Hybrid Automaker News

Plug-in hybrid model to be Cayenne flagship

Porsche is pushing ahead with additional plug-in hybrid vehicles as mainstays of its lineup. The German automaker will debut a plug-in hybrid as the flagship model of its Cayenne series. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe will each feature a total system output of 500 kW, powered by a 4L V8 engine in combination…

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BMW launches wireless charging pilot for 530e PHEV leases in CA

BMW has announced it will begin offering wireless charging pads for new leases of its 530e plug-in hybrid in California. In order to qualify, a customer must purchase a thirty-six month lease on a 2019 model BMW 530e plug-in hybrid and be a residential homeowner with an enclosed garage space, according to Road Show. As part of the pilot program,…

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July 2019 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

In July, 26,395 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles were sold in the U.S., a slight decrease on the number sold for the same month last year. The top-selling plug-in hybrid was the Toyota Prius Prime, which sold 1,875 units in July. The Honda Clarity PHEV sold the second-highest amount of PHEVS for the period. Tesla continued to hold the top-spot…

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New active shift control developed for Sonata hybrid

Hyundai has developed a new technology for debut in its upcoming Sonata hybrid. The technology is an Active Shift Control (“ASC”) transmission technology, which “optimizes transmission efficiency by monitoring gear shifts 500 times per second, precisely adjusting the transmission rotation speed to for faster shift times,” according to a report from Green Car Congress. The ASC technology “allows the hybrid’s…

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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid awarded highest safety rating

Subaru has created another ultra-safe vehicle with the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in version of its classic Crosstrek model. The IIHS, a premier safety organization, has awarded the plug-in hybrid its highest award of Top Safety Pick +, according to a report from Auto Blog. The vehicle won ‘good’ marks, the highest available label, for its crash test and headlights.…

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Report: Hybrids may surpass ICE as preferred powertrain at Lexus

According to a new report from Motor Trend, the future of powertrains at Lexus could be hybrid. The luxury automaker announced it will offer all models with an electrified powertrain, and it will continue the development of its hybrid technology, beyond just an eco-solution. Lexus also announced it is developing in-wheel motors for electrified vehicles. Read more.

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for July 2019

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of the best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. For the month of July, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is the best deal on full-HEVs. Ford is offering for lease the hybrid for $219 a month for thirty-six months with only the first month’s payment due at signing. The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime…

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Hybrids gaining greater market share at Toyota

Toyota Motor Europe has announced its sales for the first half of 2019, and with that announcement comes the news that hybrids made up 52% of the automaker’s sales in Europe thus far in 2019. Toyota sold over 280,000 hybrids. Green Car Congress attributes the uptick in hybrid’s share to the positive response customers have given the Toyota Corolla Hatchback…

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Volvo to release XC40 plug-in hybrid in early 2020

Volvo will debut a new plug-in hybrid version of its XC40 model in early 2020. The hybrid is based on the updated XC40, a mid-size SUV, that is launching this year in the UK. The non-hybrid XC40 carries a 2L four-cylinder T4 engine, with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive as options. The standard XC40 achieves 37.2mpg in the city and…

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Ford study highlights PHEV’s practicality for commercial use

Ford has completed a year-long study of its Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid vans in London, and the results point toward a strong future for PHEVs as an integral part of commercial vehicle fleets. Green Car Congress explains, “The trial sought to test whether businesses could carry out the typical daily duties of their diesel-powered vehicles, while maximizing the use of…

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