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Wey P8 PHEV Unveiled At Guangzhou Auto Show 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Guangzhou Auto Show, Hybrids, Reports, SUV on 11 23rd, 2017


The veil has been lifted on the 2018 Wey P8 at the ongoing Guangzhou Auto Show.

The latest in an increasing number of new energy vehicles in China, the Wey P8 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine alongside an electric motor on both the front and rear axles. All up, it delivers 335 hp and 383 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque, and will reportedly accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds.

Wey claims the P8 has a combined driving range of 660 km and can be charged to full capacity in four hours from a 220V home charger. Mated to the plug-in hybrid powertrain is a six-speed dual-clutch transmission driving all four wheels.

In terms of safety, the SUV comes standard with a host of increasingly-common safety features. Included among them are adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-change assist, blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, 360-degree camera system, and a video streaming rear-view mirror.

Wey has no immediate plans to sell the P8 outside of China.

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Upcoming Mercedes-AMG Panamera Nemesis To Offer Up To 805HP Of Hybrid Power 23
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in AMG, Geneva Motor Show, Hybrids, Mercedes AMG, Reports on 11 23rd, 2017


The new Mercedes AMG four-door coupe will feature a range of newly-developed hybrid powertrains with different battery capacities and up to an astonishing 805hp of combined power.

Mercedes is expected to reveal the production version of the AMG GT Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Sources at Mercedes have revealed to Autocar that the range-topping AMG four-door coupe will use an EQ Power-branded hybrid powertrain, employing the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 petrol engine along with a rear-mounted electric motor, offering a total of 805hp and a 31-mile electric range.

The company is set to offer in total three differing battery capacities, shortly after the model’s debut. These will reportedly include a base hybrid version with 671hp and a 19-mile electric range and a mid-range model with 738hp and 25 miles of pure electric range.

The new AMG Panamera rival will initially launch with the powertrain of the E63 AMG, meaning a 604hp version of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and a trick all-wheel drive system that can shut off the front axle for smoky shenanigans.

The new model will exist alongside the also upcoming new generation Mercedes CLS, with the company to position the new AMG more upmarket for obvious reasons.

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Rare McLaren P1 Experimental Prototype Was Once A P1 GTR 22
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Hybrids, mclaren, McLaren P1, used cars on 11 22nd, 2017


A rare McLaren P1 experimental prototype is looking for a new home in the UK.

While production of the road-going P1 was officially capped to 375 units, McLaren built 14 different prototypes throughout the development of the hybrid hypercar. This is one of them and it has a rich and interesting history.

Officially XP05, this P1 was initially used to develop the P1’s transmission and Bosch fuel injection system. When it’d finished these duties, it was transformed into the McLaren P1 GTR show car presented at both the Geneva and New York motor shows in 2015.

Like a handful of other XP cars, XP05 was stripped back to its carbon fiber Monocage when development of the P1 was completed. It has since been rebuilt to the same specification as the final production cars and at the request of the original owner, painted in McLaren Orange and outfitted with a number of MSO options.

The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 currently fitted has covered just 300 miles.

The car is for sale from Tom Hartley Jnr but no asking price has been made public.

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BMW Reveals It Is Already Working On Hybrid M Cars 22
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M, Hybrids, Reports on 11 22nd, 2017


BMW has admitted that it has started work developing M-branded hybrid models.

According to the vice president of BMW’s M division, Dirk Hacker, electrification is something the automaker can’t avoid, Autocar reports.

“We cannot avoid the need for electrification and it is true that we are working on hybrid power already. For now, all I will say is that we are working on a very precise technical solution, but there is no final decision on how to deploy the concept.”

Despite the work being done, Hacker expressed some reservations about electrification, namely the weight it would add and how this could affect the handling of an M product.

“Adding mass to performance cars is never ideal. But if we can use electrification to install more performance, then we start to have the answers. That might be more speed, or it might be the ability for a car to be driven on electric power in a city. It might also be the case that we need different answers to that question in different cities,” Hacker revealed.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about BMW M planning a future with electrification. In fact, company chief Frank Van Meel revealed earlier this year that all M vehicles will eventually become all-electric. In the meantime, hybridization will be adopted as an intermediary response to changing consumer sentiment and stringent fuel emission laws.

