Kepler Hybrid Supercar Does 0-60 MPH in 2.5 Secs (Video)

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What does a hybrid car need to be sexy? Kepler Motors thinks its first supercar, the Motion Hybrid, has it all. Announced back in 2009, Kepler Motors has been quietly working on its super lightweight Motion hybrid for nearly three years. Speed? Good looks? Impressive gas mileage? Now the company has released its first official videos of the car in

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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. Hybrids Plug-ins

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Hybrids Are Slow? 185 MPH Bonneville Jetta Says Otherwise

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For a week each year, speed freaks from across the globe descend on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, for a chance at walking away with a land speed record. All sorts of vehicles show up, but predictably, being green isn't always on the minds of the competitors. Still, there are other ways of proving that green technology works, even if it's not

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52 MPG At 70 MPH? No, Not In A Prius--In A Porsche Panamera

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Steady-speed highway cruising doesn't actually take that much energy compared to accelerating up to, say, 70 mph in the first place. The really hard part is getting consistently high gas mileage in all driving conditions--which is why the 50-mpg Toyota Prius hybrid is still a remarkable vehicle. Does 52 mpg at 70 mph sound impressive to you?

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2013 Lexus GS 450h: MPG, MPH And. BPM? (Video)

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Hybrids are great. Okay, perhaps not the last one, as thrills are conspicuously absent from many hybrids on the market today. Economical, clean, soothing, relaxing, quiet, thrilling. However, some carmakers are changing that image with powerful and luxurious models--and Lexus is one of those carmakers. How better to show off the new, edgy breed

2013 Ford C-Max Energi Will Hit 85 MPH In All-Electric Mode

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Hybrid car drivers like to do everything possible to ensure their cars spend as much time as possible in all-electric mode. Ford said yesterday that its 2013 C Max Energi can travel on electricity alone at speeds up to 85 mph. We’re sure plug-in hybrid fans around the world are rejoicing Most efficient at low-speed, the all-electric mode of

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2014 BMW i8 Supercar: 0-62 in 4.9 Seconds, Top Speed 156 MPH

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Last week, we confidently predicted that we’d be hearing more about BMW’s first all-electric and plug-in hybrid production cars -- the i3 electric minicar and i8 plug-in supercar -- as we neared the BMW-sponsored 2012 Olympics. For the past few weeks, most of the news we’ve heard has centered around the 2014 BMW i3. But now

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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. The 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is available in two and four-wheel-drive models.

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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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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. The 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is available in two and four-wheel-drive models.

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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. The 2012 Escalade Hybrid gets 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

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

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Fisker Automotive published its first business update, announcing that revenues had exceeded $100 million in the first four months of 2012. In the first few months of 2012, Fisker has continued to raise private equity investment to fund its expansion plans, securing $174 million of additional private financing since the start of the year. 2012 Fisker Karma. The car allows the driver to manually select all-electric or hybrid-electric drive modes on demand.

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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. The full-hybrid version uses a 40 kW electric traction motor allowing.

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Daimler/BYD joint venture introduces DENZA EV concept at Auto China 2012; BYD introduces new dual-mode Qin

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BDNT), the joint venture between Daimler and BYD ( earlier post ) unveiled a DENZA battery-electric vehicle show car at Auto China 2012 in Beijing. Auto China 2012 marks the first appearance of the DENZA brand at a motor show. Also at Auto China 2012, BYD unveiled the new Dual Mode “Qin” (pronounced “Chin”). In hybrid mode, the Qin can use both its 110 KW electric motor and its 1.5 The Qin can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 DENZA EV concept.

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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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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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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. The top speed is 130 km/h (81 mph). 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). The Sail SPRINGO EV. Click to enlarge.

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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. 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. Hybrids Vehicle Systems

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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.

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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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Toyota provides update on status of green car technology, future plans; 21 new hybrid models, new gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, EV and fuel cell stack

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TMC plans to launch 21 new hybrid vehicles models—consisting of additional (new) models and fully redesigned existing models—from now until the end of 2015. thermal efficiency for application in hybrids; a high-performance clean diesel engine and a high efficiency transmission. An enhanced engine for use in hybrid vehicles, based on the 2.5-liter AR gasoline engine, adopts the Atkinson cycle and D-4S injection system. Hybrid Vehicles.

