Mitsubishi to unveil Outlander PHEV at 2012 Paris Motor Show

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Powertrain elements in the Outlander PHEV. 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. Fuel economy figure is based on a combination of fuel consumption when driven in all-electric mode, called the plug-in fuel efficiency, and when driven in hybrid mode, called the hybrid fuel efficiency, measured via Japan’s JC08 mode.).

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Volvo PHEV in 2012

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The web is filled with news of Volvo's partnership with Swedish energy company Vattenfall to bring a plug-in hybrid to market in 2012. Big news: it's a diesel plug-in hybrid. Tags: volvo vattenfall plug-in hybrid Left Lane Jalopnik Wall St Journal (subscription required.).

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2020 Ford Escape to offer hybrid and PHEV variants

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Escape, which debuted the world’s first hybrid SUV in 2005, brings back two hybrid choices for 2020—a standard hybrid and a plug-in variant—and introduces technologies ranging from drive modes and driver-assist features to electric vehicle ingenuity and on-board connectivity. Every model in the new Escape lineup, whether powered by one of two EcoBoost engines or the new hybrid powertrains, targets an EPA-estimated range of at least 400 miles per tank.

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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. A 2011 paper by Michalek and colleagues found that strategies to promote adoption of HEVs and PHEVs with small battery packs offer more social benefits (i.e., air emissions and oil displacement benefits) in the near term per dollar spent than PHEVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) with large battery packs providing longer electric range. per gallon saved while subsidizing 16 kWh battery PHEVs at roughly $4.50

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Mitsubishi Motors Outlander PHEV to go on sale in Japan in January

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Plug-in hybrid drive system. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will begin the sales of the new Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at dealerships throughout Japan from 24 January 2013. The Outlander PHEV made its global debut at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year. L/100km); and hybrid fuel efficiency of 18.6 Outlander PHEV G Premium Package. The Outlander PHEV offers three drive modes: EV Drive Mode. Series Hybrid Mode.

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PHEVs led August US sales of plug-in vehicles; Volt and Prius PHV dominate

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In August, the US sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) from the major OEMs (Chevy Volt and Prius PHV) totalled 3,336 units, while battery-electric vehicles (Nissan LEAF, Honda Fit EV, and Ford Focus Electric) sold a combined 728 units. Year-to-date, plug-in hybrid sales from these majors have totalled 19,579 units, while their battery-electric vehicle sales reached 4,406 units. The August 2012 results marked an 837.4%

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2014 Honda Accord PHEV EPA-certified at 115 MPGe, on sale 15 Jan with MSRP of $39,780; LEV3/SULEV20 compliance

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2014 Accord PHEV. Although Honda’s presence at the Los Angeles Auto Show was dominated by the debut of the 2013 Civic, the company also announced that the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, featuring Honda’s new two-motor system ( earlier post ) earned an EPA-certified 115 MPGe rating and will go on sale in New York and California on 15 January with an MSRP of $39,780. More details on the Accord Hybrid will be released closer to launch. Hybrids Plug-insClick to enlarge.

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Mitsubishi Motors to unveil New Outlander PHEV at Paris Show

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At the forthcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show (“Mondial de l’Automobile”), Mitsubishi Motors will stage the premiere of the new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV. The New Outlander PHEV will share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced New Outlander’s internal combustion engine (ICE) versions. The new Outlander PHEV will have three driving modes supported by front and rear electric motors and front traction/generator engine.

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: LA Auto Show Preview

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Mitsubishi is to unveil the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander for the first time in North America, at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. While the company claims the regular car will be one of the most efficient vehicles in its class, the real gas-sipper will be the plug-in hybrid version, due in early 2014. The Outlander PHEV will use front- and

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. The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan features one of four new powertrains for the all-new Accord. The free HondaLink EV smartphone application will allow owners to monitor the charging state of the Accord PHEV.

