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Electrification Coalition and FleetAnswers launch partnership to offer electrification resources for fleets

For various reasons, commercial vehicle fleets are likely to be the first segment of the auto industry that will see widespread electrification. With more than 16 million public and private fleet vehicles on the road in the US, it’s not a small niche. To make it easier for fleet operators to get charged, the Electrification… Read more »

Why is GM idling the Volt production line again?

The Detroit Hamtramck facility, where the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is made, is to pause production for four weeks, the second time GM has temporarily halted production. The official Volt-haters society is surely throwing a huge party this week (if such people ever throw parties), but over here on the pro-EV end of the dial, the… Read more »

Rio to host all-electric Formula E Championship

The Federation Internationale de Automobile (FIA) has reached an agreement with the city of Rio de Janeiro to host the first Formula E Championship, featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy, in 2014. At a recent meeting the city’s Mayor declared the proposed urban track near the Gloria Marina “spectacular.” Promoting the event will be Formula E… Read more »

VIDEO: 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV – Reducing the Coefficient of Drag

  Toyota has released a series of videos about its second-generation RAV4 EV, featuring engineers explaining various technical details of the vehicle, plus plenty of cool on-the-road footage. In this installment, Toyota’s team describes the many steps they took to reduce the RAV4’s Coefficient of Drag (CD). Reducing drag is important for any vehicle, at… Read more »

Researchers use world’s thinnest material to create quick-charging Li-ion anode

Yet another exciting advance in battery technology was announced this week. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by nanomaterials expert Nikhil Koratkar, made a sheet of paper from the world’s thinnest material, graphene, then zapped the paper with a laser or camera flash to blemish it with countless cracks, pores, and other imperfections. The result… Read more »