Hybrid News

Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for June 2018

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of the best deals on electrified vehicles for the month of June. For full hybrids, the Ford Fusion and Toyota Avalon offer the best deals. The EPA rated 43/42/42 mpg Fusion is on offer in California with free six-year financing and a $3000 cash incentive. Also in California, the Avalon comes with an additional $5000 rebate.

The Chevrolet Volt remains the best priced plug-in to lease. For leasers in California and Oregon, the payments amount to $229/month for thirty-six months. For those customers who already lease a GM vehicle, the Volt can be leased with an additional $500 deduction.

The Kia Soul EV rates with the best pricing for a full electric vehicle this month. According to Green Car Reports, the model is on offer in CA with $1999 due at signing and an additional $199/month for thirty-six months. Read more.

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Mercedes announces new plug-ins, expansion of Tuscaloosa plant

Daimler’s Mercedes has announced it will have additional new plug-in hybrids in production starting later this year. The plug-ins are to be produced at the automaker’s Alabama plant in Tuscaloosa. Car Scoops reports that the hybrid vehicles are likely the plug-in versions of Mercedes next-generation SUVs, potentially the next-gen GLE.

The Tuscaloosa plant has seen additional investment by Mercedes in recent years, with the automaker expected to invest an additional $1 billion in the near future. The investment will aid in the creation of an additional 600 jobs at the plant. Read more.

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Volvo to launch S60 next week in Charleston

Volvo has begun to unveil its new models stateside, with the 2019 S60 sedan expected to have its debut on June 20. The model, which is expected to have plug-in hybrid powertrain options in the future, is produced at the automaker’s new South Carolina facility in Charleston. According to Motor Authority, the new S60 will be a “scaled-down version of the S90 sedan.”

Volvo’s unveiling of the new model at its manufacturing facility rather than an auto show is a notable industry shift. Volvo will not participate in the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and other automakers have voiced plans to skip or scale down their participation in various autoshows around the world. However, Volvo’s Bjorn Annwall noted “We are not saying never to car shows… we may return in the future.” Read more.

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May 2018 Hybrid Car Sales Report

Hybrid Cars published its monthly round-up of hybrid sales. May 2018 showed sales up year on year and from last month. Plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles pushed the growth in sales. Full hybrids, however, saw a continued decrease as the Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion sold fewer models.

There were 31,918 hybrid cars sold in May, with the Toyota Prius Liftback and Ford Fusion Hybrid leading the category. Though both models sold over 4500 units, the numbers were down significantly off of this time last year. However, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid sold well.

11,236 plug-in hybrids were sold in May with the Toyota Prius Prime leading the category by a wide margin. The Prius Prime performed well compared to the previous month and to the same month last year. Hybrid Cars estimates that the Chevrolet Volt sold the second highest amount of PHEVs in May. (As noted previously, General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent, no longer reports hybrid sales numbers monthly)

Tesla again led the category for battery electric vehicles, selling more than 9,300 units out of the total 12,996 for the month. 6300 units of the Tesla Model 3, 1500 of the Model S, and 1500 of the Model X were sold in May. Though Tesla took the 1, 3, and 4 spots in the sales rankings, Nissan took the number two spot with its Leaf. The Nissan Leaf sold over 1500 units for the month, an increase both year on year and from April. Read more.

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Fiat Chrysler planning a range of electrified models

Fiat Chrysler has announced its electrification plans, starting with its intent to phase out diesel cars by 2021, at least in its EMEA region. The company announced its plans at its Capital Markets Day this past week. Highlights of the electrification plans include additional mild and high voltage hybrids, alongside PHEVs and full electric vehicles.

For the U.S. specifically, FCA plans for 15% mild hybrid and 20% high voltage hybrid or full electric for its sales mix by 2022.

Jeep, an FCA company, will offer 10 plug-ins and 4 battery electric vehicles by 2022, though only eight PHEVs will be offered in North America. FCA will also target Tesla’s market share of the electric vehicle market through new models from Maserati. Green Car Congress has the details. Read more.

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Plug-in versus full hybrid: a primer

Jim Travers broke down the difference between hybrids and plug-ins in a new piece at Cars.com. He notes that it is relatively simple: plug-in hybrids have the capability to charge their batteries through an outside electrical source. Regular hybrids do not have this option, and recharge their batteries through a combination of braking, ICE use, and other mechanisms.

PHEVs also have weightier batteries and generally cost a bit more than regular hybrids. However, a selling point for plug-ins is their ability to run on electric only power at times. The fact the plug-in has the ICE engine as a back-up, helps to minimize “range anxiety” found with full electric vehicles. Read more.

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BMW’s next X5 PHEV to have more power, range

BMW is upgrading its X5 xDrive40e model with additional range generated by even more power. Inside EVs reports that the new model will likely have a higher capacity battery pushing the all-electric range to 30 miles. The upgraded battery will work in combination with a new two liter engine generating a total system output of 390hp and greater than 500Nm of torque. The model is expected sometime in 2019. Read more.

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Wireless charging coming to the US courtesy of BMW

BMW is set to release its wireless charging option for its 530e PHEV. Production of the charging pad begins in July, with rolling release to Germany, the UK, and then the US, followed by Asia. The charging pad will charge the 530e’s battery in 3.5 hours with an efficiency rate of 85%, according to Green Car Congress.

The charging pad, known as BMW Wireless Charging, works through a combination of magnetic field and electric current. The system employs two pads, a Groundpad and a Carpad, the latter of which is affixed to the underside of the 530e. The two pads work in concert to charge the vehicle. In order to have the vehicle appropriately parked over the Groundpad, the BMW Wireless Charging System assists the driver through use of the Control Display and graphical icons. Read more.

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Porsche to release two hybrid versions of its 911 car in 2019

Auto Express has confirmed that Porsche will release two hybrid versions of its 911 model in 2019. Both hybrid variants will be plug-ins, with the rumored battery expected to weigh-in at 550lbs. The more expensive hybrid variant will deliver 700hp generated by a twin-turbo version of Porsche’s traditional engine.

The less expensive hybrid version will have a 0-60 time of less than 4 seconds with an expected MPGe of 80 in Europe. Both of the new hybrids will have updated technology and additional features. The hybridized 911 is another push by the automaker into a more electrified future. Read more.

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Porsche’s hybrid uses smart navigation to modify battery use

Porsche’s new Cayenne E-Hybrid uses a smart technology to calibrate battery usage to the route the driver takes. An e-Mobility engineer at Porsche notes, “The system checks your route to determine how much of it would benefit from greater electric-motor involvement… If the destination is in a large city, it will keep more of the battery charge for that.”

The Cayenne E-Hybrid employs a 14.1kWh battery combined with a 3L turbocharged V6 engine with a system output of 455hp and 516lb-ft of torque. The powertrain pushes the vehicle to a top speed of 157 mph, and can accelerate to 6-mph in 5 seconds. The plug-in Cayenne can charge to full capacity in two hours. Wired has the details. Read more.

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