Hybrids – Vehicles, Battery & Hydraulic Technology

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September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Mass. Agencies Awarded $1.3M to Deploy XL Hybrids Vehicles

Matthew Beaton, secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, shared details of the state's plan at a press conference. Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids

Past vehicle conversions for Massachusetts state agencies have saved 650 gallons of gasoline to date and the agencies expect to save nearly 82,000 gallons over the life of the systems.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 19, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class PHEV to Arrive in 2019

Photo of 2019 S560e courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz will bring a new generation of its plug-in hybrid S-Class sedan to the U.S. market in the middle of 2019. The automaker debuted the sedan at the Frankfurt International Auto Show earlier this month.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, 2019-MY, Luxury Sedans

September 15, 2017 - Global News

Uber to Require EV, Hybrid Vehicles in London by 2020

Photo of London road in Knightsbridge courtesy of Allen Watkin via Wikimedia Commons.

Uber will ban its drivers in London from using vehicles that are not hybrid or fully electric by 2020 in an effort to curb illegal levels of pollution in the city.

Tags: United Kingdom, Emissions Reduction, London, Global, Uber

September 15, 2017 - Industry News

Pa. Launches Fleet Electrification Pilot

Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Department of General Services

The pilot will last 42-60 months, giving the commonwealth the opportunity to identify the sustainability, operational ease, maintenance, and resale value of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Can Drive 47 Electric Miles

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

Honda's 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid sedan can achieve 47 electrified miles before running in gasoline mode and provides an overall range of 340 miles, the Environmental Protection Agency has determined.

Tags: Honda, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, EPA, 2018-MY

September 9, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Highlanders Recalled for Roof Accessories

Graphic courtesy of NHTSA.

The recall covers 1,121 2017 model-year Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid mid-size SUVs.

Tags: Toyota, Recalls, Toyota Highlander, NHTSA, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2017-MY, Safety, Mid-Size SUVs

September 7, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Jaguar Land Rover to Electrify Entire Lineup by 2020

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover will offer electrified versions across its lineup by 2020, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild hybrid models, the company announced.

Tags: Jaguar Land Rover, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Jaguar

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Domino’s Testing Self-Driving Fusion Hybrid for Pizza Delivery

Randomly selected Domino's customers in Ann Arbor, Mich., will have the opportunity to receive their pizza order from a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Researchers from Ford and Domino's will study how Ann Arbor, Mich., customers interact with the autonomous vehicle delivering their pizza order.

Tags: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Industry Research, Ford, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Domino's Pizza

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Nev. County to Purchase 45 Grant-Funded BEVs, Hybrids

Photo via Flickr/Washington State House Republicans

Clark County, Nev., commissioners have decided to accept $620,000 in grant funding to purchase 35 hybrid vehicles and 10 electric vehicles for the county fleet.

Tags: Grant Funding, Procurement, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Federal Grants

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Seven States Host Midwest Clean Air Events

Nearly three dozen National Drive Electric Week events are being held in states that are a part of Midwest EVOLVE. Photo: Clean Fuels Ohio

The Evolve program emphasizes the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of plug-in electric cars. The vehicles are being showcased in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Tags: Clean Cities, American Lung Association, Events, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

BMW Touts Electrified Vehicle Sales Milestone

Photo of i3 charging port courtesy of BMW.

The BMW Group has sold more than 50,000 electrified vehicles globally in 2017, which marks a more than 70% increase for an automaker that has been aggressively adding plug-in hybrids to its lineup in the past year.

Tags: BMW, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, BMW i3, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 13, 2017 - Global News

Siemens to Build eHighway Demo in Germany

Overhead lines, like these in Siemens' Swedish demo eHighway, will provide power for trucks. Photo: Siemens

A new “eHighway," which will allow specially equipped hybrid trucks to access electric power via an overhead trolley-type system, will be built on a 10-kilometer stretch of autobahn in Germany.

