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Published on February 26th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


10 Top EV Stories

February 26th, 2013 by  

I gave a long introduction of my 3-tier system for sharing top cleantech stories in my previous post, so I won’t repeat that here. I’ll just dive right into 10 EV stories that almost got covered on CleanTechnica, but barely missed the cut:

1. Wireless Power Transmission For Transit, Trains, Harbor Freight, Etc.

wireless power trains transit

A completely wireless power transmission technology capable of powering high-capacity transport (such as high-speed rail, harbor freight, and airport transportation) has been developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI). It is able to supply a steady and constant 60 kHz and 180 kW of power remotely.

2. 39% Of California EV Owners Have Solar Panels (Infographic)

solar california ev owners

A recent survey of 1,419 of these plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners shows that 39% of owners currently have solar, and another 17% are considering going solar within the coming year. There are many additional interesting stats from the survey.

3. EV Sales — Important Context Often Overlooked


A follow-up on my recent post about why plug-in electric vehicle sales are actually doing quite well.

4. “Revolutionary” EV Charging Station — Volt Point

Giulio Barbieri The Revolution in the EV Charging Stations' Design

Giulio Barbieri S.p.A. has announced that it is about to release what it claims is the first electric vehicle charging station that isn’t anchored to the ground but is resistant to theft and vandalism, the Volt Point.

5. Honda Fit EV Hits East Coast


The Honda Fit EV, the most efficient car on the market, was released on the West Coast last year (in particular, in California and Oregon). Now, it is also coming to the East Coast this month.

6. Mitsubishi Unveiling Two Concept Hybrids At 2013 Geneva International Motor Show

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV

Mitsubishi is going to unveil a couple of concept hybrid vehicles at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show. The “Gran Runner” hybrid electric vehicle (or GR-HEV) and the “Compact and Advanced Technology” plug-in electric vehicle (or CA-MiEV) would follow the early lead of Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, which was the world’s first mass-produced plug-in electric vehicle when it was launched in 2009 (and is now selling for $29,125 MSRP, before the federal tax credit of $7,500 and any other tax credits your state or city might offer).

7. Honda EVster Concept Sports Car

Honda EV-STER Concept

The Honda EVster concept sports car looks pretty. More pics at the link above. And some musings on how this could be the next Honda Beat by Jo Borras here.

8. Fisker Automotive Could Go To China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group

fisker karma silver

This Fisker Karma is a beauty of a car, but it has had a lot of trouble competing with the Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt (not to mention non-electric luxury cars).

Reportedly, China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is the likely to buy a majority stake of EV pioneer Fisker Automotive.

9. Electric Vehicle Deployment – Where Should We Be Today?

ev sales graph

Source: EVI, MarkLines Database, Nissan, Toyota, hybridcars.com

Scientific American takes a close look at where electric vehicle sales “should be” at this point in their development, and how they compare to early hybrid sales.

10. Amarok P1 Electric Superbike is Coming Together (w/ video)


“Called the P1 (‘P’ is for prototype) the Amarok is featured in its makers’ film, below, with co-founders Michael Uhlarik and Kevin O’Neil explaining the philosophy behind the P1′s innovative design.”

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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