Hybrids

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Forcing EVs on us is a good idea?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Electric vehicles and hybrids should not be socially engineered into our lives whether people want them or not.... Read More »

 

BMW, VW will build fast-charging stations for EVs in U.S.

Jan. 23, 2015 12:18 CET
BMW and Volkswagen are joining with ChargePoint, a company that provides EV charging facilities, to build nearly 100 fast-charging stations in the U.S. Both automakers seek to boost interest in their electric or plug-in vehicles, including the BMW i3 and the VW e-Golf.... Read More »

 

BMW's Robertson sees cheap gas making electric cars a harder sell

10:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Cheap gas may make electric cars an even harder sell, said a top executive at BMW, the German luxury automaker that’s aiming for plug-in versions of all its top models.... Read More »

 

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McLaren will unveil P1 GTR hybrid supercar

Jan. 19, 2015 12:53 CET
McLaren will unveil a production-ready version of the P1 GTR hybrid supercar, its fastest and most powerful vehicle to date, at the Geneva auto show in March.... Read More »

 

Via Motors targets annual sales of 50,000 plug-in hybrid trucks

9:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
VIA Motors, the closely held assembler of plug-in hybrid pickups, expects to sell 50,000 vehicles per year by 2018. The company is also preparing to offer an optional solar panel, stretched across the top of the pickup bed, for recharging the batteries. VIA will start selling the pickups to fleet customers in February and to individuals by the end of the year... Read More »

 

VIA Motors delivering hybrid fleet trucks, Lutz says

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
For former GM product czar Bob Lutz, his latest project is hitting the startup sweet spot, shipping retrofitted hybrid pickups to fleet customers.... Read More »

 

Hyundai gets into EV game with Sonata plug-in

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The next Chevrolet Volt will have Korean competition. Today at the Detroit auto show, Hyundai revealed its first battery-powered vehicle: a plug-in hybrid version of the Sonata midsize sedan that will go on sale this year.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why falling fuel prices are bad, bad news

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Cheap gasoline usually brings higher incentives on hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars -- making it harder for automakers and suppliers to sell them at a profit.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz to sell C350 plug-in hybrid in U.S. in fall

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Mercedes-Benz will begin US sales of the C350 plug-in hybrid this fall. The new car is one of 10 plug-in hybrids Mercedes will be launching through 2017, said Thomas Weber, Daimler AG board member for group research and Mercedes-Benz car development.... Read More »

 

Chinese automaker Guangzhou will tout autonomous hybrid, SUV

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group will show an autonomous hybrid concept and an SUV at the Detroit auto show Monday afternoon. The autonomous concept, called the Witstar, is powered by a battery and a gasoline engine.... Read More »

 

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Porsche's sales boss bullish on plug-in hybrids

Jan. 8, 2015 06:15 CET
Porsche is joining other carmakers in embracing plug-in hybrids, so much so that the company's sales boss, Bernhard Maier, uses one for his daily commute. Maier shared his views on the future of plug-ins at Porsche.... Read More »

 

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BMW quickly moves top 'i' tech to mainstream models

Jan. 6, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW's mainstream models could soon benefit from technology offered in the i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance low-CO2 powertrains, BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Industry 'can't give up on EVs'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
With gasoline selling for less than $2 a gallon in some states, it's fair to ask whether the industry's investment in electric vehicles has been an expensive blunder.... Read More »

 

HYUNDAI

A thin crossover lineup; restless dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
A thin crossover lineup has kept Hyundai from capitalizing on the segment's boom.... Read More »

 

New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR.... Read More »

 

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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV

Dec. 18, 2014 17:03 CET
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving.” He says that because 80 percent of daily roundtrip commutes in Europe are less than 50km, which is the A3 e-tron's electric-only range.... Read More »

 

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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more.... Read More »

 

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Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival

Dec. 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large crossovers. But unlike rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M class, there will be no diesel- or gasoline-powered versions of the NX.... Read More »

 

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VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds'

Dec. 15, 2014 06:30 CET
Volkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the “best of both worlds” -- a compact hatchback that can be driven up to 50km using electric power or up to 940km with additional power from its gasoline engine.... Read More »

 

Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st plug-in diesel

Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's Q7 will be the first model from VW Group to offer a plug-in hybrid diesel powertrain, an Audi source told Automotive News Europe. The variant gives Audi a technology edge over BMW and Mercedes, which currently offer gasoline plug-ins.... Read More »

 

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Ghosn expects Europe sales to rise in 2015

Dec. 4, 2014 06:15 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn expects growth in Europe, China and the U.S. next year and is bullish about plans to diversify beyond electric cars into plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.... Read More »

 

Ferrari unleashes 1,050-horsepower hybrid for test-drive customers

7:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Ferrari is giving a group of its test-drive customers the chance to try out a 1,050-horsepower hybrid prototype car being unveiled at its annual event celebrating the end of the global auto-racing season this week.... Read More »

 

BMW plans 3 series, X5 plug-in hybrid variants

Dec. 1, 2014 15:43 CET
BMW is joining rival premium carmakers in offering plug-in hybrid versions of its main models, including the 3-series sedan and X5 SUV, as automakers react to tighter emissions regulations.... Read More »

 

Daimler will expand German battery output

Dec. 1, 2014 16:15 CET
Daimler will spend about 100 million euros ($125 million) to boost production of lithium ion batteries in Germany as it expects "high and steadily growing demand" for electric-car batteries.... Read More »

 

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Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche commit to plug-ins

Dec. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche are among carmakers embracing plug-in hybrids as “the best of both worlds” as they eliminate the range anxiety that has hindered the purchase of full-electric cars and help carmakers cut CO2 emissions.... Read More »

 

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