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2011 Chevrolet Volt Expects 230mpg EPA City Rating

Fans of the Chevrolet Volt have followed its development closely, but few even of the faithful expected to see numbers as big as the ones coming out of General Motors today. The tentative EPA methodology works out to a city efficiency rating of 230 mpg. Talk of mile-per-gallon equivalents can get... read more

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Report: Karmann survives on electric car lifeline from VW

German independent vehicle manufacturer Karmann shut its doors for the last time late last month as the company heads into bankruptcy but the move may not be final according... read more July 9, 2009 by 

Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid

Fisker signs deal with Quantum to source Karma plug-in hybrid system

While big brand automakers like Toyota and General Motors are still more than a year away from launching their respective plug-in hybrid vehicles, small start-ups such as... read more July 8, 2009 by 

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Report: Toyota plans to mass produce plug-in hybrids by 2012

Toyota has already confirmed it will release a plug-in hybrid vehicle powered by next-generation lithium-ion batteries in Japan, the U.S. and Europe sometime next year but... read more July 6, 2009 by 

2011 Chevrolet Volt pre-production prototype

First pre-production Chevrolet Volt prototypes hit the road

You may think you've already seen the 2011 Chevrolet Volt inside and out (online at least) but in truth you've only seen mock-ups. The first real, complete pre-production... read more June 25, 2009 by 

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Tesla will use DOE funding for Model S and electric drivetrain factories

Despite its small size, Tesla Motor Company, builder of the famed Roadster electric sports car, is as embattled as any major manufacturer these days. Between a lawsuit from a... read more June 25, 2009 by 

2010 Buick Enclave

Report: Buick to get two-mode hybrid for new crossover

If the rumors are true, General Motors may be in the process of developing a new Buick crossover - with a new two-mode plug-in hybrid engine that should take the alternative... read more June 16, 2009 by 

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Toyota to lease 500 Prius plug-in hybrids this year, 150 coming to U.S.

It's important to have a broad perspective in the auto business - tunnel-vision has been one of the biggest criticism of the American automakers. But seeing beyond the trees... read more June 3, 2009 by 

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Chrysler unveils $448 million electric vehicle plan

Chrysler today submitted three proposals outlining a $448-million plan to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in order to rapidly bring electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in... read more May 26, 2009 by 

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VW and BYD sign deal to work together on electric cars

During an informational visit by the Chinese carmaker BYD (Build Your Dreams), company chairman Wang Chuanfu and the CEO of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn signed a memorandum... read more May 25, 2009 by 

2011 Chevrolet Volt

Lutz gives $32,500 ballpark price for Volt

The epic development period of the Volt has been unique in many ways, not least of which because it was announced about three years ahead of its actual debut - which is still... read more May 22, 2009 by 

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Toyota doubts widespread acceptance of plug-in hybrids

The idea that plug-in hybrids aren't all they're cracked up to be isn't a new one. Carnegie Mellon University has even published a study that calls the technology inefficient... read more May 21, 2009 by 

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Volkswagen will preview electric future with new Frankfurt Motor Show concept

Following in the footsteps of last year’s Golf TwinDrive and Space up! Blue concept vehicles, Volkswagen will reinforce its electric car image with the unveiling of a... read more May 20, 2009 by 

2009 Honda Insight hybrid

Honda's Insight first hybrid to rank as best-seller in Japan

As forward-looking and advanced in technology as the Japanese are perceived to be, they haven't been huge adopters of hybrid technology. But this month marked a tipping... read more May 11, 2009 by 

2011 Chevrolet Volt

GM’s financial troubles won’t impede Chevrolet Volt development

The much anticipated Chevrolet Volt, the car pegged with rescuing GM from impending financial doom, is about to start the next phase of testing despite threats of bankruptcy... read more May 8, 2009 by 

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Carmakers decide on universal plug for hybrids

When we drive interstate or internationally, we expect fuel everywhere to be fairly similar. Now, to ensure that same security is there for drivers of plug-in hybrid... read more April 22, 2009 by 


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