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Profiling purchases of clean vehicles in California by rebates; PHEVs surge

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As an example, the Chevy Volt was not eligible for the CVRP until February 2012. Based on the latest rebate data, from March 2010 through November 2012, California buyers of all types (federal and state agencies, individuals, businesses, non-profits, etc.) account for 14,199 rebates, comprising rebates for battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles (ZEVs); plug-in hybrids (PHEVs); commercial ZEVs (CZEVs); zero emission motorcycles (ZEMs); and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs).

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Dynamic model for estimating SoC and peak power capability in PHEVs

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Researchers at the Beijing Institue of Technology have developed a battery model to estimate the state of charge (SoC) and peak power capability of a Li-ion battery in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). To get accurate parameters, they used four different charge-discharge current to improve the hybrid power pulse characteristic test.

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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. The OSU EcoCAR PHEV powertrain.

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Audi presents A6 L e-tron PHEV concept at Auto China in Beijing

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The A6 L e-tron PHEV concept. Audi is presenting the Audi A6 L e-tron concept at Auto China 2012 in Beijing. The plug-in hybrid has an all-electric driving range of 80 km (50 miles), and was specifically designed for the China market. The A6 L e-tron features a parallel hybrid system combining a 2.0 At any given moment, the hybrid control module chooses the best suited operating mode with the focus on driving range. China Hybrids Plug-ins

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BMW exploring heat pumps and infrared for BEV and PHEV cabin heating systems

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In battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or automobiles using plug-in hybrid technology (PHEVs), the Efficient Dynamics strategy is aimed primarily at increasing the electric range. BMW is working on a variety of individual solutions that help to reduce energy consumption by ancillary systems on board a BEV or PHEV; every kilowatt of stored energy that can be saved becomes available to the electric motor, enabling a greater operating range.

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Chrysler Group launches second phase of PHEV minivan project

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Three plug-in hybrid-electric Chrysler Town & Country minivans ( earlier post ) went into service with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), bringing to 25 the total number of such vehicles on US roads. With this completion of the demonstration fleet’s deployment, the second, data-collection phase of Chrysler Group LLC’s plug-in hybrid minivan project now begins. Components of the flex-fuel PHEV minivan.

Remy to supply HVH 250 motors to DMA in Turkey for PHEVs

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DMA will use Remy’s HVH 250 motor to power their plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sedan. DMA will install Remy’s HVH 250 machine as the traction motor in the 5-passenger plug-in hybrid sedan, which will be available during the third quarter of 2012. DMA expects an all-electric range of 35 miles and a hybrid operational range of 400 miles. The PHEV will achieve a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h). Remy International, Inc.

China publishes plan to boost fuel-efficient and new energy vehicles and domestic auto industry; targeting 500K PHEVs and EVs in 2015, rising to 2M by 2020

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China’s State Council has published a plan to develop the domestic energy-saving and new energy vehicle industry, which includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. The central government’s plan, posted on its website, is targeting the production of 500,000 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2015, with output to grow to 2 million units of those types by 2020. 2012 Chinese Auto Industry Development Report.

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Study finds households manage charging of PHEVs without help from online tools

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Households with plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) and smart meters actively managed how, when and where they charged their cars based on electricity rates but rarely took advantage of online feedback, according to a two-year study by a team at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute ( RASEI ). The PHEVs averaged 68 mpg (3.46

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Gallery: 2012 Paris Auto Show

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As far as plug-in cars go, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) has to be one of the most important vehicles making its debut this year at the Paris Auto Show. The first vehicle to launch under Mitsubishi’s ambitious goals to offer plug-in hybrid or all-electric versions of every car it sells within 4 years, the 2013 Outlander

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Chrysler Group withdraws test PHEV fleet to upgrade battery packs after overheating issues; to use a different chemistry

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On Friday, Chrysler Group LLC announced it was withdrawing from service its test fleet of plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) to conduct a battery-pack upgrade. Three of the fleet’s 109 pickups equipped with plug-in hybrid powertrains sustained damage when their prototype 12.9-kWh lithium-ion propulsion batteries overheated. Begun last year, the PHEV testing program is scheduled to end in 2014.

