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has killed plans to offer an version of its Scion iQ city car in in order to accelerate its push of vehicles.

In this file taken Dec. 12, 2008, the Motors logo is seen the company’s headquarters in downtown AP

The irony was there for all to see just prior to the opening of the Paris show, where the production of the electric version of its iQ minicar was set to its public debut. But Takeshi Toyota’s head of vehicle said just before the launch that its announced to produce thousands of the silent commuters around the globe effectively be cancelled. Only 100 iQ EV or eQ models, would become for sale in the U.S. and Japan, he which allows the company to say it cancelled the program entirely.

To an engineer who had overcome many and technological battles to pioneer the Toyota Prius, which in 1997, and has become known as the of the Prius,” it was a statement of non-confidence in electric vehicles – at least as battery technology and charging lie today.

But perhaps more it was the rare public admittal Toyota couldn’t crack particular technological green car at least not yet. Toyota have long been that it is aiming to sell low-emissions gas-electric hybrid rather than relatively numbers of zero-emissions ones. appears to be a fiscally sound if now corporate strategy, especially to the ambitious EV plans of Nissan and to pull zero (local) vehicles – and buyers – slowly but into the mainstream car market.

“With over four hybrids sold worldwide, continues to focus on hybrid as the proven platform for current and technologies,” a statement from Canada said. “While we be bringing the iQ EV, we continue to study the potential for future products.”

Canada now won’t offer the iQ EV, nor the RAV4 EV, which is built in Ont. It also wouldn’t on how this decision affects to bring a fuel cell vehicle to market in 2015.

In Toyota has gone from a car pioneer to a green car laggard, at based on who offers the cleanest, emitting new passenger vehicles in country.

Toyota still the vast majority of hybrid in Canada and around the world, and can reasonably argue that the has prevented more emissions the past decade than all EV combined. Uchiyamada said it to have 21 new hybrids on sale by 14 of them all-new.

With hybrids, plug-in battery EVs and soon (perhaps) cell electric vehicles all different paths to a cleaner future and – more critically for car – help to meet tougher standards around the world, starting to become obvious not all companies will seriously all paths.

SiriusXM to launch new

SiriusXM Canada is introducing PVR-like features to its Internet and mobile apps, in an effort to satellite radio’s appeal in-car entertainment and increasingly smartphone, tablet and home radio users.

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The company announced this that it is offering an On Demand as part of its service that listeners to access more 200 shows from various comedy, sports and music The updated Android and Apple iOS allow for better sound and faster streaming, with to include the ability to access the over WiFi networks in the future.

Other new app capabilities a new programming guide that what’s on over the next a “Start Now” feature allows subscribers to go back up to hours to hear previously content, a “Tune Start” that allows any listener to any song from the very and the ability to pause live – as when a call comes in – and pick up where it left

The Internet Radio service on $4/month to a Sirius/XM subscription, starts at $15.99 per month.

Ontario, Quebec start for EV charging corridor

Planning has on a public charger network would allow cross-border for plug-in vehicles between and Quebec, in a collaboration announced by group Plug’n Drive and Hydro-Quebec, which has already an Electric Circuit network in province.

The two parties will the first areas to be served, potential private or public and assess the obstacles to an infrastructure


“To allow these drivers to more easily between and Ontario, we must find quickly,” said Pierre-Luc senior director of strategic at Hydro-Québec, which charges a $2.50 to connect to the EC network of chargers.

“This project will not provide an infrastructure link Ontario and Quebec, but establish a model upon which public charging networks in jurisdictions can be based,” said Clairman, president and CEO of Plug’n

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