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Will Ford hybrids be excluded from the U.S. for infringing Paice patents? ITC hearing begins Nov. 2

PAICE PRESS RELEASE | OCTOBER 31, 2017 Will Ford hybrids be excluded from the U.S. for infringing Paice patents? ITC hearing begins Nov. 2 U.S. International Trade Commission could ban Ford from importing hybrid vehicles made in Mexico Paice LLC, a pioneer in the development of hybrid vehicle technology, and Ford Motor Co. will appear before the U.S. International Trade…

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Save fuel without sacrificing fun: The best hybrid cars you can buy

You don’t have to give up comfort, practicality, or performance when you buy a hybrid car. For those who want it all, Digital Trends says the best hybrid car you can buy is the Toyota Prius. Other hybrids receiving kudos included the Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Acura NSX, Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Read…

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Monthly sales of BMW’s electrified vehicles top 10,000 for first time

BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in September topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in a single month; a total of 10,786 (+50.5%) BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were delivered in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687 (+64.2%). Sales of BMW Group electrified vehicles in the first three quarters of 2017 have exceeded those…

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October 2017 Deals on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Green Car Reports highlights the best deals this month on hybrid and electric vehicles: Ford C-Max: Lease options start at $149 per month with $2,549 due at signing. Buyers receive 0 percent APR offer for 60 months and $3,000 bonus cash. Toyota Prius c: $3,000 in incentives available on 2017 models, as well as 0 percent APR for 72 months for…

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Coming in Summer 2018: Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid

HybridCars.com reports that the Range Rover Sport will soon be available as a plug-in hybrid: the Range Rover Sport P400e. It will be available in Summer 2018 as a 2019 model year. The SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor with a combined system output of 398 horsepower. It offers an all-electric range of…

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Review: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

After Green Car Congress took the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid for test drive, it was struck by how similar the mid-size hybrid is to the gasoline-powered Accord. Compared to the 2017 Accord Hybrid, the new model boasts more power and maintains the same fuel-efficiency ratings (49 mpg city, 47 highway, 48 combined) of the outgoing model. “The new Accord is…

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Mitsubishi Bringing Europe’s Best-Selling Plug-In Hybrid to the US in December

Green Car Congress reports that Mitsubishi is bringing the best-selling plug-in hybrid in Europe — the Outlander — to the US in December 2017. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle ($34,595) features a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, two high-performance electric motors and Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control system. It is the only plug-in hybrid crossover with all-wheel drive in its…

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Study: Hybrids Now Depreciate Less Than Non-Hybrids

Some hybrid vehicles are now holding their value better than gas-powered versions — a change from historical trends — according to a recent study by Autolist. The study looked at model-year 2013-17 vehicles with 100,000 miles or more. It found that 2017 hybrids lost on average 50.9% of their value compared with non-hybrids which lost 53.4% of their value. Toyota…

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XL Hybrids to provide F-250 hybrid vehicles

XL Hybrids has announced it will begin producing a hybrid electric drive system for 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in 2018. The company has adapted its XL3 powertrain technology for the F-250 trucks based on demand from fleet customers who are seeking even better fuel efficiency from Ford’s popular work trucks. This will be the first time that Ford…

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BMW brings wireless charging to electric and plug-in hybrid cars

BMW drivers will soon by able to charge plug-in hybrid and electric cars — wirelessly — using a giant charging pad that sits on the garage floor. BMW says the charging pad, which will be introduced next year, can refill the battery of BMW’s 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid in 3.5 hours. Drivers are guided into place with lines on the…

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