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Volvo Cars reveals new XC60 premium SUV, led by PHEV model, at Geneva

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The new XC60 offers Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine gasoline plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system ( earlier post ) at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 hp and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 5.3 Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

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Volvo Cars to introduce 3-cylinder FWD PHEV in 2018, BEVs & 48V mild hybrid in 2019; Modular Electrification Platform

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Volvo Cars will introduce a front-wheel drive (FWD), 3-cylinder engine variant of its Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system in 2018, followed by its first production battery-electric vehicles and a new 48V mild hybrid system in 2019, according to Mats Anderson, Senior Director of Electric Propulsion Systems. kWh Li-ion battery in the tunnel, an electric A/C compressor, and a 7-speed DCT with integrated 55 kW electric machine.

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SAE REX: PHEVs and REEVs could open door for advanced combustion regime engines

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Increased market penetration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs) across vehicle segments could present an opportunity for emerging advanced combustion regime engines, such as those using various low-temperature combustion modes, according to a number of presentations at the SAE 2016 Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles Symposium held last week in Knoxville. If PHEVs are going to play a big role, what is the fuel source for that?

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6 DOE-funded applied battery research projects targeting Li-ion cells with >200 Wh/kg for PHEVs and EVs

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has six recently launched applied battery research (ABR) projects as part of its Vehicle Technologies portfolio. ABR, noted Peter Faguy, the DOE manager of the applied battery research program, during his presentation at the Annual Merit Review in Washington, DC, is the difficult regime between the discovery of materials and their application in batteries that can be commercialized. Batteries

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2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e PHEV will offer wireless charging system built using Qualcomm Halo inventions

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kW WEVC system is adequate to charge a plug-in-hybrid battery, Qualcomm noted, a pure EV with a 30-40 kWh battery needs double or even triple the charging power to fill up in a reasonable amount of time. Lear will be including Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in its product portfolio to commercialize WEVC systems for Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and Electric Vehicles (EV) manufacturers, as well as wireless charging infrastructure companies.

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GKN expands electric all-wheel drive program with BMW; eAxle for PHEV X1 in China

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Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins Vehicle SystemsGKN Driveline is expanding its global electric axle (eAxle) drive partnership with the BMW Group, supplying eAxle technology for a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market. The system is part of the same scalable family of eAxles used in the plug-in hybrid BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225xe ( earlier post ).

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Daimler managers to drive PHEV company cars

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As policy, Daimler managers will be driving electrified company cars—mainly its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. In a pilot project in the wider Stuttgart region, managers across different levels have been driving the battery-electric B 250 e since April 2015. I can only commend to my colleagues to experience themselves over a longer period the viability of our battery-electric vehicles in everyday use. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

Toyota doubles the electric range in the new version of Prius PHEV with 8.8 kWh pack

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Toyota unveiled the new Prius Prime plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. It also represents a substantial 26-percent enhancement over its predecessor, the Prius PHV, a result of greater battery capacity and an improved hybrid system.

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Audi introduces Q7 e-tron quattro diesel PHEV SUV at Geneva; 138 mpg US

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kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, the large SUV covers up to 56 kilometers (34.8 The lithium-ion battery pack comprises 168 cells. In battery hold mode, the system stores the available electrical energy, and charges the battery in battery charge mode.

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Efficient Drivetrains delivers Class-6 PHEV with CNG range-extender armored truck

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Supported by a $3-million California Energy Commission grant, the companies are working to convert a fleet of six, Class-6 International armored trucks into “Zero Emission with Range Extension” vehicles—PHEV trucks that operate with electricity and renewable natural gas (RNG).

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Volkswagen Group brings new Audi and Porsche EV concepts, Volkswagen PHEV concept to Frankfurt; 20 more plug-ins by 2020

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The Audi e‑tron quattro concept provides a preview of the production battery electric SUV planned for early 2018, said Prof. The large lithium-ion battery is integrated into the floor of the passenger compartment. Tiguan GTE PHEV. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins

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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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The federal subsidy significantly favors larger battery packs to a stronger degree than their potential for additional gasoline savings. 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.,

New Buick, BMW PHEVs for China

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direct injection engine as well as its new-generation liquid-cooled, high-performance ternary lithium battery pack. In the coming two years, Buick also plans to introduce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in China.

