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New Toyota NA president doesn’t see electric vehicles as mainstream in the near future

Published: July 24, 2009

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Don’t hold your breath for an electric Scion iQ anytime soon. Toyota executives are certainly good at sticking to the company line. Toyota officials have repeatedly downplayed the potential for pure battery electric vehicles and Yoshimi Inaba is no exception


Shweeb, the human-powered monorail, makes hamsters jealous

Published: July 22, 2009

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Schweeb pedal-powered monorail – click above for more As big fans of pedal-powered vehicles, we’d like to suggest that Schweeb change their name to something that doesn’t sound quite so much like “dweeb.” Sure, riders look a bit like hamsters moving through a Habitrail , but that doesn’t mean they’re not respectable.


REPORT: EPA’s cellulosic ethanol estimates proved wrong by fraudulent company

Published: July 21, 2009

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The EPA issued a report not long ago stating that the U.S. would produce 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol in 2010, with 70 percent of this production expected to come from a single company in Alabama called Cello Energy. The EPA might have put a few too many eggs in a single basket this time


Honda to focus on hybrid, halts development on V8 engine, rear-drive

Published: July 21, 2009

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2009 Acura TSX – Click above for high-res image gallery Not long ago, Honda announced its intentions to build a V8 engine for its next-gen Acura flagship sedan, which was also likely to be migrated to a rear-wheel-drive platform. Unsurprisingly in light of the recent global economic downturn, that program was recently canceled.


REPORT: Audi A1 production to start in October after Frankfurt debut

Published: July 20, 2009

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Audi Metroproject quattro concept – click above for high-res image gallery A report out of Belgium is saying that Audi will begin series production of its new A1 mini-car in October following a public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in October. Since 2007, we’ve seen two concept versions of the A1 in three- and five-door variants


Rumormill: BMW working on electric scooter?

Published: July 16, 2009

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According to Solo Scooter in Spain, unnamed sources inside BMW are reporting that the Bavarian brand is working up a new electric scooter that could be debuted at an upcoming motorcycle show sometime in late 2010 and put in production in 2011. If these rumors are to be believed, the upcoming machine would use a lithium ion battery pack with enough juice to allow a range of about 155 miles or three hours of continuous use and a top speed of 75 miles per hour.


REPORT: Ontario to announce incentives for plug-in vehicles, up to $10K

Published: July 16, 2009

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Ford Focus EV “mule” – Click above for high-res image gallery The premier of the Canadian province of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, reportedly plans to announce a major incentive program for plug-in vehicles today in Toronto. Ontario has already given several billion dollars to General Motors and Chrysler and wants to help boost the industry further to try and recoup some of its “investment.” To that end, McGuinty plans to offer tax incentives of up to $10,000 toward the purchase of plug-in vehicles.


Global Green Cars unveils plans for three new models: two all-electrics and a PHEV

Published: July 14, 2009

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We’ve heard a few snippets about Global Green Cars, a new electric and plug-in hybrid automaker down in Kentucky, earlier this year. Back in April, the company was giving out test rides in a converted Geo Metro right after announcing plans to build EVs in the Bluegrass State .


Future Jeep? Fiat launches Panda 4X4 Adventure

Published: July 13, 2009

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Could this or something like it be the next Trail Rated Jeep here in the United States? Possibly, if current speculation that Fiat will bring its long-running Panda line to the U.S.


REPORT: former Brilliance chairman looking to make clean cars in Alabama

Published: July 12, 2009

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Brilliance EV Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery Here’s a set of words you don’t often see together: exiled Chinese automobile tycoon, clean-tech cars, and Alabama. They all come from a news report on Yang Rong, the former chairman of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings


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