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American Chopper Goes Electric

Paul John Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Ironworks and Orange County Choppers and star of the reality television series called American Chopper, is showing off his latest project and it's green.  The reality television star teamed up with Siemens to create a custom electric motorcycle and showed off his wares to the Fox News Channel. The bike is a clean design and runs totally off plug in power.  Great to see such things in the public eye, even if it i... read more

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Hybrid Cabs in Boston

Last year, the City of Boston ordered that all cabs must be converted to hybrids by 2015.  However, last April, taxi drivers sued the city over this and today the judge ruled that Boston cannot force cabbies to buy hybrids.

Currently, most of the taxis are refurbished police cars (mostly Crown Victorias) and cab owners are required to keep all cabs in their fleet under 6 years old.  The taxi drivers said that this ordinance could put them out of business and that they aren't against ultimately greening the fleet.

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Nissan Leaf Uses iPhone and IT Management For Electric Vehicle

I have been writing a lot in recent days about the Nissan Leaf, an all electric vehicle, for one simple reason. I believe Nissan is doing it right with the car.  From their initial announcement to their small roll out and now their community applications, Nissan is hitting all the right notes.

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San Diego Goes Electric

San Diego is trying to get ahead of the curve and spearhead the next stage in automotive history.  I recently wrote about how the California city will be one of five designated spots for Nissan to sell its new Electric Vehicle, the Leaf. Nissan chose this city because it is part of a giant Department of Energy battery funding project.  The city will receive $400 million to create infrastructure for a new all electric fleet.  All this goes together with a recent announcement from the San Diego Gas &amp... read more

Chevy Volt Gets 230 MPG

GM recently announced that the Chevy Volt, an electric sedan, expects to garner 230 miles per gallon under the EPA's fuel economy test for city streets.  For longer journeys the automobile expects to garner 50 to 60 mpgs.  A much greater fuel efficiency than current competitor the Toyota Prius.

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Tesla Charger for Quick Power

Tesla owners rejoice!  No longer are you stuck waiting for power to drive you little roadster.  Nope, now a 40 amp, standard outlet can completely charge your Tesla Roadster overnight.  This negates the need to use (and install) the costly High Power Charger provided by Tesla.... read more

5,000 Nissan Leafs coming to the United States

An initial shipment by Nissan of 5,000 is hoping to plant the seeds of success for their new electric vehicle, Leaf.  This vehicle, originally discussed by Tom Lewis, is hoping to rapidly interest and sales rapidly grow from the starter program.  The shipments to the United States will coincide with the U.S. Department of Energy's $100 million grant to Electric Transportation Engineering Corp. (eTec), for deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the country.

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Ford, Hyundai Posts Profits

After a recent article about Tesla Motors turning a profit, I received a friendly e-mail from a regular reader that I was actually painting a false picture of the automotive landscape.  This was of course the last thing I wanted to do.  The reader wrote that I wasn't highlighting a couple of bright spots in the auto-field, mainly Ford and Hyundai.  I knew of both of these companies' situation but was focusing on Tesla, the only all-electric car company with such profits, in the article.  In the pursuit of being fair and balanced, I want to present the recent news on these two automakers, too.

First, Ford, an American automaker, posted a quarterly profit of $2.3 billion.  This impressive profit was mainly due to onetime gains resulting from debt restructuring this past spring.  The automaker did improve its American market share by 2 percentage point. The company only one of the big three that did not need any type of bailout fundings is banking on hybrid and improved gas efficiency to keep this streak of profit alive.  Ford will improve fuel efficiency in all vehicles approximately 20 percent through the end of 2010 vs. 2005, and the company is on track to improve fuel economy by more than 35 percent by 2015.

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A Car Company Made a Profit And It is Tesla!

Two major American auto companies are now essentially owned by the government.  All large foreign makers are posting huge losses across the board.  All is doom and gloom in the auto world.  Wait, I say, wait.  One wunderkind car company is turning a profit and the most exciting thing about this American company is that the vehicles it is selling are electric.  Yes, it is none one other than Tesla Motors, makers of the Tesla Roadster and soon to be Tesla Sedan.... read more

All Electric Mercedes Benz Supercar

What kind of car has 526 horsepower, 649 pound-feet of torque and can go 0 to 60 in four seconds?  Why an all electric one, silly.  Yes, Mercedes Benz plans to create a Gullwing Super Car that provides zero-emssions.

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