t wasn't that long ago that I remember a Chrysler ad that bragged about how its new Charger, with the big V 8, was a hybrid... it burned gas and rubber
. Now, the very ungreen Chrysler is changing its tune. Might was well, especially when your competition
is well into the second verse of a very different song
In the last few weeks, not only has Chrysler made announcements, so has Mazda, Hyundai, and Nissan.
August 28, 2008
Autocar has learned that Mazda engineers are hard at work trying to develop a rival to the Chevrolet Volt
– a car which uses a petrol engine to charge a battery pack
which powers the wheels via an electric motor.
Senior sources say that trials are currently underway in Japan, with a prototype that uses a rotary engine
to charge the battery pack. The tests are sufficiently advanced that Mazda has a working prototype in a Mazda 5 MPV bodyshell
. Company bosses are said to be keen to put this system into production but no firm decisions will be made until the cost of batteries is reduced." more
Hyundai Going Electric With Hybrids and Plug-Ins
By Keith Barry
September 01, 2008
Hyundai's been making so many announcements about electric vehicles and hybrids lately you'd think it was ZAP. The Korean automaker's promised to put a hybrid subcompact, a hybrid mid-size and a plug-in competitor
to the Chevrolet Volt on the road within five years. There's even some speculation at least one of them could be stamped "Made in the USA
We'll see the first of the Hyundais
to use that technology in November. more
Nissan mulls plug-in hybrids: official
Sep 3, 2008
TOKYO (AFP) — Nissan is considering developing plug-in hybrid vehicles
that can be charged at home, as it seeks to catch up with its rivals in fuel-sipping cars, an official said Wednesday. Japan's third-largest automaker is considering the move as consumers are increasingly switching to fuel-efficient cars due to high gasoline prices, spokesman Mitsuru Yonekawa said, declining to give further details.
Nissan has already conducted tests with an experimental model and is deciding whether to bring the car to market, according to local media.
Nissan has been slower than Toyota and Honda to embrace petrol-electric hybrids, seeing a brighter future for vehicles running entirely on electricity. more
Chrysler's Electric Cars Get Closer to Production
September 4, 2008
Chrysler’s new line of electric
cars is “closer to production than you think,” said Chrysler president Jim Press earlier today. He explained that Chrysler is currently demonstrating
electric cars and plug-in hybrids to dealers to get their feedback. clip
Chrysler's hybrid, plug-in hybrid
, and electric vehicles are coming out of the year-old ENVI program,
which was organized to jump-start Chrysler’s move to develop its own ground-up hybrids. The company’s first hybrid products
, the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen two-mode hybrids, use technology developed jointly by their former parent company Daimler, along with General Motors
Chrysler is the last of the six largest car companies to put a hybrid on the market." more
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