June 2011

Is there a Lithium “OPEC” in our future?

June 30, 2011

Argentina looks to establish organization Rodolfo Tecchi, a director within the Argentine Ministry of Science and Technology presents the idea that Argentina, Brazil and Chile could form an “OPEC like arrangement” with regard to lithium production. His thought is the maintenance of pricing through production controls, such as that practiced within OPEC. Even mining officials […]

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LEAF goes to Laguna Seca Raceway!

June 29, 2011

LEAF owners take on Laguna For the third year now Speed Ventures has sponsored an electric vehicle motorsports event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Speed Ventures offers regular folks the opportunity to drive their street car on racetracks throughout California. One thing that makes ReFuel unique is that the event registration fee was just $10 […]

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Nissan announces new six year business plan

June 28, 2011

Nissan seeks 8% global market share by 2016 Nissan announced a business plan referred to as Nissan Power 88 seeking 8% global market share and sustainable 8% corporate operating profit by the end of fiscal year 2016. This plan features such ambitious goals as: Average a new vehicle introduction every six weeks for six years […]

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Nissan makes history at Pikes Peak

June 28, 2011

LEAF first Electric Production Class winner at Pikes Peak A Nissan LEAF driven by Nissan off-road racer Chad Hord set a first Electric Production Class record of 14 minutes 33 seconds up the hill. The distance of the hillclimb is 12.42 miles (which calculates out to 51.2 miles per hour average if you’re interested). One […]

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LEAF and EV news

June 26, 2011

LEAF owner drives from Santa Monica, California to Tucson, Arizona An adventurous Nissan LEAF owner drove from the Southern California coastal town of Santa Monica to Tucson, Arizona not because he needed to, but because he wanted to showcase what could be done. Stopping primarily at Nissan dealerships along the way for refueling needs, Jerry […]

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2011 California rebate funds exhausted

June 24, 2011

Proposed funding tripled for next fiscal year $5 billion million in rebate funds have been exhausted for the California 2010-2011 fiscal year California Air Resources Board (ARB) Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. The California fiscal year ends on June 30. California LEAF owners up to this point in time were eligible for up to $12,500 in combined […]

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AAA to offer mobile EV charge stations

June 22, 2011

US announcement follows similar Japanese announcement AAA today told Edmund’s AutoObserver that they would introduce a mobile electric car charge truck at the Plug In 2011 conference in Raleigh, North Carolina next month. This follows closely on the heels of a similar announcement made in Japan (mobile service truck pictured above). AAA states that both […]

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Think EV files for bankruptcy

June 22, 2011

Production in Finland stopped in March will not restart According to Automotive News Europe, Think Global AS filed for bankruptcy in Norway, its home country. Originally founded in 1991, Think has a rocky 20 year history going through a series of partnerships with various investors, including Ford Motor Company from 1999 through 2003. Most recently, […]

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UK Fleet owners unsure of going electric

June 21, 2011

UK data provider finds little interest in EVs among fleet owners mib Data Solutions of Leamington Spa UK says only 18 of 100 fleets have plans to incorporate electric vehicles (EVs) into their fleets in the next two years. Reasons cited included those mentioned by consumers – too little range and too little infrastructure. Which […]

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More EV News

June 20, 2011

Renault Samsung to introduce electric cars to the Korean market According to the Korea Times Renault Samsung will be expanding their Korean dealership network this year in anticipation of greater sales. Plans include the launch of a Renault-Nissan alliance electric vehicle (EV) sometime next year. Gatwick Airport gets EV charge spots Gatwick Airport has installed […]

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