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Toyota’s Pulling The Prius V From The US Market 19
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hybrids, TOYOTA, Toyota Prius V on 11 19th, 2017


Have you had trouble wrapping your head around the Toyota Prius V? Well soon that won’t be a problem, because Toyota’s pulling that particular model from the US market.

A sort of wagon/minivan version of the Japanese automaker’s signature dedicated hybrid, the Prius V lags as the slowest-selling member of the Prius family. Last month, Toyota sold only 652 of them in the United States, ahead even of the Prius C hatchback’s 900.

“After six years and nearly 160,000 units sold in the U.S.,” Toyota spokesman Corey Proffitt told Green Car Reports, “the decision was made to end Prius V production for the U.S. and Puerto Rico this December.”

The reason for its discontinuation comes down to the RAV4 Hybrid, of which Toyota sold over 5,000 last month. Apparently American buyers would sooner take their hybrid in crossover form than that of a wagon or minivan.

Though the Prius V’s fuel economy is significantly higher than the RAV4 Hybrid’s, the latter offers a more desirable crossover design – and all-wheel drive.

The Prius V isn’t the only hybrid minivan facing the axe: Ford is also fazing out the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi PHEV from the US market. Which, as Green Car Reports points out, is only fitting: the two models launched around the same time, and will leave together, too.

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Toyota’s Pulling The Prius V From The US Market 19
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hybrids, TOYOTA, Toyota Prius V on 11 19th, 2017


Have you had trouble wrapping your head around the Toyota Prius V? Well soon that won’t be a problem, because Toyota’s pulling that particular model from the US market.

A sort of wagon/minivan version of the Japanese automaker’s signature dedicated hybrid, the Prius V lags as the slowest-selling member of the Prius family. Last month, Toyota sold only 652 of them in the United States, ahead even of the Prius C hatchback’s 900.

“After six years and nearly 160,000 units sold in the U.S.,” Toyota spokesman Corey Proffitt told Green Car Reports, “the decision was made to end Prius V production for the U.S. and Puerto Rico this December.”

The reason for its discontinuation comes down to the RAV4 Hybrid, of which Toyota sold over 5,000 last month. Apparently American buyers would sooner take their hybrid in crossover form than that of a wagon or minivan.

Though the Prius V’s fuel economy is significantly higher than the RAV4 Hybrid’s, the latter offers a more desirable crossover design – and all-wheel drive.

The Prius V isn’t the only hybrid minivan facing the axe: Ford is also fazing out the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi PHEV from the US market. Which, as Green Car Reports points out, is only fitting: the two models launched around the same time, and will leave together, too.

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In-Depth Review Finds Very Few Faults With 2018 Toyota Prius 18
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hybrids, reviews, TOYOTA, Toyota Prius, Toyota Videos, UK, video on 11 18th, 2017


If you’re in the market a practical and fuel efficient hatchback, the only thing that might keep you from considering buying a Prius straight up could be its looks.

Let’s face it, it does look futuristic, but it’s not the prettiest thing on the road. However, if you move past this aspect (or better yet you like the way it looks, since this is highly subjective), you’ll likely end up enjoying your purchase.

The 2018 Prius is a very practical car, with plenty of room for luggage, comfortable seats, impressive safety tech, lots of storage spaces and a well laid out cabin with strong visibility ahead and around the pillars.

On the road, the Prius is great around town, with excellent maneuverability. However, there were some downsides such as the overly sensitive brakes, road noise and poor rearwards visibility. It’s also not very quick, so if you’re looking for effortless motorway overtaking capability, you’d better look somewhere else.

On the plus side, Toyota made the 2018 Prius handle surprisingly well, with decent grip and steering feel. On top of that, there’s a ‘Power’ mode that improves performance, although it’s not going to help you win any drag races. But, at the end of the day, it’s a Prius, so this doesn’t rank very highly on its potential customers’ list anyway, does it?

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Volkswagen To Invest $12 Billion For EVs In China 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, VW on 11 16th, 2017


Volkswagen has announced that it will invest over 10 billion euros ($12 billion) on a fleet of new-energy vehicles in China.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, VW China head Jochem Heizmann revealed that by 2025, the investments will result in the introduction of 40 locally-produced vehicles, created in collaboration with local joint venture Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motor).

