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Toyota’s Hazy Turn Around Plan

Toyota’s new president Akio Toyoda says the company grew too much too fast and that’s why it’s facing massive losses for the next two years.
Toyota’s Hazy Turn Around Plan
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Inside Coda’s Electric Sedan

It’s not every day that the CEO of a car company takes you for a ride. Especially if it’s through the move-it-or-lose-it traffic of midtown Manhattan. In the rain. But Kevin Czinger seemed to enjoy it.
Inside Coda’s Electric Sedan
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Tesla Wins: DOE Will Grant It A Loan

The Department of Energy is prepared to award Tesla a loan, which it will announce in Michigan tomorrow, sources tell the Detroit Free Press. Ford and Nissan will also be approved for loans.
Tesla Wins: DOE Will Grant It A Loan
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The 10 Worst Cars For The Planet

Enough with the wimpy gas-sippers!  Here are some cars that rip, roar and burn through several gallons on your daily drag race to the mall.
The 10 Worst Cars For The Planet
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The 10 Best Cars For The Environment

Start → The government is about to approve a cash for clunkers bill that offers a $4,500 rebate for switching into a fuel efficient car. So which gas-sipper are you going to buy?
The 10 Best Cars For The Environment
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Tesla Co-Founder Eberhard’s Whiny Lawsuit

The lawsuit against Tesla Motors and its CEO, Elon Musk, by Martin Eberhard makes for an entertaining read, but it essentially amounts to Silicon Valley equivalent of a McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.
Tesla Co-Founder Eberhard’s Whiny Lawsuit
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The 5 Companies That Will Survive The Electric Car Bust

Tesla’s Roadster is the only highway capable electric vehicle commercially available. Yet, J.D. Power and Associates Mike Omotoso, a powertrain analyst tells Earth2Tech, “There is a strong possibility of an EV glut” in the next 10 years.
The 5 Companies That Will Survive The Electric Car Bust
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Why Hydrogen Was Killed In favour Of Electrics

In a perfect world, all energy would come from electricity and hydrogen. Wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources would provide enough electricity to power everything except air transportation. The “conventional” answer to transportation in the future was the hydrogen fuel cell. It doesn’t get any better than […]
Why Hydrogen Was Killed In favour Of Electrics
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The Best Selling Car In The U.S.

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, which is about to enter an auto museum in Cleveland sold 457,000 units in 2008, beating the Camry which sold just 436,000 units. It didn’t beat out the Chevy Silverado or Ford F-150, of course, but those are trucks.
The Best Selling Car In The U.S.
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Coda Hooks Up With Yardney, Hopes To Grab Some Stimulus Bucks

Coda Automotive, which plans to offer an affordable electric car manufactured in China, announced today it entered into a joint venture with Yardney Technical Products to create and sell automotive grade, lithium-ion battery power systems in the United States.
Coda Hooks Up With Yardney, Hopes To Grab Some Stimulus Bucks
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Cool Tesla Model S Propaganda Film (CLIP)

OnCars.com managed a baby coup for itself, getting the chief designer of the Model S, Franz von Holzhausen, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk to sit down an explain why they love the sedan.
Cool Tesla Model S Propaganda Film (CLIP)
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How Electric Startup Coda Can Succeed

Coda Automotive has one year to nail its stated goal of producing an electric sedan for the masses. If it stumbles, it could get trampled by an onslaught of more popular brands entering the electric market.
How Electric Startup Coda Can Succeed
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Ethanol Will Fuel 75% Of Brazilian Cars By 2020

Sugar cane based ethanol is expected to fuel 75% of all light vehicles in Brazil by 2020, with petrol gasoline only accounting for 17%, according to Jose Sergio Gabrielli, chief executive of Petrobras, Brazil’s state-run oil company. Right now, ethanol accounts for half the market in Brazil.
Ethanol Will Fuel 75% Of Brazilian Cars By 2020
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GM Sells The Hummer*

GM has entered an agreement to sell off its Hummer line to an unnamed buyer at an unnamed price. According to the agreement, the oversized SUV will live on in the hands of its new owner, and GM factories will keep pumping out Hummers for the next two years.
GM Sells The Hummer*
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We Don’t Hate Our Cars

In the Wall Street Journal this weekend P.J. O’Rourke delivers a lengthy eulogy for American infatuation with the automobile. If you’ve got 30 minutes burning a hole in your pocket, then by all means dig in.
We Don’t Hate Our Cars
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Kleiner Invests In Another Electric Car Company

Kleiner Perkins partner Trae Vassallo said the legendary VC firm is investing in another electric car company, one that is at “the other end of the spectrum” from high end electrics like Fisker and Tesla.
Kleiner Invests In Another Electric Car Company
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Nissan rumoured To Be Getting A $1.1 Billion DOE Loan

Nissan (NSANY) is scheduled to receive a $1.1 billion loan from the DOE to advance its electric vehicle program, according to “unidentified sources” speaking with Kyodo News (by way of AutoBlogGreen.) Money from the loan would upgrade a plant in Tennessee being used for battery production.
Nissan rumoured To Be Getting A $1.1 Billion DOE Loan
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GM’s Ad From 1969 For A Killer Hybrid Car

Here’s an ad from 1969 for GM’s Stir-Lec I, an experimental hybrid car. The car could hit top speeds of 55 mph for tooling around. Apparently GM threw in the towel on this experiment. Does this mean that electric cars are super hard to make, or does it mean they […]
GM’s Ad From 1969 For A Killer Hybrid Car
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Volkswagen Finds An Electric Partner In BYD

