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

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

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

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Wrightspeed X1 – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Chevrolet Volt – click above for high-res image gallery

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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.

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

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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).

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

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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

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

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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

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Honda Insight – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

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SEAT IBEconcept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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