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    Sales of electric vehicles in UK increase by 25%!

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    The United Kingdom seems to have fallen head-over-heels and completely in love with electric cars and government figures prove just that! The sale of EVs in UK has taken a 25% leap and is currently at a record high! According to a government report, new registrations under the government’s £5,000 grant scheme touched 1,149, the highest recorded number since the initiation of the scheme in January 2011. This news does re-enlighten our hope for a greener future where people around the world will step away from environment-killing fossil fuels and settle for much greener and less carbon-emitting options, like EVs!

    Posted in Transport on November 14, 2013
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    Introducing BMW i3

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    Just a couple of years back the idea of electric vehicles had little acceptance with masses as the fear attached to the environment friendly vehicles outweighed its immense promise. Back then, the technology was still a work in progress and the lack of range and charging issues impeded sales. But since then, EVs have not only become more refined but have successfully been able to shed its celebrity toy image. BMW, a company know to build driver focused cars, entered the market by launching its first mass-production electric vehicle, the i3, in July this year. With its radical design, the i3 exhibits a superior level of sophistication. Designed ground up to be powered by an electric drive system, BMW claims the i3 doesn’t compromise on driving pleasure and feels natural, just like regular cars.

    Posted in Transport on November 11, 2013
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    America’s first electric school bus to hit the streets in 2014

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    Soon, the iconic yellow school buses that have been prowling American streets, making sure kids reach school and home safely, will turn electric! Motiv Power Systems and Trans Tech Bus took the first few steps towards this dream with the development of the SST-e type A bus for Kings Canyon Unified School District. The bus is as electric as a Nissan Leaf and is based on the Ford F450 chassis. Using an all-battery, all-chassis Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS), this bus can also have its batteries changed and updated whenever required.

    Posted in Transport on November 6, 2013
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    Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, calls fuel cells bullsh*t!

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    There are people who love the concept of electric vehicles, and then again there are people who swear by its name, nay saying other alternative fuels like hydrogen. One of them is co-founder and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk. During a speech to employees and enthusiasts at a new Tesla service center in Germany, Musk went on record to say, “And then they’ll say certain technologies like fuel cell … oh god … fuel cell is so bullsh*t. Except in a rocket!” According to him, hydrogen technology barely matches up to the standards of modern lithium-ion battery packs and electric energy is clearly the way ahead for the motoring world.

    Posted in Transport on October 24, 2013
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    McLaren P1 hypercar powers up with hybrid insides to touch 62mph in 2.8 seconds

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    The McLaren P1 is extremely fast, performs well enough to be slotted in the hypercar category and has looks that make it fit for a 15-year-old’s bedroom poster. But those are barely the reasons why we love this McLaren so much. The P1 is a mile apart from its contemporaries, thanks to its greener insides. The car is a hybrid! Sporting a gas-powered engine as well as an electric motor that offers a range of 11 km (6.8 miles) in full electric mode on the NEDC cycle, this hypercar spews zero emissions when run completely on electricity.

    Posted in Transport on October 24, 2013
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    Electric cars are taking over USA; Recargo’s infographic proves this

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    With the rise of electric car users in the United States, charging stations have begun popping up all across the country and we consider this to be good news! An infographic by Recargo, PlugShare and PluginCars.com recently caught our attention with lots of details about how electric car charging stations are taking over the United States of America. As opposed to the 1,972 charging stations in 2011 and 6,310 in 2012, this year saw a total of 20,138 electric car charging stations offering juice in USA, with California leading the way.

    Posted in Transport on October 10, 2013
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    Solar powered Eve supercar covers 500km on a full belly!

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    What makes a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Pagani and the rest of the super car world so fantastical? The fact that these cars are fast, look like art sculptures and are extremely rare and expensive, does so. Well, the super car brigade could soon have yet another addition, one that shuns the use of gasoline to power up and sprint, but use the sun’s energy instead! Developed by a team of students from the University of New South Wales, Australia, this sports car dubbed the Eve is powered by solar energy!

    Posted in Transport on October 3, 2013
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    BMW i3 charges at Fashion Valley public-charging station in half an hour

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    The BMW i3 has been much in the news off-late and for pretty obvious reasons. This electric car developed by the German automobile giant is probably the first of many cars of its type that will offer customers a means of transport that’s extremely practical, easy to maintain and stylish to drive. Recently, one such BMW i3 was fully charged in under 30-minutes at the first-ever public charging station in the US that has an SAE Combo-Charging fast charging system on offer.

    Posted in Transport on October 3, 2013
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    Choimobi Yokohama car-sharing program in Japan to use Nissan EVs

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    Car sharing is the way ahead, and we do see a bright future for this concept of leaving personal cars back home and using shared electric vehicles to get around town when needed instead. Japan has realized the potential of a program like this that will keep its streets less crowded and air less polluted, and has roped in two-seat Nissan EVs for the same. Nissan and Yokohama have together worked on the Choimobi Yokohama program that will offer cars based on the Nissan New Mobility Concept EV platform for rent.

    Posted in Transport on September 30, 2013
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    BMW announces the C Evolution electric scooter for Europe

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    We’ve always been fans of just about everything that rolls out of BMW’s assembly lines. Most recently, we received tidings of the German automaker’s plans to release the C Evolution scooter in Europe and we’re absolutely thrilled! Designed and developed by the BMW Motorrad division, this Bimmer is electric and will have a peak output of 47 horsepower. The scooter will have a top speed of 75 mile per hour and will travel 62 miles on a single charge.

    Posted in Transport on September 26, 2013
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