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Tesla Trumps Toyota: Why Hydrogen Cars Can't Compete With Pure Electric Cars

August 9, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Tesla and Toyota

“Toyota Bets Against Tesla With New Hydrogen Car,” blares the headline at That is a bad bet. It may even prove to be a major blunder for Toyota, which actually severed its RAV4 partnership with electric vehicle (EV) company Tesla back in May, though they kept their investment in Tesla.[read more]

Baby You Can Drive My (Electric) Car

May 11, 2012 by Scott Edward Anderson

Electric vehicles have come a long way since the days for the botched EV-1 experiment of the 1990s. Fisker KarmaFormerly considered tin cans without much oomph or sex appeal, EVs took a back seat to the more trendy hybrids (Prius) and powerful SUVs. Yet, if this year's EVS26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center proves one thing to...[read more]

U.S. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Sales Jump in March

April 19, 2012 by Nathanael Baker

In March, sales of hybrid, plug-in, and clean diesel cars grew significantly in the United States, casting a positive light on the emerging low emission transportation industry.According to statistics compiled by and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues, hybrids sales...[read more]

Hold On for the Plug-in Prius

December 9, 2011 by Jay Stein

Electric vehicle sales disappointed their manufacturers in 2011, but don’t get discouraged about this technology just yet.[read more]

Stop Marketing “Good for the Environment”

July 26, 2011 by Christopher Williams

Last week I had the pleasure to drive the Chevy Volt for the first time (and let me tell you, it’s fun to drive). The owner was an early adopter, but doesn’t have the psychographic profile that you would assume: he’s not an environmentalist, he’s not particularly concerned with escalating gas prices, and he’s not typically an early...[read more]

Toyota hybrid vehicle sales worldwide surpass 2 million units as of Aug 2009

September 19, 2009 by Ee Mien Low -> : As of Aug 2009, Toyota's global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the 2-million mark. The first Toyota Prius was launched in Dec 1997, the 2nd-gen Prius in 2003 and Toyota's HSD [Hybrid Synergy Drive] system was expanded to MPV's and SUV's. On May 31, 2007, the global...[read more]

Algae-powered hybrid introduced

September 13, 2009 by ToddWallace

Sapphire Energy launched a its algae-powered vehicle, the Algaeus, in San Francisco this week. The car, aptly dubbed the “Algaeus” — built into the shell of a Toyota Prius — will take off today on a 10-day nationwide tour, stopping first in Sacramento, where governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is planned to pour a vial of algae into its gas...[read more]

Unintended consequences, hybrid vehicles edition

September 3, 2009 by Lynne Kiesling

As the demand for hybrid vehicles increases, the consequences of that increased demand flow through to markets for their inputs, some of which are finite natural resources themselves. Increased hybrid vehicle production raises the demand for rare metals, increasing their prices and threatening short-run shortages. Among the rare earths...[read more]

Hybrid cars in Atlantic Canada

August 1, 2009 by MichaelSmith1

By CLARE MELLOR Chroncile Herald Since the third generation Toyota Prius was launched eight weeks ago, 70 drivers in Atlantic Canada have purchased the new hybrid vehicles. Those sales numbers are considered strong given the size of the market, but Stephen Beatty, managing director of Toyota Canada Inc., predicts that hybrids will be...[read more]

Prius will plug-in by 2010

July 29, 2009 by Jonathan Smith

In an exclusive interview for Autocar, Toyota’s Executive Vice President responsible for research and development, Masatami Takimoto, confirmed with Autocar’s Matt Sanders that the company will offer for sale a Toyota Plug-in HV. AG readers may recall that there was a great deal of speculation in 2007 as to when Toyota would move from...[read more]

Toyota Prius and Honda Insight – Spot the difference?

July 14, 2009 by Tom Raftery

 I went to Jerez today to collect the a Honda Insight which Honda offered to me to try out. They are letting me have it for a week. Jerez is about 100km away. I drove there in our Prius and drove back in the Insight. A couple of differences struck me straightaway – First off, the dashboard of the Prius is far clearer – the...[read more]

Toyota’s foresight pays off: Prius sales top one million

May 16, 2008 by Joseph Romm

The Toyota Prius is “the world’s first mass-produced petrol-electric hybrid car to hit 1 million in sales.” More than half of those were sold in North America. Toyotaps goal is to sell more than one million per year. I own one and must say it is a terrific car. I get about 45 miles per gallon combined city and highway, which was double...[read more]

A streetcar called ecological

March 25, 2008 by Eddy De Clercq

It seems that car manufacturers want to try to outdo each other in showing their clean technology. Most of them are only prototypes though. Here are some highlights: The long awaited plug in Toyata Prius has been seen at Brussels. This hybrid has an radius of action of 13 km at a speed of 100 km/h whereas the current hybrid has a radius...[read more]