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S560e plug-in hybrid available from Mercedes

Mercedes has released for ordering the third-generation of its S 560e plug-in hybrid. The vehicle achieves an all-electric range of 31 miles (50 km) through its V6 engine, 90kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The S 560e PHEV’s battery is the first to come from Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, a subsidiary of Mercedes’ parent company. The powertrain produces up to 350kW of power. Green Car Congress has the story. Read more.

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Paice remembers Sen. Joe Tydings, one of its greatest champions

Frances Keenan, chair of the Paice Board of Directors, shares her memories of Joseph D. Tydings, a former U.S. Senator from Maryland who served on the Paice board for more than twenty years. Sen. Tydings died on October 8 at age 90.

We lost once of Paice’s greatest champions, and one of our dearest friends, when Senator Tydings passed away last week.

Senator Tydings was the one who first introduced Paice to the Abell Foundation. The Senator was a University of Maryland graduate who maintained close ties to the university throughout his life. Senator Tydings’ work with the university brought him in contact with Dr. Alex Severinsky, an electrical engineer who began developing Paice’s hybrid vehicle technology in the early 1990s with the support of a University of Maryland business incubator program.

Senator Tydings recognized the potential of Paice’s hybrid technology and wanted it to succeed. By bringing together Paice and the Abell Foundation, he ensured that Paice had the financial resources necessary to make Alex’s technology viable.

Senator Tydings joined the Paice Board of Directors in 1997 and immediately provided valuable guidance and direction — to the company, and to me personally. It was a relationship that lasted more than twenty years, and I cherished every bit of it.

The Senator’s extraordinary life and accomplishments are portrayed in his autobiography, My Life in Progressive Politics: Against the Grain.

I am proud to consider Joe Tydings a mentor and a friend. He was always eager to offer his support, and always willing to help us navigate the obstacles standing in our way.

The New York Times and Baltimore Sun published touching tributes to the honorable life of our dear friend Sen. Tydings. They laud him as a champion of gun control and civil rights.

He was also one of our biggest champions, and we will miss him dearly.

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for October 2018

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. Ford is offering the 2018 Fusion Hybrid with six-year 0% financing plus $3000 cashback for eligible buyers. With this deal, the Fusion Hybrid is the best deal of the month for full hybrid vehicles. Ford is also offering similar attractive financing for the 2019 Fusion Hybrid.

GM’s Chevrolet Volt is the best-priced plug-in hybrid for October. The vehicle is on offer for $234/month for thirty-six months with no cash down in specific states. Outside of the set of states where the Volt has the lead in pricing, Honda is offering its Clarity Hybrid with an attractive leasing contract.

The Nissan Leaf continues to be the best deal for an all-electric car. The vehicle can be leased for $219/mth with a little under three thousand due at signing. Read more.

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Mercedes announces new E300e and E300de plug-ins

Mercedes has announced two new plug-in options—and one of them runs partially on diesel. The automaker will launch the E300e and E300de in the near future, with the E300e utilizing a gasoline ICE in combination with a plug-in powertrain. The E300de, however, will combine a diesel engine with the plug-in system.

The two Mercedes PHEVs will utilize a 90kW electric motor and 13.5 kWh battery, providing fifty kilometers (31 miles) of all electric range for the E300e and fifty-four kilometers (33.5 miles) of range for the E300de. Read more.

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Additional plug-in hybrid models now planned at Kia

Kia, the Korean automaker, will add additional plug-in models to its lineup of electrified vehicles in Europe. According to a new article by Julian Rendell at AutoCar, Kia will add both a Ceed estate and Sportage PHEV, alongside a new electric version of the Soul and a fuel-cell version of the SUV.

In 2019, consumers can expect to see the Ceed PHEV at dealerships. The model will use the same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the Niro PHEV, combining a 59 kW electric motor with a 1.6L engine and 8.4kWh lithium-ion battery. The vehicle will be produced for Europe at a Kia plant in Slovakia. Read more.

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September 2018 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

Overall plug-in hybrid sales increased for the month of September 2018, with 44, 589 PHEVs sold. The Toyota Prius Prime continued its dominance in the plug-in category, selling 2213 vehicles, an increase off of the previous month. The Honda Clarity PHEV was a close second, selling 2028 vehicles for the time period.

For all electric vehicles, Tesla concluded its high-selling summer with 22,250 Model 3s sold in September. The Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt trailed significantly behind Tesla, with each model selling about 1500 cars.

Read Inside EVs full plug-in sales scorecard here.

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Jeep to add additional PHEV in 2020

Jeep has announced that it will begin producing a plug-in hybrid version of its Renegade model in Italy in the near future. The Renegade PHEV will hit the market in early 2020, according to a new article from Green Car Reports.

Jeep’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), has thirty different new electrified models set to launch or for sale across all of its brands. FCA has announced it will invest $10.3 billion to aid in its electrified push. Jeep itself will launch a PHEV version of its Wrangler in addition to the plug-in Renegade. Eric Evarts has the story. Read more.

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Subaru debuting two hybrids in Europe, Asia, one in North America

At the Tokyo Motor Show this month, Subaru debuted two new hybrids: the 2019 Crosstrek e-Boxer Advance Hybrid prototype and the 2019 Forester e-Boxer Hybrid. According to Torque News, the vehicles will be sold first in Japan, with a launch in Europe to follow. For the U.S. and North America market, Subaru plans to launch the Crosstrek Plug-In which will “incorporate Toyota Prius Prime technology.”

The two e-Boxer Hybrid models will employ a Subaru 2L Boxer engine in combination with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. For the Forester, this combination will produce a total output of 187lb-ft of torque with 143hp directly from the engine and an additional 13.4hp from the motor. Read more.

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Audi adding up to 12 new PHEVs in near future

Audi is set to unveil a deluge of plug-in hybrids over the next few years. The automaker announced at a conference that it intends on releasing up to twelve new plug-ins by 2025, according to a new article from Eric Evarts at Green Car Reports.

The first new plug-in hybrid from Audi will likely be the Q5 e-tron plug-in. Evarts notes that the Q5 model is a departure from prior Audi PHEVs in that it will have a bigger battery and longer electric range. Audi’s current plug-in, the A3 e-tron, has sixteen miles of electric range, which is expected to be extended by 20-30% in the Q5. The Q5 plug-in will employ a 2L turbo engine rated at 188hp with an electric motor adding another 108hp. Read more.

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Porsche, with nod to hybrid and electric, drops diesel

Porsche, the luxury automaker, has announced it will move away from diesel vehicles in favor of growing its electrified lineup of vehicles. In a press release, Porsche’s CEO noted, “Porsche is not demonizing diesel… [but we] have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free.”

Diesel sales have fallen throughout Europe in recent years as sales of hybrids and electric cars have grown. However, as Eric Brackett notes for F3 News, as the EU has put into place “stricter environmental regulations” for diesels, diesel cars are increasingly failing to meet the continent’s emissions standards. Porsche currently has a number of electrified options, including the Cayenne and Panamera E-Hybrid models. Read more.

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