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18U.S. government to purchase first 100 Chevy Volts and thousands of hybrids *UPDATE

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

57Report: U.S. government to purchase first 100 Chevy Volts and thousands of hybrids *UPDATE

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

2China's Changan Auto's first hybrid model: Jiexun-HEV

In July, we told you Changan would have a hybrid on the market in 2008. Now, Changan Automobile, the fourth largest automaker in China, is showing off the hybrid Jiexun-HEV. The hybrid is expected on the market soon and some will be donated to the Beijing Olympics next year. Here is Xu Liuping, the president of Changan Automobile, at a celebration ceremony, speaking about Jiexun-HEV:

11Ener1 first to integrate lithium-ion battery into HEV (explains the difference between HEV and PHEV batteries to me)

In October, we noticed a Prius in an Ener1 video and predicted Ener1 was working on a plug-in Prius. Later, we read in SEC files that Ener1 would show a demonstration car in December and questioned if the Prius was that car. Turns out we were right, almost. That car in the video did use Ener1's batteries but it was not a plug-in and there is a difference.

1Brown Goes Green: UPS adds 50 new HEV trucks to delivery fleet

Click image for small photo gallery of the new UPS HEV truck

19Jerry Flint takes on the issue of plug-in hybrids

The lovable curmudgeon Jerry Flint directs his keen analytical eye towards plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and why the market shouldn't expect them any time soon. The concern seems to mainly revolve around battery technology, or rather the lack there of. If one simply looks at the current state-of-the-art in nickel metal hydride (NiMH) cells, it's an understandable source of skepticism, but one that is almost certainly on the verge of becoming an outdated argument. For proof of this

2Your next utility emergency could be handled by a hybrid truck

A variety of segments in the heavy-truck industry could be well suited to hybrid drivetrains, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is showing off a couple different types at its Hybrid Vehicle expo.

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