Review: 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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A No Compromise Hybrid SUV. As the demand for SUVs grows and remains strong, so too does the desire for larger hybrid models that can accommodate the needs of the whole family and still deliver some measure of fuel economy. If that’s what you’re looking for, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid fits the bill. US News says the Escalade Hybrid is in a class of its own. Specifically, it is a full-size SUV with great fuel economy.

NREL study finds 2nd-generation diesel hybrid delivery vans show significant gains in fuel economy over conventional vans

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Laboratory and in-use fuel economy results Source: NREL. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report on an 18-month evaluation of in-service second-generation diesel-electric hybrid delivery vans and found significant fuel economy benefits of the hybrids compared to similar conventional vans. The hybrid group accumulated 33% fewer miles than the conventional group during the complete 18-month study.

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Review: 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

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To make these trips more pleasurable and make it easier to find your way, General Motors has added a new color touch-screen navigation and radio system to the 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. This, combined with the fuel economy of the hybrid, should make the 2012 Tahoe a good choice for the family on the go. Similar high-end safety features are included with the 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid.

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2012 Toyota Prius Vs 2012 Toyota Camry: Economy Or Speed?

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While there are often clear differences between the models, the exercise highlights what someone in the market at a particular price point can expect, when comparing a hybrid model for an equivalently-priced If you've been following over the last few weeks, you'll have seen us pitch two cars from particular manufacturers against each other.

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Demonstration series hydraulic hybrid transit bus yields fuel economy of 6.9 mpg, 110% better than conventional diesel, 30% better than electric hybrids

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The BUSolutions demonstrator LCO-140H (Low Cost of Ownership–1 st 40-foot Hybrid) series hydraulic hybrid transit bus yields fuel economy of 6.9 mpg (34 l/100km) on the industry-standard ADB duty cycle—110% better than conventional diesel buses on the road today and 30% better than the best-in-class electric hybrid buses available today, according to the final report on the project published by the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

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Hyundai/Kia to correct overstated fuel economy claims of MY 2012 and 2013 models as result of EPA investigation

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Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America will reduce their fuel economy (mpg) ratings for a number of 2011-13 model year models in showrooms after EPA testing found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the company. The changes affect the fuel economy ratings for approximately 900,000, or 35% of, 2011-13 model year vehicles sold through 31 October 2012. The Sonata Hybrid will see a reduction of 1 mpg. Hybrid. Hybrid.

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NREL study finds Class 8 hybrid trucks delivered 13.7% higher fuel economy than conventional diesels in comparable usage

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Laboratory and in-use fuel economy comparison. A performance evaluation of Class 8 hybrid electric tractor trailers (Kenworth T370 hybrid tractors) compared with similar conventional vehicles (Freightliner M2106 standard diesel tractors) by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that hybrid tractors demonstrated 13.7% the hybrid advantage is optimized in routes which include high start-stop density.

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Reviewed: 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

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To make these trips more pleasurable and make it easier to find your way, General Motors has added a new color touch-screen navigation and radio system to the 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. This, combined with the fuel economy of the hybrid, should make the 2012 Tahoe a good choice for the family on the go. Similar high-end safety features are included with the 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid.

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Mitsubishi to unveil Outlander PHEV at 2012 Paris Motor Show

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will present the global debut of the new Outlander SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month. The Outlander PHEV, which combines a Twin Motor 4WD system comprising two 60 kW independent electric motors (one on each axle); a 12 kWh Li-ion battery pack; and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder MIVEC gasoline engine, has a targeted fuel economy in excess of 61 km/liter (143.5 Series Hybrid Mode.

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Reviewed: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid

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Delivering Luxury and Power: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid. Introduced last year, the Touareg Hybrid is Volkswagen’s first production gas-electric hybrid SUV model. The 2012 Touareg Hybrid combines a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with an electric motor. Essentially, the 2012 Touareg Hybrid shares the same basic platform and battery technology as the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and Audi Q7 Hybrid.

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2012 SUV Market Update

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Fast forward to 2012 and the situation has changed dramatically. One factor for this market turnabout could be the economy. For example, a United Kingdom vacation industry organization estimates that in 2012 there will be a 25 percent increase in the number of Brits who take a vacation in our near the city where they live. While they got better fuel economy, the cars turned out to be too small for their lifestyles. 2012 Lexus RX hybrid – 30 mpg combined.

