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Industry says there will be enough lithium - but will the...

Industry says there will be enough lithium - but will the...

26 July 2012
The Leaf's battery needs 20kg of lithium but 40kg of graphite, the Tesla Roadster's battery needs even 100kg of graphite. While discussions about the scarcity of lithium were vivid 1-2 years ago and have now ebbed dow...
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EVs always cheaper to charge than ICEs

EVs always cheaper to charge than ICEs

24 July 2012
According to a study from Northeast Group, 6% of all utilities located in the United States had implemented special electric vehicle (EV) tariffs as of the end of June 2012. Electricity tariffs designed specifically f...
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How to standardise EV charging payment systems?

How to standardise EV charging payment systems?

20 July 2012
Whilst working groups in Europe, US, and Asia have widely discussed standards for electric vehicle charging, to enhance both safety and convenience, with regards to payment systems for public charging systems no such ...
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“2012 Chinese Auto Industry Development Report&rdqu...

“2012 Chinese Auto Industry Development Report&rdqu...

18 July 2012
In July, China released the “2012 Chinese Auto Industry Development Report” to reaffirm its support of electric vehicles. Encouraged by recent tax incentives and preferential policies for EV manufacturers ...
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Do you need an electric car? Maybe not, but your home wil...

Do you need an electric car? Maybe not, but your home wil...

11 July 2012
The Japanese government supports the introduction of EVs by granting subsidies to private households and business. Housing corporations introduce V2H companies as standard feature. Honda and Toyota recylce rare earths...
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Mercedes EV B-Class to hit the US market in 2014

Mercedes EV B-Class to hit the US market in 2014

10 July 2012
After the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive and A Class E-Cell, Daimler had initially thought of launching a hybrid version of the B-Class. However, government incentives for battery electric vehicles being much higher than...
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Danish-made EV with methanol range extender to reach 800 ...

Danish-made EV with methanol range extender to reach 800 ...

5 July 2012
While most fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are powered by hydrogen, a number of companies and researchers are now also looking into fuel cells powered by methanol, which is cheaper, safer and easier to use as comp...
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Electric vehicles exempt from purchase tax in China - ELE...

Electric vehicles exempt from purchase tax in China - ELE...

4 July 2012
In June, pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles were provided with an exemption from purchase tax in China. The new policy will reduce the cost of electric cars by €3900. In addition, the val...
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Production of lithium to get a boost with new companies a...

Production of lithium to get a boost with new companies a...

19 June 2012
The Chilean government has recently opened public tender to domestic and foreign companies for the exploitation of its lithium mines. The winning bidders will be able to extract up to 100,000 tons of lithium in a peri...
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EV sales in Central and Eastern Europe to exceed 60,000 -...

EV sales in Central and Eastern Europe to exceed 60,000 -...

13 June 2012
A newly published analysis from Frost & Sullivan ‘360 Degree Perspective of the Central and Eastern European Electric Vehicle Industry’ evaluates the potential for market uptake of electric vehicles (E...
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UK’s first rapid charging network allows EVs to cro...

UK’s first rapid charging network allows EVs to cro...

8 June 2012
The first pay-as-you-go network of rapid charge points was launched at Roadchef’s service station last week, enabling electric vehicle owners to drive the length of the country. Hopes are high that this could ki...
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Opel Ampera is in demand: 70% European sales target reach...

Opel Ampera is in demand: 70% European sales target reach...

7 June 2012
Chevrolet Volt’s twin sister, Opel Ampera was launched in Europe in late 2011. While sales are growing at a slow rate in the US, the Car of the Year 2012 is getting serious interest in Europe with over 7,000 car...
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News from Japan: Driving a PHV will not always make sound...

News from Japan: Driving a PHV will not always make sound...

6 June 2012
During a three-month trial of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid (PHV) carried out by the Japanese organization called Automotive server Response, it was uncovered that when operating the vehicle in electric mode the env...
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Belgium-based plant to produce phosphate-based cathode ma...

Belgium-based plant to produce phosphate-based cathode ma...

23 May 2012
A new industrial pilot plant for the development and production of phosphate-based cathode materials for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries has been established as a result of a joint venture named beLife between Belg...
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New standard for AC chargers in Japan - Electric Japan We...

New standard for AC chargers in Japan - Electric Japan We...

9 May 2012
The Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) is introducing a verification system for AC home charging devices to ensure better quality and safety. The automotive lithium-ion battery market is growing and the Japane...