Toyota Dealer Takes Deposits For Plug-In Prius That Doesn't Exist; Toyota Applauds Their "Excitement"

According to Toyota's Open Road blog, Magnussen’s Toyota in Palo Alto, California was "doing what Toyota encourages its dealers to do:" Take customers' money. The Silicon Valley dealership had apparently been deluged with requests for a plug-in Prius hybrid »9/04/08 8:30am9/04/08 8:30am; knowing Toyota was working on such a vehicle, Magnussen's…

Reasons For Buying A Hybrid: The Good, The Bad And The Moronic

Leave it to The Car Connection »8/19/08 11:20am8/19/08 11:20am's Marty Padgett to dream up a list including seven good reasons for buying a hybrid — we were surprised to see that many. Being professional cynics, we're far more interested in, and familiar with, the six bad reasons he detailed in a piece for PR Newswire. But with the super-exciting …

Study: Only One-Third Of US Car Buyer Households Have Infrastructure, Desire For Plug-In Cars

A new study by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC-Davis reveals only one-third of US car buying households have both the necessary charging infrastructure and the desire to purchase a plug-in electric hybrid. The comprehensive study, designed to determine more about the early plug-in market, found that most… »8/11/08 11:00am8/11/08 11:00am

Ex-Intel Chief Andy Grove Using Electric Cars To Achieve Relevance

Andy Grove, retired CEO of chipmaker Intel, apparently has grown bored of sailing the South Pacific and decided to insert himself into the debate over the future of transportation. A proponent of electric vehicles, Grove wrote, "The beauty of electric power is its ability to be produced through multiple sources...and… »7/02/08 9:20am7/02/08 9:20am

Americans Want Hybrids As Long As They Don't Cost Nuthin'

It turns out that a majority of Americans surveyed in a recent J.D. Power & Associates study are very enthusiastic about hybrid technology...until they find out that they have to pay for it. Continuing a long history of having cake and eating it too, 72% of consumers said they were interested in hybrid technology… »6/25/08 10:00am6/25/08 10:00am