Originally published on Sustainnovate. Following up on my articles on the history of solar power science, history of solar power policy, history of solar power manufacturing, history of wind turbines, and history of trains, here’s a piece on the history of electric cars. Most people mean “electric car” when they say “electric vehicle.” Electric vehicles […]
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Despite not revealing any big news or new cars, Honda did promise to bring a new plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle to market by 2018.
One of our sharp-eyed readers spotted a one-off Chevy Volt powered by what looks like a Honda EU2000i generator. Is it just for laughs, or is it for real?
The new Honda Concept B could have, should have, would have been the new Insight/CRZ to take on the Hyundai Veloster and Elantra, but it won’t be sold here.
Plunging sales of the Honda Insight has convinced executives to cancel production of the first hybrid vehicle ever sold in the United States.
Sales of the Honda Insight and CR-Z hybrids have fallen so low in Europe, that the Japanese automaker is cutting its losses and ceasing sales.
I think it’s fair to say that most Honda Insight hybrids never see speeds higher than 80 mph, but not Brian Gillesipies Honda Insight. Last week Brian was at the El Mirage raceway pushing his heavily-modified Insight at speeds around 190 mph when the car launched into a terrifying barrel roll. Brian survived, though his […]
John Wayland’s drag racing electric Datsun, White Zombie, has graced these pages many times before. But Wayland is currently undergoing a project of a different kind, sourcing parts from GM’s original electric car, the EV1, and swapping them into a Honda Insight hybrid. The resulting car Wayland calls the Silver Streak, could go as far as 400 miles on a single charge.
Hybrid technology will play a large part in Honda’s future plans, and the Japanese automaker has rolled out a preview of three new hybrid systems with different goals. There’s one for small cars, one with options, and one all about performance. This is a step in the right direction.
Japanese automaker Honda has had a rough time of it lately, especially when it comes to hybrids. Not only has the Prius-fighting Insight and sporty CR-Z failed to gain traction in the marketplace, but lawsuits against the Honda Civic Hybrid have seriously hurt resale values.
But Honda is hoping a new generation of hybrid technology will get them back in the game. Thing is, Honda isn’t talking details. Who wants to play “Wild speculation!” with me?
I’ve read a lot of press releases about Ford’s upcoming Prius fighter, the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. But nobody has actually gotten a chance to drive this plug-in, nor has Ford been forthcoming about some of the most important figures, specifically an expected EPA MPG rating. Ford has however announced that the C-Max Energi will […]
There are a lot of EV and hybrid-haters out there who throw out some softball arguments against such vehicles, along with legitimate gripes. But some of those gripes don’t necessarily ring true anymore. Kelly Blue Book, the go-to guide for used car values, has put together a best-of list for the five-year estimated ownership costs […]
The Fuji Speedway had a slightly unusual race last month – instead of supercars going super fast, rows of perfectly normal hybrid cars lined up for a two-hour endurance race called the Summer Eco Car Cup 2011. The race is held every year in August, and anyone with a hybrid car is welcome to participate. Oh, and the car has to be one you can buy at a dealer – perfectly normal hybrid cars only.
“Fast” and “hybrid” are words that once were not associated with each other. Now hybrid tech is being seen as a performance advantage, which is why Formula 1,000 organizers asked a Honda Insight to bow out for being too fast.
[social_buttons] Cow poop is a leading contributor of nitrous oxide and ammonia into the atmosphere, adding heartily to global warming. Cars, as we all know, provide their own fair share of noxious fumes to the environment. But a British team of engineers and racers is working on a way to kill two birds with one […]
It seems that in the quest to sell the cheapest hybrid they possibly could — a “hybrid for everyone” as Honda’s tagline goes — Honda has majorly skimped on some truly essential bits. Have they made a critical strategic error? [social_buttons] As detailed in the just released August issue of Consumer Reports magazine, out of […]