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MyPerfectAutomobile reports that NEVS, the new owners of Saab, have expressed an intention to produce an electric vehicle as their initial issue under the new management team. Speculation is rife that the car will be an electrified version of the Saab 9-3 sedan. GM displayed an emergency backup power source for homes that runs off five Chevy Volt car batteries and which can power several private residences for about two hours. Throughout 2013, Ford Motor Co. will vastly expand the number of its dealerships that are qualified to sell hybrid and electric vehicles. Ford dealers who wish to sell the cars are required to go through extensive training and education programs. The Chevrolet Spark EV will be displayed at the upcoming LA Auto Show in late Nov. and early Dec. So far, details about the vehicle’s specs have been scant, and media outlets are hoping that the LA Show will be the venue where the automaker divulges more data about the industry’s newest electric car. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk made some candid statements concerning the future of electric transportation during a public appearance this week. It was the fist time the auto executive has provided his opinion on the topic since the recent U.S. presidential election.
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Possibility of Saab 9-3 EV
The company which recently purchased Saab, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, will soon be launching its first model since formation of the company. NEVS is owned by a Chinese and Japanese investment group. One of the more popular models in the old lineup, the Saab 9-3 sedan, is considered by many to be a likely candidate for electrification by NEVS, though the company has not confirmed that its initial retail model will be an EV. For the complete story, see:
GM Unveils Power Source Built on Volt Batteries
General Motors and ABB Group displayed a residential power backup system which is composed of five used batteries from Chevy Volt hybrid-electric cars. The mechanism provides enough energy to power three residences for up to two hours. Maximum output is 50 kilowatt hours, and the project was a joint effort among GM, ABB, and Duke Energy. ABB is a Swiss technology firm specializing in power and automation. Duke Energy is based in North Carolina. For the complete story, see:
Chevy Spark EV Heads to LA Auto Show
The Chevrolet Spark EV will be introduced at the upcoming LA Auto Show when the event opens its doors in late Nov. The car is set for retail release in 2013, at which time it will become a direct competitor against the Nissan Leaf and the Ford Focus EV. The Spark EV is the first major GM technology debut since the hybrid-electric Volt arrived three years ago. While the Volt is a hybrid, the Spark EV runs only on electricity. For the complete story, see:
Ford Motor Co. Expanding EV, Hybrid Dealer Network
Ford Motor Co. will soon triple the number of its dealerships qualified to sell hybrid and electric vehicles. Currently, Ford has 200 retail locations that offer alternative fuel cars and trucks. Sometime in 2013, the company hopes to add more locations to the network. The C-Max hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in, as well as the Fusion hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in are four of the automaker‘s soon-to-be-offered models that are either traditional hybrids or the newer plug-in variety. In addition, Ford will be selling the Focus EV from the same locations that offer hybrid-drive vehicles. For the complete story, see:
Tesla Motors CEO Discusses EV Future
Speaking in the aftermath of the recent U.S. national elections, Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, made public comments about the future of electric cars in the U.S. market. Musk is optimistic about the prospects for the technology. The auto executive also delivered his ideas about federal tax credits for buyers of electric cars like the Tesla Model S and others. He advocates a federal credit of $10,000 for buyers. During the same week that Musk made the comments, his company‘s Model S was named Motor Trend Car of the Year, marking the first time that an EV has won that prestigious award. For the complete story, see:
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