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

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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. To make the plug-in technology viable for buyers in the US and China, Volvo notes , it needs to feature a gasoline engine. XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept. Click to enlarge.

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Acura to debut 3 new vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show including its first gasoline-electric hybrid

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To be positioned at the gateway to the Acura lineup, the ILX will feature three powertrains including Acura’s first gasoline-electric hybrid. Acura will unveil three new vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show including a new compact sports sedan, a redesigned RDX crossover sport utility vehicle, and a concept version of the next generation Acura NSX super car.

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Toyota to participate in FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012 with prototype gasoline-electric hybrid LMP1 racer

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that it will participate in the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) World Endurance Championship in 2012—the first year of the international endurance race series created through a partnership between the FIA and the ACO (the Automobile Club de l’Ouest)— with a prototype LMP1 gasoline-electric hybrid.

2011 195

Multiple Trends Turning Slowly Against Oil, Says Rocky Mountain Institute

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Green Fuel Gasoline electric utilities energy natural gas renewable energyThe cost of a barrel of oil is now just a fraction of what it was several years ago, and fuel prices have mostly fallen across the globe as a result. Oil prices rise and fall, but most industry analysts suggest that the emergence of North American production has loosened OPEC's ability to set prices unilaterally. Still, we hear less about the.

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Long Beach Transit Puts 25 New Gasoline-Electric Hybrid Buses in Service

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Long Beach (California) Transit (LBT) has put 25 new gasoline-electric hybrid buses into service. This order was part of the Montebello Consortium program initiated in 2007 for the purchase of 150 gasoline hybrid-electric 40-foot buses. The series hybrid drive uses a Ford ULEV 6.8-liter V-10 gasoline engine mated to a Siemens ELFA generator and motor system.

Filling up a Prius vs. Plugging In a RAV4 EV

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per 100 miles Prius: Fill up at multi-national corporate outpost RAV4 EV: Fill up at home with solar electricity or cheap, abundant, night-time power Prius: Hang around toxic fumes while filling up RAV4 EV: Margaritas all around Hat tip to Darell at evnut.com. Tags: plug-in prius gasoline electricity RAV4 EV Prius: > $6 per 100 miles RAV4 EV: 0 - $2.50

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Toyota introduces facelifted Auris; revamped powertrains including new Otto/Atkinson 1.2L gasoline engine

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With the launch of the Auris Hybrid in 2010, Toyota became the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three powertrains (gasoline, gasoline-electric hybrid, and diesel) in the C-segment. liter direct injection turbocharged engine from Toyota’s new family of efficient engines announced last year ( earlier post ) joins the existing gasoline line-up. 1.2T: an all-new direct injection turbo gasoline engine. liter gasoline, 1.6 liter gasoline and 1.4

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Mercedes-Benz launching E 300 BlueTEC diesel and E 400 gasoline hybrids at Detroit Auto Show

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Mercedes-Benz is is launching two new luxury hybrids in its core segment: the diesel-electric E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, and the gasoline-electric E 400 HYBRID. The 4-cylinder diesel engine of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID delivers 150 kW (204 hp) and 500 N·m (369 lb-ft) of torque, combined with an electric motor producing 20 kW and 250 N·m (184 lb-ft). E300 BlueTEC HYBRID. Click to enlarge.

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Infiniti Europe Introduces High-Performance Luxury Gasoline Hybrid Concept at Geneva

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The front-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-seat, 592 bhp (441 kW) luxury coupe provides the first motor show preview of Infiniti’s gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain. The Essence uses Infiniti’s familiar 3.7-liter V6 gasoline engine, but fitted with twin turbochargers, boosting power to 434 bhp (324 kW). The hybrid system uses a version of Nissan’s 3D Motor (also applied in the PIVO 2 electric vehicle concept), that offers twice the torque of a conventional unit.

