Nebraska Communities Start Plugging In

The Nebraska city of Bellevue, the third largest in the state, has become one of the first to acquire electric cars for their fleet. The community whose motto has long been 'From Arrows to Aerospace' in recognition of its largest employer, nearby Offutt Air Force Base, also now can proudly proclaim it has 'plugged into the future' as it acquires its first two electric cars.


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Formula E - Round Two in Putrajaya, Malaysia

Round two of Formula E electric race series in Putrajaya, Malaysia featuring 10 international teams.



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The debut of Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car has the media buzzing with UK's The Guardian newspaper proclaiming it's the company's next Prius. At $57,500, it's nearly 3x what the original Prius cost when it was introduced in December 1997. But is sticker price the only obstacle?


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How Much Range Does Your Electric Car Really Need?
Oak Ridge National Lab research finds that for the price difference, most consumers will be better off with an electric car with 100 miles range than 200+.

Volkswagen Group's Winterkorn Sees Promise In Solid State Electric Car Batteries
In recent speed, CEO Martin Winterkorn indicated that Volkswagen, like Satki3, has set a solid state battery sell target in the €100 ($100USD) per kilowatt hour range.

48V Mild Hybrid Would Use Advanced Lead-Acid Battery and Electric Supercharger
European Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium is proposing a low-cost 48V 'super hybrid' based on lead battery technology.


Exploitable 'Weakness' in Graphene Could Lead to Fuel Cell Breakthrough
Graphene's ability to selectively pass hydrogen protons means it is feasible to create a fuel cell that runs only on hydrogen extracted from the atmosphere.

Electric Car Charging Options Increasing for New Yorkers
Maya Albanese finds the places and opportunities for residents and visitors to New York to charge electric cars are improving.

Test Drive: Volkswagen Passat HyMotion Fuel Cell Prototype
John Voelcker reports on is brief drive of VW's fuel cell car at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Fuel Cell Cars and the Carbon Credit Game
A 2017 change in California emission regulations will allow fuel cell cars, but not battery electric models, to qualify for 'traveling credits' to meet compliance rules and avoid penalties.

Honda, FirstElement Fuel to Build 12 Hydrogen Stations in California
Honda has pledged $13.8 million in financial assistance to the Newport Beach-based company, which along with state grants will lead to as many as a dozen hydrogen fueling stations.

Audi Presents the 'Ultimate' Fuel Cell Electric Hybrid
The Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro combines a hydrogen fuel cell with a 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged from the grid, giving the car a range of 310 miles.

Is the Mirai Fuel Cell Car Toyota's 'Edsel'?
Gas 2.0 sees some unsettling similarities between the failed Ford Edsel of the 1950's and Toyota's hype on its Mira fuel cell sedan.

Toyota Thought To Be Losing $130K On Every Mirai Sold
Toyota will need more than just the recent changes in rules hydrogen fueling stations in Japan to make its fuel cell car strategy a financial success.

Significant Cost Drop Needed to Make Fuel Cells Competitive, Says Toyota
Despite 95% reduction in fuel cell system costs, the company needs to see even more cost reductions below the current estimated $50K in the new Mirai. It needs to get down to around $12,000.


BMW Considers Increasing i8 Electric Hybrid Production to Reduce Customer Wait Time
Current customer wait time is approaching 18-months, which the company thinks shouldn't be anymore than 6-month on the low-volume production electric hybrid sports car.

500HP i8S Electric Hybrid Could Mark BMW's 100th Anniversary
If built, the 3.0Liter version of the i8 electric hybrid would offer 0-100km/h acceleration in 3.2 seconds, half a second faster than the current i8.

Mitsubishi's XR-PHEV Concept Just Might Get You to Go Electric
The electric hybrid SUV picks up where the Outlander PHEV leaves off with an estimated EV-mode range of up to 52 miles and fuel economy in hybrid mode of 65 mpg.

Ten Hybrid Cars That Actually Do Save You Money
Katie Kerwin reveals which ten current production hybrid-electric cars actually do end up saving their owners money over comparable non-hybrid models.

GQ and the Coming of Age of the Hybrid Car
GQ's Jason Barlow profiles Porsche's Panamera SE electric hybrid as the ultimate symbol of hybrid car technology coming of age and going mainstream.

Canada Offers Loophole to Michigan's Ban on Tesla Sales
Tesla is circumventing Michigan's ban on direct-to-buyer sales by offering test drvies in nearby Windsor, Ontario, a two-mile drive across the border from Detroit.

