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By Brad Berman ·
March 12, 2008

BMW to Offer Battery-Powered Eco-Car for U.S.

Norbert Reithofer, BMW CEO, said the company will likely "make a battery-powered ecologically compatible car for the U.S. market" with a target launch date of 2012. Details beyond that general plan are sketchy.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 09, 2008

ZAP To Offer Plug-In Conversions

ZAP, the California-based electric car maker, is teaming up with Colorado-based Hybrids Plus to offer plug-in conversion systems for the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape Hybrid.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 06, 2008

GE Invests in Future of Electric Cars

General Electric will invest $24 million in two initiatives to bolster hybrid and electric car technology, including a $4 million commitment to Think, the Norwegian electric car maker formerly owned by Ford. The Think Ox is the car company's latest concept vehicle—an all-electric five-seater small SUV, promising 125 miles of range on a charge.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 22, 2008

Lotus Creates Hybrid R&D Center

The goals of high performance and greater fuel efficiency were further melded this week when Lotus—the British maker of race cars—created a new research and development group solely devoted to electric and hybrid vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 21, 2008

Taking the Prius Beyond 100 MPG

California-based OEMtek says it can outfit a Prius with a bigger battery pack and double its fuel economy to more than 100 miles per gallon—for a cost of $12,500.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 05, 2008

ZAP Announces Plans for $30K Performance Electric Car

California-based automaker ZAP has announced plans for a new electric car. The futuristic three-wheeler will be able to do 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 156 miles per hour—and cost about $30,000.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 04, 2008

Tesla Will Go Hybrid

Tesla Motors may be the darling of the "take no prisoners" electric vehicle world, but the company may break from its roots with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain for its upcoming Whitestar sedan.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 01, 2008

Major Lithium Ion Battery Plant Begins Operation

Johnson Controls and Saft are opening a factory to produce advanced lithium ion batteries for cars in a sign that electric and next-generation hybrid vehicles are reaching a tipping point. The factory in Nersac, France will produce up to 5,000 battery packs a year for Daimler AG—for use in the Mercedes-Benz S-class series of luxury hybrids expected to roll out in 2010.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 31, 2008

Hybrids for China

In an exclusive interview for HybridCars.com, Dr. David Chen, general manager of General Motor’s Beijing Operation, dispels some of the myths about China's growing auto market, and explains how the Chinese government is paving the way for a hybrid future.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 29, 2008

Airbag Waiver Keeps Tesla Roadster Alive

Tesla Motors side-stepped disaster by winning a federal waiver allowing its all-electric Roadster to be produced without advanced occupant-sensing airbags. If the waiver had not been granted, the carmaker might have been forced out of business.

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