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Video: The 2011 Nissan Leaf Has Arrived
Video: The 2011 Nissan Leaf Has Arrived

  Ladies and gentlemen, the 2011 Nissan Leaf is here. And by "here", we mean "the interwebs". No, you can't drive it just yet. But you can follow Lance Armstrong's Twitter feed, where the new Nissan spokesperson occasionally mentions the all-electric five-door and how excited he is to be the first...Read More»

Chevrolet Volt to be featured on Xbox Kinect "Joy Ride" videogame
Video: Amping Up Videogames With The 2011 Chevrolet Volt

For decades, advertisers have spent a good bit of time and energy (not to mention cash) placing their products in movies. Who could forget ET's Reese's Pieces or, as a more recent example, the Audi R8, which has co-starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man films? For its part, General...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
Nissan Leaf Off To Strong Start, Poised To Become The Next Crown Vic

Just three weeks into the pre-order phase, Nissan has recorded an impressive 3,754 reservations for its all-new Nissan Leaf EV in Japan. That's over half the automaker's sales goal for the year. Even more intriguing? Nearly two-thirds of prospective buyers -- 61%, in fact -- are age 50 or older...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
Automakers Request More Subsidies For Plug-Ins, EVs, And Infrastructure

And here we are: Tax Day. The day that Uncle Sam kindly requests the presence of your cash in his coffers so that he can continue running programs -- some good, some less so -- that, put together, make the U.S. our country of choice. What more appropriate time of year for automakers to pay a visit...Read More»

Screencap from Tesla & TAG Heuer's 'Odyssey of Pioneers' round-the-world drive
Video: TAG Heuer Shows How 'Easy' It Is To Recharge The Tesla Roadster

A surprising number of potential car buyers are considering plug-in vehicles -- up to 25% of you, in fact. One of the biggest hurdles standing between shoppers and sellers, though, is anxiety about the batteries that plug-in vehicles use: how far will drivers be able to go on a charge, and how...Read More»

Mitsubishi MiEV
Japanese Automakers Team Up To Promote EV Standards

New technology is almost always exciting. However, it's also always evolving, which means that today's cutting-edge cars, computers, and home entertainment systems might not be so exciting (or useful) a couple of years down the line. Many remember the bitter battle waged between VHS and Betamax...Read More»

NUMMI plant in Fremont, California
EV Startup Aurica Motors Dreams Of Keeping NUMMI Alive

The New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. facility -- better known as NUMMI -- has had an impressive run. Opened in Fremont, California by General Motors in 1962, closed in 1982, and reopened as a joint GM/Toyota venture in 1984, NUMMI has produced hundreds of thousands of vehicles and employs...Read More»

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In Houston And Tel Aviv, Cities Shift Toward An EV Future

Electric vehicles have been discussed for decades, but it wasn't until the mid-aughts of this century that EVs gained traction within the broader auto industry. Today, nearly every automaker on the planet has some form of battery-powered vehicle on the drawing board, but research and development is...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Congress Considers Adding 20,000 Electric Vehicles To USPS Fleet

With around 260,000 vehicles at its disposal, the United States Postal Service operates the biggest civilian fleet in the country. Unfortunately, most of those vehicles get terrible gas mileage: the Grumman postal van only earns around 10mpg, and the 17% of USPS trucks that run on E85 don't fare...Read More»

Teaser for Louisiana's new VVC plant
V-Vehicle Is Vying For $320 Million In DOE Loans

In June of last year, the Department of Energy announced $8 billion of low-interest loans for automakers in the first round of funding from its $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Of that total, $5.9 billion went to Ford, $1.6 billion went to Nissan, and $465 million...Read More»

MINI E Schematic
BMW Evaluates MINI E Testers, Says Most Are Happy

In theory, the MINI should do well as an electric car: not only is its small size appropriate for a battery electric vehicle, but its target market of youthful, adventurous drivers are exactly the kind of eco-friendly early adopters who'd dig a plug-in ride. Unfortunately, when the MINI E arrived...Read More»

Better Place Israel CEO Moshe Kaplinsky displays the first electric parking lot in Israel.
EV Start-Up Better Place Scores $350 Million Investment

Shai Agassi and his EV start-up, Better Place, are on a roll. Just last month, we announced that the Palo Alto, California-based company brokered an amazing deal to develop charging and battery-swap infrastructure across Denmark, and now, Agassi and his colleagues have wrapped up another round of...Read More»

Audi e-tron Concept for 2010 Detroit Auto Show
2010 Detroit Auto Show: From The Outside Looking In

We don't use the word "I" very much in our writing at TCC, but this time, I suppose I'll have to: I'm going to give my take on the 2010 Detroit Auto Show from the vantage point of my office, which lies -- inconveniently -- about 1,000 miles to the south. What can I add to the discussion from here...Read More»

New York City
Study: New Yorkers To Buy 70,000 Electric Cars By 2015

In non-Detroit news, consulting outfit McKinsey & Co. has released a study indicating that by 2015, up to 16% of new car purchases in New York City will be either battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, which translates into roughly 70,000 EV sales over the next five years. The company...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
2010 Detroit Auto Show: Fiat 500 EV

There's been a lot of excitement about the Fiat 500, which is expected to arrive in the U.S. later this year or in early 2011. While the convertible and the sporty Abarth version have gotten the lion's share of press, there's also an all-electric concept version, which is set to debut next week at...Read More»

The Great Wall of China
China To Subsidize Green Rides For Consumers, Public Transit

China is in a curious position. Its auto market is very big, and it's positioned to get much, much bigger, but the Chinese government doesn't want the country's automakers to move down the traditional path of combustion-engine vehicles. Rather, it wants to grow an indigenous green vehicle industry...Read More»

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
News In Brief: Tesla Plays Climate Change Card In Copenhagen

The international Convention on Climate Change is making headlines this week, so it's no surprise that EV startup Tesla and its spotlight-friendly CEO, Elon Musk, are taking their show to Copenhagen, offering test drives of the current Tesla Roadster and crowing about the car's eco-friendly...Read More»

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Better Place Wants The Danish To Roll In EVs

We've mentioned Shai Agassi and his game-changing EV startup, Better Place, several times on TCC. Now comes word that he's brokered an intriguing  deal to install charging and battery-changing infrastructure across Denmark, and the Danish government has agreed to nix the 200% new car tax (yes, you...Read More»

ChargePoint
Element Hotels To Have ChargePoint Stations By Close Of 2009

Lots of companies pay lip service to "going green", but Element Hotels is putting its money where its mouth is. The Element chain is a 2008 addition to Starwood's sprawling family of hotels and resorts, offering customers a "no-compromise, eco-chic experience". Part of that experience will soon be...Read More»

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