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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

Squaring off, again: plug-in advocates respond to anti-PHEV report

Recently, a report came out of the National Academies of Science that declared the costs for plug-in hybrids were "likely to remain high" while the benefits would be "modest for decades." With such a tantalizing bit of contrarianism, how could it not make the pages of the New York Times? The Sebastian Blanco

STUDY: Market share for plug ins, hybrids set for huge growth by 2013

Reports that hybrid vehicles would continue to be popular are nothing new and seem to be coming true. But a new study by NextGen Research paints a pic

Some say "No plug, no deal," but not everyone is gonna buy that

This week, the Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers found that plug-in hybrids have to be "affordable" if automakers think that customers will want to buy them. People are interested, U of M says, but cost is paramount to people deciding to make a purchase. Speaking at the Business of Plugging In conference in Detroit this week, Richard Curtin, from the University of Michigan's

Illinois, Colorado put money into plug-in infrastructure

Converted plug-in Prius - Click above for high-res image gallery

Mitsubishi iMiEV price cut, plug-in hybrid version coming

Mitsubishi i MiEV - 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

Toyota: Plug-in Prius returning 65 mpg in testing

According to Toyota, its plug-in Prius hybrids are averaging 65 miles per gallon in real world testing. This is an improvement of 15 mpg over the recently-unveiled 2010 Prius. The secret to the big fuel mileage increase is a battery with the capacity to store much more energy than the unit in the standard Prius. This means a Jeremy Korzeniewski

Texas governor supports $5,000 incentive for plug-in vehicles

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