Hybrids

 
Electric rear axle project uses 48-volt system to electrify small cars

Electric rear axle project uses 48-volt system to electrify small cars

As an alternative to costlier full-hybrid systems, many suppliers are looking to mild-hybrid powertrains to boost the efficiency of internal-combustion cars. A small 48-volt battery can provide supplementary electrical power, taking some of the load off the gasoline or diesel engine. One company... read more

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2017 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid (Chinese spec)

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid unveiled at Beijing Auto Show, for China only

General Motors is getting a lot of mileage out of the second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt's plug-in hybrid powertrain. Both the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (without a... read more April 26, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016

All-wheel-drive hybrid cars, SUVs: why are there so few?

Fifty years ago, a now-forgotten British luxury coupe called the Jensen FF went into production, offering the first modern all-wheel drive system on any passenger car in the... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
2017 Volvo S90

Volvo's ambitious sales plans: 1 million electric & plug-in hybrid cars by 2025

Right now, Volvo only sells two plug-in hybrid models—soon to be four—and no all-electric cars. But within a decade, it hopes to become one of the biggest sellers... read more April 22, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford Fusion Energi

Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid cash-back offer spikes for California buyers

When buying a car, sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time. When it comes to plug-in electric cars, the right place is often California, where... read more April 20, 2016 by


 
Geek Squad Toyota Prius C

Geek Squad switches to Toyota Prius C hybrids from VW Beetles

Best Buy's Geek Squad tech-support unit is getting a makeover. Since the service launched nationwide in 2004, it has primarily used a fleet of black-and-white Volkswagen... read more April 17, 2016 by


 
One millionth Lexus hybrid delivered to owner Aldo Pirronello in Milan, Italy

Lexus has sold 1 million luxury hybrid vehicles in 11 years

Toyota is the world's top producer and promoter of hybrid cars, and its enthusiasm extends to its Lexus luxury brand as well. So while other luxury carmakers' interest in... read more April 13, 2016 by


 
Electric-car rally in Geiranger, Norway [Image: Norsk elbilforening via Flickr]

Two-thirds of new cars in Norway last month were hybrid or electric

Norway is a case study in the effectiveness of electric-car incentives. The Scandinavian country is known as the friendliest place in the world for electric cars, thanks to... read more April 13, 2016 by


 
McLaren P1

Do hybrid or electric supercars still have to roar to be taken seriously?

Fast hybrid and electric cars have shown they have the performance to match traditional sports cars and supercars. But they're often considered to be missing one oft-cited... read more April 12, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

2016 Toyota Prius hybrid gets good IIHS, NHTSA crash safety scores

The 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid has already been on sale for a few months, but crash-test scores are just now being released. The fourth-generation Prius did well in both... read more April 11, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford C-Max Energi

Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for April 2016

It's once again time to look at the best deals on green cars for the month. As always, some incentives and rebates carry over unchanged, while others are new and may be... read more April 11, 2016 by


 
2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid

Diesel scandal to hurt plug-in hybrids, former Fiat exec says

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to calls for more real-world emission testing outside laboratory conditions, in order to catch future cheating. That could be bad news... read more April 8, 2016 by


 
2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid 5dr HB SEL Grille

2019 Ford 'Model E' hybrid, electric car coming from Mexico plant?

Two years ago, Ford successfully fought efforts by Tesla Motors to register the name "Model E" for what we now know as the Tesla Model 3, unveiled last week to great fanfare... read more April 7, 2016 by


 
2017 Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

Updated Audi A3 debuts with new engine, tweaked styling

It seems like the current-generation Audi A3 went on sale only yesterday but we already have our first look at the car’s mid-cycle update. That’s because the... read more April 6, 2016 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq

2017 Hyundai Ioniq product team discusses U.S. hybrid, electric markets

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq lineup of hybrid, electric, and plug-in hybrid hatchbacks won't hit the market until late this year, but Hyundai product executives are eager to talk... read more March 31, 2016 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show

2017 Hyundai Ioniq preview

The 2016 New York Auto Show marked the U.S. debut of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq—a car that tries to cover all of the green-car bases. Previously shown in Hyundai's home... read more March 30, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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