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Volvo to release XC40 plug-in hybrid in early 2020

Volvo will debut a new plug-in hybrid version of its XC40 model in early 2020. The hybrid is based on the updated XC40, a mid-size SUV, that is launching this year in the UK. The non-hybrid XC40 carries a 2L four-cylinder T4 engine, with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive as options. The standard XC40 achieves 37.2mpg in the city and…

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Ford study highlights PHEV’s practicality for commercial use

Ford has completed a year-long study of its Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid vans in London, and the results point toward a strong future for PHEVs as an integral part of commercial vehicle fleets. Green Car Congress explains, “The trial sought to test whether businesses could carry out the typical daily duties of their diesel-powered vehicles, while maximizing the use of…

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Honda to launch additional vehicles with in-house hybrid system

Honda will add its i-MMD two-motor hybrid system to additional vehicles in its lineup, according to a new report from Green Car Congress. The news comes from a briefing in Tokyo earlier this month where the automaker announced it will “expand the application of its i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) two-motor hybrid system from large to mid-sized vehicles to small-sized vehicles,…

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June 2019 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

In June, 37,818 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles were sold in the United States, an increase of thirteen thousand sales on this month last year. The top-selling plug-in hybrid was the Toyota Prius Prime, which sold 1,144 units in June. The Honda Clarity PHEV also sold well, at 1,030 units for the month. Tesla maintained its spot as the top-selling…

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BMW to add automatic hybrid-to -EV feature in 2020

BMW’s lineup of plug-in hybrid models will be able to transition automatically from hybrid to electric vehicle mode when they cross into certain emissions free zones in 2020. The automaker will add a feature informed by geofencing technology that recognizes when the vehicle enters an emissions free zone, and will automatically switch the car to electric drive only mode. Car…

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Bentley to launch its first plug-in later this year

Bentley, the ultra-luxury automaker, will launch its first plug-in hybrid this year. The Bentayga hybrid will feature a V6 motor in combination with an electric motor “for V-8 like performance but with 6-cylinder economy,” according to Motor Authority. The automaker is set to launch plug-in hybrid versions of more of its existing line-up in the next few years, but a…

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Report: Mass adoption of hybrids more effective for cutting CO2

According to a new report from Emissions Analytics, an independent group known for the scientific measurement of real-world emissions, the mass adoption of hybrids is more effective for cutting CO2 emissions and meeting 2030 emissions targets than the mass adoption of battery electric vehicles would be. Green Car Congress breaks down the report’s findings, saying, “of all electrification strategies, full…

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BMW brings plug-in hybrid model to 3 Series

BMW will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its Series 3 Touring model. The hybrid features an ICE engine and an electric motor “integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission,” for a total system output of 292 horsepower when XtraBoost mode is engaged. XtraBoost allows the vehicle’s horsepower to be increased by an additional 40hp “under particularly hard acceleration.” In other…

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for June 2019

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of the best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. For the month of June, the best priced non-plug-in hybrid is the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which can be leased for $209/month with a little over three thousand due at signing. The top-priced plug-in hybrid for the month is a race between the Kira…

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Toyota’s 2019 RAV4 Hybrid XSE is a customer favorite

Toyota’s 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is “incredibly popular, to undersell and sugarcoat the situation a little,” according to a new report from Torque News. The hybrid has been a sales driver for the automaker, pushing the company to its highest RAV4 sales ever last month. The RAV4 hybrid comes in four style levels: LE, XLE, Limited and XSE, with the XSE…

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