Acura to debut 3 new vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show including its first gasoline-electric hybrid

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Acura will unveil three new vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show including a new compact sports sedan, a redesigned RDX crossover sport utility vehicle, and a concept version of the next generation Acura NSX super car. To be positioned at the gateway to the Acura lineup, the ILX will feature three powertrains including Acura’s first gasoline-electric hybrid.

2011 207

Volvo to unveil XC60 gasoline-electric Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Detroit show; system targeted for US and China markets

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At the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volvo Car Corporation will unveil the Volvo XC60 gasoline-electric Plug-in Hybrid Concept. In February 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show, Volvo introduced the diesel-electric V60 Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) to go on sale in Europe later this year. To make the plug-in technology viable for buyers in the US and China, Volvo notes , it needs to feature a gasoline engine. XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept.

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Mercedes-Benz launching E 300 BlueTEC diesel and E 400 gasoline hybrids at Detroit Auto Show

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Mercedes-Benz is is launching two new luxury hybrids in its core segment: the diesel-electric E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, and the gasoline-electric E 400 HYBRID. The new hybrid models, based on a modular hybrid system, make their world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show and will appear on the market over the course of the year. E300 BlueTEC HYBRID. Click to enlarge.

2011 212

Audi of America introduces 2015 A3 Sedan with gasoline engines; diesel and PHEV coming

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TFSI gasoline-fueled powertrains. The A3 Sedan will be joined later in 2014 by the recently announced Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, the high-performance S3 Sedan and in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV). Similar to other Audi models, Audi drive select has four settings that include Auto, Dynamic, Comfort and Individual. Audi of America introduced the all-new 2015 A3 Sedan with both the 1.8 TFSI and 2.0

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Deloitte suggests Gen Y’s embrace of hybrid vehicles may be auto market’s tipping point

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Gen Y’s strong affinity for hybrid vehicles could make it the “ generation that leads us away from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles ,” reports Craig Giffi, vice chairman and automotive practice leader at Deloitte LLP, after seeing the results of Deloitte’s annual survey of consumers and what they want in an automobile. Most notably, fuel efficiency: 89% of Gen Y consumers are considering buying a vehicle that gets better mileage, especially true when gasoline prices rise above $2.75

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Honda unveils Fit EV concept and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle platform at Los Angeles Auto Show

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President and CEO Takanobu Ito unveiled the Fit EV Concept electric vehicle and the platform for a mid-size plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Ito said both vehicles are integral to what Honda is calling its Electric Mobility Network, an approach to reducing CO 2 emissions through a range of products, energy-management and energy-production technologies. An onboard generator adds to the battery powering the electric motor.

2012 Infiniti M35h Set For 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show Debut

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Nissan and its Infiniti luxury division may have been late to the table when it comes to hybrids but neither brand is shying away from launching a new generation of gasoline-electric vehicles. Infiniti has fired the latest round in the battle for hybrid supremacy with the unveiling of a new hybrid version of its latest M sedan, the 2012 Infiniti

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Kia enhances 2014 Optima Hybrid

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan at the Chicago Auto Show last week. The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its gasoline-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year. Available in LX and EX trims, the 2014 Optima Hybrid features carryover refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a 47 hp (35 kW) electric traction motor, a strong Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a 47 kW lithium polymer battery. .

2014 218

Suzuki introduces hybrid concept version of Kizashi at New York show

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American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a gasoline-electric concept variant of its Kizashi sedan at the company’s 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) press conference. The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept derives power from a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine, working in tandem with a belt-driven, liquid-cooled 15-kW motor/generator unit tied to a 115-volt, 0.5

2011 188

Toyota to show new GRMN hybrid concept at Nürburgring

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will show the GRMN (GAZOO Racing tuned by MN) Sports Hybrid Concept II, a convertible mid-ship gasoline-electric hybrid concept, at the 39 th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race to be held near Nürburg, Germany, from 23–26 June. The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II is an updated version of a gasoline-electric sports concept shown at Tokyo Auto Salon 2010.

2011 163

Ford to apply start-stop technology to non-hybrid vehicles in North America in 2012

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Ford Auto Start-Stop. When Auto Start-Stop debuts in North America, it will be available on gasoline-powered cars and utilities with either a manual or automatic transmission as well as vehicles that use Ford’s patented dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. Ford’s patented new Auto Start-Stop system for gasoline engines will improve fuel economy for most drivers by at least 4%. The global rollout of Auto Start-Stop is under way in Europe.

