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With President Obama committing $2.4 billion in stimulus package money for the development of electric vehicle technology, US automakers may have enough incentive to make the green car plunge and help contribute to the one million plug-in vehicles the President would like to have on the road by 2015. So-called alt energy-powered vehicles, both production or concept models, were on display at the recent New Yok Auto Show. Here's a sampling.
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With President Obama committing $2.4 billion in stimulus package money for the development of electric vehicle technology, US automakers may have enough incentive to make the green car plunge and help contribute to the one million plug-in vehicles the President would like to have on the road by 2015.

So-called alt energy-powered vehicles, both production or concept models, were on display at the recent New Yok Auto Show. Here's a sampling.

[Hybrid] 2010 Mercedes ML450
The 2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid, designed specifically for the US market, will deliver 'city' fuel consumption of 21 mpg and 'highway' consumption of 24 mpg.  No price has been set yet, but Car and Driver magazine expects the ML450 Hybrid to be priced around $50,000.
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The 2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid, designed specifically for the US market, will deliver 'city' fuel consumption of 21 mpg and 'highway' consumption of 24 mpg.  No price has been set yet, but Car and Driver magazine expects the ML450 Hybrid to be priced around $50,000.

[Electric] Chevrolet Volt
Designed to move America's daily commuters without a single drop of gas, Chevy says the Volt will use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions. It will use a lithium-ion battery with a gasoline-powered, range-extending engine that drives a generator to provide electric power when you drive beyond the 40-mile battery range.
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GM says the Chevy Volt will use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions. It will use a lithium-ion battery with a range-extending engine that drives a generator to provide electric power when you drive beyond the 40-mile battery range.

No price available at this time.

[Concept] Dodge Circuit EV
This all-electric sports car concept from Dodge has zero gasoline consumption, zero tailpipe emissions and 150-200 mile driving range. Propelled by a completely electric drivetrain, the Dodge Circuit EV claims 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds and the company claims has a top speed of more than 120 mph. The Circuit EV utilizes three powertrain components, including a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor
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This all-electric sports car concept from Dodge features zero gasoline consumption, zero tailpipe emissions and a 150-200 mile driving range. Propelled by a completely electric drivetrain, the Dodge Circuit EV can go 0-60 mph in less than five seconds with a top speed of more than 120 mph. The Circuit EV utilizes three powertrain components, including a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor and a controller that manages energy flow.

No price available at this time.

[Electric] Mini Cooper E
Part of a pilot project, the fleet 500 Mini Cooper E will only be available to select private and corporate customers in California, New Jersey and New York. Powered by a 201 hp, electric motor that is fed by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Mini E has a range of 156 miles and is limited to 95 mph.  No price available at this time.
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Part of a pilot project, the fleet 500 Mini Cooper E will only be available to select private and corporate customers in California, New Jersey and New York. Powered by a 201 hp, electric motor that is fed by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Mini E has a range of 156 miles and is limited to 95 mph. 

No price available at this time.

[Hybrid] Toyota Prius
The third generation Prius is bigger, more powerful and more economical than the model it replaces. With a combined 50 mpg, the Prius is available with high-tech features that include a solar-powered ventilation system, remote a/c, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Parking Assist, and three driving modes including electric-only.
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The third generation Prius is bigger, more powerful and more economical than the model it replaces. With a combined 50 mpg, the Prius is available with high-tech features that include a solar-powered ventilation system, remote a/c, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Parking Assist, and three driving modes including electric-only.

No price available at this time.

[Concept] Cadillac Converj
Featuring GM's Voltec electric propulsion technology, the company claims the Cadillac Converj will get up to 40 miles of gas and emmission-free electric driving with extended range capability of hundreds of miles. When the battery's energy is low, the Converj switches to extended-range mode. During this secondary level of operation, electricity needed to power the vehicle is created on-board by a flex-fuel-powered engine.
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Featuring GM's Voltec electric propulsion technology, the company says the Cadillac Converj will get up to 40 miles of gas and emmission-free electric driving, with extended-range capability of hundreds of miles. When the battery's energy is low, the Converj switches to the extended-range mode. During this mode of operation, electricity needed to power the vehicle is created on-board by a flex-fuel-powered engine.

There's no price available at this time, but Motor Trend magazine estimates it will be $60,000-$70,000.