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Nissan's New Hybrid System Will Double Mileage Of Gasoline-Only Models

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Nissan (and its Infiniti luxury division) may have been late to the table when it comes to hybrids but the Japanese automaker is boasting that its new generation of gasoline-electric vehicles will smash the competition out of the water. Nissan claims that its first vehicle fitted with its own proprietary hybrid technology will be able to double

Toyota Corolla hybrid will join Prius next year

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The redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will soon spawn a hybrid variant, the first gasoline-electric version of the automaker's popular compact car. Toyota made the announcement Thursday as it unveiled the Corolla sedan at simultaneous events in California and China, underscoring the model's global appeal. Toyota was mum on additional details. Fuel Economy

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Volvo extends S60 range with plug-in hybrid powertrain and new trim levels

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Volvo has extended its S60 range—the third generation of the premium mid-size sedan—to incorporate further powertrain choices and equipment grades, including an all­wheel­drive gasoline-electric hybrid and a trim level that focuses on luxury and craftsmanship. kWh battery provides an electric-only range of up to 36 miles, with CO 2 emissions from just 39g/km.

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Toyota Prius Owners: Beware Battery Theft, Perhaps By Inept Thieves

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Car theft is something every owner has to worry about, whether the vehicle is powered by gasoline, electricity, or a combination of both, But sometimes, rather than stealing an entire car, criminals only go for certain valuable components. Thieves in San Francisco are reportedly targeting Toyota Prius hybrids--and stealing only their battery. theft Batteries California battery pack vandalism Replacement

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What is the cost of usable energy for driving and heating our homes?

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This analysis compares the costs of usable energy when we buy gasoline and electricity for driving and natural gas for keeping warm. The unifying approach in this comparison involves the use of Btu (British thermal units), coupled with the costs of gasoline, electricity, and natural gas, and the energy efficiencies of light-duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) and furnaces. Gasoline-powered vehicles. All-electric vehicles. by Michael Sivak.

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Ford to launch new generation of Mondeo hybrid models in 2019; first Mondeo hybrid wagon

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Ford will enhance the fuel-efficient Mondeo Hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle range—including the introduction of the first Mondeo Hybrid wagon variant—from 2019. The new Mondeo Hybrid wagon will enable customers who require greater load-carrying capability to benefit from the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain in many driving scenarios, while maintaining the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine.

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Prius the top new vehicle badge in California in 2012; state accounted for 26.2% of Prius sales in US

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This continues the trend shown by the state’s consumers who are adopting gasoline-electric hybrid technology and putting more of these vehicles on the road, Toyota commented. According to R.L Polk, the Prius family cars (Prius Liftback, Prius v, Prius Plug-in, and Prius c) accounted for 61,893 vehicles registered in California in 2012, making Prius the Nº 1 vehicle badge sold in the state.

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Upcoming Toyota Prius C '94-MPG' Compact Hybrid Now Has A Name: Aqua

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According to Reuters News Service, the Nikkei business daily reports that the compact gasoline electric hybrid will achieve a gas mileage of 94 mpg The Prius family of hybrid cars from Toyota is going to get a little bigger as of January when the Japanese automaker will launch a new compact hybrid car for the Japanese market: the 2012 Toyota Aqua.

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E85 vehicles dominated US share of alternative fueled and hybrid vehicles made available in 2009

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The majority of these E85 units are intended for private use as traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, the EIA notes. EIA collects data specifically on: The number of alternative fueled vehicles (AFVs) supplied each year; i.e., new AFVs and conventionally fueled vehicles converted to operate on an alternate fuel; The number and type of advanced technology vehicles supplied each year; i.e., gasoline-electric hybrids and diesel-electric hybrids; and.

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Toyota Prius Plug-In Vs Chevy Volt: Which Is Cheaper Per Mile?

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Bridging the gap between battery electric vehicles and gasoline-electric hybrids we find cars like the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In and the 2012 Chevrolet Volt. Both are essentially hybrid vehicles, but use the technology in different ways to achieve different aims. Ultimately though, which vehicle costs less to run? Ray Iannuzzelli at GM-Volt.com.

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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. An ion is an electrically-charged atom, linking to the car’s clever combination of electrified powertrains. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

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Peugeot L500 R Hybrid PHEV racing concept

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Peugeot has designed a new gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid racing concept: the L500 R Hybrid. Developed by Peugeot Sport teams, the 500-bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain features two electric motors (one front and one rear) plus a 270 hp gasoline engine, yielding peak torque of 730 N·m (538 lb-ft).

