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    Former McLaren designer, Jim Dowle (now of his own company JJAD) is creating an electric sports car and the specs sound promising. Instead of the previously announced, gasoline powered P1 project which was originally intended to compete with the Lotus Exige, the P1-E will have a four-wheel drive electric drivetrain powered by dual electric motors. Regenerative braking on each wheel will help charge the lithium-ion batteries storing the power for the car. Plus, it's got gullwing doors, to boot. JJAD expects a 230 mile range per charge and a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds. That's Bugatti Veyron...

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    Dodge Circuit EV Pics

    On Friday it got its name. On Saturday it got its face. The tireless auto fanatics at Jalopnik have pics of the Dodge Circuit EV. As expected, the prominent company trademark cross-hair grill is in place. No word on when or whether this car ever sees the light of a showroom floor. If Dodge is using...

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    Integrity Automotive Applies for ATPMIV Funds

    Remember the whole Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program (ATPMIV) that was supposed to encourage automakers to develop more technologically advanced, fuel efficient vehicles? This is the same pool of money that the Detroit Three were salivating over until the government decided...

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    Protoscar to Compete with Tesla, Dodge, Lotus

    Protoscar Lampo Protoscar, the self-proclaimed Swiss "CleanCar Shapers," plan to introduce an electric sports car at the Geneva Motor Show. The 268 horsepower convertible LAMPO concept will be unveiled at the show on March 2nd. The LAMPO uses an electric motor for each axle (the front for...

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    Panasonic Links Home Networks to Electric Cars at CES 2009

    Panasonic plans to display their "High Definition Power Line Communication" (HD-PLC) at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and an electric car will take center stage. HD-PLC will be used to demonstrate the integration of your future electric car into your home network. While the car is...

  • Governor of Oregon Proposes Mileage Tax

    In the words of our great patriot Benjamin Franklin, "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." Yes, even you Prius drivers have to pay them. You may be accustomed to taxes on gasoline, but what if you had to pay for how many miles you drive instead? If Oregon Governor, Ted Kulongoski...

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    This site has been covering news of the Mini E for over a month, so it shouldn't surprise you that Mini's parent company, BMW, is expected to unveil some EV concepts in the very near future. According to BMW Blog, the German automaker will showcase "Concept eDrive" at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2009. Details about Concept eDrive aren't certain, but bloggers in the know expect a 1 or 3-series model with the same electric powertrain used in the Mini E. Excited? There's more. The BMW Z Vision Concept is expected to appear at either the Frankfurt or Tokyo Auto Show next year. Sources close to...

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    Tesla Roadster Appears in Swedish Commercial

    Sometimes speaking the same language isn't a prerequisite to understanding. Take this Swedish commercial. What appears to be an advertisement for the Finnish energy company, Fortum, carries a strong message. Transportation as we know it is portrayed by barren landscapes dotted with exploding oil...

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    Go Electric and Lose Weight Too!

       GYM Concept Car What if you could combine your evening commute with your evening workout? You'd save a lot of time, gas and money skipping the trip to Life Time Fitness. This might become reality if Coventry University design student, Da Feng, gets his way. Feng has designed the GYM Concept...

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    Celgard Wins Battery Development Contract

    The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) and the U.S. Department of Energy have awarded Celgard, LLC. with a contract to improve lithium-ion battery separator technology. Battery separators are electronic insulating layers that prevent batteries from overheating, which improves their...

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    Even Automakers Think Hybrids Are Too Expensive

    According to yesterday's Washington Post, all those Priuses Toyota has been selling aren't making them much money. Rumor has it that those touted hybrid SUVs General Motors has been parading aren't turning profits either. What about the Chevy Volt? In June, GM Vice Chairman, Bob Lutz, said that the...

  • Go Renault!

    Today Renault, the French parent company of forward-thinking Nissan, announced that they would have not one, or two, but THREE electric cars on the consumer market by 2012. Two of the three will be based on current models, the Kangoo MPV and the Megane; one model will be an all-new five-seater...

  • It's a car. It's a bike. It's...what is it? It's called the VentureOne. With fuel economy approaching 100 miles per gallon and six second 0-60 performance, it could revolutionize how we think about driving. This past weekend at the Opportunity Green Conference at UCLA, Venture Vehicles, Inc. COO Howard Levine and a panel of automotive professionals from Toyota, Mazda and Automotive Marketing Consultants discussed the challenges associated with bringing eco-friendly automotive technologies to the public. Venture Vehicles is doing their part to put these technologies on pavement. The company...

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