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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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By Brad Berman ·
April 09, 2008

Miles Electric Car Delayed But Coming

It’s the Holy Grail of the current alternative fuel vehicle, according to its would-be importers—a full-function, freeway-capable five-passenger sedan that runs on electricity alone. The latest company to promise the vehicle is Miles Electric Vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 08, 2008

J.D. Power Sees Three-Fold Growth for Hybrids by 2015

According to the latest forecast by J.D. Power and Associates, sales of hybrid and diesel-powered cars will more than triple by 2015. The new forecast includes specific numbers for the Chevy Volt, beginning with 11,059 sales in 2010 and growing to 70,000 units by 2014.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 04, 2008

The Car Electric-Grid Utopia, With Caveats

The vision of hundreds of thousands of electric cars buzzing along American highways and byways makes most utility companies downright giddy. It’s not just the opportunity sell a lot more electricity that gets them excited. “We think there’s a fundamental game-changer here. And that’s energy storage,” said Ed Kjaer, director of electric transportation at Southern California Edison. What will it take to get us there?

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By Brad Berman ·
April 03, 2008

GM Readies Volt Batteries for Road Testing

Later this month, General Motors will begin real-world testing a fleet of Chevrolet Malibus outfitted with lithium ion battery technology—as part of a push to bring the Chevrolet Volt concept vehicle to market.

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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.