FordPoliceHybrid.jpgNEW YORK, New York, April 11, 2017 (ENS) - The New York motor show opens its doors to the world's media on April 12 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan, but its electric car offerings are anything but hellish - they're heavenly, unless you've got crime on your mind.


FORD - First to the Chase


Police Responder Fusion HEV Concept


In New York Ford will reveal the industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid police car. The company says its new Police Responder Hybrid Sedan will potentially save customers thousands in fuel costs as its battery powers the vehicle for the first miles.


The car will run in electric mode up to 60 mph (97 km/h) before the Atkinson-cycle engine cuts in. When chasing the bad guys, the system will draw on the battery and petrol engine for maximum performance.


The company is expecting the Responder Hybrid to return around 38 mpg (6.1 l/100km) in EPA testing, compared to around 18 mpg (13 l/100km) from a conventional V6 Police Interceptor.


Ford plans to invest $4.5 billion and introduce 13 new electric vehicles globally in the next five years, including F-150 Hybrid, Mustang Hybrid, Transit Custom plug-in hybrid, self-driving hybrid, and fully electric small SUV with projected EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles.


Ford's investment plans are part of the company's expansion to be an auto and a mobility company, including leading in electric and self-driving vehicles and new mobility solutions.


“Electrifying our next generation of vehicles is core to our unwavering commitment to sustainability,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “By being a leader in electrified vehicles, we remain committed to delivering cars, trucks and SUVs that are better not only for our customers, but for the environment and society as well.”


HONDA - Clarity Times Three


The new Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric will make their worldwide debuts at the New York International Auto Show.


The two new, electrified Hondas will make Clarity the first vehicle series to offer an expanded array of electrified vehicles. Customers can choose from five-passenger midsize sedans running on fuel cell, battery electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains.


The Clarity series is at the vanguard of Honda's commitment to address society's energy and environmental concerns as the company expects "significant growth" in sales of "fun-to-drive" electrified vehicles.


Honda has announced its intention to make two-thirds of its global auto sales from electrified vehicles by 2030.


Each variety of Honda Clarity on view at the New York Auto Show has a low, wide aerodynamic body and a spacious interior outfitted with environmentally-responsible materials.


The Clarity series offers advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and standard Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies.


The third vehicle in the Clarity series, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, will launch in all 50 states and will be the volume leader in the series, combining an all-electric driving range rating above 40 miles with a hyper-efficient gasoline-hybrid extended range mode.


TOYOTA - Crossover to Electricity


Toyota will debut its new RAV4 Hybrid crossover in New York. It adds three electric motors to its 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine and stores electricity in a Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery.


The new RAV4 hybrid gets 34 miles per gallon in the city, 30on the highway, and 32 combined as rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Features include hybrid system information, an EV Driving Ratio, ECO Savings Record, energy monitor, 4WD Drive Force distribution and warning messages, and it operates in Eco, Sport and EV modes.


VOLKSWAGEN - The Latest Electric Minivan Is Not the Last


Volkswagen will be showing its new electric I.D. Buzz minivan concept. This concept had its European debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March and its world debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show..


The new minivan shows that the Modular Electric Drive Matrix is well suited to larger vehicles. Batteries and the drive system are housed within the floor, so driver and passengers will find lots of space for their traveling comfort.


The company says its I.D. Buzz is the world’s first fully autonomous multi-purpose vehicle. A slight push on the steering wheel makes it retract and merge into the instrument panel, switching the I.D. Buzz from manual control to the fully autonomous “I.D. Pilot” mode that could make it into production by 2025. In this mode, the wheel is decoupled from the steering gear via a newly developed steering column system.


Now driving on its own, the zero-emissions concept has activated its onboard laser scanners. Four of them extend from the roof in “I.D. Pilot” mode.


Dr. Herbert Diess, chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand, said in January, “The Volkswagen brand’s big electric offensive begins in the year 2020 with a completely new vehicle architecture. That is when we will be launching an entirely new generation of fully connected, all-electric vehicles to the market."


"By 2025 we want to be selling one million of these vehicles annually," said Diess. "We are making electric mobility the new trademark of Volkswagen."


The New York International Auto Show is open to the public from April 14-23, with two press and trade days on April 12-13.

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PHOTO: Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan (Photo courtesy Ford)


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