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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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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Mercedes-Benz introducing diesel E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with fuel economy of 56 mpg US; gasoline-engined E 400 HYBRID model to follow

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E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz is introducing the new E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID; the luxury-class diesel hybrid offers fuel consumption of 4.2 The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is based on the E 250 CDI, yet has a higher output and approximately 15% lower fuel consumption. This diesel hybrid will be available in the European market as a Saloon and Estate from the third quarter 2012. In 2009, Mercedes-Benz introduced the S 400 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid heading to select US showrooms

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Overview of the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. Ford began production of the 2013 C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle ( earlier post ) at Michigan Assembly in October, and the vehicles are heading for showrooms. Ford’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle on the market offers EPA-rated 108 mpg equivalent city, 92 mpge highway and 100 mpge combined;the all-electric range is up to 21 miles. Hybrids Plug-insClick to enlarge.

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Prius c hybrid goes on sale in US with entry MSRP of $18,950; new transaxle, motor technology

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The new transaxle in the Prius c features a new cooling system; overall this new hybrid unit with its 2 motor system is now approaching the same weight as single motor competitive systems and is maintaining a competitive size profile, according to Toyota. To help meet that design target, Toyota engineers focused on making the hybrid system more compact and lighter in weight—the Prius c hybrid system is 14% lighter than that of the current Prius Liftback.

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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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Honda to offer three hybrid systems; new fuel cell vehicles for US, Japan, Europe in 2015

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CEO, Takanobu Ito, outlined the product, technology and business developments and direction planned to drive Honda’s growth by fiscal year 2017; among these are a plan to introduce three hybrid systems, Ito said. First, Honda will further develop its lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system (IMA) with the aim of achieving leading fuel economy among all hybrid vehicles. Honda is also developing a new more powerful two-motor hybrid system for mid-size vehicles.

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CMU study finds small battery PHEVs and gasoline hybrids the least-cost policy solution to reducing gasoline consumption

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Peterson and Michalek 2012. —Peterson and Michalek, 2012. a carbon tax), which would increase the price of gasoline and make plug-in vehicles more competitive in the marketplace while encouraging the most efficient responses to reducing externalities, including not only alternative powertrains but also efficiency improvements and incentives to drive less and purchase smaller vehicles (as well as to make changes in other sectors of the economy).

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Lexus introduces 2013 ES 350 and first ES 300h hybrid

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Lexus has introduced the 2013 ES 350—the sixth generation of Lexus’ luxury sedan since its introduction more than 20 years ago—and the first hybrid version of the ES, the ES 300h. Featuring the Lexus Hybrid Drive with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine (2AR-FXE), the ES 300h is expected to earn EPA fuel economy ratings of approximately 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 39 mpg combined (5.88, 6.03 Hybrids2013 Lexus ES 300h. Click to enlarge.

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New 2012 Honda Civic lineup boosts fuel economy in all models; Hybrid and HF offer 40+ mpg

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The entire redesigned ninth-generation Honda Civic lineup will become more fuel efficient with two models—the all-new 2012 Honda Civic HF and the Civic Hybrid—each delivering fuel economy estimates of more than 40 mpg (5.9 Equipped with a 140 hp (104 kW), 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine, the Civic HF is targeted to earn EPA-estimated fuel economy of 41 mpg (5.74 L/100km), an improvement of 4 mpg compared to the current Civic Hybrid. Engines Fuel Efficiency Hybrid

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid EPA-rated at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway; plug-in Energi version offers 85 mph top electric speed

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The Ford C-MAX Hybrid ( earlier post ) is now officially EPA-certified at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined (5.0L/100km), bettering the fuel economy of the Toyota Prius v by 3 mpg on the city cycle and 7 mpg on the highway (5 mpg combined). C-MAX Hybrid. Hybrids traditionally have been more economical in city driving than on the highway, unlike conventional vehicles. C-MAX Hybrid is currently available for order at select dealerships.

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Volkswagen targeting 5% of Jetta sales in US with new sporty Hybrid model; expected 45 mpg combined

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The 2013 Jetta Hybrid. Volkswagen is holding media drive events this week for the sporty new 2013 Jetta Turbo Hybrid ( earlier post ), which features the second version of a Volkswagen gasoline-electric hybrid drive system: a 1.4L turbocharged EA211 engine; a hybrid module featuring a 20 kW electric motor and a disengagement clutch; a 7-speed DSG transmission; and a 1.1 The Jetta Hybrid can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.6 Jetta Hybrid powertrain. Hybrid

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Ford projects C-MAX Hybrid will deliver 47 mpg city, 44 mpg highway; expected payback of hybrid premium in two years

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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid. Ford projects that its upcoming C-MAX Hybrid ( earlier post ) will achieve an EPA-rated 47 mpg city (5.0 L/100km)—higher fuel economy than the Toyota Prius v (44 mpg / 5.3 C-MAX Hybrid will launch this fall. The C-MAX Hybrid is based on the new Ford C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle. Ford has simultaneously increased hybrid efficiency and performance while reducing cost. HybridsClick to enlarge.

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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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Eaton enhances commercial vehicle hybrid electric system to improve fuel efficiency, performance and system payback

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Eaton Corporation has introduced a number of enhancements to increase the fuel economy, performance and payback of its hybrid electric power system for commercial vehicles ( earlier post ) including a new high-capacity battery; a new single-phase 115-volt AC Auxiliary Power Generator (APG); a higher capacity clutch to expand applications up to 860 lb-ft (1,093 N·m) of torque; and a new remanufactured battery for aftermarket purchase. Heavy-duty Hybrids

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Panasonic to supply Li-ion battery cells for Ford’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles

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Lithium-ion battery cell for plug-in hybrid vehicles (left) and. hybrid electric vehicles (right). Panasonic Corporation will supply prismatic lithium-ion battery cells for Ford Motor Company’s Fusion Hybrid Electric and C-Max Hybrid Electric as well as the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids. Atkinson and the optimization of gear ratios for fuel economy. Batteries Hybrids Plug-ins

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Ford introduces new Fusion midsize sedan with new hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid versions

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Ford unveiled the new 2013 Ford Fusion midsize sedan, with conventional gasoline engine; hybrid featuring a next-generation of Ford’s hybrid system; and plug-in hybrid versions at the Detroit Auto Show—the first production sedan to offer that trio of options. In addition to the hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid alternatives, Fusion offers a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines (1.6L Engines Hybrids Plug-ins2013 Ford Fusion. Click to enlarge.

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TfL Board approves production order for 600 new hybrid buses for London

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This will create the largest fleet of hybrid buses in Europe, according to TfL. The 600 buses represent a 200% increase in the current hybrid bus fleet which is set to grow by a further 180 vehicles already on order. When the final batch of new bus for London vehicles is delivered in 2016, more than 1,000 hybrid buses will be in service on the streets of London. Tfl first trialed hybrid technology in 2006. Fleets Heavy-duty Hybrids Policy

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Volvo to concentrate on hybrids and downsized engines for US

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The XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show. Volvo Car Corporation will rely on a powertrain strategy based on its new downsized 4-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine platform ( earlier post ) and hybrids for the US market, said John Maloney, recently appointed President of Volvo Cars, US, in an interview at the Detroit Auto Show. The engine in the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept has no conventional starter motor or alternator.