The most recent annual consumer survey by AAA on Electric Vehicles (EVs) indicates a decline in consumer interest in purchasing EVs. Only 18% of US adults say they would be “very likely” or “likely” to buy a new or used EV (not a hybrid)—down from 23% last year. 63% cited... Read more →

Aurobay to deliver powertrain solutions to Turkish industrial giant Habaş

Aurobay, a HORSE Powertrain company, signed a significant agreement with the Turkish industrial conglomerate Habaş Sınai ve Tıbbi Gazlar İstihsal Endüstrisi A.Ş. Under the agreement, Aurobay will supply complete powertrain solutions for Habaş’ new passenger cars, with production scheduled to start by the end of 2026. Aurobay will supply two... Read more →

Honda started production of the all-new 2025 Honda CR-V e:FCEV fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio. The all-new CR-V e:FCEV is the only FCEV made in America, as well as the first production hydrogen FCEV in the United States to combine an all-new... Read more →

KPMG LLP (KPMG), the US audit, tax and advisory firm, has released the inaugural KPMG American Perspectives Survey which assesses the views of 1,100 adults nationwide to understand their outlook on their personal financial situation and the US economy, spending plans and preferences, as well as attitudes toward the forces... Read more →

Renault Group and Geely create powertrain technology company “HORSE Powertrain Limited”; hybrid and combustion powertrain solutions

Following the joint venture agreement signed on 11 July 2023 (earlier post), and after having obtained the approval of the relevant authorities, Renault Group, Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding), Geely Automobile Holdings Limited (Geely Auto) (collectively referred to as “Geely”) have officially created HORSE Powertrain Limited, headquartered in London, United... Read more →

Porsche has fundamentally upgraded the iconic 911 sports car. The new 911 Carrera GTS is the first street-legal 911 equipped with a super-lightweight performance hybrid. (earlier post) The 911 Carrera will also be available immediately upon the launch of the new model. The newly developed, innovative powertrain system, with 3.6... Read more →

Subaru, Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor have each committed to developing new engines tailored to electrification and the pursuit of carbon neutrality. With these engines, each of the three companies will aim to optimize integration with motors, batteries, and other electric drive units. While transforming vehicle packaging with more compact... Read more →

Renault is unveiling the high-performance version of Rafale: Renault Rafale E-Tech 4x4 300 hp. Renault Rafale E-Tech 4x4 300 hp offers a range of up to 1,000 km (WLTP). With the electric motor added to the rear axle, this brand flagship gains a permanently active 4-wheel drive set-up. Packed with... Read more →

The new Volkswagen Golf GTE and the new Golf eHybrid offer new plug-in hybrid technology along with a range of enhanced features. The Golf eHybrid is designed for maximum comfort and its second-generation plug-in hybrid drive delivers an output of 150 kW (204 PS), with an all-electric range of up... Read more →

The share of electric and hybrid vehicle sales in the United States decreased in the first quarter of 2024 as battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales declined, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and BEVs fell to 18.0% of total new light-duty vehicle... Read more →

BAE Systems expanding collaboration with Eaton on electric drive solutions for heavy-duty trucks; collaborating with Cummins on transit bus hybrid drivetrain for 2027 and beyond

BAE Systems, a leader in electric propulsion, and Eaton, a global power management company, are expanding their collaboration to include electric vehicle (EV) solutions for heavy-duty trucks. The solution offers original equipment manufacturers and commercial vehicle modifiers a comprehensive, efficient, advanced, and flexible EV system for a wide range of... Read more →

Following an extensive development and testing program, the new Porsche 911 with a performance-focused hybrid drive is ready for series production. For the first time in our icon’s 61-year history, we are installing a hybrid drive system in a roadgoing 911. This innovative performance hybrid makes the 911 even more... Read more →

Eaton has been selected by a leading manufacturer of electrified vehicles to supply a unique ELocker differential system for use on a new plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) SUV. Unlike traditional PHEVs, which use an electric motor and internal combustion engine to power all the drive wheels, the new model leverages... Read more →

The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) released its California Auto Outlook covering the first quarter of 2024. The report summarizes quarterly new vehicle registration figures statewide and predicts overall 2024 sales. Experian Automotive provides data for CNCDA’s Auto Outlook. Tesla registrations were down again in the state YTD, with... Read more →

Ford sets new monthly record for sales of hybrids in April

US sales of Ford hybrid vehicle reached 17,997 in April, a 60% improvement from the same month a year ago and a new monthly record. Sales of the new F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid set a new monthly record in April—up 93.6%—making F-150 Hybrid America’s top-selling full-size hybrid pickup. Early customers of... Read more →

Audi boosts Q7 and Q8 PHEVs in Europe

Audi is givingits Q7 and Q8 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models in Europe a facelift with updated battery technology and more efficient driving modes. The exterior design was also reworked as part of the model upgrade. For the first time, both plug-in hybrids are available with all-wheel steering for an increased... Read more →

Nissan unveiled four new energy vehicle (NEV) concepts at Auto China and showcased a strong lineup of electrified models. Nissan also announced that it will launch one more NEV in the market than previously disclosed, bringing the total of the planned vehicle launches to five by fiscal year 2026. The... Read more →

Lamborghini unveiled the Urus SE, the first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Lamborghini Super SUV, at the Volkswagen Group Media Night ahead of the public premiere at Auto China Beijing 2024. The twin-turbo 4.0 V8 engine has been re-engineered to work in optimal synergy with the electric powertrain. It... Read more →

The Toyota Tacoma is adding the i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain (earlier post) to the model lineup. The i-FORCE MAX pairs a 2.4-liter engine with a 48-hp electric motor integrated exclusively into the 8-speed transmission for the most powerful powertrain ever offered on Tacoma. The total system output of up to... Read more →

Eaton has been chosen to supply an electromechanical actuation system (EMAS) that can deliver an early intake valve closing (EIVC) to the China-based automaker Great Wall for use in a line of hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV). The Eaton EMAS is a discrete valvetrain-based technology that allows manufacturers to select the intake... Read more →

Incat Tasmania announced a new partnership with Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS to complete a design study for the construction of a electric-hybrid ferry. The 72-meter ferry, which will have the option to convert to fully electric, is suited to a number of ferry routes across Europe. Since launching... Read more →

Mercedes-AMG unveiled the new flagship of the AMG GT Coupe portfolio—the 2025 AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE—expected to arrive at US dealerships in late 2024. The extremely powerful E PERFORMANCE hybrid drive features an AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine at the front and an electric motor on the rear... Read more →

Mazda has introduced the three-row Mazda CX-80 in Europe. Following the launch of the CX-60, the all-new Mazda CX-80 is the second of two new models for Europe from the company’s Large Product group. It is the most spacious car in Mazda’s European line-up and will become the new flagship... Read more →

BASF Plastics support immersion cooling in high-speed hybrid car

BASF has supported RML Group in the development of an innovative, immersion-cooled battery for a high-performance hybrid hypercar that sets new performance and safety standards using next-generation plastic materials. The 800V battery features a capacity of 4.2 kWh and a discharge rate of >100C, weighing in at less than 75kg.... Read more →

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 →