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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Hundreds of hybrid owners joined together in Madison, Wis., on Sunday to set the Guinness world record for the longest hybrid parade ever staged. The previous record was set last year in Belgium, and totaled 140 hybrids. Sunday’s procession consisted of 208 vehicles, which completed a 2.1-mile loop in about 20 minutes. Organizers had hoped […]

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The blogosphere is a beast fed with lightning-fast news reports, and posts about the trendiest of latest trends. Yet, despite massive marketing efforts behind a wave of electric cars, like the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF, the conventional gas-electric Toyota Prius—which has been on the market since 2000—continues to dominate online chatter. New data from […]

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Last week, Toyota announced that it made the one-millionth sale of the Toyota Prius in the United States. It took Toyota 11 years to achieve that impressive benchmark. While 1 million might sound like an arbitrary figure (well-suited for marketing purposes only), it becomes meaningful when you consider President Obama’s goal (dating back to 2008) […]

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