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    Official: Honda MC-β will use solar-powered chargers in 'micro' EV tests
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    Honda is envisioning what it calls a CO2-free society and, not surprisingly, it's a rather sunny one, in one Japanese city, at least. The Japanese automaker is kicking off a test program with the micro-electric-vehicle that will use power generated via photovoltaic energy collected and stored at ...

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    Official: Honda works updated Micro Commuter, FCX Clarity into 'Smart Mobility' exhibit
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    Honda plans to show how its super-small electric vehicle prototype fits into the bigger picture. The Japanese automaker is collaborating with electronics giant Toshiba and home-builder Sekisui House in their Smart Mobility City joint exhibit at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show starting later this month. ...

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    Report: Mitsui, Toshiba to construct massive 50-MW solar power facility in Japan
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    Ford's solar array at Michigan Assembly Plant
    The Japanese duo of Mitsui Chemicals and Toshiba have crafted a plan to construct the island nation's most extensive solar power facility to date, according to the Nikkei business daily. The project is in anticipation of the passage of a bill ...

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    Honda's EV-neo electric scooter to make its European debut in July
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    While Honda's EV-neo has been available in Japan since last year, the rest of the world had to make do without them. That will change next month in Europe, as Honda will be unveiling the little electric in Barcelona. That's a good choice, considering 30 percent of all vehicles there are ...

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    Mitsubishi selects Toshiba SCiB battery to power i-MiEV, Minicab MiEV
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    Mitsubishi has turned to Toshiba's proprietary lithium titanate oxide SCiB battery technology to power its electric i-MiEV and Minicab MiEV, leaving behind the i-MiEV's GS Yuasa LIM series batteries. Toshiba developed SCiB to meet a series of demanding performance and safety criteria. By ...

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    Mitsubishi taking orders for Minicab MiEV in Japan
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    The Minicab MiEV, one of eight plug-in vehicles that Mitsubishi intends to launch by the end of 2015, is now available to order in Japan. The Minicab MiEV is an electric commercial van that's offered with a choice of either a 10.5 kWh or a 16.0 kWh Toshiba-supplied battery pack. Mitsubishi says ...

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    SIM-LEI electric prototype manages 207 miles (!) on Japan's JCO8 test cycle
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    Sim-Drive has unveiled its Advance Development Model No. 1. Nicknamed "SIM-LEI," (LEI being an acronym for leading efficiency in-wheel motor) the electric prototype has exceeded the target of at least 300 kilometers (186 miles) of range on a single charge. How far can it go? 333 km (207 miles), ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV to get Toshiba SCiB battery
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    The Minicab MiEV, one of the eight new plug-in vehicles Mitsubishi will be dishing out over the next few years, is to be powered by Toshiba's SCiB battery. The two companies had announced they would be working together last summer, in part to aid quicker development of the fast-charging, long ...

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    Report: Toshiba to commercialize samarium-cobalt magnets for electric motors
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    Dysprosium is a chemical element with the symbol Dy and atomic number 66. It's also a rare-earth metal, found mainly in the clay ores of southern China. Dy has one of the highest magnetic strengths of any element, making it ideal for electric motors used in battery-powered vehicles, but access to ...

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    Toshiba joins forces with Fiat, Scania to develop lithium-ion batteries
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    Toshiba isn't a stranger to the rechargeable battery business. In fact, it's one of the largest producers of rechargeable batteries for consumer electronics. Automotive batteries, though, that's a different story. Back in May, Toshiba announced that it was ready to enter the burgeoning li-ion ...

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    Volkswagen reconfirms EVs for 2013, next-generation vehicles to reduce weight
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    Speaking outside its Electronics Research Lab in Palo Alto, CA, Volkswagen chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn reconfirmed the automaker's commitment to bring electric vehicles to market in 2013, beginning with the eGolf compact and eUp! city car. Drawing a faint parallel to the original Beetle, ...

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    Toshiba partners with Mitsubishi for development of li-ion SCiB EV batteries
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    Toshiba has been quite secretive regarding the development of its li-ion SCiB battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs). As of late last year, the battery maker remained confident that its SCiB technology would eventually find its way into EVs produced by several automakers. And then a ...

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    Toshiba to build electric motors in Texas for Ford hybrids and plug-ins
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    Ford Escape PHEV prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toshiba announced yesterday that it will be expanding a factory in Houston, TX to add production of electric traction motors for hybrid and plug-in vehicles. The first customer for the new motors will be Ford, starting in ...

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    Report: Toshiba working with automakers on lithium ion batteries
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    Toshiba is no stranger to the consumer electronics battery business, but now, like so many other companies, it wants a piece of the burgeoning automotive market. Ryuichi Nakata, head of Toshiba's grid and battery unit, announced that the company is collaborating with several unidentified ...

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    REPORT: Toshiba's SCiB battery will find a home with five automakers
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    Last month, when Toshiba announced it would build a second plant to produce its lithium titanate Super Charge Batteries (SCiB), no automakers had publicly declared they would use those particular packs. This is still the case. Now, though, if you were to just throw darts at a list of potential ...

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    Toshiba to build second plant for automotive lithium batteries
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    Toshiba, like most other battery manufacturers, has decided that the market for automotive grade lithium ion cells is going to be huge in the next decade. As a result it has decided to build a second factory dedicated to automotive battery production in Kashiwazaki, Japan. The new 355,000-square ...

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    Team behind Eliica EV to build electric shuttle bus for Japan
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    Eliica concept electric car - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We've always been fond of the Eliica (Electric Lithium-Ion Car) eight-wheeled electric car, which was designed and built by researchers of Keio University in Japan a few years back. Seriously, how can you not like such an ...

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    Toshiba wants EV battery business, 3M lithium cells/month in 2010
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    It's looking increasingly likely that plug-in vehicles will not entirely bring America energy independence, at least not in terms of energy storage. The fact that American business over the last couple of years seems to have largely given up on manufacturing in favor of being a service economy ...

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    Toshiba's new SCiB battery charges in 5 minutes, releases March 2008 for electric vehicles
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    Toshiba is entering the electric vehicle battery market next March with the release of the Super Charge ion Battery, or SCiB. According to the company press release, the battery charges 90 percent full in 5 minutes, can last 10 years and loses less than 10 percent efficiency after 3,000 recharges. ...

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    A video game to find oil and gas... sounds like a potential best-seller!
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    Video games have been a popular topic this week on AutoblogGreen. Just a few days ago, we shared news about racing a Tesla Roadster against a Ferrari in the upcoming game Project Gotham Racing 4. While that sounds way cooler than digging around looking for oil, the same computers could be used for ...

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