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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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Santa Fe hybrid and plug-in hybrid models to go on sale later this year

Hyundai is offering the Santa Fe for sale later this year; the hybrid will go on sale in the Spring and the plug-in hybrid in the Summer. The hybrid is powered by a 1.6 inline-4 engine and a 60-hp electric motor, and the plug-in hybrid is powered by a 1.6 inline-4 engine and a 177-hp electric motor. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid have estimated fuel efficiencies of 33 mpg and 34 mpg. Read more

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Audi outfits plug-in hybrids with bigger batteries

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2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid review

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Fuel economy of Ford’s hybrid SUV models

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Jeep Gladiator coming with a plug-in hybrid powertrain

Jeep will be releasing its pickup truck, the Gladiator, with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Details of the Gladiator PHEV have yet to be released, but the powertrain could mirror that of the Wrangler plug-in hybrid. The car company also confirmed the discontinuation turbodiesel-powered version of the Grand Cherokee. Read more

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Orders for the Wrangler 4xe PHEV now being accepted in Europe

Jeep is now accepting orders and will begin deliveries in the summer for the Wrangler 4xe PHEV in Europe. The company started soliciting orders for the vehicle in the U.S. last year and expects to conduct deliveries in the first quarter of this year. The EU version should share the same specs as that of the U.S.Read more

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Plug-in hybrid vehicles are better towers than electric vehicles

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Toyota hybrid sales blow past expectations

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