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If like us you’ve been wondering where vehicle recycling efforts are heading, this latest information coming from Nissan will shed some light. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. shared the progress report on its recycling/recovery efforts in Japan for fiscal year 2013 (April 2013 to March 2014). Following the Japanese Automobile Recycling Law, Nissan announced its recovery […]

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Autonomous cars are on their way to our driveways and the technology is soon to be put to good use in the military. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is participating in daily live demonstrations at Eurosatory 2014 to showcase the company’s TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) technology. Attendees are able to observe an […]

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Aston Martin’s race team will start using solar power to cool its cars in Le Mans type of endurance race, known as WEC. Aston Martin Racing signed a partnership agreement with solar technologies experts Hanergy Global Solar in a project exploring how the sun’s energy can be used to improve race car performance in the […]

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New Jersey’s assembly approved a bill yesterday to allow Tesla to sell factory direct, but the battle for Tesla is not over. The next step is for the bill to be voted on by the N.J. senate and signed by Gov. Chris Christie. While the bill was crafted as a retort against the New Jersey […]

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Yesterday A123 Systems announced it had completed the acquisition of energy technology patents by Leydon Energy. Among more than 20 patents is the rights to lithium titanate battery tech and other tech which could be used to build electric cars by the Chinese-owned Wanxiang which owns A123 Systems. Some of Leydon’s California employees will be […]

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Tired of being bashed as a “dinosaur” business model and various other unsavory descriptors, the National Auto Dealers Association is fighting back against Tesla on behalf of franchised car dealers. Actually, the NADA does not call out Tesla by name in a two-and-a-half-minute video and its Web page called “Get the Facts,” but who else […]

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Last week the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors announced the winning team of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competition finals. The team’s exceptionally engineered 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with energy storage, electric drive and ethanol (E85) fueled engine technology, earned it the top honor. EcoCAR 2 is a three-year competition managed […]

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Nissan’s hybrid ZEOD RC Le Mans prototype racer set a couple of bittersweet landmarks yesterday in completing one lap of the Le Mans 24 Hours in all-electric mode, topping 300 kph, but broke after 23 minutes and did not finish. In qualifying, driver Satoshi Motoyama crossed over 300 kph (186 mph) on the Mulsanne Straight, […]

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A private individual near the San Francisco airport snapped and today posted a photo to an enthusiasts’ forum of a Volkswagen GTE plug-in hybrid wagon – a car that’s not in production anywhere, not even Europe. Could this plug-in sportwagen be coming to the U.S.? No telling, or even yet whether it’s slated for Europe […]

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In the wake of Tesla effectively taking the lid off its patents, BMW and Nissan are mulling the idea of collaborating on charging technology. Presently the three automakers, which use different charger plug configurations, produce about 80 percent of the global supply to the still-budding market, and to create synergy BMW and Nissan are considering […]

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