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The McLaren P1

What hybrid car can compete with the Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari's LaFerrari? The McLaren P1, of course -- a limited production, plug-in hybrid supercar that's built by McLaren Automotive. Join Scott and Ben as they discuss hybrid supercars and the McLaren P1.

Wireless Charging Systems for Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids

Charging an electric car really isn't all that difficult; but wireless charging could make the process even easier. I can't help but wonder if some drivers are reluctant to jump on the all-electric or plug-in hybrid bandwagon simply because of the extra effort it takes to connect the car to a charging station each evening? I know that seems a little absurd, but I suppose it's possible. After all, it is an extra step that most people just aren't accustomed to...

If you're like me, you probably tend to think about your car's fuel consumption in terms of miles per gallon (or maybe kilometers per liter) rather than the total distance you can travel without stopping to fill up. And that's fine -- as long as you're driving a conventional, gasoline- or diesel-powered car or truck. But now that there are a few plug-in hybrid options available to us, we have some other important numbers to consider: all-electric range and total range. All-electric range is just what it sounds like -- in fact, it's probably the number that attracted you to...

Well, I guess it's time for another High Speed Stuff wrap-up, right? You know, the one day of the week we set aside to give you a quick rundown of what Ben and I have been up to on our High Speed Stuff podcast over the past few days. So, without further delay, here's what you can expect to find on iTunes...

Well, I guess the fair thing to do today is answer the mystery question from yesterday's High Speed Stuff post. I'm talking about the unexplained 230 ad campaign that left us with far more questions than it did answers. At the time, just about all anybody could figure out was that it was probably from General Motors (that took some digging, by the way), and that most guesses seemed to center around the 2011 Chevy Volt -- miles per gallon or maybe even the voltage required to charge Chevy's plug-in hybrid? Well, today we have the answer...

It's a busy time at the "new" General Motors these days. In fact, GM is trying a lot of different tactics to get people back into its showrooms. There are two separate happenings this week that I thought I'd mention -- you know, just in case you missed them in the news. Both are scheduled to hit tomorrow. The first is GM's partnership with eBay Motors, and the other...well, that will likely remain a mystery until it's revealed on Tuesday.

Fisker Automotive has a goal of setting up a group of retailers across the U.S. to sell and service their luxury plug-in hybrid cars. How many retailers? Fisker says it wants 40 locations by the end of June 2009. That's a pretty lofty goal for any car company, let alone a new car company that just opened its doors in 2007. Well...just yesterday, Fisker Automotive released a statement that revealed it already has 32 "award-winning retailers" in its network (if you download the PDF you can see the full list). Going over the list of charter members, it looks like 31 of the locations are in the U.S. and one is in British Columbia. Not a bad start, right? The first of the Fiskers to hit the showroom floors will be the Fisker Karma sedan. The MSRP for the Karma, an eco-friendly, luxury, plug-in hybrid car, is expected to be $87,900.