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S560e plug-in hybrid available from Mercedes

Mercedes has released for ordering the third-generation of its S 560e plug-in hybrid. The vehicle achieves an all-electric range of 31 miles (50 km) through its V6 engine, 90kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The S 560e PHEV’s battery is the first to come from Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, a subsidiary of Mercedes’ parent company. The powertrain produces up to 350kW of…

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for October 2018

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. Ford is offering the 2018 Fusion Hybrid with six-year 0% financing plus $3000 cashback for eligible buyers. With this deal, the Fusion Hybrid is the best deal of the month for full hybrid vehicles. Ford is also offering similar attractive financing for the 2019…

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Mercedes announces new E300e and E300de plug-ins

Mercedes has announced two new plug-in options—and one of them runs partially on diesel. The automaker will launch the E300e and E300de in the near future, with the E300e utilizing a gasoline ICE in combination with a plug-in powertrain. The E300de, however, will combine a diesel engine with the plug-in system. The two Mercedes PHEVs will utilize a 90kW electric…

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Additional plug-in hybrid models now planned at Kia

Kia, the Korean automaker, will add additional plug-in models to its lineup of electrified vehicles in Europe. According to a new article by Julian Rendell at AutoCar, Kia will add both a Ceed estate and Sportage PHEV, alongside a new electric version of the Soul and a fuel-cell version of the SUV. In 2019, consumers can expect to see the…

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September 2018 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

Overall plug-in hybrid sales increased for the month of September 2018, with 44, 589 PHEVs sold. The Toyota Prius Prime continued its dominance in the plug-in category, selling 2213 vehicles, an increase off of the previous month. The Honda Clarity PHEV was a close second, selling 2028 vehicles for the time period. For all electric vehicles, Tesla concluded its high-selling…

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Jeep to add additional PHEV in 2020

Jeep has announced that it will begin producing a plug-in hybrid version of its Renegade model in Italy in the near future. The Renegade PHEV will hit the market in early 2020, according to a new article from Green Car Reports. Jeep’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), has thirty different new electrified models set to launch or for sale…

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Subaru debuting two hybrids in Europe, Asia, one in North America

At the Tokyo Motor Show this month, Subaru debuted two new hybrids: the 2019 Crosstrek e-Boxer Advance Hybrid prototype and the 2019 Forester e-Boxer Hybrid. According to Torque News, the vehicles will be sold first in Japan, with a launch in Europe to follow. For the U.S. and North America market, Subaru plans to launch the Crosstrek Plug-In which will…

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Audi adding up to 12 new PHEVs in near future

Audi is set to unveil a deluge of plug-in hybrids over the next few years. The automaker announced at a conference that it intends on releasing up to twelve new plug-ins by 2025, according to a new article from Eric Evarts at Green Car Reports. The first new plug-in hybrid from Audi will likely be the Q5 e-tron plug-in. Evarts…

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Porsche, with nod to hybrid and electric, drops diesel

Porsche, the luxury automaker, has announced it will move away from diesel vehicles in favor of growing its electrified lineup of vehicles. In a press release, Porsche’s CEO noted, “Porsche is not demonizing diesel… [but we] have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free.” Diesel sales have fallen throughout Europe in recent years as…

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Ford to launch new Mondeo hybrid in Europe

Though Ford is discontinuing the Fusion hybrid in the United States, the automaker is moving forward with the vehicle’s counterpart in Europe. The Mondeo, Ford’s European Fusion, will continue to be sold, and the automaker will add a hybrid version. Roelant de Waard, Ford’s VP of Marketing, Sales and Service for Europe, commented on the electrified Mondeo, saying, “For many…

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