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Global hybrid sales increased in 2017

Leading the pack for automakers, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai / Kia and other Japanese and South Korean OEMs sold over two million hybrid and plug-in cars in 2017. Toyota, as is the trend, sold the most hybrid vehicles for the year, contributing to the industry’s fourteen percent growth over 2016. As Ward’s Auto points out, Toyota “dwarfs all other brands including…

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Ford licenses hybrid vehicle patents from Paice, Abell Foundation

PAICE PRESS RELEASE | APRIL 12, 2018 Ford licenses hybrid vehicle patents from Paice, Abell Foundation Four out of every five hybrid-electric vehicles in the world now have a Paice license Paice, a pioneer in hybrid electric vehicle technology, has reached an agreement to license all of its hybrid vehicle technology to Ford Motor Company. Ford ranks second in U.S.…

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Ford rumored to bring hybrid Explorer in 2020

The Ford Explorer, a leader in the market, is in for an upgrade. TTAC reports that the new Explorer, to be unveiled in 2020, will offer a hybrid engine, and the car’s Lincoln equivalent will offer a plug-in version. With the expansion of the Explorer offerings, Ford seeks to continue to grow its market share in the mid-size SUV range.…

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Ford will invest $11 billion in 40 electrified vehicles by 2022

Ford announced at the Detroit Auto Show that it will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles, spending $11 billion to have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup by 2022. The investment is much higher than a previously announced target of $4.5 billion by 2020. “We’re all in on this and we’re taking our mainstream…

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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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