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New Round of Electric and Hybrid Cars

Written by , on March 31, 2009

The unveiling of the new Tesla Model S seems to have signaled the beginning of a new round of electric and hybrid vehicle announcements. The Tesla Model S is an electric sedan that Tesla says will carry seven passengers and provide more cargo space than any other sedan currently on the market. The reason for […]  Read more »

China Unveils Another Plug-in Hybrid Car

Written by , on February 26, 2009

The Chery Automobile Co., China’s largest maker of own-brand cars, has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid. Chery claims that its S18 can travel 150 kilometres using just its batteries – compared with 64 kilometres claimed for General Motors’ Chevy Volt, due to go on sale next year. The S18 can be fully charged in as […]  Read more »

Big Orders for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Written by , on January 31, 2009

Coca-Cola Enterprises (US) has announced that it is more than doubling the size of its hybrid electric delivery fleet, Coca-Cola will have the largest hybrid delivery fleet in North America with 327 hybrid trucks on the road. The new hybrid trucks will be comparable in capacity to the company’s current large delivery trucks, with a […]  Read more »

House Powered by Prius

Written by , on January 13, 2009

John Sweeney, a Harvard, Massachusetts electrical engineer used his Toyota Prius to power part of his house during a three-day blackout last month. Mr Sweeney used an inverter to convert direct current from the car battery to 120-volt alternating current for the refrigerator, freezer, the fan for a wood stove, television and some lights. He […]  Read more »

Vespa Maker Shows Plug-in Hybrid Scooter

Written by , on November 11, 2008

Italian manufacturer Piaggio (the maker of Vespa motor scooters) has unveiled a plug-in hybrid three-wheeler scooter that it says will be on the road next year. Ppiaggio’s MP3 Hybrid combines a 125-cc petrol engine with an electric motor in an easy-to-ride three-wheeler that reportedly can do zero to 100 kilometres per hour in around 5 […]  Read more »

Hyundai Plans Hybrid Then Fuel Cell Cars

Written by , on October 31, 2008

Hyundai Motor has announced that it plans to commercially produce its first hydrogen fuel-cell car starting in 2012. The fuel-cell vehicle would come three years after Hyundai introduces its first petrol-electric hybrid Avante compact car in 2009. Hyundai has previously announced that a lithium-ion powered hybrid version of the Sonata sedan is planned for the […]  Read more »

Roadmap for Carmakers

Written by , on September 8, 2008

The Economist magazine has published an article in which it claims that a consensus has emerged among motor vehicle manufacturers about how the industry will move to zero-emission vehicles. Late last year, American carmakers were arguing that it was not possible to achieve a fleet average of 35 miles per gallon (6.7 litres per 100 […]  Read more »

New York’s Yellows Going Green

Written by , on July 17, 2008

New York’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, announced yesterday that all of New York’s famous yellow cabs will be hybrids (or better if the technology is available) by 2012. In December, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission agreed that, from October this year, new taxis would be hybrids. Negotiations with manufacturers have now made it possible […]  Read more »

Mazda Announces Sustainable Vehicle Plans

Written by , on June 24, 2008

Mazda Corporation has announced that it will begin testing the world’s first hydrogen hybrid cars with a dual-fuel system, enabling the use of either hydrogen or petrol, on public roads in Japan this year. Mazda will display its Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid minivan and RX-8 Hydrogen RE at the G8 Hoddaido Toyako Summit in July. […]  Read more »

Toyota Plug-in Hybrids by 2010

Written by , on April 13, 2008

Toyota President, Katsuaki Watanabe, has announced in Detroit that his company will market plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2010. Watanabe said that the new hybrid would be larger than the Prius and probably built  in Japan. "If I say any more than that the engineers will be mad at me. But I am the president," he […]  Read more »