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  • BYD e6 electric crossover, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show

    Chinese battery firm turned automaker hit the news a couple of times last week for all the wrong reasons. But less than a week after the firm was the center of a major auto scandal it has quietly started to prepare itself for a late 2011 U.S. Launch. So why is a company which previously been exuberantly ostentatious about its U.S. launch plans now quietly setting up a chain of dealers without much fanfare? Perhaps unwanted attention in the past few weeks has made BYD bosses more cautious? Let's recap. First, Warren Buffet’s favorite electric car company had to suffer the slings and...

  • Veritas RSIII Roadster plug-in hybrid. Photo by Translogic.
    Green-Car Faceoff: Who's The World's Fastest Plug-In Hybrid?

    We don't spend much time covering single-seat speed machines like the Veritas RSIII Roadster here on Green Car Reports. But the previously gasoline-centric performance car crowd is quickly coming around to the remarkable acceleration benefits of stored electricity. The latest example? Veritas is...

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    2011 Porsche Cayman R: Bringing Some Competition to the 911 Neighborhood

    Diehard Porsche fans will never sway from the 911, it is the model to own if you were just going to buy one and one Porsche only. However, since the introduction of the mid-engine Boxster platform in 1997, drivers and enthusiasts have wrestled with the romance between predictable handling that...

  • 1900 Porsche Semper Vivus full hybrid recreated
    Porsche Recreates The Original Hybrid Car, 111 Years Later

    The name Porsche has traditionally been associated with fast, rear-engine sports cars, and more recently with fast heavy SUVs and fast heavy four-door luxury sedans. But it all goes back to pioneering engineer Ferdinand Porsche. He also designed the prototype for what became the Volkswagen Beetle...

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    2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Revealed Ahead Of Geneva Debut

    It's no secret that Porsche has a new found love affair with vehicle electrification, having unveiled its first hybrid model ever last year, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, as well as teasing fans with high-performance hybrids such as the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and 918 Spyder. Porsche even unveiled an...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    Porsche Goes Electric with e-Boxster Test Mini Fleet

    Ask most consumers to describe a Porsche and they’ll describe the classic Porsche Boxster: a rear-wheel drive, mid or rear-engined car designed for the driving enthusiast rather than the casual commuter. Large, noisy engines have always been a prerequisite. Until now. We heard last summer...

  • 2011 Porsche 918 RSR Concept. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

    Possibly the most rapturously received vehicle at last week's Detroit Auto Show was the Porsche 918 RSR coupe, a hybrid race car that isn't even street-legal. And it's about as far from the quintessential Toyota Prius hybrid as you could get. It doesn't use a battery pack at all, in fact, but the flywheel-based Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that the company's engineers first installed in the one-off Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid factory racer. After a heart-breaking retirement less than two hours before the end of the 24 Hours of Nurburgring this summer, that car (running in a class of...

  • 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
    2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Gets...A Tax Break

    All kinds of green cars are eligible for tax breaks, but the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid could be one of the most expensive vehicles ever to get the IRS' nod of approval. The Cayenne S Hybrid earns its buyers up to $1,800 in federal tax credits, the automaker says, making it the first Porsche ever...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder Los Angeles 2009
    Porsche Looks At Hybrids For All Model Lines

    Sports cars have always been a lifestyle vehicle; they are cars for people who like speed, agility and, in some cases, enough power to make even the most talented driver be on the edge of control. However, the pure joy and passion of a sports car isn’t protecting the segment from the coming...

  • Audi R15 TDI, Peugeot 908 HDI, Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid at Petit Le Mans
    Peugeot, Audi Diesels Lead Petit Le Mans, Porsche Hybrid Finishes Race

    Endurance racing has more than its share of heartbreak. For Porsche Motorsport, this weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta provided sweet relief to a galling memory: Its unique 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car retired less than two hours before the checkered flag during May's 24 Hours of Nurburgring...

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    Tuning Porsche's 911 GT3 R Hybrid Race Car: It's All Software

    Road Atlanta -- Two days before the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid competes for the first time on U.S. soil, the head of its development team said the company plans further development of the technology. Dr. Daniel Armbruster, whose official title is manager of the motorsports development process for the...

