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Who Knew? A Car Battery Is the World's Most Recycled Product

Who Knew? A Car Battery Is the World's Most Recycled Product

A concern raised over upcoming electric-drive cars--the all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid--is what happens to their lithium-ion battery packs once the car's life ends. Images of those battery packs tossed over cliffs or littering... read more

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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Impressions: Why It Needs An EV Button

For those who travel very short distances, the Toyota Prius Plug-In could almost be thought of as an electric car. With a battery pack that's about 5 kW-hr—many times... read more March 18, 2011 by 3

2011 Toyota Prius

Elusive Cheapest Toyota Prius I Model Remains Unavailable

Gas prices are rising, so you'd think that the 2011 Toyota Prius hybrid would be the car of the moment. But with car production halted in Japan following the earthquake and... read more March 16, 2011 by 1

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Toyota Total For Hybrid Vehicles Passes 3 Million & Counting

Late last month, Toyota announced that it had delivered its 3-millionth hybrid-electric vehicle, with 3.03 million sold as of February 28. Of that total, almost 2.2 million... read more March 15, 2011 by 0

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Drive Report: BYD F3DM, Chinese Plug-In Hybrid Needs Work

Chinese auto giant BYD is one of the world’s leaders in the field of hybrid vehicles, having been the first in the market with a mass-produced plug-in hybrid back in... read more March 14, 2011 by 1

2011 Toyota Prius

Barrier To Buying Green: Electric Cars And Hybrids Confusing

Think car buyers understand what a hybrid is, or a plug-in electric car? Think again. A new survey conducted by research firm Synovate finds that many of almost 1,900 new-car... read more March 11, 2011 by 11

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You'll Pay $700 More For Gasoline This Year (If You're Average)

According to the Department of Energy, the average U.S. household will pay $700 more for gasoline this year than it did in 2010. In a weekly review of the oil market, the... read more March 10, 2011 by 6

BMW ActiveE at 2011 Geneva Motor Show, photo by Robert Llewellyn

2011 Geneva Motor Show Through A Convert's Eyes: Guest Post

by Robert Llewellyn I was only there for one day, and I'm still recovering; car shows are fairly energy sapping events. Everyone I met in Halle 7 said the same thing, "Oh... read more March 4, 2011 by 3

James Cameron, Suzy Amis with 2011 Chevy Volt at Global Green Pre-Oscar Party, Feb 2011

Could Chevy Volt Plug-In Displace Prius Hybrid On Red Carpets?

It all started with Leonardo DiCaprio, who showed up at the foot of the red carpet in his very own Toyota Prius. Within a couple of years, alighting from a Prius hybrid--or... read more February 24, 2011 by 2

2011 Toyota Prius

What Are The Turning Radii Of The New Toyota Prii?

Toyota announced this week that it had ended what it called a “decade-long debate” by decreeing that the plural of Prius would be Prii henceforth and to the end... read more February 24, 2011 by 0

2011 Toyota Prius

Do Battery-Pack Failures Reduce the Life of Hybrid Cars? A Reader Asks

Our reader Jonathan P asks: I have a 1997 Saturn that, remarkably, is still running. It probably has the book value of a large watermelon, so if anything major goes wrong... read more February 23, 2011 by 25

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The Curious Story Of Electric Cars And Texas

When people think of Texas, there’s always certain stereotypes associated with it: cowboys, twangs, conservative politics, boots, guns and big, gas-guzzling trucks... read more February 19, 2011 by 5

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Can an EV Be Too Small? Toyota Says No With iQ EV for Geneva

We have said it before and we will say it again: Electric vehicles will be all the rage in 2011. We have seen some great strides in the market, so much so that auto... read more February 16, 2011 by 0

M. Allen Swift with his 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Picadilly Roadster

Cars That Last And Last: Driving The Same One For 77 Years

We've all heard the stories about people who hang onto their cars for decades. Irv Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800 is one; he's got more than 2.6 million miles on it now, after... read more February 4, 2011 by 12

Toyota exec Frank Miller and Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith

Testing A Plug-In Prius Or Volt Gets Easier For Civilians

With cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf already on sale, plus a handful of startups either selling or building battery-powered cars on U.S. soil, it’s safe to... read more February 2, 2011 by 1

Zipcar's Scott Griffith and Toyota's Frank Miller with a Toyota Prius PHV

Zipcar Puts Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid In the Hands Of U.S. Drivers

If you are like me, then you probably can’t stand the idea of ordering a car that cost five figures and part of what you make in the year without driving it. So what... read more January 30, 2011 by 0


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