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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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    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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    Dark shadows loom over PHEVs as EVs capture all the rays

    Hyundai Blue-Will Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Aside from the Chevy Volt and the upcoming Toyota Prius PHEV, few plug-in hybrids (PHEV) make headlines. There could be a few reasons for this, but the likely culprit is the momentum being gained by electric vehicles. The EV ...

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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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    Ford confirms hybrid and PHEV C-Max will be built in Spain

    2011 Ford C-Max – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford has just provided more details about its first European-market hybrid models. The company's plant in Valencia, Spain will be building both regular and plug-in hybrid versions of the new five-seat C-Max MPV starting in 2013. The ...

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    Beijing 2010: Geely Emgrand GE plug-in hybrid limo

    Geely Emgrand GE – Click above for high-res image gallery
    One of the entries that Geely is planning for its new Emgrand premium sub-brand is the GE limousine. Like many of Geely's other new models, the GE has a very prominent grille but otherwise the rest of the design looks well ...

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    Beijing 2010: Geely Emgrand GT, plug-in hybrid coupe

    Geely Emgrand GT – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Geely Emgrand GT is another example of the automaker's apparent seriousness about being considered a top-flight player in the industry. This coupe features classic sports car proportions and, aside from the over-done grille, ...

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    Report: plug-in chargers could be a $11.75 billion market by 2015

    Forecasting the future is not always easy and, sometimes, far from accurate, but we like predictions because they usually give us some idea of what to expect as we move forward. In this instance, the predictions point to a world in which plug-in vehicle chargers are almost as common as gas ...

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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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    Can plug-in vehicles make any money before they become outmoded?

    Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Writing on the AltEnergyStocks site, John Peterson tries to make the case that plug-in vehicles are a bad investment for automakers and are unlikely to be profitable anytime in the foreseeable future, certainly not before they are ...

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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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    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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    Toyota officially launches plug-in Prius program, retail sales in 2011

    Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery
    In Japan today, Toyota officially launched its Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) lease program. Over the next six months, Toyota will be building and deploying 600 examples of the plug-in Prius for testing, primarily in Japan, the United States ...

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    LA 2009: The plug-in Prius makes its North American debut

    Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota rather unceremoniously parked their plug-in Prius at its North American market debut during the LA Auto Show, while their new Sienna minivan got a royal welcome at its coming out party. At a show that saw the ...

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    Toyota starts discussions on who will get PHEV Priuses

    Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota is getting ready to start deploying a fleet of 200 plug-in Prius hybrids in the coming months and the company needs to figure out what to do with them. The cars will all be leased for purposes of field testing. ...

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    Buick Regal likely to be launch platform for next GM hybrid system

    2011 Buick Regal – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Last night, General Motors publicly unveiled the 2011 Buick Regal that goes on sale in North America in the first half of next year. The Regal will be Buick's new mid-sized sedan entry and is essentially just a re-grilled version of ...

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    Plug-in vehicles will get special license plate in Ontario next year

    digg_url = ''; Want to emblazon your ride with Ontario's new "environmentally friendly vehicles" license plate? There are two hurdles you'll have to jump. First, wait until next year when the plate actually becomes ...

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    PEV 2009: GM's Lauckner wishes for bigger incentives to get drivers out of gas-powered vehicles

    At this point, it's no secret that the Chevy Volt and other plug-in vehicles are not going to come cheap. The least-pricey full-speed electric vehicle may very well be the Nissan Leaf, which after incentives might drop into the $27-28,000 range before the extra cost of leasing the battery. While ...


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