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Published: April 26, 2011
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Nissan , Racing 2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery “With electric automobiles popping up like dandelions across the landscape of American driving, it’s no surprise that they will be part of the field at the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26.” So says the press release you’ll find waiting for your prying eyes after the break. While it’s true that we’re not exactly surprised that an electric car will make its way up to the top of the historic hill – there was, after all, a dedicated electric vehicle class for 2010 – we are a little curious whether a completely stock Nissan Leaf has any chance of dethroning current EV Hill Climb record holder Ikuo Hanawa of Japan .
Published: December 29, 2010
Filed under: MPG , USA With fuel prices in a temporarily lofty spot thanks to the holidays, it’s hard to think of the price of a gallon of gas as a bargain, but according to the former president of Shell Oil , that’s exactly what it is compared to what we’ll see just one short year from now. While speaking with Platt’s Energy Week Television, John Hofmeister said that he fully expects gas prices to be above $5.00 per gallon by the end of 2012. That stance puts Hofmeister firmly in the worst-case scenario club, though other analysts are barely any jollier in their predictions
Published: December 6, 2009
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Renault , Green Daily , Europe/EU Renault Zoe Z.E. concept – click above for high-res image gallery Naming a car, even a concept car, is a process fraught with difficulty. Renault, for example, it taking flak for using the common (in France) female name Zoé for one of their new electric vehicle concepts
Published: November 20, 2009
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Th!nk (Think) Th!nk City – Click above for high-res image gallery Turns out that yesterday’s report saying Think will build its all-electric City car in Indiana was premature. The company just tweeted that, ” We’re moving toward completing our US site selection — but it will take another week or two to finalize the location
Published: November 13, 2009
Filed under: Kia Kia knows how to have fun with the Soul , and now it’s your turn. The company and Antenna Magazine are partnering up to let people design their perfect car in a contest called Soul Xpression
Published: September 21, 2009
Filed under: Emerging Technologies , EV/Plug-in While no one will mandate that the new Underwriters Laboratories 2580 standard be applied to all advanced electric vehicle batteries, the fact that there will soon be a UL listing for “large batteries in electric vehicles” is a good thing. UL’s unsurprising focus on the standard will be to “help mitigate the potential risk of fire and electrical hazards and enhance the overall safety of batteries for electric vehicles.” UL said in a press release that the upcoming increase in EVs increases the “potential for fire, electric shock and other safety hazards.” Therefore, UL will run the 2580 standard requirements through a comprehensive review process and a consensus body of made up of people representing “consumers, government agencies, regulatory authorities, manufacturers and other knowledgeable interested parties that develop and maintain effective product safety standards.” No timeline was given for when the standard would be ready, nor were specific batteries chemistries mentions in the press release.
Published: September 18, 2009
Filed under: EV/Plug-in When we spoke to Myers Motors CEO Dana Myers back in January , he teased us with the idea of a two-seat version of their iconic NMG vehicle. At the time, the word was that the NMG 2 would be unveiled in the spring
Published: September 15, 2009
Filed under: Ethanol , Flex-Fuel , Audi , Germany Audi A4 – Click above for high-res image gallery Audi’s big green reveal from the Frankfurt Motor Show is undoubtedly the e-Tron electric supercar – especially considering the recent comments about electric cars and diesels made by Audi North America President Johan de Nysschen.
Published: September 15, 2009
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Nissan , Renault Renault-Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn is a firm believer in the future of electric cars. According to an interview for le Journal du Dimanche , Ghosn says he expects the world’s EV market will rise to six million vehicles per year, which is 10 percent of global sales. Ghosn also explained that Renault-Nissan is the manufacturer that invests the most in green technologies and is currently investing €4 billion in EV development and research.
Published: September 9, 2009
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) , Germany German company Luis has announced that its Luis Free EV is now on sale for less than €12,000.