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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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Reuters: Ford plans dedicated hybrid to compete with Toyota Prius

Ford is planning to introduce a new hybrid model in late 2018 to compete with the Toyota Prius, according to an exclusive report by Reuters. Rather than simply offering hybrid versions of its traditional vehicles, this will be Ford’s first “dedicated” hybrid. Sources told Reuters that some of the hybrid technology, including electric motors, controllers and batteries, will be adapted from…

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April 2014 Hybrid Car Sales Report

Hybrid sales dropped 10% in April 2014. A total of 39,430 hybrids were sold in the US in April, a 10% decline from March, according to hybridcars.com. Meanwhile, the popularity of plug-in hybrids continues to grow. While still a small percentage of hybrid/electric car market, the sales of plug-in hybrids is up 45.7% compared to 2013. Read more.

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Cars.com ranks best hybrids for the money

Cars.com recently ranked the best hybrids for the money in 11 different categories. And the winners are… Subcompact Car: 2014 Toyota Prius c ($19,890) Compact Car: 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid ($25,425) Mid-Size Hatchback: 2014 Toyota Prius ($25,010) Mid-Size Sedan: 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid ($27,095) Full-Size Hatchback: 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid ($25,995) Full-Size Sedan: 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid ($36,365) SUV/Crossover: 2014 Nissan…

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