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By John Voelcker ·
June 30, 2008

Don't Try This at Home Kids?

A sobering reminder of the hazards in adding plug-in capabilities to hybrids comes from reports that a plug-in Prius conversion was destroyed in a fire. The news spread quickly through the online community of plug-in enthusiasts, bringing calls for all known information to be publicized as quickly as possible.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 18, 2008

The March Toward Plug-In Hybrids Continues

GE is teaming up with Chrysler to help accelerate the latter's late move into plug-ins. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is finally putting some money into plug-in hybrid development—not a lot mind you—but it looks like industry has already sunk its own change into the program. Plug-Ins are coming. But how long will we have to wait, and will they be affordable?

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By Brad Berman ·
June 17, 2008

Chevy Volt No Longer an 'Electric Camaro'

The Chevy Volt concept car has been put out to stud. Its final public appearance was last week, at the Brookings Institute plug-in hybrid conference held in Washington, DC. GM has announced it will no longer be shown in public, and that the styling of the production Volt will be unveiled “soon." So what will the actual Volt look like? It will have to me much more aerodynamic, and from the few glimpses we've had thus far, the body design may just resemble that of the Toyota Prius.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 12, 2008

Coming Soon: Affordable Plug-In Hybrid Conversion Kits

Today, the Department of Energy announced a $30 million grant to Ford, General Motors and General Electric, hoping to commercialize plug-in hybrids by 2016. If you can't wait that long, a recent announcement may be encouraging: Hymotion will soon be offering a plug-in hybrid conversion kit for less than $10,000.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 10, 2008

The Political Push for Plug-in Hybrids

On June 11 and 12, the Brookings Institution and Google.org will host the biggest gathering of national powerbrokers discussing the role of government regarding plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. On the eve of the conference, HybridCars.com spoke with David Sandalow, energy and environment scholar at Brookings, about hybrid technology, oil politics, and government's role in changing how we power our cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 14, 2008

Nissan’s Electric Car Plans: Victory or Vapor?

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan, unveiled the company’s five-year business plan on Tuesday. The plan puts a major emphasis on electric vehicles. Hybrid and EV fans responded with enthusiasm—but also engaged their well-worn vaporware alert systems to detect false promises, improbable plans, and insincerity.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 08, 2008

The Electric Car Gold Rush of 2010

The buzz around electric sports-car-maker Tesla Motors is sparking something akin to what happened in California 150 years ago—this time the rush is toward plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles. Undaunted by Tesla’s difficulties in delivering on early promises, small companies are charging forward with a “if they can build a car, why not us” attitude. Many claim that 2010 will be their year.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 21, 2008

Th!nk Electric Carmaker Coming to U.S.

Th!nk, the Norwegian electric carmaker, secured funding from two U.S. venture capital firms to bring its business to North America. The company's first production car will be the Th!nk City, a small all-electric vehicle capable of reaching 65 miles per hour and traveling up to 110 miles on a single charge. The target launch date is sometime in 2009.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 17, 2008

Frayed Cords in Electric Car World

The process of building an electric car is—as one Silicon Valley venture capitalist put it—not a matter of “bolting an electric motor to a chassis.” Even with lots of money, talented people and the right materials, the road is not always smooth. Take the latest news rocking the relatively small world of electric vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 15, 2008

High Gas Prices and High Hopes

Oil surged to a new height today, almost reaching $114 a barrel. Retail gas prices rose to a new record of $3.38 per gallon. Diesel jumped to $4.19. And AAA is warning that these prices will continue to rise. The first reaction might be to panic, or make a mad dash toward a single technology solution. But a recent talk by John German, manager of environmental and energy analyses at American Honda Motor Company, suggested that we remain calm.

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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.