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Tata Nano hybrids coming, maybe even to US

Is cheap the future? At $2000, the Tata Nano is the world’s cheapest car, and soon the Nano might become the world’s cheapest hybrid car. Without providing many details, Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group confirmed that a hybrid version of the Nano is in the works. Likewise, Tata reaffirmed its interest in entering the US […] […]

The Chevy Volt’s 40-mile Predicament

Chevy Volt Chief Engineer Andrew Farah last Friday crashed the weekly classic car night at Bob’s Big Boy hamburger […] […]

Chevy Volt EV range and fuel economy updated

The Volt’s lithium-ion battery pack GM finally confirmed that the Chevy Volt will utilize an 8 gallon fuel tank to supplement the Volt’s EV range. So, what does that mean for the Volt’s real world range and fuel economy? Once the lithium ion battery pack drops down to 30 percent of its full charge, then the 1.4 liter […] […]

2010 Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster will turn any driver into an electric car acolyte. The two-seat, soft-top sports car, adapted from certain components of the Lotus Elise, will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, besting cars that cost twice its $109,000 sticker price. The recently released Sport Model, at nearly $130,000, shaves another […] […]

Will Plug-in Hybrids Help Obama in Copenhagen?

Experts see limits to “moon shot” approach for reducing car emissions. President Barack Obama will propose that the US dramatically reduces greenhouse emissions […] […]

Nissan Leaf Details Revealed in National Tour

The Nissan Leaf on display in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Nov. 24, 2009. The national tour for the all-electric Nissan Leaf continues to […] […]

Hybrid shopping specials this Black Friday?

Any after Thanksgiving deals? One of the biggest shopping days of the year is fast approaching, and the deals aren’t limited to laptops or a new pair of socks. Often, Black Friday can be the best day to buy a new car. Unfortunately, demand for hybrid cars has typically been too high to offer many deals on […] […]

How smart will the grid need to be for plug-ins?

Is the grid ready for plug-ins? The Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for smart grid demonstration projects. And that’s fine. Of course, inevitably, one must ask how much will full scale implementation cost? Numerous estimates thus far have put the cost at hundreds of billions. Yet, even some utilities have claimed that very little smart […] […]