GM and U Mich receive patent on plug-in series hybrid/extended range electric vehicle powertrain using multiple free piston linear alternator engines

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GM Global Technology Operations LLC and the Regents of the University of Michigan recently were awarded a US patent (Nº 8,261,860) for a plug-in series hybrid or range-extended electric vehicle powertrain using multiple free piston linear alternator (FPLA) engines. The covered hybrid powertrain uses the multiple reciprocating free-piston linear alternator engines to generate electric power for the battery pack or the traction motor. Batteries Engines Hybrids Plug-ins

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PG&E showcased extended-range electric truck from via motors at national Plug-In Day event

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) showcased the utility’s first extended-range electric truck with manufacturer VIA Motors at three Bay Area National Plug-In Day events—in San Francisco, San Rafael and Cupertino—on Sunday. With a 402 hp (300 kW) electric motor and lithium-ion batteries, the vehicles have an electric range of up to 40 miles. The gasoline engine extends the range to 350 more miles.

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A123 Systems to supply Li-ion battery packs to VIA Motors for extended-range electric trucks

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To be integrated into VIA’s Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) Powertrain ( earlier post ), A123’s 24 kWh battery packs combine with a 300 kW electric motor and an onboard generator to deliver an expected all-electric driving range of up to 40 miles. A123’s lithium ion chemistry and packaging allows us to minimize the size and weight of the battery packs while maximizing range and fuel economy of our trucks. Batteries Hybrids Plug-ins

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Cadillac introduces the 2014 ELR extended range electric vehicle

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Cadillac unveiled the anticipated 2014 ELR extended range electric (EREV) vehicle (based on the Converj concept, earlier post ) at the North American International Auto Show. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt produces 273 lb-ft/370 N·m.). gasoline-powered range-extender generator. GM is expressing traction motor power as a range because it hasn’t yet finalized the number, and is still working on optimizing performance vs. how rapidly the battery pack is drained.

GM will focus its electrification strategy on light electrification, extended range, and battery-electric vehicle technologies; major focus on the plug; preview of the Spark EV

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GM will focus its vehicle electrification efforts on three main technologies: light electrification, currently manifested in the eAssist systems; extended range electric vehicles (EREVs) such as the Chevrolet Volt; and battery electric vehicles (BEVs), such as the soon-to-be-introduced Spark EV. Traditional hybrid technology is important, of course. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins Vehicle Manufacturers

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Infiniti EMERGE-E extended range electric sports car concept designed as part of UK TSB low-carbon vehicle initiative; REEVolution consortium

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The Infiniti EMERG-E being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show is a mid-ship, electric-motor-powered sports car concept featuring a range-extender powertrain—equipped with axial flux motors from EVO Electric and a range extending engine from Lotus Engineering—that delivers high-performance as well as the ability to drive for up to 30 urban miles under battery power alone. On the NEDC cycle, CO 2 emissions are 55g/km over a 300-mile combined range.

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Europcar to introduce Opel Ampera extended range EV as a rental car throughout Europe

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Opel and Europcar have agreed to introduce the Opel Ampera extended range electric vehicle ( earlier post ) as a rental car throughout Europe. The Opel Ampera will then be rolled out throughout France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom from the beginning of 2012. Europcar provides electric and hybrid vehicles. Europe Hybrids Plug-insOpel Ampera. Click to enlarge.

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PSA Peugeot Citroën Showing FiSyPAC Fuel Cell Extended Range Electric Vehicle Demonstrator

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PSA Peugeot Citroën is presenting a demonstrator equipped with the FiSyPAC (Fiabilisation système pile à combustible) hydrogen fuel cell range extender system at the “Toute la lumière sur l’hydrogène énergie” show in Lyon, France, from 7-11 December. This fully electric vehicle, based on a Peugeot 307 coupe cabriolet, has a driving range of 500 kilometers (311 miles), with 75 km (47 miles) in charge depleting mode. kg H 2 / 100 km in range-extending hybrid mode.

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Hybrids set for new highs as Toyota extends range

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Hybrids have proven themselves to be anything other than a technical novelty, says Toyota, as the car maker points to the steady rise in hybrid sales over the past five years; of which its own models have accounted for 75 per cent in the UK. Toyota hybrids Sales

Fisker reports more than $100M in revenue Jan-Apr 2012; more than $1B in funding since 2007

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The EVer (Electric Vehicle extended range) powertrain of the Fisker Karma. Fisker Automotive published its first business update, announcing that revenues had exceeded $100 million in the first four months of 2012. The company, which began deliveries of the Fisker Karma luxury four-door extended range electric sedan in December 2011, also said that it has delivered 1,000 vehicles to customers in the US and Europe. 2012 Fisker Karma.

