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April 4, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It's nip-and-tuck time for Porsche's Pana mera sedan. A midlife refresh will give 2014 models an updated look, a long wheelbase option and new engine choices, including a turbocharged V-6 and a plug-in hybrid. All three variations will make their world debut April 21 at the Shanghai Auto Show. The greenest of the Panamera models makes a notable shift from hybrid to plug-in hybrid. Undoubtedly the byproduct of what the company is learning from the plug-in 918 supercar coming to market later this year , the Panamera announced Wednesday will be officially known as the Panamera S E-hybrid.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | Ann Friedman
With every click, every tweet, every share, am I being exploited or am I taking advantage of the digital revolution? This is the question I kept asking myself as I read Astra Taylor's "The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. " Taylor makes a thorough case that the technological advances we've been told constitute progress - that anyone can start a blog, that we can easily keep up with our friends (and frenemies)...
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AUTOS
October 16, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Cadillac had announced just how much juice you'll need to buy its upcoming ELR plug-in. The all-new, two-door coupe will start at $75,995 when it goes on sale in January. The front-wheel-drive model is largely based on the four-door Chevy Volt, which General Motors put on sale in 2011. Like  the Volt, the ELR uses an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The Cadillac has an electric-only range of 35 miles, which is three less than the Volt. Once the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine kicks in to act as a generator for the battery.
AUTOS
February 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Don't get attached to the new plug-in hybrid Golf that Volkswagen is bringing to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. But let yourself get a little excited about what's under its skin. Germany's everyman brand will use its March 4 press conference to debut the Golf GTE. It's the latest version of the new generation of Golf hatchback that's been on sale in Europe for almost a year and is headed to our shores later in 2014. While VW says it doesn't currently plan to bring the GTE to the U.S. market, the hybrid powertrain that moves it will definitely land here.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2009 | A Times Staff Writer
Toyota Motor Corp. has joined the growing ranks of automakers planning to bring advanced battery-powered vehicles to showrooms in the near future. The Japanese automaker said it planned to have a plug-in version of its popular Prius hybrid for sale in the U.S. in three years. "The target is 2012 to be coming to market with them," Irving Miller, a group vice president for Toyota's U.S. sales unit, said at a Los Angeles conference on climate change, Bloomberg News reported. Before that, "we're going to study the challenges of consumer demand," he said.
AUTOS
October 10, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
If you've been eyeing the new plug-in version of Toyota's popular Prius hybrid, it's a good thing you waited. The automaker announced Wednesday it would be slashing the price of the 2014 plug-in Prius by at least $2,000 in an effort to lure more people to the greenest member of the Prius family. The 2014 plug-in model will now start at $29,990, a 6% drop from 2013, despite no changes to the car. The more upmarket Advanced model will command $34,905, which is more than $4,000 cheaper than the same car in 2013.
AUTOS
February 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Don't get attached to the new plug-in hybrid Golf that Volkswagen is bringing to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. But let yourself get a little excited about what's under its skin. Germany's everyman brand will use its March 4 press conference to debut the Golf GTE. It's the latest version of the new generation of Golf hatchback that's been on sale in Europe for almost a year and is headed to our shores later in 2014. While VW says it doesn't currently plan to bring the GTE to the U.S. market, the hybrid powertrain that moves it will definitely land here.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2009 | Michael Hiltzik
Anyone strolling about the exhibition floor of the L.A. Auto Show this week can be forgiven for thinking that the battle for the green car has been won, and the plug-in electric hybrid is the victor. Scads of major automakers unveiled models that are within a year or two of showroom readiness, with the Chevy Volt (projected to run for 40 miles on a household charge before switching to gasoline) drawing perhaps the most buzz. Irvine-based Fisker Automotive Inc. took a booth to promote its forthcoming $88,000 Karma, a plug-in luxury hybrid.
AUTOS
February 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention electric vehicles: 2014 will be good to you. That's the prediction from IHS Automotive, which said Tuesday it expects global production of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) to rise 67% this year. That compares with just a 3.6% increase in the production of all vehicles globally. Several key factors account for the expected increase in electric vehicles. “European emissions standards are tightening in the second half of this year,” Ben Scott, an analyst for IHS Automotive, said in a statement.
NEWS
November 1, 2008
Electric cars: An article in Friday's Business section about tax credits for plug-in electric vehicles said the Tesla Roadster costs $100,009. The car's base price is $109,000.
