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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.
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.
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.
March 17, 2014 | By Kim Willsher, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
PARIS -- With the City of Light buried under a thick blanket of smog for a week now, authorities in the French capital took drastic steps Monday to cut the number of cars on the road and to encourage commuters to find more environmentally friendly ways of getting to work.   Only cars with license plates ending in an odd number were allowed on to Paris streets during the day. Drivers with plates ending in an even number were ordered to leave their vehicles at home and use public transport, which officials have made free of charge since Friday to try to reduce pollution -- at a cost of $5.6 million a day. [Updated  1:40 p.m. PDT, March 17: Late Monday, authorities announced that the driving curbs would be lifted as of midnight because the level of pollution had dropped.
September 26, 2004
I enjoyed Preston Lerner's article on hybrid cars ("Revenge of the Nerdmobiles," Aug. 29). My 80-plus-year-old neighbor traded in his 2001 Honda Insight for a 2004 Toyota Prius. His license plate reads "66 MPG," which he had on the Honda Insight as well. He claims he got 66 miles per gallon driving it from Sacramento to Chico. My friends facetiously said, "Did he mention it took him three days instead of three hours to get there?" I figure his combined outlay of cash for the two hybrid cars is about $50,000--to get more like 35 mpg. Go figure.
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