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May 2011 Archives

Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid Crossover: Killed Before Birth?

This story originally appeared at Green Car Reports

Saturn Vue Two-Mode Hybrid

It may be the most star-crossed program in recent automotive history, and now it's apparently dead.

According to Reuters, General Motors has canceled work on the planned plug-in hybrid version of its Cadillac SRX crossover sport utility.

2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon: First Drive Review

This story originally appeared at Green Car Reports

2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011

Toyota executives will go to extraordinary, absurd lengths to avoid defining the body style of the new 2012 Toyota Prius V.

Bob Carter, brand sales chief for Toyota Motors in the U.S., first responded with confusion over the question.

2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid First Drive Report

This story originally appeared at All Cars Electric

2012 Volvo V60 PHEV

When Volvo announced its plans to produce a plug-in hybrid station wagon capable of comfortably seating five, providing reasonable luggage space, a combined fuel economy of 150 miles per gallon, and the ability to tow just under 4,000lbs, many of you told us that you couldn't wait to find out more.  

So when Volvo invited us to be among the first in the world to sit behind the wheel of one of Volvo's early V60 PHEV engineering cars at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Germany, we had to say yes. 

BMW i3 Electric Car Coming with 100-Mile Range and $35,000 Sticker

This story originally appeared at All Cars Electric


The upcoming BMW i3, the car formerly known as the Megacity Vehicle and the first production all-electric car from BMW, is set to revolutionize the way mainstream cars are engineered and built, with most of its internal structure and body being composed of lightweight composite materials such as reinforced carbon-fiber plastic.

Solar Field to Power Chevrolet Volt Assembly Plant


The largest photovoltaic solar array in Southeast Michigan will be built at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, turning sunlight into electricity to help power the home of the Chevrolet Volt electric car.

The 516-kilowatt project, announced by GM and DTE Energy, will generate electricity capable of charging 150 of the electric cars with extended-range capability every day for a year - a total of 54,750 Volts.

When homeowners see dandelions sprouting, they start thinking of ways to get rid of the weed, but researchers at Ford and The Ohio State University see a plant that can serve as a new sustainable resource for rubber.

Ford and The Ohio State University are looking at dandelions in a new way by researching their potential use as a sustainable resource for rubber.

Jaguar To Build C-X75 Supercar Hybrid


Jaguar confirmed that it will launch the remarkable C-X75 concept car as an exclusive hybrid supercar.

Jaguar C-X75 will become the British marque's most advanced model to date. It will offer performance on a par with the fastest production cars on the market, while adopting cutting-edge technology that offers remarkably economical running. Jaguar expects this hybrid supercar to deliver incredibly low CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while being able to achieve in excess of 200mph.

Electric S-Class Under Study By Mercedes-Benz

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Despite having hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of Mercedes-Benz's next-generation S-Class, a full electric version of that model is still being looked at, as confirmed by the company's technical chief, Thomas Weber, who further states that "At the moment, we are looking at customer demand."

High-MPG 2012 Ford Fiesta: More Style With New Customization Packs

This story originally appeared at Green Car Reports

2012 Ford Fiesta customization pack

To keep interest in its 40 mpg capable Fiesta bubbling along into the 2012 model year, Ford is introducing a trio of new customization packs for both the exterior and cabin of the already stylish minicar. The new packs should prove popular, as around 40 percent of buyers of the 2011 model have opted for at least one accessory.

So what's available for the 2012 Ford Fiesta?

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