Hybrid News

Acura’s 2019 MDX Hybrid arrives at dealerships

Acura’s 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid has arrived at dealerships around the country. The vehicle, priced at $53,975, offers a combined EPA rating of 27mpg. The vehicle employs a 3L i-VTEC V6 engine as part of its Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system that powers to 321hp and 289 lb-ft. The MDX Sport also includes a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which “offers ultra-fast…

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Nissan will expand HEV and PHEV offerings

Nissan has announced it will augment its line-up to include hybrids and plug-in hybrids in the near future. Currently, Nissan’s main green model is its full-electric Leaf EV, which has been a strong seller in recent years. Nissan is also projecting 35% of its European sales will be of electrified vehicles by 2025, according to an article by CTV News.…

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Clarity plug-in hybrid compares with Chevrolet Volt

For years, the Chevrolet Volt has led the pack of plug-in hybrid vehicles. However, as David Noland points out in a new article for Green Car Reports, the Volt finally has a challenger in the 2018 Honda Clarity plug-in. Both vehicles have high EPA ratings: both cars are rated at 42mpg overall in gas mode. For all electric range, the…

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Range anxiety not a worry with Chevrolet Volt

Consumers often fear running out of battery when driving an electric or electrified vehicle, and the phenomenon has been termed “range anxiety.” Yet, in a new article for Huddle, Carl Duivenvoorden explains why range anxiety simply does not apply when driving his Chevrolet Volt. He writes, “‘Range anxiety… [has] not been an issue with my PHEV, because with its backup…

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Lexus leads luxury brands for full hybrid fuel economy

The EPA mileage rating for Lexus’s new ES 300h has been released, and it leads the pack for non-plug-in luxury hybrids. The vehicle is rated at 43/45/44 mpg according to a new article by Green Car Congress. The luxury sedan attains this rating through its upgraded fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System, “designed to help eliminate the rubber-band feeling associated with some…

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Kia Niro Plug-In Surpasses Expectations

Green Car Reports took the 2018 Kira Niro Plug-in Hybrid for a test drive, and found that in ideal conditions, the vehicle’s fuel economy performs even better than could be expected. The vehicle is rated at 46mpg combined (gas-only), but in a scenario driving “mostly on rural byways almost ideal for maximizing fuel economy,” the Kia Niro performed at 79.3mpg…

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Land Rover to add additional plug-ins in 2019

Land Rover is set to offer a plug-in hybrid version of its Discovery Sport vehicle in 2019, according to The Torque Report. The automaker currently offers plug-in hybrid versions of two of its Range Rover models. There are few details available, but it is likely the Land Rover will utilize a similar powertrain to the Range Rover models. Read more.

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Hyundai upgrades 2018 Sonata PHEV with stronger range

Hyundai has updated its Sonata plug-in for the 2018 model year. The vehicle carries 28 miles of all electric range, a small improvement on the previous model year’s 27 miles. The 2018 Sonata PHEV also comes equipped with a set of new features, including Driver Attention Alert and an additional USB port in the second row. The 2018 model employs…

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for July 2018

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of the best deals on electrified vehicles for the month of July. Currently, Ford is offering the best deal on a full hybrid: the automaker is offering $3000 cash back and zero percent financing on its Fusion Hybrid. Chevrolet has the best deal on plug-in hybrids for the month. Chevy is offering…

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Report: Increase in oil prices likely to encourage electrification

A new report from Green Car Reports argues that if oil prices were to rise to $150 by 2020, a new era of automobile electrification is likely to follow. Oil prices currently sit around $70/barrel, and if they more than double to the $150 predicted by Bernstein Research, it is likely consumer demand would drive automakers to augment their electrified…

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