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Balqon Corporation China EV Growth

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by Jennifer Obodoa

Balqon Corporation (OTCBB: BLQN) developer and manufacturer of zero-emissions heavy-duty electric vehicles, lithium battery energy storage products and electric drive systems, similar to companies like Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) and A123 Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: AONE), is well positioned to capitalize on China’s growth in electric vehicles.

China’s EV Market Could be the World’s Largest

China has a large problem with pollution. Approximately one third of 113 cities surveyed by the Environmental Protection Ministry failed to meet national air standards last year. According to the World Bank, 16 of the world’s 20 cities with the worst air pollution were located in China. In fact, only 1% of China’s city dwellers breath air considered safe by EU standards!

China’s electric vehicle market represents a solution to this problem. Last March, the country adopted its 12th Five Year Plan that called for a number of measures to promote EVs. The country will setup five businesses to produce batteries and electric motors within a few years and implement the supporting infrastructure for EVs throughout its major cities.

Pike Research believes that China will lead EV sales in the Asia Pacific by 2015. While Japan is currently the largest EV producer, expected to grow at 10% between 2010 and 2015, China is rapidly closing the gap with a CAGR of around 40% over the same period. And many analysts believe it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the world’s largest EV market.

Balqon Capitalizes on Chinese EV Demand

Balqon is a leading provider of electric vehicle technologies to China from the United States. In early 2011, the company received a .9 million order for 300 electric drive systems from Winston Global Energy. The order created 150 jobs in Los Angeles, CA and will be used to power a fleet of 15-40 passenger buses in Chinese municipalities.

Balqon CEO Balwinder Samra elaborated on this agreement in a Fox Business News interview:

The move could pave the way for many more orders in China, particularly with its agreement with Winston Global Energy. Winston Global Energy is a Chinese green energy company founded by Winston Chung, a leading lithium battery innovator and fuel cell research philanthropist based in China.

Plug-in Range Anxiety No More? - Charging Station Trends in the United States

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Plug-in Range Anxiety No More - Charging Station Trends in the United States

Though some of the most accessible and first fully electric cars just now arrived in the United States, the turn to hybrid vehicles has created the need for a system of charging station access. If you don’t know a lot about electric vehicles, or EVs, it helps to know that they have what is known as a “range”. This is a figure that indicates the number of miles that the EV can operate in between full charges. Hybrid vehicles also have their electric capabilities or ranges too, and this is the reason behind the need for charging station access around the country.

What is so interesting is that it is retail stores that are really moving things forward by opting to install EV charging stations for consumers to use as they do their shopping or errands. The average charging station is going to be able to supply power to electric cars, plug-in hybrids and EV bikes that require batteries, but they will vary in terms of fees or prices.

For example, the world-famous Mall of America in Minnesota has a charging station system that asks for a few dollars per hour in order to charge the batteries while other stations ask for nothing in return. The owners of the fee-less stations usually understand that a customer is not going to be in their store or shop long enough to take the full charge and they believe that this is simply a service to clients and the environment.

Industry experts feel that the days of free charging station access are numbered simply because the shift to hybrid and fully electric vehicles is inevitable. With changing efficiency standards being required by the United States government (capped at more than 50 MPG by 2025) it is going to be impossible for most manufacturers to avoid the use of battery systems. This means that increasing demands for charging stations will begin to arise very quickly, and the option for free charges will disappear just as quickly.

For now, there are literally hundreds of stations popping up all over the country. The most unique of them was unveiled in Bethesda, MD in 2011. This is a totally green station that uses solar panels, GPS tracking of the sun, and clean supplies to provide drivers with free charges. The owner is a real estate developer who decided to his “bit” for the environment by making the green solar charging station available in a heavy commuting region.

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Electric vehicle charging will receive a $120M Jolt in California

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown, and California’s utility regulator, just introduced that the decade-old claim having a partner of NRG Energy, Dynegy, over energy contracts throughout the state’s energy crisis, will are a $120 million settlement fund to purchase building out an electrical vehicle charging network in California. A hundred million dollars from the fund is going to be allocated to setting up 200 public fast-charging stations and 10,000 plug-in models at 1,000 locations over the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, L.A. and North Park County the rest of the $20 million from the fund goes to “ratepayer relief,” or reducing consumer energy bills.

Simultaneously Governor Brown, who spoke today in the Wall Street Journal’s Eco:nomics conference, also signed a professional order with a road to get 1.5 million “zero-emission vehicles” on California’s streets by 2025. The executive order set targets for:

•             By 2015, all major metropolitan areas in California may have sufficient infrastructure and become “zero-emission vehicle ready.”

•             By 2020, the condition may have established sufficient infrastructure to aid a million zero-emission automobiles in California.

•             By 2025, you will see 1.5 million zero-emission automobiles on the highway in California.

•             By 2050, almost all personal transportation within the Condition depends on zero-emission automobiles, and green house gas pollutants in the transportation sector will disappear by 80 % below 1990 levels.

It’s quite a creative utilization of funds from the major energy issue in the state’s history. Dynegy had an Enron-style energy buying and selling platform and was among the firms that was involved with California’s energy crisis. NRG, inside a statement, describes the connection with Dynergy because this: a subsidiary of Dynegy would be a co-owner with NRG of energy producing plants, that are presently possessed by NRG in California. “NRG assumed full responsibility for solving this matter in 2006 when NRG acquired Dynegy’s 50 % curiosity about the assets.”

California Public Utility Commission Commissioner Mike Florio referred to the settlement fund inside a statement as: “In one stroke it shuts out a regrettable chapter within our background and propels us in the future to some clean transportation future.”

The fund is among the better final results of these funds for NRG Energy, that has been building out its first electric vehicle charging network in Dallas, Texas, known as eVgo. NRG states it’s arrived at a contract using the CPUC to construct the California electric vehicle charging network within the next 4 years. Like its charging station in Dallas, the charging network depends on the monthly subscription.

Consumer Reports Gives Fisker Karma the Media Electric Chair

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The Fisker Karma cost them $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech — and now they say it’s broken.

Consumer Reports (CR) have owned their car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on their test track (a procedure they do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault. CR technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual to interpret the warning. At that point, the transmission went into Neutral and wouldn’t engage any gear through its electronic shifter except Park and Neutral.
Consumer Reports let the car sit for about an hour and restarted it. They could now engage Drive and the same error message disappeared. After moving it only a few feet the error message reappeared and when they tried to engage Reverse the transmission went straight to Park and again no motion gear could be engaged. After calling the dealer, which is about 100 miles away, they promptly sent a flatbed tow truck to haul away the disabled Fisker.

Consumer Reports buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that they said they had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.