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid in action
    Why Are Luxury and Sports Brands Going Green? To Survive

    It was so much easier just a few short years ago. Luxury cars wafted and sports machines roared, with nary a thought to gasoline consumed. Hybrids were for weenies, and everyone knew their place. But now? A hybrid Ferrari, a hybrid Porsche race car, an electric BMW ... what is the world coming to?...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

    Who ever said green cars can’t be fun? You only have to look at the Tesla Roadster and upcoming hybrid and electric sports cars from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW to see that there is a future for sports car fans beyond the internal combustion engine. Porsche, too, is getting on the green car bandwagon, revealing earlier this year its stunning 918 Spyder concept car and almost immediately giving it the production green light. If you don’t recall, the Porsche 918 Spyder is a hybrid supercar featuring a 500 horsepower 3.4-liter V-8 and a total of three electric motors with a combined output...

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    Bicycles, Not Sports Cars: The New, Greener Mid-Life Crisis?

    Could the high-end bicycle replace the sports-car as a symbol of the mid-life crisis?

  • Bosch EV powertrain
    Bosch Commits To EV Powertrain Development

    Following the successful launch of Bosch’s parallel full-hybrid technology (in models such as the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne S), the key international automotive supplier is also increasingly investing in the development of powertrain technologies for all-electric vehicles. With the...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
    Porsche 918 Spyder, World's Fastest, Priciest Hybrid, OKed For Production

    Toss everything you thought you knew about hybrid-electric vehicles out the window. Porsche has just green-lighted production of a car that will shake preconceptions about hybrids to their roots. The Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar, first shown as a concept at this spring's Geneva Motor Show...

  • Porsche Panamera S
    Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Coming Next Year

    It's no secret that Porsche has a new found love affair with vehicle electrification, having recently unveiled its first hybrid model ever, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, as well as teasing fans with high-performance hybrids such as the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and 918 Spyder. Porsche even confirmed...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    Official: Porsche Confirms Electric Sports Car Development

    Electricity and high-performance cars may or may not mix, depending on your frame of reference, but whether you're a Tesla fan or a Formula 1 devotee, it's easy to agree that a hybrid or all-electric Porsche would be a welcome creation for sports car and EV fans alike. Though we’ve seen several...

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid in action

    What's it like driving the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the world's fastest hybrid vehicle? Ask driver Patrick Long, and he'll tell you he's "still pretty charged up (forgive the pun)" after returning to the States following two weeks of testing the car on the Lausitzring circuit outside Berlin. We had a chance to chat with Long next to one of the world's only two 911 GT3 R Hybrid models,  incongruously parked outside a swanky restaurant in midtown Manhattan. He was there to announce that the groundbreaking hybrid would make its first appearance in U.S. competition in the Petit Le Mans race...

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    New Jaguar F-Type Sports Car Is Imminent

    Small, Fast and Sleeker Should Be Jaguar’s Motto For the Future F-Type

  • 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
    First Drive: 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

    The Cayenne S Hybrid is an off-road capable model that can hold its own on the track and yet return well over 20 mpg on the street.

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    Exclusive: VVC Reveals Its White Plastic V-Car, But No Photos

    Just a month after being turned down for low-interest loans by the U.S. Department of Energy, the reclusive V-Vehicle Co. has shown a drivable prototype of its affordable, green V-Car to Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and members of the press in Baton Rouge. While no photos were allowed, many more...

  • 2010 Volkswagen New Compact Coupe Concept (2011 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe)
    Volkswagen Will Dominate the World of Electric Cars. Got That?

    Maybe it's just the translation. But auto writers often chuckle at announcements from German manufacturers that come across as just a touch bombastic. Latest case in point: Volkswagen's long-term plans for vehicle electrification, released at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Key excerpt...

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    2010 Geneva Motor Show: New Green Production Cars

    No, sadly, we're not at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, underway this week in Switzerland. But we've been keeping close tabs on the introductions via our colleagues throughout the High Gear Media network. Here's our list of the green cars shown at Geneva that are headed for production. Most of them...

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