Audi A3 TDI Sportback makes US debut at New York Show

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The Audi A3 TDI diesel Sportback is making its US debut at the New York International Auto Show. The A3 TDI Sportback will join the new A3 family being introduced over the next 18 months—the Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel sedan, the high-performance S3 Sedan and the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV).

2014 177

Green Motorsports: IndyCar Switches to Cleaner Cars & Fuel

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IndyCar will make the switch to hybrid gasoline-electric engines with the 2024 race season, joining F1 and IMSA , two race series that already use hybrid systems. billion business and the greening of auto racing is the newest twist in cars that go fast.

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Lexus reveals second version of LF-LC hybrid sports car concept; Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive develops 500 hp

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Lexus Australia revealed the second version of the Lexus LF-LC hybrid concpet, which made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year ( earlier post ), the new LF-LC Blue. Combined, the LF-LC Blue concept’s gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain develops 372 kW (500 hp)— the most of any Lexus hybrid.

2012 195

Toyota Financial Services issues first Euro-denominated Green Bond allocated specifically to the sales of low-emission vehicles; €600M

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TFS introduced the auto industry’s first Asset-Backed Green Bond in 2014; this latest issuance is the fourth Green Bond the company has issued. The TFS Green Bond program is unique in the auto industry and enhances Toyota’s reputation for leadership in green innovation across industries. Toyota Financial Services (TFS) issued its first euro-denominated unsecured Green Bond today, expanding its commitment to the sale of environmentally friendly vehicles.

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Flash Drive: 2023 Kia Sportage

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Clean Fleet Report will have detailed reviews of the Sportage gasoline, hybrid and eventually the plug-in hybrid in the coming months. 2.5-Liter Inline 4-cylinder, Gasoline. 2.5-Liter Inline 4-cylinder, Gasoline. kW motor, Gasoline-Electric. Something for Everyone.

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2013 Honda Fit EV receives EPA fuel economy rating of 118 MPGe; highest yet

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The 5-passenger Fit EV’s 20-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery provides the capacity to earn an EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82 miles, allowing the Fit EV to surpass the EPA efficiency and range ratings of the Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe, 76-mile range), Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe, 73-mile range), and Mitsubishi i-MiEV (112 MPGe, 62-mile range). Ford Focus Electric. CODA Auto. Electric (Battery) Fuel Efficiency Plug-ins

2012 276

Ford unveils its first plug-in hybrid vehicle for police and government customers

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Now, the company is introducing a plug-in hybrid vehicle with an all-electric range of 21 miles for police and government customers. Once the battery runs down, the vehicle is powered by its gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant with a range surpassing 500 miles. Recently, both successfully completed testing conducted by Michigan State Police at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

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Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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Geely Auto has invested significant resources in the development and promotion of methanol-fueled engines and vehicles over a long period and has already made progress with this technology in China. Geely Auto was the first auto manufacturer in China to conduct research and development into methanol vehicle solutions in 2005, and has since acquired dozens of patents. Their results showed that in comparison with gasoline mode, CO emitted in methanol mode decreased 11.2%.

2015 214

Maritz study finds growing but still low US consumer awareness about alternative fuel technologies; knowledge gap and confusion a sales challenge for OEMs

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The research also indicates that consumers have relatively low product knowledge of electric-only and electric-hybrid vehicles and see electric technology vehicles as useful for those who do limited driving. When asked to name an alternative fuel technology other than gasoline powered automobiles, 56% said electric vehicles while nearly a third identified gasoline-electric hybrids. Gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles rose from 15 to 22%.

2011 195

Volvo to concentrate on hybrids and downsized engines for US

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The XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show. Volvo Car Corporation will rely on a powertrain strategy based on its new downsized 4-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine platform ( earlier post ) and hybrids for the US market, said John Maloney, recently appointed President of Volvo Cars, US, in an interview at the Detroit Auto Show. Although Volvo is introducing the C30 electric, production and deployment will be limited, Maloney noted.

Acura introduces three new vehicles at Detroit show; two hybrid powertrains

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Acura unveiled three new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show, including a concept version of the ILX hybrid luxury compact sedan (which will offer Acura’s first production hybrid as a model version); the NSX Concept, which presages the direction for Acura’s next-generation supercar; and a prototype of the 2013 RDX crossover sport utility vehicle. ILX concept. Click to enlarge.

2012 214

Hondas P-NUT Design Concept Supports Small Displacement ICE, Hybrid or Battery Electric Powertrains

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American Honda unveiled its new design study concept for urban transport, the Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT), at the LA Auto Show. The modular rear engine bay, depicted on the exterior by blue composite material, is designed to accommodate a wide variety of potential propulsion technologies including a conventional small displacement internal combustion engine, a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric powertrain.

