BMW Hybrid Cars
- Dodge ESX3
- Mercedes Smart
- Ford Airstream Concept
- Ford Fusion
GM Hybrid Cars
- Chevy Volt
- GM Opel Astra
- Saturn Aura
- Honda Civic
- Honda CR-Z
- Honda Accord
- Honda Insight
- Kia Rio
Lexus 450h GS
- Lexus LS600h L
Lincoln Hybrid Cars
- Lincoln MKZ
- Mazda Ibuki
- Mazda RX-8
- Mazda Senku Concept
- Toyota FT-HS Concept
BMW Hybrid SUV
- BMW X5 SAV
Chrysler Hybrid SUV
- Chysler Aspen
- Dodge Durango
GM Hybrid SUV
- Chevy Tahoe
- GMC Graphyte Concept
- GMC Yukon
Ford Hybrid SUV
- Lexus RX400h
- Mazda Tribute
- Mercury Mariner
GM Hybrid Trucks
- Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4
Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Audi A3 e-Tron Plug
Ford C-Max Energi
Honda Accord PHEV
Jaguar XJ_e again
Kia Ray PHEV Concept
Mercedes-Benz S500 PHEV
Porsche 918 SpyderConcept
VW XL1 Diesel PHEV
- Venturi Astrolab
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- On September 20 and 21, 2007 Seattle, Washington is hosting
the Hybrid Truck Users Forum sponsored by WestStart-CALSTART.
This is part of the Clean Vehicles Now program.
- For model year 2008, the Lagoon 420 Catamaran is being rolled
out (sailed out) as a hybrid diesel-electric boat featuring
two electric motor and a diesel engine. The catamaran will
function for two hours on electric only power before the generator
kicks in a recharges the batteries. Look for the price to
be a little less than one half million bucks.
- California South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
has awarded two separate contracts for a total of 30 plug-in
hybrid electric vehicles.
- At the 2007 Chicago Auto Show, General Motors vice president
Larry Burns stated that the upcoming Chevy
Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle will give consumers
a jolt worldwide.
- At the 2007
North American International Auto Show in Detroit,
several manufacturers are displaying hybrid concept vehicles
in order to assess the public's reaction. Of note are the
FT-HS sports car and the General
Motors Chevy Volt.
- Demand for hybrid vehicles is leading Toyota
to become the world's largest automaker in 2007. Toyota expects
to overtake General Motors and out sell them by approximately
- CEO Toshiyuki Shiga announced the "Nissan
Green Program 2010", which will feature a
line of hybrid vehicles to help portray the company as a good
corporate citizen. The rollout will feature Nissan's own parts
and systems developed in-house.
- General Motors has officially announced the development
of a plug-in
hybrid capabilities for its Saturn Green Line Vue
vehicles. The line of plug-in hybrids is expected to rollout
for model year 2009.
- Toyota's top U. S. hybrid executive, David
Hermance died in an aerobatic plane crash on Saturday,
November 25 off San Pedro, California. Hermance, 59, was a
licensed pilot and was performing a manuever when his plane
failed to pull out of a deep dive over the ocean.
- Toyota has just purchased a 5.9-percent stake in Isuzu Motors
of Japan. Because of this move, Toyota is expected to use
Isuzu's expertise and rollout a diesel
hybrid subcompact car by 2010.
- A recent announcement says that the Chery
A5 ISG sedan is the first hybrid vehicle in China
to be mass-produced. The Chery A5 ISG is based upon the popular
standard Chery A5 automobile currently in production.
- GM may be announcing details of a plug-in
hybrid prototype it has developed at the Los Angeles
Auto Show, the first week of December 2006. The plug-in hybrid
prototype may actually be displayed, however, at the Detroit
Auto Show in January 2007. According to Vice Chairman Bob
Lutz, the announcement for now is a "dark secret".
- AutoNation is letting customers "soft-order" plug-in
hybrid vehicles even though none have been built yet. The
environmental group, Plug-In Partners, picketed AutoNation
until the nation's largest dealership chain relented and let
customers soft-order vehicles to see if there was demand for
these cars. Toyota and General Motors are both working on
plug-in hybrid vehicles and more announcements are expected
the beginning of 2007 regarding these vehicles.
- Toyota begins production on approximately 48,000 hybrid
Camry automobiles in Kentucky. The Camry hybrid is Toyota's
first hybrid car produced in North America.
- A for-profit philanthropy group called Google.org, which
is part of parent company, Google.com is starting on a project
to develop a hybrid car that can run on gasoline, ethanol
or electricity and get over 100 miles to the gallon. Because
of Google's "don't be evil" policy, they have decided
to fund this philanthropic arm with $1 billion in seed money
and fight global warming, poverty and disease.
- The Internal Revenue Service has announced that Toyota Motor
Company has hit its limit on tax credits for hybrid cars.
Owners who purchase Toyota hybrids before October 1, 2006
will receive the full credit, while those who purchase hybrids
between that date and before March 31, 2007 will receive a
- Ford Motor Company announced that former President Bill
Clinton will receive the first "Presidential Hybrid Vehicle"
that is a version of the Mercury
Mariner hybrid SUV.
- Because of the popularity of the Toyota Prius, new Prius
buyers are getting a rude awakening as their tax credit will
be shrinking to one-half. Toyota has already hit the production
limit of 60,000 on vehicles eligible for the full tax credit
of $3,150 under the federal mandate. Starting in October 2006,
the tax credit will shrink to $1,575. Hybrid car buyers can
still receive a full tax credit by purchasing hybrids from
other manufacturers such as Honda, Ford and GM.
