Hybrid News

BMW offers wireless charging on 530e

BMW has announced that it will offer an optional wireless charging system for the 2018 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid. The wireless system will be able to charge the 9.2 kWh battery in three hours.

Here’s how the system works: There is a base plate with an integrated primary coil, and a secondary coil underneath vehicle. An alternating magnetic field is generated between the two, thus delivering power without cables.

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May 2017 Deals on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Green Car Reports highlights the best deals this month on hybrid and electric vehicles:

Ford C-Max: Lease options start at $169 per month with $1,999 due at signing. It is by far the most inexpensive lease on a hybrid vehicle this month, undercutting the Toyota Prius C by $80 per month.

Lexus CT 200h: Lease options start at $249 per month for 36 months with $1,499 due at signing.

Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid: Lease options start at $289 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. It is also eligible for more than $5,000 in tax credits and rebates.

Volvo XC90 T8 “Twin Engine” Plug-In Hybrid: Volvo is offering $15,000 bonus cash towards the XC90 T8 Excellence model of the luxury crossover utility.

Ford Focus Electric Hatchback: Lease options start at $149 per month for 36 months, with $2,639 due at signing.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Hybrid Vehicles

Gas2.org has compiled a useful guide to hybrid vehicles that helps potential car buyers under hybrids and how they work. The guide begins with the basics, explaining how a hybrid works and the different types of hybrid vehicles. It then dives into more detail, explaining the benefits of regenerative braking and describing how hybrid sales differ from traditional auto sales.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a hybrid vehicle, check out this guide.

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Six things to know about new hybrid cars

GreenCarReports.com shares six things you should know about how hybrid cars have changed over the years.

(1) Dedicated hybrids no longer have to look weird.

(2) Hybrid cars are way better to drive than they used to be.

(3) In particular, they’re a lot quieter inside.

(4) Real-world gas mileage still varies with driving style, speed, and temperature.

(5) Plug-in versions of standard hybrids are getting a lot more common.

(6) Gas is cheap, so you can get good deals on hybrids these days.

To sum up, hybrid cars are a lot more pleasant than they used to be, and require fewer sacrifices in comfort, driving quality, and general enjoyment.

They still return gas mileage that’s higher than any vehicle without electrification, and your neighbors won’t raise their eyebrows at the shape of the new car in your driveway.

Finally, you’ll likely get a better deal on a better car than you would have just two years ago.

What’s not to like?

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Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid features special battery button

Cars.com gave the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid a spin and said the experience was “about as pleasant as driving a hybrid hatchback can be.”

One intriguing feature — a button that uses the car’s electric battery to quickly recharge a the 12-volt battery that’s integrated into the car’s lithium-ion hybrid battery pack to get you back on the road if the battery gets drained.

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10 Best Hybrid Cars For Under $40,000

Hybrid car buyers today have more choices than ever before, including dozens of affordable models available for under $40,000. Kelley Blue Book has put together its Top Ten Hybrids For Under $40,000:

10. 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid ($37,230)
9. 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid ($27,675)
8. 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ($28,750)
7. 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid ($29,990)
6. 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ($26,835)
5. 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid ($26,890)
4. 2017 Kia Niro ($23,785)
3. 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid ($30,480)
2. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid ($23,035)
1. 2017 Toyota Prius ($25,570)

“The proven Prius remains king of the hybrids,” says Kelley Blue Book.

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