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Ford Plans Hybrid to Rival Prius

Ford plans to release a new hybrid vehicle in 2018 to compete against the Toyota Prius and help the Detroit automaker meet federal mileage standards, according to media reports. The Ford hybrid, beginning as a 2019 model-year car, could eventually be offered with several different body styles and different versions … Read more »

Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell sedan

Toyota to Sell Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Sedans Next Year

Toyota, which has said it wants to sell an “affordable” hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle by 2015, has further committed to launching a zero-emission fuel-cell sedan and will likely begin selling the cars in the US next year, according to media reports. The automaker, which has put more than 5 million hybrid … Read more »

EV Woes: Toyota, Mitsubishi Recalls, Ford Glitch

Toyota, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have had issues with electric and hybrid vehicle models this month, including several recalls. Toyota announced Thursday a voluntary recall involving an unspecified mix of 87,000 2010 Prius vehicles and Lexus HS 250h hybrids for a brake pressure accumulator that could develop … Read more »

Toyota Prius Dominates Green Vehicle List

Toyota Prius Dominates Green Vehicle List

Toyota’s 2013 Prius line dominates this year’s Greenest list, an automotive ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Toyota Prius C, a compact version of the Prius with a 53 mpg city and 46 mpg highway efficiency, received the highest green score with 58 points. The Honda … Read more »

Indianapolis to Require 500 EVs, Plug-in Hybrids

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has signed an executive order requiring the city to purchase either electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for its non-police fleet. It is the first city in the US to enact such a requirement, according to the mayor’s office. Ballard’s mandate is part of a plan to … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Nissan Leaf, Coca-Cola, Ford, Retail Algae

Teijin Limited’s Eco Circle Plantfiber bio-polyester has been selected for use in the seats and interior trim surface of the electric Nissan LEAF (see photo). More than 30 percent of the material is made with biofuels derived from sugarcane. This is the first time Teijin’s Plantfiber product has been used for … Read more »

Toyota, Duke Lanch Indiana EV Smart Grid Pilot

Toyota Motor Company, Duke Energy and nonprofit energy industry initiative Energy Systems Network are to participate in a smart grid pilot project in Indiana. The aim of the project will be power grid load equalization and the establishment of an optimized vehicle-charging scheme. Toyota will provide five Prius Plug-in Hybrid … Read more »