Hybrids

  • Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius

    As rules to boost fuel economy and lower carbon emissions in vehicles around the world continue to stiffen, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? This glossary is your chance to enter a veritable Twilight Zone of terminology--and find out, say, whether a PZEV is related to a PHEV. (It's not.) DON'T MISS: GM says green-car buyers should consider its diesels: here's why To help you in your journey, our glossary is divided into categories: Vehicle Types, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, and Energy Storage. This glossary is by no means...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
    Demand for Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, electric models higher than expected, company says

    The issue first came to light in a question from a reader. It boiled down to this: "What's going on with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, and why can't I get one at my local dealer in California?" The e-mail even included a link to a Korean business-news article, which is unusual for reader queries...

  • Hypermiling a Ford C-Max Hybrid
    How to drive Ford C-Max Hybrid for best gas mileage? Owner video explains

    Purchasing a hybrid vehicle makes for a slightly different ownership experience than a traditional gasoline-only car. There are always a few tips and tricks for owners to return the best mileage and range from electrified vehicles, and now a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid owner has shared his secrets...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    Why Toyota's 'agonizing' U-turn toward electric cars? Because China says so

    Large auto companies are likely aircraft carriers: it takes a long time for them to change direction, and far longer yet to get them aligned on a new course. To various degrees, the world's carmakers have started to produce and sell vehicles that plug-in, whether for some or all of their travels...

  • Honda CR-V Hybrid introduced at 2017 Shanghai auto show
    2018 (?) Honda CR-V Hybrid all but confirmed for U.S. sale after Shanghai debut

    It's one of the more frequently asked questions on consumer car sites: why aren't there any hybrid crossover utility vehicles? The Ford Escape Hybrid reigned alone in that segment from 2004 through 2012. Then Ford simply walked away from the segment, replacing it with the underwhelming C-Max Hybrid...

  • Section of 2019 Cadillac XT4 spy shot  [image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien, as used on Motor Authority]
    Is 2019 Cadillac XT4 crossover the next plug-in hybrid for luxury brand?

    Spy shots are continually fascinating, for both future buyers and auto journalists. They can reveal hints about the shapes, design aspects, and powertrains of vehicles that may not hit showrooms for as much as two years. Some recent spy shots of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 small crossover utility vehicle...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

    Toyota has been by far the most reluctant of recent converts to the idea that battery-electric vehicles might be practical and desirable. Only within the last year has the company moved past its decade-long insistence that all-electric cars were only suitable for tiny, low-range urban uses. Still, old habits die hard, and the company continues to believe that plug-in hybrids like its current Toyota Prius Prime will catch on with buyers more quickly than fully electric cars. WATCH THIS: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime vs 2017 Chevrolet Volt: plug-in hybrid video test That's the word from none other...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry
    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid: two different battery packs, 'best-in-class' fuel economy claimed

    Masato Katsumata is Toyota's chief engineer for the global Camry sedan program—so when he speaks, it's worth listening. Following yesterday's Detroit Auto Show launch of an entirely new 2018 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan, he was one of several Toyota executives who answered media questions in a...

  • 2017 Ford F-150
    Ford plans 300-mile electric SUV, hybrid F-150 and Mustang, more U.S. production

    Ford released plans today for its future portfolio of electified vehicles, including an all-electric SUV with 300 miles of range Perhaps more remarkable, it will offer hybrid versions of both the F-150 pickup truck—previously discussed for 2019 or so—and the Mustang sport coupe. It will...

  • Nikola One electric semi truck
    Nikola unveils how its electric truck works: custom hydrogen fuel cell

    Nikola Motor Company now says its Class 8 semi truck will use hydrogen fuel cells.

  • Nikola One electric semi truck
    Nikola One electric-truck running prototype to be unveiled Dec 2

    It's long been assumed that while passenger vehicles may well start to transition to electric drive over the next decade or two, heavy commercial trucks won't. The energy density of liquid hydrocarbon fuel is particularly well suited to moving vehicles that can weigh 10 times the 2-ton weight of a...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show
    2017 Hyundai Ioniq debuts in NY: 110-mile Electric range, 25-plus for Plug-In: Live photos

    The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq lineup of hybrid, electric, and plug-in hybrid hatchbacks made its U.S. debut today at the New York Auto Show. Unlike the all-white models shown in the world debut a few weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show, the U.S.-spec models were silver (Electric), blue (Hybrid), and...

