Electric vehicles help automakers bring shoppers to showrooms

October 20, 2011

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Electric vehicles are giving automakers a boost in marketing appeal. Although sales haven’t exactly been electrifying, the vehicles are helping auto companies draw more shoppers to their showrooms, something that would not have happened without the curiosity over the new autos. “There is such a halo effect,” said Oliver Hazimeh, an automotive industry consultant at […]

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Prius owners are trading into electric vehicles

October 20, 2011

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One reason why auto companies are rolling out comparatively low-volume electric cars is to get buyers into showrooms they might have otherwise ignored. The strategy appears to be working for Chevrolet, which makes the Volt plug-in hybrid sedan and Nissan, manufacturer of the all-electric Leaf. Through the first nine months of this year, Chevrolet has […]

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Hitachi to create 60 jobs to assemble battery packs in Harrodsburg

October 20, 2011

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Hitachi will create 60 jobs to make lithium-ion battery packs at its Mercer County plant, the company and government officials announced Monday. The new manufacturing capability will represent a $12 million investment, according to a release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office. Hitachi, which also has a plant in Berea, just completed construction of a 153,000-square-foot […]

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Mitsubishi Electric Begins Full-scale Testing of Smart Grid in Japan

October 20, 2011

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TOKYO, Oct 18, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (tokyo:6503) announced today that it has begun full-scale tests of smart grid and related smart-community technologies at the company’s production sites in Japan. The aim of the project is to develop and test products including commercial systems, equipment and solutions for annual sales worth 1.3 […]

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Peugeot’s world-first diesel electric hybrid coming to Ireland

October 19, 2011

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THE new Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, the world’s first full diesel electric hybrid, will be launched in Ireland in December 2011, in time for January 2012. The environmentally friendly, ground-breaking car introduces a combination of diesel and electric power and delivers a real breakthrough in technology and driving performance. Available to pre-order in Ireland from 1st […]

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Toyota signs three-year European agreement to recycle EV batteries

October 19, 2011

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Toyota Motor Europe has signed a three-year agreement with a French firm for the European-wide take-back and sustainable recycling of nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs). The agreement with the Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux (SNAM) will run from 2011 to 2014. Toyota has sold some 370,000 Toyota and Lexus full-hybrid vehicles […]

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China Subsidies to 3,000 Kandi Pure Energy Vehicles by Jinhua City and Zhejiang Province

October 19, 2011

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The objective of the ceremony was to promote the sales of electric vehicles in Jinhua City through government financial subsidies to consumers who purchase Kandi pure EV. China Subsidies to 3,000 Kandi Pure Energy Vehicles by Jinhua City and Zhejiang Province Kandi Technologies, Corp. (the ‘Company’ or ‘Kandi’) (NASDAQ: KNDI), a leading Chinese supplier of […]

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