Bloomberg reports that VW intends on introducing 15 models based on its MQB platform while the remaining vehicles will use a selection of new platforms.

The automaker’s ambitious China plans come just a couple of months after the country revealed its cap-and-trade policy. These new regulations will require automakers to obtain a new-energy vehicle score (zero- and low-emission vehicles) of at least 10 per cent in 2019 and rising to 12 per cent in 2020.

According to Heizmann, the selection of new vehicles will allow VW to meet these requirements. However, he admitted that it will be difficult to achieve a fleet-wide average fuel consumption level of 5 liters per 100 km (62 miles) in China by 2020.

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Volkswagen To Invest $12 Billion For EVs In China 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, VW on 11 16th, 2017


Volkswagen has announced that it will invest over 10 billion euros ($12 billion) on a fleet of new-energy vehicles in China.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, VW China head Jochem Heizmann revealed that by 2025, the investments will result in the introduction of 40 locally-produced vehicles, created in collaboration with local joint venture Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motor).

Bloomberg reports that VW intends on introducing 15 models based on its MQB platform while the remaining vehicles will use a selection of new platforms.

The automaker’s ambitious China plans come just a couple of months after the country revealed its cap-and-trade policy. These new regulations will require automakers to obtain a new-energy vehicle score (zero- and low-emission vehicles) of at least 10 per cent in 2019 and rising to 12 per cent in 2020.

According to Heizmann, the selection of new vehicles will allow VW to meet these requirements. However, he admitted that it will be difficult to achieve a fleet-wide average fuel consumption level of 5 liters per 100 km (62 miles) in China by 2020.

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BMW Trademarks Selection Of i-Branded SUV Models 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, SUV on 11 16th, 2017


It appears as if BMW is planning a dramatic expansion of its i-Performance sub-brand, recently trademarking the names of no less than nine new vehicles.

According to recent applications, BMW has acquired trademarks for iX1, iX2, iX3, iX4, iX5, iX6, iX7, iX8, and iX9. This is the clearest indication yet than the carmaker intends on bringing its advanced hybrid technologies to its popular SUV models, Autocar reports.

However, it is worth noting that there’s very little chance BMW will ever release nine i-branded SUV models. In all probability, most of the names have been trademarked simply to ensure no other carmaker can use them. For example, BMW trademarked i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8, and i9 in 2010 but so far, only the i3 and i8 have been built.

Whatever the company is planning, we recently learned that all BMW electric, plug-in hybrid, and internal combustion engine powered models built from 2020 will share the same platform.

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No Direct Replacement For Subaru’s WRX STI, Hybrid Tech Considered For New Model 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, Reports, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI on 11 15th, 2017


Subaru has no plans for a direct replacement of the WRX STI but that doesn’t mean that we won’t get a new one at all.

With the current WRX STI steadily heading to retirement, Subaru will soon have a very emotionally significant hole in its range that will remain vacant for a few years, before the successor shows up.

The reason for this delay, according to Subaru Europe’s General Manager of sales and marketing David Dello Stritto who spoke with Dutch Autorai, is because the company is still looking at how the market develops in order to finalize the concept of the next WRX STI.

With the current turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer engine being too dirty to pass the upcoming stricter emissions regulations, Subaru has to find another way of giving its customers their rallycar-for-the-road fix. “We’re not really giving up on ‘fun to drive’. The new Impreza also provides this, but in a different, more environmentally sound way, “said Dello Stritto.

Among their options is of course an electrified powertrain as Subaru’s latest Global Platform was developed with hybrids in mind but Dello Stritto avoided confirming it, saying only that all options are investigated and “there’s really a new WRX STI coming, but it’ll take time.”

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Toyota Says ICEs Will Die By 2050 14
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, TOYOTA on 11 14th, 2017


Toyota says the internal combustion engine will be dead by 2050 and become far less common than electric powertrains by 2040.

In an interview with Autocar, Toyota’s head of advanced R&D and engineering, Seigo Kuzumaki, said clampdowns on CO2 emissions will force car manufacturers to fully embrace electrification.

