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Toyota Shrinks EV Plans, Focuses on Hybrids Instead


A couple of years ago, Toyota announced plans to "sell several thousand of the vehicles per year," but that has now been significantly downsized.

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Inductive Charging for Electric Vehicles Will Be Tested in Berlin


There's nothing new about using electromagnetic induction for "wireless" charging of many devices and gadgets. Gizmag present a good array of examples like a "cable-free option to keep the batteries of everything from mice and keyboards to mobile phones and toothbrushes juiced up."

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Future roads will charge cars as they drive


The concept of a road that keeps the electric vehicle charged while driving is something that is not really new, but recently, Toyota Central R & D Labs, together with Toyohashi University of Technology, are reviving the idea.

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London Heathrow Airport gains ULTra PRT autonomous point-to-point transport pods


Do you know what's the biggest problem with the typical shuttle buses that you find at many airports? They have to run on an endless loop, even if there are no passengers that need to get from point A to point B. You also end up stopping at stops that neither have people getting on or people getting off. The new autonomous pod car system by ULTra PRT, unleashed at Heathrow Airport in London, fixes that.

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Bluebird Electric Starts Speed Trials at Pendine Sands


Bluebird Electric is scheduled to start speed trials at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, on July 2 and 3 in order to prepare for the breaking of the 500mph land speed record in 2013.  The current record in the UK for electric cars is 137 mph.

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Official: EV Cup Heading to the US November


The roar of super-charged engines and the strong smell of exhaust fumes may be what comes to mind when most people think of car racing, but the EV Cup will feature quiet, clean vehicles, with the screech of tires replacing the whine of engines. The EV Cup claims to be the world’s first racing series that exclusively features zero-emission electric vehicles.

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U.S. Army Goes Green with Smart-Charging Micro Grid


The U.S. Army has taken a step towards more sustainable energy with its first smart-charging micro grid at the Wheeler Army Airfield in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Swappable Batteries To Ease EV Charging


As charging times and locations are one of the problems facing electric vehicles, three companies are jumping on board with a way to solve the problem: Swappable batteries.

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Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to debut in Geneva


Electric vehicles are well and good if you have the time and infrastructure to charge them. In the meantime, plug-in hybrids could serve as a clever middle ground and that's precisely what we're finding with a new Volvo V60 set to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show.

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GM to stimulate electric car market with a handful of new models


If you're an American looking to trade in your car this year and are considering making the switch to electric, you might want to hold off for the time being. According to a statement made by GM's chief executive Daniel F. Akerson, there's going to be a lot more options on the U.S. market in a couple years.

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Game Changer: First public quick-charge station for EVs installed in Portland

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski plugs in the all-electric Nissan LEAF to the nation's first publicly available quick-charge station at Portland General Electric headquarters in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Business Wire)

The day will soon come when you are driving your Nissan Leaf or other electric vehicle, running low on juice and need to power up stat. You’re no where near your home, have a meeting in less than an hour and running on a 5% charge. Your standard recharging station will take at least 4 hours to get anything on the meter, until now.

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Vectrix saved by GP Batteries, new electric scooters in the pipeline


News is that Vectrix, the electric vehicle manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy last year is back with new investors, the original engineers, and some new designs in the not-too-distant future.

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GM to build electric motors in-house


General Motors (GM) today revealed a plan to become the first major US automobile manufacturer to design and make electric motors, paving the way for a revolutionary future of electrified vehicles.

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