Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Real Future of the Electric Car

Three stories from Autoblog Green:


2012 Chevy Volt priced at C$41,545 in Canada; dealers taking orders now

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chevrolet VoltAge has revealed that participating dealerships in Canada are now officially taking orders for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt. The MSRP for Chevy's plug-in up north? It starts at C$41,545 ($43,610 U.S. at the current exchange rate).


Analyst: Wireless charging of plug-in vehicles to become standard

Inductive charging system

Wireless charging of plug-in vehicles is to become standard, says Laura Marlino, deputy director at the power electronics and electrical power systems research center at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Marlino told Automotive Power Electronics conference-goers that, "We believe it's not a matter of if, but when wireless charging will be in all [plug-in] vehicles."

Which of these approaches do you think will conquer world markets when there are billions of vehicles on the road? The 43-thousand-dollar, two-ton Volt, of the little Korean buggy (price est: less than $5000), weighing under half a ton and having no need of a battery?

And Third:

That lightweight buggy can look cute -- almost:

Nebraska still working on low-speed NEV bill

GEM Peapod
GEM Peapod (RIP) - Click above for high-res image gallery

Even though highway-capable electric vehicles are here, there is still a place for NEVs. That place is, apparently, Nebraska.


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