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December 2018 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

Overall plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle sales increased for the month of December, with 49,900 total vehicles sold. The Honda Clarity PHEV led the month for plug-in hybrids, selling 2770 units. Toyota’s Prius Prime sold only eleven fewer units for the month. Both vehicles saw a month to month increase in sales. For full electric vehicles, Tesla’s Model 3 continued…

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV catches on in Canada

Mitsubishi’s crossover plug-in hybrid entered the Canadian market only this past year, but the vehicle has already sold more units per annum than any other PHEV to enter the country. The automaker sold over 5000 units of its Outlander PHEV in the first eleven months of 2018, and expects to move notable volumes in 2019. Read more.

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Auto Guide reviews the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica hybrid is at dealerships now, and Craig Cole at Auto Guide took the vehicle for a test trip. Cole writes, “If you’re shopping for a three-row crossover, stop what you’re doing and go check out the Chrysler Pacifica. Seriously, it’s worth dropping everything and heading over to your nearest Pentastar store for further investigation.” The hybrid is…

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Orders placed for hybrid police cars

Ford has been developing a hybrid version of its “pursuit-rated” Police Responder Sedan, and the automaker has begun taking orders for the vehicle. The hybrid sedan is a modified version of the 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid that meets certain unofficial criteria making it pursuit-rated. Bengt Halvorson at Green Car Reports explains that the unofficial nod comes from the Michigan State…

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for December 2018

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. For full hybrids, the best deal on the market is the Ford Fusion hybrid, a 2019 model. Ford is offering the vehicle with zero percent financing for sixty months and $3000 cash back. The Chevrolet Volt is the month’s most affordable plug-in hybrid for…

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Jeep moving to production with Renegade PHEV

Jeep will launch its plug-in hybrid Renegade in 2020, and to make that happen, the automaker is moving forward with its production plans. The vehicle is slated to be produced at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy, and Jeep is reportedly investing a significant sum to prepare the factory. The 2020 Renegade PHEV will have a single electric motor. Though…

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Top PHEV in Europe: the Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a compact crossover hybrid that has proved surprisingly popular abroad, according to Aaron Bragman at Cars. The hybrid comes equipped with dual electric motors alongside a 2L four-cylinder engine and 12kW lithium-ion battery pack. The powertrain leads the hybrid to 310 miles of combined and 22 miles of electric-only range. Interestingly, the PHEV derives…

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November 2018 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

Overall plug-in sales, including those of battery electric vehicles, were up for the month of November, with 44,148 units sold. The Tesla Model 3 led the full-electric category, selling 18,650 vehicles for the month, followed by the Tesla Model X and Chevrolet Bolt EV in second and third place, respectively. For plug-in hybrids, 3930 units of the Chevrolet Volt were…

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Ford adds testing sites for PHEV transit vans in Europe

Ford has announced it will add a third site for its research of plug-in hybrid electric vans. The site is set to be Cologne, Germany, and the trial will run for twelve months. Ford’s plug-in hybrid electric vans will function within public sector municipal fleets in Cologne. The other two sites in Ford’s trial are London and Valencia. The automaker…

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Honda Insight Hybrid named Green Car of the Year

The Honda Insight Hybrid has won the Green Car of the Year award at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with commendations for its “style and nice driving characteristics.” The honor, awarded by the Green Car Journal, is “considered a major award among automakers,” according to Chris Woodyard at USA Today. Two other electrified cars took home awards: the Jaguar I-Pace…

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