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News 2007

  • 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 Ford Airstream, Toyota FT-HS sports car and the General Motors Chevy Volt.


News 2006

  • 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 200,000 vehicles.
  • 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 50-percent credit.
  • 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 manufacturer.
  • 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 vehicles.
  • 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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