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Ford’s First Plug-in Hybrid Police Car Will Help Clean Up Our Streets 20
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Ford Videos, new cars, PHEV, Police Cars, video on 11 20th, 2017


Ford’s new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan has arrived, though it won’t be taking part in any high-speed pursuits, as it’s aimed mostly at police and fire chiefs, detectives, and non-pursuit law enforcement personnel.

Based on the production-spec Fusion Energi, it shares its plug-in hybrid powertrain, and comes with a 7.6 kWh battery that can be charged in 2.5 hours using the onboard 3.3kW charger.

Ford says that it can be driven on electricity alone for up to 21 miles (34km), and up to a top speed of 85mph (km/h). Once the battery is depleted, its internal combustion gasoline unit will take it at least 500 miles (805km) farther.

“This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever. Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation”, the company’s police brand marketing manager, Stephen Tyler, commented.

Outside, the Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan features red and blue emergency lights, and unique alloy wheels, while in the cabin it gets heavy-duty front seats with reduced bolsters for additional comfort, anti-stab plates, and vinyl rear seats and floors. Other equipment includes the reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, metal console mounting plate, engine-idle feature, and auxiliary power box in the trunk.

Law enforcement agencies can spec their special Ford Fusion Energi with several options such as the driver spot lamp, emergency lighting packages, dark-car feature that turns off all interior lighting and allows the dash cluster to be dimmed 100 percent for surveillance, rear door control-disabling, trunk storage vault, and trunk ventilation system.

Ford will open the order books for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan in December, with deliveries starting in mid-2018.

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Volvo And Lync & Co To Launch Compact Plug-In Hybrids In 2018 18
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Geely, Lync & Co 01, Lynk & Co, PHEV, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC40 on 11 18th, 2017


Volvo and Lync & Co will launch their first compact plug-in hybrid models in the second half of 2018. The compact plug-in hybrid powertrain will consist of a three-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol engine, an electric motor, the necessary battery pack and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The first models to hit the market with the specific powertrain will be the Volvo XC40 and the Lync & Co 01 and will initially offer up to 31 miles of pure electric driving range. However. the two companies will offer a further developed version with up to 50 miles of EV range down the line, Autocar reports.

The same models are also scheduled to be offered in pure electric versions as well by 2020, with the two companies considering two different variants that offer 249 miles (400km) and 311 miles (500km) of range respectively.

As for when Lync & Co will hit the market, the newborn car brand will be initially launched in China next year, followed by Germany in 2019. Other European markets and the United States will follow shortly after, but there aren’t any solid plans for right-hand drive markets like the UK at the moment.

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Toyota Recalls C-HR For Faulty Electric Brake, Prius PHEV Over A Fuse 18
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in PHEV, Recalls, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota C-HR, Toyota Prius on 11 18th, 2017


Toyota’s North American arm is conducting two separate recalls that include 68,500 units of the 2018 C-HR and 2012-2015 Prius PHEV.

The first campaign revolves around some 28,600 units of the crossover, whose electronic parking brakes may not disengage or apply, thus resulting in a noncompliance with the federal safety standard.

This is a software issue that will be resolved via an update of the electronic control unit, free of charge to owners, who will receive a notification by first-class mail later this month informing them of the problem and advising them to make an appointment with an authorized dealer.

The second recall announced by Toyota includes roughly 39,900 units of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid, as driving them in EV mode repeatedly under high-load conditions such as long hill climbs could cause a fuse to malfunction.

If this happens, then drivers will notice warning lights and warning messages, and in some cases, they may experience reduced power. Under more extreme circumstances, though, the hybrid system could shut down, resulting in the loss of motive power, which however shouldn’t affect the power steering and braking.

Toyota’s dealers will replace the fuse with an improved unit at no cost to owners, who will be informed of this condition via first-class mail, starting January, 2018.

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MG6 Plug-in Hybrid Comes With An App-Based Remote Control Driving System 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in china, Guangzhou Auto Show, MG, MG6, PHEV on 11 17th, 2017


SAIC Motor has used the Guangzhou Auto Show to introduce the new MG6 plug-in hybrid.

Set to become one of the company’s first new energy vehicles, the MG6 plug-in hybrid will be launched next year and it has been designed to embrace elegance, performance, and valve.