Tags: Siemens, Germany, Global, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Alternative Fuels, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Infrastructure

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Saves with Auxiliary Power System

Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Gas & Electric

Using Volta's Electric Auxiliary Power System, OG&E workers can operate equipment with the engine off for a greener operation, a quiet service, and a more efficient fleet.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Idle Reduction

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Kia Niro Shoppers Can Now Order a Test Drive Via Alexa

Photo of 2017 Niro Launch Edition courtesy of Kia.

Shoppers interested in purchasing a Kia Niro hybrid crossover can now request a test drive through Amazon's Alexa service without heading to a dealership.

Tags: Voice Recognition, Amazon.com, Kia, Connected Car, Kia Niro

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers More 2018-MY Incentives

Photo of E-450 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added fleet incentives for 11 additional 2018 model-year vehicles, including its E-450 cutaway and stripped chassis van, as well as its police lineup.

Tags: Fleet Incentives, Ford, 2018-MY

July 24, 2017 - Press Release

XL Hybrids Touts New Fleet Customers

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

Fleets using the gasoline-electric hybrid platform from Boston-based XL Hybrids, Inc. across a variety of industries are seeing a 20% reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions and an up to 25% increase in miles per gallon, according to the company.

Tags: Conversion, City of Long Beach, Boston, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

July 22, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Recalls Avalon and Camry Hybrid Sedans

Photo of Toyota Avalon Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

The recall, tied to misassembled front drive shafts, affects 671 vehicles in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Toyota, Recalls, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Safety, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Full-Size Sedans, 2016-MY

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Fla. County Agency Benefits from Hybrids

Photo courtesy of Toyota

The Hillsborough County, Fla., Property Appraiser’s office plans to update its fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles after successfully cutting fuel and maintenance costs.

Tags: Hillsborough County, Procurement, Toyota Prius, Alternative Fuels

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Redesigns Accord, Accord Hybrid for 2018

Photo of 2018 Accord Touring courtesy of Honda.

Honda is redesigning its Accord mid-size sedan, and hybrid variant, for 2018 by adding a 10-speed transmission and reworking the exterior design with a sportback-style rear roof and reworked front end.

Tags: Honda, Honda Accord, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2018-MY, Mid-Size Sedans

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Chicago Clean Cities Hosts Electrified Vehicle Ride and Drive

Photo courtesy of Chicago Clean Cities Coalition.

Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition and the Forest Preserves of Cook County are hosting a seminar and ride and drive in River Forest, Ill., centered on electric and hybrid vehicles and charging stations.

Tags: Clean Cities, Chicago, Ride and Drive, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

July 13, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Audi's 2019 A8 Offers Highly-Automated Driving

Photo of 2019 A8 courtesy of Audi.

Audi's 2019 A8 flagship sedan will offer Level 3 autonomous driving technology in a future called Traffic Jam Pilot that can take control of the vehicle in slow-moving traffic and control starting, accelerating, steering, and braking, Audi has announced.

Tags: Audi, Audi A8, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous

July 5, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo to Phase Out Gasoline Vehicles in 2019

Photo of Volvo Cars current plug-in hybrid lineup courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo is rolling out electrification across it model range with a series of battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, or mild hybrid cars and SUVs.

Tags: Volvo, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

West Virginia to Charge Fee for Electric Cars, PHEVs

The state of West Virginia is on the verge of adopting a fee for drivers of battery-electric and plug-in vehicles that will raise road-maintenance fees for the state.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, West Virginia, Fees, Battery-Electric Vehicles

June 23, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai Offers 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

Photo of 2018 Sonata courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai will offer fleet incentives for 11 of its 2018 model-year vehicles, including initial incentives for its electrified Ioniq compact sedans.

Tags: Hyundai, Fleet Incentives, 2018-MY, Genesis

June 17, 2017 - Industry News

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrids Recalled for Stalling

Photo courtesy of FCA.

The recall, due to begin July 24, covers 1,353 minivans in the 2017 model year.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Chrysler, Recalls, NHTSA, Minivans, 2017-MY, FCA, Safety, Chrysler Pacifica

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