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A few 2010 Toyota Prius details

Blue man group hypes the Prius There is a YouTube video featuring the Blue Man Group and the new Toyota Prius. The video isn’t terribly exciting, but if you are wondering what new features the third generation Prius will offer, the video does provide some insight. I think it looks great, but I don’t think Toyota […] […]

Leakage: Honda Insight coming to Japan with Sporty Modulo trim

Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, Hybrids/Alternative, Green, Honda Click above for more shots of the leaked 2009 Honda Insight brochure As is so often the case these days, some early details regarding Honda’s upcoming Prius-fighter have leaked out before the hybrid’s official unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show. Included among the surprises is a Modulo-trimmed Insight featuring […] […]

Report: BYD plans two more electric cars in 2009

Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, Hybrids/Alternative, Sedans/Saloons, China, Green BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, is a Chinese company with huge ambition to become the world’s largest automaker. If there’s any chance of making that monumental task a reality, the company will need some amazing products, a stage to present them to the world and […] […]

Gas tax gaining momentum, or at least air

A gas tax now inevitable A gas tax is an idea that has been floated around this blog many times over the last few years. My gas tax – really an oil tax – was always a way to help fund credits for more fuel efficient vehicles. Likewise, the tax helps drive investment in non-oil fuels […] […]

VIDEO: 2010 Toyota Prius teaser… now with Blue Man Group

Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative, Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Toyota Click above to see the Blue Man Group play around with the 2010 Prius Now it begins to make sense: The previous performance art video teasers for the 2010 Prius were made up largely of edited shots from this teaser, with the Blue Man Group restored to its place. This one […] […]

Eaton developing hydraulic hybrid systems

Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative, Green, Tech Eaton, a company primarily known for making superchargers that make your vehicle go like stink, but guzzle even more gas, is also in the series hydraulic hybrid (SHH) business. The drive system in a hydraulic hybrid replaces the conventional drivetrain; the engine is effectively rendered a “pump” for the hydraulics, and […] […]

Clarkson fires back over Top Gear/Tesla controversy

Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative, Green Click above to watch Top Gear’s review of the Tesla Roadster after the jump Extending the controversy between Tesla Motors and Top Gear even further, Jeremy Clarkson has offered his own opinion regarding the issues of the Roadster’s battery capacity and brake failure while being run ’round the Top Gear test track. Remember […] […]

How far will hybrid sales decline in 2009?

Not the year of the hybrid Six months ago, one might have speculated that 2009 would be the year that hybrid cars forever changed the auto industry. It’s not just that hybrids were selling for thousands above MSRP six months ago thanks to high gas prices, but that 2009 would also see the launch of the […] […]