Hybrid / Electrification Trends

The complete guide to 2017 plug-in hybrids

Green Car Reports has gathered data for every plug-in hybrid vehicle on the market today. The reports shows the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (plus any mandatory destination and handling fees) as well as fuel efficiency numbers for each vehicle. The plug-in with the best fuel economy and most affordable:the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime ($27,985) with 133 MPGe. The most expensive:…

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Three Plug-In Hybrids That Make Financial Sense

CheatSheet.com has profiled three plug-in hybrids that make great financial sense when compared to gasoline-only counterparts: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: This plug-in model starts at $34,495 when you account for the $7,500 tax credit available. The Pacifica Hybrid can travel about 30 miles on a full charge and gets 80 MPGe, saving drivers more than $1,500 per year compared to a…

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Three hybrids featured on WardsAuto list of best engines

When it comes to choosing the best engines, hybrids are getting noticed. Three hybrids are included on the WardsAuto best engines list for 2017: the Chevy Volt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid. The Volt and Paice are both plug-in hybrids. This marks the second straight year that the Chevy Volt has earned this recognition. The Volt was also praised for its 53-mile battery only…

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Hybrid cars that pay back in less than three years

When you buy a hybrid vehicle, it usually comes at a premium price. Here’s a look at five vehicles that will save enough fuel to cover that premium expense in less than three years: > 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited (2.8 Years): $1,500 premium. Annual fuel savings of $540/year. > 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited (2.5 Years): $700 premium. Annual fuel savings…

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Plug-in hybrids with the best electric range

For car buyers interested in a plug-in hybrid with an extended range, CheatSheet.com profiles seven recent models that will take you the farthest. The list is headlined by the 2017 Chevrolet Volt (53 miles EV, 420 miles total range), Cadillac ELR (36 miles EV, 320 miles total range) and the Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid (27 miles EV, 600 miles total range).…

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How Does a Hybrid Car Work?

If you’re thinking about buying a hybrid, you may be interested in this US News and World Report story that takes a closer look at how hybrids work. Most people know a hybrid vehicle uses two engines — an internal combustion engine and an electric engine — but this article provides details about how it’s designed to use the electric engine during…

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California provides unlimited HOV access to plug-in hybrids

California owners of plug-in hybrids received good news this week: they can now travel solo on HOV lanes without restriction. HybridCars.com reports that the state will allow an unlimited number of plug-in hybrid owners to receive the coveted “green stickers” that provide access to the HOV lanes. The incentive program, designed to promote the use of eco-friendly vehicles, is set to…

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Hybrids offers cost advantages over diesels, electric vehicles

Nearly two decades after the first Toyota Prius went on sale in Japan, a Toyota engineer says the cost of hybrid technology is now less than diesel, HybridCars.com reports. In Europe, diesels have enjoyed nearly 50 percent market share because they were seen as the only answer to meet regulations that were lower in cost than hybrids. But diesels are…

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California Utility Announces Ambitious Proposal to Install 7,600 Vehicle Charging Stations

Hybridcars.com reports that Pacific Gas & Electric has a proposal to install 7,600 electric vehicle-charging stations in California over the next three years, the single biggest deployment of plug-in stations in the country. That investment may help California’s Governor Jerry Brown reach his ambitious goal: 1.5 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the roads by 2025. By placing charging stations primarily…

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