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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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2010 Paris Motor Show Overview: Audi e-tron Spyder

By Kirk Linden
October 14, 2010
File under: Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation


Audi continues to tease us by showcasing yet another member of their e-tron family, the e-tron Spyder.

Over the past couple of years Audi’s e-tron brand has come to represent their foray into the all-electric car market, but this time they have added a plug-in diesel hybrid.

audi.jpgThis decision may well represent Audi’s belief that, while an all electric supercar like the original e-tron may be an ideal halo car for their electron-propelled brand, the majority of consumers in the near future will likely need, or simply want, a fossil fuel-powered back-up for their driving needs.

The final installment of the 2010 Paris Motor Show Overview on Friday will feature the Concept Cars of Lotus.

Read more about the new Fisker Karma, Jaguar C-X75 and the Exagon Motors Furtive eGT.

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2010 Paris Motor Show Overview: Exagon Motors Furtive eGT

By Kirk Linden
October 13, 2010
File under: Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation


Another car making waves this year at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is the Exagon Motors Furtive eGT

Exagon Motors is a new French automaker formed by Exagon Engineering, a race team and constructor with experience across a number of series, including designing and producing electric racecars for a series that takes place in the French Alps… on ice.

exagon-2.jpg With such a performance-based background, you can be sure their first foray into passenger cars boasts impressive numbers: how’s 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and 340 horsepower?

These numbers are all the more impressive when you consider Exagon claims this range extended hybrid can travel almost 250 miles on electricity alone before the range extending gasoline engine is needed to charge the batteries, resulting in another 250 miles of electrically propelled driving nirvana.

Stayed tuned on Thursday for a look at the new Audi e-tron Spyder

Read more about the new Fisker Karma and the Jaguar C-X75.

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2010 Paris Motor Show Overview: Jaguar C-X75

By Kirk Linden
October 12, 2010
File under: Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation


Another exciting car that is turning heads and making headlines at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is the Jaguar C-X75.

Celebrating Jaguar’s 75th anniversary, the C-X75 is a supercar concept powered by four electric motors, one at each wheel, delivering a staggering total of 780 horsepower and a theoretical top speed of 205 mph.

While individual motors at each wheel is not a completely new concept in electric vehicles, the fact they are charged by two microturbine engines (think of them as small versions of the jet engines you see on commercial airliners) is rather unique.

Microturbines offer advantages over internal combustion engines because of their simplicity (much few moving parts), significantly higher power-to-weight ratio and reduced emissions.

And now for the best news of all: Jaguar is reportedly considering putting this fierce feline into production.

Stayed tuned on Wednesday for a look at the new Exagon Motors Furtive eGT

Read more about the new Fisker Karma.

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2010 Paris Motor Show Overview: Fisker Karma

By Kirk Linden
October 8, 2010
File under: Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation


With marques like Ferrari, Lotus, Lamborghini, Porsche and Jaguar making headlines of the 2010 Paris Motor Show, it would not be hard to assume that unadulterated performance was the top priority of the show’s new product launches.

However, each and every one of these automakers, along with most every other manufacturer at the show, had a emphasis on efficiency and applications of lightweight materials – a significant sign of the auto industry’s sustainable evolution.

This week we will cover some of the most exciting and efficient cars featured at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

First up is the Fisker Karma.

karma.jpgAfter over two years of ogling the Karma in its concept form, the first factory-built production Karma has been unveiled.

True to form, the Henrik Fisker-designed Karma (Fisker made a name for himself designing eye-candy like the Aston Martin DB9 and the BMW Z8) is hard to tell apart from the original concept.  And just as important, the production version of the 400+ horsepower plug-in hybrid is still capable of the originally projected 100+ mpg.

Read more about the Fisker Karma here.

Stayed tuned on Tuesday for a look at the new Jaguar C-X75

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