Even with gas prices declining, sales of hybrid and electric cars surged more than 164 percent in June, according to Kelley Blue Book. Sales of the Lexus CT200h (shown) improved nearly 500 percent year-over-year, and Chevrolet Volt sales improved more than 200 percent from last year. The Toyota Prius family continued to sell well, with sales up 300 percent over last June.
— NWautos staff
The Hiriko Fold, a two-seat electric microcar prototype designed specifically for urban car-sharing programs, is being developed in the Basque region of Spain. The Fold resembles other electric microcars but features a hinged body, which can retract its front and rear modules, shrinking the 8-foot-long car to a scant 5 feet when it is parked. Hiriko plans to sell the Fold to municipalities, including Barcelona, Berlin and San Francisco.
— New York Times News Service