electric vehicles

SolarCity Brings Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations to the Masses

SolarCity Brings Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations to the Masses

Hundreds of thousands of electric cars are expected to be on the road in the next five years. Charging these vehicles has proven to be a challenge, mostly because of the lack of infrastructure -- but now

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Aluminum-Celmet Could Increase Electric Vehicle Range by 300%

Aluminum-Celmet Could Increase Electric Vehicle Range by 300%

Much is being done to increase the range of electric vehicles, from improved lithium ion batteries to reducing the chassis weight. However, Japanese company Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) have

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Toyota Plans to Re-Enter the Electric Vehicle Fray With the Tiny Scion iQ EV

Toyota Plans to Re-Enter the Electric Vehicle Fray With the Tiny Scion iQ EV

After thanking the 1,233 US dealers present at a recent gathering in Las Vegas for their joint contributions of $11.5 million (that is being used to help with the Japanese disaster relief), Japanese

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The Mighty Cri-Cri Electric Mini Plane Breaks Another Speed Record

The Mighty Cri-Cri Electric Mini Plane Breaks Another Speed Record

Attendees of this year's Paris Air Show got to see history being made as the mighty micro Cri-Cri broke the electric plane speed record. The plane first took to the skies last September and drew in a

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Mini Electric Humvee Spotted On the Streets Of London

Mini Electric Humvee Spotted On the Streets Of London

Humvees aren't the type of vehicle you'd normally find on the streets of Great Britain -- Schwarzenegger's garage, yes. However, last weekend a Humvee was indeed spotted in our fair capital, but it wasn't

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San Francisco to Allow Electric Vehicle Owners to Juice Up for Free

San Francisco to Allow Electric Vehicle Owners to Juice Up for Free

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee just announced that electric vehicle charging will be made available free of charge in city-owned parking garages and at San Francisco International Airport until the end of

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GM Filed 135 Clean Energy Patents in 2010, More Than Any Other Automaker

GM Filed 135 Clean Energy Patents in 2010, More Than Any Other Automaker

General Motors (GM) took the race for green vehicle technology to a whole new level in 2010 by filing and receiving 135 clean energy patents — more than any other automaker. According to the

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SAE World Congress Goes Green: Alternative Fuels, EV Tech, and Award for Chevy Volt

SAE World Congress Goes Green: Alternative Fuels, EV Tech, and Award for Chevy Volt

This year's SAE World Congress in Detroit has gone green, honoring the design of electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt and focusing on technologies that bring better efficiencies to new and existing

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European Union to Organize an Electric F1 Racing Championship

European Union to Organize an Electric F1 Racing Championship

Formula One racing is one of the most popular sports in the world, but it's hardly the most environmentally friendly. Despite the excitement, the glory and the scantily clad pit girls, the fact is that

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Microsoft Launches Database to Help EV Drivers Find the Cheapest Charging Stations

Microsoft Launches Database to Help EV Drivers Find the Cheapest Charging Stations

Microsoft just launched a national database of plug-in vehicle charging rate plans that makes it a snap to find the best electricity prices to charge your plug-in vehicle. The database is called the

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Scientists Discover that Styrofoam Beads Help Give EV Batteries a Super Fast Charge

Scientists Discover that Styrofoam Beads Help Give EV Batteries a Super Fast Charge

Styrofoam has had a terrible rep with environmentalists for quite some time now, but here's a breakthrough that could change that - well, at least in some applications. According to the folks at Engadget,

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Tesla Chief Bets on Capacitors Over Batteries for Future of Electric Vehicles

Tesla Chief Bets on Capacitors Over Batteries for Future of Electric Vehicles

While Tesla has been on the forefront of electric vehicle battery technology, company chief Elon Musk recently said that capacitors, not batteries, are the future of EV's. Musk told a Cleantech Forum in

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Google Headquarters Gets The World’s First Evatran “Hands Free” EV Charger

Google Headquarters Gets The World’s First Evatran “Hands Free” EV Charger

Select Google employees at the company's headquarters in California will be able to juice up their electric vehicles using a new Plugless Power™ charging station. Installed recently by the cleantech

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Renault’s “Get You Home” EV Program Ensures You Won’t Be Left in a Dark Alley

Renault’s “Get You Home” EV Program Ensures You Won’t Be Left in a Dark Alley

Even with Google Map's new charging station finder, locating a place to plug-in your EV could still present a problem if you're out on the open road. So if you're afraid of being left out cold with no way

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Smart Electric Vehicle Transformed Into Sparkling Disco Ball!

Smart Electric Vehicle Transformed Into Sparkling Disco Ball!

