Author Archives: Katherine McMullen

Subaru to deepen ties with Toyota’s hybrid system

Subaru and Toyota have reached an agreement to rollout additional Subaru models featuring Toyota’s hybrid system. The partnership debuted with the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, and following the vehicle’s success, the two automakers will release additional vehicles. Toyota and Subaru will “jointly develop the next-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ,” and jointly develop a “platform dedicated to battery-electric vehicles.” Green Car…

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BMW launches X1 PHEV

BMW has launched a plug-in hybrid version of its X1 vehicle in Europe, according to Motor 1. The vehicle, named the X1 xDrive25e, features a 1.5L 3-cyinder engine in combination with specially designed dual electric motors, pushing the system to a combined output of 220hp and 284lb-ft of torque. The X1 PHEV has an all-electric range of 35 miles, and…

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Bentley Bentayga Hybrid for sale in Europe

European customers will now be able to buy Bentley’s SUV hybrid, the Bentayga. The plug-in SUV features a 335HP turbocharged engine in combination with a 120hp electric motor and 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery, according to Car Scoops. The Bentley plug-in hybrid powertrain pushes the Bentayga to 24 miles of all-electric range. The Bentayga is a first entrance into the plug-in…

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Mitsubishi to debut new plug-in in Tokyo

The Tokyo Motor Show will see the debut of Mitsubishi’s latest hybrid, a plug-in SUV concept vehicle. As Car Scoops notes, not many details have been released about the vehicle, but it will feature a “downsized plug-in hybrid powertrain and electric four-wheel drive.” Mitsubishi has released a teaser image of part of the vehicle, and more images will be released…

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Honda launching hybrid SUV stateside in 2020

Honda will release its CR-V SUV as a hybrid next year, according to a new report by Bengt Halvorsen for Green Car Reports. The vehicle will be produced and sold in the United Sates. Honda will employ its i-MMD hybrid system in the new CR-V, which may give the vehicle up to a 50% increase in its EPA-rated city fuel…

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Mitsubishi top-selling PHEV in UK

The United Kingdom’s plug-in car subsidy was withdrawn in November 2018, and as Inside EVs notes, “it was expected that PHEV sales would collapse.” That fate has not come true for Mitsubishi, as the automaker is still experiencing strong sales of its Outlander PHEV in the country, remaining the top choice for PHEV consumers. Mark Kane at Inside EVs notes,…

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Volvo first to offer PHEV option of every vehicle in lineup

With the release of its XC40 T5 Twin-Engine hybrid this month, Volvo became “the first in the world to offer a plug-in hybrid version of every vehicle in its lineup,” according to Motor Authority. The vehicle employs a 1.5L 3-cylinder ICE in combination with an electric motor and 7-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain has a total system output of…

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Ford adding at least four new hybrid models in Europe

Ford is launching additional hybrids in Europe, with at least four models launching by the end of 2022. The automaker will launch hybrid versions of its Puma, Kuga, Explorer and Mondeo lines. Ford Europe’s Executive Director said of the launches, “there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to electrification – every customer’s circumstances and travel needs are different.” The…

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Plug-in hybrid suggestions from Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest has delved into hybrid world with a new list of plug-in hybrid suggestions for its readers. AD has named the Volvo V60T8, Audi A8 e-tron, and Range Rover PHEV, to its list of the top luxury plug-ins. The high-end vehicles range in price from $67,300 for the Volvo to $163,250 for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo SE-Hybrid, the German…

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Mercedes will launch PHEV GLE Coupe

Mercedes will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its GLE Coupe sometime in the next few years, notes Mark Kane at Inside EVs. The automaker debuted two versions of its GLE Coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show recently, and announced that “preparations are under way for a plug-in hybrid version with a practical, locally emission-free range.” Details are scare, but…

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