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Ford hybrids made in Mexico may be banned from U.S.

PAICE PRESS RELEASE | MARCH 8, 2017 Ford hybrids made in Mexico may be banned from U.S. U.S. International Trade Commission launches formal investigation into Ford Paice, a pioneer in the development of hybrid vehicle technology, announced today that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted a formal investigation into patent infringement claims against Ford Motor Co. If Paice…

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Volvo Showcases XC60 Plug-in Hybrid

The Volvo XC60, the best-selling car that accounts for about a third of Volvo sales worldwide, is now available with a powerful new plug-in hybrid powertrain that features a 320 horsepower compound turbocharged gasoline engine and an 87 horsepower electric motor. Volvo is also creating plug-in hybrid powertrains for its smaller cars, including the S40 sedan, V40 wagon, and an…

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Fleet customers can soon choose Ford F-150 with hybrid powertrain

Gas 2.0 reports that fleet customers will soon be able to choose the popular Ford F-150 pickup truck with a hybrid powertrain. XL Hybrids turns a standard vehicle into a plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck. The system delivers a 50% increase in fuel economy while reducing carbon dioxide emissions significantly. Read more.

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Kia Niro will be offered in three electrified powertrains

HybridCars.com reports that the new Kia Niro will feature three powertrain options, including a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric options. It’s the same template being used for the Hyundai Ioniq. The Niro will be powered by the same electric motor as the Ioniq electric, a 28 kWh battery that can travel 124 miles on a charge. Read more.

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Review: 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

TruckTrend magazine has posted a review of the 2017 Kia Niro, but says it’s too early to tell if the Niro will steal substantial numbers of Prius owners away from Toyota. The Niro is billed as “a no-compromise vehicle that combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design, functional utility, and hybrid efficiency,” features aimed in large part to counter consumer frustrations…

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Mercedes Hybrid Vehicles Branded “EQ Power”

HybridCars.com reports that Mercedes will designate all future hybrid and electric vehicles under the new “EQ Power” brand. The first model unique to the EQ Power name will be a mid-sized electric crossover with a targeted range of over 300 miles. The vehicle, scheduled to arrive in 2019, will be the first of ten planned all-electric vehicles in the line-up…

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Toyota Global Hybrids Sales Surpass 10 Million

Toyota has sold more than 10 million hybrid vehicles, including plug-in hybrids. The milestone was achieved just nine months after total sales reached 9 million units in April 2016. The automaker’s North America cumulative sales exceeded three million hybrids at the end of 2016. “When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was, but, thanks to early…

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Hyundai Ioniq offers three electrified powertrain choices

The Hyundai Ioniq is the first vehicle to offer three electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated platform. The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid feature an engine that has been specifically tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with a quick-shifting six-speed double-clutch transmission — differentiating Ioniq from its key competitors with a more dynamic and engaging driving experience.…

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