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October 8, 2014 - Julia Pyper www.greentechmedia.com Can distributed storage make EV chargers more valuable to hosts?  The energy storage startup Green Charge Networks joined forces with NRG eVgo today to deploy electric-vehicle charging stations with integrated batteries -- a move that could give Green Charge a new market as competition in the distributed energy storage space intensifies. Green Charge has already deployed its customer-sited GreenStation energy storage systems at commercial businesses, cities and schools across the country. Using lithium-ion batteries, the software-driven platform allows end users to reduce consumption and avoid high demand charges during peak times. In California…
October 7, 2014 - Tim Pollard www.carmagazine.co.uk The new 2015 Audi R8 isn’t far away: CAR understands that it’ll arrive next summer, with production slated to start in June 2015. And the R8 Mk2 will aim to electrify the sports car market in more ways than one: two electric versions were confirmed to us by Audi’s tech chief. Speaking to CAR at the Paris motor show, Audi board member for R&D Ulrich Hackenberg said that both a plug-in hybrid R8 and a pure electric R8 E-tron were on the cards. ‘We are able to make the R8 a plug-in hybrid,’…
Sep 29, 2014 - By Viknesh Vijayenthiran www.motorauthority.com Volkswagen’s version of the Passat the rest of the world enjoys has just been redesigned and will appear for the first time at this week’s 2014 Paris Auto Show. The new Passat, which still offers sedan and wagon bodystyles, debuts with new engines, less weight and the latest assistance, infotainment and convenience systems. It also debuts with a new plug-in hybrid variant dubbed the Passat GTE. VW has already shown a version of its Golf with the GTE badge, short for Grand Touring Electric, and now the car is set to be…
September 26, 2014 - By Rachel Dovey www.nextcity.org Last July in San Jose, Don Francis gave a talk about one of the country’s surprising new leaders in electric vehicle sales: Atlanta. Titled “What is driving the fastest-growing market in the U.S.?,” the presentation was for a member meeting of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative. Its location — only miles from Tesla Motors’ HQ — was a likely spot, at the nexus of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area where EV sales have long topped national charts. “They were like ‘What are you guys doing that we’re not?’” Francis, the…
Sep 27, 2014 - John Voelcker www.motorauthority.com The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been an automotive icon, one of the best cars in the world--and for more than 50 years, the vehicle of choice for prosperous German businessmen. Against it, the BMW 7-Series and the Audi A8 still seem like pretenders. In Manhattan or Tokyo or Rio or Dubai, the presence of a black S-Class idling at the curb says more than either of those other cars can. The all-new 2014 Mercedes S550 launched last fall, and the company's first-ever plug-in hybrid S-Class has just gone on sale in Europe, awkwardly…
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