Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


News Bonanza: EV News & Energy Efficiency News Link (& Picture) Love

November 20th, 2012 by  

Here’s some more electric vehicle and energy efficiency news from the past week or two:


If the EV stories we’ve published in the past couple weeks aren’t enough for you (and you don’t already follow Gas2), here are a bunch of consumer-oriented EV stories for you from our wonderful sister site full of green gearheads (plus one from Green Car Congress and a couple from Autoblog Green):

Honda Micro EV Commuter

1. Honda Micro EV Ready For Road Tests In 2013
2. Honda Showcases Three New Hybrid Systems

Renault Twizy ZE

3. Europe’s Best-Selling EV Is Barely A Car At All; Bow Down To The Renault Twizy

Toyota Supra Concept

4. Toyota Supra Successor May Be An EV, Have Tesla Roots

2013 Nissan Leaf Concept

5. Next Nissan Leaf Makes Japanese Debut With More Range, Low-Priced “S” Model

Chevy Spark with Odd (Ugly) Paint Job

6. GM Reveals Product Chevy Spark EV Ahead Of L.A. Auto Show
7. Fisker Planning “Entry Level” Chevy Volt Competitor, Could Align With Chrysler

8. Red is the New Green: Little Electric Ferrari Testarossa
9. Hertz Asks New York Residents Where They Want To Rent EVs

10. eBay Find: A Nissan Leaf Stretch Limo
11. DOE to Award $11M to 20 New Clean Cities Projects for Alt Fuel Cars and Trucks

Toyota Prius C Concept

12. Next Toyota Prius May Get All-Wheel Drive, Bold Look

Ford EcoBoost Going Through Airport Security

13. Ford Sends 1.0 Liter EcoBoost Through Airport Security
14. Next-Gen Mahindra Reva NXR Electric Car Spotted in India

2013 Fiat 500e

15. Fiat 500 EV Debuts, Details Still Lacking
16. Wheego Ready with LiFe EV Build Plan, 100 Due by End of 2012


Energy Efficiency

Sydney Power Deal to Cut Peak Use by 35MW: “NSW transmission network operator TransGrid has announced a new initiative to try to reduce peak electricity demand in metropolitan Sydney over the summer months – a move it says could cut power consumption by the equivalent of switching off around 50,000 air conditioners. TransGrid managing director, Peter McIntyre, revealed late last week that the company had reached an agreement with global demand-side response services company, EnerNOC, to provide 35MW of demand response capacity for the Sydney metropolitan area, and to work with Sydney’s major energy users to shift their power usage out of peak times.”

Production Starts on GE’s High-Efficiency Topload Washing Machines, Creating 150 New U.S. Jobs: “GE’s Louisville, Ky. washing machine factory that has been spinning out topload washers since 1953 has added another cycle to its production‘overdrive.’ The factory that now employs 928 will keep producing current models at a rapid pace, and has started production of the most energy-efficient, feature-rich, topload washing machine in its history, which added another 150 new U.S. jobs in the process.”

SCIenergy, Triple-Threat Efficiency Startup, Lands Big Clients: “SCIenergy is a building energy efficiency startup with a lot to prove. It’s raised about $50 million to date to tackle the building energy efficiency sector — first as San Francisco-based software provider Scientific Conservation, then as a software-plus-services company after its 2011 acquisition of Atlanta-based engineering firm Servidyne, and finally as a software, services and financing player with its March acquisition of Dallas-based Transcend Equity.”

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