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Fisker Karma Receives EPA Certification For Sale

Fisker Karma Receives EPA Certification For Sale

Fisker Automotive said it has begun selling its 2012 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid car, following certification this week by the Environmental Protection Agency and the low-slung four-door sports car, which is a bit like the spawn of a Chevrolet Volt and an Aston Martin Rapide. Fisker had predicted a rating of 67 mpge and an all-electric range of 50 miles, the EPA disagreed, certifying the car with 52 mpge, a range of 32 miles and 20 mpg in gasoline mode after that. EPA certification is the final hurdle preventing Fisker from selling the Karma in the US and since the numbers are finally in, the company will start importing the cars now-ish with the first 39 arriving on our shores from Finland in about 2 weeks………………….

By On October 21, 2011 Respond
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Ford G1 V3.2.2 SYNC Software Update Adds Bluetooth MAP

Ford G1 V3.2.2 SYNC Software Update Adds Bluetooth MAP

Ford brings Bluetooth text message readouts to more SYNC vehicles and MAP is a Bluetooth protocol designed specifically for message streaming in automobiles, which is why most smartphones are not equipped with that profile. The software update (G1 V3.2.2) extends the functionality to supported a number of bluetooth equipped smartphones to allow users to hear SMS, MMS and email messages over the stereo, is set to roll out later this month…………….

By On October 18, 2011 1 Response
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Chevrolet Spark EV Is In Production & Chevrolet EN-V Is In Development

Chevrolet Spark EV Is In Production & Chevrolet EN-V Is In Development

Chevrolet says it will build an electric version of its Spark mini car and sell the vehicle in countries around the world, including select markets in the U.S and Watertown-based battery manufacturer A123 Systems will power the Chevrolet Spark EV. GM unveiled its EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) concept in three flavors conceived by design teams around the world and ib an effort to ascertain the real-world practicality of the two-seat, electric urban mobility concept, GM has begun work on the next-generation EN-V concept vehicle which the company plans to test in pilot demonstration programs in megacities around the world. The new vehicle and future EN-V concepts will also now be part of the Chevrolet brand and carry a Chevrolet badge……………..

By On October 16, 2011 Respond
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Harmonized Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Solution

Harmonized Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Solution

Seven auto manufacturers have signed an agreement to collaborate on a harmonized electric vehicle fast charging solution in the United States and Europe, which includes Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen. Besides being good for customers, the auto industry and makers of car-chargers, a standard will make the job easier for manufacturers and speed up the installation of common systems in different parts of the world. All seven car companies have also agreed to use the Green PHY communication protocol from the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and the Green PHY specification is designed for smart-grid and smart-energy applications………………….

By On October 14, 2011 Respond
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Panasonic And Tesla Make Agreement For Automotive-Grade Lithium-ion Battery Cells

Panasonic And Tesla Make Agreement For Automotive-Grade Lithium-ion Battery Cells

Panasonic announced that it will supply enough automotive grade lithium-ion cells to furnish 80,000 Tesla Model S electric sedans and Tesla Model S electric vehicles have a 130MPC (miles per charge) range and the company’s most expensive vehicles can travel up to 240MPC with enhanced batteries, it looks as though Panasonic is determined to boost those figures significantly. Panasonic and Tesla have an existing multiyear collaboration formed in 2009 to develop next-generation automotive-grade battery cells and speed the market expansion of electric vehicles and also Panasonic invested $10 million in Tesla……………..

By On October 13, 2011 Respond
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Edison 2 VLC Light Electric Vehicle

Edison 2 VLC Light Electric Vehicle

Edison2 decided the next logical step for its Very Light Car was to put an electric engine in it and the eVLC has been put through the EPA-certified ringer and come out boasting a jaw-dropping 245MPGe. Using the latest, more stringent, 5-cycle EPA tests the strange looking vehicle posted a miles-per-gallon equivalent almost 250-percent that of the Nissan leaf and the four-passenger eVLC also scored an impressive 114 mile range on its tiny 10.5 kWh battery and also ucked down a full charge in six hours from a standard 110v socket. The biggest hurdle for the Edison2 crew still lies ahead: convincing the world that its extremely lightweight (1,031 pounds) eVLC is safe to drive on public roads and computer simulations show that meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards is within the eVLC’s reach, but actual crash testing, which is scheduled to begin in late 2011……………..

By On October 12, 2011 Respond
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OnStar Planned To Collect Data From Vehicles

OnStar Planned To Collect Data From Vehicles

OnStar abandons plans to keep tracking vehicles after service cancelation and still hoped some departing customers would volunteer to maintain a connection so that it can provide former customers with urgent information about natural disasters and recalls affecting their vehicles. If OnStar loses out on boatloads of valuable data, at least the company won’t have to listen to Chuck Schumer’s public chastising any more and OnStar would have the capability to alert vehicle occupants about severe weather conditions such as tornado warnings or mandatory evacuations……………

By On September 28, 2011 Respond
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350Green To Install 400 ChargePoint Network Charging Stations For EVs

350Green To Install 400 ChargePoint Network Charging Stations For EVs

The California-based developer behind a wide-scale buildout of charging stations for electric vehicles in the Chicago area has chosen Coulomb Technologies to provide 180 stations that can charge an electric vehicle in a matter of hours and Chicago’s public charging stations will join a network of privately-installed Coulomb charging stations already operating at parking garages and businesses across Chicago. The ChargePoint Network will allow 350Green to track revenues, fees, costs, utilization and other EV services and with the latest announcement the ChargePoint Network is expected to grow to over 1,000 locations, many with fast charging capabilities……………..

