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12/08/2009
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G.M. Puts Electric Car’s City Mileage in Triple Digits

The Volt is expected to be both a so-called halo car to draw consumers to the Chevrolet brand and a technological foundation for future electric models. The company has built about 30 Volts so far and is testing them in various conditions. Interest has been building in the Volt since it was introduced at auto shows in recent years. But with G.M. now 60 percent government-owned, the car has become a symbol of the company’s rebirth after its 40-day trip through bankruptcy. Continue reading

12/05/2009
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Researchers Eye Better Use For Biomass Than Ethanol

Using switchgrass and other biomass to power electric cars is three times more efficient and more environmentally friendly than using ethanol to power traditional gasoline cars, US scientists have found.
Electric vehicles using biomass converted into electricity travelled 81 percent farther per acre of cropland than vehicles with internal combustion engines running on cellulosic ethanol, researchers in California found. Continue reading

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