  • Ssangyong SIV-2 Concept for Geneva Motor Show

    Ssangyong is unknown to most Americans as a vehicle brand; yet at least a couple of this Korean automaker's new compact crossover models—the Tivoli, and a second upcoming model previewed in a Geneva Motor Show concept teased this week—could potentially land right in the sweet spot for U.S. market growth. ALSO SEE: Tesla Model X Vs Tesla Model S: Ludicrous Drag-Strip Faceoff (Video) While the Tivoli is sized closely with the Kia Soul, Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax, among others, the automaker is working on a larger five-seat crossover that would fit right in alongside the Nissan...

  • 2018 Lexus LC 500h
    2018 Lexus LC 500h: Geneva Debut For Hybrid Performance Coupe

    One of the most pulse-quickening debuts from the Detroit Auto Show last month was that of the lusty Lexus LC 500 Coupe, a model that takes aim at the Mercedes-Benz SL. And while the LC 500’s gas mileage—almost certainly well below 20 mpg in the city, from its big, raucous, naturally...

  • 2017 Kia Niro, 2016 Chicago Auto Show
    2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover Utility Vehicle Debuts At Chicago Auto Show: Live Photos & Video

    The 2017 Kia Niro "hybrid utility vehicle" revealed this morning at the Chicago Auto Show marks the South Korean brand's ambitious entry into dedicated hybrids. While dedicated hybrids have traditionally been hatchbacks--think Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, even the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet...

  • 2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid, 2016 Chicago Auto Show
    2017 Kia Optima Hybrids: Details On 27-Mile Plug-In Hybrid, Live Photos And Video

    Kia aims for a 25-percent increase in its U.S. fleet-wide fuel efficiency by 2020; and the new 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV), introduced today at the Chicago Auto Show and due later this year, are key additions to the brand’s lineup to achieve that. Although the new...

  • Kia Niro 'hybrid utility vehicle' teaser shot
    Kia Niro 'Hybrid Utility Vehicle' First Photos Revealed At Detroit Auto Show

    As part of its parent company's push into hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric vehicles, Kia will introduce what it calls a 'hybrid utility vehicle' at next month's Chicago Auto Show. Today, at the more influential Detroit Auto Show, the Korean company released the images of that vehicle...

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: Plug-In Minivan Offers 30 Miles Of Electric Range

    Chrysler’s Town & Country was one of the first minivans on the market when it arrived in 1989 as a spinoff of the original Dodge Caravan, and its mix of practicality and near-premium status did a lot to boost the segment. For 2017, Chrysler is putting the Town & Country name out to...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf SL and 2016 Toyota Prius Three, Hudson Valley, NY, Dec 2015

    At the end of every year, we look back to see which Green Car Reports stories proved most popular over the last 365 days. While we often focus on breaking news, certain stories--often guides and lists--get regular traffic for months and even years. Only one of our top five stories this year was first published in 2015: our guide to sorting out the Volkswagen diesel-emission scandal and what owners need to know. Unlike last year, the other four are all guides as well, covering hybrid batteries, diesel pickup trucks, diesel cars, and electric cars. In reverse order, here are the five articles...

  • 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco
    2016 Toyota Prius: Most Fuel-Efficient Car Without A Plug, Ever

    It was the first hybrid car to be sold in the U.S., beating the now-legendary Toyota Prius by a few months. It was a tiny two-seater with a three-cylinder engine, spats over the rear wheel openings to reduce aerodynamic drag, and a host of highly advanced technologies for its time. It was the 2000...

  • Subaru Viziv Future Concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Subaru Viziv Future Concept Previews Next-Generation Hybrid System

    At this week's Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru displayed two separate concepts. One was a thinly disguised version of the upcoming 2017 Subaru Impreza hatchback, labeled a concept, but the other was a genuine concept car displaying innovations that may (or may not) make it into future production vehicles...

  • Nissan Gripz concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Nissan Gripz Concept Previews 'Pure Drive' Hybrid System

    The Nissan Gripz concept is meant to combine elements of sports cars and crossovers.

  • 2016 Toyota Prius Unveiling
    2016 Toyota Prius Preview Video

    One of the most important new cars of the 2016 model year isn’t some 600-horsepower sports car, or a big crossover wagon. It’s the hybrid that started it all, or at least made hybrids what they are today. Recently in Las Vegas, and also at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, Toyota gave the...

  • 2016 Toyota Prius camouflaged test car, Southern California, Jun 2015  [photo by CarsDirect]
    2016 Toyota Prius To Debut Next Month, Prior To Frankfurt Show

    The fourth-generation Toyota Prius is fast approaching. Toyota Motor Corporation has confirmed to Bloomberg that the fully redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius will be shown in Las Vegas on September 8, 2015—ahead of its anticipated debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show later next month. The last time the...

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