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AddRecharge Wrap-up: Porsche 911 hybrid possible, Ecocruise EVs coming soon

Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Test Car Hits 300,000 Kilometers; Transport & Environment Criticizes EU's Fuel Quality Directive

The next-generation Porsche 911 could use hybrid power, according to Porsche CEO Matthias Muller. "There is no reason against it and we will see if we have some reasons to do it," Muller says of the model due around 2018. He also suggests that hybrid technology could eventually make its way into all Porsche model lines, but that the Boxster and Cayman would first get four-cylinder versions. Muller cites carbon emissions and "sportiness" as reasons to use hybrid power, pointing to the 918 Spyder

20GreenTech Auto restarting production later this year

Will the rubber really hit the road for GreenTech Automotive (GTA) this year? The company said "yes" last week after announcing that it finished building its factory in Tunica, MS. With that done, the company's low-speed neighborhood-electric vehicles (NEV) will start production by the end of 2014. In the meantime, the company is shipping its stuff over from a temporary factory in Horn Lake, MS, about 30 miles away.

5Zap readies new urban EV 'Urbee' for smoggy China

Zap Jonway is introducing an urban electric vehicle whose name frankly makes it sound a little bit like a stuffed animal. It's called the "Urbee." Batteries are included.

11Kenguru wheelchair EV needs $500,000 to finally reach production [w/video]

Remember the Kenguru electric car, the little city EV that was designed with wheelchair users in mind? It was supposed to be available by now, since deliveries were reportedly "imminent" in the middle of 2012. Unfortunately, things haven't worked out quite as they were supposed to, which means that the cars have not started being hand-assembled by Community Cars in Pflugerville, TX.

12GreenTech Automotive breaks ground on MyCar factory in Mississippi

It looks like battery-electric vehicle startup GreenTech Automotive (GTA) is entering its next phase just as its founder and former chief is doing the same thing. This week, GTA finally started erecting the steel-support structure for the factory that will produce its MyCar electric vehicles. The plant is in Tunica, MS, and the plan is to make both a two-seat neighborhood-electric vehicle and a four-seat battery-electric sedan. GTA currently operates a temporary plant in Horn Lake, MS and says c

27ZENN to acquire 51% of EEStor

Zenn Motor Co. may have a name better associated with a sense of peace, but the company it has been connected to for years and has now agreed to buy does have a bit of uncertainty about it. Canada-based Zenn, which used to make and sell lead-acid battery-powered neighborhood-electric vehicles, has reached an agreement to buy a majority stake in energy-storage company and distribution partner EEStor.

18The case for golf carts and other low-speed EVs

It looks like golf carts – or low-speed vehicles – will never go away. Across the country, legislators are allowing low-speed vehicles (LSV) to drive down public roads, with some restrictions. In Kentucky, several municipalities have recently passed, or are looking to allow, golf carts on their streets. Or take a look at Peachtree City, GA, where just about all the residents are driving golf carts, and that's just fine with the city government.

10Innova Dash NEV offers 90 miles of 35-mph cruising for $13,000

The latest in the charging-range-per-dollar market offering? Try $3,000 for about 45 miles. Sadly, it's the second 45 miles.

AddGreenTech Automotive makes EV deal with JAC; founder McAuliffe in political hot water

GreenTech Automotive may have lost its founder, but it has renewed an integral growth strategy – partnerships with Chinese automakers.

19Terry McAuliffe leaves MyCar EV startup

Being one of the founders of an electric car company can be a bittersweet experience, as top executives at Aptera, Tesla and Fisker have found out. We can now add another name to the list: Terry McAuliffe, founder of GreenTech Automotive, quietly stepped out of the picture late last year.

AddNissan New Mobility Concept is "perfect even for mom" [w/video]

Nissan is taking the careful approach as it brings out its second electric vehicle. To show off the car's practicality, Nissan gave seven moms in suburban Japan the chance to test drive the New Mobility Concept vehicle to see how it works transporting their kids, going shopping and running errands. The Tokyu Corp. has joined with Nissan and the city of Yokohama for the Yokohama Mobility Project Zero, which was designed to increase low-carbon transportation locally.

AddWheego adds LiFe EV dealer in Florida

The change that the Nimnicht Family of Dealerships in Jacksonville, FL is applying to a former Hummer showroom could not be a better sign of the times. The showroom will become the newest dealership for Wheego Electric Cars, offering the full-speed Wheego LiFe and the low-speed Wheego Whip. The new dealership, Wheego of Jacksonville, will display the Wheego vehicles at the Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show on February 8-10, 2013.

AddToyota animates Ha:mo mobility network

Automakers will be playing a much different role in cities in the near future, according to Toyota. Manufacturing cars and marketing them through their dealer networks may take a backseat to smart transportation and mobility. See also: Daimler's Car2go.

3KLD, Cenntro working on a number of electric vehicle projects

On- and off-road, multiple-use electric vehicles are being developed by two companies with experience in electric motor technology and powertrains. KLD Energy Technologies, which develops high-performance electric motor technology, and Cenntro Group Limited, a developer of powertrains fueled by diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (also known as propane autogas), have made an agreement to produce four-wheel drive electric vehicles that incorporate KLD's drive system technologies.

17Canadian man fighting for right to ride power-assisted e-bicycle

A Canadian man is fighting in court for his right to ride a power-assisted electric bicycle. Chesley Earle, 25, who has a disability that impairs his ability to stand for long periods or walk long distances, saved his money for months to buy a bike powered by pedaling and electricity. He uses his bike to drive through the city of Corner Brook, which is located on the west coast of Newfoundland in eastern Canada.

4Does a DIY EV named Pius sound familiar to anyone else?

Electric vehicle fans have been building their own do-it-yourself cars for years, and a Japanese company thinks it has just the thing to reach that market: a quirky little DIY EV kit. We're not saying Modi chose "Pius" as the product name as a crass way to trick that audience, just that the name certainly reminds us of another, quite popular, green vehicle.

8Alvarez low-speed EVs unveiled in Vegas, coming soon to EcoCentres

Every now and then, a new electric vehicle pops up unexpectedly on our radar, fully realized and just about ready for sale. They're usually low-speed electrics, and that's exactly the case with the line-up of EVs from Alvarez Electric Motors Company that was unveiled in Vegas last week at the National Association of Minority Auto Dealers.

73Mississippi automaker unveils $15k MyCar electric car, gets visit from Bill Clinton

A Mississippi-based automaker unveiled a two-seat city electric vehicle and got visits from former President Bill Clinton (D) and state Gov. Haley Barbour (R) to mark the occasion.

5OK court rules neighborhood electric vehicle buyers can get $5,000 rebates

One more reason to start blaring "Boomer Sooner.

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