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Review: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

Edmunds.com gives the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid high marks, noting that it should give the Toyota Prius something to worry about… “The Ioniq family is a strong first attempt at compact hybrid cars by Hyundai, and the Ioniq PHEV might be the best version the brand has to offer,” the review reads. “While the electric range could stand to…

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BMW: 100,000 plug-in vehicles sold in 2017

Green Car Reports says that BMW has reached its ambitious goal of selling 100,000 electrified vehicles this year — with a month to spare. The German automaker has sold nearly as many electrified vehicles this year as it did between the time it launched the i brand in 2013 and the end of 2016. That achievement puts it ahead of…

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Study: 40 Percent of Hybrids Cost Less To Own

A new report shows that 40 percent of hybrids cost less to own than their gas-powered counterparts despite an average cost premium of $3,722. The data analysis firm Vincentric studied 65 hybrid trims of 24 models and determined that hybrids are typically a better economic proposition despite an initially higher out-of-pocket cost. The analysis considered factors such as the current…

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November 2017 Hybrid Car Sales Report

HybridCars.com reports that auto sales in November were strong. While overall sales were down slightly from the previous two months, hybrids (up 2%), plug-in hybrids (up 25%) and electric vehicles (up 24%) all enjoyed increased sales. There were 30,075 hybrids sold in the U.S. in November. Sales are up six percent for the year. Notable: Toyota continues to dominate the…

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The unique approach Ford is using to get consumers excited about a hybrid pickup

Bloomberg recently published a fascinating feature about how Ford is marketing its hybrid F-150 pickup truck. The story (Ford’s Key to Selling Truck No One Asked For: Keeping Beer Cold) explains that people who buy F-150s don’t much care about fuel economy. So how do you get them excited about the advantages of a hybrid? “The marketing will go something…

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Kia introduces Niro Plug-in Hybrid at LA Auto Show

Kia introduced the 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. It has an estimated 26 miles of all-electric range and gets 46 mpg then not running on electric power. The Niro features a larger battery and motor — a 8.9-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack and a 60-horsepower (44.5-kw) electric motor. Read more.

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Ford introduces plug-in hybrid police car

Ford is introducing a plug-in hybrid vehicle for police and government customers. The Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan has an all-electric range of 21 miles and is designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other government personnel whose jobs don’t require a pursuit-rated vehicle. This is the third police vehicle Ford has revealed this year, joining the Ford Police…

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Available December 1

Honda has announced that the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale December 1 with a starting price of $33,400. Buyers are eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. Honda reports that the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid earned the highest all-electric range rating among all plug-in hybrid sedans with its EPA range rating of 47…

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