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Electric plane flies at Oshkosh airshow

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, EV/Plug-in, Transportation Alternatives, Lightweight, USA The ElectraFlyer C took to the skies at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Sunday, demonstrating to the crowds below the possibilities of environmentally friendlier electric-powered flight. The folks on the ground were also witness to a huge reduction in noise pollution as the converted Moni motor glider […] […]

Utility to distribute EV cars in Latin America

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, South/Latin America Endesa, a Spanish-based (Italian-owned) utility company will be soon distributing to its customers in Santiago Chile an EV car. The model, the Reva EV (which we tried in Barcelona last year) hasn’t been much of a big seller in most of Europe (40 units in Spain) so the distribution via the […] […]

Breaking: Franz von Holzhausen to Tesla Motors as design director!

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Mazda, Tesla Motors, USA Click above for more shots of the Mazda Furai concept We’ve received confirmation from both Darryl Siry and Mike Bumbeck at Tesla Motors that Franz von Holzhausen, the designer who since February of 2005 oversaw the design and development of all concept and production vehicles for Mazda North […] […]

With these prices, hybrids will only be elite cars

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Legislation and Policy, Japan One of France’s most prestigious newspapers, Le Monde, has published a very interesting article about the real impact and the future of green cars regarding Japanese automakers. Basically, the idea is that automakers are asking (and getting) help to develop green technologies. It quotes Carlos Ghosn’s concerns about […] […]

Obama: 1 million plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2015

Filed under: Biodiesel, Ethanol, EV/Plug-in, Flex-Fuel, Hybrid, MPG, Legislation and Policy, USA Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has proposed a new ten-year 0 billion energy plan today in Michigan. A large part of the plan centers around transportation — both the use of petroleum and the types of cars we are to drive in the future. […] […]

Continental wants to start producing lithium ion cells

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid Continental, like its arch rival Bosch, is striving to stay relevant in a changing automotive landscape by expanding into new technology areas for hybrid and electric drive vehicles. One technology both companies are pursuing aggressively is lithium ion batteries. Continental will be supplying packs for Mercedes Benz mild hybrid vehicles beginning in […] […]

Rumormill: Mazda RX-9 to pack hydrogen power

Filed under: Coupes, Hybrids/Alternative, Green, Mazda Click above for a high-res gallery of the Mazda Taiki concept. The rotary engine is world-renowned for many things, but fuel-efficiency isn’t one of them. Mazda wants to make Wankel’s masterpiece the poster child for its hydrogen-powered endeavors, so it’s considering offering a dual-fuel version of the engine in its next […] […]

Lotus gives hybrids a V8 soundtrack

Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative, Etc., Green, Lotus, Toyota Click above for gallery of Lotus’ Safe and Sound Hybrid Hybrid vehicles have the potential to save a few bucks at the pump, but advocates for the blind have continued to warn about their potential to harm to the seeing impaired. Lotus’ automotive consultancy arm is trying to avert the […] […]