Monthly archive - September 2011

Electric driving in the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in

Electric driving in the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in

By: Wayne Cunningham

Earlier this year, I spent a week driving a preproduction Prius Plug-in hybrid, but little did I realize that Toyota was using me and the other people who got to drive the car as guinea pigs, test subjects to help further refine the car for a 2012 production model. Toyota recently put me behind the wheel of a substantially tweaked Prius Plug-in, this one the result of everything learned from the earlier drive program. Still billed as preproduction, this latest Prius Plug-in boasted enhancements over the previous car, along with a full-blown marketing strategy.

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Electric cars on fast track in Boulder (sort of)

Electric cars on fast track in Boulder (sort of)

By Courtney Holden For the Camera

Just like their gasoline-burning forebears, electric cars need to refuel. And as more e-cars take to Boulder’s roads, the city is gradually gearing up to meet their fuel needs.

One new recharge station has just opened at the Wolf Law Building on the University of Colorado’s campus.

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EV Rentals At Marriott Through Hertz

EV Rentals At Marriott Through Hertz

By Aaron Colter – Earth Techling

Hertz, which recently started offering electric bicycle rentals, and Marriott hotels are partnering to give travelers electric vehicle options while in the San Francisco area.

Overnight guests at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront, or dinner guests in the hotel’s restaurant, have the ability to receive free valet parking and time at one of the company’s charging stations.

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EV battery oversupply will cut prices

EV battery oversupply will cut prices

Battery prices are poised to fall as a result of the overcapacity, the company said.

Automakers have committed to producing up to 839,000 plug-in EVs worldwide by 2013, up from just 124,000 that will be delivered by the end of 2011.

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