Hybrid / Electrification Trends

State, federal incentives for plug-in hybrids and electric cars

Plugincars.com has a comprehensive rundown of state and federal incentives for purchasing a plug-in hybrid or electric car. Incentives include federal tax credits up to $7,500 for buying a new plug-in hybrid or electric car, depending on battery size. Other incentives include tax credits for purchasing charging equipment, insurance discounts, and special electricity rates. Read more.

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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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Jeep could introduce hybrid Wrangler

Autoblog reports that Jeep could soon make a hybrid version of the Wrangler, its iconic off-roader. The next-generation Wrangler is due for the 2018 model year. Hybrid technology would likely be used to assist the Wrangler’s performance and efficiency, rather than as a total fuel-economy play. The next-gen Wrangler is expected to have LED lights, updated and more aerodynamic design,…

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Bentley Announces Electrification Plans

Bentley announced plug-in hybrid models for its entire vehicle lineup at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. “We are eager to introduce plug-in hybrid technology across all model lines in the next few years,” said a Bentley executive. “For Bentley, I consider PHEV much more than a transitional technology. It combines best of both worlds.” CarScoops.com says it’s too early to…

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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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