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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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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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Volvo Showcases XC60 Plug-in Hybrid

The Volvo XC60, the best-selling car that accounts for about a third of Volvo sales worldwide, is now available with a powerful new plug-in hybrid powertrain that features a 320 horsepower compound turbocharged gasoline engine and an 87 horsepower electric motor. Volvo is also creating plug-in hybrid powertrains for its smaller cars, including the S40 sedan, V40 wagon, and an…

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USA Today: Scads of new electric, hybrid offerings on the way

Noting that “gas prices are low, but interest in alternate energy and fuel efficient vehicles remains high,” USA Today recently showcased nearly a dozen new electric and hybrid vehicles on the market. The featured cars include the Acura NSX, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model 3, Toyota Prius Prime, 2017 Toyota Highlander, and 2016 Volvo S90. The article notes that interest…

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Popularity of XC90 Spurs Volvo to Develop More Plug-in Hybrids

The strong interest in Volvo’s XC90 plug-in hybrid has been strong enough to add plug-in hybrid options to two more Volvo models, according to HybridCars.com. Sales of the XC90 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid sport-utility vehicle are more than double the company’s original expectations, spurring Volvo to announce it will add the plug-in powertrain to the S90 sedan and V90 wagons that share platforms…

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Volvo unveils small car concepts, including plug-in and battery electric versions

Volvo officially launched its global small car strategy with the unveiling of two new 40 series concept cars that are expected to go into production in 2017, according to GreenCarCongress.com. The new concept cars are built around a new architecture specially created for smaller cars. The cars will include a pure battery electric vehicle as well as Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain…

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15 hybrids that don’t sacrifice cargo and passenger space

Motor Trend recently highlighted its picks for 15 hybrids that offer the best of both worlds —  impressive fuel economy and plenty of space for friends, family, and all of your gear. Here is the list of the new generation of hybrids that don’t sacrifice interior space to house powertrain components: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Toyota Prius Audi A3 e-Tron Subaru Crosstrek…

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“Floodgates opening…” with a dozen new plug-in hybrids arriving in 2016

HybridCars.com reports that a dozen new plug-in hybrids will be introduced this year, doubling the number of PHEVs currently for sale in the United States. The article describes the wave of new plug-in hybrids as “tantamount to a floodgate opening…” The new plug-in hybrids include: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback BMW 330e, BMW 740e Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Mercedes-Benz C350e, E350e, GLC 350e 4MATIC, GLE…

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