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DMC To Make All-Electric Delorean

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The company went bankrupt in 1982, but the DMC-12, with its the gull-wing doors, is still revered by the generation who grew up driving gas guzzlers and watching the Hollywood flick Back to the future which, by the way, featured this car as a convertible time machine.

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Lightweight Electric Vehicle Sets World Land Speed Record at 155.8 mph

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A new lightweight electric car has won over the title of the “fastest car” in their class. Electric Blue, the name of the EV, is the work of 130 students over a 7 year period. The group of BYU engineering students have managed to build an electric car to set the world land speed record, averaging 155.8 mph over the two required qualifying runs, one of which they even reached 175 mph.

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Sony wants to power your electric vehicle

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Sometime in the middle of this decade, Sony will start manufacturing lithium-ion batteries specifically for electric cars and hybrids. Demand for these batteries will surely increase as more people buy hybrids and electric cars, so Sony says it is prepared to build dedicated plants for this purpose too.

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“Phase Zero” Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype Hits the Road

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Electric cars are really starting to take on all forms, from sensible compact hatchbacks to full out sports cars. Falling into neither of those categories is the Toyota RAV4 EV. The sport utility vehicle with an electric inclination isn't exactly new, but its "Phase Zero" prototype has now been taken out for a test drive by someone not from Toyota.

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Mazda2-based electric vehicle to compete with Nissan Leaf?

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Mazda says that "the internal combustion engine is expected to remain at the heart of the automobile for the near future," but it also recognizes the importance of exploring the "development of various future eco-friendly technologies." One of these has to do with electric vehicles and that's where we find ourselves too.

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Honda to start leasing electric scooter

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Honda will start leasing its EV-neo Electric Scooter on Friday, December 24, 2010 to select businesses in Japan. They are leasing 100 scooters as part of a government-backed program to collect data about the scooters. The EV-neo can go for 34 km before needing to be recharged, which Honda measured at a constant speed of 30 km/h on a level road. The scooter is being marketed for delivery services.

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Toyota RAV4 EV debuts with help from Tesla Motors

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This comes via a partnership with Tesla Motors (you know, of Tesla Roadster fame), so you know that the electric motor components are going to be pretty top notch. Interestingly enough, despite being significantly larger than the Honda Fit, the pre-production RAV4 EV gets the same 100 mile range on a single charge.

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Electric-only Audi A2 hot hatch launching in 2012

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I have a soft spot for hot hatches. The hatchback is functional, fun, and (typically) fuel efficient. Well, it turns out that the 2012 Audi A2 will be even more fuel efficient, because it'll be offered as an electric-only model. Not only that, but it's starting to sound like the German automaker will only offer the Audi A2 in its electric powertrain configuration. No gas. No diesel. Just pure electric. It's debatable whether or not electric cars may not be the future, but they sound like a good intermediary.

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