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BMW 545e xDrive Sedan: new details announced

The BMW 545e xDrive Sedan plug-in hybrid is the new “top-of-the-range” model for the BMW 5 Series, according to a new report from Green Car Congress. The vehicle features an electric motor in combination with “an efficient straight six-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology… generating an overall system output of 290 kW/394 hp.” The 545e xDrive Sedan features…

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BMW adds geo-fencing for PHEVs in Europe

BMW has launched a new geo-fencing feature for its plug-in hybrid vehicles in two areas in the UK. In special zones in London and Birmingham, BMW PHEVs running the automaker’s latest update will now automatically shift into electric-only mode. By shifting into electric-only, the vehicles will reduce their carbon footprint. Car Magazine has the story. Read more.

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Review: 2020 BMW 7-Series plug-in hybrid

BMW’s new 2020 7-series PHEV features increased all-electric range and better performance, according to Bengt Halvorsen at Green Car Reports. Halvorsen took the BMW 7-series PHEV out for a test drive noting, “This uber-luxurious 2020 BMW 7-Series plug-in hybrid… isn’t really any step forward in efficiency… But it seems BMW has refocused its plug-in hybrid priorities on improving two things:…

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Automotive News: BMW sued for patent infringement over hybrid engine technology

Automotive News reports that BMW has been hit with a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Paice LLC and The Abell Foundation in the U.S. District Court in Maryland. The lawsuit alleges that BMW has infringed on their patents involving hybrid engines. The story notes that Paice was involved in similar litigation with several automakers, including Ford, Toyota, Hyundai and Kia.…

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BMW Sued By U.S. Hybrid Tech Provider For Patent Infringement

Carscoops.com reports that BMW has been slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit by Paice in the U.S. District Court in Maryland. The lawsuit involves eight BMW hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. The story quotes Paice CEO Robert Oswald as saying, “Paice shared intimate details of our hybrid vehicle technology with BMW in good faith. Rather than negotiate a license for…

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