Monthly Archives: November 2006

Notable green entries at the Los Angeles auto show

A compact full-hybrid SUV from GM: 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line will loose its mild alternator belt hybrid system and gain the full hybrid, “two-mode” full hybrid system set to debut shortly in the 2008 Tahoe and Yukon. That front-drive … Continue reading

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The SUV is an endangered species

Like a Brontosaurus cruising around York long past the Jurassic period, the SUV could be eliminated in California. Automakers tolled the bell of doom Monday (for large profit margins) citing lawsuits over the vehicles’ excessive greenhouse gas emissions. The Supreme … Continue reading

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A hydrogen powered Ford Explorer

A Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ford Explorer will be available for test drives tomorrow and Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. A center-mounted hydrogen tank that delivers 350 miles per fill up occupies the space typically used for the 6-speed … Continue reading

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The Irish grow greener by closing tax loopholes for hybrids

The Irish Minister for Finance Brian Cowen is reportedly going to stop tax breaks for large hybrid cars in next month’s budget. A number of Irish government ministers have recently switched their business cars to large hybrid sedans. Europe is … Continue reading

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An account from the AAA hybrid driving seminar

A first person account of the AAA hybrid seminar I mentioned in a previous post “This is all I think about,” said Charles Holmes, a chef from Glen Ellen who bought a Prius three months ago. “I’m fixated on the … Continue reading

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Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit phase-out skews hybrid cost

The qualified Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicle Credit was enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The new credit includes separate credits for four distinct categories: 1. fuel cell vehicles 2. advanced lean burn technology vehicles 3. hybrid vehicles 4. … Continue reading

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Sluggish Prius sales in China; a new love for meat

Lacking tax/social incentives and suffering from import duties, the Toyota Prius isn’t selling well in China. The Chinese car is double the price of the American counterpart. What seemed like a sure bet for Toyota in a boom market turned … Continue reading

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A Toyota/Isuzu diesel hybrid

Toyota Motor Corp may market a diesel hybrid sub compact car as early as 2010 in cooperation with Isuzu Motors Ltd. The drive train would be popular in Europe where diesels dominate. European drivers haven’t warmed up to the idea … Continue reading

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Clean diesel may win LeMans, but will it be beat by the Pa. motor fuel tax structure

As night fell over the 24 Hours of LeMans this summer, spectators at France’s prestigious endurance race detected a pattern. While competitors entered the pits to refuel, a sleek pair of Audi R10s kept stealing laps around the 13.7-kilometer track. … Continue reading

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A Chinese hybrid may be here in 2008

The Chery A5 ISG will be a compact sedan powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The gasoline engine kicks in at speeds higher than 25 mph.

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