Today Toyota Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada announced the company would launch six new hybrid vehicles by 2012. According to the company's Twitter feed, one of those vehicles will be a plug-in version of the Prius.
In addition, Toyota tweeted that it will show the Rav4-EV at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The Rav4-EV is an electric vehicle built in conjunction with Tesla as part of the two companies' recent partnership.
Toyota intends to market an electric vehicle in the U.S. in 2012.
As for the Prius plug-in hybrid, Toyota is already projecting sales of … Read more
Although few details have been released, Infiniti made pictures available of its long-rumored M hybrid sedan, which will be unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car enters production in 2011 as the 2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid.
The body style for the M35 Hybrid is the same as the new generation Infiniti M sedan, which we reviewed as the 2011 M56. With its graceful curves and interior appointments, the new M takes a step toward flagship sedan status, but still feels a bit small when compared to stalwarts such as the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-class.
As in … Read more
CBS recently crossed into a new fan frontier with its first-ever booth and extensive presence at Comic-Con. For the uninitiated, Comic-Con is a wildly popular comic-book convention that's been drawing huge crowds for decades. In recent years, the four-day consumer event in San Diego has broadened its offering to also include horror, sci-fi, movies, television, and online entertainment.
People from everywhere flock to see the coolest comics and costumes, to sample movie and TV previews, to snag exclusive giveaways, and to get a glimpse of their favorite stars. Attendees are passionate entertainment lovers in the truest sense: they spend … Read more
Google and the city of Los Angeles have hit a speed bump in the full implementation of Google Apps into the city's various departments, and the costs of a delay could top $100,000--for Google. Google had a June 30 deadline to get all of Los Angeles' city employees up and running on Google Apps, but that didn't happen, according to a MarketWatch report.
The Los Angeles City Council was reportedly told that the costs of keeping employees on that old Novell system while the kinks are worked out could exceed $400,000, but Google says the costs … Read more
Toyota fired the first shot with its updated and redesigned Sienna minivan, revealed at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. When Honda unveiled its updated Odyssey last month, we couldn't help but note a few similarities between it and the Toyota. Now, Nissan enters the fray with teaser photos of its upcoming Quest refresh and we can't help but notice that it sort of looks like someone just Photoshopped a Nissan badge onto a dark photo of a Sienna. Come on automakers, we understand that a van should look like a van, but is it too much to … Read more
Editors' note: This is a guest column. See Rebecca Lynn's bio below.
Let's say you have an ingenious new business idea, and you're ready to seek venture capital. Knowing what venture capital investors look for in a pitch could mean the difference between a term sheet and a rejection.
As a VC, I've seen hundreds of pitches. And I can tell you that in today's environment, the best PowerPoint slide decks--whether delivered by first-time entrepreneurs or veteran company builders--share similar structure, content, and zing.
First, what's changed? I recently hosted a panel called "… Read more
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday that Los Angeles has more Energy Star-rated buildings than any other city in the U.S.
The news came as part of the EPA's release of a report ranking the top 25 U.S. cities by the number of Energy Star-labeled buildings within its borders. (PDF)
Los Angeles, notorious for its smog problem, remains in first place since last year with 293 Energy Star-labeled buildings, followed by Washington, D.C. (204), San Francisco (173), Denver (136), Chicago (134), Houston (133), Lakeland, Fla. (120), Dallas-Fort Worth (113), Atlanta (102), and New York (90).… Read more
Nearly six years ago, Google went public and unleashed over $170 billion in employee wealth--money that is now being actively re-invested in building the next wave of Googles.
Is Google the exception, or is such reinvestment the rule for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs?
A quick scan of the industry suggests that Google is, indeed, exceptional, but perhaps not to the extent that people think.
Googlers aren't alone in spending their wealth on technology investments, of course. Well-known entrepreneurs like Marc Andreessen and other angel investors have gone on to fund new start-ups like Twitter and LinkedIn.
Such angel investors get … Read more
Today's video isn't new, but I thought since we were on the subject of electric cars this past week I'd present this Web clip about an all-electric heavy-duty truck--a project vehicle commissioned by the Port of Los Angeles and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
This project was put together to make a prototype of the world's strongest, most heavy-duty truck that could run for short hauls exclusively on electricity. Reportedly it was the first heavy-duty electric cargo truck from any port in the world, and statistically it could haul over 50,000 lbs. … Read more