MG didn’t have much to say about the model but confirmed the car will come equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an electronic shifter, and an infotainment system with internet connectivity as well as a 10.1-inch display. The Chinese press release also mentioned an automatic parking system and a “remote control driving system” that will apparently allow drivers to control the vehicle at low speeds through a mobile app.

Autocar reports the model is powered by a 1.0-liter petrol engine that is backed up by an electric motor that produces 83 PS (61 kW). MG says this setup will enable the car to produce a combined maximum output of 228 PS (167 kW) and 622 Nm (458 lb-ft) of torque. Little else is known about the car but it will reportedly consume 1.5 L/100 km (156.8 mpg US / 188.3 mpg UK).

In the future, the MG6 plug-in hybrid will be joined by an electric version of the ZS crossover. It will eventually be sold alongside a production version of the MG E-Motion concept.

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Porsche 911 Hybrid Appears To Be Moving Forward, Engineers Targeting 43 Mile Electric-Only Range 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 17th, 2017


The Porsche 911 rumor mill is back in action as Bloomberg is reporting the next-generation model could be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to the report, the plug-in hybrid variant would be a high-performance model that would sit at the top of the 911 lineup. The publication goes on to suggest the car could be introduced a few years after new 911 debuts in late 2018.

Insiders said Porsche wants the 911 Hybrid to have an electric-only range of 70 km (43 miles) and engineers are working to reduce the weight of the car’s battery so it doesn’t adversely affect the car’s handling.

Porsche declined to confirm plans for a 911 Hybrid but a spokesperson told Bloomberg the next-generation model will allow for the “integration of an electric powertrain and the manufacturer is keeping all options open regarding engine specifications.”

The report went on to suggest Porsche could offer a Macan EV sometime after the production version of the Mission E is launched in 2019.

If the report is correct, it likely means Porsche was able to solve several of the problems that August Achleitner mentioned to Car and Driver earlier this year. At the time, the head of 911 development said plans for a hybrid variant were axed because the added weighy would limit the car’s dynamic capabilities and it wouldn’t be as profitable as more conventional variants. In summation, Achleitner stated the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.”

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Pricing Announced, Starts At $33,400 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in honda, Honda Clarity, PHEV, prices, USA on 11 16th, 2017


The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will begin arriving at U.S. dealerships on December 1st with a base price of $33,400.

Unveiled earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid comes nicely equipped with heated front seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and 8.0-inch Display Audio system. Other niceties include split-folding rear seats, an eight-speaker audio system, and a multi-angle rearview camera.

Buyers looking for something more luxurious can opt for the $36,600 Touring variant which adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, perforated leather seats, and Ultrasuede interior accents. The model also boasts power front seats and a GPS navigation system which includes the location of charging stations.

Both models feature a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, a 17 kWh battery pack, and an electric motor. This setup enables the car to produce a combined maximum output of 212 hp (158 kW).

In terms of efficiency, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid has a combined fuel economy rating of 110 MPGe and a gasoline-only rating of 44 mpg city / 40 mpg highway / 42 mpg combined. More importantly, the car can travel up to 47 miles (75 km) on electricity alone. When the battery is depleted, it can be fully recharged in approximately 2.5 hours with a 240 volt charging system.

While the car is a little expensive, buyers will be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. They may also be able to receive additional state and local incentives depending on where they live.

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2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography Heading To LA Auto Show 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Jaguar, Jaguar Concepts, Jaguar Land Rover, LA Auto Show, Land Rover, Land Rover Concept, new cars, PHEV, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport on 11 15th, 2017


Jaguar Land Rover have announced their presence for the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which kicks off on December 1 at the LA Convention Center, with a range of either new or significantly updated vehicles.

One of them is the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, which will celebrate its global premiere on the North American shore.

The range-topping version of the SUV will benefit from the same visual updates as the facelifted Range Rover, which debuted last month with a new front end, tweaked cabin, and some revisions made in the engine department.

The automaker says that more details about the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography will be announced prior to the show, when they will also unveil the SVAutobiography Dynamic version.

