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Panasonic to provide power for plug-in Prius

Panasonic announced today that it will supply lithium-ion batteries for Toyota’s new Prius PHEV. The company is already supplying nickel-metal hydride batteries to several automakers, but this will be the first time its lithium-ion offerings appear in a production vehicle. The Japanese electronics giant is charging ahead in the battery business, with a major R&D… Read more »

Volkswagen’s new PHEV concept crosses a coupé with a compact SUV

Volkswagen’s concept of an “SUV of the future” is on display at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show. The Cross Coupé is an all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid that aims to cross the capacity of a compact SUV with the dynamic handling of a coupé. The four-seat Cross Coupé has not one but three motors: in the front… Read more »

The Nissan Leaf will go wireless in 2013

  At the Tokyo Motor Show today, Nissan unveiled a wireless charging system for the Leaf that it says will be available starting with the 2013 model. So far, Nissan is the only EV maker to announce wireless charging capability for a production vehicle. Electromagnetic induction charging, which doesn’t require physical contact, is shaping up… Read more »