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Ford commercial hybrid to debut in Germany

Though Ford is decreasing its private consumer hybrid offerings stateside, the company is increasing its growing commercial hybrid business. In Hanover, Germany, this month at the city’s IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, Ford will launch its 2 ton Transit commercial vehicle, which offers a 48V mild hybrid powertrain in combination with its 1L EcoBoost engine. The combination gives the vehicle five…

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Toyota, Volvo Parent discuss hybrid cooperation

Toyota, the Japanese automaker, confirmed last week that it is in talks to cooperate on hybrid technology with Geely, Volvo’s parent company. Through Volvo, Geely has expanded its hybrid offerings in recent years. Toyota, however, is a leader within the electrified industry, having brought the Prius and its progeny to market. An unnamed source hinted the cooperation would center on…

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BMW moving away from diesel

BMW has announced it will drop its diesel offerings stateside beginning with its 2019 model year and will shift its focus to plug-in hybrids. The automaker has five PHEVs on offer, and will augment its electrified lineup over the next few years. A BMW spokesman went as far as to say, “we’re putting all our eggs in the PHEV basket.”…

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Toyota bets on hybrid dominance for next decade

In a new article for Bloomberg, Kevin Buckland and Nao Sano discuss Toyota’s plans for the next ten years. Through some companies are focusing on electric vehicle development, Toyota has made hybrid cars its priority, even expanding its battery manufacturer’s capacity. The battery-maker, Primearth EV Energy Co., a joint venture owned by Toyota and Panasonic, has set a new goal…

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Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius top fuel economy charts

Edmunds has released a new ranking of its top hybrids, and when considering fuel economy as the primary factor, the Hyundai Ioniq came in first at 58 mpg combined. As Edmunds notes, “The Ioniq tops the hybrid field with impressive mpg, but you’ll need the spartan Blue trim level to see those numbers. We’d sacrifice 3 mpg and opt for…

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Study: U.S. drivers still searching for better mileage

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) released a new survey on Tuesday, and found that Americans are not satisfied with the fuel economy of their cars. In fact, of ten different questions relating to their automobiles, Americans ranked fuel economy as the attribute they were least satisfied with. ASCI releases a similar survey each year, after polling a quarter of…

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Volvo’s Plug-In Hybrid Subscription Sells Out

Volvo continues its electrification push with a new subscription model for one of its vehicles. The S60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid went on sale on the Care by Volvo app and sold out in 39 minutes. The Swedish automaker offered twenty all-new S60 T8 PHEVs on its app, and customers claimed them via $500 credit card deposits. The 2019 S60 T8…

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Jeep Wrangler to adopt plug-in hybrid

Jeep continues its march toward a plug-in offering with the automaker confirming the arrival of its Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid. In a new article for The Torque Report, Marc Carter dissects recent updates on the model, reporting that the PHEV’s power electronics module, containing its power inverter and integrated dual charger module, among other features, is to be produced in Ohio.…

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Ford to upgrade Energi PHEV for 2019

As Ford cuts ties with the majority of its sedan lineup, it is upgrading the battery size and electric range of its Energi PHEV for the 2019 model year. The upgrades are designed to make the Fusion Energi “more competitive” with plug-ins like the category leading Prius Prime from Toyota, according to Eric Evarts at Green Car Reports. Ford plans…

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for August 2018

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. For full-hybrids, the Ford Fusion leads the pack deal-wise. With financing from Ford Motor Credit, the Fusion Hybrid is on offer with $3000 cash back and no-interest financing until October 1. With this financing, the Fusion beats out the Toyota Prius for most cost-effective…

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