Building an all-new car company from the ground up is a monumental challenge, especially for a car with innovative drivetrain technology like the Karma. Designing, engineering, certification, manufacturing, and distributing an all-new car pose giant hurtles for a start-up company.

Consumer Reports encountered other problems with a Karma press car that visited the track for a few hours, and we have heard of problems at press events. In addition, we see that some owners are experiencing a variety of issues, as evidenced by forums such as FiskerBuzz.com.

When they get the car back, they’ll film a First Drive video with our more traditional initial impressions. But so far, “Fisker ownership is proving to be a bumpy ride.”

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Tesla Motors TSLA recently Adds Fresh Faces to Management Team

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

EV Manufacturer Tesla Motors recently Adds Fresh Faces to Management Team!

Tesla Motors Inc, (NasdaqGS: TSLA) is a company that is making a big name for itself in the electric vehicle market.  The company was founded by a group of Silicon Valley engineers back in 2003 and since that time, the company has been working hard to create efficient, stylish electric vehicles that consumers will want to drive.  The company strives to reduce dependence on petroleum while also working to decrease the cost of EVs, and with each new model, the company is coming closer to achieving these goals.  Of course, no company can achieve greatness and perfection without talented and motivated experts to help facilitate the process, and in August 2011, Tesla announced the addition of four new members of their management team

These new members represent top talents from the tech, travel, and manufacturing industries.  The first addition is Greg Reichow, who has been appointed as the lead for powertrain

Greg Reichow

manufacturing operations for the company.  Reichow is expected to help make existing lines more efficient while also helping to increase innovation on future projects and designs.

Peter Carlsson

Peter Carlsson is another newcomer to Tesla Motors.  Carlsson comes from NXP semiconductors, where he actually helped to build a successful global purchasing organization.  His expertise will help him to lead supply chain and purchases for Tesla so that he can help ensure greater quality and timeliness while also helping to boost the company’s overall cost efficiency in a number of ways.

Ravi Simhambhafta has been hired on to help Tesla Motors streamline their information and technology platform so that they can not only provide greater efficiency within, but so that they can work to improve the customer experience as well.  Ravi was a founder and CIO at Virgin America and

Ravi Simhambhafta joins TSLA

Ravi Simhambhafta

helped to build both the website and the IT platform for the award winning airline.

Last is John Hillegass, whose experience includes work with the likes of HP, Intel, Pixar, and more.  Hillegass has overseen the creation and development of new stores for a variety of his clients, and his 25 years of experience will help Tesla design and build successful retail stores across the country.

In all, these individuals represent four very experienced additions to Tesla’s team.  But if we have learned anything about Tesla Motors since their creation, it is that the company works not as a group of individuals, but as a team that truly works together on all fronts.  Tesla has already experienced great success in the EV market, and these new managers will certainly help to increase the company’s success in the future.

More info on Tesla Motors Officers/Directors check Yahoo finance: http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=TSLA&ql=1

Or Tesla’s Website: http://www.teslamotors.com/

OTHER EV INDUSTRY COMPANIES TO WATCH:
Nissan Motor Co - Nissan Leaf:  http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/index#/leaf-electric-car/index

Mitsubishi - i-MiEV: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/special/ev/

Fisker Automotive - Fisker Karma: http://www.fiskerautomotive.com/en-us

Ford - Ford Electric: http://www.ford.com/technology/electric/

GM - Chevrolet Volt (hybrid): http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car/

Toyota EV & Hybrids: http://www.toyota.com/concept-vehicles/rav4ev.html

The Chevy Volt Promised Greater Efficiency than Hybrids - Did it happen?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Electric vehicles are gaining rapidly in popularity, and with the end of 2011 bringing us a large number of EVs, there is little wonder why so many states and cities are working hard to install electric charging stations in public areas.  EVs are expected to sell fairly well in big cities, especially among two car families looking for a vehicle to be used primarily for city driving and commuting.  The Chevy Volt is one of the newest entrants in the EV game, and the car is promising big benefits over traditional hybrid vehicles.

One thing to understand about the Chevy Volt is that while the car does consume gas, it does not power the car.  Instead, the car has a range of about 35 miles that it can run on battery alone when fully charged.  After this initial period is up, the car’s generator kicks on to keep it powered.  This generator is the part of the car that is fueled by gas.  This certainly helps lower emissions, but it also serves to greatly increase overall gas mileage.  For consumers driving less than 35 miles per day, it is possible to go significant periods of time without ever consuming any of the gas in the car.

As to whether or not the car is more efficient than a traditional hybrid vehicle, the answer is an absolute yes for people who will be doing less than 35 miles of driving per day.  The cars will generally offer better performance even on longer drives, but if you plan to use your vehicle for frequent long distance trips, you will certainly experience a significant reduction in fuel efficiency.  The Chevy Volt is designed for the average city dweller and short distance driver and makes an ideal second car.

One thing that should be noted about the Chevy Volt is that the car has been given an EPA estimated fuel rating of over 90MPG.  This takes into account the daily driving habits of the average user, however, which is someone taking the vehicle to and from work and on daily errands.  The Chevy Volt certainly offers greater fuel economy than hybrid and traditional vehicles, as well as lower long term maintenance costs.  When coupled with the $7,500 Federal rebate currently being offered on the vehicle, it is certainly something that city dwellers, daily commuters, and two car households would be well advised to consider.

So whats better, Nissan’s Leaf all electric car or GM’s Chevy Volt EV/Hybrid?

Opting for an At Home Charging Station for your Electric Vehicle

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

How much would it cost you to run your clothes dryer (over night) for around six to eight hours? If you have it on the mandatory 220 volt line and you choose to use the energy during the evening hours it is likely that it would cost you no more than the price of an average gallon of gas – meaning between three and four and a half dollars. This is also what it would cost to give a fully electric car’s battery a full charge too, and the great thing is that you can actually get a charging station installed in your own home.

Whether you have a garage or just a basic driveway, you can now get a safe and efficient charging station installed at your home. There are some Federal tax credits available to those who make this choice; and the pump and cords would cost less than three thousand dollars for the entire job. This would give you the optimal method for owning and operating your electric car (EV) in the current era, but you wouldn’t have to worry for very long about where to get charges when far from home.

For instance, though many say that the production of the EVs has jumped far ahead of the actual infrastructure necessary for them, it is easy to look in any metropolitan or suburban area and find plans for the development of charging station locations. Consider a city like Austin, Texas which is already home to 103 public electrical charging station facilities or the ClipperCreek firm that has worked in the Sacramento, California area since 2009 and which has installed more than 3,000 charging stations since that time.

There are also groups like Coulomb Technologies of Campbell, California which has received $15 million in federal stimulus funding to develop 4,600 charging stations. This will be done through its ChargePoint network in nine different regions across the United States.

