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BMW 545e xDrive Sedan: new details announced

The BMW 545e xDrive Sedan plug-in hybrid is the new “top-of-the-range” model for the BMW 5 Series, according to a new report from Green Car Congress. The vehicle features an electric motor in combination with “an efficient straight six-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology… generating an overall system output of 290 kW/394 hp.” The 545e xDrive Sedan features…

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Ford’s Transit Custom PHEV pushes for cleaner air in EU

Ford’s Transit Custom PHEV includes a geo-fencing feature wherein while in predetermined zones, the vehicle will switch to electric-only, allowing for reduced carbon emissions. The Transit Custom PHEV has an electric-only range of 35 miles, allowing it to maintain zero emissions while in pre-determined low-carbon zones, like London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone. Vehicle operators can also create additional zones for…

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BMW adds geo-fencing for PHEVs in Europe

BMW has launched a new geo-fencing feature for its plug-in hybrid vehicles in two areas in the UK. In special zones in London and Birmingham, BMW PHEVs running the automaker’s latest update will now automatically shift into electric-only mode. By shifting into electric-only, the vehicles will reduce their carbon footprint. Car Magazine has the story. Read more.

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RAV4 Hybrid tops Motor Trend rankings

Motor Trend has released rankings of the best compact hybrid SUVs for sale in 2020. At the top of the list is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The compact SUV carries a 41/38/40 mpg rating, and features 219 horsepower combined, powered by a 2.5L I-4 engine and dual electric motors. In second and third place came the Honda CR-V Hybrid and…

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Maserati to launch its first electrified vehicle in Europe

Maserati has joined the ranks of hybrid and electrified automakers with the introduction of a mild-hybrid version of its 2021 Ghibli model. Ronan Glon at Auto Blog writes the Ghibli “features a gasoline-electric powertrain [with] turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It works jointly with a 48-volt belt-driven starter-generator and what the company calls an e-booster that’s essentially an electric supercharger.” The…

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Toyota launches hybrid-only Venza for 2021

Toyota is relaunching the Venza brand with a hybrid-only model for the 2021 model year. The crossover model employs a similar powertrain set-up to Toyota’s RAV4, employing a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and three electric motors, according to a new report from Auto Blog. The Venza hybrid will carry manufacturer-estimated 40/37/39 mpg and 219 hp ratings. Auto Blog has the story.…

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Jeep Renegade, Compass PHEVs on sale now in Europe

Green Car Congress reports that customers can now order the Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe PHEVs from Jeep in Europe. The vehicles will arrive in showrooms on the continent in September. Green Car Congress writes, “both [the] Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe integrate two electric motors and an 11.4 kWh, 400V, NMC Li-ion battery pack, with a fuel-efficient 1.3-liter…

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Details revealed for Hyundai 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

Hyundai unveiled its 2021 Santa Fe hybrid recently, but the automaker has only now released additional details. Joel Stocksdale at Auto Blog reports, “the regular hybrid powertrain combines a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a 44-kW electric motor… [with] 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The plug-in hybrid uses the same gas engine, but gets a bigger 67-kW motor…

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