Thursday, May 29, 2008

Some Electric Vehicle News

While working on my own Electric Vehicle - I also like to keep an eye on other EV Developments in the news. If you don't mine - I would like to share a few headlines from time to time!

This week - for instance: May 28, 2008

The Star (Toronto Star)
Sanyo, VW to develop lithium-ion batteries

Japanese electronics maker Sanyo Electric Co. said Wednesday it will invest 80 billion yen ($769 million) to expand production by 2015 of such batteries, with plans to start mass producing them in a Japanese plant by next year, making 15,000 to 20,000 batteries a year. (Ireland)
Plug-in vehicles to drive change on nation's roads

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are powered by batteries which are recharged by plugging into the mains. More expensive to buy and tax than conventional cars, they have a limited range and are only suitable for urban areas.

And - just for a point of reference - I like this note from November 2000:
A funny thing happened on the way to the demise of the plug-in car

NOT long ago electric cars were going to save the world. Every major automaker was developing a battery-driven vehicle that would offer both freedom from petroleum and zero emissions....

General Motors got there first, in 1996, with the EV1, a Jetsons-style plug-in coupe that was just the ticket for guilt-free commuting....(Now they are teasing us with the 'Volt' - supposed to be here in 2010!)

And - Last Summer - on my way to Hybridfest, I visited Talmage Ohio's Myers Motors Facility and tested the NmG as compared to my Electricfly. Interesting car to say the least!

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