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Eaton is working on upgrading its hybrid electric vehicle power control system by reducing the size of the battery 50 percent and improving the total performance of the system and its charge rate while maintaining battery life, fuel economy and overall vehicle performance. The R&D project will be funded jointly between Eaton and a grant from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). It's intended to optimize operations of hybrids, from passenger ca

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The totally redesigned Citroen DS5 will hit dealerships in November 2011 in France and elsewhere (including China, Russia and Latin America). So, too, will the diesel HYbrid4 version of the DS5.

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What a bunch of tiny text in that graphic, huh? Too small to be anything interesting, right? Actually, no, as this image from Automotive News reveals the existence of an upcoming hybrid version of the Buick Verano. That's the ponytail-friendly Verano, as we should all be aware of by now.

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After it leaked out onto the interwebs yesterday, Autocar now claims that, contrary to the magazine's prior report, the Toyota Prius C could indeed be UK-bound – perhaps even destined for Europe-wide distribution.

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Whodathunk that banning hybrid vehicles from California's High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes would lead to additional congestion on the state's highways and even longer commute times? Transportation engineers at the University of California, Berkeley did, and that's why the University's researchers are now pushing for HOV access to be granted to more vehicles, not less.

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The next-generation Nissan Altima mid-size sedan will likely be Nissan's first-ever vehicle sold in North America to be equipped with the automaker's in-house developed, front-wheel-drive hybrid system.

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The next-generation Nissan Altima mid-size sedan will be the first Nissan vehicle equipped with the automaker's first-ever, in-house developed, front-wheel-drive hybrid system. The hybrid setup, due in 2013, will be replace the Toyota-based system, which Nissan used in the now-axed Altima Hybrid, according to Masayuki Yasuoka, a senior exec in Nissan's next-generation powertrain group.

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Japan's Honda Motor is looking to hybridize China with a trio of gas-electrics in 2012.

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Here in the States, the Toyota Prius is the reigning hybrid sales champ and the Nissan Leaf dominates the plugged-in segment, but the electrified vehicle industry picture is quite different over in France.

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Over on its Japanese site, Honda is currently teasing three upcoming hybrids, including an exclusive Insight hatchback dubbed – are you ready for this? – Insight Exclusive.

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A mining project on a mountain ridge on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island may unlock a motherlode of rare earth resources, which are important components of many of today's electric drive vehicles.

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For 2012, luxury automaker Lexus will turn up the sportiness on its CT 200h hybrid hatch with the launch of the F Sport Special Edition.

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There's no questioning that Toyota dominates the hybrid vehicle segment. So of course Subaru wants to ditch Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology in favor of its in-house-developed mild hybrid system for the automaker's first-ever hybrid vehicle.

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Toyota's upcoming compact hybrid, previewed by the Prius C Concept, will reportedly launch in January 2012 in Japan wearing the Aqua name, according to news outlet Nikkei.

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With the United States Postal Service facing financial woes, Infrastructurist claims to have found a plugged-in solution that will keep the centuries-old, Constitution-formed government agency alive and kicking: four tips that, if successful, would make Benjamin Franklin* proud. Here's an abbreviated look at tip number one:

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On Tuesday August 23, a lone 2012 Infiniti M35h ripped down the UK's rain-drenched Santa Pod Raceway and sped into the record books as the world's quickest hybrid vehicle.

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For Model Year 2012, the world's hybrid sales champ, the Toyota Prius, features an advanced infotainment system and mild exterior styling revisions.

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Even though public days for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show have only just begun, details on the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show are already starting to emerge. Volkswagen sources have divulged to Car and Driver that the automaker will unveils its Jetta Hybrid in the Motor City with the intent to sell it to U.S. buyers by the end of 2012.

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Cumulative sales in Japan of Toyota's Prius hybrid topped the one-million mark last month, the Japanese automaker announced on Monday. Domestically, sales of the Prius hit 1.02 million units as of the end of August.

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