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Ford’s high-risk electrification plan is all-or-nothing

Ford’s high-risk electrification plan is all-or-nothing

Ford's seven-strong electrified vehicle announcement at CES 2017 this morning is the Detroit automaker's biggest commitment to EVs to-date, and there are no half-measures. On the cards - and, indeed, on the roads within the next few years - will be hybrid versions of some of the blue oval's biggest nameplates. It's a strategy that's markedly different from that taken by many of Ford's rivals, which have focused on a few halo hybrid and EV products amid the rest of their mainstream range. I caught up with Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president of Purchasing and the automaker's "executive electrified vehicle champion" to find out more.

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Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Ford has revealed seven new electrified vehicles today at CES 2017, including an F-150 Hybrid version of its best-selling truck, and a Mustang Hybrid sports car. The news, announced today by Ford CEO Mark Fields, is the tip of a 13-strong electrified fleet that the automaker intends to launch over the next five years. Ford is also beginning pilot trials of wireless charging technologies for electrified vehicles, along with tests of twenty Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in several US cities.

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2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

The BMW 330e iPerformance isn't the car to buy if you want people to know you're saving the planet. In fact, from behind the wheel of the 2016 330e, I had to keep glancing at the display to make sure that I was, indeed, driving a plug-in hybrid and not one of BMW's regular 3 Series cars. Say hello to the Germans' secret green family.

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2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid priced up for eco-luxury next year

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid priced up for eco-luxury next year

Cadillac has taken the wraps off its newest electrified car, and after the underwhelming reception to the ELR, it's taking no chances this time around. The 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid is set to hit North American dealerships in the spring of next year, taking the previously-released and well-received CT6 sedan as its basis, and then throwing in an electric powertrain. Together, the gas and electric systems are good for over 400 miles of range.

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NHTSA “Quiet Car” safety standard will make hybrids and EVs noisy

NHTSA “Quiet Car” safety standard will make hybrids and EVs noisy

The NHTSA has announced that it has set a new "Quiet Car" safety standard that will make sure that hybrids and EVs make some noise when they are traveling at low speeds. The problem with near silent EVs and hybrids is that people with low vision or who are blind may not know that the vehicles are there leading to accidents if they walk out in traffic ahead of the vehicles. The NHTSA says that mandating a certain noise level will help prevent about 2,400 injuries each year.

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BWM MINI gets its first plug-in hybrid

BWM MINI gets its first plug-in hybrid

Car makers have an interesting quandary to solve. On the one hand, everyone, including governments, demand more environment-friendly output from their cars. On the other hand, buyers and loyal fans also demand at least the feelings and sounds of a traditional gas-powered engine. Striving to combine the best of worlds, the plug-in hybrid model was born. Soon, BMW premium MINI brand will be joining that balancing act, unveiling its first combined combustion engine and electric motor that is obsessed about “driving fun” as it is about efficiency.

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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs 462HP and 31 mile EV range

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs 462HP and 31 mile EV range

Porsche is running full-steam-ahead with the all-new Panamera, unveiling its latest gas/electric version of the four-door, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Set to make its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this month, the new car may have green credentials but it hasn't lost its spark: Porsche is claiming 462 horsepower overall, and a top speed of 172 mph.

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Karma Revero reborn as $130k super-luxe, super-niche Tesla rival

Karma Revero reborn as $130k super-luxe, super-niche Tesla rival

If the rough definition of karma is "what goes around, comes around" then Karma Automotive picked an excellent name for its Revero luxury hybrid, the rebirth of the loved-but-flawed Fisker. After snapping up the gas-electric leftovers from Fisker's demise in early 2014, the new company has taken the wannabe Tesla rival and brought it back up to date, preserving the distinctive - and still fresh - design but revamping powertrain, tech, and more.

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2017 Chevrolet Volt Review: The secret hybrid

2017 Chevrolet Volt Review: The secret hybrid

My head knows the future of transportation is probably electric, but my stomach can’t quite get past the range anxiety. Pure EV drivers do, over time, quit the urge to stare at the dwindling range and worry about where their next outlet might be, but Chevrolet has another solution if you don't mind carrying a little old-school fossil fuel. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt may officially be a hybrid, but it desperately wants to leave its gas engine turned off and providing mental reassurance not actual power.

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2017 BMW 740e goes green(ish) with plug-in hybrid

2017 BMW 740e goes green(ish) with plug-in hybrid

BMW's tech-packed 7 Series has gained a plug-in hybrid model, with the 2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance borrowing tech from its i8 electric coupe sibling for greener luxury. The new car will hit dealerships across the US this month, BMW says, with an $89,100 sticker (plus $995 destination), undercutting the existing 750i by around $10k while also wearing a - slight - green halo.

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Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 now available for order in the US

Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 now available for order in the US

Move over Surface Pro, you've got some competition. Or do you? Huawei tried its hand at creating a sleek 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet and it almost succeeded. Almost. The Huawei MateBook almost checked all the right points in a premium Windows portable PC but faltered on the battery and the keyboard. Unfazed, the tablet that could be has officially launched in the US from different online stores, carrying a price tag that makes you think you're really getting what you pay for, and not exactly in a good way.

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Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 gets its $699 US release date

Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 gets its $699 US release date

Huawei's attempt to overshadow the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro, the MateBook, will hit US shelves come July 11 the company has confirmed today. Announced back at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the MateBook runs Windows 10 and can be paired with a detachable folio-style keyboard cover as well as a digital "MatePen" stylus for handwriting annotations and sketching.

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