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Next Wave of Green Cars

Posted: November 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: forbes | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Next Wave of Green Cars
From the China-sourced Coda to Hyundai and Volkswagen, a rundown of the flood of plug-ins and hybrids set to hit the market.
The first mass-market electric vehicles are about to go on sale in selected cities, kicking off the beginning of a wave of new green vehicles hitting showrooms over the coming year.
The Chevrolet Volt, from General Motors, and the Leaf, from Nissan, both launching in December, are just the beginning of the electrification trend. At least eight hybrids and 12 plug-in electric cars in every price range are planned for 2011, with another batch of electric vehicles (EVs) expected in 2012. Read the full article »»»»

It's Electric

Posted: November 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: electric car, forbes, michael silverman | Comments Off on It's Electric

Five points to clear up some of the misinformation about the new electric car.

The Chevy Volt is generating a lot of interest, and no wonder. GM has often been content to follow the trends, and it’s suddenly coming out with a car that’s far ahead of the pack. By all means visit your local GM dealer (soon to have solar electric vehicle charging) and kick the tires, but here are some critical facts to remember:
1. It’s not all-electric. There was a big hoopla on the Web about this, with angry bloggers saying that GM had “lied” when it said that the car is all-electric, all the time. It’s really a tempest in an oil can. At 70 mph, with the battery power depleted, the gas engine drives the wheels. In all other circumstances, including the first 25 to 50 miles, it is always electric. GM, which was trying to protect a trade secret, shouldn’t have been so insistent about the car being 100% electric, but its choice in this case makes sense and improves its overall sustainability. Read the full article »»»»