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  • Video: First drive of Ford's 140mpg Plug-in Escape

    Video: First drive of Ford's 140mpg Plug-in Escape

    After a quick breathalyzer test at 11:30 am, we were granted access for a spin in Ford's upcoming escape. Overall, we came away impressed with the drive but curious about the plug-in's price will be set at for the 2012 model year. Will it be higher than the seemingly inferior Chevy Volt? Ford's being tight lipped 'bout it probably while it surveys the every-increasing plug-in market. After driving… Read More

  • A plug-in hybrid is now for sale in China, Chevy Volt what?

    A plug-in hybrid is now for sale in China, Chevy Volt what?

    GM, and millions of jobs, might be counting on the Chevy Volt to save the company, but a Chinese car company is a couple steps ahead of Generous Motors. The BYD F3DM is now for sale at a cost of $21,900 USD…in China. It features a plug-in Li-ion battery pack along with a 1.0 liter aluminum engine. Exact details aren’t available but it seems that this knock-off might have the $40k Volt… Read More

  • Longer life lithium-ion batteries coming to a hybrid near you

    Longer life lithium-ion batteries coming to a hybrid near you

    Hybrid and plug-in vehicles have been plagued by poor battery performance in the past. The next-gen rides simply do not offer that much MPG improvement because of the lackluster batteries, but LG Chem and STMicroeclectronics are working on something new. By harnessing a more powerful and efficient battery management chip, they hope to improve lithium-ion batteries enough to deliver 1600V… Read More

  • The Poulsen Hybrid electric kit can zip most compact cars into the future

    The Poulsen Hybrid electric kit can zip most compact cars into the future

    Plug-in electric vehicles might, one day, be a big hit but the Poulsen Hybrid kit will allow compact car owners a piece of the action early. The upgrade works by incorporating two electric motors on each of the drive shaft-equipped wheels in a moon rover-type fashion. (FWD or RWD compatible) These motors do not drive the wheels entirely but rather provides an extra gas saving boost while… Read More