0

To combat the buildup of used vehicles that has plagued other plug-in models, Tesla Motors has built a new showroom to help resell its used Model S sedans. The carmaker’s newly-opened 23,000-square foot store will offer both new and pre-owned Teslas to buyers. Located in Buena Park – which is about halfway between Los Angeles […]

+ Read More
0

More than 90 percent of battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle owners say their next car will also have an electrified powertrain, according to a new survey. The study – conducted by PlugInsights on behalf of Ford Motor Company – surveyed 10,000 battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) owners. Ford said it commissioned […]

+ Read More
0

Hybrid vehicles may actually get much better fuel economy than their EPA-rated stickers say, according to a new study. The analysis, conducted by Britt A. Holmén and Karen M. Sentoff with the University of Vermont, looked at the fuel consumption of a conventional Toyota Camry and compared it to a Camry Hybrid the same model […]

+ Read More
0

For those questioning the lifespan of a Toyota Prius battery, one taxi driver has 621,000 reasons why there’s no cause for concern. That’s approximately how many miles one man has logged in his Prius taxi. Manfred Dvorak, a cab driver in Austria, tells the story of his 621,000-mile (one-million kilometer) Prius in a series of […]

+ Read More
0

Hybrids tend to be synonymous with excellent fuel economy, but that doesn’t mean all hybrid vehicles are gas sippers. At the top end of the scale sits the Toyota Prius. A hybrid with one of the best gas mileage ratings, its combined 50 mpg is far above many gas-only vehicles. At the other end however, […]

+ Read More
0

A new study suggests that the accessibility of home-based chargers advances the popularity of plug-in vehicles more than the availability of public charging stations. The study was conducted by Joseph Bailey, Amy Miele and Jonn Axsen, all affiliated with Canadian-based Simon Fraser University (SFU). “When we account for the relevant factors, our analysis suggests that […]

+ Read More
0

Hybrids are proving again and again to be a winning formula for Toyota. Three Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) vehicles were named in the annual AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA). The Toyota Avalon Hybrid flagship sedan was named the 2013 top Hybrid/EV and the Lexus RX 450h was honored with ideal hybrid crossover. A […]

+ Read More
0

A 2010 Honda CR-Z has hit the landmark of clocking up 100,000 miles in just three years. The car is part of a UK-based ten-strong fleet made up purely of Honda hybrids, also including Jazz and Insight models, which has racked up an amazing half a million miles since 2010. The fleet is owned and […]

+ Read More
0

The first Sustainability Hackathon was held at the BMW Technology Office in Mountain View, Calif. The purpose of the event was to share ideas and develop new apps in the areas of electro-mobility and sustainability. The winning app is designed to help electric-car users communicate quickly and simply with one another on an anonymous basis […]

+ Read More
0

Last week, hybrid conversion startup ALTe and battery maker A123 Systems signed a long-term contract to enable ALTe to build extended-range light-duty fleet trucks by next summer. A123 will supply 21.6 kwh – and eventually other – battery packs for the high-mpg plug in series hybrids that will operate similarly to a Chevy Volt or […]

+ Read More