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Vauxhall Ampera: A hybrid by another name. The Green Piece

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Tuesday 11 September, 2012. The Green Piece Vauxhall electric car extended range hybrid Vauxhall AmperaThe Green Piece. OK I have a feeling I am going to be slightly controversial this week because I have a bone I want to pick with Vauxhall over the mishandling in the marketing of the Ampera. It’s not just the recent slap on the wrist that the company received from [.].

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Shanghai General Motors introduces Sail SPRINGO EV at Auto Guangzhou 2012; green technology strategy to 2020

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At the opening of Auto Guangzhou 2012, Shanghai General Motors launched its first localized new energy vehicle, the Sail SPRINGO EV. Electric range is 130 km (81 miles) under a variety of road conditions and 200 km (124 iles) at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). Owners can use the app to perform a range of functions remotely, such as starting the vehicle’s heater or air conditioner. The Sail SPRINGO EV. Click to enlarge.

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SsangYong shows plug-in hybrid crossover with 1L, 2-cylinder range extender

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Building on its previously seen XIV and KEV design concepts, SsangYong Motor Company is showcasing the e-XIV (electric - eXciting user Interface Vehicle) ‘range extended EV concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. e-XIV concept extended range electric vehicle. SsangYong displayed its XIV 1 B segment CUV (crossover utility vehicle) concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, and the XIV 2 Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012.

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GM and Toyota plug-in hybrids again lead plug-in sales from major OEMs in September

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In September, GM’s plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt (2,851 units sold) and Toyota’s plug-in hybrid Prius PHV (1,652 units sold) continued to lead sales in the US of plug-in vehicles from major OEMs. The Volt extended range electric vehicle has sold 16,348 units Jan-Sep 2012, up 319.7% Prius PHV sales from Jan-Sep 2012 totaled 7,734 units. from its September 2011 results; however, Nissan noted, the September 2012 results are the best since then.

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GM tweaks battery materials, pack size, SOC window to increase 2013 Chevrolet Volt EV range to 38 miles

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The all-electric vehicle range of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt will increase by three miles from the 2012 model to be 38 miles on a single charge. The miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel economy will increase from 94 miles to 98 miles and the total range, including extended range operation, will be 380 miles. Power consumption in EV mode is EPA-rated at 35 kWh/100 miles for the 2013 model, down from 36 kWh in the 2012 model. kWh used in the 2012 model.

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Simulation study suggests ORC waste heat recovery system could deliver potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a PHEV on highway

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A simple Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system could recover up to 10% of engine waste heat under highway driving conditions, corresponding to a potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), with low penalization of the added weight to the vehicle electric range, according to a simulation study by researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Ohio State University. Δ in electric range.

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Update on ALTe; EREV powertrain company tracking for production-caliber units by December, production ramp in 1Q 2013

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Extended range electric vehicle powertrain company ALTe ( earlier post ) is tracking to produce a limited number of production-caliber vehicle powertrains by December, and plans to ramp up production in the first quarter of 2013, said CEO John Thomas in a recent interview with Green Car Congress. The first wave of F-150 production-ready prototype extended range electric vehicles is soon due to be delivered to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to kick-off a pilot study in the PG&E fleet.

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Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle company Vision Industries engages Viant as strategic and financial advisor

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a developer of zero emission electric/hydrogen hybrid powered vehicles and turnkey hydrogen fueling systems ( earlier post ) has engaged investment bankers Viant Green Capital LLC and Viant Capital LLC to serve as its strategic and financial advisor. Vision’s proprietary electric/hydrogen hybrid drive system combines the superior acceleration of a battery-powered electric vehicle with the extended range provided by a hydrogen fuel cell. Vision Industries Corp.,

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GM CTO says company accelerating electric vehicle development in China; R&D focus on batteries and lightweight materials

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General Motors is accelerating the development of electrified vehicles in China, Jon Lauckner, GM Chief Technology Officer, vice president of Global Research & Development, and president of GM Ventures, said in a presentation at the FISITA 2012 World Automotive Congress in Beijing. GM’s global strategy is to provide consumers a variety of choices through a range of vehicles with electrified powertrains.

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Fisker unveils the Atlantic design prototype in New York; second-generation EVer powertrain

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Revealed as a design prototype, the Fisker Atlantic is a luxury four-door sporting sedan using the second generation EVer (Electric Vehicle with extended range) technology. Like the Karma sedan, the Fisker Atlantic is a plug-in series hybrid vehicle that allows drivers to switch manually or automatically between electric and gasoline driving modes and sustain the charge of its lithium-ion batteries on the move. Hybrids Plug-insFisker Atlantic design prototype.

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Nissan May Sell Extended Range Vehicles Alongside Battery Electric Cousins

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Infiniti, too, will get its own version of the Leaf as well as a new hybrid version of the M sedan, previewed by the 2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid unveiled back at March's 2010 Geneva The 2011 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is set to go on sale this December and order books for the car are filling up fast, with the first year's allotment already gone.

