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May 8, 2009

Green Thinking

Chevy fine-tunes the Volt, Honda takes top green honors and Tata Nano innovates

Volt

Price drop?
The Chevrolet Volt is more than a year away from hitting showrooms, but GM is already working on the second and third generations of the plug-in hybrid to help bring down future costs. GM has yet to officially price the Volt, but early estimates suggest it will list from at least $40,000.


FCX Clarity

World award
Honda's FCX Clarity hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered sedan was named 2009 World Green Car at the New York auto show in April. The Clarity has been in production since June 2008, but is not yet available for retail sale. It has a 280-mile driving range, and a fuel economy rating equivalent to 74 mpg of gasoline.


Tata Nano

Tata electric
Tata Motors says work is under way on electric and air-powered versions of the super-cheap Nano. The green versions of the $2,000 Indian car would likely be sold as speed-restricted vehicles suitable for neighborhood use.

Sources: New York Times News Service, Wheelbase Communications

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