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Tesla reports quarterly loss, research spending up (August 4) — Tesla reported a net loss of $58.9 million or 60 cents per share, compared with the loss of $38.5 million, or $5.04 per share, a year earlier when there were fewer shares outstanding. The company’s plan for profitability hinges on the success of its upcoming Model S sedan, which is set to debut in mid-2012 and take the company beyond the niche market it established with the Roadster.

Tesla begins assembling beta versions of Model S (August 3) — Unlike the Tesla Roadster, the Model S Beta body panels and chassis will not be made of carbon fiber, but rather lightweight aluminum. To maximize air flow, the sedan will retain the flush door handles. Like some new vehicles entering the market, the Model S Beta will skimp on the spare tire.

Instead, expect a tire inflation kit. The move will create room to seat seven and maximize storage space, which the designers say will be more than any sedan on the market.

BMW’s electric cars of the future unveiled (August 3) — BMW is a little late to the electric car party but it has now arrived with two hot-looking prototype vehicles – the i3 city runabout and the i8 super sports car. These cars were engineered from the ground up to be electric cars unlike the company’s electric Mini, which was a conversion of the gas-powered car.

GM says Chevy Volt ‘virtually sold out’ (August 2) — General Motors will only report about 100 Chevrolet Volt sales when July’s U.S. auto sales come out Tuesday, but the extended-range electric car is “virtually sold out” of the outgoing 2011 model year, spokeswoman Michelle Bunker said today. Of the 4,488 2011 Volts GM has built at Detroit-Hamtramck, about 100 remain unclaimed, she said. The rest are reserved for dealer demos of the Volt’s battery and backup generator or internal GM uses such as engineering tests or marketing.

Ford Focus Electric Gets Ready To Make Some Noise (August 2) — Ford’s upcoming Focus Electric car will charge in a few hours, provide affordable commuting to Massachusetts drivers and will release zero tailpipe emissions. There is just one problem – it doesn’t make enough noise. President Obama recently signed legislation into law that will require electric and hybrid vehicles to make noise to ensure pedestrian safety, and Ford is turning to the public to decide which noise the Focus Electric should make when it arrives at Ford dealerships later this year.

Riding on Prius, Toyota gets the greenest brand tag (August 2) -Toyota has been named the greenest global brand in a major study by Interbrand that spans the 10 biggest consumer markets. The research, called Best Global Green Brands, combines public perception of environmental sustainability with performance on publicly available information and data. It covers the US, Japan, China, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Brazil, Spain, and India.

GM Volt Supply Poised to Surge in Race With Nissan’s Leaf (July 27) — General Motors Co. trailing Nissan Motor Co. in electric-car sales, plans to boost output of its Chevrolet Volt to 5,000 a month as the automaker seeks to seize the lead and test consumers’ hunger for plug-in vehicles. Nissan is winning this year, selling 3,875 of the Leaf in the U.S. to GM’s 2,745 Volt sales.

Russian Mogul Pulls the Think Electric Car from Financial Wreckage (July 27) — Russian cardboard mogul Boris G. Zingarevich has purchased the electric-car manufacturer Think Global AS, marking yet another financial revival for a company that’s faced demise several times throughout its 20-year existence.

Charge your electric car from solar power (July 27) — Now you can power your electric car from the solar panels on your roof. SolarCity, one of the larger solar power installers in the West, is launching an electric car-charger installation service for homes and businesses. The company says it will give more consumers in the 11 states where it operates the chance to go driving on su nshine.

Revenge of the electric car (July 24) — Revenge of the Electric Car, previewed last week in New York and set for wide release this October, proves equally as prescient. The film, which captures what may turn out to be the first stages of the auto industry’s evolution away from oil, cruises smoothly over the finish line where its predecessor ultimately stalled short.

Tesla signed to build power train for electric Rav4 (July 23) — Tesla Motors has signed a $100 million deal to build the power train for Toyota’s electric Rav4, the Palo Alto company reported Wednesday in a government filing. Tesla, famous for its luxury electric sports cars, will supply the Rav4’s battery, charging system, motor and gearbox.

Ford powers up hybrid production (July 23) — Ford’s hybrid powertrains and battery packs are nearly indestructible. Try this on for size: Out of the 42,629,318 cells used to make up 190,000 battery packs, only five cells — about the size of a D battery — failed. Of the 380,000 electric motors in Ford’s 190,000 hybrids sold (every vehicle has two), none failed.

You can’t get any better than that.

Car2Go ups car-sharing ante by going all-electric (July 22) — Daimler subsidiary Car2Go is expanding its car-sharing business to San Diego, but it’s taking the green concept one step further by making its vehicle fleet all-electric. Car2go currently operates in Austin, Texas with a fleet of 300 two-seater gas-powered Smart ForTwos, which are produced by parent company Daimler. Members can rent the vehicles by the day, hour, or minute, and unlike ZipCar, they don’t have to specify a time by which they will return the vehicles.