The ability to have an at home charging station and the massive expansion of public charging stations could not come at a better time. This is because the first wave of fully electric vehicles is due to arrive in the United States in late 2011 or early 2012. This is the Ford Focus, but it will not be the only vehicle of its kind on American roads for very long. With efficiency standards changing and the price of gas escalating, more and more people are happy to consider such options as totally electric cars.

GM’s Chevy Volt VS Tesla Motors

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Meet the Chevy Volt

If you were to walk up to a Chevy Volt in a regular parking lot you might not think of it as a car that could be powered entirely by electrical energy. This is because it has the looks and size of the more popular mass vehicles, and yet beats the hybrids to an amazingly high degree. In fact, some recent headlines explained that many of the new Chevy Volt buyers were people frequently trading in the other mass vehicles such as the Prius.

Most of the consumers questioned said that there were a lot of reasons to turn to the Chevy Volt, but the primary factors had to do with the unbelievable mileage equivalents they could enjoy with the EV (electric vehicle). For instance, the Prius will usually get around 44 mpg while most of the Chevy Volt owners can enjoy around 58 mpg, but this “mileage” must be translated to battery life, and also not exclude the fact that there are zero emissions coming from the car.

Let’s look at that battery life first. When considering the distance that a single full charge of a battery can provide, it is usually going to have to translate to the costs associated with the charging process. Unlike the pricing on gas, however, the owner of an EV such as the Volt is going to be able to rely upon the equipment that the manufacturer provides and which ensures the best charging process possible. For example, the device that charges the vehicle is going to run fault detection protocols to ensure that the outlet is going to deliver the properly grounded supplies into the device. Not many makers have this sort of option, and this is actually a problem that occurred with those who relied on household outlets for vehicles such as the Prius.

The programming equipment can also be triggered to take advantage of any off-peak rates available too. This can translate to a tremendous amount of financial savings because it could actually be said to reduce the “per gallon” price of fuel. For instance, if you use electrical charging during the lowest or “off peak” hours it would be the same thing as finding gasoline at a reduced price for a standard car.

The Volt is also a great communicator and can let the driver remain consistently aware of the level of battery left when using certain equipment or driving in a specific way. This is extremely useful because it prevents the owner from ending up without any energy to operate the car without gas.

NOW MEET TESLA MOTORS

Anyone interested in the green driving movement will be likely to have heard about Tesla Motors. This is going to be for a number of reasons, but primarily because it is a company producing sports cars that are entirely powered by electricity. Yes, sports cars. The Tesla Roadster is capable of 288 horsepower, reaching zero to fifty in less than six seconds, and has the lines and sleek looks of the world’s most glamorous sports cars too.

Among the other reasons that Tesla Motors has become such a well-known name is the fact that it was their car known as the Roadster that was selected for the Renew America Roadtrip in 2009. This was a cross country journey that few believed an electric car could manage. This was not without good reason when you consider that most electric vehicles can run for only a limited number of miles without a lengthy recharging process. The recharging equipment can be difficult to find, and has to be especially wired to accommodate the needs of the car.

Tesla Motors had already been thinking well into the future, however, and had designed a vehicle that can be plugged into the same wall outlets as a cell phone, lamp, or other standard electrical device. The charging process requires around four hours to complete and then the car can run for roughly 245 miles before the next recharging is required. Clearly, this was the sort of functionality that would easily get any vehicle across the country in a reasonable amount of time, but the Tesla Motors Roadster also did so without a single harmful emission.

The Tesla vehicles are known for their “zero tailpipe emissions” which means it is among the only electric cars that can deliver sports car performance without also dumping the same harmful chemicals into the air that most high-end vehicles are known for. Instead, the vehicle will “create” only the emissions connected directly to the generation of the electricity that is used to power or charge the batteries. This means that around 50% of standard emissions are reduced simply by relying on one of these electric cars.

The infrastructure necessary to support widespread EV usage is not yet available, but with a design like that in the Tesla Roadster there is really no need to worry about such things. The vehicles can recharge anywhere a standard 120v or 240v outlet is available and will go for more than two hundred miles without any problems.

A Look at the Chevy Volt

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

If you know a bit about electric vehicles (or EVs), you already understand that they are positioned to really “boom” in the United States in the coming years. In fact, a new wave of entirely electric cars is now entering the markets, and one of the most well-known is the Chevy Volt. It’s popularity has as much to do with the way that the manufacturer, General Motors, has promoted it as it does with the fact that the Chevy Volt is among the first of the mass market electric vehicles.

If you read about the different EVs, you might see that some boast of making electric vehicles affordable to the masses, but it is a model such as the Chevy Volt that will provide the familiar looks of the average sedan along with the benefits of a gas-free car.

This, however, is where vehicles such as the Chevy Volt might run into trouble because the cars do need fuel in the form of electricity. Unfortunately, though the markets are ready to receive EVs in a number of formats, the infrastructure necessary to feed the cars or EVs with the electricity that they need is not yet available. This is why there are so many options for home charging stations or for EVs that can be plugged directly into any wall outlet to get a full charge.

Okay, you might say, so what’s the problem? If there are cars that plug into outlets and home-based charging devices, why is there a big concern about public charging stations? It is because the average EV cannot go for hundreds of miles on a single charge in the ways that regular cars can go for hundreds of miles on a tank of gas. In fact, most EV owners have to plug their vehicles into charging stations whenever available.

So, the maker of the Volt vehicles used a very clever approach to finding an answer. They installed 26 solar charging stations (officially labeled as Green Zones) at the dealerships making the cars available. These solar charging stations are going to serve as pseudo-billboards advertising the presence of entirely electric cars, but will also demonstrate that the Volt is a vehicle that can actually be operated by a reliable solar panel array.

General Motors is demonstrating through the construction of Green Zones that ownership of one of their EVs is just part of the way that consumers can help improve the environment and come to rely on alternative energy sources.

What do people like about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The summer of 2011 the Mitsubishi i-MiEV began appearing in auto shows and making its first impressions on the driving public. The media attention on the vehicle was more than above average because the details about the EV (electric vehicle) had intrigued so many different groups and individuals.

After all, the makers of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV claimed that it could go 62 miles on a single battery cycle and that it cost only one-third of the average gas powered vehicles to operate, but that this reduction could be increased by almost three-fold if the owner learned when their utility companies extended discounted pricing to EV owners. Continue reading “What do people like about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV?” »

The Race for the Fisker Karma - $200 million ‘pre-IPO’ financing

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We’ve all seen at least one movie, TV show, or commercial in which a man in a hybrid car drives up alongside some sort of “muscle” car. The joke is that the earth friendly and fuel efficient hybrid is no match for the monster machine that gobbles down fuel and pumps out impressive horsepower. Things are beginning to change in ways that might make those jokes less amusing or even understandable. For example, Fisker Automotive has the Fisker Karma available, and this is a vehicle that looks like something straight out of a James Bond film, and with a lot of the same impressive power!

