Hybrid News

Ford releases video showing testing of F-150 hybrid

Earlier this month, Ford released a video detailing the grueling testing its new F-150 hybrid underwent. In addition to running the vehicle through the same tests as the gas-powered F-150, Ford developed a new battery test — a custom-built hydraulic rig that violently shakes the battery — for the F-150 hybrid.Read more

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Geely’s Lynk & Co. finally launches in Europe

Lynk & Co., the automobile brand founded by Geely and Volvo in 2016, has launched in Europe. The automobile brand is bringing a unique business model to the European market. Green Car Reports details that “there‚Äôs no plan for dealerships, showrooms, studios, or any kind of retail space, and a 500-euro ($590) monthly membership gets you a car full-time and…

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Land Rover updates 2021 Defender and brings two-door version to the U.S.

Land Rover announced that the 2021 Defender 110 has two new additions to its line: a plug-in hybrid, and a diesel six-cylinder, both of which won’t be available in the U.S. The carmaker is finally bringing the two-door version of the Defender, the Defender 90, to the U.S. The two-door Defender 90 will start at a base price of $47,450.…

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The 2022 Hyundai Tuscon has a new look

Earlier this month, Hyundai revealed the 2022 Tuscon, set to go on sale in the first half of 2021, to the public for the first time. The 2022 Hyundai Tuscon is more aesthetically pleasing, sporting a redesigned front grille embedded with daytime running lights and a rear embedded with a full-width LED light strip. The 2022 Tuscon features a new…

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Cheaper Volvo plug-in hybrids on the horizon

Volvo will offer its 2021 plug-in hybrids models at a discount to its 2020 models. The XC60 comes in with the lowest price reduction of $450. The new entry-level S60, the R-Design, slated to cost $48,645, comes at a price reduction of $7,750. The price cuts are yet another move Volvo is taking to increase the sales of its hybrid…

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BMW 545e xDrive Sedan: new details announced

The BMW 545e xDrive Sedan plug-in hybrid is the new “top-of-the-range” model for the BMW 5 Series, according to a new report from Green Car Congress. The vehicle features an electric motor in combination with “an efficient straight six-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology… generating an overall system output of 290 kW/394 hp.” The 545e xDrive Sedan features…

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Ford’s Transit Custom PHEV pushes for cleaner air in EU

Ford’s Transit Custom PHEV includes a geo-fencing feature wherein while in predetermined zones, the vehicle will switch to electric-only, allowing for reduced carbon emissions. The Transit Custom PHEV has an electric-only range of 35 miles, allowing it to maintain zero emissions while in pre-determined low-carbon zones, like London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone. Vehicle operators can also create additional zones for…

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BMW adds geo-fencing for PHEVs in Europe

BMW has launched a new geo-fencing feature for its plug-in hybrid vehicles in two areas in the UK. In special zones in London and Birmingham, BMW PHEVs running the automaker’s latest update will now automatically shift into electric-only mode. By shifting into electric-only, the vehicles will reduce their carbon footprint. Car Magazine has the story. Read more.

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RAV4 Hybrid tops Motor Trend rankings

Motor Trend has released rankings of the best compact hybrid SUVs for sale in 2020. At the top of the list is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The compact SUV carries a 41/38/40 mpg rating, and features 219 horsepower combined, powered by a 2.5L I-4 engine and dual electric motors. In second and third place came the Honda CR-V Hybrid and…

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Maserati to launch its first electrified vehicle in Europe

Maserati has joined the ranks of hybrid and electrified automakers with the introduction of a mild-hybrid version of its 2021 Ghibli model. Ronan Glon at Auto Blog writes the Ghibli “features a gasoline-electric powertrain [with] turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It works jointly with a 48-volt belt-driven starter-generator and what the company calls an e-booster that’s essentially an electric supercharger.” The…

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