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Over the next two years Mercedes-Benz will launch 10 new plug-in vehicles, releasing one every four months. The plan is part of the company’s hybrid initiative, which includes a hybrid setup that can easily transfer to different vehicle classes. This gives Mercedes the ability to use the technology on its entire fleet, from the base-grade […]

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After showcasing its unique “flow cell” powertrain in Geneva – presented in two concept sports cars – nanoFlowcell said it’s pleased with the public reaction and wants to move forward toward possible production. “Flow cell technology has finally become instilled in the automobile industry’s collective consciousness,” said Prof. Jens Ellermann, the board of directors’ president […]

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Hyundai presented two hybrid concepts at the Geneva Auto Show, both based on the brand’s compact SUV platform. Similar to Audi’s Q7 SUV, Hyundai will use a diesel engine to create its plug-in electric (PHEV) Tucson. The SUV will feature a 1.7-liter diesel paired with one electric motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A 10.7 […]

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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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We learned a little more about Kia’s e-AWD concept set to be shown in Chicago. Aimed to be a vehicle for the city-dweller-turned- outdoor-adventurer, Kia Motors America said its e-AWD concept will be named Trail’ster. Kia will take the wraps off the rugged Trail’ster e-AWD concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Based on the […]

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PSA/Peugot-Citroën is putting its Hybrid Air project on hold, though the company said the move is only temporary until new partnerships are formed. Since announcing the project two years ago, both engineers and project leader Karim Mokaddem have left PSA, though a representative remarked that this is because the development phase was complete. “We have […]

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Toyota is getting ready to unveil next week the RND Concept, a production ready concept car that, in the company’s words, “will make a valuable contribution to the world we live in.” In doing so, Toyota is breaking with automotive industry convention by revealing a new product outside the familiar surroundings of an international auto […]

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Honda didn’t launch any production models at Detroit’s annual North American International Auto Show. Instead, the company used the opportunity to talk about its three-year plan for alternative-fuel technology with a preview of one of its prototypes. On display – alongside a small-scale replica of the HondaJet and a real Honda-powered Formula One racecar – […]

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Toyota showcased a new hybrid crossover concept during the Paris Motor Show, the C-HR. Toyota explained the C-HR Concept is built on a new platform and measures 4,350mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,500mm high. A lower centre of gravity and greater structural rigidity will contribute to much improved driving dynamics. Interesting, but Toyota did not […]

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A PHEV concept based on Volvo’s S60, named Volvo S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car, is slated for the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show. The gasoline plug-in hybrid – an electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car all rolled into one – offers the driver an outstanding combination of dynamic driving pleasure […]

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