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March 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Chinese dual mode car from BYD and the first 'green' Buick


(New York Times News Service)

Dual mode
Part electric car, part hybrid, the BYD F3DM (pictured) is a Chinese car expected to go on sale in the U.S. next year. The hybrid car is equipped with a battery pack and two electric motors. BYD calls it a dual mode -- the DM part of the F3DM name. BYD engineered the car to drive mostly on electricity. As long as the batteries' charge level is above 20 percent, the two motors handle all the work; approximately 30 miles down the road, the car automatically switches from electric to hybrid mode.

--New York Times News Service


(Wheelbase Communications)

Electric Regal
General Motors' first "green" Buick, the 2012 Regal eAssist, will be available this fall. Mated to the Regal's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the eAssist system uses power stored in an on-board battery pack to provide an electric-motor boost. Regal's eAssist technology also features regenerative braking, improved underbody aerodynamics and low-rolling-resistance tires. It is expected to get 26 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway.

--Wheelbase Communications