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Bloomberg is reporting that General Motors stopped work on the Cadillac Converj, a sleek electric-drive coupe, to focus on cheaper plug-in hybrids for its luxury brand. The report is based on comments from two GM executives who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. The decision, if verified by GM, represents an […]

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“If the typical driver is driving up into their driveway at the end of the day, and hasn’t depleted the battery and they’re driving up with stored energy that they didn’t use, they haven’t gotten the full value of their investment for the day.” Greg Frenette Ford manager of battery electric vehicle applications When President […]

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General Motors announced today that it has canceled plans for a Buick plug-in hybrid crossover. The company cited poor feedback from media, dealers, and consumers to the proposed model, which was unveiled only two weeks ago. Both the conventional and plug-in hybrid versions of the Buick crossover have been canceled. General Motors vice chairman Tom […]

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A mash-up of the Chevy Volt, GM’s full-size SUV “two-mode” hybrids, and the Buick brand. General Motors announced last week that it plans to produce the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, in the form of a new yet-to-be-named Buick crossover. The new model will first be released in 2010 as a gas-powered vehicle available with […]

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Auto industry publications are reporting that an upcoming Buick Crossover due out in 2011 will be the first application of GM’s two-mode plug-in hybrid system—technology that was originally intended for the Saturn Vue. “Those reports are pure speculation,” GM spokesperson, Dayna Hart, told Hybridcars.com. “There are plans to implement the system into a future vehicle, […]

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In the last day or so, numerous sources have reported that an upcoming Buick Crossover due out in 2011 would be the first application of GM’s two-mode plug-in hybrid system – technology that was originally intended for the Saturn Vue. “Those reports are pure speculation,” GM spokesperson, Dayna Hart, told Hybridcars.com. “There are plans to […]

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That Bible for smart shoppers, Consumer Reports—whose new-car reliability ratings are hugely influential—took a leap into the future in its February issue. It tested a Toyota Prius that had been converted to a plug-in hybrid, using the Hymotion L5 conversion kit sold by A123 Systems of Watertown, Massachusetts. Did the no-nonsense, grimly methodical magazine give […]

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It’s not easy following the bouncing ball of the General Motors plug-in crossover SUV. The vehicle was originally conceived as a Saturn Vue in 2007, became an unnamed Buick model in August 2009, and two weeks later was a technology in search of a vehicle. The plug-in hybrid Vue was originally planned for 2010, but […]

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Toyota puts its Plug-in Prius through testing, as shown in a video issued by the company. The national coming-out party for the Toyota Prius was a television commercial during the 2005 Super Bowl. The narrator bragged, “Low emissions, high mileage, and you never plug it in.” In those early days of hybrids, Toyota marketers felt […]

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Jan. 4, 2007: The Economist—Plugging In Summary: "ANY good mystery must eventually uncover a villain, and in a recent documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car?, the filmmakers duly pointed the finger at General Motors. The reality is not quite so simple, but there is little doubt that when GM pulled the plug on its EV1 […]

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