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CCTV’s Ginger Vaughn in San Antonio reports on build it yourself electric cars and its environment conscious technology. Electric cars are all about the ‘thr… In this special edition, we round up your favorite segments from CNET On Cars, including an update to the Top 5 electric cars, the Tes…

On this PJ News Break, Obama looks at the Koran burning controversy, in addition to the Daytona 500. Do some of Romney’s best friends own NASCAR teams? Does Obama like NASCAR? Do the Oscars prove that America wants it’s Hollywood stars to be seen but not heard? Find out. See more at

Weber State University (WSU) – Automotive Technology Department – Advanced Vehicle Systems Lab. A demonstration of the in-vehicle Energy Monitor of a 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid as well as a discussion of hybrid system operation. This demonstrates the different energy paths and directions that take place under various driving conditions with the Toyota P310 Hybrid Transaxle with two electric motors (MG1 and MG2). The 2008 Highlander Hybrid is an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicle that has a rear electric motor (Q211) to drive the rear wheels whenever the front wheels are about to slip. This energy monitoring system is similar to the Toyota Prius and Camry hybrids as well as GM 2-Mode hybrids and some Ford Hybrids. This video helps satisfy NATEF Task A2.C.24. “Describe the operational characteristics of a hybrid vehicle drive train. (eCVT)”, a priority 3 task. Weber State University Automotive Short (two evenings) Courses on Hybrid and Alternate Fuel Vehicles are now available. Sign up today.

An eco-investment fund is putting up the cash to roll-out thousands of charging stations for electric cars across Russia. They’ll start appearing in April. But, despite this green drive, doubters say the future is not electric.

Hiriko folding electric two seater car

Coda Automotive opened their first mall store. The Coda Electric Vehicle (EV) is actually a pretty good alternative to the Nissan Leaf. While a bit pricier, the 110 mile range on the car makes it a viable commuter car and fleet vehicle. Just like the Ford Taurus used to be, and the Ford Focus is becoming, Coda is likely to be the defacto standard for Electric Fleets, with its 4 hour charge time, and great range, you could conceivably commute 70 miles to work and still have charge left over to run errands after work. Coda is an All-electric, not a Hybrid. It uses lithium iron phosphate batteries and has a 134 HP motor that generates just over 200 Foot Pounds of Torque. Schedule a Test Drive or “Build your own” at

Experiential, hands-on learning is the goal of the WSU Electric Vehicle Team, one of 30 clubs in the College of Engineering and Architecture. Mentored by Kirk Reinkens, students design and build one-person vehicles powered by AC electrical systems. Their skills are tested in nationally recognized Electrathons, where drivers compete to see how fast and far their cars can go in an hour.

We finally get some time in the all new, 100% electric car the Nissan LEAF. The first widely available electric car is capable of driving about 110 miles on a charge. The electric motor produces 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The LEAF can be plugged into any conventional home electric outlet to be recharged. The LEAF handles a lot better than expected and it’s acceleration was pretty impressive too. It actually felt quick off the line due to the availability of all 207 lb-ft of torque the second your foot hits the accelerator. Rumors are that the 0-60 MPH time is about 10 or 11 seconds. We didn’t have time to do an official test unfortunately but it felt a lot quicker than that to us. As far as gas mileage goes. The EPA has rated the LEAF at 99 MPG. Wow!!! To view and download the window sticker for the 2011 Nissan LEAF SL-E please visit or follow this link: – Car Forum – http RoadflyTV – Facebook – Twitter – IMDb – IMDB – Host: Ross Rapoport

Renault’s fun electric Twizy put to the test

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