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Porsche introduces plug-in hybrid concept Panamera Sport Turismo; 60 mpg US

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At the Paris Motor Show, Porsche presented the Panamera Sport Turismo concept, a plug-in hybrid that offers 416 hp (306 kW) of peak system power. The Panamera Sport Turismo is designed to be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and can cover distances of more than 30 km (19 miles). The drive system of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an advanced development of the parallel full hybrid that Porsche already implements today in the. Hybrids Plug-ins

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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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Audi crosslane coupé dual-mode plug-in hybrid concept makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show; 214 mpg US

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Audi crosslane coupé plug-in hybrid concept car. Audi introduced its crosslane coupé plug-in hybrid concept at the Paris Motor Show, saying that the vehicle provides a glimpse of the future shape of design, and automotive and drive concepts. The vehicle is based on a lightweight Multimaterial Space Frame and is powered by a dual-mode plug-in hybrid drive based on a purpose-designed 1.5-liter three-cylinder TFSI gasoline engine and two electric motors.

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Audi R18 e-tron quattro: diesel hybrid Le Mans racer with electric flywheel energy storage

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Major hybrid system elements in the R18 e-tron quattro: front-axle MGU, flywheel accumulator and power electronics. Audi Motorsport unveiled the R18 e-tron quattro: the first LMP1 car to combine a highly-efficient TDI diesel engine with a hybrid system. The energy emission process (boost) is defined by the minimum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) stipulated by the regulations, the race strategy selected, the throttle pedal movement and acceleration of the car.

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BMW unveils third i concept model: i8 Concept Spyder plug-in hybrid

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Like the i8 coupé concept, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder with eDrive is a plug-in hybrid. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). If required, a high-voltage alternator hooked up to the combustion engine generates extra power, which is then stored in the hybrid battery. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-insBMW i8 Concept Spyder. Click to enlarge.

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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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2013 Toyota Avalon features both gasoline and hybrid powertrains; hybrid expects a 40-mpg combined EPA-rating

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Avalon Hybrid. Toyota will introduce both gasoline and hybrid powertrain versions of the North American designed and engineered 2013 Avalon. Toyota anticipates the hybrid model will achieve an EPA-rating of 40 mpg US (5.88 The all-aluminum six-cylinder engine will produce 268 hp (200 kW) and 248 lb-ft (336 N·m) of torque, which will propel the new sedan to 60 mph in under seven seconds. Under the hood of the hybrid. Avalon Hybrid. Hybrids

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Land Rover Hybrid

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Land Rover has unveiled a vastly redesigned version of its Range Rover SUV and at the same time confirmed there is a diesel hybrid version in the works for 2013. And Land Rover estimates that the base level Range Rover’s 0-to-60 mph acceleration rate will be 6.5 seconds faster than the 2012 rate). The supercharged engine version will be capable of going from 0-to-60 mph in 5.1 The diesel hybrid version will be available next year.

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

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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% higher fuel economy than the conventional tractors, resulting in a 12% reduction in fuel costs for the hybrids. Eaton hybrid system schematic.

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VW 2013 Jetta Hybrid to start at $24,995

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is pricing the 2013 Jetta Hybrid starting at $24,995 and ranging up to $31,180 for the Hybrid SEL Premium. Powered by a new 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI engine mated to a zero-emissions electric motor, the Jetta Hybrid has a combined output of 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Jetta Hybrid. The Jetta Hybrid can be driven in pure electric mode at speeds of up to 44 mph (71 km/h) and for a distance of up to 1.2 Hybrid SE. Hybrid SEL.

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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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21 Toyota Hybrids By 2015

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Toyota to Vastly Expand Hybrid Lines. To that end, Toyota announced it plans to launch 21 new or redesigned hybrids by 2015 and bring to market a new fuel-efficient engine, which will first be used in its hybrids. And while the company will also continue to explore and offer electric and fuel-cell powered vehicles, its main emphasis will be on the hybrid market. Sales of Toyota hybrids are expected to double this year and surpass the 1 million vehicles sold mark.

