2013 Ford Fusion Energi: The World's Most Efficient Car*

Amongst Ford's numerous powertrain choices for the 2013 Ford Fusion is the the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, a vehicle that may actually be the world's most fuel efficient car. WIth an anticipated EPA mileage of more than 100 MPGe it will be more efficient than the Volt and potentially even the Prius plug-in… » 1/08/12 10:37pm 1/08/12 10:37pm

Tazzari Zero Electric Car Recharges In 45 Minutes, Offers 93-Mile Range

New Italian company Tazzari aims to address one of the key shortcomings of electric cars — recharge time — by offering a vehicle capable of taking a full charge in just 45 minutes. Tazzari hasn’t clarified what kind of outlet is required for this compressed recharge time, but as it’s an Italian company, we’ll assume at … » 10/07/08 10:40am 10/07/08 10:40am

Toyota Launches UK Trials Of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Toyota » 9/10/08 8:30am 9/10/08 8:30am, teaming up with EDF Energy, begins road trials today of the first in the UK. The trials will give Toyota real-world driving test data on its PHEV, while EDF will get to test its public charging stations, 40 of which have already been installed throughout the country — as well as provide yet another marketing…

Chevy Volt Interior Photo Lifted From Internal GM Presentation, Looks…

These shots of a production Chevy Volt » 8/28/08 4:15pm 8/28/08 4:15pm interior have leaked from a GM internal presentation. Immediately apparent is the glossy white iPod-esque IP with flip-up nav/charge status display. There's also a prominent center-mounted computer-like on/off button, but we don't know if this will start the car or just the…

Study: Only One-Third Of US Car Buyer Households Have Infrastructure,…

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 11:00am 8/11/08 11:00am

HEV Technology Builds 41 MPG Plug-In Hybrid Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

Rather than make yet another Mustang derivative, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies has done something relevant and managed to install a plug-in hybrid system in a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The resulting vehicle achieves a combined fuel economy of up to 41 MPG, up from a combined 16 MPG on the 2WD version of the… » 7/24/08 3:20pm 7/24/08 3:20pm

Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid On The Way

Larry Nitz, General Motors' executive director for hybrid powertrains, speaking yesterday at the Plug-In 2008 Conference in San Jose, confirmed that the company is developing a plug-in hybrid Saturn Vue. The announcement comes as GM looks for ways to disseminate Chevy Volt-like technology through its other products.… » 7/24/08 2:00pm 7/24/08 2:00pm

Shelby SuperCars Makes Ultimate Aero EV Official, Plans 1000 HP Version

News of Shelby SuperCars' intention to build an electric version of its record breaking SSC Ultimate Aero TT leaked out yesterday prompting the company to make the news official. The company expects the SSC Ultimate Aero EV to be ready by late next year, saying that it will initially feature a 500 HP electric motor and … » 7/18/08 1:14pm 7/18/08 1:14pm

Tesla Makes The Wealthy Feel More Responsible

We knew the Tesla was a popular car among the famous, like Matt Damon, but it seems the 225-mile range $109,000 ride is becoming the feel-good car among the rich too. Greenwich, Conn., a city known for old money, is apparently the new hotspot for Tesla wannabes. Tesla recently brought a vehicle to a Greenwich hotel to… » 7/07/08 3:20pm 7/07/08 3:20pm

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 9:20am 7/02/08 9:20am

VW Golf Twin Drive Plug-In Hybrid Diesel Makes Prius Look Thirsty

The combination of a fuel-sipping diesel engine with plug-in hybrid technology is something that hasn't really been utilized — until now. This is the Volkswagen Golf Twin Drive Concept, and it looks even more promising than VW's late Golf TDI Hybrid from Geneva. Evidently, the Twin Drive can be run in electric-only… » 6/26/08 4:30pm 6/26/08 4:30pm

Aftermarket Plug-In Prius Explodes In Fiery Mess

The Cooperative Research Network has reported that a Toyota Prius retrofitted with a plug-in hybrid kit has exploded in a big bada-boom. Hybrids-Plus produces a PHEV15 kit to convert the Prius into a plug-in model using a lithium-ion battery pack from A123 System; while the Prius in question was reportedly experiencing … » 6/19/08 1:40pm 6/19/08 1:40pm

Toyota Tries To Lower Expectations On Plug-In Hybrids, Mark Fields…

Toyota appears to be starting the expectations-management game for its upcoming plug-in hybrid vehicles after being stung in the past by complaints from Prius owners of lower-than-advertised mileage. Bill Reinert, national manager of Toyota U.S.A's advanced technology group, yesterday told a Brookings… » 6/12/08 9:20am 6/12/08 9:20am

Scientific Types Working On The Plug-In Hybrid Heater Dilemma, Really

One of the advantages of the internal-combustion engine (or the external-combustion engine, for that matter) is that you get vast amounts of waste heat for use in making the vehicle's passenger area nice and toasty when it's cold out. However, an increasingly large group thinks that an engine technology that squanders… » 4/16/08 2:40pm 4/16/08 2:40pm

Ford Testing 120mpg Plug-In Hybrid SUV

The Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid that is currently being evaluated in Southern California is capable of up to 120mpg. 20 vehicles have been delivered to Southern California Edison, who will run them as part of their fleet for two years. For the first 30 miles after a full charge, the Plug-In Escape delivers 4.5 times the … » 1/31/08 12:45pm 1/31/08 12:45pm