Ford holds nearly 500 patents for various hybrid-engine related technologies, and it plans on putting them to good use.
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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 14th annual rankings of the greenest cars on the US market today.
Tesla stock, which dropped 19 percent right before the holiday weekend, regained most of it today, and is currently hovering just a couple points below Friday’s price.
Details are still top secret, but Tesla has already told us that it will have three rows of seats with room for seven passengers, and will “incorporate the functionality of a minivan with the consumer appeal of a sports-utility vehicle.”
As major EV makers announced their 2011 sales figures today, it appears that the Japanese beat the home team by a nose – Nissan sold 9,674 Leafs, and Chevy delivered 7,671 Volts.
Hyundai Motor Group has announced a record-high budget for 2012 that includes 5.1 trillion Korean won (about $4.4 billion) for R&D, of which the lion’s share will be for hybrids and EVs, according to Singapore news portal AsiaOne. Company spokespeople made it clear that eco-friendly cars will be its main focus in 2012. The giant… Read more »
“Will 2012 be the year the electric car takes off?”
In the late 1990s my wife, Cathy, decided she wanted her next car to be electric. It wasn’t until July of 2008 that she was able to find and buy one, a 2002 Toyota RAV4-EV, one of the few hundred saved from the crusher when California relieved the automakers from the short-lived requirement to produce… Read more »
DENSO Corporation, a Japanese supplier of automotive components, announced last week that it has jointly developed a home energy management system (HEMS) with Toyota Housing Corporation. The HEMS, which will be available in Japan in 2012, has optional functions that work with plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles. The system features a 7-inch touchscreen monitor that shows… Read more »
Consumer Reports published an article on Thursday that confirms what most of us already know: EVs are cheaper to run than ICE vehicles. A lot cheaper.