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Looks of a aerotank, heart of a hybrid: the Hinterland 1 concept car

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, EV/Plug-in, Green Daily The idea behind the Hinterland 1 concept car is efficiency. This is by no means new in the realm of automotive design, but rarely has a low coefficient of drag looked so, well, aggressive. Put a turret on top of this thing and it could be used […] […]

$84 million ZAP! plant for Kentucky to be announced today

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Manufacturing/Plants, Zap, USA It looks as though the passing of Xebra-friendly laws and promises of millions of dollars in tax incentives will result in the building of an million ZAP! factory in Kentucky. The governor of the bluegrass state, Steve Beshear, is expected to announce a deal between ZAP! and Integrity Manufacturing […] […]

Sanyo seeking new customers for lithium ion batteries

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, European Union, Japan, USA The world’s number one rechargeable battery maker is seeking out new automotive clients in an attempt to stay on top of the heap. With its competitor, Matsushita (Panasonic), snapping at its heels with plans to triple output, Sanyo is on the hunt for new contracts from auto manufacturers. […] […]

Intel updates the potential of wireless electric charging

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, EV/Plug-in Photo by rintakumpu. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0. It’s been over a year since we wrote about WiTricity, the MIT-developed wireless charging system. While we’re still a long, long way from powering all-electric automobiles without heavy and expensive batteries, there is an update on the cordless power idea, this time from […] […]

Wozniak carries two Segways in the back of his Toyota Prius

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Transportation Alternatives, Toyota, On Two Wheels Click above for more images of the Saturn Flextreme concept Apple co-founder Steve “the Woz” Wozniak loves his Segway. In fact, that should be plural, as he has multiple self-balancing two-wheelers. He also likes his hybrid Toyota Prius, enough to test its 104 mph top speed on […] […]

Nissan shows off EV battery lab

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, EV/Plug-in, Nissan, Japan At a recently-held advanced technology briefing, Nissan showed off its “Battery Lab” used for developing lithium ion batteries for electric and hybrid cars. This research facility is used to create different electrode formulations, as well as battery prototyping and testing. With all the battery improvement and electric car promises […] […]

No Audi R8 competitor coming from BMW

Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative, Sports/GTs, Green, Supercars, BMW Click for a hi-res gallery of the BMW M1 Hommage It’s a sign of the times. After having rolled out the delectable M1 Hommage concept (pictured above), one BMW board member says that the Bavarian automaker has no intention of producing a supercar to compete with the likes of the […] […]

AutoblogGreen for 08.25.08

Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative, Green click to visit AutoblogGreen Need a peek into the future? AutoblogGreen’s got some spy shots of the interior of the next-gen Prius and the new Opel Meriva. Honda has also let loose images of the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid, so that should keep you satisfied for a while, no? At the very […] […]