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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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Mercedes AMG 63 S E Performance Hybrid enters production

Mercedes will begin production of its first performance hybrid, the AMG 63 S E Performance. Powering the car is a 4L V8 bi-turbo engine housed in the front and a 150kW electric motor and battery housed in the rear; both combine to give the car a total output of 831hp. The AMG 63 S E Performance hits 60mph in 2.9 seconds!Read more

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Stellantis offering XL Fleet hybrid system available as an upfit for Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks

Thanks to XL FLeet’s hybrid-electric drive system, Stellantis’ Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks are available as hybrids. XL Fleet now has four of the five top-selling pickup trucks in the U.S.: Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram 2500 and 3500. XL Fleet’s hybrid-electric system comes with a standard 3-year 75000-mile warranty.Read more

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Lower Prices for the 2022 Kia Nio Hybrid and PHEV Models

The 2022 Kia Niro retains the same $25,865 base price tag as the 2021 model, but its highest trims, the Touring SE and the EX Premium come in at about $1,000 cheaper than the previous year’s. The vehicle is powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine and a 1.6kWh battery with a 43-hp electric motor and has a fuel efficiency rating of 50 mpg combined. Read more

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2022 Sorento adds a Plug-in Hybrid powertrain

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2022 Tucson Plug-in Hybrid rated with 33 miles of electric range

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Mitsubishi to introduce new Outlander PHEV in U.S. in 2022

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Volvo to adopt 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain for select 2022 models

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2021 Land Rover Defender Plug-in hybrid review

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