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Commercial EV Sales Outstrip Consumer EVs

Commercial EV Sales Outstrip Consumer EVs

Commercial and industrial electric vehicle sales will top $30 billion this year, compared with $28 billion for consumer EVs, but by 2023 that gap will widen to $154 billion for commercial EVs and $119 billion for electric and hybrid cars, says a report from IDTechEx. The technology and market research … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Fisker Talks IPO, Leaf Parks Itself, Volvo V60 Sells Out

Fisker Automotive is looking to share parts and technology with other car companies, which would help the electric carmaker save money, Fox News reports. The company is also preparing for a public offering of stock, CEO Tony Posawatz told the Automotive Press Association, adding that Fisker is watching the stock … Read more »

Fleet Roundup: BMW GM Breakup, BMW Toyota Hookup, Volvo, Citroen C-Zero

Volvo’s “I-See” system, which captures kinetic energy created when a truck brakes and uses that energy to propel the truck, can reduce fuel consumption by up to five percent and will be on the market in 2013, the company says. A truck covering 140,000 kilometers a year can save about … Read more »

Fleet Roundup: SAE vs. CHAdeMO, Tesla, Waste Industries, Volvo

The battle over DC fast-charge standards heated up at a recent California State Senate public committee meeting. A GM representative asked the state to limit adoption of DC fast chargers to only those that conform to the upcoming SAE standard (supported by US and German automakers) while a Nissan representative … Read more »

Ford Focus Electric Certified Most Fuel-Efficient at 110 MPGe

The EPA has certified the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, which boasts a 110 miles per gallon equivalent in-city rating, as America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle. Focus Electric has a highway mpg equivalent of 99 miles per gallon. The car has been certified by the EPA to offer 105 MPGe combined, … Read more »

Study Finds Battery Costs to Limit Adoption of Electric Cars

Study Finds Battery Costs to Limit Adoption of Electric Cars

Electric-car battery costs are unlikely to drop enough over the next decade to drive widespread adoption of fully electric vehicles without a major breakthrough in battery technology, according to a new study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Ford Motor says it plans to develop advanced lithium-ion battery systems in-house … Read more »

Eco Cars Top Detroit Auto Show

Eco cars are dominating this year’s Detroit Auto Show with a number of new concept hybrids being launched by both large and small automakers. The Ford Fusion Hybrid won the 2010 North American Car of the Year, at this year’s 2010 North American International Auto Show, which opened for previews … Read more »

Intel Eyes Wind, Electric Cars

Seeing a fit for its processing prowess in emerging industries, Intel is considering getting into wind forecasting and even information management for electric cars. While Intel already sells microprocessors to wind turbine makers, John Skinner, Intel’s Director of Marketing for its Eco-Technology division, said there are good opportunities for moving … Read more »

Federal Grants to Spur Clean-Tech, Smart Grid Innovations

Federal Grants to Spur Clean-Tech, Smart Grid Innovations

The Obama Administration has released billions of dollars under the federal stimulus act to drive technological innovation in the areas of clean technologies and smart-grid networks. The head of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the first federal grants for high-risk, high-reward clean-tech ventures including innovative technologies such … Read more »

The Hidden Cost of Electric Vehicles

Although electric vehicles show higher non-climate damages than many other technologies, they will not be significantly cleaner than cars powered by fossil fuels until they rely less on electricity produced from coal-fired power plants, according to new research from the National Research Council, reports Reuters. Despite the finding, Japanese automaker … Read more »

Germany Plows $705M Into Electric Car Development

Germany aims to put a million electric vehicles on its roadways by 2020, and the country is putting $705 million behind the effort to boost adoption of the technology. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government agreed to spend the $705 million by 2011 to accellerate development of the technology, reports Bloomberg. … Read more »

Study Predicts Market Dominance for Electric Cars by 2030

Electric cars could comprise 64-86 percent of light vehicle sales by 2030, provided that consumers don’t have to buy the batteries themselves, according to a new study from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at University of California, Berkeley. To build the infrastructure for battery charging and swapping systems over … Read more »