Multiple Trends Turning Slowly Against Oil, Says Rocky Mountain Institute

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Green Fuel Gasoline electric utilities energy natural gas renewable energyThe cost of a barrel of oil is now just a fraction of what it was several years ago, and fuel prices have mostly fallen across the globe as a result. Oil prices rise and fall, but most industry analysts suggest that the emergence of North American production has loosened OPEC's ability to set prices unilaterally. Still, we hear less about the.

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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. To make the plug-in technology viable for buyers in the US and China, Volvo notes , it needs to feature a gasoline engine.

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Toyota to participate in FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012 with prototype gasoline-electric hybrid LMP1 racer

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that it will participate in the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) World Endurance Championship in 2012—the first year of the international endurance race series created through a partnership between the FIA and the ACO (the Automobile Club de l’Ouest)— with a prototype LMP1 gasoline-electric hybrid.

Filling up a Prius vs. Plugging In a RAV4 EV

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per 100 miles Prius: Fill up at multi-national corporate outpost RAV4 EV: Fill up at home with solar electricity or cheap, abundant, night-time power Prius: Hang around toxic fumes while filling up RAV4 EV: Margaritas all around Hat tip to Darell at evnut.com.

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

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To be positioned at the gateway to the Acura lineup, the ILX will feature three powertrains including Acura’s first gasoline-electric hybrid. 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.

Upcoming Toyota Prius C '94-MPG' Compact Hybrid Now Has A Name: Aqua

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According to Reuters News Service, the Nikkei business daily reports that the compact gasoline electric hybrid will achieve a gas mileage of 94 mpg The Prius family of hybrid cars from Toyota is going to get a little bigger as of January when the Japanese automaker will launch a new compact hybrid car for the Japanese market: the 2012 Toyota Aqua.

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2013 Lexus GS 450h: First Drive

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Ever since Lexus launched the RX 400h hybrid SUV in 2005, gasoline-electric hybrids have been an integral part of the Lexus lineup. Cleverly combining performance, luxury and economy, they allow luxury buyers to avoid the compromises that might otherwise be associated with making a luxury vehicle more fuel efficient--like sacrificing power or

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2013 Ford C-Max Energi Priced at $33,745, Cheaper Than Prius Plug-In

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It’s official: not only does the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in hybrid travel further in all-electric mode than the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid, but it will cost less too. As Ford detailed last night, its first plug-in hybrid will retail for $33,750, has a combined gasoline + electric range of 550 miles, is expected to get a combined

Variations On Cheaper Hybrid Tech To Help MPG, Efficiency

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The market for gasoline-electric hybrids and electric cars is expected to grow over the next few years, but they aren't the only energy-efficient vehicles expected to become more popular. Also looking at an increase in popularity are micro-hybrids and mild hybrids, according to a Lux Research report. According to MarketWatch, the Lux report

2012 Plug-in Toyota Prius: What Do You Want To Know?

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Toyota may have started the hybrid revolution with its original Prius, the first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car and the vehicle which quickly became the eco badge of honor for celebrities and city dwellers alike. But ten years after the first Prius rolled into the U.S., Toyota is now playing green car catchup, with its 2012 Toyota

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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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. Advanced valve timing control incorporating a new electric motor mounted to the valve timing system delivers quicker reactions to driver inputs.

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2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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Unlike dedicated hybrids without a comparable gas-only version, the 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid carries its gasoline-electric powertrain in a body that looks just like the conventional Highlander mid-size crossover utility vehicle. It’s a family-friendly hybrid utility vehicle, spacious and well-equipped, though hardly a car for the

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. Electric (Battery) Fuel Efficiency Plug-ins

E85 vehicles dominated US share of alternative fueled and hybrid vehicles made available in 2009

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The majority of these E85 units are intended for private use as traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, the EIA notes. The estimated inventory of AFVs in use by fleets in the US excludes gasoline and electric hybrids. E85 consumption: 71,213 thousand gasoline-equivalent gallons.

EALABC paper outlines approach to 48V hybrid systems with advanced lead-carbon batteries

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Augmenting its existing LC Super Hybrid program ( earlier post ), which deploys a downsized gasoline-electric powertrain, ALABC is working on advanced diesel-electric applications in development programs being undertaken with car makers including Ford and Kia.

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Toyota and Denso develop SiC power semiconductor for power control units; targeting 10% improvement in hybrid fuel efficiency

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In hybrids and other vehicles with an electrified powertrain, PCUs supply electrical power from the battery to the motor to control vehicle speed, and also send electricity generated during deceleration to the battery for storage.

PSA Group outlines electrification solutions for future hybrid and electric vehicles; 4 EVs, 7 PHEVs by 2021

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PSA Group is consolidating the development of its models on two global modular platforms—CMP and EMP2—allowing it to offer a wide range of internal combustion, electric and plug-in hybrid gasoline models from 2019. a 60 km (37-mile) driving range in all-electric mode.

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

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To be positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand, the ILX will feature three different powertrains, including Acura’s first gasoline-electric hybrid. ILX concept. Click to enlarge.

Cumulative sales of Toyota Motor hybrids top 2M units in Japan, 4.6M worldwide; 1.02M from Jan to Oct.

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Furthermore, Toyota estimates that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 11 million liters of gasoline (approximately 2.9 million gallons US) worldwide compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size. Global annual sales of TMC hybrids. Data: TMC.