Everything that glitters is green - at least that's what we're gathering from this spectacular Smart Electric Drive that has been decked out like a disco ball! The pint-sized EV has been adorned with

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Veritas RSIII Roadster is the World’s Fastest Plug-in Hybrid

Veritas RSIII Roadster is the World’s Fastest Plug-in Hybrid

The gorgeous and beastly Veritas RS III Roadster was released just over a year ago, and now Vermont AG is adding a hybrid drive to its V10-powered retro ride. The Hybrid version adds a 105 kilowatt

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Japan Charges Electric Cars With Soft Drink Vending Machines

Japan Charges Electric Cars With Soft Drink Vending Machines

There's no reason you shouldn't allow yourself a little recharge when it comes time to power up your EV. To cut overall costs, ten Japanese companies will begin installing electric vehicle chargers at the

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Better Place Announces Pricing for its Electric Vehicles and Charging Services

Better Place Announces Pricing for its Electric Vehicles and Charging Services

Better Place has finally announced a pricing plan for its cars at its first European retail station in Copenhagen, Denmark. The company has teamed up with Renault for the venture. We've been following the

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3 Electric Vehicles Finish Epic 80 Day Zero Race Around the World!

3 Electric Vehicles Finish Epic 80 Day Zero Race Around the World!

Back in August, we reported on the start of the Zero Race - an epic 80 day around-the-world excursion that pitted electric vehicles from Australia, Germany, South Korea and Switzerland against each other

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New Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Significantly Extend the Range of Electric Cars

New Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Significantly Extend the Range of Electric Cars

Range anxiety is one of the biggest hurdles facing electric cars today. For electric vehicles to truly become mainstream, batteries will have to provide a longer range and become much cheaper.

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Rolls-Royce Unveils First Pics of the 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric Car

Rolls-Royce Unveils First Pics of the 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric Car

Electric cars are clearly gaining traction, considering that uber-luxury auto manufacturers are trying to get in on the action -- Rolls-Royce has just confirmed that it will show its first electric car at

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China Announces Plans to Make 1 Million Electric Cars Per Year By 2015

China Announces Plans to Make 1 Million Electric Cars Per Year By 2015

Just as President Obama announced his goal of placing one million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015, China has announced plans to manufacture 1 million per year by 2015. According to an article from

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Wind-Powered Car Completes an Epic 5,000km Journey Across Australia

Wind-Powered Car Completes an Epic 5,000km Journey Across Australia

Man has used wind power to travel for centuries, but it is traditionally used on the sea. However, two Germans have decided to harness this natural occurrence to complete an epic road-trip across

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The EV Project Secures $230 Million to Roll out 15,000 EV Chargers Across the States

The EV Project Secures $230 Million to Roll out 15,000 EV Chargers Across the States

Just this month ECOtality North America received a $2.87 million grant from San Francisco, marking a total $230 million in funding to roll out the EV Project -- the United States' largest deployment of

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Porsche Unveils Brand New Boxster-E Electric Car

Porsche Unveils Brand New Boxster-E Electric Car

When it comes to sexy cars, Porsche has always had it in the bag. But to up the ante even further, the famed car maker has just unveiled the first of three brand new electric Boxsters, the Boxster E. With

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Hertz Will Install 2.48 MW of Solar Photovoltaics at 15 Locations Across the US

Hertz Will Install 2.48 MW of Solar Photovoltaics at 15 Locations Across the US

It seems that Hertz are doing everything they can to establish themselves as America's greenest car rental company. Not only were they the first to start an EV rental program, but now they have contracted

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Proposed Bill To Give Electric Vehicle Buyers $7,500 Credit Right When They Buy

Proposed Bill To Give Electric Vehicle Buyers $7,500 Credit Right When They Buy

As a way to help advance President Barack Obama's goal to get 1 million new EVs on the road by 2015, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow unveiled a legislative proposal on Monday that would give buyers of plug-in

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San Francisco Will Receive $3.9M for Even More Electric Vehicle Chargers Citywide

San Francisco Will Receive $3.9M for Even More Electric Vehicle Chargers Citywide

Trouncing the competition when it comes to green living, San Francisco has received an additional $3.9 million to expand the number of electric car chargers in the city. The Bay Area Air Quality

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Nissan’s LEAF Electric Car Makes Its Way To The UK

Nissan’s LEAF Electric Car Makes Its Way To The UK

Nissan has been slow to deliver the LEAF the world over, however the company has finally shipped the all-electric car to the UK. Sixty-seven LEAFs arrived today in North East England intended for

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Obama Will Not Meet His Electric Car Goal by 2015

Obama Will Not Meet His Electric Car Goal by 2015

As part of his push to cut our dependence on foreign oil, President Obama said at his State of the Union address reiterated his vision of seeing one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. "With

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