RAV4 EV to be built in Canada by Toyota

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Many people think of California when they think of electric vehicles, but the Great White North is getting into the electric frenzy too. Toyota Canada has announced that it will start assembling electric versions of the RAV4 at its Woodstock facility in the next few months. This comes via a partnership with, you guessed it, Tesla Motors.

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Wireless EV Charging To Become A Factory Option?

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Evatran, the company that claims to have developed the world’s first wireless EV charging system, has partnered with Yazaki North America, a Tier 1 automotive supplier to commercialize their Plugless Power technology. Back in March, Google tested out the plugless chargers at the Googleplex in California for their short-range EVs that employees use to get around campus. The EVs had to be refitted to use the plugless chargers, and any EVs that qualify for the technology would have to be refitted.

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Will Best Buy Service EVs, Even After Electric Scooter Failure?

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Back in May 2011, Best Buy announced they would be shutting down sales of their electric scooters in 27 markets due to lackluster sales. Spokesperson Kelly Groehler told BNET that there’s a huge barrier with consumers about how they’ll charge the vehicles. She also dismissed rumours of Best Buy planning on releasing an EV, saying they’re not making any commitments.

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New Liquid-Flow Battery Could Make Charging EVs as Quick as Pumping Gas

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By combining the traditional, stationary electrodes of a lithium-ion battery with the suspension idea of a liquid flow battery, the team makes it possible to refuel an EV without having to recharge the battery within its own structure. A refillable liquid-flow battery would be less expensive than traditional lithium ion batteries, and could help bring down the cost of electric vehicles.

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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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Kia Naimo Electric Crossover Vehicle Debuts in Seoul

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When the idea of a hybrid car first hit the scene, most of the unveilings were for compact looking cars. The same thing happened with electric vehicles (EVs), but that’s starting to change. Moving in that direction is the newly announced Kia Naimo, an electric vehicle that happens to be a crossover utility vehicle.

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Google Adds Charging Stations to Maps

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But until it does, Google is doing their part to make the stations easier to find. The company has added the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s database of about 7,000 alternative fuelling stations to Google Maps, making it easy to find a place to charge up either before you leave on a trip or on your smartphone while you’re out.

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New Toyota EV Prototype Breaks Cover, Based on iQ

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Generally speaking, the most efficient cars also happen to be among the smallest. After all, why haul around all that extra weight and size when you don’t need to? And that seems to be the thinking behind the newest Toyota EV Prototype, which is based on the iQ subcompact.

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Fully-Electric Rolls Royce 102EX Phantom Debuts in Geneva

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The whole concept of what it means to be an electric vehicle has really started to shift in the last few years. From the Tesla Roadster to Nissan’s electric concept, you can’t say they’re not fast anymore. With the annnouncement of the Rolls Royce 102EX, you can’t say they’re not luxurious anymore either. Set to […]

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Rinspeed BamBoo Brings Social Media, Integrated Mobile Tech to the EV

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No, the BamBoo was designed with the intention of being a fun, sun and sand delight for the social-media types and tech-savvy beach lovers. From its bread-box dashboard compartments to the throw-switch controls it conceals, it gives oldschool stylings and concepts a place in the world of high-tech transport.

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