Hybrid

Volvo, ABB to develop fast-charging buses

7:22 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Swiss engineering group ABB and Volvo said they were setting up a global partnership to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with fast-charging systems....
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Toyota ponders awd for next-gen Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The next generation of the Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid, will offer a lithium ion battery and possibly an all-wheel-drive option....
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Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid to get 400 hp

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Volvo has released powertrain figures on the redesigned XC90 mid-sized crossover due to be unveiled in Sweden in August and expected to go on sale in the United States in the first quarter....
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Bugatti mulls hybrid follow-up to Veyron, report says

July 10, 2014 09:29 CET
Bugatti may build a hybrid successor to its 1,200-hp Veyron, sources said. The new model will beat the top speed of Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport, the sources added....
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Honda recalls 175,000 hybrids in Japan due to software glitch

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Honda is recalling 175,356 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in Japan, including the Fit subcompact, over a software glitch in the engine control unit....
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Audi plans aggressive series of plug-in hybrid launches

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
In a countermove to BMW's electric-car offensive, Audi plans to launch at least four plug-in hybrid cars in the coming years....
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Next-gen Prius launch delayed 6 months

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. has delayed the start of production for the fourth-generation Prius from next spring until December 2015. Engineers are sweating the details of a new vehicle architecture and the company's next-generation hybrid system....
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Toyota's new Prius hybrid delayed 6 months

June 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota has delayed the launch of its fourth-generation Prius hybrid from the second to the fourth quarter of 2015. A source said the carmaker was continuing to work on maximizing the car's fuel economy....
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Ferrari plans 20% CO2 cut by 2021

June 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Ferrari wants to reduce its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021 while simultaneously boosting performance. To do this the supercar maker will use turbochargers on V-8 engines and hybrid systems on V-12s, a top executive said....
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Ford mpg strategy is at a crossroads

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Ford Motor Co. plans to retain fuel economy as a pillar of its marketing, but its rollback of mpg numbers on six models this month will force the company to abandon many of the competitive and superlative claims it has made over the past 18 months....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Toyota, Nissan green-car divide widens

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
While other automakers hedge their bets on alternative powertrains, Toyota and Nissan are placing risky wagers that each knows exactly which will dominate among next-generation green vehicles....
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EDITORIAL

2 truths about hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Sales of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles may be leveling out at or below 4 percent of U.S. market volume. That's less than a million units a year, currently split among 47 hybrids....
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MPG revisions undercut Ford marketing

5:01 pm U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Ford faces new challenges to its ambitious effort to become the industry's fuel economy leader after revising mpg numbers downward on six models....
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Ford lowers mpg estimates on 6 models after internal audit

2:00 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Ford, admitting that it made a mistake in calculating fuel economy estimates for several car models, including hybrids, will revise the mpg ratings downward and repay owners for the added fuel costs. Ford will distribute goodwill payments of $125 to $1,050 to some 200,000 consumers who leased or purchased affected vehicles....
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Have hybrid cars hit their peak?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
American consumers appear to have become inured to the fuel price spikes and sales of the Toyota Prius and other hybrids may be flattening....
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Honda Accord Hybrid misses 47 mpg label, Consumer Reports finds

7:25 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Honda's gasoline-electric Accord is the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan in the United States yet doesn't get its window sticker average, Consumer Reports found, making it the latest hybrid to fall short in the magazine's road tests....
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Toyota wants to keep r&d ties with Tesla, N.A. engineering chief says

6:47 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Toyota hopes to continue working with Tesla Motors on battery technology even after a battery-supply agreement between the two companies ends this year, Toyota's head of North American engineering and manufacturing said Thursday....
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Toyota's new chip boosts hybrid fuel efficiency by up to 10%

May 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota has developed a new semiconductor it says can boost fuel efficiency in hybrid cars such as the Prius by up to 10 percent....
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Toyota developing chips to boost hybrid efficiency up to 10%

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
Toyota, aiming to extend its lead in hybrid technology, has developed a new semiconductor it says can boost fuel efficiency in hybrid cars such as the Prius by up to 10 percent....
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More hybrids to help Chrysler hit mpg target

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Only two new electrified vehicles were listed on the five-year product plan that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles presented to analysts this month. But last week, CEO Sergio Marchionne said to expect more. The only electrified vehicle the company sells now is a battery version of the Fiat 500 minicar, which is sold only in California and will be sold in Portland, Ore., by late summer....
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Sales of green cars down, but great strides in fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Some green-vehicle technologies that looked like sure bets for the second half of this decade are lagging. And some technologies that seemed like long shots seven model years ago have become viable....
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Ford tries to revive C-Max Hybrid sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Ford is faced with rebuilding the C-Max Hybrid's sales after volume tanked when the company was forced to lower the vehicle's estimated fuel economy in August. "We need to reinvest in the product because it's a great product," says Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas....
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Siemens, BAIC to jointly build parts for green vehicles in China

April 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's Siemens and state-owned Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive will form a joint venture to produce motors and inverters for hybrid and full-electric vehicles....
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Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

April 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda....
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Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda....
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