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Shanghai will give free license plates to electric vehicl...

Shanghai will give free license plates to electric vehicl...

13 September 2012
Shanghai authorities will grant free license plates to EVs in October 2012. ALTe Powertrain Technologies to open four factories in China to produce electronic devices for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. BYD rece...
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EV market projections: Part II – Governments announ...

EV market projections: Part II – Governments announ...

11 September 2012
OEMs announced production capacities for PHEV/EVs, but market projections are also made by governments that are including PHEV/EV plans in their political campaigns. This second article summarises government announcem...
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Hydrogen fuel-cells - the future for South Korean carmakers

Hydrogen fuel-cells - the future for South Korean carmakers

6 September 2012
Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group announced during a press briefing at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show that Kia would focus on electric cars, while Hyundai would work on plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. One y...
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Latest research, market projections and charging spots fo...

Latest research, market projections and charging spots fo...

31 August 2012
Research of power semiconductors points to cheaper inverters for EVs handling up to 200A. Fuji Keizai projects the market for electric trucks and buses to grow 4 times by 2020. Japanese “word of mouth” web...
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EV market projections: Part I - OEM capacity production a...

EV market projections: Part I - OEM capacity production a...

28 August 2012
As many industry experts added their view about EV market developments over the last years, a variety of forecasts for 2015, 2020 or beyond emerged, creating more market insecurity than clarity, it seemed. This first ...
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89% of EV owners in California report using their EVs as ...

89% of EV owners in California report using their EVs as ...

24 August 2012
The first California-wide survey among electric vehicle owners collected valuable data on the daily use of EVs. Results show that even though 95% of respondents also own a conventionally fuelled car, 89% use their EV ...
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EVs are included in Guangzhou’s license plate lotte...

EVs are included in Guangzhou’s license plate lotte...

23 August 2012
The China (jinan) International New Energy Vehicle Electric Cars and Parts Exhibition was held 18-20 August in Jinan, Shandong province. Low Speed EVs were the highlight of the exhibition. Guangzhou has released new r...
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The world’s largest fuel cell EV demonstration proj...

The world’s largest fuel cell EV demonstration proj...

20 August 2012
After seven years, the world’s largest single demonstration project to date focusing on fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure has generated data from more than 500,000 individua...
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Success of Japanese EVs at the hill climb race - Electric...

Success of Japanese EVs at the hill climb race - Electric...

17 August 2012
The Japanese Next Generation Vehicle Promotion Centre encourages buyers of clean energy vehicles to apply for subsidies, cars like the Nissan Leaf being likely to get up to €8,000 support. Two Japanese all-electr...
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New coolant keeps EV batteries cool even during hot summe...

New coolant keeps EV batteries cool even during hot summe...

14 August 2012
A team of German researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology has developed a new coolant for EV batteries called CryoSolplus, which is capable of absorbing between two and t...
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No support for low-speed electric vehicles in China - ELE...

No support for low-speed electric vehicles in China - ELE...

8 August 2012
In July, the content of the “Energy-Saving and New Energy Vehicle Industry Development Plan (2012-2020)” was formally released online. Following the release the Ministry of Industry and Information Technol...
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OEM full EV strategies

OEM full EV strategies

7 August 2012
OEMs have more or less all started production of electric vehicles, for concepts, trials, or to put them on the market. However, their strategies are very different, and if they tend to agree on what matters for consu...
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Conversion EVs taking off and solar fast charging at home...

Conversion EVs taking off and solar fast charging at home...

3 August 2012
The prefecture of Miyazaki sees in conversion EVs a way of increasing the numbers of electric cars on the roads while at the same time creating jobs in the region. In Tokyo, the Fiat 500 starts an electric comeback wi...
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EVs in Italy: Market trends and policy updates

EVs in Italy: Market trends and policy updates

2 August 2012
Italy has been quite proactive in the adoption of electric vehicles, with many local and regional initiatives to help people grow interest for PHEV/EV.. However, sales have been rather slow. However, thanks to an incr...
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Still not ready to buy an EV yet? Just rent it first!

Still not ready to buy an EV yet? Just rent it first!

31 July 2012
Last year, we have been reporting on the integration of PHEV/EV in fleets of major US and Europe car rental companies. Since then, plans announced have been more or less put into place and more announcements happened....