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Better Place official shares updates and trends on EV markets

The recent years have seen remarkable activity in the global electric vehicle industry. For the past three to five years ago, the EV market has gone through a normal “hype circle,” Joe Paluska, vice president for communications at venture-backed American-Israeli company Better Place tells EcoSeed. “Everyone sees EV’s are coming,” Mr. Paluska says. And while the expectations began rising years ago, the market is very much alive and electric cars...

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Tesla unveils its Supercharger, opens charging network in California

Tesla Motors has unveiled its highly anticipated Supercharger, which will pave the way for long distance travel in electric cars for free by using sunlight energy. The Supercharger is said to be significantly more efficient than existing technologies to date, providing nearly 100 kilowatts of power to the Tesla Model S batteries, and with the potential to upgrade this to 120 kilowatts in the coming years...

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Toyota working on 21 new hybrid models, limits release of EV mini-car

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation will be launching 21 new hybrid vehicles from now until the end of 2015 but has scrapped the planned worldwide release of their “eQ” all-electric mini car. The automaker released a statement detailing their vehicle deployment plans through 2015 including their progress on the development of environmental technologies to improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions...

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I.E.A. report says fuel efficiency efforts still promising

The International Energy Agency released a 40-year roadmap toward improving the fuel efficiency of road vehicles by 50 percent through “the right policies and technology,” aiming to save as much as four-fifths of current annual global oil consumption. The agency says there is massive potential for fuel efficiency improvements that could reduce demand for transport fuel, which accounts for a fifth of global final...

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More Asian countries to follow China in EV race

China has emerged as the world’s largest automotive market according to Pike Research. The country is positioned to become a “significant exporter” of EV’s in the next years. A report from CNET says China wants to be “in the driver’s seat” for electric vehicles, and citizens there look at producing EV’s as a prestige and hallmark of most developed countries. But China is not the only country in Asia making the push...

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Better Place opens charging station for electric taxis in Amsterdam Airport

The Better Place Consortium announced that they will be advancing their electric vehicle network solution by way of the launch of a marque E.V. taxi project at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The project consortium, “Greening European Transportation Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles,” was awarded last year as the first decarbonization infrastructure project co-financed by the European Union’s TEN-T program.

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India to boost electric vehicles with $4.1 billion investment

India, in a move to cut emissions from its land transportation sector, has affirmed plans to boost electric vehicles in the whole of the country over the next eight years. The Indian Central ministers, at the National Electric Mobility 2020 meeting, approved a grand investment of 225 billion rupees ($4.1 billion) to bolster hybrid and pure EV’s, with an aim to power up 6 million green vehicles on its road by 2020.

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Low “fuel costs” lower total cost of ownership of E.V.’s – Pike

The lower “fuel cost” or cost of charging of electric vehicles gives it a lower total cost of ownership compared to conventional vehicles and other alternative fuel vehicles, according to Pike Research. Of the 17 vehicles tested in the study, battery electric vehicles proved to be the least costly overall in terms of total cost of ownership – also taking into account the federal tax credit available for electric vehicle purchases.

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Ecotality to offer free car charging in three U.S. cities

Electric vehicle service provider Ecotality announced that they will offer their smart charging services for free for the residents of the greater metropolitan areas of Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia. The announcement is part of the company’s expansion of The EV Project, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Ford introducing C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid by fall

This fall, Ford is making its first production plug-in hybrid – the C-Max Energi – available to American drivers. The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid has a total range of 550 miles, including more than 20 miles in electric-only mode. To be available in America for $29,995 after a federal tax credit, Ford claims the C-Max Energi will be the country’s most affordable plug-in hybrid.

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