Two reports of battery packs catching fire in Chevrolet Volts last year highlighted the need for the standardization of safety procedures for electric and hybrid vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called for the development of EV safety standards to alert first-responders to possible dangers in post-crash situations. Standards Institute steps up Monday Read on! →

German automaker BMW AG announced Tuesday that it will be collaborating with Japanese car maker Toyota to develop a new generation of lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will power future models of the Prius and other hybrids. Collaboration finally in effect BMW and Toyota have been in talks about the collaboration for more than a year Read on! →

The Ford C-Max has been available in Europe since 2003. The Prius-fighting hybrid, built on a Focus platform, is finally coming to U.S. shores. And the reviews have been generally positive. Ford C-Max appeal beyond eco-crowd The five-passenger Ford C-Max is a likely competitor for the Toyota Prius, which, to date, is the only hybrid Read on! →

Reuters reports that Honda Motor Co. is preparing to launch a mass-recycling endeavor intended to extract rare earth metals from parts of used automobiles. The operation, which will be the first of its kind, will place global automakers in a better position to obtain the very expensive materials, which are controlled almost exclusively by China. Read on! →

Once-faltering Ford Motors picked itself up by its bootstraps and reinvented itself in 2006. The center of that push seems to be in developing and implemented new technologies to lower fuel consumption. Wednesday, the nation’s second largest automaker said it will now be devoting one of its largest laboratories to the effort. Ford rallies to Read on! →

Green vehicles have proven to be popular with Japanese consumers. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan knows this. Thus, despite having the largest public debt of any nation, Automotive News reports that Japan has decided to extend government tax incentives for green vehicle ownership for another three years. Showing support for Japan’s automakers The calamitous Read on! →

Ford and Toyota have decided to team up to bring a new wave of light hybrid trucks to the driving public. Extensive hybrid truck lines are expected to be available well before the U.S. doubles fuel economy requirements by 2025 to 54.5 mpg. Ford and Toyota SUVs, trucks go hybrid Automotive News reports that the Read on! →

For many motorists, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has long been the go-to place for roadside assistance. But what about the rising number of electric and hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) on our road? Who will service their needs? AAA will test one possible solution with a six-city trial of the service’s new mobile charging service Read on! →

Many of the newest hybrid vehicles make use of a basic-but-revolutionary concept. When the vehicle isn’t moving, the engine shuts off, saving power. Some are now suggesting that shutting off a gas-powered engine could be a way to save significant amounts of fuel. The idea of stop starts Called “stop starts” or “stop-start technology,” the Read on! →