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    Well-to-wheel emissions of plug-in-hybrids will be all over the map

    Ford Escape plug-in hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    One of the major benefits of plug-in vehicles is the ability to operate without any direct emissions while also diversifying the possible energy sources used for transportation. Unfortunately, that also means that unless ...

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    Video: Ian Wright resurfaces with series hybrid powertrain plans

    Wrightspeed X1 – Click above to watch video after the jump
    When we last heard from Ian Wright, he was working on a battery-powered version of the Ariel Atom known as the Wrightspeed X1. The X1 has been used as a development platform for batteries, motors and electronics, which is what ...

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    EV sellers will have to teach drivers to treat their car like their phone, plug it in!

    Chevrolet Volt – click above for high-res image gallery
    As much as we talk about range anxiety here, the reality is the vast majority of drivers in America probably aren't even really aware of the term in the automotive context. Yet. But that's because only a tiny fraction of them have ever ...

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    MSU students win stage 2 of EcoCAR challenge with 118 MPGe plug-in hybrid

    MSU's award winning EcoCAR towing test equipment - Click above to watch video after the jump
    If you take a group of talented college kids and set them loose to re-engineer a vehicle for ultimate efficiency, the end result can look like the 2010 EcoCAR challenge-winning entry from Mississippi ...

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    Electrovaya providing batteries for Dodge Ram PHEV program

    Battery manufacturer Electrovaya has begun shipping lithium ion battery packs to Chrysler for its test fleet of plug-in hybrid Ram pickup trucks. Chrysler is building 140 trucks based on the two-mode hybrid system that was co-developed with General Motors. A non-plug version of the hybrid Ram was ...

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    Suzuki will begin testing 61 mpg-Swift plug-in hybrid in Japan this fall

    Suzuki Swift PHEV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We were first introduced to the Suzuki Swift plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. There was little to go on at the time and virtually no information about the likelihood of production. Now there's an indication ...

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    Toyota: Prius Plug-In Hybrid won't compete with Leaf or Volt

    2010 Plug-in Prius Prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Not all plug-in vehicles are created equal. As we finally start to see mainstream, commercially available plug-ins arrive, the market is developing into a continuum. At one extreme we have the pure battery electrics like ...

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    SAE 2010: Argonne Lab director says battery electrics still not ready for mainstream

    Don Hillebrand understands electric vehicles and their benefits and limitations. As the director of the Center for Transportation Research at the Argonne National Laboratory, he has done plenty of testing on all kinds of alternative drive vehicles. Speaking to the Society of Automotive Engineers ...

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    Innovative thinking from Honda: build "appealing" plug-ins and the infrastructure will come

    Honda Insight – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The headline above sounds strikingly similar to something we've heard before. Picture Kevin Costner in a classic baseball movie called "Field of Dreams" and we're sure the phrase will pop into your head: "If you build it, he (they) will ...

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    Toyota announces first details of U.S. plug-in Prius test program

    2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The reason we just got to drive the new plug-in Prius hybrid in San Diego is because Toyota is introducing the vehicle to the U.S. during the company's second Sustainable Mobility Seminar (see our full coverage of the ...

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    U.S. government to purchase first 100 Chevy Volts and thousands of hybrids *UPDATE

    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In an effort to make the government's fleet of vehicles more green, the Obama administration has reportedly announced plans to add more hybrids this year followed by plug-in hybrids next year. The plan should double the number of ...

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    ALTe's plug-in hybrid Ford F-150 unveiled at the Work Truck Show

    Putting a bigger battery and a plug-in hybrid powertrain into a pick-up truck isn't exactly a new idea (see here and here for just two examples). Of course, sometimes, old ideas are worth keeping around. At the 2010 National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show this week, ALTe LLC, based ...

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    A short history of recent plug-in vehicles, courtesy of CalCars

    We've been chronicling the world of more efficient vehicles for almost four years now, but we're still the new kind on the block compared to long-time organizations like CalCars and that group's leader, Felix Kramer. At a recent meeting of the Electric Auto Association (of which CalCar is also a ...

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    Report: SEAT to produce IBE electric coupe

    SEAT IBEconcept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Volkswagen's Spanish outpost at SEAT snuck out a battery-powered concept at Geneva last week called the IBE. It now appears that SEAT is intent on moving forward with production of the IBE. Just before the show, Volkswagen announced ...

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    Geneva 2010: Peugeot announces 3008 Hybrid4 plug-in for 2012

    At the Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot has announced that one year after it introduces its first diesel hybrid based on the 3008 crossover, it will launch a plug-in version of the same vehicle. The 3008 will be the first vehicle to use the PSA-developed Hybrid4 system and, unless someone like ...

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    Ford to expand electric and hybrid offerings to Europe from 2011

    Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford has big plans for electrification of its fleet over the next decade, and while most of the emphasis has been on North America so far, Europe will be joining in on the party starting in 2011. Nancy Gioia has ...

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    Chicago Preview: Kia teases plug-in hybrid concept called Ray

    Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept – Click above to enlarge
    Kia is hoping to step into the void of what may be another relatively quiet auto show in Chicago next month with a new plug-in hybrid concept dubbed the Ray. The teaser image sent out by Kia late yesterday shows off what looks like ...

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    Toyota's Koei Saga: "I think we will never abandon the internal-combustion engine"

    Koei Saga, the managing officer of the Toyota Motor Corporation, might say that his company is "very excited" to expand plug-in hybrid (PHEV) testing when that's the announcement of the day, but he's also quite willing to give plug-in vehicles a verbal smackdown at other times. For example, ...

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    Detroit Preview: One of General Motors' concepts to be two-mode PHEV

    The last time we heard anything substantive from General Motors about its plug-in hybrid program was last August, when it announced that the planned Saturn Vue PHEV would instead be re-badged as a Buick crossover. We all know how that worked out. GM backtracked after less than two weeks and ...

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    Detroit 2010: Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV concept

    Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV concept – click above for high-res image gallery
    The Hyundai Blue-Will concept isn't entirely new. It first appeared last April at the Seoul Motor Show. However, it is making its North American debut next week in Detroit. What makes the Blue-Will special is that it is ...


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