“We expect that by 2050 we will have reduced CO2 emissions from vehicles by 90% compared to the figure in 2010. To achieve that from 2040 simple internal combustion engined cars will not be made, but they may be the basis of some hybrid or plug-in hybrid cars,” he said.

One important part in Toyota’s long-term EV plans will be its adoption of advanced solid-state batteries.

The brand’s first all-electric vehicle will arrive in 2020 with traditional lithium-ion batteries. However, Toyota says it will be able to productionize solid-state batteries by the early 2020s, allowing its EVs to offer exceptional range and fast-charging.

“We hold more patents on solid-state batteries than any other company. We are getting close to developing cars using the technology, and we believe that we will be ahead of our rivals in achieving that,” he revealed.

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Ford Pulls The Plug On The C-Max Energi 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford C-Max, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 11 10th, 2017


Ford has quietly pulled the plug on the C-Max Energi.

Speaking with Green Car Reports, Ford’s North American Car Communications Manager confirmed the model has already gone out of production. Dan Jones went on to say the C-Max Hybrid will continue to be built until the middle of next year.

While Ford originally had high hopes for the C-Max, it was never really a strong seller. According to Carsalesbase, sales peaked in 2013 when the company sold 35,210 units in the United States but they quickly dropped from there. Last year, the company only sold 19,834 units which pales in comparison to the 98,863 Toyota Prius models that were sold.

Most people won’t miss the C-Max but the hybrid variant starts at $24,120 and has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle and a small electric motor that is powered by a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. This setup enables the car to produce a combined output of 188 hp (140 kW) and return an EPA-estimated 42 mpg city / 38 mpg highway / 40 mpg combined.

The C-Max Energi, on the other hand, was a plug-in hybrid which cost $27,120. Its powertrain largely carried over but it was equipped with a larger 7.6 kWh battery that enabled the model to travel up to 20 miles (32 km) on electricity alone.

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EU Wants To Reduce New Car Emissions By A Third By 2030 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ACEA, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 11 10th, 2017


EU regulators have announced their proposal to introduce a CO2 emissions reduction target by 30 percent for new cars and vans by 2030 while offering incentives to carmakers selling zero- and low-emission vehicles over a certain benchmark.

The proposal also sets a 15% lower target for 2025 than that of 2021 in order to ensure that carmakers will start investing as early as possible.

At the same time, the European Union plans to support the industry by offering 800 million euros ($927.7 million) for the establishment of an EV charging infrastructure as well as 200 million euros ($232.3 million) for battery development.

To help carmakers reach such an aggressive target, EU will offer credits to those who will sell enough zero- and low-emission vehicles in order to offset their overall fleet emissions. Regulators are expected to set a certain benchmark for the number of zero- and low-emission vehicles later on, in order for the incentives to be eligible. EU identifies low-emissions vehicles as those producing less than 50g/km of C02, which are mainly plug-in hybrids.

The proposal was met with criticism from the European Automotive Manufacturers Association (ACEA) which said that the 30% reduction target is “overly challenging”, proposing instead a 20% reduction by 2030 which is “achievable at a high, but acceptable, cost”.

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Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bentley All Planning Performance EVs 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Bentley, Bugatti, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Lamborghini, porsche on 11 10th, 2017


The Volkswagen Group is reportedly keen to expand its electrified plans to its range-topping brands. This could result in all-new, performance-focused hybrid and EV models from Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche, Automobile Magazine reports.

Citing an unnamed source, the publication claims Porsche’s long-awaited, all-electric Mission E will sit at the top of this new family and be followed by a zero-emissions creation from Bentley and a pair of two-door, 2+2 models from both Bugatti and Lamborghini.

The Bugatti has apparently been codenamed Atlantic and like its Italian sibling, will be underpinned by the short-wheelbase version of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S Plug-In Hybrid.

Specifics about the powertrains of the two aren’t confirmed but both should have all-electric ranges of at least 60 miles (96 km) and fast-charging features.

While other details about these two models remain sketchy, they are apparently being launched to help counteract the fuel-guzzling models currently in Bugatti and Lamborghini’s respective families.

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