JLR’s SVO division will also present the 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR, which benefits from the same key enhancements as the rest of the 2018MY lineup, while housing a 575hp supercharged V8 engine under the hood. Naught to 60mph (96km/h) takes just 4.3sec, and the top speed is electronically limited to 176mph (283km/h).

Making its US debut as well, after it was shown in Frankfurt some 2 months ago, is the Land Rover Discovery SVX Concept, which previews “the ultimate Discovery built for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures”, says the automaker.

PHEV versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have been granted a US visa too, to show their enhanced exterior design in LA, and to inform visitors that they can be driven on electricity alone for up to 31 miles (50km).

The automaker’s first fully-electric production model, which goes on sale next year, is previewed by the Jaguar I-Pace Concept, joined by the I-Pace eTrophy prototype, which “is proof of the company’s electric intent and previews the world’s first single-make electric racing series that will follow rounds of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship”.

Jaguar will also display the E-Pace SUV, XRJ575 flagship luxury sedan, and XF Sportbrake, at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Note: Facelifted Range Rover pictured

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Study Says Ride-Hailing Services Will Lead To Declining Car Sales 14
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Lyft, PHEV, Reports, Study, Uber on 11 14th, 2017


According to a study by IHS Markit, global car sales will be on the decline over the next two decades as consumers are set to embrace on-demand car-hailing services.

While about 80 million vehicles per year are currently sold in the U.S., Europe, China and India, these numbers are anticipated to drop to 54 million over the next 23 years.

The study also points to all-electric vehicles accounting for about 19% of all-sales by the year 2040, with plug-in hybrids accounting for another 14% of sales. Meanwhile, cars powered by petrol or diesel will make up about 62% of new car sales in the previously-mentioned markets.

“A great ‘automotive paradox’ – where more travel via car than ever, but fewer cars will be needed by individuals – will be a defining quality of the new automotive future,” said IHS Markit, vice chairman, Daniel Yergin, while adding that this shift is “just the beginning.”

The mobility service industry itself will buy more than 10 million cars in 2040 in the four markets analyzed in this study. This would mark a significant increase compared to the roughly 300,000 used in 2017, reports Autonews.

Ironically, even though fewer cars will be sold in the future, demand for petroleum is expected to go up, from the current 98 million barrels per day, to 115 million barrels in 2040 – however, it’s important to note that cars will only account for a third of total oil demand.

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Lamborghini Urus Partially Reveals Its V8 Engine In New Teaser 14
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghini Video, PHEV, video on 11 14th, 2017


Lamborghini is calling the Urus a “game changer”, and “an excellent base for the future” in yet another teaser video.

Nevertheless, the words of the brand’s Chief Project Management Officer, Matteo Ortenzi, who briefly talks about their upcoming product, are eclipsed by the SUV’s V8 engine, which is partially visible for a few good seconds.

The Italian automaker hasn’t released any details about the Urus’ powertrain yet, but it is thought to use a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 unit with roughly 650hp, allowing for a top speed in excess of 300km/h (186mph).

Later on, the Lamborghini Urus will reportedly welcome a second powertrain, which will also be friendlier to the environment, as it’s expected to benefit from plug-in hybrid technology.

This latest teaser follows yet another one, released last week, which shows the SUV having some fun on the sand, using a new driving mode called Sabbia, which is Italian for ‘sand’.

Lamborghini will pull the cover off the spiritual successor of the LM002 in just a few weeks, on December 4.

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Lamborghini Urus Partially Reveals Its V8 Engine In New Teaser 14
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghini Video, PHEV, video on 11 14th, 2017


Lamborghini is calling the Urus a “game changer”, and “an excellent base for the future” in yet another teaser video.

Nevertheless, the words of the brand’s Chief Project Management Officer, Matteo Ortenzi, who briefly talks about their upcoming product, are eclipsed by the SUV’s V8 engine, which is partially visible for a few good seconds.

The Italian automaker hasn’t released any details about the Urus’ powertrain yet, but it is thought to use a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 unit with roughly 650hp, allowing for a top speed in excess of 300km/h (186mph).

Later on, the Lamborghini Urus will reportedly welcome a second powertrain, which will also be friendlier to the environment, as it’s expected to benefit from plug-in hybrid technology.

