Week-end round-up

July 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

The north-east is to receive 1,300 electric vehicle recharging points in the next three years; a first batch of 200 will be fitted next month. The scheme, backed by the regional development agency One North East and administered by Newcastle City Council, is part of the Plugged In Places initiative; the charging points will be supplied by Brighton’s Elektromotive.

  • The first of 100 public EV charging points has been opened in New York;  it’s in a car park on Ninth Avenue, Manhattan, between 35th and 36th Streets. City officials are ordering 40 electric cars, and the ChargePoint America programme aims to have recharging posts (supplied by Coulomb Technologies) in nine NYC districts by the end of the year (New York Times).
  • Rumour-mill #1: Toyota is thinking about an all-electric supercar, claims Motor Trend. To be developed by new friends Tesla, to rival Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell and Audi e-tron.
  • Rumour-mill #2: Citroen’s thinking about putting the electric Survolt concept into limited-run production, says Autocar. A one-make race series is also under consideration.
  • One of several companies offering aftermarket plug-in conversions for the Prius and other hybrids, San Francisco’s Green Gears has released a video – ‘how to give your Prius a plug’ – explaining the retro-fit adaptations (Inhabitat.com ). Don’t worry, there’s a formal, accredited training scheme for its mechanics; more at The Green Gear Head.
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