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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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Review of the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan PHEV

The Tiguan eHybrid offers everything the popular gas-powered Tiguan does, plus a hybrid powertrain! Starting at £35,515, the Tiguan is available in three models: Life, Elegance, and R-Line. The compact SUV sports a spacious interior and delivers a smooth ride to complement. Read more

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2022 Ford Maverick rated at an estimated 42 city MPG

The 2022 Maverick Hybrid beat Ford’s estimate of 40 mpg in the city, notching 42 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. A 2.5L inline-4 engine and an electric motor combine to give the car 191 hp of output. The Maverick Hybrid starts at $21,490. Read more

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2022 Lexus NX450h+ Plug-In Hybrid review

The Lexus NX450h+ starts at $56,635 and does many things right to validate that price tag. The vehicle boasts a 37-mile EV range, best-in-competition amongst its luxury counterparts. The NX450h+ can be fully charged in 4.5 hrs or 2.5 hours using the standard 3.3kW charger or the 6.5kW charger. The interior features a spacious cabin with comfortable seating and a whopping 14-inch infotainment screen.Read more

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Mazda expanding SUV lineup globally

Mazda will add six new models, the CX-50, CX-60, CX-70, CX-80, CX-90, to its SUV lineup. The CX-60 (two-row) and CX-80 (three-row) are for the European and Japanese markets. European and Japanese models will feature either a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of an inline-4 gasoline engine combined with an electric motor or a straight-six Skyactiv-D diesel model with a 48V mild hybrid system. The CX-70 and CX-90 are for the North American markets, and the CX-50 is exclusively for the USA. North American models will feature a turbocharged inline-six gasoline engine or a plug-in hybrid powertrain.Read more

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2023 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid to feature a new all-wheel control system

Mitsubishi will outfit the 2023 Outlander PHEV with a new twin-motor all-wheel-drive system. According to Mitsubishi, the new system featuring one motor in the front and the other in the rear allows the driving force to be distributed evenly across the car. The SUV will feature seven driving modes, including power and eco.Read more

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2021 Escape Plug-in Hybrid now on sale

After one year plus of delay, the 2021 Escape plug-in hybrid is now available for sale. The Escape is available in just front-wheel drive and has a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 41 mpg on gasoline alone. The base SE trim starts at $32,650, and the higher SEL and Titanium trims cost around $3,000 and $6,000 more. Read more

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Jeep announces 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV

Jeep’s redesigned 2-row Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid will arrive at dealerships later this year. A 2L inline-4 engine and two motor generators combine to power the car, delivering a total output of 375hp. The Trailhawk off-road grade trim, which features 18-inch rims, an off-road camera, and 4-wheel drive, is also available for customers. The Cherokee’s interior is no slouch either, featuring a spacious cabin with a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen. Read more

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Ford F-150 Hybrid towing examples

Cars.com’s Mike Hanley carried out several tests of the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid’s towing capacity. The items towed were the Taxa Cricket, a lightweight single-axle camper, the 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB, a 25 ft travel trailer, and the 2002 Ford SVT Focus. The most fuel-efficient trip was 16 mpg over 285 miles with the 2002 Ford SVT Focus which weighs 4,610 lbs; the least fuel-efficient was 10.9 mpg over 1,872 miles with the Airstream travel trailer which weighs 6,190 lbs. Read more

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2022 Tundra pickup to offer a hybrid powertrain

The 2022 Tundra will be Toyota’s first hybrid pick-up truck. A twin-turbocharged V6 engine will combine with an electric motor to power the pick-up truck, delivering 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The truck’s towing capacity increases by 1,800lbs to 12,000lbs. The truck also features an improved interior with a redesigned, sleeker touchscreen infotainment center that comes with a voice-based assistant. Read more

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2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review

Efficient is the one word to describe the 2021 Outlander PHEV. The compact SUV’s interior is quite frankly outdated, but it gets the job done, avoiding the complex layouts of its competitors. The Outlander PHEV has total output of 221 hp, up 16% from the previous year’s model due primarily to the larger 13.8kWh battery pack. It only delivers an EPA rating of 26 mpg, but it combats its relatively low fuel efficiency with fast charging, which none of its competitors, including the RAV4 Prime, offer. Read more

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