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Toyota introduces 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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2012 Prius Plug-in hybrid. Toyota introduced the production Prius Plug-in Hybrid at the Green Drive Expo in Richmond, CA, as the newest member of the expanding Prius Family. kWh Li-ion pack enabling an electric range of up to 15 miles (24 km) at speeds of up to 62 mph (100 km/h), according to Toyota. The production plug-in hybrid has a number of key changes from the 125 prototype demo units that were deployed in the field for testing and customer feedback.

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Daimler to begin production and sales of Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid in Europe

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Elements of the hybrid drive for Eco Hybrid: electric motor between clutch and Duonic gear box; Li-ion battery pack; power electronics. Daimler will begin production of Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid in Europe and launch it in major western European markets beginning in the third quarter of this year, with other countries to follow in succession. This will make the Canter Eco Hybrid the first series-produced truck of its class to be manufactured in Europe (in Tramagal, Portugal).

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Effenco hydraulic hybrid system targeted at heavy-duty vehicles with high power demand auxiliaries

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The Effenco hydraulic hybrid system can drive the existing hydraulic pump for auxiliary equipment or assist the engine. Montreal, Canada-based Effenco has developed a hydraulic hybrid system (HEAD, Hydraulic Equipment Assisting Device) specifically targeted to vehicles with high power demand auxiliaries, such as refuse trucks. Current price of the system is $50,000; there are 7 HEAD hybrid systems on trucks on the road, and 5 to be delivered.

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Hybrid Rumors Persist For Next Nissan GT-R Sports Car

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60 mph arrives in around three seconds and de-restricted it'll do almost 200 mph. Once the perserve of the Japanese domestic market and the occasional videogame, the Nissan GT-R has subsequently become a performance icon. In its current iteration, it produces 545-horsepower from a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6. it isn't very

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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 CR-Z hybrid powertrain is a variation of Honda’s original IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) technology, which made its debut on the 2000 Honda Insight, the first hybrid vehicle available for sale in North America.

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Volvo to unveil XC60 gasoline-electric Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Detroit show; system targeted for US and China markets

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XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept. At the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volvo Car Corporation will unveil the Volvo XC60 gasoline-electric Plug-in Hybrid Concept. In February 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show, Volvo introduced the diesel-electric V60 Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) to go on sale in Europe later this year. The combination brings the ingenious plug-in hybrid solution into the global context we are aiming for with all our car models.

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Protean Electric showcasing in-wheel drive system in BRABUS Hybrid at SAE World Congress

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Protean Electric, the global leader in electric in-wheel motors, will showcase its award-winning in-wheel motor Protean Drive system in a BRABUS Hybrid at the SAE 2012 World Congress 24-26 April. The event will mark the BRABUS Hybrid’s premier North American appearance. BRABUS, the independent automobile tuner, chose Protean’s electric in-wheel motors to power its “Technology Project Hybrid” based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. seconds and 60-120 km/h (37-75 mph) of 5.6

Lotus Evora 414E series plug-in hybrid in testing; 1,000 Nm of torque

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Lotus 414E hybrid. Lotus has begun testing of its Evora 414E plug-in series hybrid technology demonstrator. The 414E accelerates from 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds, with a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h). (As The Evora 414E Hybrid uses a column mounted paddle shift to simulate the gear change and a synthesized engine sound changes frequency with virtual gear selection. Click to enlarge.

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More efficient engine-transmission pairings in the updated Audi Q5 reduce fuel consumption up to 15%; hybrid quattro

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Audi is launching its completely updated Q5 SUV series with five engine options: three TDI (diesel) and two TFSI (gasoline) engines, as well as the Q5 Hybrid Quattro ( earlier post , earlier post for more details on the hybrid technology). The V6 diesel—which appears in a new, advanced design and is always paired with a seven-speed S tronic and quattro drive system—accelerates the Q5 from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro. Audi Q5.

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BAE Systems and Caterpillar sign 20-year agreement to integrate Cat CX transmissions into HybriDrive parallel heavy-duty hybrid system

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have signed a long-term supply agreement to collaborate on a parallel hybrid propulsion system for heavy-duty trucks. In March 2011, the two companies had signed a joint development agreement to collaborate on a parallel hybrid propulsion system for heavy-duty trucks that integrated Caterpillar CX Series Transmissions into the HybriDrive system. Heavy-duty Hybrids TransmissionsBAE Systems and Caterpillar Inc.

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