Hybrid News

S60 to offer plug-in hybrid powertrain

Volvo is set to release its new S60 line with both powertrain options as plug-in hybrids. The lack of a diesel option is a marked departure for Volvo, but is on trend with Volvo’s stated goal of releasing only electrified models starting in 2019. According to Left Lane News, “the company remains committed to introduce mild hybrid versions starting next…

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2019 Crosstrek plug-in hybrid scheduled for late 2018

Subaru is set to launch its second iteration of a Crosstrek hybrid. The model, set to hit dealers in late 2018, will utilize a version of Toyota’s plug-in hybrid system. This PHEV system has been deployed previously in Toyota’s Prius Prime. However, when implemented in the 2019 Crosstrek PHEV, the technology will not be in combination with the Prius Prime’s…

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New marketing campaign to focus on hybrid performance

Lexus, the luxury automaker, has released a new campaign highlighting the performance gains offered in its hybrid models. The campaign, titled “Fast as h,” is meant to educate the customer on the capabilities and lower price points of Lexus’ new hybrids. The campaign is led by a commercial slated for television entitled “Cloudy with a Chance of Truth,” and opens…

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Toyota increases fuel economy in 2019 Avalon

Toyota’s 2019 Avalon hybrid offers two powertrain options, with the Avalon HV being the full hybrid. The 2019 model includes a 10% fuel economy increase off of the 2018 model year, with an increasingly high tech engine contributing to the increases. The battery in the 2019 model has also shifted locations, and is now located under the rear passenger seat,…

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Acura’s 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid debuts

Acura’s 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid comes equipped with three electric motors helping to generate a total of 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid, one of two trim levels offered for the 2018 RLX, is expected to make up a sizeable portion of total sales of the model. The 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid has an EPA rating of…

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Range Rover’s 400e PHEV looks – and feels – like its gas counterpart

Range Rover’s new 400e PHEV is out for review. The model employs an 85 kWh electric motor generating 31 miles of all-electric range, and a total of 398 horsepower. The Range Rover 400e maintains the automaker’s traditional styling, but accelerates faster than its gasoline counterpart. As Reese Counts notes for Auto Blog, “Visually, the only things that give away the…

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Hybrid vehicles for police work displayed in New York

At last week’s New York Auto Show, Ford debuted its Responder Hybrid, the “first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle.” The model employs a 2.0 liter Atkinson engine alongside an 88 kW motor and 7.6kWh battery. The Responder Hybrid also has law enforcement-specific features including heavy duty versions of its tires, brakes, suspension, and cooling system. The Responder Hybrid will be produced…

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Honda’s 2018 Clarity PHEV is “nice”

Honda has debuted its 2018 Clarity PHEV, a combination car offering 47 miles all electric, with 340 miles of total range. The PHEV employs a 181hp electric motor and a 17kWh lithium-ion battery and can operate as either a series or parallel hybrid, depending on the mode the driver selects. The model is offered with five modes in total. Tim…

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Honda offers 55 mpg with 2019 Insight hybrid

The 2019 Honda Insight has debuted this week in New York, and the new model is rated at up to 55mpg for city driving. The Insight employs Honda’s trademark two-motor hybrid system and a 151 hp Atkinson engine. Honda is set to offer the Insight hybrid in three different trims, with various features, and will produce the model in Indiana.…

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VW’s Atlas Cross Sport SUV debuts with PHEV option

The New York Auto Show brought another surprise this week with Volkswagen announcing it will offer its Atlas Cross Sport SUV with a plug-in hybrid option. The Atlas Cross Sport is a midsize, five-seat SUV with 355 horsepower provided by dual motors and an 18 kWh lithium-ion battery. A mild hybrid powertrain is also a potential option for the Atlas…

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