Archive for the 'electric vehicles' Category

Opel begins booking reservations for its Ampera EV

November 15, 2010

Opel has begun taking reservations in Germany and the Netherlands for the Ampera electric vehicle, its variant of Chevy’s Volt. Like the Volt, the Ampera features dual power sources: a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery; plus a gas-powered, range-extending engine/generator.
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GE to buy 25,000 EVs, starting with the Chevy Volt

November 15, 2010

In what’s touted as the largest-ever single electric vehicle commitment, GE plans to acquire 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015. The buying spree will initially involve 12,000 GM vehicles, beginning with GM’s Chevy Volt in 2011.
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Nissan to surround its cars with safety shields

November 5, 2010

In addition to pioneering the world’s first mass-marketed all-electric vehicle — the Leaf — Nissan has been busy developing advanced safety systems that reduce the risk of accidents by wrapping a virtual safety bubble around the car.
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What you need to know before buying an electric car

November 2, 2010

The October 2010 issue of Consumer Reports includes a section on electric vehicles, including a run-down on what you need to consider if you’re thinking about buying one. The coverage includes “first looks” at the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster, and more.
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Brammo doubles electric motorcycle range

October 27, 2010

Brammo has announced an enhanced version of its Enertia electric motorcycle with double the range of its predecessor. The Enertia Plus, boasting a range of 80 miles per charge, is available for immediate pre-order with 2011 deliveries.
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NPR examines the electric car phenomenon

October 21, 2010

“The futuristic world of the electric car may finally be here,” observes NPR in its three-part look at this exciting inflection point in personal transportation. The complete series is available as both online transcripts and downloadable MP3s.
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Survey: EV range, price turn off buyers

October 19, 2010

In a recent online survey conducted by Parker’s, a U.K. car buyer’s website, more two-thirds of respondents said they wouldn’t buy an electric car. Among those who weren’t interested in purchasing an EV, the main turn-offs were limited typical range (100 miles) and high purchase price,
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Market analyst predicts 2.7M electric cars by 2015

October 19, 2010

The electric vehicle market will grow to 2.7 million cars by 2015, forecasts IDC Energy Insights. The firm says its research points to the need for the electric utility industry to “immediately prepare” for the resulting increased stress on the power grid, or risk “havoc.”
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Nissan Leaf info hub runs Windows Automotive

October 19, 2010

The Nissan Leaf electric car’s “easy-to-use touch-screen Information Hub” will run Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive operating system. But not to worry: it won’t be driving or controlling the car, so fear not the dreaded BSOD.
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Mitsubishi exec sees value of commercial electric vans, trucks

October 18, 2010

According to a Wall Street Journal blog post, the president of Mitsubishi sees “big potential demand” for commercial electric vehicles, although “neither his company nor its biggest local rival Nissan Motor Co. has yet specifically targeted the sector.”
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