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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Kohl’s

By EarthGarage
February 6, 2012
File under: Alternative Transportation, Electric, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation, Sustainable Practices

Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) recently announced it will install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across America. 33 stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington will take part in the pilot program.

Kohl’s customers will be able to charge their EVs for free while they shop. Charging stations can be activated with radio frequency identification cards (RFID) or by using telephone numbers located on the charging stations. Each participating store will have one to four parking spaces reserved for EV drivers.

According to Kohl’s Chief Administrative Officer John Worthington, “Not only are these stations an added shopper convenience, they also encourage environmental responsibility among our shoppers. We will continue to explore additional locations to pilot charging stations at our stores nationwide.”

Read the entire article at EnergyBoom

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The Automotive X-Prize 2010 Winner: Not a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

By Kirk Linden
September 20, 2010
File under: Alternative Transportation, Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation


The Edison2 team and their VLC (Very Light Car) entry have won the $5 million top prize in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize.  The competition’s goal was to incentivize the development of a realistic car for the mass market that is capable of the equivalent of at least 100 mpg.

Edison2’s entry is a highly aerodynamic, four-person, four-wheeled vehicle that looks a bit like a helicopter (minus the rotor).  While this rather radical looking design may not go mainstream anytime soon, the philosophy behind its development will likely have a direct impact on the designs of our future high mileage vehicles.

The team, consisting of mostly race engineers, designed and developed the car to be as light and aerodynamic as possible.  …read more of The Automotive X-Prize 2010 Winner: Not a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle here

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New Ford Illustrates Changing Consumer Interests

By Justin O'Neill
July 11, 2010
File under: Alternative Transportation, Auto Industry, Hybrid, Innovation


The odd van/car combination pictured above is the 2010 Transit Connect, a new offering from Ford with a name as strange as its appearance.  The Transit Connect, along with Ford’s 2010 Fusion hybrid sedan, earned top honors for North American truck and car of the year, respectively, at this week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

This impressive double-win for Ford reinforces Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s mission to shift the auto giant’s focus from trucks and SUVs to smaller cars and more fuel-efficient crossover vehicles.  Under Mulally’s leadership, Ford has picked up on the fact that today’s conscious consumers and businesses are interested in less expensive, less environmentally taxing vehicles.  …read more of New Ford Illustrates Changing Consumer Interests here

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The shrinking American car (batteries included)

By Kirsten Dirksen
May 20, 2010
File under: Alternative Transportation, Auto Industry, Electric


The arrival of the Smart car on the U.S. market has helped Americans re-think whether bigger is better when it comes to their vehicles, but it’s only the beginning of the miniaturizing of the American market

It’s not just fuel economy that has driven an interest in smaller cars, but the changing demographics in America. “Even as fuel prices have stabilized, we’ve continued to see growth in the small-car markets”, explains Ford marketing manager Chantel Lenard. “There are two reasons driving that. One is the demographics of the baby boomers. As they’re getting older and their kids are leaving the household, they’re downsizing. On the other end of the spectrum, we see the millennials, the young people coming into the segment. They don’t need a bigger vehicle, so they’re buying on the basis of affordability.”

While most buyers of small are looking at compacts and subcompacts, there’s an even smaller category that is growing fast: The microcar …read more of The shrinking American car (batteries included) here

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Fisker Starts Putting Government Loan to Use

By Ted Nelson
October 29, 2009
File under: Alternative Fuels, Alternative Transportation, Auto Industry, Electric, Hybrid

2009 Fisker Karma

Fisker Automotive will begin deploying its government loan designated to spur U.S. production of fuel-efficient vehicles by buying and restoring an out-of-use GM plant in Delaware. Fisker paid only $18 million for the idle plant, but plans to spend an additional $175 million on refurbishing it. This Wilmington plant will be the manufacturing site for the company’s second model, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sedan.

The factory–originally built by GM in 1947–will reach full production capacity of 75,000-100,000 vehicles a year by 2014. By that point Fisker estimates that reopening the plant will create 2,000 factory jobs. The automaker expects production from this plant will create an additional 3,000 vendor and supplier jobs. …read more of Fisker Starts Putting Government Loan to Use here

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