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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. Those automakers subsequently paid Paice to license its technology.

“Beginning in the early 2000s, Paice taught BMW how its patented technology could maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions without sacrificing driving performance, the suit alleges. The company held in-person meetings and shared technical materials with BMW’s senior management and BMW engineers,” the story reports.

“BMW readily expressed interest in Paice’s technology because BMW was still pushing its diesel technology and was years behind other leading automakers that were actively pursuing hybrids,” the 31-page complaint states. BMW eventually dismissed Paice after learning what it could about Paice’s technology, the filing noted.

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Honda Insight discontinued

Honda announced plans to discontinue the Insight, the original electrified version of the Civic, and focus on electrifying its three core models, the Accord, CR-V, and Civic. Honda plans for the hybrid powertrains to make up 50%+ of its sales and will maintain gas-powered powertrains of igx three core models. Read more

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Review: 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Starting at $38,855 for the LE version, the 2022 Highlander Hybrid is a great choice for customers looking for an affordable, practical, and comfortable SUV. Powered by a 2.5L inline-4 engine and two electric motors, the SUV performs well with fuel, lasting 35 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Read more

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Paice, Abell, and Volvo Car agree to license patented technology

PAICE PRESS RELEASE | MAY 11, 2022

Paice, Abell, and Volvo Car agree to license patented technology

BALTIMORE (MAY 11, 2022) — Paice and Volvo Car 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 and reduce emissions. Paice’s technology proved valuable and helped accelerate the growth of the hybrid vehicle industry. An independent analysis concluded that Paice owns the most dominant hybrid vehicle patents in the world.

“We’ve reached several licensing agreements in the past few years with major automakers. These agreements make a lasting impact in our community by supporting the good works of the Abell Foundation,” said Paice Executive Chairman Frances Keenan.

During the company’s early years, Severinsky worked closely with two experienced automotive veterans: Bob Templin, a Paice board member who had served as chief engineer of Cadillac and technical director of GM’s Research Laboratory; and Ted Louckes, a 40-year veteran of General Motors who served as Paice’s Chief Operating Officer and was instrumental in developing Paice’s hybrid technology alongside Dr. Severinsky.

About Paice (www.paicehybrid.com)
Dr. Alex Severinsky, a Russian immigrant, founded Paice in 1992 with the support of the University of Maryland. The company has been awarded 30 U.S. and foreign patents. It has licensing agreements with many of the world’s leading automakers.

About the Abell Foundation (www.abell.org)
The Abell Foundation, a Baltimore-based charitable organization dedicated to fighting urban poverty and promoting social objectives by investing in progressive local start-ups, is a co-owner of the Paice patents. Since 1999, Abell has helped support Paice’s efforts to develop and promote its hybrid technology.

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2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV Mileage

The 2022 Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid’s powertrain consists of a turbocharged 1.6L inline-4, an electric motor, and six-speed automatic transmission. According to official EPA ratings, the SUV gets 30 miles on electric charge alone. Cars.com got better results of 39 miles on electric charge alone during its test drive. Read more

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2023 Maserati Grecale powertrain choices include a Hybrid option

The 2023 Maserati Grecale will be available in three powertrains. The most powerful of the three, the Grecale Trofeo, is powered by a 3L turbocharged V6. The Modena and the base GT are hybrids with 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 powertrains. The Modena, however, has a more powerful version of that hybrid powertrain delivering 330 hp to the base GT’s 296 hp. Read more

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Porsche Confirms 911 Hybrid Model

For the past several years, chatter has been growing about the hybrid model the Porsche 911 would take. The Porsche Cayenne and Panamera both already have plug-in hybrid models. Last month, the automaker’s CEO Oliver Blume confirmed that the Porsche 911 will not be a plug-in hybrid. Read more

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2022 Best Hybrid SUVs

Autoblog released its list of the 12 best hybrid SUVs of 2022. The list is divided into four categories: small, midsized, luxury, and luxury plug-ins. Included in the small hybrid SUVs were the Honda CR-V, Kia Niro, Hyundai Tuscon, and the Toyota RAV4. Read more

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2023 Countryman: Mini’s most powerful car?

Powered by a 1.5-liter inline-three cylinder petrol engine and a 174bhp electric motor that combine to deliver 322bhp, the 2023 Countryman PHEV will be Mini’s most powerful car when it releases next year. The Countryman PHEV can go 55 miles on a fully charged electric battery. In addition to the increased horsepower and electric range, the vehicle will get an additional almost 8-inch increase in length.Read more

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Nissan Juke Hybrid offers top mileage

The 2022 Nissan Juke Hybrid is the next major step in Nissan’s electrification plans. Powered by a 1.6 L engine and an electric motor 1.2kWh liquid-cooled battery, the 2022 Juke Hybrid gets up to 54 mpg. The vehicle will be available for sale this summer at a base price of £24,500. Read more

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