Last week Volkswagen told Autoexpress that it will unveil an electric car “that people could actually buy at a reasonable price” this September. Yesterday it may have revealed part of its plan for getting there.
Volkswagen Finds An Electric Partner In BYD
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The Next Cleantech IPOs

Hot on the heels of Open Table (OPEN) and SolarWinds going public (SWI) Steve Westly, cleantech investor and managing partner of The Westly Group, predicts the next three IPOs in cleantech for Earth2Tech.
The Next Cleantech IPOs
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Electric Cars Will Inflate The Lithium Bubble

There’s two compelling reasons to support the great switch from gas to electric cars–Energy security and protecting the environment. At a small scale they make sense, but if the volumes of electric cars reach the fevered heights hoped for, they could both be blown out:
Electric Cars Will Inflate The Lithium Bubble
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Musk Makes Out In The Daimler Deal

If Elon Musk managed to nab a $550 million valuation for his capital-intensive, chronically plagued car company from Daimler, it’s a truly impressive feat.
Musk Makes Out In The Daimler Deal
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New Fuel Economy Standards Might Kill Ford

While Ford (F) CEO, Alan Mulally stood with Barack Obama in the Rose Garden yesterday to support the new fuel economy standards, just two days prior, his company almost broke the entire deal.
New Fuel Economy Standards Might Kill Ford
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Tesla’s New Valuation Is $550 Million

Daimler was very careful not to specify how much it paid for its 10% of Tesla, only saying that it was “double-digit millions.” Luckily for those of us interested in the specifics, Elon Musk is not quite as careful.
Tesla’s New Valuation Is $550 Million
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Barack Obama: Car Salesman

Well, it’s official. Obama rolled out the new fuel economy and emission standards today in the Rose Garden at the White House.
Barack Obama: Car Salesman
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Tesla Now Worth Less Than Twitter

With Daimler’s 10% stake in Tesla for “double digit millions,” it means that Tesla is valued at less than a billion dollars–and probably closer to $100 million.
Tesla Now Worth Less Than Twitter
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Awesome New Prius Ad Looks Like A Bjork Video

The third version of the Prius rolls out today in Japan. Toyota (TM) is hoping to sell 10,000 a month in Japan, and make people forget all about the Honda (HMC) Insight, its upstart hybrid rival that’s doing quite well for itself.
Awesome New Prius Ad Looks Like A Bjork Video
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Better Place’s Brilliant Plan Could Be Its Undoing

Better Place has a savvy plan for getting the world to switch from gas to electric cars, but there’s no guarantee that it will be the company to execute the plan. Nissan and Better Place say that while they’ve partnered in Israel and Denmark to test out charging infrastructure for […]
Better Place’s Brilliant Plan Could Be Its Undoing
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The Problem With Electric Car Range Figures

I see a troubling pattern emerging in how the most critical aspect of EVs – range – is discussed by companies and the media alike. These are problems that could have a significant negative effect on the way the public responds to electric vehicles if manufacturers don’t change the way […]
The Problem With Electric Car Range Figures
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Toyota Testing Plug-in Hybrids In Europe

Toyota is rolling out a test of 150 plug-in hybrids starting in Europe. The first wave of the experimental cars–about 100–will be on the streets of Strasbourg, France by the end of the year.
Toyota Testing Plug-in Hybrids In Europe
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Better Place’s Battery Swapping Robot In Action (VIDEO)

Better Place is showing off its battery swapping technology in the very cool, Space Odyssey 2001, feeling video below. This is in Japan as part of an exhibit to show of the feasibility of electric cars. Japan wants half its cars to be electric by 2020.
Better Place’s Battery Swapping Robot In Action (VIDEO)
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Inside Nissan’s Electric Vehicle (VIDEO)

We took Nissan’s (NSANY) electric car for a spin in Bear Mountain State Park, which you can see in the video below, complete with our thoughts on the experience. (Don’t be fooled by the thumbnail of a pickup truck. This is an EV review. YouTube is just messing with us […]
Inside Nissan’s Electric Vehicle (VIDEO)
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Fishy Tesla Video Surfaces About Getting New Financing (CLIP)

Below is a fishy video that’s making the rounds, where someone that might be an investor in Tesla says, “We’ve got a big announcement..that’s going to make people believers that the sedan’s going to be produced.” The announcement is supposed to come today or tomorrow and will be some sort […]
Fishy Tesla Video Surfaces About Getting New Financing (CLIP)
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Elon Musk: Chevy Volt Is A Lawnmower

Here’s a video from early April of Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, explaining why he isn’t doing plug-in hybrids (via Gas 2.0.) He hedges in a weak preamble saying he’s not trashing the Chevy Volt, and he hopes it’s successful. Then he proceeds to trash it.
Elon Musk: Chevy Volt Is A Lawnmower
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Electric Cars Are A Better Use Of Ethanol

A new study in Science says converting corn and switchgrass into ethanol is less efficient than just burning it to produce electricity. With that electricity we could power electric cars.
Electric Cars Are A Better Use Of Ethanol
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Toyota Loses More Than GM

American automakers can take heart in knowing that even mighty Toyota (TM), with its Lean Production System, more advanced cars and lower per-unit production costs is doing horribly in this environment.
Toyota Loses More Than GM
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Another Asian Country That Will Kick Our Butts In Electric Cars

While China talks a big game about developing electric cars, Japan is already knee deep in the process, according to a survey of global patents for electric vehicles conducted by the Japanese patent office. There were 16,670 patents filed for electric cars between 2001 and 2006, and Japan accounted for […]
Another Asian Country That Will Kick Our Butts In Electric Cars