Toyota’s Prius was the top selling car in Japan during August. This happends for the 16th consequetive month and is mainly explained from local incentives which have driven further more demand for hybrid cars.
The Prius, Toyota Motor Corp.’s best-selling gasoline-gas hybrid, sold 22,263 of the cars during August 2010.
However, sales of Prius in August, were the lowest ones during the year and there worries that sales may further lower as government incentives will stop during the end of this month in Japan.
Prius still remained Toyota’s best seller model despite massive global recalls for issues including faulty floor mats and defective gas pedals.
The city of Stockholm, in a teamup with Vattenfall Group, will spend 62 million Swedish kronor ($7.74 million) to get hold of a fleet of electric vehicles for the city. Stockholm and state-owned power utility Vattenfall have a joint scheme for promoting electric car use in Sweden. The scheme has been approved by the Swedish Energy Agency and both will begin the biggest purchase of electric cars in Sweden so far.
The purchase will be carried out in two phases. 50 electric vehicles will be bought initially, while the foreseen target is the acquisition of 6000 vehicles. The electric cars are intended for both public and private buyers in the cities of Stockholm, Goteborg and Malmo at the beginning.
The Ford Focus Electric, will make its debut in the United States late in 2011 and in Europe in 2012.
According to sources the Ford Focus Electric, will be powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery that utilizes heated and cooled liquid to help maximize battery life and gas-free driving range.
The new thermal management technology will help the electric vehicles operate efficiently in a wide range of ambient temperatures.
<!––>SB 535 will allow up to 40,000 new HOV plug-in hybrid access stickers to be issued prior to 31 December 2014. In order to be eligible for PHEV HOV access under SB 535, vehicles must meet the California Air Resources Board’s Enhanced AT-PZEV standard.
This bill is good public policy because it creates a very strong incentive for the next generation of plug-in vehicles and will encourage more California drivers to plug in and reduce oil consumption.—Jay Friedland, Legislative Director of Plug In America
EV Forecast: Sunny, But Uncertain
Martin Eberhard, one of the original co-founders of Tesla Motors in 2003 and now director at Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL), is predicting that that within the next 10 years, electric cars will have a range of 500 miles and more.
The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the State of Hawaii last week, committing itself to build a facility that would make 10,000 two-seater electric vehicles a year. The new plant is also expected to assemble electric buses and four-seater electric vehicles.
The facility at the NextEnergy headquarters in downtown Detroit is one of 5,000 being installed in nine areas of the US, on the federally-funded initiative from Coulomb Technologies.
Hundreds of the new networked charging points will be installed throughout southern Michigan, from Grand Rapids to Detroit.