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The unique approach Ford is using to get consumers excited about a hybrid pickup

Bloomberg recently published a fascinating feature about how Ford is marketing its hybrid F-150 pickup truck. The story (Ford’s Key to Selling Truck No One Asked For: Keeping Beer Cold) explains that people who buy F-150s don’t much care about fuel economy. So how do you get them excited about the advantages of a hybrid? “The marketing will go something…

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Ford introduces plug-in hybrid police car

Ford is introducing a plug-in hybrid vehicle for police and government customers. The Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan has an all-electric range of 21 miles and is designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other government personnel whose jobs don’t require a pursuit-rated vehicle. This is the third police vehicle Ford has revealed this year, joining the Ford Police…

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XL Hybrids to provide F-250 hybrid vehicles

XL Hybrids has announced it will begin producing a hybrid electric drive system for 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in 2018. The company has adapted its XL3 powertrain technology for the F-250 trucks based on demand from fleet customers who are seeking even better fuel efficiency from Ford’s popular work trucks. This will be the first time that Ford…

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Report: Ford’s Largest SUVs Are Getting Greener

A new report says that Ford is continuing its push to make its largest SUVs more fuel efficient. Sources told Automotive News that Ford is planning to introduce hybrid variations of the Expedition and Navigator in 2019. The same story says that the defunct Escape Hybrid will reappear in 2019, along with a gas-electric version of its Lincoln MKC platform…

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Green Patent Blog shines spotlight on Paice vs. Ford

Eric Lane with Green Patent Blog has put posted a summary of recent activity involving Paice, including the company’s patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission. “Paice alleges that Ford’s hybrid vehicle powertrains and components in the Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Plug-in Hybrid, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid infringe one or more claims of each of the patents,” Lane writes.…

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Ford Introduces Hybrid Taxi Prototype

HybridCars.com reports that Ford has its eye on the taxi market with the development of a Transit Connect hybrid taxi prototype that will be featured at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. Transit Connect already has a big taxi presence in large cities such as Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Ford plans to begin testing a fleet of…

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Ford introducing hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and Mustang

Ford will introduce seven new electrified vehicles in the next five years, including hybrid versions of the iconic F-150 pickup and Mustang in the U.S., a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Europe and a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles for customers globally. The moves are part of a $4.5 billion investment in…

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Ford investing heavily in electric car ambitions

FORTUNE recently highlighted Ford’s commitment to electric vehicles, including its plans to invest $4.5 billion and add 13 new electric cars to its lineup by 2020. Within five years, more than 40% of the Ford’s models will come in electrified versions. Ford currently sells three electric cars: the Focus (electric), Fusion (hybrid/plug-in hybrid), and C-Max (hybrid/plug-in hybrid). The 2017 Ford Focus Electric,…

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Hyundai among latest automakers to plan dedicated hybrid model

The Toyota Prius, the world’s best-selling hybrid, continues to inspire other automakers to develop their own dedicated hybrid models. The growing list of companies that are developing dedicated hybrids now includes Ford, Kia and Hyundai. “We will take the lead in the future by raising the competitiveness of our environment-friendly cars like hybrid-only cars, plug-in hybrid cars and fuel cell…

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Ford’s “Green Zone” project may improve plug-in vehicle efficiency

The website Inside EVs reports that Ford is developing a “Green Zone” project for plug-in hybrid cars like the Fusion Energi to automatically select the driving mode (hybrid or electric) depending on zone or other factors. According to Ford, this type of management could increase efficiency. “As the Ford plug-in hybrid travels down Village Road, a short distance from the maker’s…

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