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Porsche, with nod to hybrid and electric, drops diesel

Porsche, the luxury automaker, has announced it will move away from diesel vehicles in favor of growing its electrified lineup of vehicles. In a press release, Porsche’s CEO noted, “Porsche is not demonizing diesel… [but we] have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free.” Diesel sales have fallen throughout Europe in recent years as…

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Hybrid powertrain planned for Porsche’s Macan

Porsche is set to debut its updated Macan model at the Paris Auto Show. The model, the first major remodel in four years, has received significant feature upgrades in a bid to compete with Jaguar’s F-Pace. Along with new features, Porsche has updated the vehicle’s turbocharged engines with more advanced versions. Though the initial reveal is not expected to include…

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Porsche’s hybrid uses smart navigation to modify battery use

Porsche’s new Cayenne E-Hybrid uses a smart technology to calibrate battery usage to the route the driver takes. An e-Mobility engineer at Porsche notes, “The system checks your route to determine how much of it would benefit from greater electric-motor involvement… If the destination is in a large city, it will keep more of the battery charge for that.” The…

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Porsche’s 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid: an upgrade on the Cayenne S

Porsche’s new hybrid accelerates faster and has better fuel economy than its non-hybrid counterpart. The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid offers an all-electric range of around 27 miles, but full fuel economy details are still to come. The hybrid contains a 335hp engine combined with an electric motor which pushes the total horsepower to 455, a modest gain on the non-hybrid…

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VW to offer 48V mild hybrid

Though most consumers recognize full hybrid, plug-in, and electric cars, mild hybrids are a less publicized option. A mild hybrid “typically can’t propel a car on electric power alone. Instead, [they] provide a small amount of electric assist” allowing the vehicle’s engine to work smarter, not harder. Volkswagen has announced that a portion of its electrification strategy will focus on…

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VW’s Atlas Cross Sport SUV debuts with PHEV option

The New York Auto Show brought another surprise this week with Volkswagen announcing it will offer its Atlas Cross Sport SUV with a plug-in hybrid option. The Atlas Cross Sport is a midsize, five-seat SUV with 355 horsepower provided by dual motors and an 18 kWh lithium-ion battery. A mild hybrid powertrain is also a potential option for the Atlas…

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Plug-in hybrid Tiguan spotted on test in Sweden

Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid Tiguan has been undergoing road testing in snow-covered Sweden. The Tiguan PHEV is expected to have a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, in combination with its electric assistance. When in full-electric mode, the Tiguan is expected to have about twenty miles of range. Though VW has yet to announce where the Tiguan PHEV will be released, the model…

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Bentley’s Bentayga Plug-In Leaked

Bentley is entering the hybrid market with its first plug-in: the Bentayga. The model was expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show next week, but leaks appeared on Autocar this week. The Bentayga PHEV will likely exhibit the same 3.0 liter turbo V6 / electric motor combination employed in the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. Though the physical appearance of…

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Audi preparing to launch new plug-ins, electric vehicles

Audi is moving toward with its goal of having plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles make up 25 percent of its sales by 2025. Hybridcars.com reports that “sporty small cars and refreshed sedans” featuring fast, high-performance engines will drive Audi’s product lineup in the next several years. The new lineup includes the Audi A6/S6 models (2018) that will be offered…

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VW introduces T-Prime plug-in hybrid

Volkswagen introduced the T-Prime Concept GTE at Auto China 2016. The full-size sport utility vehicle with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive previews the future Volkswagen SUV. It will deliver the equivalent of 87 miles per gallon and travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone using a 14.1-kWh battery. Read more.

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