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GE, Ford, and the University of Michigan team up to extend EV battery life

GE, Ford, and the University of Michigan team up to extend EV battery life

Researchers all around the world are teaming up with automotive manufacturers and battery manufacturers to attempt to design improvements in battery packs that will help electric vehicles drive farther. GE, Ford, and the University of Michigan are all working together on a new project with the goal of extending battery life for EVs. Longer battery life equates to a longer driving distance for electric vehicles.

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Toyota RAV4 EV rolls out for first drives

Toyota RAV4 EV rolls out for first drives

Yesterday Toyota handed the keys to its RAV4 EV over to car geeks in the media for the first time. Along with allowing the first non-Toyota folks to drive the new EV also comes a slew of new statistics and facts about the electric SUV. The RAV4 EV is completely electric powered and will arrive in select California dealerships later this summer.

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BMW C evolution: Earth friendly with no rider compromise

BMW C evolution: Earth friendly with no rider compromise

BMW has revealed its latest electric vehicle, but unlike the i-Series cars the new C evolution bike is somewhat less glamorous and likely to be a whole lot more affordable. Part of BMW's Motorrad group, the BMW C evolution uses a 11 kW electric drive for a top speed 120 kph and a range of 100 km from an 8 kWh battery. Unlike electric city cars, however, BMW believes the C evolution bike is perfectly suited to motorway driving as well.

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GE researchers create new prototype traction motor for hybrid and electric vehicles

GE researchers create new prototype traction motor for hybrid and electric vehicles

GE has announced the creation of a new world-class traction motor for hybrid and electric vehicles. The new prototype electric motor delivers higher power density and better acceleration efficiency in a smaller frame at a lower cost than existing electric motors. The goal for GE is to extend the range of electric vehicles and reduce fuel consumption for hybrids using the new motor.

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Honda delivers its first Fit EV

Honda delivers its first Fit EV

Honda has announced that it has delivered its first 2013 Fit EV to a customer. The Fit EV is available in a limited area to begin with including some select California and Oregon markets. The vehicle was given a 118 MPGe rating by the EPA and consumes 29 kWh of electricity per 100 miles driven. The Fit EV is one of the most efficient EVs in the country.

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ECOmove QBEAK EV promises 500-mile range

ECOmove QBEAK EV promises 500-mile range

I'm not sure I'll ever understand why many makers of electric vehicles can't (or won't) design an attractive car. It's like if you're driving a green vehicle some manufacturers think it has to be quirky and odd to scream green. I'm always happy that at least Tesla makes its EVs attractive. The latest quirky and not so good-looking electric vehicle to cross my desk is the ECOmove QBEAK.

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Nissan LEAF battery to power homes

Nissan LEAF battery to power homes

The large capacity battery in Nissan's LEAF electric vehicle will soon be able to power entire homes. Nichicon has developed a new Vehicle to Home System called "EV Power Station" that can both charge and discharge the EV's batteries, distributing its electricity to the household. The EV Power Station is said to be the world's first such charging device capable of supplying household power.

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Tesla talks Model S details ahead of mass deliveries

Tesla talks Model S details ahead of mass deliveries

Tesla is set the start large-scale deliveries of the Model S electric vehicle in eight days and about 17 hours at the time of writing. Deliveries will begin on Friday, June 22, and ahead of those deliveries, Tesla is holding some events around the country to allow prospective buyers to take a test drive. Tesla is also showing off an interesting video this week of its assembly line.

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Honda Fit EV lands 118 MPGe rating from EPA

Honda Fit EV lands 118 MPGe rating from EPA

Honda is just tickled pink right now and has laid claim to the highest ever MPGe fuel efficiency rating for an electric vehicle. The EPA has granted the Honda Fit EV an equivalency rating of 118 MPGe making it the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the US. The Fit EV is a small four-door hatchback and promises more efficiency than other EVs on the market such as the Ford Focus Electric, Nissan Leaf, and other offerings.

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