Although common sense might suggest that a gas-electric hybrid, with its two powertrains and complicated electronic components, might be less reliable than its gas powered counterpart, this is not the case. Polling research from car information sharing website TrueDelta.com, confirms that hybrids tend to be just as reliable, if not more reliable, than gas-powered cars. […]

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Frugal and simple are the keywords for this recession-era gift-giving season. This signals the resurgence of low-tech classic toys made of wood, tin and string, which can delight just as much or more than expensive electronic and plastic toys. One of the retro classic toys—the wind-up rubber band car—points the way to low-cost energy storage […]

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The global recession has finally caught up with Toyota Motor Corporation, which announced on Monday that it is anticipating a loss of US $1.7 billion for the fiscal year ending in March 2009. It would be the first time in 70 years that Toyota’s annual operating budget ended up in the red. The figure is […]

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The Hybrid Car Battery: A Definitive Guide See our rundown of today’s hybrid cars battery makers, chemistries, and recent news. A group of US battery companies teamed up this week to boost American manufacturing of lithium ion batteries. The new alliance aims to compete with Asian companies that currently dominate the lithium ion battery market. […]

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The recently unveiled Mercedes-Benz BlueZero concept vehicles are built with the flexibility to insert electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell technologies into the same exact vehicle design. It’s easy to dismiss the BlueZero sketches as just another cool green concept car that will never see the light of day, but it could be a glimpse into […]

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Electric carmaker Th!nk was denied its request to the Norwegian government for loan guarantees to weather the current economic crisis. The denial may have sealed the company’s fate. Th!nk requested an estimated $15 to $30 million bailout. According to the company, those short-term guarantees, plus a temporary work stoppage and a layoff of 50 to […]

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Even the mighty Toyota Prius has fallen victim to economic chaos and plunging gas prices: Toyota said today it was postponing its plans to build the Prius at a new factory under construction in Blue Springs, near Tupelo, Mississippi—indefinitely. Just a few months ago, the Prius was on a roll as gasoline prices topped $4 […]

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Critics argue that Tesla’s request to use taxpayer money to help a company making cars for wealthy patrons is elitist and wrong. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is drawing fire over his request for a $350 million loan from the federal government. Although the company receives widespread support for its leadership role in the burgeoning […]

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Cheap gas has drivers returning to the pumps, despite economic woes. Consumers pumped 0.3% more gasoline last week than in the same period last year, according to gasoline station purchases compiled by MasterCard Advisors. That’s the first increase in gas consumption since April. The US Energy Department confirmed this trend in a report this week […]

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Electric car makers take to the courtroom more often than the highway. While the goal of most automakers is to make money making cars, it appears that electric car companies have another side pursuit—suing competitors. Is this all about the massive ego necessary to launch a car company? Or is it just something about electric […]

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