June 5, 2009

Green Thinking

Big demand for Tesla sedan, new Trixx from GM and Hyundai's first plug-in hybrid


Tesla demand
Electric-car manufacturer Tesla says it has received 520 $5,000 deposits for its upcoming Model S electric high-performance sedan. Tesla says that the demand so far has exceeded expectations.

Forster Trixx

New Trixx
General Motors is reportedly readying an all-electric production version of its Trixx show car, first shown in New York in 2004. To keep costs to a minimum and to help speed development (it's slated for 2012), the Trixx will borrow its electric drivetrain from the Chevy Volt.

Blue Will

Hyundai hybrid
Hyundai says its first plug-in hybrid -- based on the company's recently debuted Blue-Will concept -- will debut in the United States in late 2012. The Blue-Will is able to travel 38 miles on all electric power, netting an average fuel-economy rating of 106 mpg. Roof-mounted solar panels can also charge the batteries.

--Wheelbase Communications


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