Hybrid Automaker News

Ford licenses hybrid vehicle tech

The Baltimore Sun reported last week that Ford Motor Co. has taken a license to the technology of Paice, a Baltimore-based technology company. Lorraine Mirabella for the newspaper writes, “Ending a long-running legal battle, Ford Motor Co. agreed to pay a Baltimore-based technology firm and the Abell Foundation to use a hybrid engine technology. The value of the licensing deal,…

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Best hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for April

Green Car Reports has released its monthly round-up of the best deals in hybrids for April 2018. The Ford C-Max, Kia Niro, and Kia Optima LX Hybrid are all offering specials this month, with significant discounts across the board. Kia is offering its Niro PHEV with special pricing, including a cash bonus for leasers. The Chevrolet Volt, the PHEV with…

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Subaru may look to Evoltis for hybrid PHEV

Subaru has registered the name Evoltis, potentially hinting at a near-term rollout for the automaker’s newest hybrid: a plug-in. According to a report by Green Car Reports, Subaru has trademarked the name and will apply it to the PHEV, to be released as early as 2019. Previously, Subaru came to market with the Crosstrek hybrid in the U.S., and has…

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Global hybrid sales increased in 2017

Leading the pack for automakers, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai / Kia and other Japanese and South Korean OEMs sold over two million hybrid and plug-in cars in 2017. Toyota, as is the trend, sold the most hybrid vehicles for the year, contributing to the industry’s fourteen percent growth over 2016. As Ward’s Auto points out, Toyota “dwarfs all other brands including…

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Range Rover’s 400e PHEV looks – and feels – like its gas counterpart

Range Rover’s new 400e PHEV is out for review. The model employs an 85 kWh electric motor generating 31 miles of all-electric range, and a total of 398 horsepower. The Range Rover 400e maintains the automaker’s traditional styling, but accelerates faster than its gasoline counterpart. As Reese Counts notes for Auto Blog, “Visually, the only things that give away the…

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Hybrid vehicles for police work displayed in New York

At last week’s New York Auto Show, Ford debuted its Responder Hybrid, the “first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle.” The model employs a 2.0 liter Atkinson engine alongside an 88 kW motor and 7.6kWh battery. The Responder Hybrid also has law enforcement-specific features including heavy duty versions of its tires, brakes, suspension, and cooling system. The Responder Hybrid will be produced…

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Honda’s 2018 Clarity PHEV is “nice”

Honda has debuted its 2018 Clarity PHEV, a combination car offering 47 miles all electric, with 340 miles of total range. The PHEV employs a 181hp electric motor and a 17kWh lithium-ion battery and can operate as either a series or parallel hybrid, depending on the mode the driver selects. The model is offered with five modes in total. Tim…

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Honda offers 55 mpg with 2019 Insight hybrid

The 2019 Honda Insight has debuted this week in New York, and the new model is rated at up to 55mpg for city driving. The Insight employs Honda’s trademark two-motor hybrid system and a 151 hp Atkinson engine. Honda is set to offer the Insight hybrid in three different trims, with various features, and will produce the model in Indiana.…

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Luxury automakers look to hybrids for future sales

Luxury automakers are quickly moving towards hybrids as the next attractive option for their clientele. Lexus, Mercedes, and Porsche are only a few of the luxury makers increasing their hybrid offerings. BMW currently offers hybrid versions of three of its sedans. Cadillac’s PHEV, the CT6, brings additional options to the luxury market. Jason Kavanagh at Edmonds has the story. Read…

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