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BMW Increases Focus on Hybrids, Aims to Increase Plug-in Sales by 50 Percent in 2018

BMW is already the largest seller of hybrid and electric cars in Europe — and wants to remain the industry leader. The automaker has ambitious plans for 2018, aiming to increase the number of plug-in hybrid and fully-electric vehicles sold by 50 percent. To meet that goal, BMW is launching several new vehicles this year. The 8 Series coupe and…

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The unique approach Ford is using to get consumers excited about a hybrid pickup

Bloomberg recently published a fascinating feature about how Ford is marketing its hybrid F-150 pickup truck. The story (Ford’s Key to Selling Truck No One Asked For: Keeping Beer Cold) explains that people who buy F-150s don’t much care about fuel economy. So how do you get them excited about the advantages of a hybrid? “The marketing will go something…

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Kia introduces Niro Plug-in Hybrid at LA Auto Show

Kia introduced the 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. It has an estimated 26 miles of all-electric range and gets 46 mpg then not running on electric power. The Niro features a larger battery and motor — a 8.9-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack and a 60-horsepower (44.5-kw) electric motor. Read more.

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Will Ford hybrids be excluded from the U.S. for infringing Paice patents? ITC hearing begins Nov. 2

PAICE PRESS RELEASE | OCTOBER 31, 2017 Will Ford hybrids be excluded from the U.S. for infringing Paice patents? ITC hearing begins Nov. 2 U.S. International Trade Commission could ban Ford from importing hybrid vehicles made in Mexico Paice LLC, a pioneer in the development of hybrid vehicle technology, and Ford Motor Co. will appear before the U.S. International Trade…

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Save fuel without sacrificing fun: The best hybrid cars you can buy

You don’t have to give up comfort, practicality, or performance when you buy a hybrid car. For those who want it all, Digital Trends says the best hybrid car you can buy is the Toyota Prius. Other hybrids receiving kudos included the Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Acura NSX, Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Read…

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Monthly sales of BMW’s electrified vehicles top 10,000 for first time

BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in September topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in a single month; a total of 10,786 (+50.5%) BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were delivered in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687 (+64.2%). Sales of BMW Group electrified vehicles in the first three quarters of 2017 have exceeded those…

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October 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 $2,549 due at signing. Buyers receive 0 percent APR offer for 60 months and $3,000 bonus cash. Toyota Prius c: $3,000 in incentives available on 2017 models, as well as 0 percent APR for 72 months for…

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Coming in Summer 2018: Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid

HybridCars.com reports that the Range Rover Sport will soon be available as a plug-in hybrid: the Range Rover Sport P400e. It will be available in Summer 2018 as a 2019 model year. The SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor with a combined system output of 398 horsepower. It offers an all-electric range of…

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Review: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

After Green Car Congress took the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid for test drive, it was struck by how similar the mid-size hybrid is to the gasoline-powered Accord. Compared to the 2017 Accord Hybrid, the new model boasts more power and maintains the same fuel-efficiency ratings (49 mpg city, 47 highway, 48 combined) of the outgoing model. “The new Accord is…

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