Author Archives: Katherine McMullen

Plug-in hybrid Ford F-250 to debut in March

A hybrid version of the Ford F-250 pick-up truck will make its debut at the NTEA Work Truck Show this March. XL, formerly XL Hybrids, will show the plug-in F-250 that employs its electrification platform. The company had previously released a plug-in hybrid F-150 and a standard hybrid F-250. The company caters to municipal and utility fleets, according to a…

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Polestar 1 Plug-In Hybrid Coming in 2019

Volvo’s luxury brand Polestar will be releasing its first vehicle this year. The Polestar 1, as the vehicle is known, will employ a high-performance “twin-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a pair of electric motors,” according to Car Scoops who caught the vehicle cold weather testing recently. The vehicle will have an all-electric range of 93 miles. The plug-in will have…

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January 2019 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

A little over 17,000 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles were sold in January 2019. For plug-in hybrids, Honda sold the highest number of cars for the month, selling 1192 of its Clarity PHEV. Toyota had the second highest selling plug-in hybrid nameplate for the month—the automaker sold 1123 units of its Prius Prime. For full electric vehicles, Tesla continued to…

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Top Hybrid Hatchbacks for 2019

AutoCar has released a new ranking of the top ten hybrid hatchbacks available. Taking the top spot is the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid which received high marks for its combination of “usability, real-world economy and value.” In the number two spot is the Toyota Prius, a long-time leader amongst hybrid hatchbacks. The Mini Countryman Cooper S E All4 took the…

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for January 2019

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. For full hybrids, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is priced most affordably at $179/mth for thirty-six months with a little over three thousand due at signing. Ford will continue this deal through April 1. The Honda Clarity PHEV leads plug-ins for affordability for the month.…

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Honda’s unique, winning strategy for hybrids

Honda’s recent launches have brought accolades for style, pricing and performance, and as Christopher Teague at Forbes notes, it’s a winning strategy for hybrid vehicles. Teague notes that Honda’s moderate pricing of its vehicle is attractive to consumers: for similar features, Honda’s Insight can be had for five- and ten-thousand less than competitors from Hyundai and Toyota. Style-wise, Honda has…

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Plug-in hybrids lead the market

Though electric vehicles have received significantly more press in recent years, plug-in hybrids still lead their full electric competitors when affordability is taken into account, according to a new report from John Goreham at Torque News. As Goreham points out, Tesla’s full electric vehicles have the highest share of the market, but the vehicles are beyond the reach of the…

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Ward’s 2019 Best Engine: the Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord Hybrid has won the 2019 Best Engine Award from Ward’s Auto. The Accord Hybrid carries a 47mpg EPA rating, powered by its 2L iVTEC Atkinson-cycle engine in combination with dual electric motors. The vehicle’s powertrain functions primarily as a serial hybrid, but occasionally switches to functioning as a parallel hybrid when on the highway. Ward’s comments, “this…

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Ford to launch hybrid Explorer in 2020

Ford has announced it is electrifying its Explorer SUV: the automaker will augment its Explorer model with a hybrid system in 2020. The vehicle is the first new hybrid for Ford in six years, according to Motor Trend. The 2020 Explorer Limited Hybrid will employ a a 3.3L V6 engine in combination with a 1.5kW/hr capacity battery, and will be…

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December 2018 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

Overall plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle sales increased for the month of December, with 49,900 total vehicles sold. The Honda Clarity PHEV led the month for plug-in hybrids, selling 2770 units. Toyota’s Prius Prime sold only eleven fewer units for the month. Both vehicles saw a month to month increase in sales. For full electric vehicles, Tesla’s Model 3 continued…

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