Hybrid / Electrification Trends

Study: Hybrid NYC Fleet Performs Better than Expected

Green Car Congress reports that in a study of fleet-wide performance for NYC’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) vehicles, “hybrids performed better against their EPA ratings than non-hybrids—i.e., hybrids are even more fuel efficient as compared to regular fuel vehicles than expected.” The study looked at the fleet’s performance in 2019, and determined “the hybrid vehicles should have been…

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Subaru to deepen ties with Toyota’s hybrid system

Subaru and Toyota have reached an agreement to rollout additional Subaru models featuring Toyota’s hybrid system. The partnership debuted with the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, and following the vehicle’s success, the two automakers will release additional vehicles. Toyota and Subaru will “jointly develop the next-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ,” and jointly develop a “platform dedicated to battery-electric vehicles.” Green Car…

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New active shift control developed for Sonata hybrid

Hyundai has developed a new technology for debut in its upcoming Sonata hybrid. The technology is an Active Shift Control (“ASC”) transmission technology, which “optimizes transmission efficiency by monitoring gear shifts 500 times per second, precisely adjusting the transmission rotation speed to for faster shift times,” according to a report from Green Car Congress. The ASC technology “allows the hybrid’s…

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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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The Top Ten: Hybrid All-Wheel Drive Edition

Auto Guide has released a list of the top ten hybrids with all-wheel drive (AWD). In the top spot is the Toyota Prius AWD-e, which is also the cheapest model in the top ten. The vehicle was updated in 2019 and the AWD version carries an electric motor on the rear axle to give the AWD version “extra grip.” The…

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Volvo: all vehicles electrified starting in 2019

Volvo has announced it will electrify in part each of its new vehicles released from 2019 onward and has created a new marketing campaign to bring this message to the public. The Swedish automaker is centering its new marketing around the slogan, “and it shouldn’t take an act of Congress to make cars sustainable,” referencing its 1973 advertisement “it shouldn’t…

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