Felix Kramer and CalCars shows PHEVs are coming to Town!
Source: Felix Kramer, Founder of the California Cars Initiative sends regular emails if you subscribe to
CalCars. CalCars promotes plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Today I received an email from him that was very exciting that I just had to share part of it. The reason I didn’t share the rest is you should go to CalCars to subscribe. Over 20 more carmakers are falling into line with plans for PHEVs — and those that aren’t are doing EVs.
(Shortly after it goes out on email, this posting will also be viewable at
http://www.calcars.org/news-archive.html — there you can add CalCars-News to your RSS feed.) We’ll soon update our list at our Automakers Page http://www.calcars.org/carmakers.html . See also information roundups at http://www.greencarcongress.com/plugins/ and http://www.pluginamerica.org/vehicles/ . Some of these are showcased in a slide show at The New York Times website http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/05/09/automobiles/20100509-plugin.html complete with links to additional information on the vehicles. Here are our updates, alphabetically: AUDI: A1 Sportback or e-tron concept vehicles may be introduced first in Europe. BMW: Vision PHEV concept of 2009 now headed for production in 2013. BYD: F3DM may be introduced in US in 2011. CHRYSLER: Following its integration with Fiat, proceeding with its Department of Energy-sponsored demonstration project with 140 Ram pickup truck PHEVs. CITROEN: Revolte (concept). DAIMLER: Mercedes Benz Blue Zero and S500 (concepts). FISKER: Karma now scheduled for 2011. FORD: Escape SUV now set for 2012; C-MAX compact multi-activity vehicle in Europe by 2013. GM: Chevy Volt MPV5 (crossover concept). HYUNDAI: Blue Will concept car aimed at 2012. JAGUAR LAND ROVER: Range_e four-wheel drive diesel in 2013-2015 and a possible XJ PHEV (Tata owns JLR). KIA: The Ray concept is part of its EcoDynamics project. MITSUBISHI: The PX-MiEV aims for production in 2013, electrically-driven rear wheels giving four-wheel drive capability. PEUGEOT: plug-in diesel hybrid in 2012. PORSCHE: The 918Spyder (concept) adds a 16-mile all-electric range to a powerful sports car. PROTON: Malaysian manufacturer shows multiple series PHEV concepts, with its subsidiary, Lotus. SUZUKI: Swift concept now going to Japanese dealers for testing in fall 2010. TOYOTA: Prius Plug-in around 2012. VOLKSWAGEN: The Golf Blue-E-Motion moved from concept to a 2013 date for sale in the U.S; TwinDrive (concept). VOLVO: plans diesel series PHEVs in 2012.