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Nearly two decades after the first Toyota Prius went on sale in Japan, the cost of hybrid technology is now less than diesel, according to the original Prius lead engineer, Satoshi Ogiso. In an exclusive interview with Forbes’ contributor Bertel Schmitt, Ogiso said a cost advantage for the technology he was part of from the […]

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California-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. has developed a PHEV drivetrain for pickup trucks. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) explained their conversion offers 100 percent OEM performance and 100 percent zero emissions during city and highway driving, while also reducing emissions and fuel use by up to 80 percent. The PHEV system has be shown on a GM […]

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We’ve seen PHEV, diesel-hybrid and natural gas powered vehicles. How about combining compressed natural gas and EV technologies? Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) just did so, announcing a partnership to develop a class-4 vehicle that combines the benefits of compressed natural gas (CNG) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) describes itself […]

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Lithium ion batteries are here to stay as the main choice for future hybrids and EVs, according to Navigant Research’s Electric Vehicle Batteries report. The steady increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to advances in EV batteries, particularly those using lithium ion (Li-ion) technology. While early hybrid vehicles featured nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) […]

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The BYD Qin plug-in hybrid car has officially launched in China. The Qin is described by BYD as a new and high tech, performance-based hybrid car intended to target key world markets. U.S. and European availability of a similar but probably renamed model is planned for next year. BYD explained the dual mode Qin can […]

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