Will plug-in cars crash the electric grid?

Selecting a Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf — or one of many other new models — shoppers in the United States bought more than 96,000 plug-in electric cars in 2013. That’s a tiny slice of the auto market, but it’s up eighty-four percent from the year before. In Vermont, as of January 2014, there were 679 plug-in vehicles, according to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. That’s two hundred percent growth over 2013.

BYD unveils Qin plug-in hybrid

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.”

Ford eyes solar panels for future plug-in vehicles

The wet dream for environmentally focused drivers of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles is one in which self-contained renewable energy powers the car instead of having to plug into the grid.

Mitsubishi showcases new plug-in hybrid concepts

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.

Audi's Sport Quattro is a slick plug-in hybrid

Audi will be unveiling at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week what it says could be the legitimate successor to its popular Sport quattro, which itself was first unveiled in Frankfurt in 1983. The new Sport quattro concept, in keeping with the times of more and more vehicles adding green technology, will have under the hood a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

BMW X5 wants plug-In hybrid tech

BMW has mostly been preparing its i brand of sustainable vehicles for market, but it doesn’t mean the German auto brand isn’t looking to still tinker with concept designs in the same arena. The latest of these is geared towards its X5 luxury SUV, and takes the form of a plug-in hybrid concept that will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

Mercedes S 500 plug-in hybrid hits Frankfurt auto show

As the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show inches closer, the number of green vehicle previews which will be showcased at this event goes up. The latest comes fromMercedes-Benz, which has announced plans to unveil next month the new S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, which is the third hybrid model of the S-Class.

95 MPG for BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid?

BMW, hot on the heels of the formal unveiling of its i3 electric car, is now focusing on the other major green vehicle in its “i” stable of low carbon personal transportation.

100,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold in over the last two years

100,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold in over the last two years. That’s what advocacy group Plug In America recently celebrated with an Alabama man who purchased said vehicle a short ago. It was an ironic choice though, representing one of the lesser well selling of this classification of vehicle here in the United States.

VW's CrossBlue Coupe is a plug-In hybrid SUV

Volkswagen, at the recent Detroit Auto Show, showcased a mid-sized SUV hybrid concept known as the CrossBlue.

Audi rolls out A3 e-tron plug-in

“e-tron” is Audi’s lineup of electric cars and hybrid concepts. The automaker introduced the first one, called the Audi e-tron concept, in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Apple confirms it was targeted by hackers

Apple has positively identified a strain of malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems via a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers.

Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid rules fuel efficiency

Ford has been putting up some very impressive official Environmental Protection Agency fuel efficiency numbers with both its 2013 Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid.

Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid hits the track

For those of you saving up the $845,000 you'll need to purchase a Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, we have good news. No, the price hasn't come down - but it is as fast as originally advertised.

BeagleBoard cape plug-ins are all the rage

The BeagleBoard organization recently announced the availability of over 20 new plug-in boards for its ARM-powered computer platform - which runs both Google Android 4.0 and Linux Ubuntu. 

A plug-in hybrid for $3,000?!

The bright minds of young college students and their mentors are at work again in the world of green technology. 

Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid ready to roll

Ford is prepping its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid for a fall roll out and recently divulged some additional details about the long-awaited vehicle.

Jaguar rolls out XJ_e plug-in hybrid

The last time we discussed luxury sports car brand Jaguar, the auto manufacturer was busy showcasing its hybrid C-X16 concept as well as building a very limited, and uber expensive, run of its C-X75 hybrid supercar.

Honda showcases Accord plug-in hybrid

Honda has been pumping out its Accord model since 1976. In 2005, a short-lived hybrid model was launched, which, because of slow sales and not-too-impressive fuel economy, only lasted until the 2007 model year.

Volvo showcases XC60 plug-in hybrid concept

The 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is poised for imminent kick off, with a number of new concept cars surfacing ahead of the 
big day.