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5 MILLION MORE ELECTRIC CARS IN SIX YEARS, AND OTHER GREEN CAR NEWS

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Published on Wed, Aug 31, 2011

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

Ford Focus Electric
2012 Ford Focus Electric

There are currently only 114,000 plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles on the road today. But a new industry forecast released by Pike Research predicts there will be 5.2 million plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) worldwide by 2017. The U.S. is expected to have the highest adoption rate. Pike also that predicts over a million hybrids will be sold worldwide next year alone. It seems like partnerships are in the air. On the heels of the announcement that Toyota and Ford are partnering to develop hybrid tech for pickups and SUVs, LG and General Motors have announced they will partner to "jointly create a new line of electric and hybrid vehicles, with the aim of reducing both production costs and the time taken to bring those cars to market." The deal is the first of its kind, pairing an automaker and electronics giant. LG will be covering half the cost of developing this new line of vehicles. Can the Prius get even greener? It appears so. The new Prius A - the "A" stands for "Alpha" - will feature interiors made of between 20 percent and 37 percent renewably sourced thermoplastic resin derived from plant sugar. - Ailis Aaron Wolf, Hybrid Owners of America

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