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Bosch develops new e-axle

Green Car Congress reports that Bosch has developed a new electric axle drive, or e-axle. “The motor, power electronics, and transmission form one compact unit that directly drives the car’s axle. This makes the powertrain not only far more efficient, but more affordable as well,” the article explains. Bosch first introduced electric axle drives in 2012, but the power electronics was not…

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Honda to display CR-V hybrid at the Frankfurt Auto Show

AutoBlog.com reports that Honda will showcase its CR-V Hybrid prototype at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which begins September 14. It is expected to be the same vehicle introduced at the Shanghai auto show earlier this year, featuring a 2.0-liter four-cylinder coupled to a pair of electric motors. “Though the crossover is listed as a prototype, it’s all but guaranteed that it will enter production…

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Aston Martin is Going ‘100 Percent Hybrid’ by 2025

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has told the Financial Times that every one of the manufacturer’s cars will be offered as a hybrid by 2025. That doesn’t mean all Aston Martins will be hybrids, but all will at least be offered with some sort of hybrid powertrain. Palmer also said about a quarter of the supercar maker’s vehicles will be…

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Report: Ford’s Largest SUVs Are Getting Greener

A new report says that Ford is continuing its push to make its largest SUVs more fuel efficient. Sources told Automotive News that Ford is planning to introduce hybrid variations of the Expedition and Navigator in 2019. The same story says that the defunct Escape Hybrid will reappear in 2019, along with a gas-electric version of its Lincoln MKC platform…

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Review: 2017 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid

TheFastLaneCar.com raves about the 2017 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid, noting that it is attractive, drives well and provides the latest in safety features, infotainment and technology. “When driven in a responsible and sensible manner, both the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi Plug-in Hybrid provide a pleasantly smooth and quiet ride quality in their electric mode,” the review says. “When the gasoline engine…

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The most fuel-efficient family sedans

The Motley Fool has highlighted nine family-sized sedans that get at least 40 miles per gallon (combined):  2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid ($27,800 / 40 mpg combined) 2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid ($35,210 / 40 mpg combined) 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid ($25,295 / 42 mpg combined) 2017 Fusion Energi ($31,120 / 42 mpg combined) 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid ($29,605 / 48 mpg combined) 2017 Toyota Avalon…

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Consumer Reports names the most fuel-efficient hybrids

Consumer Reports conducted a series of tests to determine themes fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles. And the winners were…   10. Toyota Camry Hybrid (38 mpg combined) 9. Ford Fusion Hybrid SE (39 mpg combined) 8. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (39 mpg combined) 7. Lexus CT 200h (40 mpg combined) 6. Toyota Prius V Three (41 mpg combined) 5. Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (41 mpg combined) 4. Toyota Prius C…

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Hybrid and plug-in vehicle trends and forecast

HybridCars.com reports that plug-in hybrids are projected to begin outselling hybrids in the U.S. — but it may not be as soon as some people think. Analyst Alan Baum estimates that the sale of plug-in hybrids will match the sale of traditional hybrids in 2021, then pull away. Baum, the report says, weighs things including known automaker product plans, regulatory requirements,…

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August 2017 Deals on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Green Car Reports highlights the best deals this month on hybrid and electric vehicles: Ford C-Max: Lease options start at $149 per month with $1,999 due at signing. Buyers receive $3,000 in cash and 0 percent interest or 60 months. Toyota Avalon Hybrid: $4,000 incentives available to buyers.   Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid: Lease options start at $249 per month for 36 months with…

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