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Renault-Nissan will be bringing its new hybrid technology with “e-Power” transmission to Europe to respond to diesel’s decline in the market, CEO Carlos Ghosn said yesterday in Paris. The “e-Power” transmission had been introduced a day earlier by Nissan for its Note subcompact hatchback sold in Japan. The new gasoline-engine hybrid technology provides a hybrid […]

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Improvements in plug-in electrified vehicle coming to market soon could make traditional hybrids obsolete in the U.K., warns an automotive analyst. Battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have sold more at this point than in all of 2015 in the U.K. at a time when the British government approved another 10 million pounds ($12.2 […]

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China may be ready to support hybrid vehicles, instead of counting on plug-ins, as the pathway to reduce tailpipe emissions and dependence on imported oil. The Chinese government wants one in four vehicles to be traditional hybrids that run on both gasoline and electricity by 2030. Bloomberg reported that statement comes from a transcript of […]

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Electric cars are known for ferocious acceleration, and so are Ferraris. Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne took a Tesla for a spin, and acceleration aside, he found it wanting. Indeed, he called it “obscene.” Context matters, of course. According to a CNN report, Marchionne called the experience – presumably in a Model S – “obscene” because […]

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If you want to buy a new car and live in the Netherlands, you may soon have to go EV. Well, within the next decade, anyway. A motion recently passed in the lower house of the Dutch Parliament would ban sale of non-electric vehicles – including hybrids which are now popular in the Netherlands – by 2025. The […]

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Seven of the 29 hybrid vehicles offered in Canada promise lower cost of ownership than their conventionally-powered equivalent. This info came yesterday when automotive cost-of-ownership data research firm Vincentric released its Canadian Hybrid Analysis. In it, seven of 29 hybrid vehicles analyzed were identified as having a lower total cost-of-ownership than their closest all-gasoline counterparts. […]

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September sales numbers being fed from the UK show Toyota’s hybrids are proving popular. Britain’s drivers are opting for hybrid vehicles in increasing numbers. Toyota said sales results for September and the first three quarters of 2014 showing the company’s hybrids attracting an ever greater proportion of customers. Figures released earlier this week by the […]

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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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Toyota announced it is using one of the hardest materials in nature, silicon carbide, to develop a semiconductor chip it hopes will improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrids, such as the Prius, by as much at 10 percent. The company and its partners announced May 20 that they have developed a silicon carbide (SiC) […]

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Hybrids and alternative powertrain vehicles are catching the attention of Gen Y. According to Craig Giffi, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP, and automotive practice leader, Gen Y consumers are showing a clear interest in vehicle ownership and have specific ideas of what they want in a car. Citing data from a Deloitte report on global mobility, […]

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