Kia unveils next-generation Niro; hybrid first, PHEV and BEV to follow

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The all-new Niro features a trio of state-of-the-art electrified powertrains, including hybrid electric (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery electric (BEV) options. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-insKia has revealed the all-new next-generation Niro.

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2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show

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The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid (HEV) is the third model in an ongoing cadence of eco-minded offerings guided by Kia’s global EV strategy, ‘Plan S.’. The Sportage Hybrid is offered in three trim levels: LX, EX, and SX-Prestige. Hybrids

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Mazda2 Hybrid to be introduced in Europe; OEM model supplied by Toyota

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Mazda Motor Corporation will introduce the Mazda2 Hybrid in Europe from the spring of 2022. The Mazda2 Hybrid offers the nimble handling of a compact car, high quality ride, a comfortable cabin and the latest safety technology. Europe Hybrids Market Background

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Mercedes launches new plug-in hybrid S 580 e; Gen4 hybrid system, 100 km electric range

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Mercedes-Benz is launching the new S 580 e plug-in hybrid, with which the fourth generation of the hybrid drive system is celebrating its premiere in the S-Class. Mercedes has also added the mild hybrid S 580 4MATIC. Hybrids Plug-ins

Flemish public transport operator orders 44 new articulated plug-in e-hybrid buses, upgrades 280 hybrids into e-hybrids

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De Lijn, the public transport operator (PTO) in the Flemish part of Belgium, is ordering 44 new articulated plug-in e-hybrid buses; further, the operator confirmed the upgrade of 280 if its current hybrid buses into e-hybrids. Bus Conversions Hybrids Plug-ins

Toyota introduces new XSE Hybrid Grade Camry

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With the refresh for 2021 Camry models, Toyota is introducing the first XSE Hybrid grade, combining the Camry’s most fuel-efficient powertrain with its highest expression of the sport and luxury blend. 2021 Camry XSE Hybrid. Four hybrid grades – LE, XLE, SE, XSE (new).

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DoD to prototype commercial hybrid conversion kits for tactical vehicles; XL Fleet and Volta Power

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The US Army’s Project Manager Transportation Systems (PM TS), part of Program Executive Office for Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS), has partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to prototype a hybrid conversion kit for tactical vehicles.

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Solaris introducing mild hybrid buses

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Solaris is introducing the Solaris Urbino mild hybrid. The first Urbino hybrid was displayed in 2006. Back then, Solaris was the first European producer offering a serially produced bus with a hybrid (diesel-electric) drive. However, the mild hybrid is a new solution.

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McMaster team reviews progress on hybrid-specific engine technologies

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A team from McMaster University in Canada has published a comprehensive review of recent progress in low-temperature combustion (LTC), alternative fuels (AF), over-expansion Atkinson cycle, and waste heat recovery (WHR) techniques as applied to hybrid-specific engines. As a crucial component in hybrid powertrains, the internal combustion engine has important impacts on vehicle performance. Hybrid-specific engine design should be a careful balance of all the factors.

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Hyundai adds 2022 Tucson Plug-In Hybrid and N Line models

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Hyundai is adding Plug-in Hybrid and N Line models to its 2022 Tucson line-up. Tucson N Line and Plug-in Hybrid SUV models will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and be available spring and summer, respectively. Hyundai had already announced a hybrid version of the 2022 Tucson.

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Rolls-Royce generator delivered for megawatt-level hybrid-electric propulsion system for aerospace

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The generator that will be at the heart of the most powerful hybrid-electric aero power and propulsion system in aerospace has arrived for installation at Rolls-Royces’s specialist testbed. On completion of testing, we will have a basis for megawatt-level power for future hybrid aircraft.

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Audi unveils 500 kW series-hybrid RS Q e-tron Dakar racer

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Just under a year after the initial concept idea, Audi Sport has started testing the new Audi RS Q e-tron series hybrid, with which Audi will tackle the Dakar Rally in January 2022. Because there are no charging opportunities in the desert, Audi has chosen a series-hybrid design.

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UC San Diego receives $35M in state funding for new hydrogen-hybrid coastal research vessel

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California legislators have allocated UC San Diego $35 million to design and build a new coastal research vessel with a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-hybrid propulsion system. The hybrid-hydrogen design of this new vessel represents an innovation in the maritime industry.

Deloitte: interest in hybrid vehicles still significantly outpacing full battery-electrics

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SEAT large SUV Tarraco e-HYBRID PHEV enters production

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SEAT continues to expand its range of electrified vehicles, as the SEAT Tarraco e-HYBRID enters production this week. The plug-in hybrid version of the brand’s flagship delivers a maximum power of 245PS (180kW), making it the most powerful Tarraco produced to date.

