Plug-In Hybrids

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 point, with the Honda Insight hybrid taking the top sales rank - the first time a hybrid has ever done so in Japan. The Insight... read more

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Chevrolet Volt

Volt won't get DOE funds until GM passes government viability tests

There are many layers to the deal General Motors has had to accept from Washington. In addition to having 60 days - now down to 51 - to turn things around or face bankruptcy... read more April 9, 2009 by

Chevrolet Volt production prototype platform

GM already working on second and third-gen plug-in hybrid technology

GM has already sunk $750 million into the development of the upcoming Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and resigned itself to the fact that the car won't be profitable for... read more March 19, 2009 by

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GM shoots down Carnegie study claiming plug-in hybrids are inefficient

General Motors has responded to a recent Carnegie Mellon University study claiming that upcoming plug-in hybrids such as the Volt are not actually as efficient as they seem... read more March 6, 2009 by

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Mulally: electric vehicles are our future

The times, they are a changin'. Carmakers that had seemed bulletproof, or at least too big to fail, are teetering on the brink of insolvency. Government regulations and... read more March 5, 2009 by

Ford Edge HySeries plug-in hybrid

Obama's stimulus package expands plug-in hybrid incentives, but diesel fans unhappy

A new-generation of plug-in hybrid vehicles may still be a couple of years away from reaching showrooms but the $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill passed by Congress and... read more March 4, 2009 by

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Are plug-in hybrids too expensive to justify?

General Motors' Volt and the plug-in hybrid technology behind it has come under fire in the press recently, with critics accusing the car of being too expensive and too... read more February 27, 2009 by

Zipcar Prius

Zipcar's plug-in hybrid on-demand car service launches in San Francisco

Would you give up your car for the chance to use a fleet of them? Or do you prefer your own, highly specialized vehicle? Though many companies predict highly individualized... read more February 18, 2009 by

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GM planning quick upgrades for Volt thanks to high-tech platform

One of the harder things about designing a new car is making it sufficiently futuristic that it's actually current when it finally makes it to market. Then the struggle... read more February 11, 2009 by

2009 Opel Ampera teaser

Video: Technology behind the Opel Ampera explained

General Motors recently gave us a preview of a new plug-in hybrid vehicle based on the Chevrolet Volt that the company plans to sell in Europe under its Opel division. The... read more February 5, 2009 by

Chevrolet Volt

GM working with U.S. cities to develop plug-in hybrid infrastructure

General Motors today outlined a comprehensive plan of action at the Washington Auto Show to help communities get ready for plug-in hybrid vehicles such as its upcoming... read more February 3, 2009 by

Aptera 2e plug-in hybrid

Full Aptera 2e production specifications revealed

In March of last year, Aptera announced it had done all the development necessary to head to production, and that all it needed was to move into acquiring the right equipment... read more February 3, 2009 by

2010 Toyota Prius petrol-electric hybrid

Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids averaging 65mpg in initial testing

Major carmakers are rushing to develop a new generation of plug-in hybrid vehicles including industry giants Toyota and GM, which hope to have the technology ready for sale... read more February 2, 2009 by

Chevrolet Volt

Texas considering $5,000 tax credit for plug-in hybrids on top of federal incentives

With all the talk of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reconsidering allowing states to implement their own fuel-economy emissions and regulations, and the negative... read more January 28, 2009 by

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Tesla announces Model S Concept, explains price hikes in town hall meeting

The burgeoning electric car field was just hitting its stride when the bottom fell out of the market last year, and the tough position that has left carmakers like Tesla in... read more January 27, 2009 by

Seat Leon Twin Drive Ecomotive plug-in hybrid

Seat trials Leon 'Twin Drive' plug-in hybrid

Seat has unveiled an electrically-driven prototype based on its Leon hatchback, which the company plans to trial in an urban environment together with the Spanish government... read more January 13, 2009 by


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