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    Official: Nissan New Mobility Concept enters carsharing service in Japan
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    Nissan and Yokohama have put together a rather attractive combination of little electric vehicles, little rental prices and big ambitions. Next month, the automaker and Japanese city will debut the first carsharing program of its kind, which will involve two-seat Nissan EVs that may be rented ...

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    Video: Yokohama HER-02 trying for another EV climb record at Pikes Peak
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    Japanese tire company Yokohama is entering its HER-02 electric vehicle in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the goal of once again setting an electric-vehicle record for the Colorado race. Ikuo Hanawa will again be behind the wheel of the EV, which will be equipped with Yokohama's ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi extends Outlander PHEV production halt
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    Mitsubishi continues to cool its heals because of one hot battery. Specifically, the Japanese automaker hasn't found a reason why the lithium-ion batteries in its Outlander plug-in hybrid-electric SUV are overheating and therefore will continue its production moratorium, Automotive News says. The ...

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    Video: Nissan New Mobility Concept is "perfect even for mom" [w/video]
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    Nissan is taking the careful approach as it brings out its second electric vehicle. To show off the car's practicality, Nissan gave seven moms in suburban Japan the chance to test drive the New Mobility Concept vehicle to see how it works transporting their kids, going shopping and running ...

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    Official: FedEx expands Nissan e-van testing to Yokohama
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    FedEx will expand testing of the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 utility van to Japan's Yokohama region this month. The delivery company will test the Nissan for about a month. Nissan's already tested the EV in Japan with AEON Retail Co. The agreement marks a continuation of the road-testing ...

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    Revealed: Toyota's electric race car is....Radical!
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    In advance of it assault on the standing electric vehicle record round the 'Ring, Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) has released a photo and a few more details about the vehicle it will use to quickly navigate the 20.832 km (12.94 miles) length of the Nordschleife. Unsurprisingly, the racer looks a ...

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    Electric buggy to ascend Pike's Peak on orange-oil-infused tires
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    Yokohama Electric EV Sports Concept HER-02 – click above for hi-res image
    This year marks the 88th running of the "Race to the Clouds" on Pike's Peak in Colorado. The magnum hill climb is one of the oldest automotive competitions in the country and one of the most diverse. Where else ...

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    LA Preview: Yokohama's "living wall" uses plants as promotion
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    Yokohama's "living wall" - click to enlarge
    Here's one we didn't see coming. Yokohama – makers of lots and lots of tires, including those with orange oil in them – will have a booth at the LA Auto Show that uses a "living wall" 90 feet long made of plants instead of plastics. The ...

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    2010 Nissan Leaf electric car: In person, in depth -- and U.S. bound [*UPDATED w/vids & live photos]
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    2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for hi-res gallery
    It would be easy to paint Nissan as late to the burgeoning U.S. green party, as the company essentially only counts the Altima Hybrid to sell among its alt-fuel offerings – and that sedan utilizes technology borrowed from Toyota, and it's ...

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    Yokohama dB Super E-spec orange oil-infused tires now on sale
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    Yokohama debuted its new ADVAN ENV-R1 orange oil-infused racing tire at the Porsche GT3 Challenge at Sebring a few months back. At the time, the company promised to have new tires using the eco-friendly technology on the market for consumer use in short order. Apparently, that time is now. ...

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    VIDEO: Better Place battery swapper demonstrated
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    Project Better Place battery swap - Click above for a hi-res image gallery
    One minute, 13 seconds. That's how long it took for the whiz-bang battery switcher engineered by Better Place to remove a battery from the undercarriage of its Nissan demonstration SUV and replace it with another. That's ...

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    Orange-infused tires perform well at Sebring
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    Prior to last weekend's race at Sebring, we told you about Yokohama's plan to debut their ADVAN® ENV-R1™, a new kind of tire that uses orange oil to displace about 10 percent of the total amount of petroleum used in the making of the rubber. Now that the race is over, we're naturally ...

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    Yokohama to debut orange oil race tires at Sebring
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    Tire companies like Yokohama have been experimenting in recent years with replacing petroleum in tires with other materials and next week's race weekend at Sebring will see one of these products at work. All the cars in the Porsche GT3 Challenge will be running on Yokohama ...

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    Yokohama plants 30,000 trees near Hiratsuka Factory
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    In 2008, if your factories aren't the cleanest in the world, you can always compensate with some kind of carbon-balancing intervention to fix things. Such is the case of tiremaker Yokohama Rubber Company (YRC), which just announced that it's going to plant half a million trees, which equal 25 acres ...

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    Event notification: 2006 FISITA World Automotive Congress
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    From October 22 to 27, the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies (more commonly known by its French acronym, FISITA) will hold the 31st World Automotive Congress in Yokohama, Japan. The purpose of the event is to "promote the international exchange of information between ...

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