both the ocean ecosystem and people’s livelihoods, for…

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Survey Says: 65 Percent of Americans Want Government-Enforced 50 MPG Standards


The consequences of our almost hopeless relationship with oil are clearly on everybody’s minds these days — and for good reason. The disaster on the Deepwater Horizon and its incomprehensible effects on both the ocean ecosystem and people’s livelihoods, for…

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New Compact Land Rover Crossover to Get Diesel Hybrid in 2013


The Land Rover LRX concept has been a subject of much speculation and critique over the past few years. For a company such as Land Rover, the LRX represents a huge departure from what they’ve been associated with for decades…

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Hawaii Joins List of States Offering Big Incentives to Buy Electric Cars


It’s been a whirlwind of EV news for Hawaii recently. As we already knew, they’ll be getting Better Place’s battery swapping technology, an electric car factory and they were just listed as one of the first areas you’ll be able…

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Have an American Express? Buy a Ford Fusion Hybrid for Half Price


Yep. If you’re an American Express cardholder, and you’ve had your sights on brand spanking new Ford Fusion Hybrid (and who wouldn’t?), this Thursday, May 20, 2010, could be your day to shine.
American Express’ “Daily Wish” website will be…

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Dept. of Energy Gives Out $106M in Research Grants for “Electrofuels” and Better Batteries


In a Recovery Act cabinet meeting yesterday, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Vice President Biden announced a large amount of research funding for three different types of advanced projects directly related to the future of transportation. The funding comes…

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Next Generation of Car Sharing: You Rent Your Car to a Complete Stranger


In the last 3 years, car sharing services such as ZipCar have seen tremendous growth. According to some estimates, between 2007 and 2009 the industry saw a 117% increase in the number of users in North America. By 2016, that…

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Tesla Forging Ahead with Ambitious Plans; Model S in 2012, 4WD and Crossover Coming


According to an AutoWeek article, Tesla’s Elon Musk says that the company will be unveiling an ambitious line-up of EVs over the next several years.
With the $50,000, 4-door Model S sedan already in the works for 2012, Musk says…

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GM Makes Amends With Former EV1 Drivers; Even Chelsea Sexton Likes the Volt


Those of you familiar with the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” know exactly what kind of emotional connection former GM EV1 drivers had to their vehicles. The depth of their outrage and sadness when the EV1 program was killed…

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