2009 183

Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan debut at NAIAS; hybrid and natural gas variants

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The Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan made their world debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, providing the first official glimpse at the styling direction of the 9 th -generation 2012 model set to go on sale this spring. gasoline, hybrid and natural gas. The gasoline-engined lineup includes a sedan, coupe and two Si performance versions. Honda Civic Concept. Click to enlarge.

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Honda to showcase EV concept and plug-in hybrid platform at Geneva show

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Honda’s EV Concept electric vehicle and a platform for mid-size plug-in hybrid vehicles will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show. The concepts were unveiled at the LA Auto Show in November 2010 ( earlier post ) and will be shown at Geneva as part of Honda’s “Road to Zero Emissions”, illustrating the current technology of hybrids alongside the near-future technology of plug-in vehicles and the ultimate goal of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, such as Honda’s FCX Clarity.

2011 190

VW premieres Jetta Hybrid and E-Bugster concept with Combined Charging System; Blue-e-Motion electric drives to go into production units as early as 2013

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Volkswagen staged two world premieres at the Detroit Auto Show: the new Jetta gasoline-electric Hybrid and the E-Bugster battery-electric concept derived from the Beetle. Volkswagen calls the complete electric drive unit featured in the E-Bugster “Blue-e-Motion”. The central electric module of the E-Bugster weighs 80 kg. The energy for powering the 85 kW (114 hp) electric motor is stored in a 28.3 Electric (Battery) HybridsE-Bugster.

2012 207

Flash Drive: 2022 Toyota Tundra

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With choices of gasoline or a gasoline-electric (hybrid) engine, rear-wheel (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the 2022 Tundra gives buyers multiple options of power and fuel economy. All-New Including a Hybrid Option.

Compliance credits for EVs undergoing reduction 

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EPA standards meant to incentivize EV production are phasing out By Peter DouglaS: Member, Electric Auto Association. Electric vehicles (EVs) play an important role helping automakers keep in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards.

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Audi of America officially introduces the new A3 family; plug-in hybrid version coming in 2015

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It will be joined later in the fall of 2014 by the Audi A3 Cabriolet; A3 TDI clean diesel sedan; the high-performance S3 sedan; and in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV). At a sustainability workshop at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Dr. Rudolf Krebs, the Volkswagen Group’s Commissioner for Electric Drive Systems, said the group will “ electrify all segments. The A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge.

2013 200

Maxwell Technologies Delivers One-Millionth Large Cell Ultracapacitor

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Primary applications for Maxwell’s large cell products, which range from 650 to 3,000 farads, include hybrid-electric transit buses, electric rail vehicles, cranes, lift trucks and other industrial systems. One of Maxwell’s earliest large cell customers, ISE Corporation announced last month that ISE’s ultracapacitor-based gasoline-electric hybrid bus drive systems now power nearly 300 buses in daily revenue service, and have logged a total of more than 13 million operational miles.

2010 174

Toyota Formally Announces Introduction of Plug-in Prius Into Key Markets, Targeting Tens of Thousands in Public Sales in Two Years

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The all-electric range of the Prius Plug-In (23 km) will cover more than 50% of distances driven by single cars each day in Japan, according to Toyota. In Tokyo, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) formally announced the introduction of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid—the plug-in version of the third-generation Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle—into key markets. The plug-in made its North American debut at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. Electricity efficiency.

2009 224

Infiniti to introduce hybrid version of 2014 QX60 crossover; first application of new FF-Hybrid system

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will introduce a new gasoline-electric hybrid version of the QX60 crossover into the US lineup this summer, following its world debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show. The new QX60 Hybrid will be powered by an implementation of the FF-Hybrid system comprising a 2.5-liter supercharged engine and 15 kW electric motor connected to an advanced CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). supercharged engine and the electric motor exceeds that of the 3.5L

2013 195

UMTRI study finds US and China could turnover more than 90% of LDV fleet to alternative powertrains by 2050 under very aggressive penetration scenarios

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Their definition for alternative powertrains/fuels eliminates pure gasoline and diesel powertrains/fuels, but does include hybridization of those fuels. Possible alternative powertrains/fuels include: CNG; CNG/diesel hybrid; Diesel/electric hybrid; Gasoline/electric hybrid;Gasoline/CNG hybrid; Gasoline/liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hybrid; Pure electric; Ethanol (E85); Ethanol (E85)/electric hybrid; Hydrogen; and Fuel cell vehicles.

