Archive for April, 2012

Toyota to introduce RAV4 EV next week at EVS26

The  26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) in Los Angeles, May 6-9, just got a huge public relations  boost today when Toyota announced that it will introduce the new Toyota RAV4 (Electric Vehicle (EV), the company’s first all-electric vehicle.

The RAV4 EV is the first model to come out of  Toyota’s partnership with Tesla, the start-up electric vehicle manufacturer led by world famous entrepreneur Elon Musk. Tesla has sold more than 2,100 of its Roadster model electric sports cars and is rolling out the new Tesla S sedan this summer. Tesla has also provided battery electric powertrains to Mercedes-Benz and Smart.

Next week’s announcement should shine a little more light on Toyota’s plans for where it will sell the RAV4 first and what the price tag will be. But one thing is certain, with a name like Toyota behind it, the RAV4 EV is sure to get some attention from the multitudes of happy Prius owners already on the road.

GreenFamilyCar will be at the EVS 26 and will bring updates from the show.

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Honda links with Leviton for electric charging solution

In another move toward getting electric vehicles into the fast lanes of mainstream America, Honda announced today that it has parterned with Leviton to provide electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S.

The stations will be built to accomodate the new Honda Fit EV that is arriving on the market this summer, and the new Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid due out in the winter of 2013.

TORRANCE, Calif., April 23, 2012 – American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today announced that Leviton Manufacturing Company, the global leader in connectivity solutions, has been selected as Honda’s preferred Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment provider for customer and dealer EV charging.

“As leaders in the fields of advanced technology for mobility and energy solutions, Leviton and Honda both have unique missions to create a more sustainable future,” said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda. “Pairing Leviton’s EV charging solutions with Honda’s advanced Fit EV and Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan electric vehicles will enable a more convenient and seamless ownership experience for our customers.”

Honda will be introducing two battery-electric vehicles beginning with the 2013 Honda Fit EV this summer, and the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan next winter. The 2013 Honda Fit EV battery-electric commuter car, based on the popular Fit, targets an estimated 123 city-mile range per charge (76 mile range combined adjusted city/highway)1 and can fully recharge its battery in as little as three hours when connected to a 240-volt circuit. The Honda Plug-In Hybrid Sedan uses an all-new, two-motor hybrid system which continuously moves through three different modes – all-electric, with up to a 15 mile per charge range; gasoline-electric; and direct-drive – to maximize driving and fuel efficiency, especially during city driving.

Here’s the link to the news release.

For a look at all the electric vehicles due out in 2012-13, here’s a GreenFamilyCar report from the Los Angeles Auto show.

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Best vehicles getting 30 mpg or better

Which vehicles get the best fuel mileage in each of the most popular all catagories? Energy expert and fellow auto journalist LouAnn Hammond of Carlist.com just returned from the New York Auto Show and gives her recommendations during an interview on KCRA-TV in Sacramento.

She also includes the results of a survey showing what cars Democrats purchase as opposed to those bought by Republicans. 

Watch it here.

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