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2013 Lexus GS 450h: First Drive

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Ever since Lexus launched the RX 400h hybrid SUV in 2005, gasoline-electric hybrids have been an integral part of the Lexus lineup. Cleverly combining performance, luxury and economy, they allow luxury buyers to avoid the compromises that might otherwise be associated with making a luxury vehicle more fuel efficient--like sacrificing power or

2013 Ford C-Max Energi Priced at $33,745, Cheaper Than Prius Plug-In

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It’s official: not only does the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in hybrid travel further in all-electric mode than the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid, but it will cost less too. As Ford detailed last night, its first plug-in hybrid will retail for $33,750, has a combined gasoline + electric range of 550 miles, is expected to get a combined

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Ford introducing 48V mild-hybrid Fiesta and Focus in Europe

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liter EcoBoost combustion engine and using the stored energy to provide torque assistance during normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle’s electrical ancillaries. The electric torque assistance helps deliver punchier, more responsive performance, particularly at lower engine speeds, for a more flexible and connected driving experience. From Fiesta to Transit, either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric option will be offered.

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2012 Plug-in Toyota Prius: What Do You Want To Know?

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Toyota may have started the hybrid revolution with its original Prius, the first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car and the vehicle which quickly became the eco badge of honor for celebrities and city dwellers alike. But ten years after the first Prius rolled into the U.S., Toyota is now playing green car catchup, with its 2012 Toyota

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Kia enhances 2014 Optima Hybrid

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The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its gasoline-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year. Available in LX and EX trims, the 2014 Optima Hybrid features carryover refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a 47 hp (35 kW) electric traction motor, a strong Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a 47 kW lithium polymer battery. . The combined gasoline-electric system delivers 199 hp (148 kW) and 235 lb-ft (319 N·m) of torque.

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DS brand accelerating development of electric cars

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Starting with DS 7 CROSSBACK, it will be releasing a new model every year, all with an electrified version (hybrid or all-electric). By 2025, more than a third of DS vehicles sold will be hybrid or all-electric. The performance models will be provided by the hybrid versions and the first in the series is DS 7 CROSSBACK E-Tense—the DS vision of hybrid power with 300 hp and a 60 km electric range. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

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Toyota to show new GRMN hybrid concept at Nürburgring

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will show the GRMN (GAZOO Racing tuned by MN) Sports Hybrid Concept II, a convertible mid-ship gasoline-electric hybrid concept, at the 39 th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race to be held near Nürburg, Germany, from 23–26 June. The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II is an updated version of a gasoline-electric sports concept shown at Tokyo Auto Salon 2010.

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Suzuki introduces hybrid concept version of Kizashi at New York show

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American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a gasoline-electric concept variant of its Kizashi sedan at the company’s 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) press conference. The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept derives power from a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine, working in tandem with a belt-driven, liquid-cooled 15-kW motor/generator unit tied to a 115-volt, 0.5

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Sales of plug-ins in France in 2012 reached 5,663 units for cars and 3,651 for LCVs

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AVERE-France, the French hybrid and electric vehicle association, reports that sales of electric vehicles in France reached 5,663 units for cars (VP) and 3,651 units for commercial vehicles (LCV) in 2012, increasing 115% and 117%, respectively, against the 2011 results. France represents 35% of electric sales VP in Europe in 2012, ahead of Norway (15%) and Germany (13%), according to AVERE-France.

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Toyota to Sell Vehicle Audible System for Prius

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will begin sales in Japan on 30 August of an onboard device designed to alert pedestrians and others audibly to the presence of a quiet vehicle, such as a gasoline-electric hybrid. The onboard device automatically emits a synthesized sound of an electric motor when the Prius is operating as an electric vehicle at speeds up to approximately 25 km/h (15.5

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No Diesel Option Planned For 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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This is because modern diesel engines, especially in turbocharged form, offer similar performance to their gasoline counterparts but with much better fuel economy. Some models are even more fuel efficient than comparable gasoline-electric hybrids, but still the In Europe, more than half of the new cars sold feature a diesel engine of some form.

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2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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Unlike dedicated hybrids without a comparable gas-only version, the 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid carries its gasoline-electric powertrain in a body that looks just like the conventional Highlander mid-size crossover utility vehicle. It’s a family-friendly hybrid utility vehicle, spacious and well-equipped, though hardly a car for the

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Is The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Really Green, Or Not?

