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New STOV Market Study
The small, task-oriented vehicle industry, involving golf cars and their derivatives and a wide range of utility and personal use vehicles, has a market size (including parts, accessories, and service) conservatively estimated at over $12 billion at the dealer level. There are an estimated 2.8 – 3.0+ million vehicle units in use and in inventory in the United States. And the numbers ... more
Kandi Technologies Delivers First NEVs For Shanghai's Car-Share Program
Last month Kandi Technologies announced the delivery of 208 neighborhood electric vehicles for the launch of the Shanghai Jinshan“Car-Share” Program. The program's manager plans to have 3,000 to 5,000 vehicles in service by the end of 2014. The first car-share program was launched last year in Hangzou.
The car-share stations ... more
Work Utility Vehicle Reviews From The UK
Horticulture Week based in the UK test drove a Toro Workman MDE and HDX-D 4WD utility vehicles as well as a Brutus HD PTO from Polaris. They were operating in the vehicles in a golf course and park grounds type setting. In general they liked how all the vehicles performed. Here are some highlights from their review.
Toro Workman MDE (electric powertrain) ... more
China Low Speed Electric Vehicle Market Booming According To Report
A research report recently published by ResearchInChina estimates that 302,000 low speed electric vehicles were produced in China last year, an increase of 46.6% from the year before. The market has grown rapidly since 2009 and is marked by manufacturers and intense competition. From the report:
At present, domestic LSEV producers ... more
GEM Adds Gas & LSV Utility Vehicles to Their Product Lineup
The GEM brand of transport and light utility vehicle, owned by Polaris Industries, recently expanded their product lineup to include a gas powered M1400 and a street legal version of the electric eM1400, the eM 1400 LSV. The eM1400 was introduced last year. The press release follows below with more details. The base MSRP for the M1400 ... more
String Of UTV Thefts At Minnesota John Deere Dealership Group
SEMA Equipment, a John Deere dealership group, has reported the theft of eight Gator utility vehicles across three locations in 2014. Despite locking and chaining the vehicles, thieves are coming equipped to steal the vehicles valued around $15,000 each. Learn more: Kare11.com
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Wireless Charging Could Pull Plug on Commercial Electric Vehicles
Brooklyn NY startup HEVO Power is helping EVs "cut the cord" with an innovative inductive charging system that replaces typical plug-in charging systems for fleet vehicles, and extends range by putting the charging system at vehicle destinations, instead of back at their home base. The company's Electric Vehicle Optimization Power Network ... more
EchoDrive Bolt-On Hybrid Kit Wins Work Truck Show
2014 Green Award
A bolt-on hybrid electric system that can be retrofitted onto existing fleet vehicles won the Green Award at the 2014 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN this March. The system, which includes a battery, inverter and electric motor connected inline behind a vehicle's transmission, was developed by Hybrid powertrain developer Echo Automotive, ... more
Utah Bill Lowers Barriers for EV Charging Stations
A new bill before Utah's state legislature would remove restrictions on the resale of electricity specifically to allow the commercial implementation of electric vehicle charging stations. Under current law, only public utilities are allowed to resell electricity, preventing private companies from offering fee-based charging stations in buildings and ... more
Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid subsidized by UK
The UK's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has confirmed the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is eligible for the Government's Plug in Car Grant (PiCG), totaling £5,000 (Equivalent to $8,200 at this time).
In order to qualify, the Outlander PHEV had to meet a wide range of safety, emissions and performance ... more
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