Plug-in hybrids to catch on more quickly than electrics: Toyota

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Toyota has been by far the most reluctant of recent converts to the idea that battery-electric vehicles might be practical and desirable. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Takeshi UchiyamadaOnly within the last year has the company moved past its decade-long insistence that all-electric cars were only suitable for tiny, low-range urban uses. Still, old habits die hard, and the company continues to.

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BMW provides initial look at X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid prototype

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BMW X5 plug-in hybrid prototype at Efficient Dynamics Innovation Days 2014. At BMW’s Efficient Dynamics Innovation Days 2014 in Germany, the company provided the first opportunities for test-driving the BMW X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid (PHEV) prototype ( earlier post ).

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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The PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a subset of the electric car, combines a primary electric motor with a much smaller back-up engine fueled with a hydrocarbon/biofuel mix. (In So the PHEV can simply use a small amount of this needed liquid fuel in the future.

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GM-Backed Bright Idea Plug-In Hybrid Van To Be Built By AM General

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Startup Bright Automotive announced last week that, once the company completes its funding, its advanced plug-in hybrid Idea delivery van would be assembled under contract by AM General. How times change. That's the outfit that built the Humvee and Hummer H1, and spawned the now-defunct HUMMER brand, including the HUMMER H2--which AM General also

China has licensed 9 electric-car plants, more than U.S. has today

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Quick trivia question: how many plants are there in the United States currently building electric cars? To be generous, we'll allow both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models. Any idea? DON'T MISS: Shanghai auto show: China plugs into electric cars in a big way Meanwhile, China—which has a long-term goal. China plug-in cars assembly plants

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Electric jet, Cadillac plug-in hybrid, European diesel sales, another Audi e-tron: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got another preview from the important Shanghai auto show, some Eurodiesel news, a first drive of a plug-in hybrid Cadillac, and the audacious idea of an electric airplane All this and more on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

Honda's Electric Four-Motor CR-Z Prototype: We Drive It

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The idea of the four-motor electric car has been around since the start of the 20th century. One of Ferdinand Porsche's first ideas, in fact, was the Lohner-Porsche that debuted at the 1900 Paris World Fair, with a hub motor in each front wheel. Toss four electric motors in a car and you could have plenty of power, four-wheel drive, and individual. plug-in cars Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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Hyundai has begun the US sales rollout of its Ioniq line of electrified vehicles, which come in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants. Ioniq Hybrid. The Ioniq hybrid and electric platforms will be our future e-mobility foundation.

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Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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Hyundai has begun the US sales rollout of its Ioniq line of electrified vehicles, which come in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants. Ioniq Hybrid. The Ioniq hybrid and electric platforms will be our future e-mobility foundation.

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BMW promises plug-in cars across the range

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If anyone was doubting BMW’s commitment to electrified vehicles, after we were told production of the i3 electric supermini would be ‘demand led’, there is news from Vancouver to dispel that idea.

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Revealed: Plug-in hybrid car that can fly above the traffic

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What could make the idea of lower fuel bills that come with a hybrid model even more appealing? That''s what one company in the US intends to do. Perhaps adding wings to the car so it flies?!

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Ford opens portfolio of patented technologies to competitors to accelerate industry-wide electrified vehicle development

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Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents in a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles. In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. In total, Ford has more than 650 electrified vehicle patents and approximately 1,000 pending patent applications on electrified vehicle technologies.

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BMW i Future Interaction Concept At CES Hints At i8 Spyder (Again)

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Way back in 2012, BMW unveiled a convertible i8 Spyder as a followup to the original i8 plug-in hybrid coupe concept. But BMW isn't quite done with the idea of a convertible i8, apparently. CES plug-in cars Consumer Electronics Show BMW i8 Concept SpyderBut while the coupe went into production as a 2014 model, the i8 Spyder never went beyond the concept stage. DON'T MISS: BMW's Electric Range Grows With 2015.

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GM provides technical details of the Gen 2 Voltec propulsion system used in the 2016 Volt

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The second-generation “Voltec” extended range electric powertrain applied in the MY2016 Chevy Volt ( earlier post ) marks a significant evolution in the electric drive technology platform from its first-generation origins. In Gen2, the two motors share both roles.

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The Hybrid SUV Pipeline

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Today, we’re in the middle of our own ‘Golden Era’ Thanks to modern technology and manufacturing techniques, cars have surpassed what we previously thought to be possible. So what does the near future hold for hybrid SUVs? In this case, maybe the Q does make it better.

First drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Drive-E Twin Engine PHEV sets a high bar for full-size luxury SUV plug-ins in US

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With the 2016 XC90 ( earlier post ) heading to dealerships across the US, Volvo Cars gave media an opportunity to experience the next generation of its full-size luxury SUV—in both its conventional T6 and plug-in hybrid T8 Drive-E Twin Engine forms—in and around Los Angeles.

Mitsubishi Motors premiering new fuel-efficient Mirage and Concept PX-MiEV II plug-in hybrid; smart house

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Two MMC cars will make their world premiere at the show: the fuel-efficient Mirage and the Concept PX-MiEV II plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The Mirage’s design focused on compactness, affordability, and high fuel efficiency in order to fit the needs of emerging markets as an affordable entry-level model as well as needs of advanced markets for fuel efficiency and low-CO 2 emissions. The new Mirage is due to go on sale first in Thailand in March 2012.

Buick Hybrid Borrows From Volt

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A Buick hybrid crossover has been envisioned for several years. In early 2009, there was great fanfare that the vehicle was on the way. At first, reports noted that a Buick hybrid crossover would likely be derived from a Saturn model being developed with an electric drivetrain.

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When will electric car sales exceed those of cars with engines? Poll results

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Cars that plug in to recharge, whether all-electric or plug-in hybrid, are a very small proportion of total U.S. So today, the idea that electric-car sales might one day equal. sales plug-in cars new cars Pollsvehicle sales today. And the same applies to their global sales, which are less than 1 percent of a total worldwide volume now headed toward 90 million vehicles a year.

Bright Automotives Plug-in IDEA Debuts on Tuesday

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Bright Automotive will unveil its IDEA plug-in hybrid concept on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Bright will then take the IDEA will to Norway in May 2009 for the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS24). The IDEA is designed to operate in all-electric mode for the first 30 miles before switching to hybrid mode for a full range of 400 miles.

AM General the exclusive North American assembler for Bright Idea plug-in hybrid electric work-truck platform

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has entered into an agreement for AM General LLC to be Bright’s exclusive North American assembler for the Bright IDEA vehicle platform. AM General will build the Bright IDEA in its Commercial Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Ind., The Bright IDEA is an all-new, plug-in hybrid electric light-duty work-truck due on the market in 2014. Production of the Bright IDEA is contingent on the completion of Bright Automotive’s funding.

Survey finds German motorists consider PHEVs more attractive and practical than HEVs

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German drivers now consider plug-in hybrid vehicles to be more attractive and practical than conventional hybrids, according to a survey commissioned by GKN Driveline has revealed. The poll of motorists showed that 75% preferred the idea of plug-ins, with 61.2%

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The Plug In Scooter

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G enerally, when we talk about Plug Ins , we think about automobiles. And there has been some big news on that front in the last few weeks. Toyota has now moved to have a plug-in approved in Japan and will test them on California campuses.

SFU researchers find promise for plug-in vehicles in Canada, but need for increased supply and policy support

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New work by a team at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada has found that more than one-third of Canadian buyers want a plug-in vehicle (PEV), with the majority of those (89—93%) wanting a plug-in hybrid rather than a pure electric vehicle.

Are You Plugged In?

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Are You Plugged In? Here is the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Some of the first plug-in electric passenger vehicles are slated to roll onto U.S. How many plug-in electric vehicles does President Barack Obama wish to see on U.S. The president is hoping to use incentives to get one million plug-in hybrid vehicles to consumers by 2015. The Wall Street Journal assesses your EV readiness.

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Consumers Want Plug-in Hybrids, Industry Survey Finds

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Synovate Motoresearch presented some very interesting survey results at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in Long Beach, CA last week, as reported in MIT's Technology Review. Simply put, as the first sentence of the article states, [W]hen consumers understand what plug-in hybrids are, they want them. The answer is contained in another part of the survey. Tags: ethanol plug-in hybrid flex-fuel

Overflow crowd at DC plug-in conference

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News of oil by the barrel and gas by the gallon reaching new highs had been dominating TV and print, so it was perhaps not surprising that the Google/Brookings Plug-in Electric Vehicle Conference saw overflow crowds. The speeches and hallway chatter suggested plug-in vehicles have finally caught the attention of industry bigwigs and policy makers. Many of the speeches sounded notes long trumpeted by advocates at Plug In America and the Electric Auto Association.

