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BMW launches DontBlogAboutThis.com with "spy photos" of EfficientDynamics mule

BMW EfficientDynamics mule – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

A short history of recent plug-in vehicles, courtesy of CalCars

We've been chronicling the world of more efficient vehicles for almost four years now, but we're still the new kind on the block compared to long-time organizations like CalCars and that group's leader, Felix Kramer. At a recent meeting of the Electric Auto Association (of which CalCar is also a chapter) in Palo Alto, CA, Kramer took a look back at what CalCar has accomplished over the last eight years or so and, in doing

Chicago Preview: Kia teases plug-in hybrid concept called Ray

Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept – Click above to enlarge

Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept teased ahead of Chicago show

Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept – Click above to enlarge

Toyota's Koei Saga: "I think we will never abandon the internal-combustion engine"

Koei Saga, the managing officer of the Toyota Motor Corporation, might say that his company is "very excited" to expand plug-in hybrid (PHEV) testing when that's the announcement of the day, but he's also quite willing to give plug-in vehicles a verbal

Report: Next-gen Mercedes-Benz S-class to launch with plug-in hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Vision 500 Plug-in HYBRID – Click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota to lease 200 PHEV Priuses in Japan starting in late 2009

They won't look like the second-generation Prius plug-in pictured above, but Toyota has announced the first of its non-European leasing programs for its new PHEV (see here). Starting late this year Toyota will start leasing 200 plug-capable Priuses to government and commercial fleets in Japan. A similar program has been mentioned by Toyota executives for the U.S. market in the past

REPORT: Toyota questions demand for plug-ins, cost, range, durability concerns

We all know that there is a hardcore group of consumers out there chanting the mantra of "No plug, no sale!" Okay, well, at least a few of you. The problem is that, like commenters on the internet, the loud fringe makes most of the noise, but often actually represents a very small percentage of the total population. For the rest of the car buying public, the realities of choosing a new car go well beyond the ability to "refuel" from a plug in the garage. This is the reality that Toyota, General

Toyota questions demand for plug-ins, cost, range, durability concerns

We all know that there is a hardcore group of you out there chanting the mantra of "No plug, no sale!" Okay, well, at least a few of you. The problem is that, like commenters on the internet, the loud fringe makes most of the noise, but actually represents a very small percentage of the total population. For the rest of the car buying public, the realities of choosing a new car go well beyond the ability to "refuel" from a plug in the garage. This is the reality that Toyota, GM, Nissan, Mitsubis

Ener1 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 b