Hybrids – Vehicles, Battery & Hydraulic Technology

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May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Finnish Companies to Develop Hybrid Powertrain For Heavy Trucks

The new hybrid-electric drive system is designed to work with Mercedes Benz diesel-powered Sisu Polar truck models. Photo: Sisu Auto

A new electric-hybrid parallel power system unveiled by Visedo and Sisu Auto is designed to work with Mercedes-Benz OM471 and OM473 diesel engines. The diesel engine is the primary power source, with the electric motor kicking in during peak energy demand periods.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Finland, Future Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Global

May 5, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. Nearly Halfway to 2025 Zero-Emission Vehicle Goal

The approximately 68,000 zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) sold in California in 2016 represented almost half of the sales level mandated by the state's ZEV mandate for 2025.

Tags: California, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 3, 2017 - Product News

Lightning Hybrids Renames Itself Lightning Systems

Rendering courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Loveland, Colo.-based Lightning Hybrids has renamed itself as Lightning Systems and will release several new fleet products this year, including a new vehicle analytics system, the company announced today.

Tags: Vehicle Modifiers, Branding, Lightning Systems, Refuse Fleets

May 2, 2017 - Global News

London Fleets to Test Ford PHEVs

Five fleets are participating in Ford’s Transit plug-in hybrid van London Trial, which is designed to explore how lower-emission plug-in hybrid electric vans could support cleaner air targets, including Metropolitan Police Service and a transportation system in London.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford Transit, London, Global

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder to Distribute, Service Workhorse Trucks

Photo: Workhorse

Ryder System has formed a 10-year strategic partnership with Workhorse Group that makes Ryder the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America, Ryder has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Alternative Fuels, Ryder, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Drones, Battery-Electric Vehicles

April 21, 2017 - Global News

Buick Unveils Velite 5 PHEV in China

Photo of the Buick Velite 5 courtesy of GM.

General Motors has unveiled the Buick Velite 5 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which is a rebranded and modified version of the Chevrolet Volt manufactured in China.

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Global, Shanghai, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, China

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gains Approval from California for Conversions

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids has gained approval from the California Air Resources Board to sell a modified hybrid version of Ford's Transit cargo van to fleets in that state. The XL Hybrids Transit has also gained eligibility for a $2,500 state voucher to defray the cost to fleet purchasers.

Tags: CARB, California, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Conversion, State Grants

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Adds Lower-Priced Base Prius

Photo of the 2017 Prius Two courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota has introduced a lower-cost Prius gasoline-electric hybrid into its 2017 lineup with the Prius One, that carries a starting price that's $1,210 lower than the Prius Two, according to a Cars Direct report.

Tags: Toyota Prius, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2017-MY, Toyota, Hyundai Ioniq, Pricing

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Introduces PHEV, EV Under Clarity Nameplate

Photo of 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid courtesy of Honda.

Honda will ship the 2017 Clarity Electric and 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid later this year to dealers as part of an ambitious roll-out of green vehicles in the company's bid to sell two-thirds of its vehicles with electrified powertrains by 2030, the company announced at the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Honda, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, New York Auto Show, Battery-Electric Vehicles, 2017-MY, 2018-MY

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Releases PHEV Pickup Specs

Photo of W-15 courtesy of Workhorse.

The Workhorse Group's W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup should provide 80 miles of all-electric range and an equivalent of 75 miles per gallon when operating on electric power, the company has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Workhorse W-15

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers Pursuit-Rated Hybrid Patrol Sedan

Photo by Thi Dao

Law enforcement agencies in New York and Los Angeles plan to begin using a new pursuit-rated gasoline-electric hybrid sedan that the automaker unveiled this week at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. Agencies can order the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan this spring, and Ford will begin delivering it next summer.

Tags: Ford, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Patrol Cars, Police Fleets

April 6, 2017 - Global News

Ford Expanding Vehicle Electrification in China

Photo of the Mondeo Energi courtesy of Ford.

