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    Report: Eaton, DOE upgrading and downsizing hybrid power system

    Eaton is working on upgrading its hybrid electric vehicle power control system by reducing the size of the battery 50 percent and improving the total performance of the system and its charge rate while maintaining battery life, fuel economy and overall vehicle performance. The R&D project ...

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    Official: Interest in Toyota, GM compacts, hybrids jumps in January

    Toyota and General Motors were among automakers whose compact cars and hybrids received a jump in shopper interest last month as gas prices approached $3.40 a gallon, according to the New Car Insights Report on Four Toyotas – the Prius and Prius V hybrids and Corolla and ...

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    Study: Banning hybrids from HOV lanes slows everyone down

    Whodathunk that banning hybrid vehicles from California's High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes would lead to additional congestion on the state's highways and even longer commute times? Transportation engineers at the University of California, Berkeley did, and that's why the University's ...

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    U.S. Senators ask Obama to stop China from stealing American EV secrets

    Last September, a report in the Wall Street Journal claimed that the Chinese government intends to force foreign automakers to divulge their plug-in vehicle technology secrets in order to sell their vehicles in China. Apparently, China is looking to become a global power in the plug-in vehicle ...

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    A decade on, survey suggests buyers still don't understand hybrid cars

    In this year's State of the Union address, President Obama proclaimed that there would be one million electric vehicles on the road in the United States by 2015. Toyota recently celebrated the building of the company's three millionth hybrid worldwide. More and more automakers are turning to the ...

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    Maxwell CEO says ultracaps are perfect for General Motors' eAssist hybrids

    2012 Buick Regal eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When General Motors debuted the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2010, the automaker made it clear that this fuel-saving technology would find a home in other models soon. Last month, the ...

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    Lexus CT 200h hybrid launches in Japan

    2011 Lexus CT 200h – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Luxury automaker Lexus looks to boost its faltering sales in its home market of Japan with the addition of the CT 200h – a dedicated hybrid model. For Lexus, the CT 200h is the automaker's first premium-compact model and ...

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    Say wha? UK Study predicts hybrids will overtake gas-powered vehicles by 2020

    The push to find a feasible alternative method for propelling vehicles down the tarmac will soon be answered. Well, at least according to Lex Autolease. In a study comprised of 230 fleet drivers and 70 directors of finance, Lex Autolease, the UK's largest automotive leasing company, discovered ...

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    Analyst: Sales of micro-hybrids to eclipse 34 million worldwide by 2015

    As has been predicted before, micro-hybrid technology (a.k.a. stop-start or idle-stop), will dominate the automotive industry within the next five years. This is according to a report from Lux Research, where senior analyst Jacob Grose is predicting that global sales of micro-hybrids will outpace ...

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    Report: Future Honda hybrids will ditch NiMH batteries for li-ion power

    According to several reports, Honda, in seeking ways to build more fuel-efficient hybrids, may abandon its current Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system and nickel-metal hydride battery packs in favor of "next-generation hybrid technology" powered by lithium-ion batteries for all future hybrid ...

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    Meet the man who quietly profits from every hybrid sold

    Alex Severinsky is a Russian man who came to the United States in 1978. He graduated from Ukraine's Kharkiv University of Radioelectronics in 1967 before moving on to an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. from Moscow's Institute for Precision Measurements in Radioelectronics and Physics in 1975. That's ...

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    Porsche chief: "In the future, we will have a hybrid drive in every model line"

    2010 Porsche Panamera 4S – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Porsche is banking on the efficiency of hybrid drive models to reduce its overall fleet emissions. In fact, the company's development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, is so confident that gas-electrics are Porsche's saving grace ...

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    Report: Toyota working on both smaller and larger Prius versions for 2012

    We're all aware that Toyota's dominance in the hybrid segment is unmatched, but if a report posted in the Wall Street Journal turns out to be true, then we should expect the gas-electric champ to further bolster its industry-leading lineup with the addition of two new variants of the best-selling ...

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    Infiniti M35h hybrid marries efficiency, performance and luxury without compromise

    Infiniti M35h – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Infiniti M35h could pan out to be one of the most influential hybrid cars ever built. Though it won't challenge the fuel-sipping abilities of the Toyota Prius and it falls well short of claiming the title of the fastest hybrid in ...

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    Report: 90% of future Infiniti models could feature hybrid or pure electric powertrains

    Infiniti M35h - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We've already revealed Infiniti's plans to offer the M35h hybrid early next year and a performance-oriented electric vehicle (EV) in 2013, but if a report from Autocar pans out to be true, then we'd expect to see the luxury automaker launch a ...

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    Report: Honda will give new life to Accord Hybrid

    2005 Honda Accord Hybrid
    In 2004, Honda introduced a gas-electric version of the Accord sedan. The vehicle, sporting a powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine and Honda's Integrated Motor Assist, boasted remarkable performance numbers, but only modest gains in fuel economy. In fact, the 2006 Accord Hybrid, ...

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    Gene-ious: Some people genetically driven towards hybrids, electric vehicles

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    It's in your genes. No, really, it is. A study on identical twins published in the Journal of Consumer Research concludes that consumer preferences are often driven by genetics. The authors of the study, Itamar Simonson of Stanford ...

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    Rep. Dingell not happy with China's electric vehicle "requests"

    Let's say you're an non-Chinese automaker interested in selling your cars in China. More specifically, say you're looking to sell a groundbreaking electric vehicle there. The cost might be higher than you're willing to pay. A recent report in The Wall Street Journal claims that the Chinese ...

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    Paris Preview: Infiniti M35h hybrid rolls into view

    Infiniti M35h - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Due to hit showrooms in the U.S. and Europe next spring, the Infiniti M35h hybrid performance sedan is set to headline the company's stand at the Paris Motor Show just days from now. Dubbed "the driver's hybrid" by Infiniti, the M35h packs a ...

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    Toyota prices 2011 Prius at $23,050 to $28,230; increase of $250 over 2010 model

    2010 Toyota Prius - Click above for high-res image gallery
    For the 2011 model year, Toyota decided to leave its Prius virtually untouched. We won't see a host of aerodynamic tweaks like we witnessed in the 2010 model and it's unlikely that we'll see any changes to its EPA fuel-economy rating, ...


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