Hybrid News

Mercedes GLB plug-in hybrid in development

Mercedes is developing a plug-in hybrid version of its new GLB Compact CUV. Details on the U.S. version of the vehicle are scarce, but Wards Auto suggests the hybrid will have all-wheel-drive, and will feature “an electrified rear axle” and “well over” 31 miles of electric range. The non-hybrid GLB will be offered in Europe with multiple gasoline and diesel models available, with the U.S. engine line-up to be announced in the coming months. Read more.

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Ram launches mild-hybrid pick-up

The all-new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pick-up from Chrysler will feature a mild-hybrid powertrain, according to a new report from Hot Cars. The pick-up achieves 260hp and 480lb-ft of torque, powered by the brand’s eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain system. The vehicle features a 3L EcoDiesel V6 turbocharged engine. This turbodiesel engine is available with every trim level of the pickup. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will become available later this year. Read more.

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Nissan considering hybrid and PHEV Juke update

Nissan will update its Juke model this year, and the automaker may release a hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of the crossover. According to a report from Car Buzz, the second-generation Juke will feature the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-B platform, and will support electrified powertrains. The PHEV version of the Juke will feature a 1.6L 4-cylinder ICE in combination with an electric motor and 9.8kWh battery, with 20 miles of all-electric range. A mild hybrid version is unconfirmed, but Car Buzz suggests it is a possibility, alongside standard ICE and diesel options. The Juke is expected to roll out later this year. Read more.

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Subaru’s Crosstrek Hybrid carries 480 miles of range

Business Insider has published its review of the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. The vehicle has a total system output of 148hp, powered by a 137hp engine in combination with dual electric motors and an 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery. The Crosstrek Hybrid has a total range of 480 miles, with 17 miles of electric-only range, and comes standard with all-wheel-drive. Business Insider gives the hybrid a good review, but notes its pricing and cargo space may impact its selling power. For a full round-up of the hybrid Crosstrek’s features, read more.

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Hyundai to debut Kona Hybrid in Europe

Hyundai’s Kona model is getting the hybrid treatment. The vehicle will launch with a hybrid powertrain in Europe this August. The hybrid will carry a 1.6L inline engine in combination with a 32kW motor, 1.56kWh battery and six-speed dual-clutch transmission, pushing the system to 139 horsepower.

Though a U.S. version of the Kona Hybrid has not yet been announced, Joel Stocksdale at Auto Blog notes that a U.S. launch is inevitable. Read more.

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Ford announces pricing for 2020 Escape Hybrid

Ford has announced pricing for its 2020 Escape Hybrid, and, as Zach Butler at The Fast Lane Car notes, the automaker is poised to “take a bite” out of the crossover market. Ford has priced its base version of the Escape Hybrid at $25,980, slightly cheaper than the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue.

The Escape Hybrid comes in a variety of trim levels and is both Apple and Android compatible. Though the automaker has announced pricing for its Escape Hybrid, the cost to consumers of the forthcoming plug-in hybrid Escape is still unclear. Read more.

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May 2019 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

In May, 27,781 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles were sold in the United States, a 31% increase off of April’s total. The Toyota Prius Prime was the best selling plug-in hybrid for the month with 1,914 units sold. In second place for the hybrids was the Honda Clarity PHEV.

Tesla led the category for plug-in electric vehicles, again with its Model 3. The automaker sold 13,950 Model 3s for the month. Chevrolet took the number two spot, selling 1,396 of its Bolt EVs. The Tesla Model X and Tesla Model S also sold well.

Read Inside EVs full plug-in sales scorecard here.

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BMW updates plug-in lineup, adds additional range

Starting in summer 2019, all BMW plug-in hybrids will feature a new, higher energy density battery set that will push the hybrids to even longer electric ranges. All new hybrids from BMW will also come equipped with “acoustic protection for pedestrians” through a new sound feature that was specifically designed to not compromise the quiet driving experience of the vehicles’ occupants. Inside EVs has the story. Read more.

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Toyota Tundra Hybrid to Debut in 2020

Toyota is set to launch an updated version of its Tundra pick-up truck in 2020, this time with a hybrid powertrain. According to a new report from Car Buzz, the Tundra hybrid will feature a 3.5L turbo V6 engine in combination with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The system is rumored to be capable of 450 horsepower and 500lb-ft of torque. Though the horsepower and torque numbers are unconfirmed, it is verified that the Tundra will have air suspension and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Read more.

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The Top Ten: Hybrid All-Wheel Drive Edition

Auto Guide has released a list of the top ten hybrids with all-wheel drive (AWD). In the top spot is the Toyota Prius AWD-e, which is also the cheapest model in the top ten. The vehicle was updated in 2019 and the AWD version carries an electric motor on the rear axle to give the AWD version “extra grip.”

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid comes in as the second-most fuel efficient vehicle in the top ten. Noah Joseph at Auto Guide writes, the “Subaru Crosstrek is essentially a jacked-up, rugged wagon version of the Impreza” and features Subaru’s “signature flat-four engine and all-wheel drive, but augmented with a pair of electric motors with plug-in capability.”

Other entrants in the top ten include the Volvo S60/S90 T8 eAWD, the BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance, and the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, among others. For the full list of top ten hybrids with AWD capability, read more.

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