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If you’ve read that plug-in hybrids are the new shining technological stars, and regular hybrids are no longer so special, that’s not quite fair. One could forgive mainstream journalists from saying so if on deadline and reaching for something pithy to say, and in any case, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are more prominent in […]

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Ever wondered who improves the vehicles we drive? Toyota gave a glimpse of one of its engineers in charge of improving its hybrid cars, Eric Dede. Toyota said futuristic concepts such as space and astronautics have always consumed Eric’s attention. That’s how he ended up as a senior engineer for the University of Michigan’s Space […]

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The simplest definition for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is one that relies on two different power sources. Beyond that, a plethora of terms being bandied about today can make things appear unnecessarily complicated. Cutting through the sea of words, hybrids can basically be divided into three main types: These are: full hybrids, mild hybrids, […]

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It can be tough trying to oust a popularity contest favorite even if you too have a pretty face, and a fair degree of talent. And so it has been thus far for Chevrolet’s Cruze Turbo Diesel that went on sale in June 2013 with a German Opel engine refined at GM labs in Torino, […]

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Counting all makes and models of hybrid passenger cars and trucks sold in the United States, as of October the tally crossed the 3 million unit mark. At the end of September, cumulative year-to-date hybrid sales were at 2,982,186 units since hybrids were first launched over a dozen years ago, and with October’s 33,561, the […]

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Imagine: It’s the year 2025, and the global automotive landscape has shifted significantly toward reliance upon “alterative powertrains and alternative fuels.” This could be true if projections by LMC Automotive, a strategic partner of J.D. Power come to pass. According to the forecast, 36 percent of an estimated 110 million passenger vehicles sold by then […]

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I’m not a writer by profession, but was asked to give my story as one who has transitioned my home, business, and the cars my wife Donna and I drive into the most environmentally sound choices possible (also see video below). Actually, I was trained as a mechanical engineer and retired from the Navy after […]

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We keep hearing it, and numbers don’t lie: the market for hybrid-electric and alternative fueled vehicles is growing, and in a recent data mining exercise, Ward’s Auto commented on the continued expansion. Most noteworthy perhaps, is from 2011 to 2012 a 64-percent spike in U.S. consumer sales of hybrids took place with sales, according to […]

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