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    Recharge Wrap-up: Batty battery covers, Mercedes at Silvretta, new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid available in 2015
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    Apparently, Chevrolet Volt battery covers make suitable homes for bats. As part of an Eagle Scout project, Matthew Netherland created 30 bat houses out of scrapped Volt battery covers donated by Chevy. 22 of the bat houses will be set up near hydroelectric dams in Michigan. Each bat house will ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive breaks Nurburgring EV lap record [w/video]
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    The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive may be powered by batteries, but it is a legitimate supercar. It has exotic supercar styling, supercar paint, and a 416,500 Euro ($550,600 at today's rates) supercar price tag. Now, it also has a sub-eight-minute supercar lap time around the ...

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    Official: Protean's In-wheel motors named Car And Driver's "Most Promising Technology"
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    Protean Electric has received noteworthy praise for its unique in-wheel electric drive propulsion system. Car and Driver named it one of the 10 Most Promising Technologies for 2013. This ranking accompanies the publication's 10 Best Cars Celebration, which has existed for more than three decades ...

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    UK consortium to develop rare earth-free electric-drive system
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    A group of specialist engineering technology firms is set to embark on the development of next-generation electric-drive systems that do not require rare earth metals. UK-based Sevcon will lead the collaborative project that includes Cummins Generator Technologies and Newcastle University's Power ...

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    Volvo, Siemens work together for better electric drive technology
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    Swedish automaker Volvo has teamed up with German engineering conglomerate Siemens to jointly advance the development of electric vehicles through an extensive strategic cooperation that will focus on electrical drive technology, electronics and vehicle charging units. The first of Volvo's ...

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    AC Propulsion awarded $300,000 for electric van conversions
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    Southern California-based AC Propulsion, suppliers of electric-drive systems for the automotive industry, was granted $300,000 by the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) to outfit gasoline-fueled service vans that operate in the SoCal area with its advanced ...

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    AC Propulsion will double production capacity with new facility in China
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    Peraves E-Tracer – Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Within weeks of capturing victory in the Automotive X-Prize's Alternative Class-Tandem, Peraves and its electric motor supplier, AC Propulsion, announced the signing of a letter of intent to assemble up to 100 of the ...

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    Getrag to supply electric drive unit for Volvo's battery-powered C30
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    During the Paris Motor Show, Volvo confirmed that the C30 battery electric concept was bound for production. The automaker's first wave of electric C30s are tooling around Sweden, but those are prototype units. The production version, slated for launch to the public in 2013, will undergo a ...

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    Toyota president: We are determined to lead the electric-drive segment
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    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota president, Akio Toyoda, addressed the company's U.S. dealers at an annual conference in Las Vegas and his vision for the automaker came through loud and clear: he intends to run a company that dominates the electric-drive ...

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    Remy International, MotoCzysz team up to develop the D1g1tal Dr1ve electric propulsion system
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    Remy International, a company known mainly for its work with electric motors, has teamed up with MotoCzysz, a leading innovator in the electric motorcycle industry, to develop an integrated electric drive system that will feature ...

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    Remy and Enova team up to develop electric drive system
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    A couple weeks ago, Remy International chief executive officer John Weber offered up his one-sided opinion regarding the shift towards in-house production of vital hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) components. As a discouraged Weber previously remarked:

    Does it annoy me that GM's going down this ...

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    Battery powered Mercedes-Benz Vito passes cold weather endurance test
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    While plenty of people express interest in having plug-in electric vehicles, the reality is that the market segment where batteries are likely to have their first big impact is in commercial vehicles. Vans like the Ford Transit Connect and Mercedes-Benz Vito are often used by businesses and ...

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    AVL launches hybrid powertrain engineering center in California
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    Austrian powertrain engineering firm AVL has a new research and development facility in California dedicated to alternative fuels. AVL conducts both engineering and research work for its automaker clients as well as building test equipment ...

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    Daimler forms electric drive research partnership with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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    Daimler AG is setting up an electric drive research program with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) dubbed the e-drive Project House. The university and the automaker will combine work on all the elements of electric drive systems into the new research center. That will include, power ...

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    Miles Automotive, Segway and ZENN join EDTA
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    The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) grew a little bit larger this week with the inclusion of Miles Automotive Group, Segway, Inc., and the ZENN Motor Company. All of these companies – and the EDTA itself – should be familiar to AutoblogGreen readers and apparently ...

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