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Tesla Smashes Consumer Reports Ratings System

The Tesla Model S P85D sedan has officially broken the Consumer Reports Rating System with the electric car performing better in the tests than any other car. Ever. According to Consumer Reports, the Tesla initially scored 103 — but the rating system doesn’t go past 100. So Consumer Reports had to … Read more »

Tesla Tops AAA’s Green Car Guide

Tesla Tops AAA’s Green Car Guide

The 2013 Tesla S P85 tops the Automobile Association of America’s 2014 Green Guide, followed by the electric 2012 Toyota RAV4 and the clean diesel 2014 Audi A7 TDI Quattro in third place. In fact half of the top 10 highest scoring green cars are clean diesel vehicles. The annual … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Volvo, ECOtality, Evatran, Enmark

Volvo Car Corporation is testing a fast-charger for electric cars that cuts recharging time to 1.5 hours — six times faster than existing on-board devices, according to the company. The new 22kW charger will be installed and evaluated in a number of Volvo C30 Electric cars. Car owners can either … Read more »

Better Place Opens Battery Swap Network

Better Place, the electric vehicle venture started by entrepreneur Shai Agassi, has opened its first publicly available battery switching stations, where drivers can swap out a discharged pack for a fully charged one in less time than it takes to fill up a conventional car with gasoline. The four Better Place … Read more »

3M Installs Electric Car Charging Point

3M has installed an electric vehicle charging station at its company headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota. The station was installed by Carbon Day Automotive, the Midwest distributor for Coulomb Technologies, and will accommodate electric and plug-in hybrid cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. It is part of Coulomb’s … Read more »

Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi to Standardize Electric Car Recharging

Trying to spread adoption of electric cars, five major Japanese firms have agreed to set a unified standard for electric vehicle recharging stations. First, the companies will address a Japanese national standard, then they will push for an international standard, reports Reuters. The group is comprised of Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, … Read more »

The Good and Bad of Russia’s Environmental Policies

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is allowing a paper mill to resume dumping waste in Lake Baikal, when he signed a decree that removed waste discharges in the production of pulp, paper and cardboard from a list of operations banned by environmental legislation around the world’s largest body of fresh … Read more »

Sainsbury’s Offers Free London Electric Car Charging

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is installing electric car charging systems at 11 of its London supermarkets. The retailer intends to give away charging services to customers. Sainsbury’s aims to help turn London into an “electric vehicle superhighway,” said Neil Sachdev, Sainsbury’s Commercial Director. Sainsbury’s claims to already be one of … Read more »

London Selects Low-Carbon Zones

The Mayor of London, England, has designated the first 10 “low-carbon” zones in the capital city that will receive more than £200,000 (approximately $327,700) to fund low-carbon projects that include the installation of rooftop solar panels, and electric car recharging stations, reports Envido. The low-carbon zones are expected to reduce … Read more »

BMW Adding Sub-brand for Electric Cars

BMW’s “Project i” series of electric cars will exist under a different sub-brand, helping the automaker distinguish its more energy efficient offerings much in the same way it differentiates its premium fast cars under the “M” label. The MegaCity is expected to be BMW’s first offering under Project i. Other … Read more »

Mitsubishi Has Big Plans for Electric Vehicles

Mitsubishi says its will boost its production target for i-Miev electric cars to 20,000, and it also plans to more than double its lithium ion battery output, according to a Reuters video. Mitsubishi is planning a big introduction of electric cars to New Zealand, while Nissan is attempting to tie … Read more »