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July 26, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Toyota Motor Corp., the leading seller of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in the U.S., is moving closer to bringing a plug-in version of its popular Prius to market. The automaker said Wednesday that it was teaming up with two California universities to test so-called plug-in versions of the Prius, cars that would be capable of traveling farther and faster than current models on electricity alone.
July 20, 2004 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
With gas prices so high as to cause vertigo, California's elected officials are racing to shower fuel-efficient hybrid car owners with the kinds of exclusive road privileges all drivers covet. Los Angeles is considering granting free parking this fall to the vehicles, which run on both gas and electricity. In Sacramento, lawmakers are on the verge of approving a measure that would allow solo hybrid drivers to use carpool lanes.
October 3, 2003 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
With just a few days remaining before voters decide whether to recall him, Gov. Gray Davis took a flurry of actions that would do everything from opening the state's carpool lanes to hybrid vehicles to protecting women hospital patients from having invasive tests performed on them without consent.
April 26, 2013 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Dave Gold launched his 99 Cents Only Stores empire in Los Angeles at age 50 after mulling over the idea for over a decade. The thrifty entrepreneur took the dollar store concept and introduced it to middle-class and upscale neighborhoods. In the process, he created a chain that has become a mainstay for families squeezed during hard times or those who simply love a good bargain. Gold died Monday at his Mid-Wilshire home from an apparent heart attack, said his son, Jeff Gold. He was 80. Long before dollar stores dotted many street corners, Gold opened the first 99 Cents Only store in Los Angeles in 1982.
January 20, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to their autos, members of Generation Y want hybrid cars stuffed with technology. They could be the "generation that leads us away from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles," said Craig Giffi, the Deloitte automotive consultant who oversees the accounting firm's annual survey of Generation Y auto consumers. Deloitte defines the Generation Y group as those 19 to 31 years old. Automakers seem to be targeting this market with many of their latest offerings.
May 28, 2008
Re "Hybrid car sales are zooming," May 23 As one of those self-righteous Prius owners, let me suggest that the fact hybrid sales are up and SUV sales are down is exactly why we must not pass a federal gasoline tax "holiday." To save our planet, we must wean ourselves off our addiction to oil. And if rising gas prices help meet that objective, I'm all for them. Most people in this country will never do the right thing for the environment unless there are economic incentives. The knowledge that hybrids do not release harmful emissions when in electric mode, and the ability of drivers of certain hybrid vehicles to drive solo in the carpool lane, are nice features.
January 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. must be a "company of the future" that embraces advances such as electronic health records or hybrid cars to drive down costs, keep prices low and tackle issues the government may not be able to solve, Chief Executive H. Lee Scott said. "We live in a time when people are losing confidence in the ability of government to solve problems," Scott said. He said he has held talks with automakers on selling gasoline-electric and plug-in hybrid cars and is working with the company's suppliers to make the most "energy intensive" products in its stores 25% more energy efficient within three years.
March 29, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
When Ferrari's biggest and baddest supercar is a hybrid, you know the world has changed. Once considered the province of techies and the eco-friendly, hybrids are catching on in almost every vehicle segment. Hybrid sales were up 32% in the first two months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to research firm Autodata Corp. That's driven by a combination of trends, including upward-creeping gas prices, a growing track record for reliability and the wider selection of hybrid offerings - everything from the entry-level Toyota Prius C to the spacious Ford Fusion sedan to the LaFerrari, a 949-horsepower, million-dollar monster.
May 7, 2004 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
Owners of hybrid cars could use freeway carpool lanes, even with a single driver during rush hour, under legislation approved Thursday by the Assembly and supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Despite near-certain approval in California, the new law would not take effect unless the Bush administration granted permission to the state. Federal transportation officials are pushing their own plan that could open the door for hybrid cars in carpool lanes.
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