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Rolls-Royce, Federal Ministry and the state of Brandenburg strengthen development of hybrid-electric aviation propulsion systems

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The partners agreed on the establishment of development, testing and production facilities, creating an industrial eco-system for hybrid-electric aviation propulsion systems in Dahlewitz and the Lusatia region. Aviation & Aerospace Engines Hybrids Market Background

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Toyota introduces 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup with new i-FORCE MAX hybrid option

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When paired with the new i-FORCE MAX system, the result is a combined hybrid performance output of 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft (790 N·m) of torque. During towing applications, the hybrid system provides additional power and torque. Hybrids Market Background

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Rheinmetall wins order for electric coolant pumps for hybrid drives

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Delivery of the pumps, which are earmarked for installation in luxury hybrid vehicles with 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, is to be complete by 2024. Suitable for hybrid and standard internal combustion engines alike, they can also be used in battery- and fuel cell-powered vehicles.

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Allison Transmission’s eGen Flex electric hybrid solution introduced in NYC Transit buses

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Allison Transmission’s eGen Flex, its next generation electric hybrid propulsion solution ( earlier post ), will be put into revenue service at New York City Transit (NYCT) in May. Bus Hybrids

Ford unveils Maverick compact hybrid pickup truck starting at less than $20K

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Maverick comes as a standard five-passenger, four-door pickup, with a full-hybrid powertrain and a projected EPA-estimated rating of 40 mpg city fuel economy and 500 miles of range on a single tank of gas. Hybrids Market Background

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San Francisco orders 30 El Dorado hybrid buses with Allison H40 EP systems

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Municipal Railway (Muni) has awarded a contract to ElDorado for 30 electric hybrid E-Z Rider II model heavy-duty 30-foot transit buses, which will feature the Allison H 40 EP hybrid propulsion system. Allison Transmission’s H 40/50 EP Series is a two-mode parallel hybrid transmission that has been proven to be a dependable and efficient system for buses and coaches. Bus Diesel Hybrids

Mercedes-Benz supplying 129 Citaro G hybrid 18m articulated buses to Belgium’s TEC Group

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Mercedes-Benz is supplying 129 Citaro G hybrid 18m articulated buses to Belgium’s TEC Group. The Citaro G is a 48V mild hybrid. The Citaro G compact hybrid module reduces fuel consumption of articulated buses by up to 8.5%. 48V Bus Hybrids

Rolls-Royce supplying two mtu gas engines for first LNG-hybrid tugboat

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Rolls-Royce is supplying two mtu 16V 4000 M55RN gas engines to Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard for the construction of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-hybrid powered tug. This is the first LNG-hybrid tug to be powered by mtu gas engines. Engines Hybrids LNG Ports and Marine

Proton Motor Fuel Cell, Torqeedo partner on new Ma-Hy-Hy project for marine hydrogen hybrid propulsion system

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Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH is working with Torqeedo on an innovative hydrogen hybrid propulsion system building kit for maritime mobility, which will be able to deliver fuel cell powers between 30 and 120 kW and variable hydrogen storage capacity. As part of the DEUTZ Group, Torqeedo offers marine electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 Fuel Cells Hybrids Hydrogen Ports and Marine

Australian startup H2X launches to produce hydrogen-powered hybrid vehicles

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Australian startup H2X has launched with the mission of producing a range of hydrogen-powered hybrid vehicles targeting different applications and markets. The hybrid concept mixes hydrogen fuel cell, battery, and supercapacitors according to what is best suited to each application.

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Bombardier (now Alstom) to convert AGC hybrid trains to full battery power

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One of our first sustainable mobility solutions was a dual-mode Autorail à Grande Capacité (AGC) train, designed and developed by its Crespin site in France; the AGC was the world’s first hybrid train when it entered service in 2007. Batteries Conversions Electric (Battery) Hybrids Rail

Hyliion introduces next-generation battery module for Class 8 hybrid systems; Toshiba LTO cells

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Building on Hyliion’s proprietary battery system, the battery module will be incorporated into the next evolution of Hyliion’s Hybrid system. The Hybrid system is already in service across North America including deployments with industry leading transportation and logistics fleets.

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JR East, Hitachi and Toyota to develop hybrid hydrogen fuel cell railway vehicles; HYBARI

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and Toyota Motor Corporation have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development of test railway vehicles equipped with hybrid systems that use hydrogen powered fuel cells and storage batteries as their source of electricity. Workings of the fuel cell hybrid system.