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Toyota Prius Owners: Beware Battery Theft, Perhaps By Inept Thieves

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Car theft is something every owner has to worry about, whether the vehicle is powered by gasoline, electricity, or a combination of both, But sometimes, rather than stealing an entire car, criminals only go for certain valuable components. Thieves in San Francisco are reportedly targeting Toyota Prius hybrids--and stealing only their battery. theft Batteries California battery pack vandalism Replacement

Sony in talks with automakers to make Li-ion batteries for EVs

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is in talks with several automakers inside and outside of Japan to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles from the middle of the 2010s, a company executive said. The company will also consider developing batteries for gasoline-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, Ishizuka said. Nikkei. Sony Corp.

Citroën introducing new plug-in hybrid SUV concept at Shanghai Motor Show

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Citroën Aircross is powered by a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid system. An electric motor on the rear axle develops power of 95 bhp (70 kW) and torque of 200 N·m (148 lb-ft). The electric motor is combined with a 1.6

DS brand accelerating development of electric cars

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Starting with DS 7 CROSSBACK, it will be releasing a new model every year, all with an electrified version (hybrid or all-electric). By 2025, more than a third of DS vehicles sold will be hybrid or all-electric. The performance models will be provided by the hybrid versions and the first in the series is DS 7 CROSSBACK E-Tense—the DS vision of hybrid power with 300 hp and a 60 km electric range. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. supplying catalysts to Fisker for Karma; tackling the cold-start problem

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CDTI) is supplying emission aftertreatment catalysts utilizing its patented mixed phase catalyst (MPC) technology for the Karma, Fisker’s new plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid luxury sedan, which starts shipping to both European and US retailers this month. Through this ongoing process, our team has developed proprietary and patented catalyst technology for state-of-the-art gasoline engines that meet Fisker’s high performance standards.

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.

LA Metro retires last diesel bus; first major transit agency to operate only clean fuel buses

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The agency now has 2,221 CNG buses, one electric and six gasoline-electric hybrid buses in its fleet. LA Metro has retired the last diesel bus in its 2,228-vehicle fleet, making Metro the first major transit agency in the world to operate only alternative clean fueled buses. Metro runs the second largest public transit bus operation in the United States with nearly 400 million annual passenger boardings, and its buses log just under 1.5 billion miles a year.

Peugeot L500 R Hybrid PHEV racing concept

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Peugeot has designed a new gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid racing concept: the L500 R Hybrid.

Oregon incentives to shift from hybrids to plug-ins

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House Bill 2180 , which passed overwhelmingly, Creates specific tax credit for purchasers of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and related equipment. Limits tax credits for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles that are not designed for electric plug-in charging to vehicles purchased before January 1, 2010. Tags: kulongoski plug-in hybrid oregon battery electric car

Toyota introduces next-generation B-segment hybrid with 112 mpg US; CNG hybrid and plug-in variants

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) unveiled the FT-Bh (Future Toyota B-segment Hybrid), a lightweight, next-generation small gasoline-electric hybrid concept car at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show. FT-Bh. Click to enlarge.

Is The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Really Green, Or Not?

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Just ten years ago, cars like the 2002 Toyota Prius traded performance for unbelievably-high gas mileage, bringing the concept of eco-friendly gasoline electric hybrid cars to the masses. Recently however, automakers like BMW have used full hybrid technology to give high performance luxury cars like the 5-Series a gas mileage boost without

Prius the top new vehicle badge in California in 2012; state accounted for 26.2% of Prius sales in US

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This continues the trend shown by the state’s consumers who are adopting gasoline-electric hybrid technology and putting more of these vehicles on the road, Toyota commented. According to R.L Polk, the Prius family cars (Prius Liftback, Prius v, Prius Plug-in, and Prius c) accounted for 61,893 vehicles registered in California in 2012, making Prius the Nº 1 vehicle badge sold in the state.

One More For The Dead-Hybrid List: RIP Nissan Altima Hybrid

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Add one more to the list of hybrid cars that have been sent off to the great gasoline-electric graveyard in the sky. Nissan will end production of its Altima Hybrid sedan after the 2011 model year. Launched in late 2007, the hybrid version of the Nissan Altima used Nissan's own four-cylinder engine mated to the Hybrid Synergy Drive system licensed

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.

MSNBC Plug-In Vote

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The vehicles take gasoline-electric hybrids to another level, allowing drivers to plug them in for a few hours to charge the batteries and then drive solely on electric power for up to 60 miles. MSNBC is carrying the story and it is offering an online vote.

Three Different Electrified Ford Focus Models To Be Built At Single Michigan Plant

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It’s well documented that Ford is planning an all-electric version of its new global Focus--heck, we’ve even test driven a very early prototype based on the previous generation car. But what isn’t that well known is that there will be two other electrified versions of the new Focus: a gasoline-electric hybrid and a more advanced

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. E300 BlueTEC HYBRID. Click to enlarge.

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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

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

Infiniti Looking At Adding Hybrid Tech To Other Models

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The upcoming 2012 Infiniti M35h hybrid sedan will be the first vehicle featuring Nissan's own proprietary gasoline-electric hybrid system. If you don't recall, Nissan has sold a hybrid vehicle before, in the form of the Altima Hybrid, but this model relied on technology borrowed from Toyota. As for the new M35h, it will be one of the most advanced

Nissan To Release Infiniti M 35 Hybrid, First In-House Hybrid

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is launching a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its Infiniti M 35 sedan later this year, and hopes to nearly double the fuel mileage of the gasoline version, while keeping costs down. Nissan Motor Co. We're aiming for an improvement of 60 to 90 percent," said Koichi Hayasaki, chief engineer of Nissan's rear-wheel-drive hybrid system, using a