In two years, consumers will have at least three plug-in car choices from major automakers. After years of taking a wait-and-see approach to plug-in hybrids, Toyota yesterday officially announced its plans to produce and market a plug-in version of the Prius in significant quantities. According to Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada, the company will sell […]

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As winter storms tear through the Midwest and New England, new hybrid drivers are getting their first taste of hybrid driving in frigid weather. The twittersphere is chirping with tweets like, “The Prius and blizzards do not mix!” And “Prius in the snow, not working for me. Any advice?” For years, some Prius drivers have […]

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There won’t be hybrids or electric vehicles in the motorcades at Copenhagen. As an estimated 30,000 people flood the Danish city of Copenhagen for the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, critics are questioning why a climate conference has a carbon footprint larger than most small countries. More than 40,000 tons of carbon are expected […]

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The volume of announcements regarding hybrids, electric cars and other green offerings at the Los Angeles Auto Show expands every year. However, this year’s media days held few surprises for car fans following the green scene. Carmakers mostly confirmed and reiterated commitments to bring previously announced alternative vehicles to market. In opening comments, California Gov. […]

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Hyundai is the most fuel-efficient automaker in America. That’s according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest annual fuel economy report (pdf). In lab tests to determine combined city-highway fuel economy of cars and trucks, Hyundai’s fleet achieved 30.1 miles per gallon. The Korean company is the only automaker to top 30 mpg. “Our thoughtful application […]

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Experts see limits to “moon shot” approach for reducing car emissions. President Barack Obama will propose that the US dramatically reduces greenhouse emissions when he attends the United Nations Climate Change Conference next month in Copenhagen. His proposed target is to reduce total emissions by 17 percent over 2005 levels by 2020. According to the […]

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The Nissan Leaf on display in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Nov. 24, 2009. The national tour for the all-electric Nissan Leaf continues to make its way across the country. We were able to see the five-seat 100-mile-range car yesterday in Walnut Creek, California—a few days before it arrives at the 2009 San Francisco International Auto […]

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Toyota said today it will reshape or replace accelerator pedals on 3.8 million vehicles involved in the company’s largest recall ever. The announcement expands the scope and expense of the recall, which was announced on Sept. 29. The step will be taken to reduce the risk that the pedal may be jammed in the floor […]

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Mike Howard, an enterprising local businessman in Elk Horn, Iowa, has put his hometown on the electric car map. Howard financed the installation of four plug-in car charging stations, capable of providing 110-volt or 220-volt charges. Despite the fact that Elk Horn has exactly one electric car—a Chevrolet S-10 pickup that Howard himself converted to […]

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Nearly 10 years since the first hybrids hit US roads, BMW and Mercedes both announced pricing this week for their first gas-electric hybrids arriving in showrooms this month. The BMW ActiveHybrid X6 will sell for $89,725. The two-mode hybrid mates a 4.4-liter twin-turbo 400-horsepower V8 engine with two electric motors delivering 91 and 86 hp […]

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