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Evonik Industries, an industrial corporation in Germany and one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals firms, unveiled its lightweight electric Elise-E at CAR-Symposium 2012 in Bochum, Germany. The battery-powered Elise-E tips the scales at a scant 2,094 pounds, allowing its 150-kW electric motor to propel it from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just […]

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After about six years of big announcements about hybrid and electric cars from Chrysler, the company has delivered nearly zero gas-electric vehicles. Way back in 2004, Dodge was promising a Ram hybrid pickup. That never materialized. In 2008, hybrid versions of the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen full-size SUVs were killed just two months after […]

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As the Bard might have put it, “That which we call an all-electric emissions-free vehicle, by any other name would drive as sweet.” To gain mainstream acceptance by mainstream car buyers, electric cars will face all kinds of real economic and technical challenges—such as limited driving range, hefty price premiums, and lack of charging stations. […]

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The sale of Chrysler to FIAT is turning into a battle royale—with diverse and overlapping conflicts between the two auto companies, the Obama Administration, the US Supreme Court and Justice Department, secured and unsecured creditors, consumer groups and three Indiana pensions funds. The Indiana pension funds last week asked the Supreme Court to stop the […]

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When President Barack Obama walked into Southern California Edison’s electric-vehicle test facility in Pomona today, he visited what may be the highest concentration of electric vehicles in North America. It was a photo op, of course. The president’s goal, said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, was to highlight the role of plug-in cars in creating […]

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There wasn’t a V8 to be heard. Full-size SUVs were banished from sight. And the words “electric car” and “hybrid vehicle” were on every carmaker’s video screen. Detroit—This year’s Detroit auto show was tossed into a brave new world where every manufacturer has to show a plan for hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery electric cars […]

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> Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard While dismal sales are predicted to continue well into 2009, automakers are betting that the way out of this mess lies in green, high-tech offerings. Hybrid Heatmap In this month’s version, we show the states where hybrids are the most popular. In other words, the heat map shows […]

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Chrysler is killing its dedicated electric car program. General Motors is moving forward with its sleek electric-drive Caddy. What do these news flashes tell us about Detroit’s prospects in the bold new era of EVs and plug-in hybrids? Short Circuit On Friday, Chrysler Spokesman Nick Cappa said that its in-house team of electric car development […]

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