Stellantis N.V. launched the production of electrified dual-clutch transmissions (eDCTs) at its historic Mirafiori complex in Italy, the next step in a €240-million investment in the site and for the Italian automotive industry to create the Mirafiori Automotive Park 2030. The eDCT produced in Mirafiori incorporates a 21 kW electric... Read more →


Kia Corporation presented an update on its future strategies and financial targets at its CEO Investor Day in Seoul, Korea. Kia is focusing on updating its 2030 strategy announced last year and further strengthening its business strategy in response to uncertainties across the global mobility industry landscape. During the event,... Read more →


Cummins Inc. has commissioned a diesel-hybrid mining truck in partnership with one of China’s leading rigid mining truck manufacturers, North Hauler Joint Stock Co., Ltd. (NHL). The hybrid NHL NTH260, a 220 metric ton payload mining truck, rolled off the production line in January and is headed to Baiyun Iron... Read more →


Volkswagen is significantly expanding the range of drive systems that are available for the new Passat: pre-sales of two new plug-in hybrid drives in Europe are now starting. The eHybrid models have outputs of 150 kW (204 PS) and 200 kW (272 PS). Electric ranges are up to 120 km... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz USA announced a new plug-in hybrid variant of its popular GLC SUV model series, the 2025 GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV. The standard offerings of the GLC 300 4MATIC SUV will carry over to the plug-in hybrid, while adding more new standard features to enhance the electric experience. The new... Read more →


Eaton has launched its next-generation fuel tank isolation valve (FTIV) for hybrid vehicles. The new FTIV is easier to mount, 27% lighter, 39% smaller and contains 24% fewer components than its predecessor. The gasoline engine in a hybrid vehicle does not operate continuously. As a result, hybrid fuel systems require... Read more →


Mercedes-AMG introduced its latest plug-in hybrid model, the 2025 Mercedes-AMG E 53 HYBRID. The car arrives at US dealerships later in 2024. The AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbocharged engine and permanently excited synchronous electric motor generate a combined system output of 577 hp (604 hp with RACE START) and a... Read more →


Ampaire acquires Magpie Aviation

Ampaire, a developer of hybrid electric aircraft systems, has acquired Magpie Aviation, a developer of innovative electric aviation technologies. The acquisition will broaden Ampaire’s IP and contract portfolio through Magpie’s multiple pending patents and government contracts. With the acquisition of Magpie, Ampaire continues to multiply applications for its hybrid electric... Read more →


Stellantis to invest €5.6 in S America; development of bio-hybrid technologies

Stellantis announced a record investment plan for the South American region totaling €5.6 billion (R$30 billion) from 2025 to 2030, making it the largest investment in the history of the Brazilian and South American automotive industry. The planned investments will support the launch of more than 40 new products during... Read more →


Southwest Research Institute has developed a natural-gas-fueled medium-duty truck outfitted with a hybrid powertrain that achieved a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) over standard diesel powertrains. The vehicle uses an SwRI-designed, spark-ignited natural gas engine coupled with a hybrid powertrain and a 40-kilowatt-hour battery pack. The project was... Read more →


To coincide with its European market launch, Volkswagen’s new Tiguan’s plug-in hybrid drives (eHybrid) (earlier post) are now available with two outputs. Tiguan models with efficient 48 V mild hybrid drives (eTSI) and turbodiesel engines (TDI) have been available since 2023 September. The plug-in hybrid drives of the Tiguan have... Read more →


Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced pricing and packaging for the all-new 2025 CX-70 (earlier post). CX-70 offers two variants of the e-Skyactiv G 3.3L Inline 6 Turbo with 48-volt M-Hybrid Boost, and an e-Skyactiv PHEV. All three choices are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and standard i-Activ all-wheel... Read more →


Toyota Alabama powers up a new i-FORCE engine line for Tacoma

Toyota Alabama has started production on its i-FORCE 2.4-liter turbo engine line for the all-new Tacoma. Powered by a previous investment of $222 million, the new line furthers Toyota’s commitment to diversified powertrains that align with customer demand, the company said. With Tacoma offering a hybrid option, every line at... Read more →


Originally introduced in the United States in 1958, the Toyota Land Cruiser became one of the most respected off-road icons in the industry. Back after a brief pause, the all-new 2024 Land Cruiser stays true to its roots as an extremely capable off-roader, packed with premium features, and now at... Read more →


Volvo Cars introducing upgrades to fully electric and hybrid cars

Volvo Cars is introducing a new Performance software pack for the EX40 (formerly named the XC40 Recharge) and EC40 (formerly named the C40 Recharge) Twin Motor variants, and as an upgrade for the previous model year in selected markets. The Performance software pack, which increases power output by 25kW for... Read more →


Porsche is further expanding its range of powertrains for the Panamera. As part of the E-Performance strategy, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid have been added to the portfolio. This is Porsche’s response to the particularly strong interest in efficient and dynamic e-hybrid powertrains in many markets.... Read more →


