Genovation Cars Receives Product Development Grant

Joanna Schroeder

While the big U.S. auto makers have struggled for several years, it has opened up the doors for smaller, independent car companies to compete. One emerging company is Maryland-based Genovation Cars, a designer and builder of plug-in electric vehicles. (PHEV). The company has been awarded a $135,110 product development grant from the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS). The monies will …

Car Makers, Electric Vehicles, PHEV

CAFE Standards Hiked to 54.5 MPG

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. government may not be able to figure out how to save our country from it’s multi-trillion dollar debt, but for the second time during his administration, President Obama has increased CAFE standards or the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. The goal for all new cars and light duty trucks manufactured in 2025 and beyond must be at least …

biofuels, Car Makers, Electric Vehicles, PHEV

Chevy to Sell Diesel Vehicles in US

Joanna Schroeder

Chevrolet is planning on introducing a diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze to be sold in the United States beginning in 2013. Diesel versions of the Cruz are already being sold in Europe. The advantage of offering a diesel version in the U.S. is that consumers will be able to fuel the vehicle with biodiesel blends. Allen Schaeffer, executive director …

Biodiesel, Car Makers, PHEV

Solar Powered EV Charging Station Debuts

Joanna Schroeder

Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA along with Mitsubishi Motors of North America (MMNA) has debuted an electric vehicle (EV) solar-powered charging station at its MMNA headquarters in Cypress, California. This is the city’s first of its kind EV charging station and the debut signals the company’s commitment to developing and launching its first plug-in electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi i in …

Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Solar

Electric Vehicles Will Soon Be Charged Wirelessly

Joanna Schroeder

Today consumers who support electric vehicles (EV) are pushing for plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs). But in the not too distant future, EV owners will be able to charge their cars wirelessly. Utah State University Research Foundation’s Energy Dynamics Laboratory, located in North Logan, Utah, has successfully operated the first high-power, high-efficiency wireless power transfer system. This system is able to …

Electric Vehicles, PHEV

Ford to Triple EV Production by 2013

Joanna Schroeder

Ford Motor Company has announced that it will triple its production of electric vehicles (EVs) by 2013. The company plans to invest more in its C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles. In addition, Ford already has on the market the Transit Connect Electric and the Focus Electric will debut later this year. Production of these vehicles is scheduled …

Electric Vehicles, PHEV

EPA, DOT Unveil Hip, New Fuel Economy Labels

Joanna Schroeder

Amidst high gas prices consumers, legislators and NGO’s (non government organization) have all called for stricter fuel economy standards. Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled new fuel economy labels designed to help consumers take advantage of increased efficiency standards enacted under the Obama Administration. The increased fuel economy standards are designed to help …

Electric Vehicles, Environment, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Fuel Efficiency, PHEV

Quantum Awarded $1.37M PHEV Grant

Joanna Schroeder

Quantum Fuel System Technologies Worldwide has been awarded a $1.37 million grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for launching a new generation of plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) systems. The goal of the program is to develop technology that will accelerate the adoption of PHEVs by way of improved operational efficiencies and reduced cost. The monies will be used for …

E85, Electric Vehicles, PHEV

New Prius Make Worldwide Debut

Joanna Schroeder

Before there was the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf there was the Toyota Prius. Today, Toyota unveiled the new Prius family of vehicles during the 2011 North American International Auto Show. In addition to the current third-generation Prius and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV), the company is adding the Prius v midsize hybrid electric vehicle and the Prius …

Electric Vehicles, PHEV