Plug-In Hybrids

More Photos, Details On Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept
More Photos, Details On Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept

Plug-in hybrids aren't new at Toyota. They don't have any on the street yet - at least for retail customers - but they are prepping test fleets of plug-in Priuses all over the world, including the U.S., Europe and Japan. Even before those cars get to the field, however, Toyota will bring a plug-in...Read More»

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'Saudi Arabia of Lithium' To Produce Batteries By 2016

Whether you’re concerned about national security or have green motivations as well, you might be eagerly awaiting electric cars and plug-ins in hopes of escaping your reliance on OPEC and foreign oil, but as of late there’s been plenty of coverage suggesting that future battery supply could be...Read More»

2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
GM Cancels Plug-in Buick Based On Vue, Announces Replacement

The web has spoken, and GM listened. Or at least that's part of the story behind the cancellation of the Saturn Vue-based 2011 Buick plug-in crossover hybrid previewed during GM's technology event a couple weeks ago. According to many sources, including Christopher Barger, GM's social media guru...Read More»

General Motors' mysterious 230 logo
GM's Mysterious '230' Ad Graphic Leads To Wild Speculation

It's fairly rare in these days of digital distribution that a secret stays secret until it's intended to be told, but General Motors appears to be doing a bang-up job with its mysterious '230' campaign. Speculation across the web on the meaning of the 230 number in the graphic - which uses a...Read More»

2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
Second Buick Crossover Based on the...Aveo?

Buick's adding two more crossovers to its lineup under the Enclave, and according to one source, a small ute based on the next Chevrolet Aveo is in the works. This morning, GM confirmed it's working on a future Buick plug-in hybrid and confirmed the presence of a second crossover vehicle...Read More»

2010 Fisker Karma
2010 Fisker Karma To Make Track Debut At Monterey Historics

Fisker Automotive will show its Karma Plug-In Hybrid sedan driving under its own power for the first time—on a racetrack. The powertrain debut will be more than a ceremonial run for the press and a handful of enthusiasts. The Karma will run right amidst the vintage racing action at the Monterey...Read More»

Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint
Over 5 Million Charging Points On The Way To Support Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure

We've talked a good bit about plug-in hybrids, fully electric vehicles, and the hurdles they'll have to jump before being fully embraced by consumers. Among the biggest of those obstacles is the necessary infrastructure for quickly charging the batteries in those vehicles--no matter where drivers...Read More»

Jaguar XE Roadster teaser
Jaguar XE Roadster: A Hybrid In The Works?

It'll be at least two years before the Jaguar XE roadster makes its debut, but here at TCC, many of us are already giddy with anticipation. That's partially because, hey, it's a roadster--and who doesn't like those?--but also because rumors have begun circulating about the possibility of a hybrid...Read More»

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Is A Higher Gas Tax The Way To Pay For Road Repair?

Every now and then, one of our posts sparks a nice online discussion. Typical topics: the fate of General Motors after the government bailout, whether hybrid cars are for conscientious citizens or effete wimps ... and, of course, taxes. Yesterday, we asked GreenCarReports.com readers to weigh in on...Read More»

2008 Prius Plug-in Hybrid prototype
Toyota Hit Hardest By New California Emissions Standards

Yesterday, Toyota announced that it will launch a fleet of plug-in hybrids later in 2009. The company's timing couldn't have been better. California's new emissions legislation set to take effect in 2012 has a special requirement for automakers that sell over 60,000 vehicles per year in the state...Read More»

Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid
Toyota Prius-Based Plug-In Hybrid: Coming To An Outlet Near You

Not news: Toyota's developing a plug-in hybrid based on the third-generation Toyota Prius. News: Toyota is releasing 500 of them into the wild by the end of 2009. Of that total, 200 will go to Japan, 150 to the U.S., and 150 to Europe. (France is a confirmed recipient, with Germany, Holland, and...Read More»

2009 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Plugs In To A Chunk Of Government Cash

You might think Chrysler would be doubled over in pain these days, given all the tsoris of bankruptcy court. But in fact, the company is holding its head high and has developed big plans for tomorrow--at least on paper. Yesterday, those plans made their way to the U.S. Department of Energy, when...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Toyota to GM: No Hybrid Tech For You!

Toyota isn't going to help GM with its hybrid technology. Shocker! But these days anything is possible, and Toyota does have licensing relationships with Ford and Nissan for some hybrid technology, so it's not too far-fetched to be believable. Earlier today Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun published a story...Read More»

Enertia Motors' Enertia Car
Link Love From The Car Connection: Fiat's American Lineup, X-Prize Autos, And Cash-For-Clunkers Rocks (In Germany)

Way outside the box -- We've all heard of the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition, which is giving $10 million to the first team to build a vehicle that can (a) get 100mpg in real-world conditions, (b) meet federal safety requirements, and (c) be mass produced. We're not sure that all of the...Read More»

Kia Forte hybrid unveiled
Kia Shows Off Forte Hybrid, Plans For Hydrogen Fuel Cell And Plug-In Vehicles

  Not to be outdone by Nissan's fairly jaw-dropping announcement of EVs and infrastructure earlier this week, Kia unveiled its new Forte hybrid yesterday. It's a liquefied petroleum/electric combo, and it's set to hit lots in South Korea this August. Here are some of the tech details that we know...Read More»

2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Ford Celebrates Production Of 100,000th Hybrid SUV

Further proving that Ford is the one domestic carmaker that understands the brave new world of automaking, today its Kansas City assembly plant spit out their 100,000th hybrid SUV in five years of production. The plant produces the 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrid small SUVs. The 2009...Read More»

Jon Lauckner, VP of Global Program Management at GM
GM, CMU: Who's Right About The Electric Car? (Hint: Neither)

A week ago, Carnegie Mellon University issued a report that said long- and mid-range electric cars are "not cost effective in any scenario". Their rationale? The expense of installing a battery big enough to get 40 miles per charge is never going to pay for itself in fuel savings. Furthermore, just...Read More»

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