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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Land Rover Defender EV Built For Safari Driving

Land Rover South Africa has taken the brand’s iconic Defender off-roader and converted one to run on fully electric power, with an 80 horsepower motor good for 63 miles of silent, emissions free driving at speeds of up to 37 mph. The Defender EV also retains a full four-wheel drive system despite its electric drivetrain.

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General Motors Executive Calls Nissan Leaf "Single Purpose Car"

With the Nissan Leaf beginning to outsell the Chevrolet Volt, the competition between the two is heating up, and General Motors North America President Mark Reuss had some not-so-nice things to say about the car when asked for his thoughts.

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Department Of Energy, Google Maps, Teaming Up To Map EV Charge Stations

Mapping out electric car charging stations onto an open source format like Google Maps seems like something totally self-evident, but the Department of Energy and Google are undertaking an official initiative to overlay EV charge points onto of a mapping application.

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New York 2011: Mitsubishi I Electric Car Priced At $20,490

The Mitsubishi i electric vehicle will start at $20,490 after a federal tax credit, coming in at nearly $5000 less than a Nissan Leaf.  The $20,490 sticker price is for a base ES model, while the upgraded SE trim with an 8-speaker 360 watt stereo, leather wrapped steering wheel, 15″ alloys and fog lamps will cost $22,490.

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Ford Compiles List Of 25 Electric Vehicle Friendly Cities

Ford has released a list of 25 cities in the United States that it labeled “electric vehicle-ready”, with the 20 initial roll-0ut markets for the Ford Focus E.V. listed, as well as 5 other cities, Baltimore, Dallas, Hartford, Honolulu and Charlotte.

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Siemens 22kW Charger Can Replenish Electric Vehicle Batteries In Under One Hour

Apart from their limited range, another objection to electric vehicles is that they take hours to recharge a depleted battery.

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BMW May Use A Range Extender For Electric Vehicles

Has BMW, the maker of the ultimate (electric) driving machines decided to follow Chevrolet’s example?

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FIA And EU Considering Electric F1 Racing

With an eye toward fostering electric-powered F1 competition, Jean Todt, president of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), said it plans to begin with electric auto, go-kart, and single-seater racing.

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First Substantial Shipment Of Nissan LEAFs Arrives In US

Having left Japan just one day before the tsunami-inducing earthquake wreaked havoc, a large shipment of Nissan LEAF Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) has just arrived in Long Beach, Calif.

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Tesla Model S To Launch With Three Trim Levels Denoting Different Battery Ranges

With most car manufacturers, the different trim levels often signify how well-equipped a vehicle is. But the new Tesla Model S electric car will use them in a different manner, with the three trims carrying different batteries, ranging from 160 to 300 miles.

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Electric Smart Fortwo Production Model To Go On Sale In 2012

The smart e.d. (electric drive) on the other hand eliminates that problem, because it has no gearbox, so it is smooth all the way.

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Geneva 2011: Volkswagen Bulli Is A 21st Century Microbus

In Germany, the Volkswagen Microbus was affectionately known as the “Bulli”, proving that terms of endearment and the German language aren’t always compatible. While Volkswagen had a false start with their Microbus concept in 2001, the same idea is back 10 years later, and it manages to be even more contemporary while still providing Baby Boomers with a hefty shot of nostalgia.

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