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.
Mercedes released two new plug-in hybrid powertrains for its AMG performance car division. The more powerful drivetrain, which can deliver more than 804 hp, will feature an updated twin-turbocharged 4L V-8 engine coupled with an electric motor; the second drivetrain will feature an updated turbocharged 2L inline-4 engine coupled with an electric motor. In both powertrains, the electric motor will be mounted to the rear axle, offering better front-to-rear weight distribution than previous models which had the electric motor mounted to the front axle. Read more
After a year of delay, the Ford Escape PHEV is due to arrive later this year, though the current global semiconductor shortage poses some issues. Starting at a base price of $33,985, or $27,000 net after the tax credit, the vehicle is powered by a 2.5L straight-four engine and two electric motors and has a combined fuel efficiency of 41 mpg. Read more
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne will have a 17.9kWh battery, more than 25% bigger than the 14.1kWh battery in its predecessor, adding two electric miles to increase its all-electric range to 14-16 miles. Prices start at $81,800 for the Cayenne E-Hybrid; there is a $1,350 destination fee and a $7,500 tax credit. Read more
Beginning in the second half of this year, the Peugeot 308 available for sale in the UK. The 308 will have gas, diesel, and hybrid options. Customers have two hybrid models to choose from: the Hybrid 180 drivetrain, which combines a 148 hp gas engine with a 109bhp electric motor, or the more powerful 225 drivetrain, which has a 178hp gas engine. Read more
With the combination of a respectable $47,820 price tag, fuel efficiency of 30 mpg combined, and standard all-wheel drive, the 2021 Lexus RX 450h is one of the best Hybrid SUVs. The vehicle’s V-6 engine and three electric motors combine for 308hp, lending to a powerful but smooth driving experience. The RX450h flexes a roomy interior with high-quality material and finishes. Read more
Hyundai placed a $30,235 base price on the 2022 Tuson Hybrid. The higher trims, the SEL Convenience and Limited, will cost $32,835 and $38,535. Pricing isn’t yet available for the Tuscon plug-in hybrid. Read more
The Toyota Yaris was named the ‘2021 European Car of the Year,’ marking the second time the car has taken home this award – the first in 2000. According to Green Car Congress, the Yaris hybrid received high marks for its affordability, smooth driving, and environmental friendliness. Read more
Last month, Mercedes confirmed the rumors that the next C63 will be a plug-in hybrid. The new C63 will be available for sale by the end of this year or in early 2022. The car’s powertrain will consist of an inline-4 and three motor-generators combining to deliver 550 horsepower. Initial estimates reveal the C63 can do 62mph in 3.5 seconds!Read more
Mitsubishi updated the powertrain for the 2021 Outlander PHEV, boosting its power and speed. A 2.4-liter inline-4 replaces the 2-liter engine and combines with an updated 94 horsepower rear motor to produce 221 hp. The SUV gets a larger 13.8kWh battery pack that increases its electric range to 24 miles. Read more