AUTOS
February 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention electric vehicles: 2014 will be good to you. That's the prediction from IHS Automotive, which said Tuesday it expects global production of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) to rise 67% this year. That compares with just a 3.6% increase in the production of all vehicles globally. Several key factors account for the expected increase in electric vehicles. “European emissions standards are tightening in the second half of this year,” Ben Scott, an analyst for IHS Automotive, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
With eco-friendly cars taking center stage at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show, it was no surprise luxury carmakers wanted to tout their stuff too. And not just far-off concepts that drivers will need to wait years for, either. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac each brought production-ready fully electric or plug-in hybrid models. FOR THE RECORD: Electric vehicles: In the Nov. 23 Business section, an article about new electric cars said the BMW i3 is front-wheel-drive. The BMW i3 is a rear-wheel-drive car. - It's not hard to see why they chose to do this at the Los Angeles show.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Charles Fleming, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Zero, the Santa Cruz, Calif., electric-motorcycle company, has unveiled a new model for 2014 and a new accessory that increases both engine torque and range. The accessory is a new "Z-Force Power Tank" that extends the length of the ride and the power of the engine. It can be purchased with, or added to, any new 2014 model. The new model is the 2014 Zero SR, a deep-red racer that promises zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, thanks to a massive 67 horsepower and 106 foot-pounds of torque.
AUTOS
November 2, 2013 | Brian Thevenot
The Honda Accord covered my 11-mile morning commute to downtown Los Angeles, downhill on the 110 Freeway, without burning a single drop of gas. In the evening, I made it halfway back before the gasoline engine tapped the tank. In all, the plug-in hybrid version of one of America's favorite sedans netted almost immeasurably high mileage for a large and surprisingly powerful car. The trade-off? A $40,570 price tag -- about $10,000 more than loaded gasoline-powered models -- and a trunk that's been cut in half to make room for the big battery.
AUTOS
October 16, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Cadillac had announced just how much juice you'll need to buy its upcoming ELR plug-in. The all-new, two-door coupe will start at $75,995 when it goes on sale in January. The front-wheel-drive model is largely based on the four-door Chevy Volt, which General Motors put on sale in 2011. Like  the Volt, the ELR uses an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The Cadillac has an electric-only range of 35 miles, which is three less than the Volt. Once the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine kicks in to act as a generator for the battery.
AUTOS
October 10, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
If you've been eyeing the new plug-in version of Toyota's popular Prius hybrid, it's a good thing you waited. The automaker announced Wednesday it would be slashing the price of the 2014 plug-in Prius by at least $2,000 in an effort to lure more people to the greenest member of the Prius family. The 2014 plug-in model will now start at $29,990, a 6% drop from 2013, despite no changes to the car. The more upmarket Advanced model will command $34,905, which is more than $4,000 cheaper than the same car in 2013.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2006
General Motors Corp. Chief Executive Rick Wagoner says his company has started development of a so-called plug-in hybrid power system and plans to roll it out as soon as battery technology permits ("Taking hybrids to next level," Nov. 30). Funny how just a few years ago battery technology permitted GM to build pure electrics such as the EV1 with a 100-mile range. Yet now it seems battery technology is not good enough for plug-in-hybrids, which may go only 30 miles in electric mode.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2010 | By Shawn Langlois
Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday that they were teaming up in an effort to make widespread adoption of the electric car a reality. Ford said it planned to use Microsoft's Hohm charging optimization service to help drivers determine when to charge their vehicles and how to minimize the effect on the grid. Ford said powering up electric vehicles could effectively double home energy consumption and that managing the expected surge in demand was crucial.
AUTOS
September 10, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Long claiming to build the "ultimate driving machine," BMW on Tuesday officially unveiled a new direction for its vehicles with the all-new i8 plug-in hybrid coupe. The 362-horsepower car, which broke cover on the inaugural day of the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, joins the all-electric i3 in BMW's emerging i sub-brand of efficient vehicles. Whereas the compact i3 is aimed at urban drivers, the i8 is a sports car whose $135,925 starting price will put it in the company of Audi's R8, Porsche's 911 4S and Acura's forthcoming NSX hybrid car. PHOTOS: BMW's all-new i8 plugin hybrid The i8 pairs a turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a total of 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
In an effort to juice up tepid sales of its 2014 Chevrolet Volt, General Motors Co. will slash the sticker price by $5,000, to $34,995, including shipping. The price cut makes the plug-in hybrid Volt more competitive with other rechargeable cars, including rival plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. Most of the big car companies have reduced the prices of their rechargeable vehicles this year because consumers have been slow to adopt the technology.
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