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-More Hybrids, Less Electrics
Added by admin 24/10/12
Toyota Motor Corp. is doubling down on hybrid vehicles, unveiling
plans to launch 21 gas-electric models by 2016, while scaling
back its all-electric vehicle program, a top executive said
Toyota still intends to launch a zero-emission battery-powered
RAV4 SUV. But it has sharply curtailed the proposed launch of an
electric iQ minicar, the eQ, Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota's
executive vice president for research and development, told
reporters in Japan. Toyota's move marks the latest reappraisal by
an automaker of the potential for electric vehicles. Nissan Motor
Co's all-electric Leaf compact has missed its sales targets amid
lower-than-expected demand for electric vehicles.
The Detroit News (Autos)
Roadster Buyback Program Launched
Added by admin 18/10/12
Early adopters of the Tesla Roadster who may now be eyeing the
American automaker’s more practical Model S can now trade in
their convertible sports car towards a new sedan.
Tesla will buyback old Roadsters from current owners and resell
them at its own stores, giving others an opportunity to own the
electric convertible. Only 2,500 Roadsters were made since it
first hit the market in 2008 and used ones will be much cheaper
than the original $US109,000 price.
The trade-in value for the Roadster will be based on its
condition after the automaker takes a detailed look at the used
vehicle. Though Tesla hasn’t released what it expects to buy back
the vehicles for, it did estimate that a 2010 Roadster with
around 2,900 miles will be resold for $US93,500; while a 2008
model with 31,000 miles will be around $US73,300. more...
Announces Electric Car Charging Plug Standard
Added by admin 18/10/12
The electric and plug-in hybrid car industry is learning the
lesson of the mobile phone makers. Instead of allowing a plethora
of incompatible charging plugs to sprout up, the Society of
Automotive Engineers (SAE) International hopes to forestall
confusion by settling on one charging plug design for North
America. SAE has selected the J1772 combo plug as the standard,
which uses paired couplers to allow for both AC and DC charging
using the same plug. more...
Sets EV Speed Record
Added by admin 5/10/12
A battery-powered muscle car has smashed an electric-vehicle land
speed record in a bid to prove that green car technology is not
just for geeks and wimps.
The Nemesis, a modified Lotus Exige, hit 151 miles per hour on
Sept. 27, besting the previous record by 14 mph.
The car was built by Ecotricity, a green energy company in the
United Kingdom that hopes to put some oomph into the stalled
electric vehicle market with “an out-and-out desirable sports
car, capable of combustion-engine speeds and able to do 100 to
150 miles on one ‘tank’,” according to its website. Photo
Courtesy & more...