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The road to plug-in success goes through China. Time for a US pullback?

Chinese manufacturing a tough nut to crack for America Is US energy policy too fixated upon batteries? I’m pretty confident that electrification is the future of the auto industry, but I’m not sure whether that electrification will be dominated by batteries, or whether fuel cells will also have a role to play. OK. That’s not really true. […] […]

Smart – BMW ActiveHybrid 5 navigates its way to better fuel economy

Increasing fuel economy with smart navigation Better fuel economy comes in interesting packages Thanks to hybrid cars, start/stop is becoming standard in many conventional vehicles — improving fleet fuel economy much more than just hybrids can provide. And thanks to hybrids like the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, navigation might one day make every car more fuel efficient. I typically don’t […] […]

Four Cylinder Engine Production Begins At Toyota’s Alabama Engine Plant

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (September 29, 2011) — State and local officials joined Toyota team members and executives today to mark the start of four-cylinder engine production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. (TMMAL). Visit @Toyota ACCESS to receive your news via e-mail. Update your RSS feed preferences. […]

US Energy Department Proposes More Spending on Eelectric Transportation

By Jeff Cobb This year the Energy Department again co-sponsored the EcoCar Challenge exploring ways to improve efficiency with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell technologies. Shown are the 2011 winners. Yesterday the U.S. Energy Department released its first-ever “Quadrennial Technology Review,” saying it wants to increase funding for electrified vehicles and supporting infrastructure. Its total […] […]

High-MPG Toyota Aqua Hybrid to Launch in Japan

By Jeff Cobb Could the new Aqua look like this Prius C concept? This week it was learned that Toyota will launch a Japanese-market compact member of the Prius family in January that could be the most fuel efficient hybrid yet produced. The 2012 Toyota Aqua hybrid will receive a 94 mpg (40 km/liter) rating in Japan according […] […]

How does the larger Toyota Prius V rate?

Prius V a great combination of price, cargo space and fuel economy Prius V heads to dealerships in October There have been many Toyota Prius V reviews in the last few weeks, and today there are several more on the web that potential buyers of the Prius V might find interesting. For instance, how does the V compare […] […]

Tesla – Burn out or phoenix?

Hype or revolution? The cash is running out, but the Model S is almost here Does Tesla need another government loan? That seemed to be the big question yesterday regarding Tesla Motors, yet Tesla has not applied for any new government loans beyond the $465 million already guaranteed. Regardless, it seems Tesla will still need more money […] […]

US Energy Department proposes more spending on electric transportation

By Jeff Cobb This year the Energy Department again co-sponsored the EcoCar Challenge exploring ways to improve efficiency with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell technologies. Shown are the 2011 winners. Yesterday the U.S. Energy Department released its first-ever “Quadrennial Technology Review,” saying it wants to increase funding for electrified vehicles and supporting infrastructure. Its total […] […]