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Hell hath no fury like a mobile-phone owner scorned.

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Saying that sales of hybrid and compressed natural-gas (CNG) vehicles will grow during the next few years is a bit of a "dog bites man" story, but at least one firm is willing to put some specific numbers on the tale.

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Suzuki has been testing its e-Let's electric scooter around its hometown of Hamamatsu for the past year and is now ready to send it out into the real world. Or, at least, the Japanese portion of the real world. While it doesn't have the kind of range that would prompt you to pen a letter home – 30kms (18.6 miles) at 30 km/h (18.6 miles per hour) – it does feature some pretty nice packaging and looks like a practical machine for commuting and errand running.

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For the first time since 1994, one of the famed Piccadilly Lights is changing. The enormous illuminated advertising banners in Piccadilly Circus, London's equivalent of Times Square, are iconic tourist attractions, as well as monuments to the power of corporate advertising.

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Intensifying price competition from South Korean battery manufacturers has driven Sanyo Electric Co. and GS Yuasa Corp. to dissolve their long-standing lithium-ion battery joint venture (JV). According to a joint announcement, the liquidation of the Sanyo GS Soft Energy Co. JV was inevitable as the venture had posted net losses for two years running. The decision to dissolve the JV may hinder Sanyo's ability to collect loans valued at 4 billion yen ($47.5 million U.S. at the current exchange rat

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Honda recently announced that it would begin leasing its EV-neo electric scooter in Japan beginning in December 2010. Initially available mainly to delivery businesses, the EV-neo will not, unfortunately, be offered in the United States. Despite their popularity around the world, ebikes and escooters like the EV-neo have yet to make many inroads in the U.S. But why not?

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The plug-in aficionados of the Japan Electric Vehicle Club hit the track this weekend in a Daihatsu Mira Van with a 74 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery to see how far they could go on a charge. The last time the crew attempted this feat in November 2009, they managed to squeeze out 345 miles before running out of juice.

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The plug-in aficionados of the Japan Electric Vehicle Club hit the track this weekend in a Daihatsu Mira Van with a 74 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery to see how far they could go on a charge. The last time the crew attempted this, in November 2009, they managed to squeeze out 345 miles before running out juice.

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After supplying batteries for the record-breaking Mira EV (pictured), Sanyo had little choice but to follow it up with something big. So that's just what they did. This time around, the project is more about future plans than 300-plus mile journeys, but the goal is still quite monumental. Sanyo will invest $2.1 billion to ramp up li-ion production for hybrid and electric vehicles in anticipation of reaching mass production levels by 2012.

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Volkswagen e-up! concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Peugeot 3008 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Sanyo is one of the biggest suppliers of nickel metal hydride batteries for hybrid vehicles, along with Panasonic EV energy. Currently, Sanyo's primary customers are Honda and Ford, but the company also has deals with Volkswagen and Audi for future products from Germany. Ford's ability to sell hybrid vehicles has, in part, been constrained by limited supplies of major components like transmissions and batteries. That situation may soon change, since Sanyo has decided to increase its production o

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Bloomberg is reporting today that Panasonic has decided to buy rival Japanese consumer electronics company Sanyo. While this in an of itself is not particularly important in this space, it does pose some questions in terms of hybrid and electric vehicles. Both companies make a huge array of products, including batteries. Units of the two manufacturers are among the largest producers of batteries for hybrid vehicles. Panasonic, through a joint venture with Toyota, supplies all that company's batt

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