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1. Solar-Powered, Energy-Efficient Homes & the Nissan LEAF

In one of the latest solar-EV team-ups, City Ventures and Nissan offer a green triple combo. From the news release:

How would you like never having to pay for gasoline? With the just completed “Plug Into History” press event featuring the Nissan LEAF with a City Ventures home pre-wired for electric cars, the dream is now realized. Integrated with each residence, City Ventures homes feature solar power and energy-efficient design, bringing energy bills to near net zero. The coupling of high-tech solar home with advanced electric car completes the circuit, allowing low-cost, low-carbon, gasoline-free living. The City Ventures earth-friendly neighborhoods, comprising over 190 homes, represent the largest collection of new, solar, no-gas homes in the United States. They are currently under construction in the California cities of Signal Hill, Santa Barbara and Brea. Prices for these homes start in the high $200,000s.

City Ventures President, Homebuilding Group Herb Gardner (right) plugs new solar-powered townhouse into the Nissan LEAF with Russell Vare, Corporate Planning Manager for Nissan North America (left), making it the first solar home to power an electric car. Santa Ana, California-based City Ventures has more than 190 new homes pre-wired for electric charging stations, the most in the United States. California expects 1 million electric cars on the state's roads by 2020. (Credit: Business Wire)

2. 1st All-Electric Carsharing Service Now Alive

“car2go N.A., LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, and the City of San Diego [have] officially launched North America’s first all-electric carsharing network, making emissions-free driving a widely available and affordable transportation option for all of San Diego,” Daimler announces.


3. New Electric Bikes

“Kalkhoff, the leading electric bike brand in Germany and the UK, debuts new power assistance systems across their 2012 range,” a news release this week announced. “UK distributor will supply dealers with Kalkhoff e-bikes for the first time, allowing customers to test ride and buy the latest generation models locally.”

electric city bike


4. Electric Superbike

Italian electric motorcycle company CRP is soon going to start selling its first electric street bike, the Energica. “The bike’s 100-kilowatt power plant is built upon a PMAC synchronous motor with permanent magnets generating up to 136 horsepower,” EarthTechling reports. “As you would expect, this setup is a torque monster, delivering almost 116 ft. lbs. on the way to propelling this rocket to a top speed of about 137 mph. CRP boasts that this powertrain delivers 95 percent efficiency and a driving range of almost 95 miles.”

Credit: CRP

5. Small EV from Gordon Murray Wins Award

I wrote about prolific Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray’s switch to green cars about a week ago. The featured vehicle was a super-efficient little electric car called the T27. Apparently, that little car recently won the “Most Energy Efficient Small Car (Prototype)” award in the 2nd-annual Brighton to London Royal Automobile Club Future Car Challenge.

Gordon Murray and two T27s. (Credit:

6. New LED Bulbs from Samsung

Samsung announced the release of 7 new consumer LED bulbs this week. Prices range from $17 to $60.

Credit: Screenshot of Samsung LED bulbs by Zachary Shahan/CleanTechnica

7. Honda Testing EVs in China

Honda has started demonstration testing of its electric vehicles (EVs) in Guangzhou, China. “For this demonstration testing, Honda’s EVs will be driven in a real-world urban transportation environment in the city of Guangzhou to verify the practical convenience of EVs and identify technological issues needed to be addressed to achieve the widespread use of EVs in the future,” Honda reports. “In addition, proposals regarding re-charging infrastructure will be made based on the results of the EV range verification and other relevant information.” Honda plans to start local production in China by 2012.


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