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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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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.
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AUTOS
February 21, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Ford Motor Co. had some good news for California drivers Thursday: Its Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid had been approved for use in the state's carpool lanes. The Fusion plug-in is the third Ford vehicle currently sold that is eligible for the much-coveted HOV sticker, which allows owners to use their cars in the carpool lanes with only a single passenger. Ford's all-electric Focus EV and it C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid are also eligible for the stickers. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker said it's one of only two companies offering three vehicles that are HOV eligible.
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.
AUTOS
February 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
We know the horsepower, we know the design, now we know the speed and price of McLaren's forthcoming P1 supercar. Not surprisingly, both numbers are high. McLaren announced Tuesday that the plug-in hybrid will cost $1.15 million when it goes on sale later this year. Just 375 copies of this car will be made. Those 375 buyers will have at their disposal a very fast machine. McLaren says the 903-horsepower P1 will do zero to 62 mph in less than three seconds, zero to 124 mph in less than seven seconds, and zero to 186 mph in less than 17 seconds.
AUTOS
February 21, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Ed Begley's Prius this isn't. After months of speculation, McLaren officially announced the powertrain for its forthcoming P1 supercar. It's a plug-in hybrid. The car, which will officially debut in production form at the Geneva Motor Show, will have a total of 903 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, the company said Wednesday. Photos: McLaren's P1 plug-in hybrid supercar That incredible output comes from two sources. The first is a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine that makes 727 horsepower.
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 28, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Electric cars are back. Popular in early automotive history, electrics quickly got smoked by their internal combustion-driven cousins. But in this age of volatile gas prices and climate worries, these clean, quiet vehicles are winning new fans. Advances in technology have improved their range and power. Companies are rolling them out in every flavor. Need a small SUV? Take a look at the Toyota RAV4 electric hitting the market next year. How about a luxury sedan? There's the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, which the automaker compares to a Maserati Quattroporte but with better mileage and lower emissions than a Toyota Prius.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Since a new generation of electric cars went on sale 18 months ago, the results have been far from jolting. Sales of what are considered "pure" electric cars - they run off just a battery - have risen to slightly over 4,100 during the first six months of this year, up just 6% from the same period a year earlier, according to auto information company Edmunds.com. The gain, which amounts to just 234 cars, comes even though Ford, BMW, Honda and Mitsubishi all have joined pioneer Nissan in offering electric vehicles.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
Major automakers are readying a wave of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles for consumers, but one local school district is already taking advantage of the technology. The Ventura Unified School District unveiled a $200,000, state-of-the-art, plug-in hybrid electric school bus Tuesday, the first in Southern California. The bus will start hauling students this week and replaces a polluting, 1977 model. The bus, built by the IC Bus subsidiary of Navistar Inc., is powered by a lithium ion battery pack and is expected to improve fuel economy up to 30% and reduce emissions up to 40% over a conventional gasoline-powered school bus. Michael Chiacos, transportation specialist with the Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara, believes the bus will do even better, improving fuel economy more than 60% compared with a traditional school bus. "The bus reflects our commitment to being a green school district as we ensure safe and healthy learning environments for our students," said Trudy T. Arriaga, superintendent of Ventura Unified School District.
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. LikeĀ  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.
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.
AUTOS
June 19, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Chevrolet's Volt topped the Sierra Club's list of plug-in hybrids in the environmental organization's annual Electric Vehicle Guide . At a price falling mid-range in the list of six EVs reviewed, the Volt takes drivers 38 electric-only miles before its gasoline engine kicks in. That results in a miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) of 98 on the Environmental Protection Agency's scale. In total, Volt owners get a range of 380 miles at an annual fuel cost of $950. (The estimate uses average $0.12 per kilowatt-hour and $3.61 for regular gas - quite a bit lower than the typical cost of gasoline in California.)
AUTOS
May 1, 2013 | Ronald D. White
Coda Automotive Inc., the Los Angeles-based electric-car maker backed by billionaire Philip Falcone, has filed for bankruptcy and will put itself up for sale. Coda listed assets of no more than $50 million and liabilities of up to $100 million in the Chapter 11 filing in Delaware. The automaker had been almost deathly quiet about sales of its $37,250 car, which had been on the market since March of 2012. PHOTOS: Kelley Blue Book's top 10 green cars for 2013 Those sales finally got some transparency from an unusual source - -federal safety regulators -- last August.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2006 | Nick Timiraos, Times Staff Writer
A partnership of cities, municipal utilities and organizations -- including the cities of Los Angeles and Irvine -- kicked off a national campaign Tuesday urging automakers to build plug-in hybrid vehicles. This next-generation type of "green" transportation uses an additional battery to boost mileage and allows drivers to plug their gasoline-electric cars into standard electrical outlets for recharging.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2009 | Ken Bensinger
In its latest bid to help finance the car of tomorrow, the Obama administration said it would lend more than $500 million to Irvine-based Fisker Automotive Inc. to develop a pair of plug-in hybrids. The loans, announced Tuesday, come from a $25-billion Department of Energy program to fund development of alternative vehicles. According to the administration, the funding will help create or save 5,000 jobs at Fisker and its suppliers. The $528.7-million low-interest loan "is another critical step in making sure we are positioned to compete for the clean energy jobs of the future," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.
AUTOS
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.
AUTOS
February 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
We know the horsepower, we know the design, now we know the speed and price of McLaren's forthcoming P1 supercar. Not surprisingly, both numbers are high. McLaren announced Tuesday that the plug-in hybrid will cost $1.15 million when it goes on sale later this year. Just 375 copies of this car will be made. Those 375 buyers will have at their disposal a very fast machine. McLaren says the 903-horsepower P1 will do zero to 62 mph in less than three seconds, zero to 124 mph in less than seven seconds, and zero to 186 mph in less than 17 seconds.
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