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BMW planning plug-in hybrid versions of core models

To the casual observer, there's a sort of schism in the world of fuel sipping. The Japanese, Koreans and Americans have embraced electrification by way of hybrid powertrains, while our German friends lean towards diesel technology. BMW is actively pushing to change that impression, as it's announced that it will take a break from niche-busting MPVs and lifted, four-door coupes to produce plug-in hybrid versions of some of its "core-brand" models.

BMW i8 Spyder takes to the stage bearing eDrive name

BMW has created the BMW i sub-brand for its upcoming production plug-in models, which currently include three concepts: the i3, i8 and the i8 Spyder. After keeping that third model away from our eager cameras at the New York Auto Show, BMW finally showed off the i8 Spyder Concept in the metal at the <

BMW's 2009 unveiling schedule?

BMW Blog has trained its spyglass on what it says is a list of BMW rollouts for 2009, and it will begin next month with the brand spankin' new Z4 showcased at the Detroit Auto Show. It is March, though, that will bring year's first real bounty. At Geneva, BMW will be showing off a concept version of the Progress

Plug-in hybrid conversion kits a profitable venture

It's not only the oil companies that make money when gas prices soar. Aftermarket hybrid hackers (CNN Money's term) like EDrive or Hymotion that will turn your Prius into a 100 mpg plug-in version will soon be doing quite well, thank you (read more here). The two companies will be sellin

New battery technology and plug-in power will bring 120-mpg capability to Priuses

Scientists at EDrive Systems, based in Los Angeles, are developing a new battery system that replaces a Priuses installed battery with a lithium ion battery that can be charged at home using a standard domestic power socket. The converted system should be able to get Priuses to over 120 mpg (if I've done my math right. The original article is from South Africa, I think, and says the new system can get about 100 km per less than two liters, which is 62 mile for about half a gallon, right?) for ab