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Will this little bubbly EV get you through the winter?

A group of companies from Japan's northern island of Hokkaido want to create the ultimate EV to handle winter weather, and they already have a prototype.

While there were concerns that the Nissan Leaf might not be a very good vehicle for colder climates, the automaker is ready to demonstrate otherwise. It recently invited a few dozen journalists to have a go in the snow with its signature all-electric on a test course in Shibetsu, Hokkaido in the north of Japan. Informative video ensued.

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Subaru has cooked up another electric kei car for me to park in my fantasy green garage, right next to the R1e and Mitsubishi i MiEV I don't currently have. It's a plug-in concept version of the Stella, and it will make its formal debut at next month's G8 summit in Hokkaido, Japan. Five of the cars will be on hand at the conference -- four to shuttle folks hither and to, and one on static display as part of the on-site Environmental Showcase

For the upcoming G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in northern Japan in early July, a lot of advanced technology vehicles will be on display and used to move officials and dignitaries (oh, and media representatives) around. Honda is the latest to announce their starting lineup, and it includes the hydrogen fuel cell-powered FCX Clarity (above) and nine Civic hybrids. Don't care about Honda's wheeled inventions? Then spend time with ASIMO humanoid robot and some CIGS thin solar cells, both of which will

When the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations get together in Hokkaido Japan next month for their annual sit-down, Toyota will be on hand to provide transportation (Mitsubishi, too). Toyota will offer up a fleet of 78 vehicles for official use during the event. Along with 11 LS600h hybrid luxury sedans, they will provide 15 Crown hybrids, 43 Estima hybrid minivans, and 5 fuel cell-powered FCHV buses. With environmental issues being at the top of the agenda for the gathering,

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