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    Official: Ford showing off CNG F-150 at AltCar this weekend

    Gearheads can look forward to the sun, surf and the first natural-gas-powered Ford F-150 in Santa Monica, CA, this weekend. The AltCar Expo takes place today and tomorrow and will most notably include the debuts of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) versions of the ...

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    AltCar: Wheego ready with LiFe EV build plan, 100 due by end of 2012

    The biggest problem that Wheego was having the last time we looked in on the company was getting the Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to sign off on temporary exemption to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Regulations (FMVSSR) for its two-seat, all-electric Wheego Whip LiFe car. ...

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    AltCar: Over 10,000 Aerovironment chargers installed in US; Fiat deal coming soon?

    Aerovironment has installed 10,000 residential chargers in the US. On top of these, there are many at Nissan dealers and more at BMW dealers that offered the ActiveE (around 70). Soon, possibly, there will be some at US Fiat Studios. Aerovironment's Tom Carney, director of automotive sales and EV ...

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    AltCar: AltCar: ZeroTruck a big electric vehicle with bigger dreams

    Richard Serio, CEO of ZeroTruck recently told AutoblogGreen his all-electric work truck company is "on the cusp." That's because the California Energy Commission (CEC) program has approved a $2.2 million grant to get around a dozen vehicles into work fleets around the state. The grant pays for a ...

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    AltCar: AltCar 2012: Firefly ESV ready to check in on parking meters

    The all-electric Firefly ESV looks exactly like the kind of vehicle that would be used to go around and hand out parking tickets. Luckily, that's exactly what it was designed to do. Good Earth Energy (maker of the ESV, which stands for Essential Services Vehicle) itself says the vehicle has an ...

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    Official: Toyota sending RAV4 EV on Charge-to-Charge Tour of California

    Anyone who's California Dreamin' about test-driving the battery-electric version of the Toyota RAV4 can now get their chance. The Japanese automaker is taking the EV on a tour of the Golden State with its Charge-to-Charge Tour, complete with a web series hosted by Treehugger founder Graham ...

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    AltCar 2011: Electric Mobile Cars is all crunked up with three fleet models

    It's been a while since an all-electric truck has been for sale in the U.S. (RIP, Ford Ranger EV), so perhaps a zero-emission crunk is just what the market is waiting for. Electric Mobile Cars will soon find out, now that it is taking orders (fleets only) for its converted E36T (pictured). EMC ...

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    AltCar: AltCar 2011: EV Mobile Charger brings electrons to the side of the road

    Somewhat surprisingly given the early stage of the EV rollout we're in, there are already lots of ways to recharge empty electric vehicles along the side of the road, both official (see choices from AAA, Club Assist and Nation-E) and DIY. At the 2011 AltCar Expo in Santa Monica, CA, this weekend, ...

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    Exclusive: AltCar 2011: Trexa Enertube is waiting for you

    The Trexa has evolved. First unveiled as a skateboard-like concept platform in 2010, the latest version of the Enertube was on display at the 2011 AltCar Expo this past weekend, along with a few ideas for how this battery-powered cylinder with wheels could be used (see gallery for those ...

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    Exclusive: AltCar 2011: Island Green Motors wants to scoot you to the Caribbean

    How's this for an unusual business model: take a Chinese-built vehicle, convert it to electric drive in Iowa and then export it to the Caribbean. Yeah, it doesn't make all that much sense to us, either. Perhaps this is why Island Green Motors (IGM) scrapped this original plan and is now focused ...

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    Alt Car 2010: Where plug-in vehicles are finally for sale and the drives are smooth

    Brammo Enertia at AltCar 2010 – Click above for high-res image gallery from the show
    As we said, we were not able to make our annual pilgrimage to the Santa Monica Alt Car Expo last weekend. But that doesn't mean we didn't have friends there. Reader Gint Federas. was able to go for a few ...

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    AltCar: See X-Prize-winning X-Tracer and more this weekend in Santa Monica

    Gov. Schwarzenegger learns about the Chevy Volt at AltCar 2009 – click above for high-res image gallery
    Due to an unmoveable scheduling conflict, we won't be able to be at the annual Santa Monica Alt Car Expo this weekend. It'll be the first one we've missed, and it makes us kind of sad. ...

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    AltCar 2009: Dan Neil, "Some Inconvenient Questions," and GM hints it could sell Chevy Volt gliders

    On top of the test drives (Wheego Whip), test rides (Coda Sedan) and a visit to the unlimited energy booth, a highlight of the AltCar Expo last weekend was getting to hear the LA Times' premiere auto scribe Dan Neil moderate two sessions called "Some Inconvenient Questions." Neil was lucky to ...

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    AltCar 2009: Riding in Green Vehicles' Triac, a prototype that is not quite ready

    Triac - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The history of the Green Vehicles' Triac is a convoluted one. First surfacing in the summer of 2008, promised delivery dates in November and December 2008 were not kept, but Green Vehicles' Ehab Youssef and his team kept on pushing forward, taking ...

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    AltCar 2009: EF9's "unlimited clean energy" turbine could go into cars, if it works

    EF9's "unlimited clean energy" system - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Mark Tanner, who does R&D for EF9 Energy Systems, was pretty wiped out by the time we got to speak with him at the end of AltCar 2009 in Santa Monica last weekend. It's understandable. He'd been explaining how his ...

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    AltCar 2009: NuTech battery swap trailer is fresh, kind of crazy

    NuTech battery swap trailer model - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The most interesting electric vehicle concept product we saw at the AltCar expo in Santa Monica this weekend was the automatic battery charger and changer from NuTech Energy Solutions. Since the idea is a new one from ...

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    AltCar 2009: Touring the show with the Governator

    Gov. Schwarzenegger learns about the Chevy Volt - click above for high-res image gallery
    During the opening day of the 2009 AltCar Expo & Conference here in Santa Monica, Governor Schwarzenegger stopped by for a tour of the green vehicles on display. He learned about the Volt from Dave ...

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    AltCar 2009: California Fuel Cell Partnership giving out free t-shirts w/winning slogan

    Readers had a lot of fun with the California Fuel Cell Partnership's t-shirt slogan earlier this year. The winning slogan wasn't one of the snarky options – it's "Ahead of the Pact with a Fuel Cell Stack" – and now the CaFCP is ready to start getting the word out about hydrogen via ...

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    AltCar 2009: Vision Industries to display fuel cell truck at Santa Monica

    The annual Alt Car Expo is coming up this weekend at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and Vision Industries will be on hand to display its Tyrano semi tractor. This is no typical smoke-belching, diesel-powered semi. In fact, the only thing emitted by this hauler is water vapor. The Tyrano is a ...

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    Austin Alt Car: panel looks at the future of plug-in hybrids

    The last in our series of reports from the discussion panels from last week's Austin Alt Car expo focuses on the panel that had the broadest possible appeal: an overview of plug-in hybrids. Taking place on the Saturday, and therefore more accessible to the working public, the free-form panel ...


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