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An electric vehicle (EV) rally is the best way to celebrate Earth Day this year. Cool the Earth is doing that with an EV rally across the North Bay. Pinboard (MacAaron)

Honda to reuse rare earth metal extracted from NiMH batteries in hybrids for hybrid vehicle motors

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has agreed with TDK Corporation and Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd. (JMC) to jointly pursue the reuse of a rare earth metal extracted from nickel-metal hydride batteries in hybrid vehicles for magnets of new hybrid vehicle motors. In March of this year, Honda began supplying a battery manufacturer with rare …
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Formula E takes electric car racing to Los Angeles for Earth Day

The Formula E electric car racing Championship took to the streets of Los Angeles today to preview the 2014 launch of the racing series. Pinboard (MacAaron)

Caterpillar announces hybrid electric earth moving machine, Cat663E H

Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar proves that hybrid vehicle technologies can be applied big machines, as well as small, with introduction of a hybrid version of their industry-leading excavator machine. Pinboard (MacAaron)

Ford calculates that shift to Gen3 hybrid powertrain could reduce use of rare earth metals by up to 500,000 lbs annually

Ford calculates that its third-generation hybrid system, which among other enhancements replaces NiMH batteries with Li-ion batteries, could reduce the company’s use of expensive rare earth metals by up to 500,000 pounds (227,000 kg) a year, based on its past hybrid sales and projections for the future. Among the rare earth metals used in NiMH batteries are …
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