Hybrid / Electrification Trends

Hybrid vehicles outsell electric vehicles in the U.S. in April 2021

In April 2021, hybrids and electric vehicles accounted for a record 8.4% of all new vehicles registered in the U.S.; hybrids made up 6.1%, while EVs made up 2.4%. For the seventh month in the running, hybrids and EVs have together made up more than 5% of all new vehicles sold. Hybrids continue to be the main driver of the…

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2021 Sonata Hybrid Limited Review

The 2021 Sonata Hybrid Limited offers a full suite of features and a top-notch fuel economy of 51 mpg. A 2L 4-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 1.62-kWh lithium-ion battery combine to power the car. Inside the car are spacious front and rear seats, a beautiful 10.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, an ear-pleasing Bose audio system. The Sonata Hybrid Limited also…

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EV registrations surpass diesel registrations in Europe

This past September marked the first time in Europe that the total number of registered electric vehicles surpassed that of diesel vehicles, a significant milestone pointing to the growth and adoption of electric vehicles. Green Car Congress reports that the “demand for gasoline and diesel cars show double-digit drops compared to September 2019 while the volume of electrified vehicles increased…

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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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