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CEO of California’s Pacific Gas and Electric utility and Ford Motor Co. board member Tony Earley is interested in finding ways to convert gasoline vehicles to electric— particularly light duty pick-up trucks. Earley, who has been collaborating with colleagues and employees at Ford and General Motors on the effort, said at a press conference after […]

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Ford has started production of its all-new Ford Mondeo Hybrid, the first hybrid electric car built and sold by Ford in Europe. The vehicle is well known to us Amercians; the Mondeo is none other than the Fusion offered to the North American market. Ford of Europe said the Mondeo Hybrid combines a specially-developed 2.0-liter […]

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A select number of Ford dealerships will rely partially on wind energy. Ford Motor Company announced a collaboration with Wind Energy Corporation (WEC) to bring wind to its dealers; under a pilot program that is said to be exclusive to Ford, Wind Energy will install wind sail and solar panel systems at four Ford dealerships, […]

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We hear the question often: do hybrid vehicles really save money? Research company Vincentric, specialized in cost-of-ownership data, studied the matter. In releasing its most recent Hybrid Analysis, the company stated 10 of 31 hybrid vehicles analyzed were identified as having a lower total cost-of-ownership than their closest all-gasoline counterpart. Over the past three years […]

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The SUV is here to stay, like it or not. SUVs are a staple of the American automotive landscape and have been elevated to gas guzzler status more or less as hybrid vehicles started being commercialized. Today’s situation is has evolved and is very different. SUVs have now been declined in compact and/or crossover utility […]

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TrueCar, Inc. reports a shift in consumer new vehicle preferences this year, away from hybrids and toward pickup trucks. The negotiation-free car buying and selling platform reported demand for Toyota’s Prius is softening, as gas prices stabilize. Simultaneously, the company stated a sustained economic recovery is boosting demand for full-size pickup trucks. This shift in […]

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Automakers located in the U.S. will try to have vehicles talk to utility companies during a special field test this week. Eight global automakers are joining forces for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use […]

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Ford Motor Company unveiled a revised C-MAX and Grand C-MAX with a new exterior design, interior as well as what Ford calls major fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions improvements. The revised five-seat C-MAX, available in the U.S., and seven-seat Grand C-MAX will go on sale across Europe in early 2015. The models is said to […]

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The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) will focus on the affordable 48 volts “intelligent electrification” of next generation hybrid vehicles at the 14th European Lead Battery Conference (14ELBC). ALABC said this new class of hybrid aims to keep the cost down and the voltage below the critical 60 volt safety threshold. Organized by the International […]

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The 2015 Lincoln Navigator will come to market powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. On top of the new engine, the 2015 Navigator gets a refreshed exterior design and enhanced interior appointments; it will go on sale with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $62,475, including destination and delivery charges. Under the hood […]

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