It is easy to illustrate the truth of that statement by revealing that Fisker Automotive recently indicated that it pre-sold 3,000 Fisker Karma units in advance of the release of the vehicle, and that this means that no further units will be available until some time in 2012. Continue reading “The Race for the Fisker Karma - $200 million ‘pre-IPO’ financing” »

How the Electric Vehicle Industry Will Succeed?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

How the Electric Vehicle Industry Will Succeed?

We know that energy supplies are limited and that there is a time in the near future when we have to accept reality and transition away from fossil fuel use. This is something that people understand and accept, but which many have not yet taken steps to make a reality. This is why there is still a limited infrastructure meant to support the use of the electric vehicle on a widespread basis.

For example, if you own an electric vehicle you may make a point of finding all of the charging stations available to you in your area or in the places where you travel frequently. If you don’t already own an electric vehicle, on the other hand, you may see a charging station as a novelty or as something very interesting, but not yet essential. Continue reading “How the Electric Vehicle Industry Will Succeed?” »

The Chevy Volt Has Inspired GM to Give It a Sibling

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The Chevy Volt Has Inspired GM (NYSE: GM) to Give It a Sibling

The Chevy Volt is one of the latest in the extended range electric car offerings on the market.  Created by General Motors and met with surprising demand and success, the Chevy Volt has helped to bring EVs into the public spotlight.  Along with other entrants in the EV race, such as the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Chevy Volt allows daily commuters to make most or all of their travel on battery use alone without the need to also consume gas.

Considering that the average charge uses only about $1.50 worth of electricity and generates far fewer emissions, the car certainly has a fan base, especially in the green movement.  On August 12, 2011, General Motors made a surprising announcement by telling the press that they have given the green light to another EV- this one to be produced by Cadillac. Continue reading “The Chevy Volt Has Inspired GM to Give It a Sibling” »

New Fuel Standards Could Greatly Benefit ECOtality, INC

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

When President Barack Obama stated in July of 2011 that his goal by the year 2025 was to have minimum fuel economy standards for vehicles around 54.5 miles per gallon, motorists everywhere took note.  With most cars achieving around half this, the number would certainly be promising.  But the only way to really achieve this is to make furthering improvements to current hybrid and electric vehicles.  While there are some newer EVs coming onto the market, a lack of charging stations coupled with range anxiety leaves many fearful to purchase them.  As leaders in the EV project, these new standards and the likely push towards more EVs certainly help benefit companies like ECOtality, Inc.

ECOtality, Inc is a company devoted to helping to pull America off of the traditional fossil fuel burning grid in a number of ways.  One way they are doing this is by starting and partially funding the EV Project.  With help from the US Department of Energy, which is funding half of the EV Project, the goal is to help put numerous electric vehicle charging stations into place in six different states.  Many of these stations are already in place, and in total, ECOtality, Inc intends to install a total of 14,000 electric charging stations.  This would certainly help to greatly reduce range anxiety, and with areas such as the Phoenix greater metropolitan area being outfitted with some 920 stations, competition, especially in the early days of EVs, is not going to be a significant problem. Continue reading “New Fuel Standards Could Greatly Benefit ECOtality, INC” »

Can a Solar EV Charging Station Work?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

GE EV Solor Charging Station - Carport

You may know that you can have a charging station installed in your home in order to provide your electric vehicle with its “fuel” requirements. You may also know that hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to rapidly expand the number of public charging station facilities available to those with hybrid and EVs (electric vehicles) as well. Did you also realize that there are solar charging station facilities at work too?

As long ago as 2009, the city of Chicago was not only thinking ahead of things by laying the foundation for a charging station infrastructure for the fleets of hybrid and electric cars that were bound to appear on the city’s streets, but they were also savvy enough to opt for solar powered charging stations too. What is even more interesting about this decision was that they didn’t just use a basic structure but had their installation designed to look like “trees”. The city created their Solar Plug-in Stations in the shape of trees that have solar panels as their canopies. These can power up to two cars at one time and were the creation of Carbon Day Automotive, which operates as part of the ChargePoint Network.

Honda's Solar Charing Station

This system truly operates off of the grid and give the drivers of the electric vehicles the

peace of mind knowing how clean the energy that they are using truly is, but there are also some solar charging station options that work in a similar manner but without the disconnect from the grid. For instance, in Bethesda, Maryland the first solar tracking station was opened in 2011. This is a pole system that uses two panels that track the trajectory of the sun thanks to GPS gear. This gives the pole around 45% more energy than any of the fixed panel systems, but this energy actually goes into the public grid rather than to the vehicles. Continue reading “Can a Solar EV Charging Station Work?” »

A Look at Tesla Motors

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Tesla Motors Imagine driving a sports car that offered you more than three times the efficiency that an internal combustion powered vehicle does. That is what buyers of the cars from Tesla Motors can expect. The “brain child” of a group of Silicon Valley innovators, Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 with a commitment to using technology to make affordable electric cars a reality.

What they offer is the famous Roadster that is a battery-powered fully electric vehicle capable of some impressive performance statistics. For instance, the Tesla Motors drive train allows the vehicle to produce up to 900 amps of current and give out around 288 horsepower as it spins upwards of 14k per minute.

Naturally, a “beast” of a motor is not the only benefit available from Tesla Motors, and each of their Roadsters is packed with a huge array of additional options and features too. For example, the battery pack in the Tesla vehicles is the result of major engineering efforts and uses the modern Lithium-ion battery to ensure the largest energy storing capacity. This is what enables the Roadster to take a charge from any outlet (120 volt or 240 volt) and to then drive around 245 miles without a recharge necessary. The average charging process takes only four hours as well and can use any outlet in the world. Continue reading “A Look at Tesla Motors” »

Plugless Power Showcases Wireless Charging System

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Evatran’s Plugless Power wireless/proximity charging system grows up by evolving into the form of a new circular sensor that is far removed from the boring, rectangle design which folks caught a glimpse of at the Plug-In Conference. The change is not just cosmetic, ending up as round simply because customers preferred something that looked like that, but rather, the insides have been improved as well. The Plugless Power system is now hovering at efficiency levels of 90% to 91%, which is at least 10% more in total compared to last year’s overall efficiency of 80%.