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New Review: 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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A No Compromise Hybrid SUV. As the demand for SUVs grows and remains strong, so too does the desire for larger hybrid models that can accommodate the needs of the whole family and still deliver some measure of fuel economy. If that’s what you’re looking for, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid fits the bill. US News says the Escalade Hybrid is in a class of its own. Specifically, it is a full-size SUV with great fuel economy.

Ford’s math on hybrid fuel economy; standing by the C-MAX EPA ratings, acknowledging large real-world variance

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Raj Nair outlining factors affecting real-world fuel economy in hybrids. At Friday’s event unveiling the new Transit commercial vehicle family for North America ( earlier post ), Ford’s Raj Nair, group vice president global product development, spent some time addressing the issue of the large discrepancy between real-world fuel economy results for the C-MAX hybrid and its EPA fuel economy ratings—47 mpg (5.0 Fuel Efficiency Hybrids

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Honda boosts performance and fuel economy on 2013 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe using new Li-ion pack

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The 2013 Honda CR-Z goes on sale 21 November with a number of powertrain, styling and feature upgrades, including a new Li-ion battery pack that replaces the NiMH pack in the MY 2012 CR-Z hybrid and delivers more power and improved fuel economy. The new, more powerful Lithium-ion battery pack helps boost EPA-rated fuel economy figures by 1 mpg city for CVT equipped models, and 1 mpg highway for CR-Z models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

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2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid: 95 MPGe. 2012 Chevy Volt: 94 MPGe. Game On?

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Japanese automaker Toyota has fired a warning shot across General Motors’ bow today with a revised set of gas mileage figures for the soon-to-be-launched 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Announced by Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter, official economy figures in electric-only mode have been improved from 87

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Ford Hybrids' Fuel Economy Failing To Live Up To EPA Ratings?

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It appears that two new hybrid cars from Ford--the 2013 C-Max Hybrid hatchback and the 2013 Fusion Hybrid sedan--may not deliver real-world gas mileage that's anywhere near their 47-mpg EPA ratings. This is starting to look not so good. Automotive journalists have been quietly discussing this for a few weeks, since Ford began releasing C-Max and

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2013 Honda Fit EV receives EPA fuel economy rating of 118 MPGe; highest yet

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City and highway cycle fuel-economy ratings are 132 and 105 MPGe, respectively. The 92 kW (123 hp) coaxial electric motor generates 189 ft-lb of torque, and is teamed to a chassis with a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode electric drive system adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid.

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Ford expects 95 MPGe combined fuel economy, 20-mile all electric range from C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid

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Ford expects the new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid (PHEV) ( earlier post ) to achieve more than 20 miles of electric-only range and a 550-mile overall range on a single tank of fuel. Fuel economy is the equivalent of 95 miles per gallon (MPGe) (2.5L/100km equivalent) combined city/highway. The C-MAX Hybrid (conventional version) is projected to have fuel economy of 47 mpg on the city cycle.

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Ford launching major new product push in Europe; fuel economy and 1.0L EcoBoost engine; first Ford full hybrid car for Europe

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The new Mondeo Hybrid is Ford’s first full hybrid car in Europe. At a “Go Further with Ford” event in Amsterdam, Ford Motor Company detailed plans for an aggressive product acceleration in Europe, targeting opportunities for growth in the large car, SUV and commercial vehicle segments while emphasizing fuel economy and enabling technologies such as the EcoBoost engines. The Ford Mondeo Hybrid will be Ford’s first full hybrid-electric vehicle for Europe.

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2012 SUV Market Update

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Fast forward to 2012 and the situation has changed dramatically. One factor for this market turnabout could be the economy. For example, a United Kingdom vacation industry organization estimates that in 2012 there will be a 25 percent increase in the number of Brits who take a vacation in our near the city where they live. While they got better fuel economy, the cars turned out to be too small for their lifestyles. 2012 Lexus RX hybrid – 30 mpg combined.

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2002 Vs 2012 Toyota Prius Hybrids: Progress In Numbers

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The premise remains the same--a mass-market hybrid vehicle that offers the best economy and lowest emissions on the market--but much It seems like the Toyota Prius has been zipping around our roads forever, but in reality the first examples only hit U.S. soil just over a decade ago, with the Japanese market getting the car a few years before that.

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VW Diesel Buyers, Hybrid Buyers: Both Want Fuel Economy, But Beyond That.

