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July 2011 Archives

World Premiere of BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept


The BMW Group showcased its visions of future mobility in the shape of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept studies. Unveiled for the first time, these concept vehicles provide a glimpse of the first electrically powered production cars from the new BMW i sub-brand, due to be launched as the BMW i3 in 2013 and the BMW i8 in 2014.

Ford F-Series to Get Plug-In Hybrid Technology


When two industry leaders shake hands, you know the outcome of the agreement is going to be pretty spectacular. So, when Azure Dynamics - which develops and produces hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles - and Ford shook on it, the result was that Azure would integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology in the market-leading F-Series Super Duty lineup.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Pricing, Specs and Availability

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Toyota's exciting new Prius Plug-In will be hitting dealership floors soon, and a few more concrete official details have come in by way of a report from Bloomberg News. The Plug-In ditches the standard Toyota Prius's small nickel-metal hydride battery pack for a beefier, heavier lithium-ion unit, giving the ability to run for around 13 miles on electric power alone. Regenerative braking can recharge the batteries past the capacity necessary to power the car in hybrid form, meaning on some trips drivers should see more than 13 miles of EV-only cruising.

2012 Scion iQ: Is 37 MPG Good Enough?

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The all-new 2012 Scion iQ minicar, for which we've just posted full driving impressions over at The Car Connection, starts at around $16K and earns an EPA-rated 36 mpg city, 37 highway, and a combined figure of 37 mpg.

What is the Top Eco-Friendly Car Out?

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Technology leader CNET.com is also known for some pretty good insight into the auto industry. Using official EPA mpg numbers as a starting point, CNET's Wayne Cunningham recently pitted the top fuel-efficient cars against each other in a battle for eco car supremacy. Continue past the jump to read the cold hard facts:

Want a 2012 Toyota Rav4 EV? You Won't Be Able To Buy One


[Since this story was published, we've had a comment from Cindy Knight, Toyota Public Affairs Manager confirming that Toyota will be making the 2012 Toyota RAV4EV available for private purchase. Instead, Autoblog is reporting that it is the Scion IQ EV which will not be available to purchase. We thank Toyota for this clarification.]

Its one of the most eagerly anticipated plug-in vehicles to join the market in the next year or so, but the reintroduced Toyota RAV4EV won't be available to buy, says Geri Yoza,  Toyota's National Business Planning Manager of Advanced Vehicle Marketing. Instead, the electric SUV will be available to fleets and car sharing programs rather than individual customers.

Car2go To Provide 300 Smart EVs In San Diego

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Car2go, a car sharing company owned by Daimler, is launching additional U.S. operations before the end of the year. Already operating in Europe and Vancouver, Canada, Car2go will be made available in San Diego, which is positioning itself as the U.S.'s EV capital.

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Coming in 2013

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Following in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Mitsubishi will release its first plug-in hybrid in 2013, based around the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport midsize crossover.

F-150 Goes Electric to the Tune of 2300 Pounds of Torque

While many people assume that an electric F-150 would be difficult or impossible to construct in a way that is efficient and in keeping with the power of the best-selling truck line, thanks to the good people at Protean Electric, the F-150 has successfully gone electric.

Scion iQ Electric Will Launch in 2012

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Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has confirmed that the long-rumored battery-electric Scion iQ will hit showrooms by the end of next year. Scion's internal combustion-engined iQ, a micro-subcompact model along the lines of the smart fortwo, is set to release by the end of 2011 as a 2012 model, but the plug-in electric iQ was not expected to follow so soon in its footsteps. Autoblog Green reports the iQ's range at around 50 miles, though this is preliminary and Toyota should -- and needs to -- do a bit better than that to stay competitive with the Nissan LEAF and upcoming Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Ram Brand delivers Hemi Hybrids for Commercial Use


by Patrick Rall

The Ram Truck Brand has officially delivered the first group of new PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Ram 1500 pickups to the municipal services of Yuma, Arizona.  These 10 unique trucks are the first of 140 Hybrid Hemi Rams slated for delivery to various municipalities, military locations and commercial use sites around the United States for part of a 3-year field test to see how this technology performs in the real world.

Lexus Reveals Unique Full Hybrid LS 600h L Landaulet


A unique Lexus full hybrid LS 600h L Landaulet (a Landaulet is a car body style with a convertible top for the back seat, with the front seat either roofed or open) featuring a one-piece, transparent polycarbonate roof will serve as the official Royal Wedding car on the occasion of the marriage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to Ms. Charlene Wittstock on Saturday 2nd July, 2011.

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