Kia Launches Soul EV on Malta
The all-electric car will retail at €29,900, which includes the full government grant.

Tesla, BMW In Negotiations on Electric Car Batteries, and Components
Elon Musk tells Der Spiegel the two companies are discussing collaboration on battery technology and charging stations.

High Import Duty Is Barrier to Tesla Entering Indian Market
Tesla Motors chief information officer Jay Vijayan points to high taxation rate on imported vehicles and lack of electric car category preventing entrance into huge Indian market.

Rimac Secures €10Million Series A Funding for 1,088 HP Electric Super Car
Priced at $1 million, the Concept_One supercar can hit 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds.

Audi Says It Will Offer All-Electric R8 e-tron in 2015
The second generation R8 e-tron’s electric powertrain will be used in future production vehicles with a long-range model, presumably targeted at Tesla Motors, to hit the market around 2017.

Electric, Hybrid Sales Hampered by Lack of Consumer Knowledge
Auto Trader survey of more than 1,000 people finds that while 87% indicated they are interested in considering buying a hybrid or electric car, but three-quarters of them don't feel they have enough information.

99% of Brits Survey Say They Aren't Interested in Buying An Electric Car
PwC survey of 500 British drivers finds that while 99% of them says they're won't consider buying an electric car, 13% are interested in hybrids.

EV Owners Answer the Question: Should You Buy an Electric Car?
Joseph White interviews a trio of electric car owners about their experiences as early adapters, finding that they agree that they will never go back to an ICE-age car.


BMW-Brillance JV Rolls Out 530Le Electric Hybrid in China
Based on the long-body version of the 530-series, the plug-in hybrid will have a range up to 58km in EV-mode and top speed of 120 km/h.

Sleek Electric Hybrids: Wave of the Future... For Now
Financial Times' Rohit Jaggi takes readers for a video ride in the BMW i8 electric hybrid super sports coupe.

SolarStratus Aims to Fly to Edge of Space on Sunlight
Eco-adventurer Raphaël Domjan's project to fly to 24,000 meters (80,000 ft) in solar-powered aircraft receives funding from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), as well as other backers.

Norway's Fannefjord Ferry to Refit with Corvus Lithium ESS
410kWh Corvus Energy Storage System will be integrated with existing Siemens propulsion system as way to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.

MagLev Train Carries First Passengers in Japan
27-mile trip between cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki hit top speed of 311 mph (500km/h) with 100 passengers on board.


Will Fuel Cell Car Makers Ever Catch Tesla?
With the launch of Toyota's Mirai and Hyundai's fuel cell SUV, as well as Honda's next generation FCX Clarity and other impending hydrogen-fueled vehicles, what's the odds they will catch Tesla and its battery electric cars?

Test Drive: Volkwagen's Fuel Cell Passat
Acceleration and performance, writes Auto Express, is comparable to VW's diesel Golf, but with a lack of fueling infrastructure it's a technology the world isn't quite ready for.

With the Arrival of Hyundai's Fuel Cell SUV, Has Hydrogen Finally Arrived?
Will Nichols reviews Hyundai's ix35 Fuel Cell SUV based on the Tucson, only 1,000 of which will be produced worldwide through 2017.

Test Drive: Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan
Auto Week's Mark Vaughn reports on his first drive in Toyota's first production hydrogen fuel cell car, the Mirai, which in Japanese means 'future'.

Toyota Hopes to Recreate Prius Success with Mirai Hydrogen Car
As with the launch of the Prius in 1997, the Mirai will go on sale in Japan in December, and in the US and Europe in the second half of 2015, with a sticker price in the USA of $57,500 before state and federal incentives.

The Real Reason Hydrogen for Fuel Cell Cars Is Free... For Now
Research needs to be done to help determine the most accurate way to measure hydrogen use by fuel cell cars.

Canadian Researchers Take Serious Look at Sodium-Air Batteries
Sodium and oxygen are among the most abundant elements on earth, but little research as been done to better understand their potential as energy storage batteries.

MIT Researchers Close In On 400-Mile Electric Car Battery
SolidEnergy System's high energy density cells use a part-solid, part-liquid 'biphasic electrolyte' with densities as high as 1,337Wh/L and better, yet, possibly costing as little as $130 per kilowatt-hour.

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