Honda targeting 2/3 of unit sales from PHEVs, HEVs and ZEVs by ~2030; PHEVs the core of electrification

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At a press event in Tokyo to lay out his future vision and direction for the company, Honda Motor President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo said that the company will strive to make two-thirds of its overall unit sales from plug-in hybrid/hybrid vehicles and zero-emissions vehicles such as fuel cell vehicles and battery EVs by around 2030. Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hybrids Plug-ins Vehicle Manufacturers

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UC Riverside reinforcement-learning-based real-time energy management system can improve PHEV efficiency by almost 12%

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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have demonstrated that a new, data-driven, reinforcement-learning-based, real-time energy management system (EMS) can improve the efficiency of current plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by almost 12% compared to the standard, binary mode control strategy. A PHEV’s energy management system (EMS) controls the switch from all-electric mode (charge depleting mode) to hybrid mode (charge sustaining).

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Borgward picks SAP, LG and Bosch as strategic partners in electric mobility; PHEVs and EVs

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The strategic partnership with LG Electronics encompasses the joint development and delivery of high-performance batteries for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins Vehicle Manufacturers

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Obama orders GHG cuts for Federal Agencies; 50% of all new agency vehicles to be ZEV or PHEV by 2025

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Planning for agency fleet composition such that by 31 December 2020, zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) or plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) account for 20% of all new agency passenger vehicle acquisitions. By 31 December 2025, ZEVs and PHEVs should account for 50% of all new agency passenger vehicles. Electric (Battery) Emissions Fleets Fuel Cells Hybrids Hydrogen Plug-ins Policy

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Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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Hyundai has begun the US sales rollout of its Ioniq line of electrified vehicles, which come in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants. market share for all electrified vehicles (hybrid, PHEV and BEV). Battery-electric powertrain.

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Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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Hyundai has begun the US sales rollout of its Ioniq line of electrified vehicles, which come in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants. market share for all electrified vehicles (hybrid, PHEV and BEV). Battery-electric powertrain.

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Lux: plug-in vehicle battery market to hit $10B in 2020; 6 carmakers = 90% of demand; VW to show most growth

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Led by Tesla, China’s BYD, and Volkswagen, the battery market for plug-in vehicles will rise to $10 billion in 2020, with electric vehicles (EV) emerging as the drivetrain of choice, according to a new forecast by Lux Research. BYD will lose PHEV lead in 2019.

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Porsche introducing new Panamera 4 E-hybrid PHEV at Paris Show

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The electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. And despite the fact that the energy content of the battery (which is integrated under the luggage compartment floor) has been increased from 9.4 The high-voltage battery takes just 5.8

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Lux suggests how LG Chem might overtake EV battery leader Panasonic

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Panasonic’s 39% share of the battery market for plug-in vehicles makes it the leading supplier, but its reliance on a single deal with EV leader Tesla leaves it vulnerable, according to the consultancy. Batteries Electric (Battery) Forecasts Market Background

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Chrysler/DOE Ram PHEV project exploring battery life modeling

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Chrysler is showcasing its two-mode Ram Truck Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), equipped with a 12 kWh, 33 Ah cell, 355V Li-ion battery pack from Electrovaya, at the Washington DC Auto Show. Battery life. Batteries HybridsThe RAM plug-in hybrid truck.

Audi unveiling two new production plug-in hybrids in Shanghai, new prologue allroad PHEV show car

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kWh, liquid cooled lithium‑ion battery, the large SUV covers up to 53 kilometers (33 miles) on electric power alone; total range is 1,020 kilometers (634 miles). In battery hold mode, the system conserves the available electrical energy, and charges the battery in battery charge mode.

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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.)

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Samsung SDI to supply cylindrical Li-ion batteries to JAC Motors for new EV; 50 million 18650 cells next year

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The battery pack for the iEV6S will comprise approximately 3,000 of Samsung SDI’s high-performance 18650 battery cells. Additionally, JAC Motors signed an MOU with Samsung SDI for the supply of 50 million battery cells next year alone. Batteries China Electric (Battery

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Volvo Pulls Back Curtain on XC60 PHEV

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Using the Hybrid Mode, the XC60 is estimated to average 50 mpg, with a range of 600 miles (that includes the 35 miles running only on battery power). Volvo showcased the XC60, its plug-in hybrid crossover of the future, at the recent Detroit Auto Show.

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Volvo Cars unveils CMA-based 40 series concepts; battery-electric and PHEV versions; first production in 2017

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Volvo’s new global small car range will include a pure battery electric vehicle as well as Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain variants, in line with the company’s commitment to the electrification of its entire portfolio. Hybridized 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission on T5 Twin Engine PHEV.

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

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In 1982, at the same time as it was launching the Mercedes-Benz 190, the predecessor of the C-Class, Mercedes-Benz also presented the first concept vehicle with a hybrid drive in which the battery was charged by a two-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. A number of other experimental vehicles followed until in 2009 the world’s first standard-specification hybrid drive with a lithium-ion battery made its debut at Mercedes-Benz: the S 400 Hybrid.

