Hybrid News

Paice settles dispute with VW, Audi and Porsche relating to hybrid vehicle patents

PAICE PRESS RELEASE | JANUARY 11, 2017 BALTIMORE – Paice, a pioneer in hybrid electric vehicle technology, and the Abell Foundation announced today that they have entered into a settlement agreement with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche regarding Paice’s hybrid vehicle patents. Terms of the agreement are confidential. The agreement brings an end to all pending legal issues between the companies.…

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Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

HybridCars.com gave the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid a glowing review, praising its 48 mpg fuel efficiency and saying it “promises to vie well against others in this competitive mid-sized, five-passenger hybrid class.” The Accord Hybrid ($29,605) is now available at U.S. dealerships. Honda hopes to sell 30,000 Accord Hybrids — twice as many as the 2015 Accord Hybrid. Read more.

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July 2016 Deals on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Green Car Reports highlights the best deals this month on hybrid and electric vehicles: 2016 Toyota Prius: $1,500 cash-back incentive and 0% APR financing available. Lease options start at $219/month for 36 months, with $1,999 due at signing. 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE: Lease deals begin at $199/month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance: Lease deals begin at $319/month…

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Popularity of XC90 Spurs Volvo to Develop More Plug-in Hybrids

The strong interest in Volvo’s XC90 plug-in hybrid has been strong enough to add plug-in hybrid options to two more Volvo models, according to HybridCars.com. Sales of the XC90 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid sport-utility vehicle are more than double the company’s original expectations, spurring Volvo to announce it will add the plug-in powertrain to the S90 sedan and V90 wagons that share platforms…

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Get “All The Nerdy Details” About How Volvo’s “Twin Engine” Plug-In Hybrid System Works

Road & Track has published a fascinating feature on Volvo’s new plug-in system, offering “all the nerdy, dirty details on how Volvo’s electric-augmented turbocharged three-cylinder drivetrain works.” Reporter Alexander Stoklosa notes that the transmission is among the most critical components for a hybrid. He explains that the “T8” Twin Engine setup in the XC90 SUV features two electric motors, one fitted between the…

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Forbes: Hyundai Aims To Steal Eco-Car Crown From Toyota Prius

The Hyundai Ioniq — the world’s first vehicle to offer a choice of three electrified powertrains a single body type — hopes to replace the Toyota Prius as the top eco-car. The Ioniq hybrid will boast the world’s best hybrid fuel economy rating with 56 mpg combined, edging out the Prius. Hyundai expects the global market for ‘green’ cars to grow to more…

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Survey Shows Consumers Want More Plug-in Vehicles

A recent survey of drivers in 10 states found that consumers want more choices when it comes to plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. “Consumers looking for a new vehicle this summer are thinking more about the many benefits of driving on electricity,” said Josh Goldman, lead policy analyst for the UCS Clean Vehicles Program. “More than 65 percent of survey respondents want…

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5 Best Deals on Electric Vehicles and Hybrids

Wall St. Cheat Sheet highlights five impressive deals on electric vehicles and hybrids: Kia Soul EV: Lease deals begin at $247/month for 36 months with $0 down. Ford Fusion Energi: Lease deals begin at $249/month for 36 months with $0 down. Toyota Prius: Lease deals begin at $209/month for 36 months with $2,699 due at signing. Kia Optima Hybrid: Lease deals begin at $193/month for 24 months…

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NY Times: The Patent Troll Smokescreen

An opinion piece by Joe Nocera in the NY Times criticizes legislation aimed at patent trolls, claiming that the legislation could have “huge negative consequences for legitimate inventors” and “effectively tilt the playing field even further toward big companies with large lobbying budgets.” He notes that the 2011 America Invents Act allows big companies to largely ignore legitimate patent holders. The article quotes a patent…

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Honda tests new hybrid technology in Formula One race cars

HybridCars.com reports that Honda is testing its hybrid technology in a brand new field – the Formula One racetrack. Honda has developed a new power system that includes an internal combustion engine and two electric Energy Recovery Systems — one that recovers kinetic energy when the car brakes and another that captures heat energy from the exhaust. Together, the driver can…

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