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Copper is one of the world’s most sought-after metals, widely used in automotive, but a metal with global mineable supply that could be exhausted in around 40 years. Toyota said it has worked with a group of industry partners to define a system to retrieve and recycle copper from vehicle wiring harnesses, helping secure a […]

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Nissan is working on developing systems that will allow EV users to feed electricity to their house or office while making sure the car is topped-off and ready to go when needed. Recently, Nissan has carried out an early field test of a system that will allow companies to regulate their electricity bills using the […]

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Honda has unveiled its Vezel new Urban SUV production model on the first day of the Tokyo Motor Show. The new model will carry the Vezel name for the Japanese market; Honda did not confirm what names this model will carry on other markets, but did say the new Urban SUV will be launched in […]

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Audi’s e-tron race cars have been successful in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to the point of claiming the manufacturer championship after six of eight races. This R18 e-tron quattro success was achieved in Japan by Audi Sport Team Joest in odd circumstances: heavy rain at Fuji meant that not a single lap could […]

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Mazda announced it will start trials in October of a unique system enabling vehicles and trams to communicate with one another. At the same time, the company will begin testing its Mazda Atenza ASV-5 (Advanced Safety Vehicle) on public roads in Japan. Japans’s Mazda Atenza is known in the U.S. as the Mazda6. Mazda said […]

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Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor Corporation jointly announced their agreement to work together to promote the installation of EV chargers. These will be specifically for electric-powered vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs, EVs) and the goal is to build a charging network service that offers more convenience to drivers […]

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The first public trials of Toyota’s Winglet mobility assistance robot are starting in Japan. Winglet will be tested on the city’s pavements to assess its safety and practicality for moving among pedestrians. Toyota said the trial will last until March 2016, with the emphasis in the first year being safety and from 2014 on functionality, […]

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Nissan has lifted the veil on an interesting part of its EV history. The Leaf is by no means the first all-electric car made by this company. The first one produced by Nissan was known as the Tama EV. Here is the story as told in the video (see below) by Nissan’s team who restored […]

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BASF announced today it will open a Research and Development Laboratory and an Application Technology Center for Battery Materials in Amagasaki, Japan. BASF is confident both facilities will be fully operational by the end of 2013. The laboratory will focus on researching electrolytes and electrode materials for high-performance batteries as part of Basf’s global R&D […]

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