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Quick Drive: Buick/Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid prototype

Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid prototype - click above for high-res image gallery

Is retro-fitting older vehicles the solution to accelerating electrification?

Converted Saturn SC1 EV - click above for high-res image gallery

Breaking: Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid reborn as new Buick crossover

2011 Buick "Vue" Two-Mode hybrid - click above for high res gallery

REPORT: PSA says it's not working with Mitsubishi on plug-in hybrids

Mitsubishi i MiEV - Click above for high-res image gallery

REPORT: Toyota will launch series production PHEV Prius in 2012

Toyota Prius PHEV prototype - click above for high-res image gallery

Hydro Quebec joins Ford Escape PHEV test program

Ford plug-in hybrid Escape - Click above for high-res image Sam Abuelsamid

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

CMU study indicates the Chevy Volt may be too expensive to be effective

Click above for a high res gallery of the 2011 Chevy Volt

Toyota VP says no Prius Plug-In MPG is available yet

Toyota's Vice President of communications Irv Miller has published a post on the company blog refuting a recent report that the small fleet of plug-in Priuses is averaging 65 mpg. The small group of converted PHEV Priuses that currently exist in the U.S. are mostly being used for demonstration purposes at auto shows and other events. A few of the cars are being used in university studies includin

CARB puts off plug-in hybrid conversion warranty, emissions decision

Click above for high-res gallery of Kim Adelman's Plug-in Prius

Michigan engineering professor installs HyMotion PHEV kit in his Prius

Dr. John Patten of Western Michigan University recently installed one of HyMotion's L5 plug-in conversion kits in his Toyota Prius as part of his work in educating people on alternative energy. The HyMotion kit is the first commercially available system that allows Priuses to become plug-in hybrids. Half of the total cost was paid for by the university with the rest coming from a Michigan Community Energy Project grant. Patten will conduct seminars and demonstrations at events around the state t

More on the delay of the plug-in Saturn Vue hybrid

The other day we mentioned that it looked like the plug-in hybrid version of the Saturn Vue had been delayed as result of GM's current financial calamity. GM spokesman Brian Corbett gave ABG the following update about the status of the PHEV Vue program. "Our original statement said that production would begin 'as soon as 2010' because we did not want to create artificial deadlines. We have dedicated sig

Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid delayed to 2011

During the General Motors third quarter earnings (or lack thereof) conference call on Friday, company executives discussed the vehicle introduction schedule for 2009 and 2010. Several cars that had been expected to debut during 2009 have been pushed back to the following year, including the Saab 9-4X and Cadillac CTS Coupe. GM declined to discuss any vehicles beyond the 2010 calendar year. One vehicle that notable by its absence in the list of vehicle launches is the Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid. T

Popular Mechanics tries out the A123/Hymotion PHEV Prius

At least a few dozen people around the country have now done one-off conversions of hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape to transform them into plug-in vehicles. For those who may not have the hardware hacker gene in their DNA, the first commercially available plug-in conversion kit is now on the market from A123 Systems subsidiary HyMotion. Popular Mechanics Detroit Editor Larry Webster recently had the chance to sample a converted Prius with the HyMotion kit for a couple of days. The

Senate passes plug-in tax credits in Wall Street bailout bill

When Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson first proposed last week that Congress should give him $700 billion to do with as he pleased in an attempt to save Wall St, the plan ran a staggering two and a half pages. That's because the plan essentially consisted of "Give Hank the money, and then go away and he'll take care of everything without supervision." Congress, of course, was going to have none of that and set about writing a bill in more typical congressional fashion. That means lots of extra st

Toyota launches plug-in Prius hybrid in UK

Click above for high-res gallery of the plug-in Prius

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