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Ford licenses hybrid vehicle patents from Paice, Abell Foundation

PAICE PRESS RELEASE | APRIL 12, 2018 Ford licenses hybrid vehicle patents from Paice, Abell Foundation Four out of every five hybrid-electric vehicles in the world now have a Paice license Paice, a pioneer in hybrid electric vehicle technology, has reached an agreement to license all of its hybrid vehicle technology to Ford Motor Company. Ford ranks second in U.S.…

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Automakers to invest $90 billion in electric vehicles

Reuters reports that we are witnessing an “investment tsunami in batteries and electric cars by global automakers that now totals $90 billion and is still growing.” It notes that the world’s top automakers are poised to introduce dozens of new battery electric and hybrid gasoline-electric models over the next five years. Those models currently account for less than 1 percent…

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2019 Ram pickup to offer mild hybrid system

The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this year, will feature an eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The hybrid system comes standard with q V6 engine and is optional on the Hemi V8 engine. The 2019 Ram 1500 has a more refined and slightly sportier appearance. While its dimensions have grown, the truck is 225 pounds lighter.…

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Ford will invest $11 billion in 40 electrified vehicles by 2022

Ford announced at the Detroit Auto Show that it will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles, spending $11 billion to have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup by 2022. The investment is much higher than a previously announced target of $4.5 billion by 2020. “We’re all in on this and we’re taking our mainstream…

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Electric or Electrified? Understanding The Terminology

TheTruthAboutCars.com recently highlighted a common challenge when talking about teen vehicles — are they electric or electrified? “The difference between electric and electrified vehicles is simple,” Tim Healey explains. “Electric vehicles, otherwise known as ‘pure’ EVs, are vehicles solely powered by electricity. Electrified vehicles, by contrast, are powered in part by electricity.” Hybrids and plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota…

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Workhorse expands preorders for hybrid pickup truck to general public

The Workhorse W-15, the first publicly available vehicle from a company that began its electrification journey more than 10 years ago, is now taking orders for its plug-in hybrid pickup truck. It features 80 miles of all-electric range. Workhorse confirmed it is now accepting a refundable $1,000 deposit for orders. Read more.

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January 2018 Deals on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Green Car Reports highlights the best deals this month on hybrid and electric vehicles: Kia Optima: Buyers can receive up to $5,000 in cash rebates or get a $2,000 rebate and take advantage of 0.9-percent financing. Chevrolet Volt: Lease options start at $298/month with $500 down. Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid: Lease options start at $305/month. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Buyers…

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Bentley Introducing Plug-In Hybrid Bentayga

As part of its plan to offer a plug-in hybrid version of every model, Bentley will debut the Bentayga plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It will be the brand’s first hybrid of any kind and is expected to use a system similar to the E-Hybrid system found in the Porsche Panamera. The Bentayga is Bentley’s best…

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BMW Increases Focus on Hybrids, Aims to Increase Plug-in Sales by 50 Percent in 2018

BMW is already the largest seller of hybrid and electric cars in Europe — and wants to remain the industry leader. The automaker has ambitious plans for 2018, aiming to increase the number of plug-in hybrid and fully-electric vehicles sold by 50 percent. To meet that goal, BMW is launching several new vehicles this year. The 8 Series coupe and…

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