You will, of course, need to upgrade your plug-in car to make it compatible with this new charge receiver. Drivers will just need to be close enough to the sending unit in order to juice up the vehicle sans cables, and the sensitivity of the disc is such that it can be a half-radius off and still continue to do its job with aplomb. Continue reading “Plugless Power Showcases Wireless Charging System” »

Virginia Alternate Fuel Vehicle Bill Signing

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

In a bold and sort of unexpected move, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed an executive order calling for widespread use of natural gas, electric or other alternative-fueled vehicles throughout the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Office of Fleet Management Services, which oversees approximately 4,000 passenger-type vehicles used by some 175 state agencies and institutions, will be tasked with replacing much of its fleet with alternative-fuel vehicles.

Effective immediately, Virginia is to, “pursue all practicable and cost-effective options to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles.” Increased use of alternative fuel vehicles holds, according to Governor McDonnel, the potential to, “reduce our dependence on foreign oil, support the expansion of private-sector businesses and create new jobs here in the Commonwealth.”

Governor McDonnell says the state’s “all fuel approach” provides the Commonwealth with the best opportunity to meet its goals. Hit the jump to check out Virginia’s approved list of alt-fuel vehicles.

A Look at Current Federal Credits for Electric Vehicles

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

A Look at Current Federal Credits for Electric VehiclesU.S. President Obama Support of Electric Cars

In 2009, the federal government began offering credits for people who purchased hybrid and electric vehicles.  Sales of the vehicles increased significantly, but the credits, which were offered on a first come, first served basis, ran out rather quickly in most states.  Pushing harder to get consumers to use electric vehicles is certainly a priority, however, and because of this 2010 brought us another wave of tax credits for the purchase of EVs.  These credits are still firmly in place, and the phase-out period has not yet begun, which means that purchasers will still qualify for the entire $7,500 credit. Continue reading “A Look at Current Federal Credits for Electric Vehicles” »

A Close Look at ECOtality INC

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

A Close Look at ECOtality INC Nasdaq: ECTY

Have you heard of ECOtality, INC? With the interesting headlines about the company it would be surprising if you were unaware of them, but you may not actually know them as ECOtality, INC at all. Instead, you might have heard about them as one of their “solutions” or partnerships.

For example, in July 2011 it was announced that the company had recently partnered with the famous car2go N.A. firm that offers networks for those interested in car sharing. Their partnership with ECOtality, INC created an incredibly impressive union that would establish the first 100% electric car sharing fleet along with the infrastructure necessary to support it.

ECOtality Charging Station Blink

What does that mean? It means that the two firms bring together two key names in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. The partnership will use roughly 300 of the “smart fortwo” electric cars along with the charging stations and gear that are part of every “Blink” charging station installed by ECOtality, INC.

The test market for this partnership is San Diego, California and the goal is to demonstrate that a fleet of shared electric cars can easily and successfully meet the demands of commuters and regular drivers. This is because the traffic conditions that the fleet of vehicles will experience will range from standard highway commuting trips to longer drives by those running errands or making lengthier journeys.

Of course, you may know the company from the Blink charging stations that appear in thousands of homes and businesses, including every IKEA store in the country. The two groups came together in 2011 and decided that at least two charging stations should be available for hybrid and EV drivers who frequent this global chain store. They have already installed the gear to support the growing hybrid and EV driving market.

The company also is known for their fast charging gear that is meant for use by airport ground equipment, marine and transit vehicles, and traditional electric cars among other on-road electric vehicles. Consider what a viable solution this would become when someone wakes in the morning or arrives at work and realizes that they have forgotten to charge the vehicle. Because a four hour wait is not feasible, the firm designed their “Minit-Charger” that is capable of doing a full charge at four to six times faster speeds than the traditional approach.

ECOtality is really striving to provide comprehensive solutions, and create clean energy solutions that everyone can use.

Coulomb Technologies reveals two latest additions of ChargePoint networked charging station

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

EV Charging StationShowcased during the Plug-in 2011 Conference, Coulomb Technologies has revealed two of its latest additions to its ChargePoint networked charging station lineup. Both chargers - dual-port Level 2 models based on Coulomb’s CT2020 - provide two 7.2-kilowatt ports and have been specifically designed for the North American market. With the CT2025, charging is delivered via two standard SAE J1772 connectors attached to self-retracting cords. The CT2021 (pictured) makes due without the winds-itself-up cord.

The CT2020 family of dual charging stations includes two products, the CT2021 and CT2025. Both products provide two 7.2 kW (208/240 V @ 30 A) Level II charging ports and are designed for the North American marketplace. With the CT2025, charging is delivered via two standard SAE J1772™ connectors attached to self-retracting cords.

Other ChargePoint Networked CT2020 family of charging stations features include:

Utility Light: The CT2025 product features an energy-efficient, photosensor activated

25W LED light (equivalent to 75W incandescent) providing drivers with the visibility they need to start and stop charging sessions in areas with poor lighting conditions Continue reading “Coulomb Technologies reveals two latest additions of ChargePoint networked charging station” »

Energy Independence Car Exhibition Showcased Alternative Energy Vehicles

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

The Freedom Riders For Energy Independence car exhibition showcased alternative energy vehicles for all types of purposes. A local activist group rolled out the first time event in Utica in the hopes of opening local eyes to greener wheels.
Richard Morris who founded that group Green Local 175 said, “We want to show people that it’s not just the future, it’s the here and now. There are a lot of options. There’s natural gas, there’s hybrids, there’s electric vehicles. There’s diesel vehicles. So the list goes on.”
Business vehicles were a particular focus. National Grid showed off a new crew truck fueled solely by natural gas, and even school bus outfits are forging ahead with new innovations, well on their way to reducing their carbon footprint, not too mention operations costs.
Jeremy Johnston of New York Bus Sales explained, “It runs on propane, strictly propane. It’s not one of those engines that Continue reading “Energy Independence Car Exhibition Showcased Alternative Energy Vehicles” »

Plug-In EVerywhere Program - Austin, Texas gets 103 public EV charging stations!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Austin, Texas

A network of 103 plug-in charging stations for electric vehicles has been completed in Austin Texas, under the watch of city utility Austin Energy.

The Plug-In EVerywhere network successfully fulfills Austin’s commitment to the ChargePoint America program, a federally-funded nationwide build-out of electric vehicle charging facilities on which Austin was one of only nine metropolitan regions in the country to participate.

The locations of the Level 2 (220/240 volts) charging stations in Austin are diverse, including restaurants, hotels, medical facilities, educational institutions, retail stores, public facilities such as libraries and recreation centers and at other public, private and non-profit partners.

The locations also are geographically distributed throughout all parts of Austin, said Austin Energy, which believes around 36,000 electric vehicles will be on the city’s streets within the next nine years. Continue reading “Plug-In EVerywhere Program - Austin, Texas gets 103 public EV charging stations!” »

Tesla to partner with Toytoa to build the all electric RAV4 in Ontario

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Toyota Motors is expected to start building electric models of its RAV4 sport utility vehicle in Woodstock, Ontario, in partnership with Tesla Motors, according to the Toronto Star on Thursday.

Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors Inc Latest from The Business Journals Tesla, Toyota to build electric Rav4 in Canada. (NASDAQ:TSLA) is known for manufacturing the all-electric Roadster sports car. The company reportedly “built the prototype electric RAV4 at its own facility in Menlo Park,” according Clean Break.

The Star reported: “The two governments are contributing about $141 million to Toyota for a series of upgrades at plants in Cambridge and Woodstock worth a total of $545 million under the name Project Green Light. Toyota will allocate some of the government money to drive the RAV4 venture but has not revealed the amount or overall cost of that specific electric program.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in the company’s second quarter earnings call that there could be an “order of magnitude larger deal” with Toyota underway, without providing additional other details.

Fisker Karma Closer to Final Release

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

The Fisker Karma is heading our way after a long and painstaking development. The plug-in hybrid sports/luxury car will see its first examples delivered to high-profile celebrities and political figures, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore, and Colin Powell.

So far a total of 3,000 cars are ordered. At present five cars a week are being built at the Valmet production plant in Finland, with production set to rise to 300 cars a week from November. This means the Karma is sold out until sometime in early 2012. According to Henrik Fisker the orders are split 50/50 between early-adopter hybrid/electric enthusiasts and wealthy buyers that just like having the next new thing.

Secondly, they believe that a new gearbox it is developing for electric motors can help deliver “Veyron levels of performance” for extended-range electric vehicles. A multi-speed gearbox could significantly improve acceleration and performance of cars. In the end it all depends on the reliability of the setup.

The first drive tests are starting. Fisker Santa Monica recently held an exclusive test drive event for future customers. Professional drive Kyle Shields goes into detail below about what makes the Karma so unique.
Fisker Karma Test Drive

TOP GEAR UNPLUGGED? Was Top Gear deceiving its viewers about the Nissan Leaf?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Nissan Leaf Being Pushed

BBC motoring show Top Gear has been accused of purposefully sabotaging the performance of Nissan’s Leaf electric car, in an attempt to make the earth-friendly auto look less reliable in a TV segment. While in the road test, outspoken host Jeremy Clarkson was shown running out of power in the Leaf, miles away from a recharging point, Nissan says that subsequent review of the data the car collects indicates that the test was begun with the batteries at just 40-percent and that Top Gear intentionally drove in circles to further reduce that charge.

Nissan VP Andy Palmer accused Top Gear of deceiving its viewers, pointing out that the telemetrics in the Leaf had wirelessly updated the car company on the production crew’s actions. They, he suggested, were part of a system of safeguards in place to prevent owners of the car from experiencing flat batteries midway through a journey, something the TV show had failed to highlight.

Clarkson, unsurprisingly, remains defiant, arguing that rather than setting out to review the Leaf, the footage was meant to highlight the remaining issues in recharging electric cars. “The piece was about the difficulties of recharging the electric car” he wrote in his column in The Sunday Times this weekend. “At no point did we mislead the viewers. Top Gear’s job is to say to everybody, ‘Just a minute, do not believe (electric cars) can be run as simply as you have been told. Charging them up is a pain in the arse’.”

Nissan claims the Leaf can travel between 47 and 105 miles on a single charge, depending on driving style and road conditions. The company encourages competitive eco-friendliness, using a system called CARWINGS that allows drivers to compare their frugality with other owners.

Pictures rarely tell the whole story, as is the case here. Top Gear has confirmed that the crew intentionally drained the battery to inject suspense into the mission of finding a public charge spot.

[If] the car was fully charged overnight, we are confident that the presenters will have enjoyed driving it today.

Coulomb Technologies looks at 5,000 stations charging of electric vehicles in the U.S.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

looks like Australia and Poland is just the beginning: Coulomb Technologies is looking to roll out nearly 5,000 stations charging of electric vehicles in the U.S., with

EV Charging Station

immediate effect. If one of these cherry-red push pins as indicated in your area, you often see at the station appeared in the local business quickly, and if you want to buy Chevy Volt Tesla-powered Smart or two Ford EV, you can even qualify for a free station installed at home. Partially paid for by the ,000,000 grant to the Department of Energy, the program ChargePoint America does not always provide free electricity to go with him that free in ChargePoint has a double meaning, after all but re happy in the future with zero emissions at the end on a roll. PR after the break.View the full text of PR
Coulomb technologies to create infrastructure in nine Electric Vehicle regions, offering a no cost home and public charging stations as part of a ,000,000 Project
Program Coulomb ChargePoint America Expands Network Infrastructure EV largest in the world: instant Installation of Nine U.S. Regions
Campbell, Calif., June 2, 2010 Coulomb Technologies today announced that the house and the public seems ChargePoint ® network charging stations for electric cars in the United States. ChargePoint program America will provide almost 5,000 charging stations for participants in nine regions in the United States: Austin, Texas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Florida, Sacramento, California, San Jose / San Francisco Bay area, Redmond, Wash., and Washington and strategic partnerships with three leading brands of cars, including Ford, Chevrolet and U.S. intelligence. Coulomb is the largest fixed network base station, charging around the world, more than 700 units shipped to over 130 clients in 2009. ChargePoint install charging stations for electric cars will begin immediately.
,000,000 ChargePoint America program is made possible by ,000,000 grants financed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act initiatives managed by the Transport Department of Electrical Energy. ChargePoint charging stations are now available for installation in all nine regional designated metropolitan areas in the United States. More than 1,000 new public charging stations will be installed by December 2010, adding to the existing network ChargePoint. Other stations will be installed in September 2011. Continue reading “Coulomb Technologies looks at 5,000 stations charging of electric vehicles in the U.S.” »

Big Investments in green technology - Fisker Karma

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Big investments are being made in green technology, which could spell hefty returns for the automobile industry and its backers as the first batch of the much-anticipated

Fisker Karma

2012 Fisker Karma rolls off the line.

Electric vehicles, especially the plug-in hybrid like Fisker Automotive’s Karma and General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt, are gaining popularity amid high fuel prices. Ford Motor Company unveiled its Focus Electric earlier this year.

The question is whether the niche market can grow long-term with the U.S. economy continuing to sputter and the high cost of purchasing the vehicles.

For now, the automakers have reason to be pleased with the response to the technology.

Some 3,000 people are already in line to buy one of Fisker’s $100,000 luxury plug-in hybrids.

The Karma is similar to the Volt, which switches to gas once the battery is depleted, a characteristic that, for some consumers, makes it a more palatable choice than the electric-only Nissan Leaf.

