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Richard230
04 December 2010, 1625
Lots of news in today's business section.

It seems that Tesla Motors has settled a trademark dispute with Tesla Holdings, a 90-year old supplier of communications and broadcast equipment based in the Czech Republic. At one time Tesla Holdings was a massive state-owned conglomerate that produced such products as a small, B&W TV, capable of picking up only a few state-run channels. The company at one time also produced transceivers for more than 60% of the radio and TV stations in the Soviet Union. Currently Tesla Holdings produces equipment for water treatment plants and military communications and they guard their trademark with vigor, as Tesla Motors found out when they attempted to expand into Europe. However, the two Teslas have worked out their differences and the dispute has ended. Now Tesla Motors can start marketing their vehicles in Europe.

Yesterday, Nissan launched the Leaf in Japan. The vehicle is sold out until March of next year. They have 6000 orders in Japan and 20,000 orders in the US. Using the Japanese governments method of testing electric vehicles, the Leaf has a range of 124 miles. The Leaf is now being produced in Japan with a production capacity of 50,000 vehicles a year. Capacity will rise to 250,000 vehicles once their US and Great Britain factories become operational in a couple of years. Toyota is introducing an EV version of their IQ ultra compact and working with Tesla on an electric RAV-4. The article includes some comments from Rempei Matsumoto, the author of a book about "green" vehicles. He claims that you are better off with a hybrid than a plug-in.

Meanwhile, China is increasing its subsides of its solar power industries. Beijing will create 13 industry zones and pay up to half the price of equipment used by solar power projects. The Finance Ministry says that other costs will be covered by a subsidy of 60 to 90 cents per watt of solar generating power. Government-subsidized domestic sales could help Chinese manufacturers that have seen exports weaken since demand in Spain, a major market, collapsed in 2009 due to the global economic crisis. France and Germany also reduced their subsidies. Naturally, the US is saying that these policies are a possible trade violation and are considering taking the matter to the WTO.

The production US version of the 2012 Mitsubishi I-MiEV has been shown, which will be imported to the US in 2011. For us the car has been lengthened by several inches (the better to accommodate our beer bellies), while the bumpers have been enlarged to facilitate our parking methods. Also included are the usual front and side-impact airbags and stability control for those that can't drive well and tend to run into things. :eek:

As a final item: Did you know that the Ford Motor Company was the first automaker to offer eight-track tape players as an option in many of its 1966-model year vehicles? :D

DaveAK
04 December 2010, 1749
The production US version of the 2012 Mitsubishi I-MiEV has been shown, which will be imported to the US in 2011. For us the car has been lengthened by several inches (the better to accommodate our beer bellies), while the bumpers have been enlarged to facilitate our parking methods. Also included are the usual front and side-impact airbags and stability control for those that can't drive well and tend to run into things. :eek:
Thanks for the chuckle Richard! :D

electrician
04 December 2010, 1750
thanks for the interesting info :)

Richard230
04 December 2010, 1831
And here is another news report, oddly this one was under the gossip column. :(

After Hurricane Katrina reconfigured New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Congress underwrote $7.9 billion in tax-free bonds to rehabilitate the area. According to an August status report in Newsweek, $5.9 billion in bonds have been sold by the state of Louisiana. Of those funds, $55 million (1 %) was spent on projects within New Orleans. However $1.7 billion of the funds went, or will go, to benefit the state's oil industry.

BaldBruce
04 December 2010, 2148
The production US version of the 2012 Mitsubishi I-MiEV has been shown, which will be imported to the US in 2011. For us the car has been lengthened by several inches (the better to accommodate our beer bellies),
:D

I resemble that remark! Took years of 12oz curls to obtain:eek:.