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Popemobile ‘to become green machine’: report

BERLIN (AFP) – Mercedes-Benz is making a greener hybrid Popemobile for Benedict XVI, the Wirtschaftswoche weekly paper said Saturday. However a Vatican spokesman denied the paper’s prediction that it should be ready for Benedict’s visit to his native Germany in September. According to the report, the new Popemobile will be…

Nissan may delay electric Leaf production in U.S.

DETROIT, Michigan (AFP) – Nissan may be forced to delay US production of its electric Leaf and is falling short of this year’s goals as a result of the devastating Japanese earthquake, a key executive said Monday. “After March 11, all the resources of the company were devoted to helping…

Breakthrough in battery technology could revolutionize electric vehicles

A new battery design developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could transform the way electric vehicles and the power grid store and discharge energy. The MIT News Office reported that the new architecture suspends the active electrical components of a battery, such as positive and negative electrodes,…

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