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Subaru’s First Production Hybrid

March 30, 2013 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Introduced in New York

Subaru of America is talking up its first production hybrid, unveiling the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The new car is based on the XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013. The hybrid model is slated to arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter.

Panasonic for Ford

February 19, 2012 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Japan’s Panasonic said it will supply lithium ion battery cells for Ford’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, including “upcoming models of the Ford Fusion Hybrid Electric and C-Max Hybrid Electric as well as the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids.”

The lithium ion agreement with Ford builds on a long partnership, Panasonic said, as Sanyo Electric, which was acquired by Panasonic last year, has been supplying nickel metal hydride batteries for the Ford Escape Hybrid since 2004. Panasonic said in November that it will supply lithium ion batteries for Toyota’s plug-in Prius.

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