Volvo, the Swedish automaker, is set to release new versions of its XC60 and V60 plug-in hybrids which will both be high performance models. The vehicles—the 2020 XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered and 2020 V6 T8 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrids—will employ a front-wheel-drive system with 2L turbocharged and supercharged engines in combination with an electric motor. As Eric Evarts at Green Car Reports notes, “lots of EV drivers know electric cars are fun to drive; why shouldn’t plug-in hybrids be too?” Read more.
Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in hybrid has sold 200,000 units worldwide since its launch, the company announced recently. The plug-in hybrid was the first SUV of its kind, according to a report by Green Car Congress. The vehicle launched in 2013 and has been sold in 50 countries since that year. The 2019 model carries additional efficiency features including upgrades to both the battery and engine. Read more.
This week at the New York Auto Show, Toyota unveiled its 2020 Highlander Hybrid. The vehicle for the first time will have an all-wheel-drive option (requiring an extra electric motor to be added), and will be a little over two inches longer than its predecessor. The hybrid will carry a 2.5L inline engine in combination with two or three electric motors, depending on the type of drive (FWD or AWD) selected.
The standard non-hybrid 2020 Highlander will go on sale in December of this year, with the hybrid option to launch in early 2020. Read more.
Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. For the month of April, the best deal on plug-in hybrids can be found in the Kia Niro PHEV, priced at $249 per month for thirty-six months with a little under three thousand due at signing.
For consumers looking for a full hybrid, the 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid is the most attractively priced hybrid for the month. A lease can be had on the Fusion for $209/mth for thirty-six months with $3059 due at signing. As Green Car Reports notes, this month it’s cheaper to lease a Fusion Hybrid than a standard Fusion.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV carries the best pricing for an all-electric car this month. The vehicle can be had for 15% off its listing price “for owners of competitive vehicles that are 2005 or newer.”
For the full list of top deals, read more.
According to a new report from Auto Guide, Volkswagen has filed for a number of hybrid and electric vehicle trademarks in Europe, including for the terms “power hybrid,” “range,” and “pure hybrid.” It is unclear when Volkswagen intends to deploy the new names, but Auto Guide argues the protected terms will likely not be standalone vehicle names. Read more.
In March, 27,587 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles were sold, a dramatic increase on the previous month’s sales total. Tesla continued to lead the category, selling 10,175 of its Model 3 EVs. The Chevy Bolt EV, Tesla Model X, and Tesla Model S all sold a little over two thousand units each.
For plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Toyota Prius Prime led the category, selling 1820 vehicles for the month. The Honda Clarity PHEV came in second for plug-in hybrids, selling 1311 units for the month.
According to a new report from Motor Authority, Ford will unveil its updated Lincoln Corsair models at the New York Auto Show late next week, and a plug-in hybrid option is in the line-up. Though Ford has been quiet about the full specs of the models, Motor Authority reports that the plug-in hybrid version will carry a 2.5L inline 4-speed engine with a single electric motor.
The compact crossover SUV will replace the Lincoln MKC in the brand’s line-up. Read more.
In the aughts, Ford sold a hybrid version of its Escape alongside its standard ICE, but the automaker discontinued the hybrid seven model years ago. But, as Green Car Reports covered recently, Ford will launch both a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid version of the SUV in 2020. The vehicles will employ dual-motors in a torque-split hybrid system.
The biggest difference in offerings between the hybrid and the plug-in hybrid version of the Escape are the former’s option of all-wheel drive in addition to front-wheel drive, which both models offer.
The vehicles offer a combination of Apple and Android compatibility, with additional integration of Amazon products as well. The standard hybrid version of the Escape will launch in late 2019, with the plug-in version to debut the following spring. Read more.
Volvo’s CEO Hakan Samuelsson noted that he expects the company’s sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles to make up 20 to 25 percent of global Volvo sales by the end of 2019, according to a report by Car Buzz. This is a notable increase in sales percentage for the Swedish automaker, as plug-in hybrid sales make up about 10-15 percent of Volvo’s global sales today.
Samuelsson went on to attribute the projected growth to Volvo’s increased ability to produce enough batteries and electric motors. Previously, the company did not have the capabilities to meet production requirements for the higher demand. Read more.
Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. The Honda Clarity PHEV is the best priced plug-in hybrid for month. In non-California, zero-emissions mandate states, the vehicle is on offer for $209/month for thirty-six months. For consumers in California and Oregon, the vehicle costs and additional $99/month.
Ford continues to attractively price its Fusion Hybrid. The full-hybrid Fusion can be had for $179/month for thirty-six months with a little over three thousand dollars due at signing.
For those in the market for a full electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt EV and the Hyundai Ioniq are the deals for the month. The Bolt EV can be purchased for 14% off its list price, while the Ioniq can be leased for $239 a month for thirty-six months with $2500 due at signing—the deal varies by state.
For the full list of top deals, read more.