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VW hints at future hybrid plans

According to a new report from Auto Guide, Volkswagen has filed for a number of hybrid and electric vehicle trademarks in Europe, including for the terms “power hybrid,” “range,” and “pure hybrid.” It is unclear when Volkswagen intends to deploy the new names, but Auto Guide argues the protected terms will likely not be standalone vehicle names. Read more.

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VW to offer 48V mild hybrid

Though most consumers recognize full hybrid, plug-in, and electric cars, mild hybrids are a less publicized option. A mild hybrid “typically can’t propel a car on electric power alone. Instead, [they] provide a small amount of electric assist” allowing the vehicle’s engine to work smarter, not harder. Volkswagen has announced that a portion of its electrification strategy will focus on…

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Plug-in hybrid Tiguan spotted on test in Sweden

Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid Tiguan has been undergoing road testing in snow-covered Sweden. The Tiguan PHEV is expected to have a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, in combination with its electric assistance. When in full-electric mode, the Tiguan is expected to have about twenty miles of range. Though VW has yet to announce where the Tiguan PHEV will be released, the model…

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VW introduces T-Prime plug-in hybrid

Volkswagen introduced the T-Prime Concept GTE at Auto China 2016. The full-size sport utility vehicle with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive previews the future Volkswagen SUV. It will deliver the equivalent of 87 miles per gallon and travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone using a 14.1-kWh battery. Read more.

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German Automakers Make Big Push for Plug-in Hybrids

A trio of German automakers — Mercedes, Volkswagen and BMW — have aggressive plans for introducing plug-in hybrids. Mercedes has announced plans to introduce 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017. That follows news that Volkswagen will launch over twenty electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles over the next few years in China. BMW recently announced its first plug-in hybrid. “Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on…

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VW says fuel cell cars will struggle beyond Japan

Volkswagen predicts that cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells will probably struggle to catch on beyond Japan’s borders, according to an article in Automotive News. Toyota is preparing to launch its first  fuel cell car in Japan, priced at about $69,000. The Japanese government is offering subsidies up to $28,500 a vehicle, a figure that Volkswagen says is probably too high…

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Report: 40% of Hybrids Cost Less to Own than Gasoline Counterpart

Green Fleet Magazine reports that 13 of 33 hybrid vehicles have a lower total cost-of-ownership when compared to their all-gasoline counterparts. The findings were based on Vincentric’s 2013 Hybrid Analysis, which measures factors such as depreciation, financing, fees and taxes, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs. The 13 hybrids with lower ownership costs included the Lexus CT200h ($6,300 savings) and…

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