Honda Thinks Plug-In Technology Not Yet Up To Task

Apparently, even in light of Chrysler's announcement this morning » 9/23/08 10:40am 9/23/08 10:40am, Honda thinks all this stuff is nonsense...at least until battery technology is up to the task, reports . Masaaki Kato, head of Honda's research unit, said "For battery-powered vehicles to become more widespread, more popular in the market, we feel…

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 Evangelist Gets 33,000 Handraisers On Unofficial List

Even before he saw today's new Chevy Volt pictures, New York neurologist Lyle Dennis liked the idea of the 2011 Chevy Volt. In fact, he liked it enough to start GM-volt.com more than a year ago, in the process collecting the names of more than 33,000 prospective buyers for the Chevy electric car. The greatest interest… » 8/14/08 2:20pm 8/14/08 2:20pm

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

Tokyo Utility Setting Up 200 Quick-Charge Electric Car Stations In Japan

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is planning to install 200 electric car charging stations during fiscal 2009, with an additional 800 stations planned within the next three years, according to a report today on the Nikkei Net Interactive service. The stations, expected to cost $36,500, will utilize a… » 8/08/08 9:30am 8/08/08 9:30am

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

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

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

GM Calls Us Out, Claim Chevy Volt Spy Photos Not-So-Much Electric

Remember when we ran the spy photos of that not-so-much-sexy Chevy Volt mule yesterday? Remember how there was a certain assumption this one carried that all important E-flex powertrain? Well, according to GM E-Flex spokesman Rob Peterson, what we saw was only a ride and handling mule — this is the E-Flex equipped… » 4/17/08 3:20pm 4/17/08 3:20pm