Below is a chronology of hybrid Toyota Priuses and Ford Escapes that have been converted. EnergyCS/Clean-Tech, May 2005 EnergyCS Los Angeles County, CA firstname.lastname@example.org 4. Pacific Gas & Electric/Bay Area Air Quality Management District, "Sparky," by EnergyCS, July 2006 (San Francisco County, CA) Contact sxtg@. Photo.
Building Critical Mass [link] Also at [link]. A new strain of gas/electric hybrid vehicles called plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEVs, represent the latest wave of fuel-efficiency-boosting technology being explored by carmakers and third-party firms. And neither can PHEVs when running on electricity alone.
Electrovaya announced a new higher-density lithium-ion battery, which it will install in a Ford Escape Hybrid it's completing for the New York State $10M conversion program. The company makes batteries that power today's gas-electric hybrid vehicles, such as the Saturn Vue. See the press release at [link]. link].
In a nation of gas-guzzlers, Toyota made hybrids cool. The spec sheet on the 2005 Prius clearly states that the car gets five dozen miles per gallon of gas on city streets. miles per gallon is at least twice what all the gas hogs around me are getting. The more I can use the electric propulsion, the better mileage I'll get.
Despite his conviction that the internal-combustion engine will remain, VW's Mr Leohold concedes that the car industry needs to start moving away from mineral energy and towards electric-powered vehicles. The electric motor is used at low speeds, and to give extra acceleration at higher speeds. It simply could not be done, they wailed.
Calls to cut use of gas spark new interest in electric cars. Electric-car owners such as J.F. Lancelot drives a Mini Cooper now. "I just waste a lot of gas, like everybody else," he said. He founded the California Cars Initiative, a Palo Alto-based group that advocates the immediate production of PHEVs. link].
The Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid is expected to offer electric- only propulsion for more than 10 miles. At higher speeds or when conditions demand it, such as brisk acceleration, a combination of engine and electric power or engine power only will propel the vehicle. For GM, it's a way to develop a high-tech image. MORE >>