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By Brad Berman ·
January 28, 2009

Affordable 150-MPG Plug-in Hybrid for the Disabled

Proving that the global economic crisis can’t thwart the American entrepreneurial spirit, the South Carolina-based maker of amphibious vehicles is building a three-wheeled plug-in diesel hybrid. According to inventor John Giljam, the vehicle will have an all-electric range of 50 miles before using any liquid fuel. Based on testing of a pure diesel version that achieves more than 65 mpg, Giljam said, “We would be getting 130 to 150 miles to the gallon with the plug-in hybrid model."

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By Brad Berman ·
January 19, 2009

California Regulators Could Kill Plug-in Hybrid Conversions

While major carmakers have dragged their heels on delivering the next big breakthrough on fuel efficiency, the plug-in hybrid, a small group of California entrepreneurs and innovators have made it possible for consumers to convert existing hybrids into plug-in cars running mostly on electricity. Yet, later this week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is expected to adopt new regulations that could put many of those conversion companies out of business.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 14, 2009

Detroit Auto Show: Hybrid & Electric Report Card

There wasn’t a V8 to be heard, full-size SUVs were banished from sight—at least for media days—and the words “electric car” and “hybrid vehicle” were on every carmaker’s video screen. We previewed the show a few days ago; now we'll recap the results, breaking down the top green vehicles into three categories: Expect It, Doubt It, and Forget It.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 09, 2009

GM Leaks News of Volt-Style Cadillac

Several sources inside General Motors told BusinessWeek that the company will show a Cadillac two-door plug-in series hybrid at next week’s Detroit Auto Show. According to BusinessWeek, the concept vehicle—a new model similar to the CTS sedan although “smaller” and “bolder”—suggests that the company plans to use the Volt’s electric-drive technology in other vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 07, 2009

Aptera Postpones Launch of Three-Wheel Electric Car

Aptera, which had planned to deliver its three-wheeled electric car to customers last month, has now postponed the production launch for almost a year. Production models of the Aptera 2e (formerly known as Type-1), an all-electric vehicle with a range of 100 miles, were to have been delivered by the end of 2008. The company now expects to launch volume production in October 2009.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 07, 2009

Consumer Reports Questions Plug-In Practicality

That Bible for smart shoppers, Consumer Reports tested a Toyota Prius that had been converted to a plug-in hybrid. Did the no-nonsense, grimly methodical magazine give the plug-in a thumbs-up? “At almost $11,000,” the magazine noted, “the plug-in conversion clearly won’t save consumers money overall”—though they deigned to declare the plug-in technology “viable.”

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By Brad Berman ·
January 06, 2009

How Many Lotus Electric Cars Will There Be?

Lotus is the latest carmaker to announce plans for a high-performance electric vehicle. If the British carmaker can deliver on its plans, it will compete directly against the Tesla Roadster and Dodge EV, two electric sports cars for which Lotus already supplies a chassis.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 01, 2009

Toyota's Secret Plans for Solar-Powered Car

Toyota is secretly developing a car powered by solar cells mounted on the vehicle’s roof, according to a report today from Japan’s Nikkei newspaper. The report said the automaker hopes the vehicle will eventually be totally powered by the solar cells—but that would take many years.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 30, 2008

Fisker Announces Plug-in Hybrid Convertible

Fisker has announced a new concept vehicle called the Sunset or Karma S, which appears to be a plug-in hybrid convertible. It will debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

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Top 10 Wackiest Green Concept Cars of 2008

By Brad Berman ·
December 30, 2008

Concept cars don’t have to be practical. They only have to challenge our imagination about the future of cars—and look really cool. And these days, cool means green. Enjoy our list of the top 10 coolest and wackiest green concept cars from 2008.

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New to EVs? Start here

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