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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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In a move to grow its network of dealer partners, The Hybrid Shop (THS) announced it will exhibit its new method of battery pack conditioning for hybrids at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. THS describes itself as a growing international network of dealers committed to providing expert care for hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs). The […]

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Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada predicted yesterday that hybrid vehicles will play a larger role in the future development of automotive propulsion systems than widely recognized. Uchiyamada, in remarks before the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., said that hybrids retain key advantages that will continue to make them popular with consumers. “Some people say […]

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Echo Automotive, Inc. announced end of May it has joined Calstart, North America’s advanced transportation technologies consortium, with the goal of accelerating awareness and adoption of bolt-on hybrid solutions. Echo is a developer of technologies enabling the cost-effective conversion of existing vehicles into hybrids and plug-in hybrids, Calstart is described by Echo as an industry […]

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