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Rolls-Royce and Etihad Airways to partner on electrification and hybrid systems, including urban air mobility

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The focus of the agreement between Rolls-Royce and Etihad Airways targets the application of electrification technologies and hybrid systems, together with the use of electric motors for commuter aircraft and the fast emerging urban air mobility (UAMs) sector. Aviation & Aerospace Electric (Battery) Hybrids Urban Air Mobility

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Airbus and RollsRoyce end E-Fan X hybrid-electric aircraft initiative

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Launched in 2017, the E-Fan X project sought to develop a near-term hybrid-electric flight demonstrator for commercial aircraft. Vittadini said that the E-Fan X project provided insights for the future, including: Series-hybrid-electric propulsion. Aviation Electric (Battery) Hybrids

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Electric Car FAQs: Is It Still Worth Buying A Hybrid?

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Electric cars — and electrified or hybrid cars! The post Electric Car FAQs: Is It Still Worth Buying A Hybrid? Conventional Hybrid Electric Vehicles Electric Vehicles Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) car buying electric car facts Electric Car FAQs hybrid cars PHEVs Texas

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing introduces GR010 hybrid hypercar for WEC

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has launched the all-new GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar, which will compete in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The new Le Mans Hypercar regulations mean the GR010 HYBRID is a completely new car, designed to a different philosophy. Hybrids Motorsport

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Rolls-Royce and Flanders Electric to develop hybrid retrofit solution for mining trucks

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Rolls-Royce and Flanders Electric have agreed to develop a retrofit concept for hybridizing mining trucks that can reduce CO 2 emissions by up to 30%. It integrates mtu engines, batteries and hybrid control systems, and Flanders drive train solutions. Heavy-duty Hybrids Mining Off-roa

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Mercedes-AMG reveals performance hybrid and battery-electric AMG derivative strategy

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Mercedes-AMG laid out its new electrified drive strategy , which is based on two pillars: Performance hybrids with a completely independent drive concept under the technology label E PERFORMANCE. Performance hybrid with innovative AMG concept. This is a P3 hybrid configuration.).

Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans deploys 6 plug-in hybrid pickups from XL Fleet

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In order to advance its fleet electrification and emissions reduction goals, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) has deployed six new XL plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks to its fleet. Fleets Hybrids Plug-ins

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7 Common Hybrid Myths and Misconceptions Debunked

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Smashing Through the Barriers To Hybrid Cars. Hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more common. The prototypical hybrid–the Toyota Prius. Hybrids Have Brand New, Untested Technology. Hybrid Cars Are Too Difficult To drive. Hybrids Are Too Expensive.

Toyota launches all-new Aqua (Prius C) hybrid in Japan; bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery

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Batteries HybridsToyota Motor Corporation launched its all-new Aqua. The all-new Aqua is approximately 20% more fuel efficient (WLTC) than the previous generation; it combines outstanding fuel efficiency of 35.8

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XL Fleet Introduces hybrid electric drive system upfit for Isuzu NPR-HD

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announced that its XL Hybrid electric drive system is now available as an upfit solution for the new Isuzu NPR-HD. XL Fleet’s hybrid electric drive system on the Isuzu NPR-HD. XL Fleet’s hybrid system on the Isuzu NPR-HD is now available for purchase throughout North America.

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IHS Markit: hybrids outperform EVs in US in April; overall electrification rate at 8.4%

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New analysis of the latest IHS Markit new vehicle registration data in the US indicates vehicles with a hybrid powertrain (both gasoline and electricity) are out-performing EVs, based on several metrics. In April, hybrids accounted for 6.1%

XL Fleet partnering with Curbtender to develop all-electric and plug-in hybrid refuse trucks

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Under the terms of the agreement, XL Fleet and Curbtender will jointly develop a series of battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) commercial trucks for use in waste management applications. Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty Hybrids Plug-insXL Fleet Corp.

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EVs as a group are worst for reliability, hybrids and PHEVs best, according to Consumer Reports

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Electric SUVs were the lowest-ranked category in the latest Consumer Reports reliability rankings, but hybrids and plug-in hybrids were the best. Plug-In Hybrids

CWind launches first hybrid-powered surface effect ship: CWind Pioneer

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The CWind Pioneer achieves this through a hybrid diesel and battery electric power system which enables the vessel to operate purely on battery power while in harbor or at standby in the windfarm, resulting in a decrease in fuel burn and CO 2. Diesel Hybrids Ports and Marine

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IDTechEx: NiMH batteries still dominant in full hybrids, largely due to Toyota

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While the lithium-ion battery is dominant in battery-electric vehicles, NiMH batteries are still the most common in full hybrid vehicles (HEVs), according to a new report—“ Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle Markets 2021-2041 ”—from IDTechEx. Batteries Hybrids Market Background

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