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Prius PHV top-selling PHEV in UK in 2012 with 470 units

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Toyota’s Prius PHV was the best-selling plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in the UK in 2012, achieving 470 sales from its launch date in July 2012 and outselling its nearest rival, the Vauxhall Ampera, despite it being on sale 3 months longer than the Toyota. Overall, the brand sold 12,840 hybrid vehicles in the UK in 2012, an increase of 15.2% New Auris Hybrid, launched in December, is the latest model to feature a full hybrid powertrain.

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SEAT delivers EVs and PHEVs to Barcelona for 6-month trial

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SEAT—the Spain-based member of the Volkswagen Group—earlier this year delivered three electric-drive cars to Barcelona City Hall: two Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive plug-in hybrids, and one Altea XL Electric Ecomotive, an all-electric zero-emissions car. The Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive allows for all-electric or hybrid driving.

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A123 China JV to develop Li-ion battery packs for new Geely PHEV due in 2014

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Advanced Traction Battery Systems (ATBS), A123 Systems’ Shanghai-based joint-venture company with SAIC Motor ( earlier post ), has been selected to develop battery packs for a new plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) sedan from Geely, one of the fastest-growing automakers in China and the parent company of Volvo Car Corporation.

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EPA pegs Ford C-MAX Energi PHEV range at 620 miles

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the overall range for Ford’s plug-in hybrid C-MAX Energi at 620 miles (998 km). The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid offers up to six miles in all-electric range. Debuting this fall with a 108 MPGe city EPA rating and for $29,995 after a federal tax credit, the C-MAX Energi is Ford’s first production plug-in hybrid vehicle and part of the company’s first dedicated line of hybrids.

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USABC awards $5.48M Li-ion PHEV battery technology development contract to Johnson Controls

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USABC awarded the contract to continue Johnson Controls’ development of lithium-ion battery technology for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) applications to meet USABC goals for low-cost, long-life, high-power and high energy vehicle systems. Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.

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Jaguar Land Rover demonstrating XJ_e PHEV at Low Carbon Vehicle Event

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is demonstrating the ultra-low carbon XJ_e plug-in hybrid engineering research vehicle ( earlier post ) at the 2012 CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event in the UK. The parallel hybrid design means that the XJ_e can run on gasoline power, electric power, or a combination of the two, optimized by the car’s intelligent energy management system which selects the most efficient mode. The hybrid system uses a 69 kW motor/generator and a 12.3

Univ of Toronto study details impacts of interaction between driving patterns and electricity generation for WTW energy use and GHG emissions for PHEVs

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WTW GHG emissions of vehicles across driving patterns and PHEV charging scenarios. coal, hydro, natural gas) on well-to-wheel (WTW) energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Driving patterns affect the WTW performance of PHEVs in two ways, they found. First, driving distance determines the proportions of electricity and gasoline consumed by the PHEV. Hybrids Lifecycle analysis Plug-ins Power Generation

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Mercedes-Benz begins production of two A-class PHEV models at Rastatt plant

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Mercedes-Benz Cars has begun production of the first Mercedes-Benz compact vehicles with plug-in hybrid drive ( earlier post ) at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant in southern Germany. By 2039, Mercedes-Benz Cars is targeting a CO 2 -neutral new car fleet, and by 2030 the company is targeting more than 50% of passenger car sales from plug-in hybrids or full-electric vehicles. Hybrids Manufacturing Plug-ins

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Mitsubishi to introduce Outlander PHEV in January

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A new year is dawning and with it will come the launch of a brand new vehicle in Japan: the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle). After making its debut earlier this year at the Paris Motor Show, the Outlander PHEV (pictured) is set to go on sale in its native country on January [.]. Green cars Latest news Mitsubishi green cars Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in electric vehicles plug-in hybrid

Remy to supply HVH250 motors to Quantum for F-150 PHEV program

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Quantum will use the motors in its Ford F-150 PHEV program to convert the gasoline powered light-duty pickup trucks to plug-in hybrid operation. Quantum will install the Remy HVH250 electric machine as the traction motor into a parallel hybrid system that delivers an all-electric range of 35 miles and a hybrid operational range of 400 miles. The F-150 PHEV comes standard with 4WD, but can also be operated in 2WD mode. Remy International, Inc.