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CMU study suggests difficulties in reaching targeted low price points for Li-ion batteries

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Historical prices and future cost predictions for lithium-ion batteries. The Tesla Model S, one of the most popular electric vehicles, has a battery pack that varies between 75 and 90 kWh, much larger than the 10.5 kWh average pack size for PHEVs and double the 42 kWh average for BEVs.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV now able to supply vehicle-to-home (V2H) power

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Mitsubishi Motors’ Outlander PHEV is now also able to supply electrical power to the home in Japan using the SMART V2H (vehicle-to-home) system made by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, the EVPower Station made by Nichicon Corporation and the Tsubaki eLINK made by Tsubakimoto Chain Co. However, it has recently been approved that the Outlander PHEV will be treated as an all-electric as its engine does not run while the vehicle is connected to a V2H system.

USABC reopens 4 RFPIs for development of advanced high-performance batteries for start/stop, 48V HEV, PHEV and EVs

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USABC Goals for Advanced Batteries for 12V Start Stop Vehicle Applications. Select USABC Goals for Advanced Batteries for 48V Hybrid Electric Vehicle Applications. USABC Goals for Advanced Batteries for PHEVs for FY 2018 to 2020 Commercialization.

Hyundai introduces IONIQ: compact car with BEV, PHEV or HEV powertrains

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The car will be available with battery-electric electric (BEV), plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid (PHEV), or gasoline/electric hybrid (HEV) powertrains—the first car from any manufacturer to offer customers these three powertrain options in a single body type.

Mercedes-Benz publishes lifecycle analysis of its first PHEV SUV: GLE 500 e

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kWh Li-ion battery pack. The best result is achieved when renewable energy is used to charge the batteries. Mercedes-Benz has released the lifecycle analysis for its first plug-in hybrid SUV, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC (GLE 550e in the US). Earlier post.). The GLE 500 e 4MATIC burns 3.7–3.3

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BMW has sold more than 100,000 EVs and PHEVs worldwide over three years

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Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins Sales Vehicle ManufacturersThe BMW Group has now delivered more than 100,000 purely electric-powered cars and plug-in hybrids to customers worldwide since the launch of BMW i in November 2013. The BMW i3 alone has reached a figure of more than 60,000 units, making it the most successful electric vehicle in the premium compact segment. More than 80% of BMW i3 customers worldwide are new to BMW.

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Report: Mitsubishi Motors resuming production of Outlander PHEV after battery problems; 18,000 vehicle backlog

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MMC) is restarting production of the Outlander plug-in hybrid after about a five-month suspension due to battery problems. In separate incidents earlier this year, MMC reported a fire in a i-MiEV battery pack at the Mizushima battery pack assembly plant; and heating and melting in a pack installed in an Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The Nikkei reported that Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

PSA Group outlines powertrain production strategy: gasoline PHEVs, EVs and next-gen diesel and gasoline engines

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Electric (Battery) Engines Europe Hybrids Manufacturing Plug-insAs part of the energy transition process and in line with the technological offensive spelled out in its Push to Pass strategic plan ( earlier post ), PSA Group will focus on diversifying its offerings with plug-in hybrid gasoline systems and next-generation electric powertrains. The latter will be used in particular to equip e-CMP, its future electric platform developed in partnership with Dongfeng Motors. Earlier post.)

CMU team details impact of regional and drive-cycle variations on degradation of a PHEV battery pack

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A team at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) led by Dr. Jeremy Michalek has investigated the implications of regional and drive cycle variations on the degradation of a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) battery. Air cooling can increase battery life by a factor of 1.5–6,

Kia outlines 5-year plan for more green vehicles; Optima PHEV, Niro hybrid, FCV; $10.2B investment

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Kia said it intends to expand its green car line-up from four current models to 11 by 2020, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. Optima PHEV and Niro hybrid. Electric (Battery) Engines Fuel Cells Fuel Efficiency Hybrids Hydrogen Plug-in

Honda discontinuing Civic Hybrid, Civic natural gas model, Accord plug-in hybrid; new BEV, PHEV models coming

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This will be followed by an all-new battery electric model and the all-new plug-in hybrid model. Electric (Battery) Engines Fuel Efficiency Hybrids Plug-insDue in part to Honda’s ability to advance fuel economy through conventional engine technology, the Civic lineup will no longer include a hybrid or a natural gas model, according to John Mendel, Executive Vice President, Automobile Division American Honda Motor Co., Both of these products with the end of the 2015 model year.

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