Göteborg Energi orders two Opbrid B?sbaar ultra-fast bus charging stations for HyperBus project

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sbaar ultra-fast bus charging stations ( earlier post ) for the HyperBus (Hybrid and Plug-in Extended Range) demonstration project in Gothenburg City. This project will consist of three new Volvo plug-in hybrid buses running in traffic and charging for 5-8 minutes at each end of the #60 bus line. sbaar extends the all-electric range of the hybrid bus to a predicted 75% or more of the route. The Opbrid B?sbaar

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Vision Industries and Balqon to partner to build fuel cell terminal tractor

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entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Balqon Corporation to build its zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell /electric hybrid terminal tractor, the Zero-TT. This agreement combines the Cargotec USA Kalmar chassis with Balqon’s electric drivetrain ( earlier post ) and Vision’s hydrogen fuel cell range-extender. Vision is a developer of hydrogen fuel cell/electric hybrid powered vehicles and turnkey hydrogen fueling systems. Vision Industries Corp.

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GM China begins prototype battery cell fabrication

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China plans to significantly increase production of plug-in vehicles—including pure battery electric vehicles, extended-range electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles—by 2020. GM China Advanced Technical Center’s Cell Fabrication Lab in Shanghai recently produced its first batch of battery cells. Click to enlarge.

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opoc engine company EcoMotors closes US $32.5M Series C

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The new capital will also enable EcoMotors to accelerate the creation of gasoline versions of opoc to meet increasing customer demand for cost effective fuel economy gains in cars, light trucks, hybrids, and extended range EVs. EcoMotors International, developer of the opposed-piston, opposed-cylinder opoc engine ( earlier post ), has completed its Series C round with a new investment totaling US$32.5 million, led by Braemar Energy Ventures.

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Fisker Automotive enters Québec market; eligible for Québec Drive Electric incentive

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Fisker Automotive will begin selling its extended range electric luxury cars in Montreal, Québec. As the Karma is classified as a plug-in hybrid by Québec’s Drive Electric Program, buyers are eligible for an $8,000 rebate toward the purchase price. Fisker of Montreal, the first Fisker retailer in Québec and the fourth in Canada, was formed by local businessmen Gad Bitton, president of Holand Automotive Group, and Norman Hébert, president and CEO of Groupe Park Avenue.

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How Ford got back in the EV game

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The #2 US automaker has made a few plug-in hybrid Escape Hybrids that have been in a test fleet at Southern California Edison for about 18 months. Plans for a 2012 general release of the PHEV Escape did not wow anyone. Lisa Drake, Ford's chief engineer for hybrid programs was extremely impressed with the electric focus Magna dropped off. Ford has done it's share of electric cars, including the Ranger EV and Th!nk nk City that were its ZEV mandate cars in the '90s.

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Ford begins production of 2012 Focus Electric at Michigan Assembly, C-MAX models on deck

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Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant is starting production of the 2012 Focus Electric ( earlier post )—a five-passenger, battery-electric car Ford expects will achieve more than a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel economy rating. Availability of the Focus Electric will expand in 2012 to the remaining 15 launch markets as production ramps up. Ford’s near-term electrification plan calls for the company to triple production capacity of its electrified vehicle range by 2013.

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Audi announces A3 e-tron battery electric vehicle pilot program in US

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In auto mode, both systems are throttled back somewhat to extend the range. In efficiency mode, which is designed for maximum range, the output of the electric motor is limited to 50 kW (68 hp). We will integrate the data generated from this program into the launch of a range of Audi e-tron models for American drivers. In April 2011, Audi introduced a four-seat A3 e-tron concept plug-in hybrid vehicle in Shanghai. A3 e-tron BEV. Click to enlarge.

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DOE awarding up to $12M to support development of static and possibly quasi-dynamic wireless charging for plug-in vehicles

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Wireless charging technology has the potential to significantly increase acceptance and convenience of GCEDVs while possibly enabling smaller battery pack size, reduced vehicle weight, extended electric driving range, and economic benefits. In the medium term, quasi-dynamic wireless charging may provide energy to vehicles during a trip when the vehicle is not in motion but still in gear, such as when stopped at a traffic light, to extend the GCEDV’s range.

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Chevrolet reveals Volt production plans

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According to new information from the company, Chevrolet plans to produce 10,000 Volt extended range electric vehicles by the end of 2011 with an additional 30,000 Volts to be produced during 2012. Tags: Chevrolet Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news general motors Chevrolet Volt Chevrolet Volt production Chevrolet Volt release Electric cars extended range electric vehicles

Romanian Design Team Proposes Car With Detachable Engine

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And yer extended-range electrics, and yer plug-in hybrids. Think of it as a range-extended electric car (like the Chevrolet Volt) that doesn't need to carry around the So you got yer gasoline cars, and yer electric cars. Sure, old news, been there, done that. How about an electric car with a gasoline engine you can swap in and out as you need it?

