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The Morning Briefing: Hybrid vehicles

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about hybrid vehicle development.

1.) Volvo starts making the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid. The new car, which is the world's first production diesel plug-in hybrid, is being built on the same line as the standard V60 at the Volvo's Torslanda plant in Gothenburg, alongside its other large models, the V70, XC70, S80 and XC90.

2.) DWP to address auto-enrolment 'hybrid' loophole. The Government has pledged to address an automatic-enrolment "loophole" which could see 3,000 employers with 4 million employees delay implementation of the changes by four years.

3.) Ford hybrids' fuel economy failing to live up to EPA ratings? It appears that two new hybrid cars from Ford--the 2013 C-Max Hybrid hatchback and the 2013 Fusion Hybrid sedan--may not deliver real-world gas mileage that's anywhere near their 47-mpg EPA ratings.

4.) The most cost-effective hybrid cars. While most fuel-saving gas/electric-powered hybrid cars carry a substantial price premium over their conventionally powered counterparts, a recent analysis determined that a surprising number of them can indeed prove to be cost effective over time.

5.) Hybrid lemons. Heaven help taxicab drivers who bought into Bloomberg administration propaganda that hybrid cabs would end up saving so much money from greater fuel efficiency.

Bonus: Porsche prepping electric hybrid e-Cayenne.

Image credit: Ford

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— By on November 20, 2012, 4:30 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure