Hybrid Automaker News

Green Car Congress offers a primer on “electric” vs. “electrified”

When Volvo’s announced that it would electrify every vehicle in its lineup by 2019, many media misinterpreted the German automaker’s plans. John Voelcker, a senior editor at Green Car Congress, wants to set the record straight. Two days after the Volvo announcement, Coelcker wrote an aptly-titled column: Hey, media, get it straight: “electrified” is NOT “electric,” and the difference matters. He…

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Volvo: All of our vehicles will soon have an electrified powertrain

Volvo made waves across the automotive industry when it announced that every new vehicle it brings to market, beginning in 2019, will be electrified. The company says it marks the end of an era for cars that only have an internal combustion engine. Green Car Congress reports that Volvo will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully…

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Early sales show Kia Niro outperforming Hyundai Ioniq

Through the first half of 2017, the Kia Niro is outselling the Hyundai Ioniq nearly 3-to-1. Ward’s Auto reports that Kia sold 12,676 Niro’s compared with 4,881 Ioniq’s since the vehicles were introduced in February. The major difference between the vehicles: Kia opted to develop a CUV while Hyundai developed a more traditional mid-size sedan.   “We really from the beginning of…

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Honda introduces 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Honda has added two new vehicles to the Clarity line of green vehicles, including the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric (available only in California). The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is expected to have a range of 330 miles, including an electric-only range of 42 miles. The Clarity series is part of Honda’s efforts to increase U.S. sales of electrified vehicles five-fold over…

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Subaru’s future plans include focus on electrifying vehicles

As Subaru looks to the future, it is focused on producing electric versions of its existing models. It will launch its first plug-in hybrid model next year and introduce its first all-electric model by 2021. While other automakers are designing new electric models, Subaru leans towards installing electric powertrains to its current cars. This eliminates the need Fro Subaru to…

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Workhorse to offer a consumer version of its W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup

Workhorse is considering producing a consumer version of its W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup due to strong interest. The W-15 is powered by a pair of electric motors located in the front and the rear of the vehicle. The two motors generate a combined output of 460 horsepower and allow for a maximum payload capacity of 2,200 pounds. The truck has an all-electric driving…

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BMW offers wireless charging on 530e

BMW has announced that it will offer an optional wireless charging system for the 2018 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid. The wireless system will be able to charge the 9.2 kWh battery in three hours. Here’s how the system works: There is a base plate with an integrated primary coil, and a secondary coil underneath vehicle. An alternating magnetic field is generated between the…

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