Toyota Targets at Least 16,000 U.S. Plug-In Prius Sales (July 22) — Toyota, the world’s biggest seller of gasoline-electric autos, said it expects U.S. sales of at least 16,000 plug-in Prius hatchbacks in 2012 after the model debuts early in the year. The new version of the world’s best-selling hybrid, designed to be recharged at a standard 110-volt outlet, will go at least 13 miles solely on its lithium-ion battery pack, John Hanson, a Toyota spokesman, said in an interview.

After that, it will operate like a standard Prius, averaging 50 miles per gallon of gasoline in city and highway driving, he said.

2011 Lexus CT 200h: Finally, a Prius with style (July 22) — A quick glance is all it takes to know the 2011 Lexus CT 200h is a much sportier car than the Prius. A five-door hatchback with a large air dam and flowing lines, it resembles the popular Mazda3 hatchback, one of the hotter small cars today. More upscale than a Mazda, of course – it’s a Lexus, after all – but definitely aiming at younger buyers than the Prius.

LEAF electric car overshadows Chevy Volt sales (July 9) — 3875 Nissan electric cars with lithium ion batteries sold since the beginning of LEAF, while Chevrolet sold 2,745 electric vehicles. LEAF Nissan and Chevy Volt are two options for electric car launched simultaneously in the U.S. market. Automobile magazine has been interested in knowing which of them has attracted more attention and it seems that the electric car Nissan LEAF is gaining an advantage.

3875 Nissan electric cars sold since the beginning of LEAF, while 2745 has sold Chevrolet Volt.

U.S. Weighs Rule Requiring Hybrids, EV Cars to Sound Pedestrian Alerts (July 9) — Electric vehicles and hybrid cars could be required to sound alerts to pedestrians under a new proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The regulation would force light-duty cars, motorcycles, vans and trucks to automatically sound alerts at low speeds.

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Mitsubishi’s ‘i’ electric car gets better EPA rating than Volt, Leaf (July 9) — Mitsubishi is today boasting of a double whammy when it comes to its new electric car. It not only will be cheaper to buy, but it will cost less in electricity to run than its major competitors. The i, Mitsubishi Motor’s all-electric vehicle, has garnered an EPA-rated 126 MPGe (that’s gas-mileage equivalency, meaning how its electricity use would compare if it ran on gasoline) for city driving and 99 MPGe for highway driving.

Electric car sets new Pikes Peak hill climb record (June 29) — Yokohama Tires sponsored an electric race car using innerworking from California’s AC Propulsion to break its own 2010 record on the hill climb. The AC Propulsion-equipped vehicle won the hill climb’s Exhibition Class and set a new EV record with a time of 12:20:084, besting last year’s record-breaking time of 13:17:575 by nearly one minute. Sounds pretty fast to us until you consider the new record for a car in the climb is now under 10 minutes.

Ford To Facebook Fans: “How Should The 2012 Focus Electric Sound?” (June 29) — The days of the almost silent electric car are gone. Motivated by a severe case of liticaphobia — or the fear of lawsuits — the auto industry has already agreed that electric cars should have some form of audible warning system fitted as standard to alert pedestrians of their approach.

GM Tests Electric Chevy Beat in India (June 29) — Their mainstream debut might be getting mixed reviews here in the United States, but all-electric cars are here to stay. Or so it seems: on the heels of its extended-range Volt General Motors just begun testing a new electrified version of the Chevrolet Beat hatchback in India. The Beat EV (also known in some markets as the Spark; no pun intended) is powered by a 20kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and propelled by a 45 kW (60 hp) motor and a single-speed drive unit.

GM indicates that under normal driving conditions, the Beat EV’s range should be in the neighborhood of 81 miles.

Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX Experimental Electric prepares for world tour (June 29) — This week, Rolls-Royce is putting their 102EX electric car to the test in the MIRA research facility. It will be subjected to lab-controlled heat and humidity tests to figure out how these extreme conditions will affect battery performance. Once that’s done, the 102EX will embark on a global tour that will take it to the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and North America.

Is that a Volts-wagen? Beetle becomes fastest electric-powered drag racer doing 0-60mph in 1.6 seconds (June 6) — Two brothers are celebrating after setting a world speed record in an electric car — made from a Beetle and a milk float. Sam and Olly Young, who are sponsored by their local pub in Hungerford, Berkshire, set out to prove you can have zero emissions and the thrill of super-fast travel too.

They built a ‘green’ mean machine out of a milk float and a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, which they have named Black Current.

Tesla Model S Alpha New Images Released (June 6) — It may still be well over a year away from launch, but Tesla’s latest press photographs are certainly getting the automotive world talking. Released over the weekend, the photographs show a Model S which looks good enough to take on mainstream automotive giants on the showroom floor head-on .


Nissan’s Leaf Being Driven in Government’s Electric Vehicle Pilot Program (June 6) — The Nissan Leaf, Nissan’s very first 100 percent electric vehicle, was part of a 116-car fleet chosen by the U.S. government for their employees and recently handed out to twenty government agencies. The Department of Energy and the Department of Defense, were chosen to be part of the government’s new Electric Vehicle Pilot Program.

New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt (June 6) — A radically new approach to the design of batteries, developed by researchers at MIT, could provide a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to existing batteries for electric vehicles and the power grid. The technology could even make refueling such batteries as quick and easy as pumping gas into a conventional car.

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