Hybrid/Diesel/Electric cars

Nissan Altima (Hybrid), 2009: The Weekly Driver Car Review

Nissan Altima (Hybrid), 2009: The Weekly Driver Car Review 1Far too few new American cars average more than 30 mpg. But the 2009 Nissan Altima hybrid is in the small fraternity and that means it warrants extended consideration.

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Toyota Prius, Corolla, 2009: Weidel On Wheels

Toyota Prius, Corolla, 2009: Weidel On Wheels 2Many car shoppers have adopted the perspective “bigger is not better.” Even my college-age daughter, not always the most practical shopper, has decided her first car should be a hybrid or a very gas-efficient model.

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General Motors Unveils Electric Vehicle Volt, Will Debut As 2010 Model

General Motors Unveils Electric Vehicle Volt, Will Debut As 2010 Model 3General Motors has unveiled the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle, the much-anticipated combination electric-gasoline that will be able to run up to 40 miles without using its small gasoline engine to produce electricity. The Volt will be driven by electricity stored in a large T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack running the length of the car. After charging for several hours, the Volt will be able to operate about 40 miles without using gasoline.

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GM Plans To Invest $500 Million For New Economy Car, Cruze

GM Plans To Invest $500 Million For New Economy Car, Cruze 4In its elaborate plans to appease consumers’ changing buying choices, General Motors Corporation will invest more than half a billion dollars in its Ohio manufacturing plant. It’s where Chevrolet will assemble the Cruze, its new compact vehicle set to debut in the United States as a 2011 model.

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Chrysler Envisions Electric Car Envi Within Five Years

Chrysler Envisions Electric Car Envi Within Five Years 5Another auto manufacturer seemingly joins the green automotive world each week. This time, it’s Chrysler and its new Envi division. Chrysler has announced it’s planning to launch all-electric vehicles within five years.

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Cool Toyota Prius Even Cooler In 2010 With Solar-Powered Air Conditioning?

solarpriusToyota hasn’t provided details, but global media outlets, including the Japanese daily newspaper, The Nikkei, report the manufacturer’s highly successful Prius hybrid will include solar-powered air conditioning in its 2010 models. The solar panels on the roof of the new Prius model will provide two to five kilowatts of electricity, according to the newspaper.

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Hybrids Rule: 2008's Top Five, Chevy Malibu to Ford Escape (Part 1)

Hybrids Rule: 2008's Top Five, Chevy Malibu to Ford Escape (Part 1) 6It’s unlikely Ferdinand Verbiest was known as an environmentalist nor did he likely have a quest to be “green.” But as a Jesuit priest of Belgian ancestry living and working in China, Verbiest was a visionary. Four centuries ago, Verbiest was a renowned  astronomer and he  spent more than a decade developing a four-wheeled vehicle that could be powered by steam or horse. It was the first hybrid.

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Honda Begins Limited U.S. Distribution Of Hydrogen Car, Clarity

Honda Begins Limited U.S. Distribution Of Hydrogen Car, Clarity 7A strong position at the forefront of the automotive industry is nothing new for Honda. But the Japanese manufacturer has added to its innovative legacy with the debut of its zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell car.

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General Motors Announces Aproval For Electric Chevy Volt For 2010

General Motors Announces Aproval For Electric Chevy Volt For 2010 8The Chevy Volt took a major step toward the public showroom when General Motors officials recently announcement the manufacture of the extended-range electric vehicle has been approved.

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Electric Sports Car, Tesla, Makes Los Angeles Debut

Electric Sports Car, Tesla, Makes Los Angeles Debut 10The Tesla Roadster, the long-awaited electric sports car powered by a lithium-ion battery and possessing a more than $100,000 price tag, is now available for the first time in a Westwood, Calif., dealership.

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Honda Civic (Hybrid), 2008: The Weekly Driver Car Review

civichybridThe 2008 edition continues the second generation of the Honda Civic hybrid, which was introduced in 2006 and has maintained a strong share in the ever-expanding hybrid  market. In fact, with the exception of the Toyota Prius, which dominated hybrid sales in the United States in 2007, the Civic hybrid is the country’s most popular hybrid.

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Hybrid Sales Continue To Climb In United States

Hybrid Sales Continue To Climb In United States 11The popularity of hybrid vehicles in the United States continues to rise. According to a report by the Green Car Congress in Washington, D.C., sales of hybrids in the U.S. rose 10 percent in March 2008 compared to 2007 sales in the same month.

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