The Lexus ES line of sedans is among the automaker’s top sellers, with its luxurious appointments and comfortable styling. However, the critical push has been modest. With the 2013 Lexus ES350 and ES300h hybrid – the latter being Lexus’ first gas/electric ES – the critics are taking notice. The 2013 Lexus ES350 and ES300h’s new Read on! →


When General Motors first introduced the Chevrolet Volt, it was estimated the vehicle got 230 miles per gallon. The government formula that was used to calculate this number, though, was never officially approved. This means that the estimation of miles per gallon for most hybrids will have to be recalculated — not just the Chevy Read on! →


Under threat of U.S. imports of hybrids being blocked, Toyota has settled a long-running patent infringement suit. A patent filed in 1994 that covered a “high voltage method to power gas-electric hybrid cars” was at issue. Toyota has agreed to license the technology from the Paice company. The patent at issue The patent that Toyota Read on! →


Tuesday Fisker unveiled its new Surf hybrid wagon, the latest addition to the Karma line, at the Frankfurt auto show. The car appeals to environmentally conscious drivers with families. It offers a stylish yet family-friendly design. The company’s new flying brake The Surf is the new “flying brake” incarnation of Fisker’s 2010 range-extended electric vehicle, Read on! →


Toyota’s Prius is proving that so-called “green” cars may not be the antithesis of “mainstream” after all. The little hybrid that could hit the market as a niche model 15 years ago. Now, at the end of the first quarter of 2012, it has become the third largest selling vehicle in the world. Sales more Read on! →


A new study shows that, in general, charging electric vehicles produces less greenhouse gas than driving other types of vehicles. However, the findings differ by locality, and in some states, the study indicates, it may actually be more environmentally responsible to drive a hybrid, even though its internal combustion engine burns fossil fuels part of Read on! →


It’s one of the great debates in purchasing a vehicle: manual vs. automatic. For most people in the United States, it’s not really a question – many people were never taught to drive a manual transmission. This partially accounts for the fact that 82 percent of the vehicles sold in the United States have automatic Read on! →


People in Japan have been complaining about the Toyota Prius. It isn’t so much that people believe there is a mechanical defect with the best selling hybrid. It isn’t that they think that the car in underpowered. It is believed that if the problem is not addressed, injuries or deaths could occur. Toyota has heard Read on! →


This is an exciting time for gear heads with a taste for innovation. New concepts and technologies seem to appear almost on a daily basis. But with innovation come more choices. Consumers can choose from gasoline engines, electric engines or their offspring, the hybrid. A new concept from a Romanian design team could relieve that Read on! →


Luxury plug-in hybrid maker Fisker Automotive Inc. has gone Hollywood, partnering itself with the “king of the world.” Actor Leonardo DiCaprio of “Titanic” fame has signed on to be a spokesman for the reportedly environmentally friendly Fisker Karma sedan. DiCaprio has participated in fundraising for Fisker, and varying reports indicate that the actor has put Read on! →