June 12, 2009

Green Thinking

Tesla goes 241 miles on a single charge and Toyota celebrates one million hybrids


Big batteries
Tesla's Roadster covered 241 miles on a single charge at April's Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives, an annual event that runs from Valance, France to Monaco, pitting alternative-fuel vehicles against each other. The Tesla Roadster was the only electric vehicle to finish the event on a single charge.


Million mark
Toyota recently announced that it topped one million sales of its Toyota and Lexus gas-electric hybrid vehicles in the North America. Toyota and Lexus market a total of six hybrid vehicles, including the wildly popular Prius (shown).


Ford Chairman Bill Ford meets employees at the Michigan Assembly plant. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Plant switch
Ford Motor Co. stripped "truck" from the name of one its Detroit-area plants last month as it announced plans to build its next-generation Focus there. Ford says about 3,200 jobs will be created because of the plant conversion. It will reopen late next year.

--Associated Press, Wheelbase Communications


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