In fact, the Karma’s extended range is one reason Ray Lane, managing partner at investment firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, wanted to back Fisker. Lane received his Karma last Tuesday. Continue reading “Big Investments in green technology - Fisker Karma” »

14,000 EV Charging Station promised before the end of 2011

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The Electric Vehicle Project is a $230 million program half funded by the U.S. Federal Stimulus Package and under the direction of ECOTALITY (NASDAQ: ECTY), has snared another retail partner as it looks to expand the roughly 1,200 charging stations currently in place to the 14,000 units promised before the end of 2011.

IKEA announced it will join the likes of Macy’s (NYSE: M), BP (NYSE: BP), Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) and Sears (NASDAQ: SHLD) in hosting EV charging stations at select locations as part of the infrastructure program rolling out in specified regions of the United States.

At least 10 stores in Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington are being considered to host the EV chargers. Participating stores must agree to maintain the installations and report data use and those selected will get charging stations equipped to power at least two vehicles. Continue reading “14,000 EV Charging Station promised before the end of 2011” »

EV Revolution Has Begun - Walgreen Pledges to Host 800 E.V. Chargers by End of 2011

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) describes itself as the nation’s largest drugstore chain, and the company has another superlative to promote. On Thursday, it vowed to become the country’s biggest host for public electric vehicle charging stations by the end of the year. In total, stores will have about 800 EV charging points.

“Our stores are located along major commuting corridors, so we saw this as a great way to serve the environment,” said Menno Enters, director of energy and sustainability at Walgreen, in a telephone interview. “We got a great customer response from the first stations we hosted, so for us this is a great fit. A national rollout seemed like the right thing to do.”

Walgreen said that its providers already had installed or were in the process of installing chargers at 60 stores in Houston, the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Chicago.

The retailer has signed on partners including 350Green, a charging-infrastructure provider, to perform the installations. The introduction will begin with the New York metropolitan area, particularly the outer boroughs, according to Tim Mason, the president and co-founder of 350Green. The company will account for 425 of the nationwide total. Continue reading “EV Revolution Has Begun - Walgreen Pledges to Host 800 E.V. Chargers by End of 2011” »

Massachusetts new EV charging station, 142 new stations

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Masha Traber would prefer to use her electric scooter to tool around the Lexington area for work during the summer, but because of its short range and lack of charging stations, she often has to resort to using her car for longer trips.

So she was the ideal audience for an event state officials held yesterday on Lexington’s Battle Green to debut the new electric vehicle charging stations to be installed around the state, including three in her town.

“I’m totally excited about the new stations because they will expand my ability to ride to Cambridge,’’ Traber said.

Massachusetts officials hope the new charging outlets, 142 stations in 25 communities statewide, will not only make driving more convenient for existing electric-vehicle owners, but will compel other consumers to help the environment by buying them, too.

Most of the stations will be in common commuter or traveler spots - downtown parking areas or garages, MBTA lots, schools, businesses, or shopping malls - and will be owned and operated by municipalities on public land, and by property owners on private land, who will set rates for recharging.

The charging stations are chest-high boxes that can be placed in front of a parking space. The new Chevrolet Volt takes four to five hours to fully charge at these stations and has a 40-mile range.

Many of the stations will be part of ChargePoint Network, run by California-based station maker Coulomb Technologies Inc. and partially funded by the Department of Energy. Continue reading “Massachusetts new EV charging station, 142 new stations” »

Michigans A123 lithium-ion battery coating plant visit from U.S. Energy Secretary Chu

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Michigan on Monday to support the state’s development of electric car batteries and the growth of clean-energy jobs. A123 Systems, which makes lithium-ion batteries for the transportation, electric grid and commercial markets, received a $249 million grant to open its Livonia and Romulus electric vehicle battery plants.

After touring A123 Systems’ new lithium-ion battery coating plant in Romulus, Chu spoke of the growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles and said the United States needs to create — not import — the necessary technologies. He said the Obama administration is supporting the development of electric vehicle batteries and components through the Recovery Act, which has provided about $2 billion in grants to advanced battery manufacturing.

“A123′s success is a great example of how we are working with industries to create jobs, strengthen our manufacturing industry and help our auto companies to keep in the global market,” Chu said.

The plants are capable of producing batteries for about 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a year. The company hopes to create about 15 percent of the world’s lithium-ion batteries used for transportation by 2015, said Jason Forcier, vice president of its Automotive Solutions Group. Continue reading “Michigans A123 lithium-ion battery coating plant visit from U.S. Energy Secretary Chu” »

Toyota (TM) Plug-in’s and ALL Electric RAV4 showcased

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Toyota’s eco-friendly autos are center stage at a Little Tokyo event this weekend showcasing new technologies and designs from Japan.

Visitors to the Little Tokyo Design Week area can peek inside the Prius Plug-in hybrid, the RAV4 EV battery-electric vehicle and the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid vehicle that are sitting in the plaza beside the Japanese American National Museum.

The Prius Plug-in will be able to run for 13 miles on power from its Lithium-ion battery, according to Toyota. More than 160 of the vehicles are already being driven in the U.S. as a demonstration program before sales start in earnest next year.

Toyota is working with Tesla on the electric RAV4, which is also expected to become available to buyers in 2012. Meanwhile, the automaker plans to spread more than 100 of its advanced fuel-cell vehicles around the country by 2013 through another demonstration program, with hopes of bringing the technology to market by 2015. 

The rest of the event, which lasts through Sunday, involves more than 15 steel storage containers acting as temporary exhibit space.

The Giant Robot retail chain has a makeshift gallery featuring products such as a “crunching dog” USB stick with a model canine doing sit-ups on the end. There’s a “Robot Box,” with various automatons and other machines. Representatives from USC, UCLA and SCI-Arc have their own boxes too.

Near the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, there’s an extended garden set up on stilts with tomatoes, carrots and beans.

BY Tiffany Hsu

Tesla Motors (TSLA) Raises addtional $232 Million with a secondary stock offering and private placement.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Edouard Prous, CTO of EVCARCO Inc. (OTC: EVCA)

Tesla made its name building high-powered, high-priced electric sports cars for the glitterati. The company’s iconic, $109,000 Roadster, introduced in 2008, was never meant for the mass market. Its production run will end at a mere 2,500 cars.

Now, Tesla is leaving its days as a boutique automaker behind. The Palo Alto company, founded in 2003, will make the jump to full-scale production with its next car, the Model S, to be built at the old New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. factory in Fremont. Next year, the company plans to assemble 5,000 of the electric sedans at the plant. In 2013, that number should reach 20,000. The Model S will cost $57,400 to $77,400, depending on the capacity of its battery pack.

