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Toyota's plug-in Prius is out there - quietly

Even though Toyota Canada has just quietly made its Prius PHV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle) available, the chance to see one in a showroom, let alone on the road, are slim - unless you have already pre-ordered one of them sight-unseen.

Give me a (hand) brake

It's bigger, more powerful and more fuel-efficient - but is the new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera better than the car it replaces? With the millions of dollars in research and development that undoubtedly went into revamping the 911, one would assume the

UVic engineering students tackle green-car challenge

AChevrolet Malibu may the furthest thing from the Batmobile, but it's about to be transformed into a car of the future by University of Victoria engineering students.

BMW still leads with new 3-Series

The BMW 3-Series has been the benchmark for compact sports sedans almost since its inception. To say the 2012 3-Series has big shoes to fill is an understatement. I drove a 335i to see if this much-acclaimed car should retain its crown.

EVs slowly edging into the marketplace

Electric-car fans often act like kids when they see an EV. Kids used to shout "punch buggy" and whack their siblings (or whoever was close by) whenever they spied the distinctive Volkswagen Beetle. It's the same these days with EVs.

E-cars are making headlines

Electric vehicles have been in the news recently. Here are a few of the highlights: ? Just weeks ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games, luxury German automaker BMW has opened its first i store in London.
New Smart electric car will pack more power

New Smart electric car will pack more power

When the third-generation Smart electric car debuts in Canada next spring, it will be the lowest-priced, as well as the smallest, EV on the market. The Smart ED - the current designation of the electric car - has a starting price of $26,990.

New Mitsubishi hybrid slated for 2013

The electric-vehicle market is abuzz with news that Mitsubishi Motors will unveil a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of its next Outlander at the Paris Auto Show this fall. It will be the manufacturer's first PHEV.
Can the sun power your EV?

Can the sun power your EV?

Some readers have expressed concern about the increased demand electric vehicles will put on the electrical grid. Others have expressed doubts about how "green" electrical generation in this province is.
Finding the greenest machine

Finding the greenest machine

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the greenest vehicle of all? According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV tops this year's list of the greenest cars in North America.