What makes cities in India and China so frustrating to drive in—heavy traffic, aggressive driving style, few freeways—makes them ideal for saving fuel with hybrid vehicles, according to new research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
Kia Motors, normally relatively quiet on the alternative automotive front, has been busy in the last week. Not only did it showcase the 2014 Optima Hybrid in Chicago at an auto show, but it also used that venue to unveil its Soul EV electric car. One other offering turning up there is well, and making its U.S. debut, was the Niro hybrid urban lifestyle concept vehicle.
Honda trails in Toyota’s hybrid wake, but that doesn’t mean it is giving up the ship anytime soon. To this end the automaker is launching today the 2014 Civic Hybrid, with improved fuel economy over previous years, and also a natural gas model Civic that’s on sale come February 15 in some 37 states.
Toyota, ahead of the forthcoming 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season, has announced plans to enter a new car this year to take part in events like the Le Mans 24 Hours.
BYD continues its plot for world domination of green vehicle technologies, mostly seen in the mass transit sector, with the recent unveiling of a new plug-in hybrid “intended to target key world markets.”
A new plug-in hybrid concept car debuted from Audi this week at the Detroit Auto Show that is described initially in just a few simple words – sporty, compact and versatile. Whether or not this is actually the case for the new allroad shooting brake car remains to be seen, but it does impress with its green vehicle specifications at the least.
Synthetic chemists today have the ability to construct molecules of almost any atomic composition, creating new materials with any number of promising applications that range from sustainable energy and environmental remediation, to high-performance electronics.
Asus has debuted a “quad-mode” hybrid PC designed to run both Windows and Android. The 13.3-inch Transformer Book Duet TD300 allows users to easily switch between operating systems by simply pressing a button.
Much like Ford, Audi is choosing a leading consumer electronics trade event instead of the upcoming Detroit Auto Show to unveil a plug-in hybrid concept. The German automaker will reveal next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the Audi Sport quattro lasterlight concept.
Asus is reportedly prepping a new laptop/tablet hybrid that features an Intel Haswell processor paired with a 1366 x 768 pixel display.
Among the popular line of Toyota Prius models, the v offering is considered the station wagon of the bunch as it provides enough room for small families with active lifestyles. For the 2014 version of the hybrid, Toyota has made a few tweaks but left most functions the same for a car with an impressive 42 miles per gallon combined fuel economy.
The idea of American hybrid minivans is pretty much a dream. Chrysler a few years back built a small test fleet of Town & Country hybrid minivans, but that never evolved into a mass production offering. Though Japan has one in the form of the Toyota Estima, notes the Chicago Tribune, it doesn’t look like that’s being brought here either.
And, boom, just like that, there’s a new luxury hybrid coming our way. Lexus, the upper end brand for Japanese automaker Toyota, announced earlier this week plans for the RC coupe. Two powertrain options will be available, including one making use of low carbon emissions technology.
For 2014, Toyota isn’t doing much new with its Camry Hybrid. Why change up a good thing when it is clearly a decent seller for the Japanese auto manufacturer? The model family has done quite well, selling over 10 million units in the U.S. alone since being introduced here i 1983. It is one of the benchmark mid-size sedans on the market, and its hybrid design looks to continue the trend as time marches along.
Suzuki plans to unveil a number of new concept vehicles at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. One of the most interesting ones from a green vehicle perspective will be the X-Lander, described by the Japanese automaker as a “real 4WD hybrid with a distinctive personality.”
Let’s take a brief moment to travel back in the hybrid time machine to 2010. In late March of that year, Mazda announced it was licensing hybrid technology from Toyota to develop its own hybrid offering, which would likely see the light of day in Japan in 2013.
Mitsubishi Motors, ahead of the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, announced plans to showcase at that event two new plug-in hybrid concepts. The automaker to date has mostly been a footnote in the evolving low carbon transportation market, so it will be interesting to see specifics of what these concepts offer as a clue into future green vehicle development.
Being as Lexus is the luxury model for Toyota, who makes the industry leading Prius hybrid, it makes sense multiple upper end hybrids would be available for drivers as well. We’ve already covered 2014 information for the Lexus ES 300h and GS 450h, and now here’s the news for the upcoming 2014 RX 450h SUV.
Toyota luxury brand Lexus has unveiled information about its new 2014 ES 300h hybrid luxury sedan, which first debuted just last year. Chief among what’s been announced is news of its EPA fuel economy ratings, which play out at 40 mpg city / 39 mpg highway / 40 mpg combined.
Earlier in the month Honda announced its upcoming Accord Hybrid would get a solid 50 miles per gallon in the city. It now has word of specific release date and pricing, as well as sharing the vehicle will be available in three trim grades.