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Obama agrees to investigation of DoE loans

The Obama administration has agreed to a complete third-party review of all the Department of Energy loans that have recently kept the electric teapot on the boil. Of course, the star of the show will be the half billion bucks that swirled with stinky solar startup Solyndra. Also under the mediascope will be loans to… Read more »

This week on EVTV

This week: Introducing the coast down test for the eCobra Examining the differences between the stock eCobra tires and the Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires Comparing the data for the power usage and range tests to date for the eCobra Explaining the dangers of a pack voltage frame ground and troubleshoot this issue in the… Read more »

Polaris building an EV empire in the small-vehicle world

Polaris Industries, the king of off-road vehicles, has made a hefty investment in electric motorcycle maker Brammo, the companies announced this week. It’s a strategic move for both players, as Polaris gains access to Brammo’s battery and powertrain technology to develop EV versions of their ATVs and snowmobiles, and Brammo gets the cash and distribution… Read more »

Nissan debuts an all-electric commercial truck

Still think EVs are just glorified golf carts? Get a load of the big boxy truck that Nissan just exhibited at the 2011 Tokyo Truck Show. The e-NT400 Atlas Concept is an EV based on Nissan’s workhorse Atlas F24 commercial truck that includes components borrowed from the LEAF. With an electric motor and a lithium-ion… Read more »

Test fleet of Audi A1 e-tron PHEVs hits the road in Munich

20 of Audi’s new A1 e-trons will take to the Autobahnen and Strassen around Munich, Germany in a major fleet trial jointly sponsored by Audi, Munich Technical University and the local electric utility. Part of the financing comes from the German Ministry of Transport, which has provided 10 million Euros for pilot EV projects in the region. The power… Read more »