Ford Says 25 Percent Of Lineup To Be "Electrified" By 2020, Calls On Government Subsidies For Batteries

Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford (great-grandson of Henry Ford) revealed to Fortune magazine that his namesake automaker will apparently launch a global line of electric vehicles, with 25 percent of Ford’s lineup available with some degree of electrification by 2020.

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Mercedes E300 Bluetec Diesel Hybrid Could Come to America

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that its E300 Bluetec Hybrid is on the way and will hit showrooms in Europe by the end of 2012. While it hasn’t been confirmed for a U.S. launch, execs also haven’t ruled it out.

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Toyota Prius V Delayed Up To A Year

The upcoming Toyota Prius V, a pseudo-minivan version of Toyota’s wildly popular Prius hybrid, may be delayed for up to a year because of battery shortages resulting from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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Volkswagen To Launch New Fuel-Sipper Concept at Qatar Motor Show

Car companies pay close attention to the Middle-East market, but it’s usually in relation to high-priced exotics and luxury cars.

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Report: Toyota Prius Minivan Coming in 2011 With Lithium-Ion Battery

Toyota will launch a Prius minivan next year, powered by advanced lithium-ion battery technology. News comes from Japan’s Nieeki business daily via Reuters and is the latest report indicating the direction of Toyota’s plan to expand the Prius name into a whole lineup of vehicles.

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Detroit 2010: BMW Concept Active E Presented at Detroit Auto Show

BMW introduced its 1-Series Coupe-based Active E electric vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Detroit Preview: Volvo C30 Electric Car Gets Updates For Real World Testing

Volvo will present a battery-powered  electric C30 at the Detroit Auto Show in January, with plans to build a test fleet of 50 vehicles for real-world testing in 2011.

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Detroit Preview: BMW Concept ActiveE

BMW will introduce a new electric concept model based on the 1 Series Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show.

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Report: Mercedes Brining Fuel-Cell B-Class to U.S. in 2010

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will begin production of a zero-emissions hydrogen fuel-cell powered version of its compact B-Class model with sales starting in the U.S. and Europe next year.

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Sneak Peek: Nissan Gives a Glimpse of Its New Electric Car

With the launch of Nissan’s new zero-emissions website dedicated to the upcoming launch of the automaker’s new electric vehicle comes a sneak peek at the revolutionary EV. 

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The Electric MINI: the MINI E

Recently MINI delivered 500 MINI Es (electric versions of the popular MINI) to California, New York and New Jersey to begin an exciting new pilot project. Each vehicle is powered by a 204hp electric motor, which draws power from a lithium-ion battery. MINI claims the vehicles are good for 156 miles on a single charge and that a recharge will take just 2.5 hours with a special wallbox that allows a more powerful 240 volt output. Recharge is also possible with a conventional wall plug.

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Mitsubishi I MiEV: Electric Mini-Car

As Mitsubishi used the LA Auto Show to showcase its i MiEV electric car, several models were sent out onto the roads of California for real-world testing.

Based on a gasoline-powered version of the same car that Mitsubishi currently sells in Japan, the i MiEV uses a 330-volt lithium-ion battery to power a magnet electric motor. The battery makes 47 kW, which, says Mitsubishi, can move the car quicker than it’s 64hp gasoline sibling.

Because the battery is located low in the car the cabin is spacious and the center of gravity is very low. Mitsubishi says the i MiEV will be able to travel 100 miles on a single charge.

The i MiEV is currently undergoing testing for production and Mitsubishi claims it will be the first “new generation” lithium-ion-powered electric vehicles to hit the market.

Official release after the jump:

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