July 25, 2010

Green Thinking

It's electric: Quiet, zero-emission electric scooter and electric RAV4 SUV

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Electric scooter
Yamaha is targeting fashionable green-minded Japanese consumers with a new electric scooter designed for short city commutes. The $2,700 EC-03, shown to reporters last week, is zero-emission and super-quiet, making it convenient for late-night city driving. The scooter, which recharges from a home socket, goes on sale in September in Tokyo and is being introduced in Europe in 2011. There are no plans for the U.S. market so far.

--The Associated Press


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(Toyota)

Electric rav4
Tesla Motors and Toyota plan to develop an electric version of the RAV4 SUV (shown above) that would go on sale in the U.S. two years from now. The venture is the first project announced by the companies since Toyota purchased about 3 percent of Tesla for $50 million earlier this year. The automakers are already testing a prototype of the vehicle. Toyota is providing the body and other major components, and Tesla is contributing its battery system and electric power-train.

--The Associated Press

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