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BMW faces patent infringement lawsuit over hybrid technology

BMW faces patent infringement lawsuit over hybrid technology Paice and Abell Foundation accuse German automaker of knowingly and willfully infringing on hybrid vehicle patents that accelerated electrification movement BALTIMORE (NOV. 25, 2019) — Paice, a pioneer in hybrid electric vehicle technology, and the Abell Foundation have filed a federal patent infringement lawsuit against BMW in U.S. District Court in Maryland.…

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BMW launches X1 PHEV

BMW has launched a plug-in hybrid version of its X1 vehicle in Europe, according to Motor 1. The vehicle, named the X1 xDrive25e, features a 1.5L 3-cyinder engine in combination with specially designed dual electric motors, pushing the system to a combined output of 220hp and 284lb-ft of torque. The X1 PHEV has an all-electric range of 35 miles, and…

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BMW 330e PHEV doubles electric-only range

The BMW 330e plug-in hybrid features an upgraded powertrain, pushing the vehicle to 41 miles of all electric range, a greater than 50% increase on the old model. The vehicle carries a 2L four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor for total system output of 292hp and 310lb-ft of torque. Green Car Congress reports that a new feature, XtraBoost, allows…

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BMW launches wireless charging pilot for 530e PHEV leases in CA

BMW has announced it will begin offering wireless charging pads for new leases of its 530e plug-in hybrid in California. In order to qualify, a customer must purchase a thirty-six month lease on a 2019 model BMW 530e plug-in hybrid and be a residential homeowner with an enclosed garage space, according to Road Show. As part of the pilot program,…

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BMW to add automatic hybrid-to -EV feature in 2020

BMW’s lineup of plug-in hybrid models will be able to transition automatically from hybrid to electric vehicle mode when they cross into certain emissions free zones in 2020. The automaker will add a feature informed by geofencing technology that recognizes when the vehicle enters an emissions free zone, and will automatically switch the car to electric drive only mode. Car…

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BMW brings plug-in hybrid model to 3 Series

BMW will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its Series 3 Touring model. The hybrid features an ICE engine and an electric motor “integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission,” for a total system output of 292 horsepower when XtraBoost mode is engaged. XtraBoost allows the vehicle’s horsepower to be increased by an additional 40hp “under particularly hard acceleration.” In other…

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BMW updates plug-in lineup, adds additional range

Starting in summer 2019, all BMW plug-in hybrids will feature a new, higher energy density battery set that will push the hybrids to even longer electric ranges. All new hybrids from BMW will also come equipped with “acoustic protection for pedestrians” through a new sound feature that was specifically designed to not compromise the quiet driving experience of the vehicles’…

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