Nissan Leaf Gets Updates, Coming Fall 2012

Nissan has officially announced, that sales of the updated 2012 Leaf will start in the fall of 2012. The 2012 Leaf will include the addition of a standard heater, heated outside mirrors, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and a rear HVAC duct. A quick charge port has also been added as standard equipment on Leaf SL models.

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2012 Chevrolet Volt Now Available In All 50 States For $39,995

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt will now be available in all 50 states, priced at $39,995, including an $850 destination charge. The price reduction comes as in-dash navigation is now offered as part of an option package rather than standard. Some customers will qualify for a $7,500 tax credit, bringing the effective price to $32,495.

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Electric Rolls Royce Phantom Won't Be Produced

This super-green version might have been good for the environment, however it had its limitations, like taking 24-hours to fully charge from a household outlet (or eight-hours by using an induction charging system developed by Rolls Royce), and having a range of just 125-miles.

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ZF Announces New Nine-Speed Gearbox Developed For Passenger Cars

ZF, a leader in automotive tranmissions, has announced a new nine-speed automatic gearbox for passenger cars. This gearbox was designed for a transverse mounted engine and will provide up to 16 percent better fuel economy compared to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Nissan Leaf NISMO Race Car to Make Le Mans Track Debut

Nissan has announced that its Leaf Nismo RC Concept race car concept will be making two demonstration runs at the Le Mans Vers Le Futur, in celebration of the 79th anniversary of the event (June 11-12).

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Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid Sales To Start In July

With much of the electric car attention being drawn by the first mass-produced Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt, many have ignored the 2011 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan.

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Tesla To Unveil New Model X By End Of 2011

They already have the Model S sedan, which is set to go on sale in 2012, but now they are also working on a crossover vehicle, which is referred to as the Model X.

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GE Introduces Solar Powered Carport To Electric Cars

GE is introducing a solar powered carport designed for charging electric cars that uses solar panels that produces enough energy every year to power 20 homes with electricity.

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Nissan Leaf Gets Five Star Crash Test Rating In Europe

The Nissan Leaf became the first EV to get a five star crash test rating from the Euro NCAP program, after scoring well in all categories involving passenger safety, on-board safety systems and pedestrian safety.

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Volvo Exploring Inductive Charging For Electric Cars

Volvo is collaborating with Belgian technological and development specialist Flanders’ Drive to develop inductive charging for its model line up.

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As Gas Hits $4 Per Gallon, Demand For Hybrid Cars Soars

With the average price for a gallon of gasoline above $4, many American drivers are looking to dump the family gas-guzzler as quickly as possible and buy a more fuel efficient hybrid. But according to Jeff Bartlett, deputy online automotive editor at Consumer Reports, this is the worst time to do so.

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Ford Says 25 Percent Of Lineup To Be "Electrified" By 2020, Calls On Government Subsidies For Batteries

Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford (great-grandson of Henry Ford) revealed to Fortune magazine that his namesake automaker will apparently launch a global line of electric vehicles, with 25 percent of Ford’s lineup available with some degree of electrification by 2020.

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Chevrolet Volt Attracts Celebrity Buyers

It was only a matter of time before the rich and famous began hopping on the Chevrolet Volt bandwagon, since the Toyota Prius is in imminent danger of becoming passé.

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Volkswagen To Launch New Brand Dubbed Kaili In Partnership With FAW, EV Coming

Volkswagen will partner with Chinese automaker FAW to launch a new brand, which will build and sell electric cars for Chinese consumers.

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41 Dacia Logans For Sale In Iowa, Ready To Undergo EV Conversion

The Dacia Logan, intended to be sold in world markets as basic transportation, was never supposed to come to America, but somehow, 41 Dacia Logan station wagons found their way to Iowa, sans drivetrain.

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