This latest teaser follows yet another one, released last week, which shows the SUV having some fun on the sand, using a new driving mode called Sabbia, which is Italian for ‘sand’.

Lamborghini will pull the cover off the spiritual successor of the LM002 in just a few weeks, on December 4.

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Lamborghini Urus Partially Reveals Its V8 Engine In New Teaser 14
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghini Video, PHEV, video on 11 14th, 2017


Lamborghini is calling the Urus a “game changer”, and “an excellent base for the future” in yet another teaser video.

Nevertheless, the words of the brand’s Chief Project Management Officer, Matteo Ortenzi, who briefly talks about their upcoming product, are eclipsed by the SUV’s V8 engine, which is partially visible for a few good seconds.

The Italian automaker hasn’t released any details about the Urus’ powertrain yet, but it is thought to use a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 unit with roughly 650hp, allowing for a top speed in excess of 300km/h (186mph).

Later on, the Lamborghini Urus will reportedly welcome a second powertrain, which will also be friendlier to the environment, as it’s expected to benefit from plug-in hybrid technology.

This latest teaser follows yet another one, released last week, which shows the SUV having some fun on the sand, using a new driving mode called Sabbia, which is Italian for ‘sand’.

Lamborghini will pull the cover off the spiritual successor of the LM002 in just a few weeks, on December 4.

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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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Opel’s Turnaround Plan Includes EVs, More Markets And A Return To Profit By 2020 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, opel, PHEV, PSA, Reports, vauxhall on 11 10th, 2017


Opel outlined its future strategy which will help it return to profitability and secure a sustainable future for the German brand.

According to its new strategic plan -which goes by the name PACE!- Opel/Vauxhall will move to PSA platforms four years faster than originally planned. The company wants to electrify every model line by 2024, promising to offer battery-electric and plug-in hybrid versions alongside the traditional internal combustion engine.

By 2020, Opel will have launched nine new models, including four electrified ones. Among the new models will be a plug-in hybrid version of the Grandland X SUV, a fully-electric version of the next-gen Corsa supermini and a new SUV.

Other measures include making Opel more competitive by reducing costs per car by 700 euros ($815) and creating a lower financial break-even point of 800,000 vehicles per year to secure a profitable business model.

Opel’s new plan was designed to avoid forced lay-offs as it currently negotiates voluntary departures, early retirements and shorter hours with its workers while relying partly on exports for its underused factories. The company plans to enter 20 new markets by 2022, with China and Brazil being under consideration.

“This plan is paramount for the company, to protect our employees against headwinds and turn Opel/Vauxhall into a sustainable, profitable, electrified, and global company,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “Our future will be secured and we will contribute with German excellence to the Groupe PSA development. The implementation has already started with all teams eager to achieve the objectives.”

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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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BMW Bringing New Electrified Model At LA Show, Likely The i8 Roadster 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW Concepts, BMW i8, BMW M3, BMW M5, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


BMW seems to have put an end to reports surrounding the time and place of the i8 Roadster’s presentation by announcing a new electrified model for the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Part of the brand’s commitment to offer 25 green cars by 2025, with 12 of those models to have zero-emission powertrains, the new BMW i8 Roadster will be based on its facelifted coupe sibling, bar the folding soft top.

Technically, it will remain identical to the regular i8, but it has been suggested that its battery capacity might double, from 7.1 to 14kWh. This means that the current electric range will be significantly improved, likely rising from 23 miles (37km), to over 40 miles (64km). Moreover, the entire powertrain is believed to be slightly updated as well, making a combined output of near 400hp.

Joining the i8 Roadster on the showroom floor will be the BMW i Vision Dynamics, an electric four-door Grand Coupe that can accelerate from 0 to 60mph (96km/h) in 4.0 seconds, and reach a top speed of 120mph (193km/h), while boasting a range of 373 miles (600km).

The MINI Electric Concept will also celebrate its North American premier in LA, alongside the BMW i3s. Other vehicles made by the BMW Group set to shine under the spotlight in the City of Angels are the newly-unveiled M3 CS, 8-Series Concept, X7 iPerformance Concept, M5, and 6-Series Gran Turismo, which is offered locally from $69,700, in the 640i xDrive specification.

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