[Hybrid] 2010 Lexus HS 250h
The 2010 Lexus HS 250h luxury hybrid vehicle is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the Lexus lineup. It will also be the first Lexus to utilize carbon-neutral Ecological Plastic materials in a new futuristic cockpit and interior design. Equipped with Lexus' first four-cylinder gas engine, the 2.4-liter powerplant is part of the latest Lexus Hybrid Drive System, which the company claims generates 187 total system horsepower.
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The 2010 Lexus HS 250h luxury hybrid is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the Lexus lineup. It will also be the first Lexus to utilize carbon-neutral "Ecological Plastic" materials in a new futuristic cockpit and interior design. Equipped with Lexus' first four-cylinder, gas engine, the 2.4-liter powerplant is part of the latest Lexus Hybrid Drive System, which the company claims generates 187 total system horsepower.

No price has been set at this time.

Bentley Continental Supersports
The 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports, aka the "Bio Bentley", is an E85-capable, 621-horsepower luxury vehicle scheduled for release this spring.
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The 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports, aka the "Bio Bentley", is an E85-capable, 621-horsepower luxury vehicle scheduled for release this spring. Although Bentley says US models still need regulatory approval to run on North American E85 pumps, the British motor company expects full ethanol certification by August.

Base price for the car is $267,000.

[Hybrid] Ford Fusion Hybrid
The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid includes new aerodynamic enhancements and underbody shields to help boost Fusion's fuel economy to a 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Fusion Hybrid also debuts Ford's SmartGauge with EcoGuide, a unique instrument cluster that helps coach drivers on how to optimize the fuel efficiency of their vehicles.
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The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid includes new aerodynamic enhancements and underbody shields to help boost its fuel economy to a 41-mpg rating in the city and 36-mpg on the highway. The Fusion Hybrid also debuts Ford's SmartGauge with EcoGuide, a unique instrument cluster that helps coach drivers on how to optimize the fuel efficiency of their vehicles.

Ford has announced a base price of $19,270 for its new 2010 Fusion Hybrid sedan.

[Hybrid] Honda Insight
The five-passenger, five-door Honda Insight is powered by an Integrated Motor Assist system comprised of a 1.3-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor that together contribute to an city/highway fuel economy rating of 40/43 miles per gallon. The Insight features the Ecological Drive Assist System, an innovation the company claims that can further enhance efficient vehicle operation while providing feedback related to individual driving styles. The all-new Insight has a sugg

The five-passenger, five-door Honda Insight is powered by an Integrated Motor Assist system comprosed of a 1.3-liter, i-VTEC gasoline engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor. The vehichle has a city/highway fuel-economy rating of 40/43 miles per gallon. The Insight features the Ecological Drive Assist System, an innovation the company claims can further enhance efficient vehicle operation while providing feedback related to individual driving styles.

The all-new Insight has a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $19,800 for the LX model.

[Concept] Lincoln C
The Lincoln C concept offers the luxury of a large Lincoln to a smaller, more efficient C-sized car. The C is powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and an all-new dry, dual-clutch PowerShift six-speed transmission which helps it achieve 43 mpg on the highway, while offering up 180 horsepower.
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The Lincoln C concept offers the luxury of a large Lincoln in a smaller, more efficien, C-sized car. The C is powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and an all-new dry, dual-clutch PowerShift, six-speed transmission, which helps it achieve 43 mpg on the highway on 180 horsepower.

No price has been set at this time.

[Electric] Fisker Karma
Visitors check out the 2009 Fisker Karma, with plug-in hybrid technology called Q DRIVE, developed by Quantum Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive. The Karma's Q DRIVE configuration consists of a small gasoline engine that turns the generator, which charges the lithium ion battery pack, powering the electric motor and turning the rear wheels.  Estimated price starts at $80,000.
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The 2009 Fisker Karma has a plug-in hybrid technology called Q DRIVE, developed by Quantum Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive. The Karma's Q DRIVE configuration consists of a small gasoline engine that turns the generator, which charges the lithium ion battery pack, powering the electric motor and turning the rear wheels.  The estimated starting price is $80,000.

[Electric] Fisker Karma
The Fisker Karma will offer partly self-contained climate control, as consumers will have the option to purchase a full-length solar roof that will help charge the car and provide cooling for the interior cabin while the car is parked. Additionally, Fisker Automotive will offer consumers an option to purchase a set of solar panels for their roofs or garages where they can generate electricity during the day to charge the car overnight.>> >> >>
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The Fisker Karma will offer partly self-contained climate control; buyers can opt for a full-length solar roof that will help charge the car and provide cooling for the interior cabin while the car is parked. Additionally, Fisker Automotive will offer consumers an option to purchase a set of solar panels for the roof of their garage to generate electricity during the day that can be used to charge the car overnight.

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