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Just ten years ago, cars like the 2002 Toyota Prius traded performance for unbelievably-high gas mileage, bringing the concept of eco-friendly gasoline electric hybrid cars to the masses. Recently however, automakers like BMW have used full hybrid technology to give high performance luxury cars like the 5-Series a gas mileage boost without

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Audi A3 TDI Sportback makes US debut at New York Show

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The A3 TDI Sportback will join the new A3 family being introduced over the next 18 months—the Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel sedan, the high-performance S3 Sedan and the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV). Since then, more than 37,500 Audi TDI vehicles have been sold in the US, delivering an average of 30% better fuel economy and range than their gasoline counterparts (based on EPA fuel economy estimates).

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JATO: new diesel car volume in Europe in October dropped 9.9%; 41.4% market share lowest in 10 years

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Growth was driven by increased demand for gasoline, electric and hybrid vehic—and the ongoing strong performance of SUVs. Gasoline vehicle sales rose to 619,300 units, accounting for 51.5% In contrast, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) reported the second highest market share ever recorded in October 2017, with 66,000 electric and hybrid vehicles registered. This shift has boosted gasoline and AFV registrations.

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Toyota begins production of current model Prius in China

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established with China FAW Group Corporation in China’s Sichuan Province, has begun production of the third-generation Prius”gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle at its Changchun Plant. Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd., a joint vehicle-production company. Sales of the vehicle will begin in early 2012. Production of the Prius began in China in 2005, marking the first time the vehicle was produced outside Japan. In 2010, GAC Toyota Motor Co.,

2011 190

Variations On Cheaper Hybrid Tech To Help MPG, Efficiency

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The market for gasoline-electric hybrids and electric cars is expected to grow over the next few years, but they aren't the only energy-efficient vehicles expected to become more popular. Also looking at an increase in popularity are micro-hybrids and mild hybrids, according to a Lux Research report. According to MarketWatch, the Lux report

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Three Different Electrified Ford Focus Models To Be Built At Single Michigan Plant

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It’s well documented that Ford is planning an all-electric version of its new global Focus--heck, we’ve even test driven a very early prototype based on the previous generation car. But what isn’t that well known is that there will be two other electrified versions of the new Focus: a gasoline-electric hybrid and a more advanced

2010 76

One More For The Dead-Hybrid List: RIP Nissan Altima Hybrid

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Add one more to the list of hybrid cars that have been sent off to the great gasoline-electric graveyard in the sky. Nissan will end production of its Altima Hybrid sedan after the 2011 model year. Launched in late 2007, the hybrid version of the Nissan Altima used Nissan's own four-cylinder engine mated to the Hybrid Synergy Drive system licensed

FedEx Express Orders 51 Azure Dynamics Hybrid Electric Delivery Vans, Establishes First All-Hybrid Facility

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will purchase 51 additional gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles from Azure Dynamics Corporation. The FedEx fleet of hybrid electric and electric vehicles will total 325 when all 51 hybrid step-vans are delivered during November and December of 2009. Most of the new FedEx gasoline-electric vehicles will be put into service at a Bronx, NY, station, making it the first FedEx all-hybrid facility with about 100 trucks. FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.,

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Report: Fuji Heavy Industries may suspend production of Stella EV with end of minivehicle production

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Kyodo News reports that Fuji Heavy Industries may suspend production of its electric minivehicle, the Stella EV ( earlier post ). Fuji Heavy began selling the plug-in Stella electric vehicle to corporate customers and local governments in July 2009 with a sales target of 400 units by the end of March 2011. Fuji Heavy is seeking to launch a plug-in gasoline electric hybrid vehicle, which can be recharged using a household electrical outlet, in the mid-2010s.

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Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid on sale at select New York and California dealerships

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The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, rated by the EPA at 115 MPGe1 in all electric mode went on-sale at select New York and California Honda dealers on 15 January 15 with an MSRP of $39,780 and a monthly lease price of $429. The Honda Accord Plug-In is rated by the EPA with a maximum EV Mode driving range of 13 miles and a gasoline fuel-economy rating of 47/46/46 mpg (city/hwy/combined).

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