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Toyota’s of the Prius forecasts 20 percent market share ‘soon’

The man responsible for the Toyota Prius’ has predicted the company’s global share for hybrids will increase from 13-14 to 20 percent. “I foresee hybrid pretty soon reaching 20 of global sales from 13 percent to 14 percent now,” Toyota Chairman Takeshi in an article []

Taxi Electric Again, This Time Nissan’s e-NV200 Taxi

Electric will be the first taxi company to add the electric e-NV200 taxi to its green-energy-fueled, fleet. Taxi Electric’s city transportation model operation in 2011 with a of Nissan Leafs. The company to add the Nissan e-NV200 taxi to its this summer. Based in Taxi []

Saleen And GreenTech Joins Forces For Asian

Mississippi-based GreenTech Automotive in a partnership with Saleen to provide efficient sport for the Asian market. GreenTech (GTA) describes itself as a automotive manufacturer dedicated to and producing environmentally friendly, vehicles. GTA markets its vehicles in under the WM GreenTech Automotive using the WM brand. GTA []

Mercedes’ F-CELL Showcased In Video Star-Power

Hollywood stars Kruger and Joshua Jackson been enjoying time at the of Mercedes-Benz’ B-Class F-CELL for than two years; they produced a video about it. Kruger and Joshua Jackson are not the ones enjoying the B-Class stated Mercedes-Benz. In the U.S. an F-CELL fleet comprising []

Electronically-Controlled quattro System For 2014 R18 e-tron

In 2014, two diesel-hybrid R18 e-tron quattro competing in the FIA World Endurance (WEC) will be relying on four-wheel drive. “Innovations become pioneering achievements they’re successfully used and start to adopt them,” Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Ullrich. “Audi, like no manufacturer, has repeatedly achieved []

Generation Two Volt Reportedly To Bow Year

Yesterday, according to sources” speaking anonymously Edmunds.com, it was reported the second-generation Chevy Volt would be in 2015. “It is different, but not drastically said an anonymous person to “Just really a bit of a styling to it.” The redesigned version reportedly ride on a new front-wheel-drive []

Asked Questions

Do currently hybrids need to be plugged in?

No. In hybrids, the batteries recharge by energy when the car brakes or by energy from gasoline via the internal combustion engine. the Chevy Volt is the first of upcoming “plug-in hybrids ,” the option to recharge more batteries via a common household socket, while still a small gasoline engine to longer driving range.

How do hybrids work?

Instead of solely on a gasoline internal engine, hybrids use both a gas and electric motors. The energy by the electric motors are stores in batteries. The ability to partially use as a fuel means that you less gasoline.

The computer on a hybrid makes the decisions which energy source to use at times, based on maximizing while providing the same of safety and comfort as conventional Our technology section provides details about how hybrids

Is maintenance more expensive a hybrid?

Maintaining a hybrid cost any more than a car, and may even cost due to decreased wear and tear on the and braking system. You might to take your hybrid to a especially considering that offer longer warranties on components and battery pack. service centers do usually a little more, but now that are nearly 2 million hybrids on roads, many friendly mechanics are now familiar with and are well trained to handle

Can you drive a hybrid in extremely or hot weather?

Hybrid cars are to operate in the same range of and temperatures as conventional vehicles. For Honda’s specs indicate its Integrated Motor Assist will operate as low as 22 degrees zero Fahrenheit, although we seen reports of a Prius in Alaska suffering from a and damaged battery pack—at 56 zero. See how the Chevy Volt hybrid was tested for frigid

Something to consider: Gas mileage cold weather is diminished for all hybrid or not.

Can you tow with a

Towing a Toyota Prius or requires front wheels off the Honda’s (manual transmission) can be with wheels on the ground, but not recommended. Honda’s with CVT can be with wheels off the ground.

Tow are commonly used.

Toyota and will say not to tow anything behind hybrids. Except for the Insight, has an aluminum frame, it’s everyday. Prius and Civic can tow with a tongue weight of than 100 lbs and total trailer 1000 lbs. (Just guidance; be careful.)

General Two-Mode Hybrids, like the Tahoe, are specifically designed for towing capabilities. Other SUV have adequate towing For example, the Ford Escape and Lexus RX 400h have capacities of 1,000 pounds and pounds respectively.

How often do hybrid batteries replacing? Is replacement expensive and an environmental problem?

The hybrid packs are designed to last for the of the vehicle, somewhere between and 200,000 miles, probably a lot longer. The warranty covers the for between eight and 10 years, on the carmaker and the location.

Battery is a concern, although today’s use NiMH batteries, not the environmentally rechargeable nickel cadmium. metal hydride batteries are They can be fully recycled,” Ron Cogan, editor of the Green Car . Toyota and Honda say that will recycle … and that disposal will no toxic hazards.

There’s no word on replacement costs they are almost never We have seen anecdotal of total battery replacements about $3,000.

Does storage of hybrids create a

Hybrid storage for less three months does not a problem. If you plan to be storing hybrid for a longer period, a good idea to have the started up and run for 30 minutes every months. If your hybrid is dormant for even longer you may need to have a professional the state-of-charge, and potentially give the batteries a boost.

Are hybrids safe?

The fact hybrids run on electricity as well as gas has no on their safety. You can always out a car’s safety rating. but is primarily based on crash Many of the current hybrid are small, quick, and nimble at avoiding accidents), and rank in safety ratings for their class. SUVs make feel safe, but have an record in terms of rolling and being difficult to maneuver.

SUVs do not have to meet the safety standards as passenger because of federal rules SUVs as light trucks. is not a reason to avoid getting a especially when evaluating the version of a vehicle compared to its counterpart.

Are all hybrids slow

Just the opposite. Hybrid breaks the 1970s stereotype of cars as strictly under-powered and creature comforts. With systems, engineers can decide how to the right balance between and efficiency.

There are a growing of hybrid compacts, sedans, and trucks—and soon carmakers offer hybrid sub-compacts and Lexus pioneered luxury cars. with Mercedes, BMW and following in its track.

Where can you a hybrid solo in the carpool

The HOV access laws are changing and are subject to local interpretation. your local transportation to get a definitive answer.

What tax breaks do you get with a

The hybrid tax incentive program, went into effect on 1, 2006, as part of the “Energy Act of 2005.”, concluded on Dec. 31,

New incentives, described on our incentives and page. focus on plug-in and electric cars.

Will fuel cell technology or battery-electric cars wipe out

Past Years

2010 Cars – Year in Review

are the major trends we expect as cars boldly move the first year of their decade? Plug-ins, new models, a market, and an evolving Prius.

Hybrid Cars – Year in

2008 Hybrid Cars – in Review

What kind of was 2008 for hybrids? Read the biggest trends, quotes, stories, and hybrid car introductions.

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