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Paice, Abell, and Daimler agree to license patented technology

PAICE PRESS RELEASE | MAY 28, 2020 Paice, Abell, and Daimler agree to license patented technology Paice and Daimler have reached an agreement to license patented hybrid technology. Paice was an early leader in electrified vehicles. The company was awarded its first hybrid vehicle patent in 1994, long before most automakers began seriously focusing on ways to improve fuel efficiency…

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2021 Toyota Venza hybrid to launch in August

The Toyota Venza will relaunch exclusively as a hybrid model, according to Auto Blog. The crossover has upgraded to a “much more SUV-like” build than previous iterations of the model. Auto Blog noted the Venza hybrid will feature an “intriguing” powertrain set-up, featuring “a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder… in concert with three electric motors for a total system output of…

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Toyota celebrates 20 years of Prius

Toyota is celebrating the twentieth year of its landmark Prius hybrid this year. The automaker will launch a special edition of its 2021 Toyota Prius this year “with black inserts on the wheels, headlights, body sides, and side mirrors… [and] only 2,020 of the special edition models will be sold,” according to The Car Connection. The Prius made its debut…

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Top 10 Priced Hybrids for 2020

Auto Guide has released its list of the top ten most cost-effective hybrids for sale in 2020. At the top of the list are the Honda Insight, Hyundai Ioniq, and Toyota Corolla Hybrid, which take the top 1, 2 and 3 spots, respectively. The Insight starts at $23,885, with the Ioniq coming in at $24,175, and the Corolla for sale…

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Kia to release plug-in hybrid model in 2020

Kia will launch a plug-in hybrid by the end of the year. The automaker made the announcement in an Earth Day video released in the last few weeks. The announcement follows the debut of Kia’s Plan S, a “’a preemptive shift’ away from being a traditional manufacturer of combustion vehicles to one focused on electric vehicles, electrified vehicles and mobility.”…

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Audi to launch plug-in A6 Avant in Europe

Audi will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its A6 Avant for the European market. According to a new report from Auto Blog, the automaker plans to release a plug-in hybrid version of the model featuring “a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.” The model will share its plug-in platform with the previously…

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2020 Hyundai hybrid models equipped with new battery system

Hyundai’s 2020 Sonata hybrid will feature new “innovative battery packaging” allowing the automaker to net efficiency increases for the new model. Green Car Reports writes, “The 2020 Sonata Hybrid… [adopts] an arrangement that essentially builds the accessory battery onto the hybrid system battery. The added module is a continuation of the same form factor and intended to last the life…

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Toyota: Global hybrid sales exceed 15 million

Toyota has sold more than 15 million hybrids since releasing its first hybrid in 1997, according to a new report from Green Car Reports. The automaker has 44 hybrid models for sale globally across its Toyota and Lexus brands. Though the Prius was the automaker’s top-selling hybrid for years, the RAV4 Hybrid has now taken the top-spot. Green Car Reports…

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Mercedes focuses on PHEVS: 20 models by the end of 2020

Mercedes is putting plug-in hybrids at the center of its lineup, calling the vehicles “key bridging technology” on the way to a more fuel-efficient future. Green Car Reports notes in a new article that Mercedes will expand its PHEV offerings to its compact models, alongside its larger-vehicle PHEV lineup. Though Mercedes will have twenty plug-ins in its lineup by the…

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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid named top eco-friendly family car

Parents magazine has named the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid the best eco-friendly family car for 2020. The magazine notes the Pacifica is “the only hybrid minivan on the market [that] keeps up with its gas-powered sibling.” The Pacifica Hybrid employs dual electric-motors in combination with a V-6 engine, and can reach up to 520 miles on one tank of gas.…

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