Toyota has updated the latest generation of its Yaris with an additional, more powerful new hybrid electric powertrain; significant new and enhanced safety and driver assistance features; and all-new driver’s instrumentation and multimedia system that exploit the potential of digital technology. The new Yaris offers customers the option of a... Read more →


The refreshed 2025 Kia Carnival multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) will be available with a 242 hp turbo-hybrid powertrain. The 2025 Carnival will be available in five trim levels (LX, LXS, EX, SX, SX Prestige), while the Carnival HEV will be available in four trim levels (LXS, EX, SX, SX Prestige) when... Read more →


Mazda North American Operations revealed the 2025 Mazda CX-70. Built on Mazda’s large platform, CX-70 has been engineered from the outset with electrification in mind, with all CX-70 powertrains featuring some form of electrification. (Earlier post.) Customers can choose from an e-SkyActiv G 3.3L Inline 6 Turbo engine with M-Hybrid... Read more →


The Volkswagen Golf is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, and Volkswagen is launching an enhanced version of its bestseller to mark the anniversary. Customers will be able to order the new model in just a few weeks. The new Golf features a next-generation infotainment system, a more intuitive operating... Read more →


Setting an all-time sales record in 2023, Honda hybrid-electric vehicles are now leading US sales charts, with the Honda CR-V hybrid the country’s best-selling hybrid model (197,317) and the Accord hybrid sedan the most popular hybrid-electric car (96,323). Last year, sales of Honda electrified models grew more than three-fold to... Read more →


Rho Motion: global BEV and PHEV sales up 31% y-o-y in 2023 to 13.6M units

UK-based electric vehicle and energy transition researcher Rho Motion reports that global Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) sales grew by 31% year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2023 to 13.6 million units following a monthly record of 1.5 million units sold in December. Of these, 9.5 million were... Read more →


Canada-based CSL, a specialist in short sea shipping, announced a 20-year strategic partnership with Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd. (Adbri) to build and operate the world’s first fully electric battery capable self-unloading vessel. Self-unloading bulk carriers can discharge their cargo without the assistance of shore-based equipment such as cranes, conveyor belts,... Read more →


Toyota Motor participated in the IDEMITSU SUPER ENDURANCE SOUTHEAST ASIA TROPHY 2023 (Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race) held on December 22 and 23 at Thailand's Chang International Circuit. Toyota competed with a three-vehicle setup for ROOKIE Racing featuring the ORC ROOKIE GR86 CNF concept, a GR86 running on carbon-neutral fuel; the... Read more →


In the first three quarters of 2023, BEV and PHEV market shares averaged 23% in Europe, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation’s (ICCT) latest market monitor. The average market share of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in 2023 to date was about 15%, with a market share of 17%... Read more →


The 2025 Lexus UX 300h is the first Lexus vehicle powered by the fifth-generation Lexus Hybrid System, which pairs the inline four-cylinder 2.0-liter gas engine with two motor-generators through a planetary-type continuously variable transmission. The engine, working in concert with the electric motor, assures responsive performance, while energy efficiency is... Read more →


Toyota Motor Corporation began sales of its all-new Crown Sport Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) model in Japan. Equipped with a high-output density drive motor, the Sport PHEV reaches a maximum system output of 225kW (306PS). A large-capacity lithium-ion battery has been positioned beneath the floor in the center of... Read more →


Toyota to compete in the Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race with Prius running on carbon-neutral fuel

Toyota Motor Corporation will participate in the IDEMITSU SUPER ENDURANCE SOURTHEAST ASIA TROPHY 2023 (Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race) to be held 22-23 December at Thailand's Chang International Circuit. Toyota will compete with a three-vehicle setup for ROOKIE Racing featuring the ORC ROOKIE GR86 CNF concept, a GR86 running on carbon-neutral... Read more →


Adamas Intelligence reports that in Q3 2023, 76% of all battery capacity (GWh) deployed onto roads globally in newly-sold plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) was registered in China, up from just 28% in Q1 2021 as PHEV sales and average pack capacity (in kWh) continue to surge in tandem. Two OEMs—BYD and... Read more →


Technology group Wärtsilä will supply an integrated hybrid propulsion solution for three new self-discharging cargo vessels being built at the Royal Bodewes shipyard in the Netherlands for Norwegian shipowner Aasen Shipping. As part of the solution, the ships will feature the latest addition to Wärtsilä’s engine portfolio, the Wärtsilä 25,... Read more →


Audi has improved the RS Q e-tron rally car once again. (Earlier post.) Ahead of its third outing in the Dakar Rally, the rally car with its electric drivetrain featuring a high-voltage battery and energy converter has received multiple innovative upgrades. The new ideas make the RS Q e-tron safer,... Read more →


Consumer Reports’ 2023 Annual Auto Reliability Survey finds EVs improving, but charging and battery issues persist

