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By Brad Berman ·
November 03, 2008

Plug-In Hybrid Goes On Sale, In China Only

A Chinese carmaker claims it’s pulled off a coup: This month, BYD Auto will sell the world’s first mass-produced plug-in hybrid. But it’s only offered in China, and will likely stay there until Chinese cars are ready for global primetime.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 31, 2008

Swapping Peak Oil for Peak Lithium?

The automotive world appears well on its way to a lithium-powered future. Yet, as the future of lithium continues to grow brighter, some skeptics are presenting concerns that might give pause to those who see this metal as the ideal path away from petroleum-fueled transportation.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 29, 2008

GM Cutting Product Development for Two Years

GM today downplayed a report in Automotive News, an industry publication, that it would be cutting off nearly all product development spending for the next two years in an effort to trim as much as $1.5 billion in spending. Several planned hybrids are also likely to be victims of the cuts. But the Chevrolet Volt has been spared at this time.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 28, 2008

Plugging In Your Volt: Not With Just Any Old Cord

When you imagine plugging an electric or plug-in hybrid car into the wall to recharge, what do you envision in your hand? A standard orange extension cord? Time to change that picture; production electric-drive vehicles will all use a special cord, with a plug and socket on the car end that’s unlike any you’ve seen before. (Photo by Zevotron via flickr creative commons.)

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By Brad Berman ·
October 28, 2008

Coming: Revenge of the Electric Car

The filmmakers that brought us the acclaimed documentary/murder mystery 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' are now gearing up for a film entitled, 'Revenge of the Electric Car.' Though it may sound like the title of a campy 1970s-style horror pic, it is rather the second documentary from director Chris Paine which centers on the idea of electric-only transportation for the mainstream market.

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By John Voelcker ·
October 27, 2008

Comedy: 1970s EV with 4,000 Batteries

We’re probably showing our age when we remember Fernwood 2 Night, the 1977 mock talk-show spinoff of classic 1970s comedy series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. But it wasn’t until we found one of the old clips that we realized: Good lord, the show’s writers anticipated the Tesla Roadster battery by at least 30 years!

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By Brad Berman ·
October 22, 2008

Driving Tesla Near The Edge, Or Over?

Last week, Tesla Motor Company acknowledged that it is losing money, struggling financially, laying off employees, and closing its Detroit-area office. Could the Tesla dream—the creation of an electric car company in the mold of a Silicon Valley start-up—be falling apart? Elon Musk, the company’s primary funder and now its CEO is unwilling to let that happen. No matter the cost.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 19, 2008

Silver Buckshot Approach Displayed in San Francisco

The green car movement has historically been comprised of many camps, each one arguing that he or she has the winning fuel or propulsion system. Yet the notion that no single solution will solve our energy and environmental problems is now gaining widespread acceptance. A smorgasbord of promising technologies was on display last week at a meeting of the Western Automotive Journalist in South San Francisco.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 10, 2008

Smart ED Moves to Next Generation

The newest version of the electric Smart, set for demonstration projects in the US and Germany, will use lithium ion batteries that should give the car close to 100 miles of range.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 06, 2008

Volvo's Hybrid Car Campaign

Volvo loyalists have been wondering for some time now about the Swedish carmaker’s near-term plans for producing an eco-friendly offering within its lineup. The Ford subsidiary has shown several hybrid concept vehicles at various international auto shows, but there have been no formal announcements about taking any green ideas to market. Until now.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  2. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  3. Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.