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Ford claims 1,000 Fiesta reservations in first week; analysts already warn of possible small car oversupply

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: MPG , Ford 2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery The new Ford Fiesta starts at $13,320 (plus a $675 destination charge) and that price fits the budgets of at least 1,000 early adopters. Ford announced today that it has received over 1,000 reservations for the new small car in the first six days that they have been taking them. Perhaps due to the six-month-long Fiesta Movement that got word out about the car, people who reserved a car will now be given a VIP experience at Ford dealers when (if?) they go to actually buy the car.


REPORT: Tesla goes from competitor to demonstrator in Automotive X Prize

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Tesla Motors , Automotive X-Prize Tesla Model S – Click above for high-res image gallery The Automotive X Prize lost another vehicle this week with the announcement that Tesla Motors will no longer be entering the Model S in the competition division.


Ruf creates the Porsche Cayenne based eRuf Stormster

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Porsche eRuf Stormster grün – click above for high-res image gallery A little more than a year ago, the Porsche tuning specialist at Ruf unveiled their first electric car, the 911-based eRuf . That first iteration was definitely not ready for production, but the crew at Ruf are not known for taking half measures.


TTAC drives Citroen C1 ev’ie, mostly likes it

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Citroen , Europe/EU We took notice that a large portion (60!) of the electric cars in Copenhagen for the ongoing U.N. climate conference were of the Citroen C1 ev’ie variety and had a tiny panic attack. A certain test drive of this electric vehicle last summer had not proceeded, to put it mildly, especially well and had left questions about its durability up in the air.


COP15: Brazil says ethanol is "the only real alternative" to fossil fuels

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: Ethanol , Legislation and Policy , South/Latin America Pretty much anyone with an eco-agenda is making their voice heard at the COP 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen. Delegates from 192 countries are attending and throwing their two cents into the communal pot, including Brazil, which is in Denmark to defend ethanol.


REPORT: Ford looking to invest up to $500 million in Michigan hybrid, EV plants

Published: December 9, 2009

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Filed under: Hybrid , Manufacturing/Plants , Ford 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery After GM’s announcement this week that it would invest $336 million in its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to build the Volt, there are noises from Ford about a similar investment.


Audi e-tron gets driven, we get jealous

Published: December 9, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Audi Audi e-tron concept – Click above for high-res image gallery So, what’s it like to strap yourself behind the wheel of the Audi e-tron? Come 2012, you may very well get to find out for yourself as that’s the year the German automaker is targeting to have its torque-tastic electric vehicle on the road in production form. Until then, you’ll have to be content to read about it from a lucky automotive journalist or two


LA 2009: Ford Focus BEV update

Published: December 9, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Ford , LA Auto Show Ford Focus BEV- Click above for high-res image gallery The Ford Focus BEV is getting a lot of action.


Tazzari Zero debuts at Bologna Motor Show, price revealed

Published: December 9, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Lightweight , NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) , Europe/EU , North America 2010 Tazzari Zero – Click above for high-res image gallery It’s been just over a year since the first renders of the Tazzari Zero were released and, right on schedule, the electric Italian sports-city car has made its world debut at the Bologna Motor Show. As befitting a car conceived and designed near Imola’s Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari , the premiere was made in spectacular fashion on a rain-soaked and twisty half-mile track located on the fairgrounds. Five professional drivers took their places in five separate Zeros, tapped the “race mode” button, and proceeded to relentlessly attack the circuit.


Mitsubishi, Japan Delivery System develop electric vehicle charging system for apartment buildings

Published: December 9, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Mitsubishi It’s well known by now that, aside from the cost, the biggest hurdle to the adoption of EVs may be a lack of charging infrastructure available to people most likely to use these vehicles.


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