Plug-in Hybrid

2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Ford Fusion Energi interior turns 'greener' with Coca-Cola tie-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2013
Ford and Coca-Cola have partnered to outfit a Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan with fabric using the same plant-based and renewable material featured in the soft drink maker's bottles.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

VW will debut diesel-electric Up minicar

Nov. 7, 2013 12:35 CET
VW will unveil the Twin-Up diesel-electric hybrid concept version of its Up minicar at the Tokyo auto show. VW says the concept uses 1.1 liters of fuel per 100km.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi counts on SUVs, EVs for sales rebound

Nov. 6, 2013 07:29 CET
Mitsubishi will focus on SUVs, EVs and emerging markets under a new business plan that aims to boost global sales by 29 percent. In its European markets, Mitsubishi aims to lift vehicle sales by a third to 160,000.... Read More »

 

VW's Winterkorn says Germany's 1 million electric-car goal is achievable

Oct. 24, 2013 06:01 CET
VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said the German government's goal to have 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020 can be achieved if hybrids are included.... Read More »

 

MARK RECHTIN

Hydrogen fuel cell cars show promise; infrastructure the stumbling block

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
The old joke about electric vehicles is, "How long is your extension cord?" But nearly every home or business has a 110-volt outlet that can charge your EV if it runs out of juice. That's not the case with the 2015 arrival of hydrogen fuel cell cars.... Read More »

 

Electric car rentals hampered by range anxiety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
Rental car drivers just aren't plugging into electric vehicles, largely because of fears the batteries will die. In fact, people who drive off in electric vehicles from Enterprise Holdings, the biggest auto renter in the United States, often bring them back to trade for a car that runs on gasoline.... Read More »

 

Cadillac prices ELR plug-in hybrid at $75,995

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2013
The 2014 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid will go on sale in January with a sticker price of $75,995, including destination charges. The lofty sticker -- it's more than twice that of the Chevrolet Volt, which shares the same underpinnings and powertrain -- suggests that GM plans to produce the coupe in small numbers to give it an air of exclusivity.... Read More »

 

Q&A

JCI works on cheaper EV, hybrid batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Brian Kesseler, newly appointed president of Johnson Controls Inc.'s Power Solutions division, says propulsion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles don't need to last 10 years.... Read More »

 

Renault could launch hybrids by 2020, report says

Oct. 4, 2013 10:41 CET
Renault is working on hybrid technologies that it may offer in its cars by the end of the decade, a French newspaper said.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

A pesky problem of plug-in priority

11:14 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2013
A priest, a Chevy Volt and a Tesla Model S walk into a bar. Which one gets to use the electric charging station?... Read More »

 

Ecotality, an electric car charger maker, files for bankruptcy

9:10 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2013
Ecotality, a maker of charging stations for electric cars that won a $99.8 million grant from the federal Department of Energy four years ago, has filed for bankruptcy protection and said it plans to auction its assets next month... Read More »

 

Fisker's green energy loan headed for auction block, U.S. says

5:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2013
Following the failure of Fisker Automotive to repay federal loans, the Department of Energy will try to unload its loan in the plug-in electric car maker through an auction, the agency said Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Lithium ion batteries on path to mass market, LG Chem Power chief says

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2013
The CEO of battery maker LG Chem Power said today that the lithium ion battery is "on the right slope" to becoming a feasible, mass-marketed option for automakers.... Read More »

 

Ford to install 200 charging stations at U.S., Canada facilities

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
Ford is installing electric vehicle charging stations at more than 50 of its facilities in the United States and Canada, making it easier for employees to charge their plug-in vehicles while they're at work.... Read More »

 

Affordable electric vehicles like Volt a priority for GM

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
GM's electric-vehicle program will continue to focus on affordable electric cars for the mainstream public even though it plans to launch a luxury Cadillac-badged companion to its Chevrolet Volt. GM wants to improve the performance and lower the costs of the Volt and its future siblings.... Read More »

 

Tesla challenges BMW on home turf as Germans go electric

Sept. 12, 2013 16:05 CET
Tesla Motors is pushing beyond the friendly confines of its California home to take on the world’s biggest luxury-car brands in their home market.... Read More »

 

Tesla challenges BMW on home turf as Germans go electric

10:05 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2013
Tesla Motors is pushing beyond the friendly confines of its California home to take on the world’s biggest luxury-car brands in their home market.... Read More »

 

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

BMW's new X5 SUV targets Mercedes to defend luxury crown

Sept. 12, 2013 06:01 CET
After seeing its biggest SUV outsold by the Mercedes-Benz M class last year, BMW is fighting back with a model it calls "The Boss," a new version of its X5 stuffed with advanced technology.... Read More »

 

ALG reduces residuals on EVs, plug-in hybrids

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013
ALG, citing high incentives, recent price cuts and a potential glut of models, has cut residual values for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and conventional hybrids in its latest residual value guide -- chief among them the all battery powered Nissan Leaf.... Read More »

 

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

JCI targets mild, micro hybrids with compact lithium ion battery

3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013
A new compact, lightweight 48-volt lithium ion battery from supplier Johnson Controls debuting today at the Frankfurt auto show is small enough to fit under the hood of most vehicles and powerful enough to run an air conditioner.... Read More »

 

BMW 'Boss' SUV targets Mercedes to defend luxury crown

9:19 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013
After seeing its biggest SUV outsold by the Mercedes-Benz M-Class last year, BMW is fighting back with a model it calls "The Boss," a new version of its X5 stuffed with advanced technology.... Read More »

 

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Porsche 918 hybrid beats Toyota Prius as supercars go green

Sept. 11, 2013 06:01 CET
Porsche and BMW are among carmakers who have unveiled new sports cars that are not only fast but also greener as fuel efficiency becomes a key standard even for supercars.... Read More »

 

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Volkswagen considers 40 electric, hybrid vehicles in green push

Sept. 10, 2013 11:34 CET
Volkswagen has outlined plans to offer as many as 40 electric or hybrid vehicles, 14 of which will be available by next year.... Read More »

 

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Hot rods go green

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Speedy new models from Porsche AG and BMW AG can beat Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius not just off the line but also at the fuel pump as efficiency becomes a key standard even for elite racers.... Read More »

 

Opel cuts price of Ampera by 17% in Germany

Sept. 9, 2013 16:20 CET
Opel will cut the price of its Ampera plug-in hybrid by 17 percent to 38,300 euros ($50,400) in Germany as the automaker seeks to lift flagging sales of the model.... Read More »

 

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