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When the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid arrives at dealers in late December or early January, VW will become the only carmaker offering both a diesel engine and a hybrid model of the same compact sedan. Why two such different approaches? Because, Volkswagen says, the audiences for the two cars are actually very different--and there's very little

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Honda previews 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid

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2014 Accord plug-in hybrid. Set to go on sale in early 2013, Honda’s 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan ( earlier post ) will offer the ability to run in an all-electric mode for 10 to 15 miles and a calculated total driving range of more than 500 miles. EPA fuel economy ratings and gas-electric range rating determined by Honda.). The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan features one of four new powertrains for the all-new Accord. Hybrids Plug-ins

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid to beat Toyota Prius V for fuel economy

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The hybrid car market is becoming increasingly competitive – as is emphasised by Ford openly boasting that it’s new C-MAX Hybrid (pictured) will topple the Toyota Prius V in terms of fuel economy and will come with a lower price. The Ford C-MAX Hybrid is set to return 47mpg highway, compared to the Toyota Prius [.]. Ford Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Ford C-MAX Ford C-MAX Hybrid green cars hybrid cars Toyota Prius V

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Toyota Prius C: Hybrid Subcompact Ultimate Guide

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Toyota's Prius has become such a significant figurehead for hybrids that Toyota has turned the Prius name into a burgeoning range of models. First to join the regular Prius was the 2012 Toyota Prius V, a hybrid wagon, and most recently we've got to know the 2012 Toyota Prius C, a Yaris-sized hybrid subcompact offering some impressive economy and

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Getrag introduces new 7-speed dual clutch and derivative hybrid transmissions; applications from mild- to plug-in hybrids

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At its fifth biennial Drivetrain Forum in Cologne, Getrag presented the seven-speed dual clutch transmission Getrag Powershift 7DCT300 and a hybrid derivative, the Getrag Hybrid Drive 7HDT300. Benchmarking the 7DCT300 against CVTs and automatics has made the transmission best-in-class for launch, fuel economy, NVH, cost and ease of hybridization. The Getrag HybridDrive 7HDT300 is the hybridized. Such a full-hybrid version enables fuel improvements of.

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2012 Honda Fit Vs 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid: High Gas Mileage Battle

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Since the Civic arrived back in the 1970s, the Japanese carmaker has made fuel economy a high priority in its cars. These days cars like the 2012 If you're in the market for a fuel efficient vehicle your choice is better than ever. Virtually every manufacturer now offers a high-mpg vehicle, but Honda could lay claim to being one of the first.

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Researchers begin quantifying effect of driving style on electric vehicle performance, economy and perception

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A paper on the study appears in the International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles. Mike Knowles, Helen Scott and David Baglee (2012) The effect of driving style on electric vehicle performance, economy and perception Int. Electric and Hybrid Vehicles , Vol. 3, pp.The effect of driving style on electric vehicle performance, economy and perception228-247 doi: 10.1504/IJEHV.2012.050492.

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DOE and EPA release annual fuel economy guide with 2013 models

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2013 Fuel Economy Guide. The 2013 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, but notable this year is the growing availability of hybrids and the increasing number of electric vehicles. These labels are required for model year 2013, but some automakers voluntarily adopted the new label design on some 2012 models.

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Cumulative worldwide sales of Honda hybrids passes 1 million units

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announced that its cumulative worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles surpassed 1 million units as of the end of September 2012. This milestone was reached 12 years and 11 months after the start of sales of the first generation Insight in Japan November 1999, which realized fuel economy of 35 km/liter (82.3 15 mode with a 5-speed MT vehicle—at the time the world’s highest fuel economy among all mass-production gasoline-powered vehicles. hybrid vehicle sales.

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Independent testing shows 21.2% reduction in fuel consumption with XL Hybrids retrofit system

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The XL Hybrids system in place. reduction in fuel consumption achieved with XL Hybrids’ aftermarket hybrid electric powertrain ( earlier post ) on a light-duty cargo van on the UDDS cycle (urban conditions). The testing process compares fuel economy performance from the vehicle in its original condition with the performance using XL Hybrids’ charge-sustaining hybrid system. Our hybrid controller connects to the CAN; our controller is read-only.

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2012 Lexus CT 200h Review

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Review: 2012 Lexus CT 200h. It is the only compact luxury hybrid hatchback on the market today and the only luxury hybrid sedan that gets over 40 mph, according to several reports. It also has the distinction of being in that rare oxymoronic class of the sporty hybrid. Specifically, the 2012 Lexus CT 200h is categorized as a premium compact, four-door hatchback hybrid. The 2012 Lexus CT 200h gets a combined city/highway mileage of 42 mpg.

