Hybrids

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET
VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets.... Read More »

 

Winterkorn warns EU on overburdening automakers on CO2

Oct. 1, 2014 22:00 CET
VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn warned European regulators that it would be “fatal” to overburden the auto industry with a fresh round of more stringent emission targets before a market can even develop for green cars such as EVs and plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

 

PAUL MCVEIGH

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations.... Read More »

 

French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tougher new EU regulations.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault concept rivals VW's 1-liter car for fuel economy

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault says the Eolab concept previews fuel-saving technologies that will appear on its production cars before 2020. The Eolab's fuel economy rivals the VW XL1, promoted as a "1-liter" car because it uses 1 liter of fuel per 100km.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat

Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET
The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsize segment.... Read More »

 

Germany to offer free parking to spur EV sales

Sept. 24, 2014 13:47 CET
Germany will offer free parking and the right to use bus lanes to buyers of electric, fuel cell and some plug-in hybrid cars in a bid to have 1 million EVs on German roads by 2020, up from about 21,000 at the start of the year.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept shows Europe-led design shift

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota turned to its styling center in southern France to create the C-HR concept that will be displayed in Paris next week. Toyota says the hybrid crossover hints at what it intends to bring to the compact SUV segment.... Read More »

 

California targets zero emission vehicles as Brown signs new laws

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown has a moonshot goal for the world's eighth-largest economy as he seeks to lead the global fight against climate change: 1.5 million zero-emission cars on state roads in the next decade.... Read More »

 

S class leads Mercedes' plug-in offensive

Sept. 23, 2014 16:08 CET
Mercedes will roll out at least 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017 -- starting with its flagship S-class sedan -- as the premium car manufacturer looks to fulfill strict carbon emission requirements in Europe.... Read More »

 

Can Prius set the pace again?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014
The hybrid revolution that the Prius ushered in has put it in an awkward position: So many other brands have followed Toyota's lead into the hybrid market that the Prius no longer stands out. The brand is now it's at a marketing crossroads.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept previews new crossover

Sept. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota will unveil the C-HR concept at the Paris auto show. The concept previews a potential new entry in Europe's booming crossover segment.... Read More »

 

Ford recalls 74,000 older Escape, Mercury Mariner hybrids

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model Escape and Mercury Mariner crossover vehicles because the electronic hybrid system may overheat.... Read More »

 

Porsche recalls some 918s for rear-axle problem

Sept. 11, 2014 11:44 CET
Porsche has recalled 46 of its 918 Spyders to fix a potential defect in the plug-in hybrid supercar's rear-axle components. The automaker said no accidents or injuries were reported in relation to the problem.... Read More »

 

Where Jaguar Land Rover may take EVs, hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Wolfgang Ziebart, head of product development for Jaguar Land Rover, is guiding the expansion of the Land Rover and Jaguar ranges.... Read More »

 

JLR intensifies efforts to meet tough EU CO2 target

Aug. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will “turn over every stone” including launching plug-in hybrids to bring its high average CO2 emissions down to an EU-approved level by 2021, JLR head of product development Wolfgang Ziebart said.... Read More »

 

Ford plans hybrid series to rival Prius, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford plans to introduce a Toyota Prius-fighter -- a gasoline-electric hybrid car debuting in late 2018 that will be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of a gasoline model.... Read More »

 

LG Chem says it has battery order from Audi for plug-in hybrid cars

Aug. 20, 2014 15:16 CET
LG Chem says it will supply batteries for Audi's growing lineup of plug-in hybrids. Audi began European sales of its first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, in June and plans to add at least three more plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

 

Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, Reuters reported, citing two sources with knowledge of the company's plans. The compact car will be Ford's first "dedicated" hybrid -- that is a vehicle designed to be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of an existing gasoline model, such as the automaker's Fusion hybrid.... Read More »

 

Hybrids help supercars cut CO2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ultraluxury nameplates such as Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley and Porsche are opting for electric powertrains to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their supercars.... Read More »

 

ZF plans big expansion of Shanghai r&d center

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is investing 50 million euros (412 million yuan) in a fivefold expansion of its Shanghai headquarters and research hub.... Read More »

 

Chinese EV, plug-in hybrid output soars tenfold in July

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Automakers, aided by government subsidies, produced 5,799 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China in July, 10 times more than in the same month last year.... Read More »

 

New survey shows emerging habits of EV, hybrid drivers

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Public charging stations, though useful for some electric- and hybrid-vehicle drivers, come with a new set of strategic considerations, a new industry study concludes.... Read More »

 

Hybrid technology helps fuel transmission transformation

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Transmission manufacturers such as ZF Friedrichshafen AG are adapting their transmissions for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles by replacing the torque converter with an electric motor.... Read More »

 

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