2010 195

China’s EV Subsidy

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Journal article: China to Subsidize Electric Cars. China to Subsidize Electric Cars. BEIJING—China will subsidize buyers of battery-powered cars and plug-in hybrids under a pilot program aimed at keeping the country competitive in the global race to develop an electric-vehicle industry, but which also risks a public backlash. All-electric e6 vehicles made by BYD charge up in Shenzhen, where the cars are used as taxis. It plans to sell 50,000 electrics in the U.S.,

2010 116

Infiniti introducing new advanced 3.0L V6 twin-turbo engines for 2016 Q50; up to 6.7% improvement in fuel efficiency

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Infiniti has developed a new advanced compact and lightweight 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine which is making its debut in a 400 hp configuration for the new 2016 Infiniti Q50, which will premiere at the North American International Auto Show in January. Also available in late winter 2016 is the Q50 Hybrid, featuring a 3.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid system with a net 360 horsepower rating.

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Toyota digs for Lithium

Revenge of the Electric Car

From the Reuters post: “A sister company to Toyota Motor Corp secured a lithium supply deal in Argentina on Wednesday that could help the world’s largest automaker keep its lead in gasoline-electric hybrid cars. Lithium, a highly reactive and versatile metal, is expected to be in increasing demand as carmakers choose costly but more efficient lithium-ion batteries to power hybrid and electric vehicles. percent, roughly in line with other auto shares.

2010 116

Toyota "Looking"

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In addition to increasing to 14 the gasoline-electric hybrid models it offers, Toyota said, it plans to offer more fuel-efficient gasoline engines and to offer its first engines that can burn mixtures of ethanol and gas. The moves come as Toyota, like other automakers , gears up to compete in a world facing soaring gasoline prices, diminishing supplies of easily obtainable crude oil and increased political and social pressure to reduce oil consumption and auto emissions.

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Kia introduces 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle, Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid at Chicago

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Kia unveiled three major hybrid offerings at the Chicago Auto Show: the 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle; the new Optima Hybrid; and the new Optima Plug-in Hybrid. A 32 kW traction motor—the transmission-mounted electric device (TMED)—works in tandem with the gasoline engine to produce 146 horsepower and 195 lb-ft (264 N·m) of torque. The platform underpinning the Niro was specifically engineered to accommodate the gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.

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VW introducing 1.8L EA888 Gen 3 engine in 2014 Jetta, Passat and Beetle; driving impressions

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This is the first implementation of such a system in a turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engine, noted Lemke. Several innovations contributed to this reduction including; the use of a new piston coating; the two balance shafts that counteract the second-order inertial forces run in roller bearings; utilizing a low-energy oil pump; and using a highly precise electric system to control the oil-jet cooling for the piston crowns. FE city (manual/auto).

2013 271

Toyota Plug In

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Japan and Europe by 2010 , under a widespread "green" strategy outlined today.The ecological gas-electric vehicles, which can be recharged from a home electrical outlet , will target leasing customers, Toyota Motor Corp. Such plug-in hybrids can run longer as an electric vehicle than regular hybrids, and are cleaner. The joint venture that Toyota set up with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.,

2008 100

Audi introduces 2015 Audi A3 and S3 sedans; A3 Sportback e-tron PHEV confirmed for US

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Audi of America also confirmed that it will offer the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV) model in the US market later in 2014. Similar to other Audi models, Audi drive select has four settings that include Auto, Dynamic, Comfort and Individual. In electric mode, the A3 Sportback e-tron has a range of about 50 km (31 miles). The TFSI operates in tandem with an electric motor that generates 75 kW and 330 N·m (243 lb-ft) of power. A3 Sedan.

2013 195

Here Come the PHEVs

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One is from the new auto start up Fisker. With a range of hundreds of miles, the car will go farther than other electric cars coming to market. The new electric cars go only about 225 miles on a single charge at best. Granted, Fisker's car uses a little gas--something electric cars don't--but it won't burn much. The company will show off a prototype at the Detroit Auto Show , according to the company's somewhat cryptic Web site.

2007 100

Honda May Develop Plug-In as Obama Alters U.S. Policy (Update2) - Bloomberg.com

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drivers, may also developplug-in electric models as U.S. policy shifts to favor battery-powered autos. Honda, which began leasing hydrogen fuel cell FCX Claritysedans in Los Angeles last year, still sees hydrogen as the bestlong-term alternative to gasoline as a fuel that can cut carbonexhaust tied to global warming, President Takeo Fukui said in aninterview. are rushing out cars that can be recharged at electrical outletsas the U.S.

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