Emerald Automotive Hopes To Deliver Plug-In Hybrid Van By 2015

If hybrid and electric vehicles can catch on with businesses around the world, they stand to make a big impact on transportation emissions. Emerald Automotive, a British-owned startup, is hoping that by 2015 they can deliver a plug-in hybrid van that offers an electric driving range of 66 miles, backed by a gas engine that can keep the van going for almost 400 more miles after that.

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Former HUMVEE Plant May Produce Plug-In Hybrid Vans

Once an icon of American materialism and consumption, the Hummer died an unceremonious death when GM killed the brand. It’s military cousin, the HUMVEE, produced by AM General, was not far behind, leaving behind several empty assembly plants across the country. But one of those plants, in northern Indiana, could be retooled to build Bright Automotive’s IDEA plug-in hybrid vans if a deal announced Friday goes through.

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