As Volkswagen moves forward with boldly stated plans to become the global electrified vehicle market leader, it’s off to a slowish start with another plug-in hybrid concept to add to a stable of a slow-selling EV, and slow-selling hybrid – but it says more is coming. In September 2013, Volkswagen announced that its goal was […]

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Magna is set to unveil a plug-in hybrid sports car concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. To be called MILA Plus, the sporty concept is said to have an all-electric range of 47 miles (75 km) and a vehicle weight of 3,351 pounds (1,520 kg), achieving CO2 emissions of 32 grams per kilometer. Motivation-wise, […]

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The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car picked up another award: 2015 UK Car of the Year. BMW’s plug-in hybrid also won the title of Performance Car of the Year. The jury of these UK Car of the Year Awards explained vehicles are judged by 27 of Britain’s automotive journalists. Each judge uses their expertise […]

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Without any public announcement or press release, Ford has lowered the price on two 2016 hybrids. Both the Fusion Hybrid S and Fusion Energi SE Luxury are cheaper in the 2016 order guide, each going down by $900. The Fusion Hybrid S is Ford’s most basic version of its cheapest hybrid. Its 3.39-percent price reduction […]

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A new Navigant Research report says the global market of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric trucks and buses could grow from 16,000 units annually in 2014 to nearly 160,000 by 2023. Admittedly, sales today are relatively low for medium and heavy duty vehicles (MHDV) but the market is expanding from infancy to something more […]

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Vehicle electrification is picking up pace and the low oil prices we are currently seeing will not change that trend. This was the message conveyed by Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at the Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany. Bosch stated it expects roughly 15 percent of all […]

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California is offering $1.3 million in grants to fund regional efforts that support plug-in electric (PEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The funding is part of the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). Under Program Opportunity Notice PON-14-607, the grant emphasizes infrastructure development for PHEV and FCEV. Regions […]

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Mitsubishi’s hybrid SUV won’t be making its targeted 2015 launch in the U.S., with the company delaying the plug-in hybrid version of its Outlander for another year. After debuting the SUV at the 2013 New York Auto show, Mitsubishi estimated the car would be available in U.S. markets the following year. But when battery availability […]

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Toyota launched in Japan a program to test silicon carbide power semiconductors in hybrid vehicles. Using a Camry hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation said the tests will evaluate the performance of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, which it believes could lead to significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles […]

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Mitsubishi will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show a two-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) concept that will showcase the direction the company is taking for its offerings on the horizon. “A future-oriented attitude: powerful, fast and dynamic” is the theme of the 85th International Geneva Motor Show official poster and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) […]

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