VW to benefit from a Bright IDEA

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Bright Automotive may only be considered a start-up company, but it is about to have a significant impact on one of the most important car manufacturers in the world - Volkswagen. The company, which unveiled its IDEA concept series plug-in hybrid light commercial van in May, will now convert VW Transporter vans using the series hybrid Bright powertrain. This will provide a bridge between the concept and the production version of the IDEA.

261 MPG Volkswagen XL1 Production Confirmed, Debuts Geneva

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Volkswagen has toyed with the idea of cigar-shaped ultra-eco cars for some time now, but a production car is finally on the way. The Volkswagen XL1 is a plug-in diesel hybrid with a body seemingly beamed in from a future time. It's the physical representation of the benefits of reducing weight and improving aerodynamics. The small body may only

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Automaker Plug-in Hybrid PR Flurry

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In the wake of the Chevy Volt presentation by GM, my "plug-in hybrid" google alert has filled my inbox with reports from other automakers about their PHEV projects. Nancy Goia of Ford got some ink for comments at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. Even Honda got in on the act. Look for handouts to Big Auto for "battery research" in the State of the Union address.

Plug-in hybrid car maker gets North American partner

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Bright Automotive has been threatening to break out as an upstart company in the plug-in hybrid car sector for several years – and now it has secured a partnership in North America which may help it achieve its ambitions. Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news AM General LLC Bright Automotive Bright IDEA plug-in hybrid car

Bright Automotive To Convert VW Transporters to Plug-ins

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Start-up Bright Automotive, which in May unveiled its IDEA concept series plug-in hybrid light commercial van ( earlier post ), will convert VW Transporter vans with the series hybrid Bright powertrain as a bridge between the concept and the production version of the IDEA.

Hyundai Blue-Will Plug-in Hybrid Concept Presages Future Production PHEVs

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Hyundai brought its Blue-Will plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept—first introduced at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show ( earlier post )—to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit for its US debut. The Blue-Will PHEV concept. Click to enlarge.

Mitsubishi to debut plug-in hybrid vehicle

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The Tokyo Motor Show will be the setting for Mitsubishi to showcase a total of 15 vehicles – including two that will be making their world premiere: the fuel efficient Mirage and the Concept PX-MiEV II plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Firstly, the Concept PX-MiEV II, which represents Mitsubishi’s idea for a midsize plug-in hybrid model. [.].

Subaru to introduce updated VIZIV plug-in hybrid concept at Tokyo Motor Show

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At the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru will debut the Subaru VIZIV Evolution Concept plug-in hybrid—an advanced form of the future-generation crossover concept VIZIV CONCEPT exhibited at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. The VIZIV Evolution Concept features a power unit which represents one of the ideas Subaru has for the future of its powertrains.

Ford unveiling Evos Concept with cloud-optimized plug-in hybrid powertrain at Frankfurt show; previews new global design language

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Ford will unveil the Ford Evos Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The company said the four-door, four-seat fastback concept with plug-in hybrid powertrain previews its new global design language, while exploring key future powertrain and vehicle technologies. Cloud-optimized hybrid powertrain. The Ford powersplit hybrid architecture allows the electric motor and gasoline engine to work together or separately to maximize efficiency.

Wind Beneath his Wings: How Green Power and Plug-in Cars Can Save Bush's Legacy

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Given the stink of political corruption in Texas, one can be forgiven for thinking only foul winds blow. But whatever their source, the wind really blows in Texas. Thanks in part to Bush's support of a nascent wind industry during his tenure in Austin, much of that wind is being turned into electricity. Everyone save Dick Cheney thinks it's a darn good idea. After all, what would his pals in the oil and gas industry say?

Toyota to test plug-in hybrid in China

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Japanese car manufacturer Toyota will put its Prius Plug-in Hybrid to the test in China. The company has joined forces with the Chinese government-affiliated China Automotive Technology and Research Centre to conduct joint verification tests of the vehicle in Tianjin. The idea behind the tests is that they will determine the adaptability and usefulness of [.].

Hyundai brings plug-in hybrid to US

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit marked the US debut of Hyundai’s Blue-Will plug-in hybrid concept that was first introduced at the Seoul Motor Show in 2009. The Blue-Will represents a myriad of new ideas including roof-mounted solar cells, drive-by-wire steering, touch screen controls and lithium polymer batteries.

Congratulations! You’ve Bought Your Electric Car: Now What?

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Like an increasingly large number of Americans, you’ve decided that paying nearly $5 for gasoline isn’t your idea of a good time. So, with all the due care and attention that goes with car buying, you’ve swapped your old car for a brand new electric car or plug-in hybrid. Now, your shiny new car is sitting on your driveway and