Plug-In Hybrids

Chrysler Delivers Experimental Ram Plug-In Hybrid Pickups
Chrysler Delivers Experimental Ram Plug-In Hybrid Pickups

Chrysler has built a plug-in hybrid Ram pickup, but there’s one catch: the trucks aren’t for sale, and won’t be coming to a dealership near you any time soon. Instead, the hybrid Rams were built as part of a demonstration project to field-test hybrid systems under the worst...Read More»

Accenture 2011 survey, 'Plug-in Electric Vehicles: Changing Perceptions, Hedging Bets'
Electric Cars Have Buzz In China; U.S., Not So Much

While electric cars are getting reams of press coverage around the world, actual acceptance in some critical markets might be a longer-haul effort. According to a recent study by consulting company Accenture, only 46 percent of respondents from the United States favor plug-in electric vehicles...Read More»

Bill Ford 2006
Bill Ford: A Quarter Of All Vehicles Electrified By 2020

Will one-fourth of all new vehicles be either hybrids, plug-ins, or electric vehicles in less than a decade? That's what one of the world's top auto-industry execs thinks—at least for his company. In a piece in Fortune Magazine, Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] Chairman Bill Ford made that...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Electric
Study Finds Car Buyers More Interested In Gas Savings Than Green

While it may be a blow to those seeking to flood the highways with hybrid and electric vehicles, the view from the street is that fuel-cost savings is more of an inducement to buy than how green a car is. At least, that’s the conclusion drawn by the inaugural U.S. Green Automotive Study by...Read More»

Zipcar's Scott Griffith and Toyota's Frank Miller with a Toyota Prius PHV
Want To Test Drive A Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid? Zip Over To Zipcar

If you follow car news, you already know that automakers around the globe are preparing to launch an array of plug-in vehicles, from hybrids to full EVs. But while many of those models have already begun creeping toward showrooms, there's one notable absence: the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. As our...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Survey: More Would Take A Free 2011 Chevy Volt Over A Free HUMMER

According to a new survey, if given the choice between a new 2011 Chevrolet Volt or a new HUMMER H3, 55 percent would choose the Volt. But you couldn't give Volt away to 45 percent. The survey results, from the market-research firm Synovate, suggest that more Americans are interested in the new...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
The Electrics Are Coming: Is There a Charge Point in Your Home's Future?

Like it or not – and many consumers are still in the wait-and-see category – the wave of electric vehicles is about to sweep the country. At least, that’s the view of some researchers, along with entities in government, private industry, environmentalists, and lobbyists...Read More»

2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150
Today in Car News: Ford F-150 Safety, Mazda Pickup, and Volt

The Feds want to know if gas-tank straps on the popular Ford F-150 show cause for concern. So do we. We imagine, so does Ford. [New York Times] Mazda's sent out illustrations that preview its next-generation small pickup truck. Only as with the Ford Ranger, it's built overseas and no, you can't...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
2011 Nissan Leaf: Our Experts Talk Electric Cars

  If you're curious about the 2011 Nissan Leaf--everything from ordering and owning one, to seeing how it stacks up against the 2011 Chevrolet Volt--you're in luck. High Gear Media's sprawling network of writers counts four reporters who have driven the 2011 Leaf, at almost every stage of the EV...Read More»

Fisker Karma
Forget Saving The Planet: The Fisker Karma Will Nab You A Date

Remember the Prius commercials with all those people dressed up like grass and rocks, moving in rhythm to create the illusion of a happy, healthy Mother Earth? Well forget 'em. In fact, forget all that tree-huggery tripe used to sell cleaner-tech rides. According to a new website for Fisker...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
Automakers Request More Subsidies For Plug-Ins, EVs, And Infrastructure

And here we are: Tax Day. The day that Uncle Sam kindly requests the presence of your cash in his coffers so that he can continue running programs -- some good, some less so -- that, put together, make the U.S. our country of choice. What more appropriate time of year for automakers to pay a visit...Read More»

2010 Hummer H3
HUMMER Still Has American Bidder Interested

  General Motors (NYSE: GM) says it will proceed with the shutdown of the HUMMER brand, but TheCarConnection has confirmed that an American company has twice expressed interest in a HUMMER deal--both before and after a failed bid from a Chinese company. Raser Technologies (NYSE: RZ) is a...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Front Exterior View
Chrysler Announces A New Fleet Of Plug-In Ram Pickups

Yesterday, Chrysler revealed plans to sell an all-electric version of the Fiat 500 in U.S. showrooms. Though the announcement made some people very happy, it wasn't especially groundbreaking: many had assumed a Fiat EV would arrive stateside in the not-so-distant future. Far more surprising was the...Read More»

2010 Kia Ray Concept Teaser, to be introduced at 2010 Chicago Auto Show
2010 Kia Ray Concept Coming To The Chicago Auto Show

Kia and its big sister, Hyundai, had a bang-up year in the U.S. in 2009, and neither automaker shows any signs of slowing down in 2010. For its part, Kia has begun distributing a teaser image of a new concept vehicle, the 2010 Kia Ray, which is set to debut at the Chicago Auto Show next month...Read More»

New York City
Study: New Yorkers To Buy 70,000 Electric Cars By 2015

In non-Detroit news, consulting outfit McKinsey & Co. has released a study indicating that by 2015, up to 16% of new car purchases in New York City will be either battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, which translates into roughly 70,000 EV sales over the next five years. The company...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt pre-production prototype, January 2010
First Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Volt

GM's audacious attempt to leapfrog the popular Toyota Prius, with its green halo, has gotten it more publicity than any General Motors car in decades. The car is the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. And now we've driven it. For more than an hour, we piloted a pre-production...Read More»

Nissan LEAF
Preview: Cars Of The Future, Coming Sooner Than You Think

Grab any science magazine from the last century, and you'll see ideas and sketches for cars of the future, from atomic-powered to levitating. But the future is here already, and it's going on sale at a showroom near you over the next three model years. Here's our roundup of the most significant new...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid To Go On Sale in 2011

Toyota has been a late and cautious entrant into the field of plug-in vehicles, gradually rolling out a small fleet of Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid versions of the third-generation Prius. But for the first time, the company has announced that it will put the car on sale to regular consumers. The...Read More»

The Great Wall of China
China To Subsidize Green Rides For Consumers, Public Transit

China is in a curious position. Its auto market is very big, and it's positioned to get much, much bigger, but the Chinese government doesn't want the country's automakers to move down the traditional path of combustion-engine vehicles. Rather, it wants to grow an indigenous green vehicle industry...Read More»

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