Hybrid Automaker News

Save fuel without sacrificing fun: The best hybrid cars you can buy

You don’t have to give up comfort, practicality, or performance when you buy a hybrid car. For those who want it all, Digital Trends says the best hybrid car you can buy is the Toyota Prius. Other hybrids receiving kudos included the Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Acura NSX, Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Read…

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Monthly sales of BMW’s electrified vehicles top 10,000 for first time

BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in September topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in a single month; a total of 10,786 (+50.5%) BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were delivered in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687 (+64.2%). Sales of BMW Group electrified vehicles in the first three quarters of 2017 have exceeded those…

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Coming in Summer 2018: Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid

HybridCars.com reports that the Range Rover Sport will soon be available as a plug-in hybrid: the Range Rover Sport P400e. It will be available in Summer 2018 as a 2019 model year. The SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor with a combined system output of 398 horsepower. It offers an all-electric range of…

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Review: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

After Green Car Congress took the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid for test drive, it was struck by how similar the mid-size hybrid is to the gasoline-powered Accord. Compared to the 2017 Accord Hybrid, the new model boasts more power and maintains the same fuel-efficiency ratings (49 mpg city, 47 highway, 48 combined) of the outgoing model. “The new Accord is…

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Mitsubishi Bringing Europe’s Best-Selling Plug-In Hybrid to the US in December

Green Car Congress reports that Mitsubishi is bringing the best-selling plug-in hybrid in Europe — the Outlander — to the US in December 2017. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle ($34,595) features a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, two high-performance electric motors and Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control system. It is the only plug-in hybrid crossover with all-wheel drive in its…

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XL Hybrids to provide F-250 hybrid vehicles

XL Hybrids has announced it will begin producing a hybrid electric drive system for 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in 2018. The company has adapted its XL3 powertrain technology for the F-250 trucks based on demand from fleet customers who are seeking even better fuel efficiency from Ford’s popular work trucks. This will be the first time that Ford…

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BMW brings wireless charging to electric and plug-in hybrid cars

BMW drivers will soon by able to charge plug-in hybrid and electric cars — wirelessly — using a giant charging pad that sits on the garage floor. BMW says the charging pad, which will be introduced next year, can refill the battery of BMW’s 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid in 3.5 hours. Drivers are guided into place with lines on the…

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Toyota: Hybrid technology remains central part of strategy

While other automakers are increasing their electric offerings, Toyota says hybrid technology will remain central to its strategy. “With hybrid technology at the center, Toyota will offer fuel-cell vehicles, plug-in hybrids, gasoline cars, and — although we’re a little bit late — electric vehicles,” said Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda. “We’re not thinking about deciding that now it must…

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Coming in 2018: Range Rover plug-in hybrids

Land Rover will add plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport by 2018. Land Rover currently offers a Range Rover hybrid, but it features a diesel engine. The planned hybrids will pair an electric motor with the automaker’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium gas engine. The SUVs could be capable of about 30 miles of pure EV range.…

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Review: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid

After taking the 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid for a spin, The Car Connection had a mixed reaction about the vehicle. While the stylish crossover offers “a lot of power, a balanced chassis, grippy all-wheel drive, and nicely weighted steering controlled via a thick-rimmed, three-spoke wheel,” the review says there’s some “fine-tuning to be done” and notes that it “is hardly…

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