- In and near Los Angeles, Boston and Charlotte, North Carolina,
Bank of America is giving their employees $3,000 when they
buy new hybrid cars. A total of 21,000 full and part-time
employees are eligible to participate under the plan.
- Avon, Colorado has just ordered five hybrid buses from the
Optima Bus Corporation. The Opus ISE Series Hybrid Low-floor
buses will undergo certification testing starting in June
2006 according to town officials.
- Mississippi State University students have built a better
hybrid car mousetrap and displayed their new vehicle at the
MSU-Meridian Campus for U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Mississippi.
- Renewed interest in plug-in hybrids since 100 mpg is attractive
to many now that oil prices are at an all-time high. A Canadian
company, Hymotion already converts corporate fleet cars for
around $9500 per car. California Cars Initiative is working
with independent inventors to bring the price of plug-in hybrid
kits for do-it-yourselfers down to around $3000.
- In California, some hybrid cars are allowed to use the Carpool
Lanes, if they get 45 mpg or more. Currently, there are 50,000
hybrid drivers with the permits to drive in the Carpool Lane.
The currently allowed cars are the Prius, Civic, and Insight.
From the beginning, the law has prompted complaints from carpoolers.
Lately, Hybrid drivers have suffered what they call "Prius
backlash" more and more. "Prius drivers tend to
drive slower, and it makes the HOV lanes slower," said
Theresa Popra. Road rage has been an issue with hybrid drivers.
- A recent spike in gas prices is fueling sales of more efficient
hybrid vehicles. Consumers who have not considered purchasing
a hybrid vehicle are now giving them a second look as gas
prices rise to near $3 a gallon. Toyota officials said the
demand for the Prius is higher than it was at this time last
year, so production has been increased.
- New Toyota hybrid cars are now available in Britain with
a $700 "parking assist" option. Local 6 news showed
video of a driver sitting and allowing the car's steering
wheel to turn on its own as it pulled into a tight parking
spot on a London street. The reporter never touched the wheel
as the car parked itself.Toyota says expect to see the technology
pop up in the U.S. soon.
- Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) have developed a new type of lithium battery that could
become a cheaper alternative to the batteries that now power
hybrid electric cars. The lithium nickel manganese oxide battery,
described in a paper published in Science on Feb. 17, could
revolutionize the hybrid car industry, a sector that has "enormous
growth potential," said Gerbrand Ceder, MIT professor
of materials science and engineering, who led the project.
- Emergency responders in Rockland, New York were given a
quick lesson about how hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles work.
The demonstration was put on by Toyota of Monsey. About 150
fire and ambulance volunteers from Rockland, Westchester,
Orange and Bergen counties attended last night in Pomona.
First responders to an accident have to know if the quiet
electric engine of the hybrid is still running, and where
the various power switches are located.
- Honda Motor Company plans to sell a low-cost hybrid car,
a version of its popular Fit subcompact, a Japanese daily
reported, signalling the automaker's long-term commitment
to the fuel-sipping powertrain. Japan's third-biggest auto
maker aims to sell the Fit hybrid as early as next year for
around $11,790, or about $1,700 more than the gasoline-only
version, likely making it the world's first hybrid to cost
less than $17,000, the leading Japanese business daily said.
- Ford says it will become the first automaker to assemble
hybrid vehicles in Canada. The Oakville, Ontario plant will
assemble hybrid versions of the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX
crossover utility vehicles. Ford says production will start
in time for the 2007 model year and be at full production
volume by 2010.
- China will see its first hybrid car some time this year
and, hybrids are expected to become a staple for families
there by 2010.The push to create low-emission hybrids is part
of a 5-year plan to advance technology and environmental protection,
the Xinhua news agency reports.
- Sanyo Electric Co Ltd said it has agreed with Volkswagen
AG to jointly develop a next-generation battery system for
hybrid cars. 'It is a step for our company to achieve our
long-term goal of securing half the global market share of
batteries for hybrid cars in 2010,' when the market will be
worth an estimated 400 bln yen, said a spokesman for the Japanese
- PSA Peugeot Citroën today unveiled two demonstrators
featuring a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, the Peugeot
307 and the Citroën C4 Hybride HDi. The performance of
these cars represents a major breakthrough in further improving
fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions. They also provide
increased driving comfort under all conditions, especially
in urban traffic.
- Sen. Orrin Hatch on Tuesday endorsed a campaign to urge
automakers to produce more "plug-in" hybrid vehicles,
saying they hold the best short-term promise for energy conservation.
"The world is heading for an energy crunch, and we need
the equivalent of a space race to find real solutions if we
hope to avoid a global disaster," Hatch said at the kickoff
of the effort to accelerate development of hybrid vehicles
that can store more electricity than current gas-electric
- Austin Mayor Will Wynn is in Washington, D.C., this week
to help launch a national campaign aimed at encouraging auto
makers to mass produce plug-in hybrid vehicles. Wynn, along
with a group of leaders in the energy field, announced the
national campaign at a press conference Tuesday. The movement's
leadership hopes to gain strength through a grass-roots venture
of petitions, commitments by businesses showing their willingness
to purchase plug-in hybrids in bulk and pledges from public
utility companies to support the purchase of these types of
vehicles through tax incentives and rebates.
- U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow recently announcemented
up to $3,400 in tax credits for those who purchase the most
fuel-efficient vehicles. Most current hybrid vehicles qualify
for the tax credit. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 also includes
advanced lean-burn technology vehicles as well as hybrids.
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