Consumers are buying electric vehicles in growing numbers, but poor reliability remains an issue, according to the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey data from Consumer Reports (CR), the nonprofit research, testing, and consumer advocacy organization. Electric pickups in particular are the least reliable category of vehicles. On average, new EVs... Read more →


Sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric vehicles (BEV) in the United States rose to 17.7% of new light-duty vehicle sales in third-quarter 2023, according to data from Wards Intelligence as reported by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Sales of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and BEVs have accounted for 15.8%... Read more →


Stellantis is recalling an estimated 32,125 US-market plug-in hybrid SUVs to resolve a potential fire risk. A routine review of customer data led to an internal investigation that discovered eight vehicle fires. All were parked and turned off, while six were connected to chargers. Stellantis is unaware of any related... Read more →


Caterpillar has launched a three-year program to demonstrate an advanced hydrogen-hybrid power solution built on its new Cat C13D engine platform. Starting in the first quarter of 2024, Caterpillar will develop a transient-capable system for off-highway applications. The project will demonstrate how advanced control systems and electric-hybrid components can help... Read more →


Elroy Air flew the world’s first turbogenerator-hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing (hVTOL) aircraft on 12 November 12 at its test-flight facility in Byron, California—the Chaparral C1. The C1 is an autonomous hVTOL aircraft, with distributed electric propulsion and a turbogenerator-battery architecture. Leveraging both its turbogenerator system and high-power batteries... Read more →


Wright Electric and Axter Aerospace announced the successful completion of the maiden flights of their hybrid-electric crop duster aircraft, featuring 800 kW of combined shaft horsepower. Wright also announced that its electric propulsion unit (EPU) has achieved 1.2 MW of peak shaft horsepower and 1.1 MW continuous power output. The... Read more →


Toyota unveiled the ninth generation of the Cmary, featuring a new look and enhanced performance. The 2025 Toyota Camry will be an exclusively Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), offering a combination of power and fuel efficiency. Powering the Camry is Toyota’s first sedan pairing of its 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine and fifth-generation... Read more →


General Motors formally registered with the FIA as a Formula 1 power unit manufacturer starting in the 2028 season. Last month, the FIA approved Andretti’s Expression of Interest application for Andretti Cadillac to race in the FIA Formula One World Championship. GM’s development and testing of prototype technology is already... Read more →


Toyota Motor Europe (TME) recently started production of the all-new Toyota C-HR (earlier post), including its first European battery assembly, at its plant in Sakarya, Turkey. With a new investment of €308 million injected into its manufacturing facilities, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT) is Toyota’s first European plant to produce... Read more →


Ram unveiled the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger featuring a series hybrid powertrain that will deliver a targeted range of up to 690 miles. The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger features a 92 kWh battery pack, paired with an on-board 130 kW generator, sending power to 250 kW front and 238 kW... Read more →


Pre-sales for the all-new Tiguan have started in Europe. The third generation of the Volkswagen SUV has been completely redesigned, and will offer eight different powertrain options, including new 48V mild-hybrid drives, a turbocharged diesel, and two new plug-in hybrid drives with an electric range of about 100 km. (Earlier... Read more →


Last year, Toyota unveiled the all-new Crown with four model types: sedan, sport, wagon and crossover. (Earlier post.) The first model out of the lineup was the crossover type. Now, Toyota has unveiled its all-new Crown Sedan model in Japan and will begin accepting orders. The launch is planned for... Read more →


The first BMW XM Label—the company’s most powerful production vehicle to date with 738-horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque on tap—set a new record for hybrid electric SUVs at Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs on 21 September, during an officially certified course run. Following a previous attempt for the race... Read more →


Renault will invest €3 billion to launch eight new models outside Europe, including five vehicles from the C and D-segments to position the brand in the segments creating most value by 2027. Outside Europe, Renaults aims to sell one vehicle out of three in electric or hybrid versions by 2027.... Read more →


With its new high-voltage NiMH battery repair set, Bosch is offering a solution for selected hybrid models made by Toyota and Lexus that is simple, reasonably priced, and above all conserves resources. Over the course of time, the performance of high-voltage batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles decreases as their... Read more →


Honda Civic Hybrid returns in 2024 with production in Canada and Indiana

2025 Civic hybrid production will start with the sedan in Canada, followed by the hatchback in Indiana; two-motor hybrid electric system made in Ohio Civic hybrid expected to represent over 40% of model sales in North America Over 11 million Civics have been built in North America since 1988 Honda... Read more →


Mercedes-AMG is expanding its range of E PERFORMANCE hybrids (earlier post) to offer this AMG-exclusive technology in an SUV for the first time. The new GLC 63 S E PERFORMANCE SUV offers eight distinctive drive programs provide a variety driving experiences: from serene pure electric driving to highly dynamic. The... Read more →