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Fisker Issues Recall And Personal Apology For Software Glitch

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Such is the case with the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, which is the second extended-range electric vehicle to come to market, following on the heels of the Chevy Volt. As cars become increasingly complex, with more and more systems controlling their operation, recalls for first-year models are all but inevitable.

GM To Fall Short Of 500,000 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Goal For 2017

Green Car Reports

In November 2012, General Motors announced a goal of putting 500,000 electrified vehicles on the road by 2017. That encompasses any type of vehicle that uses electricity as motive power, from mild hybrids to plug-in hybrids, and from extended-range electric cars to all-electric vehicles. Green General Motors Plug-In Hybrids eAssist mild hybrid plug-in cars

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Chevrolet Volt continues to be top seller for plug-in vehicles

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When it comes to plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, there is one clear frontrunner when it comes to early sales. During the month it broke its own sales record delivering 2,961 Volt extended range [.]. Chevrolet Ford GM Green cars Honda Latest news Toyota Chevrolet Volt electric car sales Ford Focus electric green cars Honda Civic Honda Insight plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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Vauxhall Ampera scoops another Green Car of the Year award

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The General Motors extended range vehicle came out [.]. GM Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Vauxhall General Motors green car of the year green cars Vauxhall AmperaIt has already been named Green Car of the Year by both What Car? and Top Gear; and is the reigning European Car of the Year: but now the Vauxhall Ampera (pictured), the European version of the Chevrolet Volt, can add another accolade to its extensive list.

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Russia’s ?-AUTO and Latvia’s OSC collaborating on hybrid rally sports

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mobile hybrid, and OSC , the Latvia-based developer of alternative drive rally cars (OSCars), have signed an agreement on collaboration and strategic partnership in developing alternative transport in motorsports. The OSCar eO extended-range electric vehicle, an evolution of the OSCar O3 off-road vehicle, will take its start at the coming Dakar rally in 2012. mobile will participate at The Russia Championship rally in 2012, and subsequently in the Dakar event.

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Chevrolet to Produce 10,000 Volts in 2011 and 30,000 in 2012; 50-State Availability 12-18 Months After Launch

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Chevrolet plans to produce 10,000 Volt extended range electric vehicles by the end of the 2011 calendar year, and an additional 30,000 Volts during the 2012 calendar year, according to Volt Marketing Director Tony DiSalle, who made the announcements during a live video webcast 1 July. The Chevrolet Volt is capable of about 340 miles total driving range, with electricity driving the car at all times. Tags: Electric (Battery) Hybrids

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Fisker reveals brand new model: the Fisker Atlantic

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The Fisker Atlantic (pictured) was originally known as Project Nina and is a luxury four-door saloon car that uses Fisker’s extended range technology. Fisker Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Fisker Atlantic Fisker Automotive green cars New York International Auto Show plug-in hybridNew York was once again the setting for an exciting new vehicle to be unveiled – as this time Fisker took centre stage with its Atlantic saloon car.

Ford to triple production capacity of electrified vehicles in North America by 2013; led by C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi

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Ford Motor Company is tripling production capacity of its electrified vehicle lineup through 2013 to more than 100,000 units, further boosting volumes of its C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid ( earlier post ), which begin production next year. Today, Ford sells approximately 35,000 electrified vehicles a year, led by the Fusion Hybrid and Escape Hybrid. This all-new hybrid also will travel at a higher all-electric speed than Fusion Hybrid’s 47 mph.

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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The PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a subset of the electric car, combines a primary electric motor with a much smaller back-up engine fueled with a hydrocarbon/biofuel mix. (In In this paper PHEV refers solely to the long-range PHEV of 60 miles (100 km) electric-only range.) The PHEV does not require the heavy, costly batteries required by other electric cars, nor does it suffer from a limited range or poor freeway performance. The word “hybrid” is misleading.

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Audi e-tron Pilot Program

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It has a range just under 90 miles, can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 11 seconds, and has a top speed of 90 mph. From the press release…Audi engineers are researching e-tron power concepts tailored to different vehicle types and driving needs including full battery-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and extended range electric (EREV) versions. And they heavily favored hybrid vehicles over vehicles with a gasoline-only powertrain.

GM and Nissan lead in US plug-in sales in December; GM and Toyota for the year

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2012 US sales of plug-in vehicles by major OEMs. GM was the US sales leader among the major OEMs for plug-in vehicles in December, and for 2012. GM sold 2,633 units of the Volt extended range electric vehicle in December, up 72.2% While Toyota took second place for the year, with 12,750 units of the Prius PHV plug-in hybrid, it dropped to third place in December with 1,361 units of the PHV. Total GM passenger car sales in 2012 increased 14% compared with 2011.

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