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Car Sharing Company Attracts Big-Name Investors

RelayRides, one of the first online services to make peer-to-peer carsharing safe and legal, recently announced that several additional big name investors would now be lending their financial clout to ensure the company's continued growth.

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales Need a Shake-up

Although it's only August, the electric vehicle market has the feeling of coming into the home stretch for the year. We have seen the race for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) glory boil down to the Leaf and Volt this year, with the Volt sputtering a bit earlier than expected. We have seen numerous delays pushing new launches back months (I am looking in your direction, Coda, Fisker, Ford, and Toyota). All of this has left the PEV market feeling a bit underwhelming for 2011. Particularly when you

Not Refueling Is Reason Enough to Rent an EV

Hertz is turning over a new Leaf (or ten, to be exact) by expanding its rental fleet in San Francisco to include electric vehicles (EVs) from Nissan. The rental agency is adding ten of the cars to its fleet and has introduced an electric car sharing service that can take some of the hassle out of renting a car.

New Fuel Economy Rules for Trucks Are Both Revolutionary and Evolutionary

Last week, President Obama announced the official fuel economy and emissions rules for medium and heavy duty trucks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had proposed the rules last fall, and the new 1,000 page set of rules were announced after a period of gathering feedback and analysis.

Toyota, Ford Team Up on Truck Hybrid Tech

Despite the recent influx of hybrid and electric cars, there's been virtually no news on hybridized large vehicles i.e. SUVs and trucks. Until today's joint announcement from Ford and Toyota, that is. The two automakers have pledged to join forces and develop a rear-wheel drive hybrid system for large vehicles that will maintain their utility.

GM Will Produce Cadillac Volt-based Coupe, Call It ELR

Well well well, look who is eating his words today. After rumors hit the Internet that a production version of the Volt-based Cadillac Converge would hit the market, I said I would believe it when I see it. Lo and behold, yesterday GM releases a press release stating that yes, it will be building a Cadillac version of the Volt. Sweet.

Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota Cars to Provide Home Back-Up Power

Still reeling from the March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters, Japan has not only been forced to deal with energy shortages, the island nation has been forced to rethink the security and capacity of its electric grid, as well as the policies necessary to make any substantive changes in it. But boosting capacity from any energy source takes time, no matter how urgently it is needed. One untapped distributed energy source that could provide up to two days of electricity for the average Ja

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