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AddVideo: Ian Wright resurfaces with series hybrid powertrain plans

Wrightspeed X1 – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddElectrovaya providing batteries for Dodge Ram PHEV program

Battery manufacturer Electrovaya has begun shipping lithium ion battery packs to Chrysler for its test fleet of plug-in hybrid Ram pickup trucks. Chrysler is building 140 trucks based on the two-mode hybrid system that was co-developed with General Motors. A non-plug version of the hybrid Ram was due to go into production this fall, but Chrysler canceled the program in March citing slow sales of other similar vehicles (that would be the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra hybrids).

AddDark shadows loom over PHEVs as EVs capture all the rays

Hyundai Blue-Will Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddFord confirms hybrid and PHEV C-Max will be built in Spain

2011 Ford C-Max – Click above for high-res image gallery

9Ford confirms hybrid and PHEV C-Max will be built in Spain

2011 Ford C-Max – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBeijing 2010: Geely Emgrand GE plug-in hybrid limo

Geely Emgrand GE – Click above for high-res image gallery

33Beijing 2010: Geely Emgrand GE plug-in hybrid limo

Geely Emgrand GE – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddReport: plug-in chargers could be a $11.75 billion market by 2015

Forecasting the future is not always easy and, sometimes, far from accurate, but we like predictions because they usually give us some idea of what to expect as we move forward. In this instance, the predictions point to a world in which plug-in vehicle chargers are almost as common as gas stations. Well, not quite, but they do suggest that the U.S. will lead the world in something – and that's always worth talking about.

AddSAE 2010: Argonne Lab director says battery electrics still not ready for mainstream

Don Hillebrand understands electric vehicles and their benefits and limitations. As the director of the Center for Transportation Research at the Argonne National Laboratory, he has done plenty of testing on all kinds of alternative drive vehicles. Speaking to the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress on Wednesday, Hillebrand acknowledged that despite advances in lithium ion technology, battery electric vehicles still have not evolved far enough to capture a significant share of the mai

AddCan plug-in vehicles make any money before they become outmoded?

Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddU.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

AddDetroit Preview: One of General Motors' concepts to be two-mode PHEV

The last time we heard anything substantive from General Motors about its plug-in hybrid program was last August, when it announced that the planned Saturn Vue PHEV would instead be re-badged as a Buick crossover. We all know how that worked out. GM backtracked after less than two weeks and canceled that vehicle. While we were at the Volt battery plant this morning, we ran into Brian Corbett who is the spokesman for all things hybrid at GM.

AddDetroit 2010: Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV concept

Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV concept – click above for high-res image gallery

16Detroit 2010: Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV concept

Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV concept - click above for high res image gallery

AddToyota officially launches plug-in Prius program, retail sales in 2011

Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery

39Toyota officially launches plug-in Prius program, retail sales in 2011

Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery

15Buick Regal likely to be launch platform for next GM hybrid system

2011 Buick Regal – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBuick Regal likely to be launch platform for next GM hybrid system

2011 Buick Regal – Click above for high-res image gallery

35GM's Lauckner wishes for bigger incentives to get drivers out of gas-powered vehicles

At this point, it's no secret that the Chevy Volt and other plug-in vehicles are not going to come cheap. About the least pricey full-speed electric vehicle may very well be the Nissan Leaf, which after incentives may be in the $27-28,000 range before the extra cost of leasing the battery. While the operational costs of these cars should be substantially less than any internal combustion vehicle, customers rarely think that far ahead when signing up for a car loan. That's especially true when ga

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