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Mercedes-Benz to introduce 10 plug-in hybrids by 2017; GLE PHEV coming soon

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Mercedes-Benz is making a strategic push on plug-in hybrids: the Stuttgart-based automaker will introduce 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017. The company said that the main emphasis as regards alternative drives in years to come will be on plug-in hybrids. The announcement follows the market introduction of the C 350 e ( earlier post , earlier post ), the company’s second plug-in hybrid model following the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid ( earlier post ).

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Harman HALOsonic External Sound Synthesis system to be applied in new PHEV

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Harman announced that a major European-based automaker will be integrating HARMAN’s HALOsonic External Sound Synthesis (ESS) solution in a line of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV). The HALOsonic ESS system generates sound outside the vehicle, particularly targeted at hybrid or electric vehicles that are virtually silent at low speeds. Hybrids and electric vehicles present a safety concern at low speed as they often cannot be heard and recognized.

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EIA Energy Outlook 2013 reference case sees drop in fossil fuel consumption as use of petroleum-based liquid fuels falls; projects 20% higher sales of hybrids and PHEVs than AEO2012

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Increased sales for hybrids and PHEVs. Reductions in battery electric vehicles are offset by increased sales of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which grow to about 1.3 Continued fuel economy improvement in vehicles using other alternative fuels, gasoline, and diesel, combined with growth in the use of hybrid technologies (including micro, mild, full, and plug-in hybrid vehicles), limit the use of electric vehicles over the projection.

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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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Volkswagen to reveal new diesel variant of Cross Coupé Concept PHEV; 131 mpg US

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Volkswagen will bring to Geneva a new diesel-engined variant of its Cross Coupé Concept plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, first introduced with a gasoline engine at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011 ( earlier post ). Volkswagen is presenting the concept with a TDI plug-in hybrid in a world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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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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PHEV conversion company HPEV shipping sub-assembles and components for Ford 350 class 3 truck

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a plug-in hybrid conversion company, says it ia delivering sub-assemblies and components for commercializing its parallel hybrid conversion system on a Ford 350 class 3 truck. The estimated turnaround time for a hybrid plug in conversion is 80 person hours for cars and SUVs , longer for hybrid truck conversions and other commercial vehicles. HPEV, Inc.,

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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.

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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. US Based HEV and PHEV Transaxle Program: HF35.

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Hyundai to Launch Plug-in Hybrid in 2012; Planning PHEV Fleet Testing in Korea and US

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Hyundai will introduce a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to the market in 2012, according to Dr. Byungsoon Min, of Hyundai Motor Company R&D Center, presenting at the SAE 2010 Hybrid Vehicle Technologies Symposium in San Diego this week. Hyundai is accelerating its efforts with conventional hybrids, Dr. Min said, noting that Hyundai is “ late in launching hybrid vehicles.” Hyundai will launch its full parallel hybrid Sonata in the US this year.

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Mitsubishi to launch plug-in hybrid version of new Outlander during FY2012

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The new Outlander with be outfitted with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain during FY2012. Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its new Outlander (introduced at the current Geneva Motor Show) during the course of FY2012 (1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013). The new PHEV Outlander will be a permanent 4WD electric vehicle, supplemented by a gasoline engine when needed. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

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Hybrids take 7% of California market in 1H 2013; PHEVs 0.7%; EVs 1.1%

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Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicle share of the California retail market. Hybrid vehicle market share (excluding plug-in hybrids) in California increased to 7% in the first half of 2013, up from 6.2% in 2012, according to the California Auto Outlook for the second quarter of 2013. Plug-in hybrid market share was an estimated 0.7%, while battery electric vehicle market share hit 1.1%. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Sales

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