Plug-In Hybrids

China To Subsidize Green Rides For Consumers, Public Transit
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»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Green-Car Disconnect: Unrealistic Expectations, Tight Wallets

If you've been following news about the latest green cars—either here at TheCarConnection.com or at our companion site http://www.greencarreports.com/—you're likely aware that the technology doesn't come cheap. Plug-in electric vehicles, EVs, and even clean-diesel vehicles are all likely to...Read More»

ChargePoint
Element Hotels To Have ChargePoint Stations By Close Of 2009

Lots of companies pay lip service to "going green", but Element Hotels is putting its money where its mouth is. The Element chain is a 2008 addition to Starwood's sprawling family of hotels and resorts, offering customers a "no-compromise, eco-chic experience". Part of that experience will soon be...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt - testing on Pike's Peak, October 2009
GM To Work With National Federation of the Blind on 2011 Chevy Volt Sounds

Since at least 2007, advocates for the blind have been concerned about the lack of noise from hybrids running in electric mode. The imminent arrival of all-electric cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2012 Nissan Leaf has only raised their level of alarm. Now General Motors has announced that...Read More»

Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint
Electrification Roadmap Sets High Standards For EV Adoption

We've often noted that the biggest hurdle for electric vehicles to overcome is the energy and recharging infrastructure. (In fact, that was listed among the most significant obstacles facing the MINI E just last week.) Now, a sprawling coalition of business leaders -- including Nissan's outspoken...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Finalists Picked In 2011 Chevrolet Volt Paint Naming Contest

General Motors first revealed the production version of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt in September of 2008 and ever since the original unveiling the car has appeared in the same silver exterior with an emerald hue. This will be the color of the first batch of production Volts but GM still needs a new and...Read More»

2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
First Drive Of The ActiveHybrid X6, A Plug-In Hybrid Caddy: Today’s Car News

BMW has managed to keep its “ultimate driving machine” ethos even when it comes to building hybrid vehicles, with its all-new 2010 ActiveHybrid X6 slotting in as the world’s most powerful hybrid vehicle thanks to its 478 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. [Green Car Reports]...Read More»

Ontario green license plate for hybrids and EVs
Ontario Goes Green With New Plates, HOV Perks

High Occupancy Vehicle lanes help reduce traffic congestion by encouraging carpools. In states like California and Virginia, they're also used as incentives for green car buyers, since drivers of approved hybrid and electric vehicles can cruise the HOV lanes even when traveling solo. Now comes news...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Thefts Down, But LoJack Looks Ahead To Hybrids and Electrics

In any normal vehicle, a slight drain on the battery is no big deal. But if you have a hybrid—or, for that matter, if you have a finicky old British roadster in the garage that needs to be hooked up to a trickle charger all the time—you want to minimize what's tapping into your power. That's...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
GM Invites Public To Name 2011 Chevrolet Volt Paint Color

General Motors first revealed the production version of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt in September of 2008 and ever since the original unveiling the car has appeared in the same silver exterior with an emerald hue. This will be the color of first batch of production Volts but now GM needs a name for it...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
For 2010, Toyota Prius Again Tops EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

The 2010 Toyota Prius is again the most fuel-efficient performer in the U.S. market, at 50 mpg Combined, while runners-up include the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid (42 mpg), Honda Insight (41), Ford Fusion Hybrid (39), and Mercury Milan Hybrid (39). That's the official word from the 2010 EPA Fuel Economy...Read More»

Hyundai Blue-Will plug-in hybrid concept, Seoul Motor Show, April 2009
Hyundai Wants To Be World’s Greenest Automaker By 2015

Hyundai has just released its 2009 Sustainability Report, which outlines the strategies the automaker will be partaking in over the next couple of years as part of its efforts to become the world’s greenest automotive company by 2015. Hyundai has a stated goal of environmental leadership in...Read More»

2009 Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid Demonstrator
Volvo Listens Carefully In New NVH Lab

As the editors of TheCarConnection.com have experienced time and time again, an unsatisfying sound or some stray creaks and rattles can ruin an otherwise perfectly good new-car driving impression. Likewise, sometimes a vehicle that is very capable and sporty just doesn't feel the part because you...Read More»

2009 Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid Demonstrator
Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Step Up To The EV Plate

The American South may not be the first place you think of when it comes to EVs, but two Southern utility companies -- Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have both announced that by 2020, every vehicle purchased for their combined 10,000-vehicle fleet will either be a plug-in hybrid or an...Read More»

2009 Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid Demonstrator
Volvo To Sell Diesel-Electric Plug-in Hybrids By 2012

Technology has always been at the core of the automobile, and as tehcnology steps forward, so too does the automotive powetrain--from the realm of pure combustion to electrical power. Today, Volvo announced another step down that road with its intent to have a production diesel-electric plug-in...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento
Report: Kia Working On Production Diesel-Hybrid For 2012

What do you do when you're already one of the most value-conscious carmakers on the market? You set a goal to pack in more technology than even luxury marques can manage, and do it all in under three years. Or at least that's what you do if you're Kia. According to reports still emerging from the...Read More»

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Driven: Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

Mazda hasn’t ignored the possibility of a hydrogen economy, but it’s taken a quite different path than other automakers with its hydrogen test vehicles, like the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid. Instead of using costly fuel cells, it’s focused its hydrogen efforts around a rotary internal...Read More»

2009 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept
Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept

It's a diesel, a hybrid, a plug-in, a three-cylinder--and a tour de force, perhaps? BMW's Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been the subject of rumor and innuendo for weeks, but with today's public debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, the intrinsically green show car proves it has the looks to...Read More»

2009 Jaguar XJ Limo-Green Concept leak
Jaguar Debuts Plug-In Hybrid 'Limo-Green' Concept

Hot on the heels of Fisker's announcement about fuel efficiency for its Karma sedan comes word of a new luxury vehicle from Jaguar that bears a few technological similarities to the Karma. Based on the Jaguar XJ, the new plug-in hybrid/extended-range electric concept has been dubbed the Limo-Green...Read More»

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