Ford will launch two new electrified vehicles in China as part of the automaker's plan to roll out a broad range of electric vehicles in the country by 2025.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Ford, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, China

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Names Knapheide Ship-Thru Installer of PHEV Pickups

Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150’s in its Kansas City, Mo., facility starting in fourth quarter 2017. (Photo courtesy of XL Hybrid)

XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, XL Hybrids, Ship-Thru, Knapheide

March 22, 2017 - Industry News

PG&E Reaps the Rewards of Fleet Electrification

Infographic courtesy of PG&E

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) unveiled the environmental benefits and cost-savings from its fleet electrification efforts.

Tags: PG&E, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Utility Fleets, PTO, Bucket Trucks, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 21, 2017 - Industry News

Kia Recalls Niro for Power Steering

Photo of Kia Niro courtesy of Kia.

The recall, set to begin April 7, covers 135 2017-model year hybrid crossovers.

Tags: NHTSA, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2017-MY, Kia Niro, Recalls, Kia, Compact SUVs

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai Recalls Sonata Cars for Seat Belts

Photo of Hyundai Sonata courtesy of Hyundai.

The recall affects more than 977,000 vehicles, including gasoline electric hybrid models, in the 2011 to 2015 model years.

Tags: Hyundai, Seat Belts, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Hyundai Sonata, 2015-MY, Full-Size Sedans, NHTSA, Safety

March 16, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Acura's 2017 MDX Hybrid Starts at $52,935

Photo of 2017-MY MDX courtesy of Acura.

Acura's gasoline-electric hybrid 2017 MDX compact SUV will retail for at least $52,935 when it arrives in April, Acura has announced.

Tags: Acura, Pricing, Luxury SUVs, Compact SUVs, 2017-MY

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Adds Electrification to Vehicle Modifier Program

Photo of XL Hybrids E-350 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford has expanded its Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to include companies that install electrified and hydraulic hybrid systems so those vehicles will retain the factory powertrain warranty.

Tags: Ford, QVM, Vehicle Modifiers, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, Lightning Systems, Work Truck Show

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Pittsburgh Utility Announces EV Purchases

Photo courtesy of Duquesne Light Company

Duquesne Light Company announced its electric vehicles (EV) plan, including fleet conversion, education, and infrastructure.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Electric Utility, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Efficient Drivetrains Unveils Plug-In Frieghtliner Utility Truck

Photo courtesy of Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., has completed the integration of its EDI PowerDrive technology into the Freightliner platform.

Tags: PHEV, Freightliner, Utility Fleets, Drivetrains

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Debuting PHEV, EV Clarity Cars

Photo courtesy of Honda.

Honda will add battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars to its Clarity nameplate, and plans to show the new vehicles at the New York auto show in April.

Tags: Honda, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, New York Auto Show, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 7, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Lexus Flagship Sedan Gets Hybrid Model

Photo of 2018 LS 500h courtesy of Lexus.

Lexus will offer a hybrid variant of its flagship LS sedan known as the LS 500h with the 2018 model year, Lexus announced at the Geneva auto show.

Tags: Lexus, Luxury Sedans, Geneva International Motor Show, 2018-MY, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Lexus LS

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. Public Utility to Purchase 500 Plug-In Pickups

Image courtesy of Workhorse

The Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) has submitted a letter of intent to Workhorse Group for 500 W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks.

Tags: Workhorse, Utility Fleets, Electric Utility, Workhorse W-15

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

N.Y. to Launch $2,000 PHEV Rebate

A Tesla Model S charging at a Tesla Supercharger station. Photo: Eric Gandarilla

New York state is launching a rebate program for electric vehicles (EVs) that will offer a $2,000 incentive for zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Tags: New York, State Grants, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Rebates

March 2, 2017 - Press Release

Clean Fuels Ohio to Help Deploy 500 Workhorse Electric Pickup Trucks

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Workhorse Group has received a letter of intent from Clean Fuels Ohio to partner with Workhorse to help deploy 500 W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks throughout the state of Ohio.

Tags: Workhorse, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Workhorse W-15

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