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March 2017 Deals on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Green Car Reports highlights the best deals this month on hybrid and electric vehicles: 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid: Lease options start at $179/month for 36 months, with $1,999 due at signing. Offer good through April 3. 2017 Lexus CT 200h: Lease options start at $249/month for 36 months, with $1,499 due at signing. 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid: Lease options…

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State, federal incentives for plug-in hybrids and electric cars

Plugincars.com has a comprehensive rundown of state and federal incentives for purchasing a plug-in hybrid or electric car. Incentives include federal tax credits up to $7,500 for buying a new plug-in hybrid or electric car, depending on battery size. Other incentives include tax credits for purchasing charging equipment, insurance discounts, and special electricity rates. Read more.

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Ford hybrids made in Mexico may be banned from U.S.

PAICE PRESS RELEASE | MARCH 8, 2017 Ford hybrids made in Mexico may be banned from U.S. U.S. International Trade Commission launches formal investigation into Ford Paice, a pioneer in the development of hybrid vehicle technology, announced today that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted a formal investigation into patent infringement claims against Ford Motor Co. If Paice…

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Volvo Showcases XC60 Plug-in Hybrid

The Volvo XC60, the best-selling car that accounts for about a third of Volvo sales worldwide, is now available with a powerful new plug-in hybrid powertrain that features a 320 horsepower compound turbocharged gasoline engine and an 87 horsepower electric motor. Volvo is also creating plug-in hybrid powertrains for its smaller cars, including the S40 sedan, V40 wagon, and an…

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Fleet customers can soon choose Ford F-150 with hybrid powertrain

Gas 2.0 reports that fleet customers will soon be able to choose the popular Ford F-150 pickup truck with a hybrid powertrain. XL Hybrids turns a standard vehicle into a plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck. The system delivers a 50% increase in fuel economy while reducing carbon dioxide emissions significantly. Read more.

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Kia Niro will be offered in three electrified powertrains

HybridCars.com reports that the new Kia Niro will feature three powertrain options, including a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric options. It’s the same template being used for the Hyundai Ioniq. The Niro will be powered by the same electric motor as the Ioniq electric, a 28 kWh battery that can travel 124 miles on a charge. Read more.

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Review: 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

TruckTrend magazine has posted a review of the 2017 Kia Niro, but says it’s too early to tell if the Niro will steal substantial numbers of Prius owners away from Toyota. The Niro is billed as “a no-compromise vehicle that combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design, functional utility, and hybrid efficiency,” features aimed in large part to counter consumer frustrations…

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Mercedes Hybrid Vehicles Branded “EQ Power”

HybridCars.com reports that Mercedes will designate all future hybrid and electric vehicles under the new “EQ Power” brand. The first model unique to the EQ Power name will be a mid-sized electric crossover with a targeted range of over 300 miles. The vehicle, scheduled to arrive in 2019, will be the first of ten planned all-electric vehicles in the line-up…

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