By David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer

Complete Article Here: SFGate.com

EVCARCO - A New Kind of Car Company

EVCARCO, Inc. (OTCBB: EVCA) (OTCQB: EVCA) is the first automotive retail group dedicated to deploying a coast-to-coast network of environmentally friendly franchised dealerships and vehicles. EVCARCO is bringing to market the most advanced clean technologies available in plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and pre-owned hybrid vehicles. EVCARCO - FUTURE DRIVEN ®

 

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President Obama’s desire to see one million electric vehicles on American highways by 2015

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Future of electric cars hinges on better batteries

electric car lithium-ion battery pack

Electric cars are a game-changing technology with an Achilles’ heel — the battery.

Current batteries are expensive and have limited range, making it hard to drive from San Jose to San Francisco and back without stopping to recharge. Experts agree consumers will never fully embrace electric vehicles until they can travel as far as a gas-powered car on a single charge.

So the global race is on to build a better lithium-ion battery, one that pulls off the herculean feat of extending range while being long-lasting, affordable, quick-charging and safe.

In Asia, governments and big battery companies are investing heavily in next-generation battery technology, while in the United States much of the cutting-edge research is being performed at Department of Energy labs and universities. The Bay Area — home to Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors (TSLA), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and two dozen battery startups — has emerged as one of the nation’s leading hubs of battery innovation.

Read the Complete Story on Silicon Vally MecuryNews.com by Dana Hall

CLICK HERE: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_18450778?source=most_emailed

EVCARCO, Inc. (OTCBB: EVCA) (OTCQB: EVCA) Interest in Mitsubishi and its Electric Vehicle, MiEV on Top of SIRIUS Retailer Agreement

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

A New Kind of Car Company

EVCARCO, Inc. (OTCBB: EVCA) (OTCQB: EVCA) is the first automotive retail group dedicated to deploying a coast-to-coast network of environmentally friendly franchised dealerships and vehicles. EVCARCO is bringing to market the most advanced clean technologies available in plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and pre-owned hybrid vehicles.

EVCARCO, Inc. is the first automotive retail group dedicated to deploying a coast-to-coast network of environmentally friendly franchised dealerships and vehicles.

Mitsubishi and its Electric Vehicle, MiEV

EVCARCO, Inc. announced an expressed interest in acquiring Mitsubishi Franchises due to the leadership position Mitsubishi Motor Corporation has taken in the electric vehicle (EV) market and its efforts to reduce environmental impact.

See Article by Authored by Pentony on StockGuru.com: http://stockguru.com/2011/07/08/evcarco-inc-otcbb-evca-otcqb-evca-interest-in-mitsubishi-and-its-electric-vehicle-miev-on-top-of-sirius-retailer-agreement-2/

EPA Rates Mitsubishi Electric Car at 112 MPGe

Friday, July 8th, 2011

EPA Rates Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car 112 MPGe

Treehugger - Michael Graham Richard - ‎30 minutes ago‎
8.11 The EPA keeps testing electric cars and giving them ‘MPG-equivalent’ ratings (more on why those don’t mean that much below). The latest to be tested, after the Tesla Roadster (119 MPGe), Chevy Volt (93 MPGe when in electric mode) and Nissan LEAF …

Read Full Story Here: Mitsubishi i Electric Car Rated 112 MPGe by EPA

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The Arrival of Fisker Karma

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Fisker Prepares for Karma Arrival With Home Charger Partnership

‎New York Times (blog) -by Jim Motavalli

Fisker Karma’s News: the high-performance, $96850 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is expected to finally reach its first North American, after delays…

See the Story by Jim Motavalli: Fisker Prepares for Karma Arrival

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Fisker Karma in the News:

Fisker Automotive to Begin Hiring Workers at Delaware Plant‎ - Fox News
Fisker plans to hire 120 at Del. auto plant‎ - Philadelphia Inquirer

Fisker plans to hire for 120 positions this year, a mix of engineers, electro-mechanical technicians and early teams of production workers for the former GM plant it is refitting with the help of federal Department of Energy loans…

Electric-car maker Fisker hiring 120 in Delaware‎ - USA Today

Japense News Reports: Mitsubishi unveils low-cost version of i-MiEV Electric Car

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The company announced on July 6 that the new i-MiEV will have a sticker price of 2.6 million yen, but the final cost for consumers after government purchasing subsidies will be 1.88 million yen, well below the 2 million yen mark. The price cut was made possible by reducing the number of batteries onboard, which will reduce the car’s range but also make it more accessible, and the company hopes the move will lead to wider-scale adoption of the electric car.

See the Story on Mainichi Daily News: http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/business/news/20110707p2a00m0na016000c.html

EVCARCO – A New Kind of Car Company

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University Gets 16 EV Charging Stations

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

US: Entergy funds university EV charging stations

Thursday, July 07, 2011, AutomotiveWorld.com

Entergy Corporation is to fund and donate 16 Coulomb Technologies electric vehicle charging stations at college campuses in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

The first two Entergy-funded charging stations have been unveiled at Louisiana State University. The charging stations were donated to LSU through a US$160,000 grant by Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund. Entergy is currently working with other universities in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas to donate additional electric vehicle charging stations.

The LSU charging stations, which are free to use by all LSU faculty, staff and students, are among the first in the US to be installed on a university campus for the sole purpose of providing free charges to electric car owners and for research purposes.

See complete story at AutomotiveWorld.com Here: http://www.automotiveworld.com/news/powertrain/88013-us-entergy-funds-university-ev-charging-stations

Statement of Support for Efforts to Advance Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the US

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

EVWorld.com Reports; 180+ Organizations Sign Electric Vehicle Support Statement

July 7, 2011 — We, the undersigned businesses, municipalities, and public interest groups from across the nation, support a strong national electric vehicle advancement program that will increase American jobs, decrease pollution, and reduce our dependence on oil.

Oil Independence

Gasoline prices are unstable and rising. Electric vehicles enable drivers to fill up on stable, domestic electricity at a cost equivalent to approximately 75 cents per gallon. Our nation sends up to a third of a trillion dollars overseas each year to purchase foreign oil, often produced by countries that are unstable or unfriendly to American interests. Foreign oil purchases are also responsible for about 50% of the US trade deficit. As Americans struggle to cope with rising and volatile gasoline prices, vehicle innovation provides real options. Greater independence from oil means an economically stronger and more secure America.

(See full story on EVWorld.com here: http://evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=26070 )

Israel to Get Electric Car Battery Swap Stations

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Charging StationIsrael to Get Electric Car Battery Swap Stations
Better Place has a plan to let electric cars travel further—but will it work?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
By Kevin Bullis

Better Place is trying to solve the biggest challenge to the widespread adoption of electric cars:

See the Full Story on TechnologyReview.com Here:

http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/37982/?p1=MstCom

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