By On September 24, 2011 Respond
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Hydrogen Refuelling Station Opens At Honda

Hydrogen Refuelling Station Opens At Honda

Honda has opened the UK’s first public-access hydrogen refueling station and it located at the grounds of Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon, and everyone who needs a little hydrogen in their lives is welcome. The commercial-scale station can fill vehicles at either 350 or 700 bar, which are the two standard pressures used by major vehicle manufacturers and filling up an FCX is said to take less than five minutes, and due to the fact that the station uses multiple hydrogen cylinders. Using tested technology in a way that can be easily replicated to create the network of hydrogen refuelling stations that would be required across the country to support fuel-cell-based transport and no official word as to whether Tilda Swinton plans to officiate the opening……………..

By On September 22, 2011 1 Response
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Toyota Announced Production Of Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota Announced Production Of Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota officially unveils production Prius plug-in hybrid, available March 2012 for $32,000 and the Chevrolet Volt has stolen a lot of thunder from the Prius in the media coverage department, but Prius sales are still continuing strong. The plug-in aims to retain some of those buyers and offer the large existing pool of Prius customers an enhanced option from Toyota and also gains a new lithium-ion battery pack, ditching the older NIMH technology of the standard cars. The plug-in Prius can operate in electric-vehicle (EV) mode for an estimated 15 miles at a speed of up to 62 miles per hour and the plug-in will switch to hybrid mode, providing an estimated 49 miles per gallon. The Hybrid Synergy Drive system in the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is essentially the same as in the current third-generation Prius and new Prius v models……………….

By On September 18, 2011 Respond
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Mercedes-Benz F 125 Concept

Mercedes-Benz F 125 Concept

Mercedes unveils an ambitious concept as they claim to look generations into the future of automotive technology and innovation with the Mercedes Benz F125 and this research vehicle will will help the company work toward a gasoline-free future and it’s a hydrogen-filled future with this car running on compressed gas and so giving off only water vapor and oxygen as emissions. Mercedes-Benz envisions the in-car system of the future, which start with the traffic report or retrieve personal messages before beginning the selected music programme and switch automatically to the weather report just before you reach your destination…………..

By On September 17, 2011 Respond
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New Ca-Fi 2-DIN Car Infotainment System Powered By Android  2.3

New Ca-Fi 2-DIN Car Infotainment System Powered By Android 2.3

Innotrends Brings innovative 2-DIN Car infotainment system powered by Google’s Android 2.3. The 1.2 GHz processor inside runs Gingerbread on 6.2 inch touch screen LCD. The features include access to applications and GPS, USB and antennas, DVD player, two slots for MicroSD cards and alot more. The Ca-Fi system can be used as a huge source of information and entertainment for automobiles. This Ca-Fi is expecting to be available in Europe during spring 2012. For now checkout the press release bellow for more.

By On September 16, 2011 Respond
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TomTom And Renault Brings Electric vehicle With Z.E. Live Navigation System

TomTom And Renault Brings Electric vehicle With Z.E. Live Navigation System

TomTom and Renault launch their first electric vehicle. They have added Carminat TomTom Z.E. Live, an in-dash navigation system that not only keeps drivers from getting lost, but also offers a visual cue to how much power’s left. This will help to effectively plan charging and remove drivers’ “range anxiety”. The green theme, the device provides the most eco-friendly and efficient routes. The features includs a lot more. Checkout the press release bellow for more.

By On September 15, 2011 Respond
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Fisker Surf Plug-In Hybrid Car

Fisker Surf Plug-In Hybrid Car

Fisker unveiled this new five-door at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, which is based on the Karma and it’s a five-door version of the iconic shooting brake body style, hat houses the same series hybrid powertrain that powers the Karma. Fisker says the Surf will be a little more expensive than the Karma, which retails for around US$100,000 and has set the seemingly ambitious target of selling 3500 per year once the global sales network is up and running……………

By On September 13, 2011 Respond
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BMW Developing Laser Headlight For Cars

BMW Developing Laser Headlight For Cars

Following the introduction of the full LED headlight, laser light is the next logical step in the development of vehicle headlight technology and BMW is planning this step, thus further expanding its lead in innovative light technology. The laser diodes are one hundred times smaller than its LED counterpart, the tech will help it design and package future light fixtures that are more bodacious than those from its competition in Ingolstadt. The technology is expected to debut in production form on the upcoming 2014 BMW i8 and laser lighting is already used in a variety of consumer products, namely CD and DVD players, however, in most cases it goes unnoticed by the user…………………..

By On September 6, 2011 1 Response
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