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Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan EPA-rated at 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe combined; Ford projects best hybrid sales quarter ever

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The US Environmental Protection Agency has rated the new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid ( earlier post ) at up to 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe combined (2.2, Fusion Energi is the Ford brand’s fifth electrified vehicle to launch in the past year—and its second plug-in hybrid after the C-MAX Energi. Ford expects the Fusion Energi to accelerate its record hybrid sales pace, including its highest monthly hybrid sales month ever in November.

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2011 edition of EPA Fuel Economy Trends report shows several advanced powertrain technologies making significant gains

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The average fuel efficiency for new cars and light duty trucks has increased while the average carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions continue to decrease for the seventh consecutive year, according to the 2011 edition of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual report, “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2011.”. Hybrids of all types are projected to grow slightly to 4.0%

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XL Hybrids, Henley Transmission Services partner to certify AAMCO for hybrid conversion installation, servicing

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XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1-3 commercial fleet use ( earlier post ), has signed an agreement with Henley Transmission Services, LLC, the largest franchise holder of AAMCO automotive service centers, to certify AAMCO technicians to install and service XL Hybridshybrid-electric conversions. The XL Hybrids hybrid powertrain is designed for aftermarket installation.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gives better fuel economy, at same MSRP as EcoBoost mode

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Going against traditional pricing for hybrid cars, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers the advantages and fuel cost savings of the Hybrid, but without the higher price.Hybrid vehicles have long carried a premium price which meant we had to justify

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Ford’s 3rd generation powersplit hybrid system

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The hybrid system in the coming 2013 MY Fusion and C-Max hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) ( earlier post ) marks the third major generation of Ford’s powersplit system. Atkinson to improve fuel economy. The 2012 Fusion Hybrid carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway; Ford expects the upcoming 2013 Fusion Hybrid to offer about 47 mpg city, 44 mpg highway. The hybrid system offers four modes of operation: Electric drive.

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Polk: 35% of hybrid owners buying hybrids again

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Polk’s assessment of hybrid loyalty by quarter. While the selection of hybrid models in the US has more than doubled since 2007, only 35% of hybrid vehicle owners choose to purchase a hybrid again when returning to market in 2011, according to recent analysis by Polk. If repurchase behavior among the high-volume audience of Toyota Prius owners isn’t factored in, hybrid loyalty drops to less than 25%. Hybrid vehicles represent 2.4% Hybrids Sales

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Ford and suppliers investing $220M to produce new HF35 hybrid transmission and others at Van Dyke plant

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Ford and suppliers are investing $220 million to transform Van Dyke Transmission into a modern operation capable of producing Ford’s new hybrid transmission—HF35—as well as other fuel-efficient transmissions. HF35 will be used in five electrified vehicles being introduced this year: C-MAX Hybrid; C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid; Fusion Hybrid; Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid; and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Reduced weight to help increase fuel economy.

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MTSU group seeking to commercialize new wheel motor plug-in hybrid retrofit kit

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A prototype plug-in hybrid retrofit kit is applied to a research vehicle’s rear wheels. After switching on the traction motors, the vehicle fuel economy increased from 50–100%. A group at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), led by Dr. Charles Perry, who holds the Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence, has developed and demonstrated a proof-of-concept for a wheel motor plug-in hybrid retrofit kit for almost any car. Conversions Hybrids Plug-ins

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Schaeffler bringing thermal management module to North American market; up to 4% improvement in fuel economy

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Through the proactive management of engine, transmission, hybrid component and battery temperature, Schaeffler’s Thermal Management Module improves fuel economy by as much as 4%, according to the company. Rotary slide valves controlled by sensors enable the ideal temperature window for the engine and transmission to be reached quickly. Click to enlarge.

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Lexus reveals fuel economy ratings of new hybrid car

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It has been eagerly anticipated ever since it was unveiled back at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show – and now the new Lexus GS450h (pictured) is ready to hit the road after its official fuel economy ratings were revealed. The new generation hybrid version of the GS350 offers an official combined fuel economy rating of [.]. Green cars Latest news Lexus green cars hybrid cars Lexus GS450h

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Pike forecasts 26.4% CAGR for electric-drive buses to 2018; hybrid, battery-electric and fuel cell

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Pike Research forecasts that the global market for all electric-drive buses—including hybrid, battery electric, and fuel cell buses—grow steadily over the next. from 2012 to 2018. Pike suggests that North America will experience a rebound in a few years, as the economy stabilizes along with public transit funding levels. A parallel hybrid system is more suited to duty cycles where there is both stop and-go and higher speed or steady speed driving.

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