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AddWorld Report 10/14: National Plug In Day And More

Welcome to TRANSLOGIC World Report: Your weekly roundup of transportation tech news from around the web.

3Video: OnStar improves service for plug-in vehicle owners

Chevrolet demonstrates OnStar's Volt technologies – Click above to watch the video after the break

15Well-to-wheel emissions of plug-in-hybrids will be all over the map

Ford Escape plug-in hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

6Video: Ian Wright resurfaces with series hybrid powertrain plans

Wrightspeed X1 – Click above to watch video after the jump

39EV sellers will have to teach drivers to treat their car like their phone, plug it in!

Chevrolet Volt – click above for high-res image gallery

30Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles and chargers

A United States Senate bill that would provide a further $3.6 billion in funding for plug-in vehicles has made it past the first of many hurdles toward passage. The Senate Energy Committee approved the legislation, put forward by Senator Byron Dorgan, (D-ND) that would create so-called deployment communities around the country and subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) and the installation of infrastructure.

7Toyota kicks off uber-expensive plug-in Prius rental program in Japan

2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery

10Electrovaya 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).

17Suzuki will begin testing 61 mpg-Swift plug-in hybrid in Japan this fall

Suzuki Swift PHEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

30Survey: 60 percent of Chinese interested in buying plug-in vehicles, 5 times higher than Americans

Citizens of which country are most likely to buy – or at least consider purchasing – a plug-in vehicle than any other nation? According to a recent survey conducted by Ernst & Young's Global Automotive Center, China leads the way out of all the countries surveyed. Now, you're probably wondering how this can be and might wonder if the U.S. was excluded from the survey, but that's simply not the case. Not only was the U.S. represented, other major players in the plug-in field were

12Toyota: Prius Plug-In Hybrid won't compete with Leaf or Volt

2010 Plug-in Prius Prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

AddInnovative thinking from Honda: build "appealing" plug-ins and the infrastructure will come

Honda Insight – 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

AddReport: SEAT to produce IBE electric coupe

SEAT IBEconcept – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddFord to expand electric and hybrid offerings to Europe from 2011

Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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