Hybrids

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

    Former President Barack Obama made a promise on the campaign trail in 2012. Let's see if he keeps it—if even for his museum.

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    Chevy Bolt EV deals, Ram eTorque, in-wheel motors, wind and solar costs: Today's Car News

    Ram's new eTorque does more than most mild-hybrid start/stop systems. Chevrolet is making no big sales push at the end of the quarter, despite the expiration of full tax credits for its vehicles. In-wheel motors for EVs may be making their way to the mainstream. And renewable electricity may have...

  • eTorque system in 2019 Ram 1500
    Hybrid or not, 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque does some smart things with 48V tech

    As more mainstream vehicles, like the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup, get increasing levels of electrification, but stop short of becoming fully electric or even full-fledged hybrids, it can be easy to get lost in semantics. Generally speaking, the term “mild hybrid” means some energy can be...

  • In-wheel motor teaser  -  from Nissan BladeGlider video
    Motor supplier sees mass-produced in-wheel motors around 2023

    Nidec has a new in-wheel motor system that could be mass-produced for an electric car as soon as 2023. But old obstacles like weight and cost remain.

  • Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019
    Mazda rotary hybrids, plug-in hybrid Ford F-250, EPA ethanol push: Today's Report

    The EPA releases a proposal to increase ethanol blends, even in the summer when it can increase smog. Mazda may have more plans for its rotary engine technology than a single new hybrid. Conversion company XL Hybrids releases its new Heavy Duty Ford F-250 Hybrid pickup. And we run down the best...

  • Mazda RX-Vision Fast and Furious livery
    Mazda range-extended electric car may help the rotary live on

    The Wankel rotary, the peculiar pistonless internal combustion engine design that Mazda built so much of its heritage around, may see a resurgence after all. Earlier reports and remarks from Mazda executives have suggested that while the rotary will make a comeback, it will be relegated to...

  • XL Hybrids Ford F-250 plug-in

    As both established and startup automakers rush to build electric pickups, many seem to have forgotten a fundamental principle of pickup design: Trucks were meant to work. Ford has announced it is developing a plug-in hybrid F150, and Ford, GMC, Tesla, and startup automaker Rivian are all working on electric light--duty pickups. What none of them are talking about is heavy duty pickups that spend a lot of time on the road and can help contractors and companies save thousands of dollars in fuel costs in their businesses. For those customers, XL, a Boston-based conversion company, released a...

  • 2019 Jeep Renegade
    Jeep announces two more plug-in hybrids, for Europe

    Last week, Fiat Chrysler announced plans, along with a $4.5 billion investment, to expand its lineup of plug-in hybrids, including plans to build two new plug-in hybrid Jeeps in the U.S., including the Grand Cherokee and new versions of the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer planned to roll out in...

  • Bell Nexus VTOL hybrid air taxi
    Electrified Bell Nexus concept shows how Uber Air could take off

    Although flying cars aren’t looking that much closer to reality, your Uber could take to the air in just a few years and be electric. Well, mostly electric, eventually. Hybrid electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicles could come into service specifically as air taxis. In...

  • Audi A8, A7, A6 and Q5 plug-in hybrids
    Audi plans new plug-in hybrid Q5, A6, A7, and A8 for Geneva reveal

    Audi's future plans for plug-in vehicles involve more than the all-electric e-tron quattro scheduled to roll out later this year. Now, with the previous plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, already in the rearview mirror, the company has announced plans to reboot its plug-in lineup with four...

  • 2020 Volvo XC90
    Volvo XC90, XC60 T8 plug-in hybrids add electric miles for 2020

    Volvo announced on Friday that it is updating its lineup with two new "mild-hybrids" and more electric range for its existing T8 plug-in hybrid models. The XC60 and XC90 T8 plug-in hybrids will get up to 15 percent more range, according to Volvo's European announcement, which could boost their...

  • Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept teaser
    Ford fuel economy, EPA ends talks, better hybrids, Audi ad: Today's Car News

    Ford opened an investigation into the way it conducts fuel economy tests. The EPA quit speaking to California in their dispute over emissions rules. Half of Consumer Reports top picks for 2019 include hybrids or plug-in cars. And Audi makes good on advertising the performance benefits of an...

  • 2019 Toyota Avalon

    Carbuyers no longer have to give up space, comfort, features, or reliability to make a difference in saving gas. That's the message of Consumer Reports' latest list of 10 top picks for 2019, published in its Autos Spotlight, and April Auto Issue Thursday. Out of CR's 10 Top Picks, three are hybrids, one is available as a plug-in hybrid, and one is available as an electric car. MUST READ: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e: First drive of 50-mpg all-weather hybrid “The whole thing we’re announcing today is about the best cars, overall," said Consumer Reports Director of Auto Testing Jake...

  • 2020 Ford Explorer hybrid
    2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid will carry a price tag over $50k

    Although Ford plans to woo electric-vehicle fans—and attract a new crowd to plug-in vehicles—with its upcoming, Mustang-inspired all-electric crossover, arriving next year, it’s the fully redesigned Explorer that will probably continue to do the heavy lifting for Ford on the...

  • 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
    Best deals on hybrid, plug-in, and electric cars for February 2019

    Presidents' Day Weekend typically brings deals in car showrooms. And this month is no exception. As electric-car fans wait for a slew of new models to hit the market this spring, some of the same cars that have made up recent months' best deals appear again. Two, however, are recent entrants. Our...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
    Toyota Corolla Hybrid rated 52 mpg: Why Toyota says it won't cannibalize Prius sales

    Last week the U.S. EPA released final fuel economy numbers for the 2020 Toyota Corolla lineup. They include a confirmation of what Toyota had claimed when it introduced the lineup last fall: that the Corolla Hybrid will carry an EPA combined rating of more than 50 mpg. The 2020 Toyota Corolla...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, Valencia, Spain, January 2019
    Porsche 911 Hybrid sports car tech will arrive in two forms

    Porsche is known as an engineering company. Its technical solutions are often complex and unusual, but often provide inspiration for others to follow. Now details have filtered out about Porsche's new hybrid-electric powertrain for its upcoming 911, which could inform what engineers are thinking...

  • Mystery Ford Mustang teaser
    Ford Mustang Hybrid: Oughta have a V-8?

    In an era of spreading electric cars and more stringent fuel-economy and emissions standards, some muscle cars are losing their signature V-8 engines. The Ford Mustang, despite the company's announcements that it will be offered as a hybrid, may not be one of them. According to new patent filings...

  • 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

    American muscle may never be the same. When the iconic and popular Dodge Challenger is redesigned sometime before the mid-2020s, the new version may come with an electrified powertrain. For informed green-car readers, it's important to make clear that that doesn't mean that any new Challenger will plug in. Instead, Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley recently told the Detroit News in an interview at the Detroit auto show, the car is likely to include a version of the company's e-Torque mild-hybrid system. DON'T MISS: 2019 Ram 1500 pickup has 48-volt 'mild hybrid' system for fuel economy For muscle...

  • 2020 Hyundai Ioniq [2020 Euro-spec model]
    2020 Hyundai Ioniq: First look at refreshed interior, new features

    Although the Hyundai Ioniq lineup of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric models has only been for sale in the U.S. for about two years, this rival to the Toyota Prius is already due for some significant changes later this year, for what will be its third model year. Based on early details...

  • Nissan Note e-Power hybrid
    Nissan e-Power hybrids for the US will aim for performance, not just mpg

    Considering how much of a commitment Nissan has made to electric vehicles over nearly a decade—mass-producing them on three continents—the lack of any parallel commitment to plug-in hybrid models, or even hybrids, has been baffling. Nissan finally remedied that in 2016, with the...

  • Subaru Forester STI concept teased ahead of 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon debut
    Subaru Forester Hybrid teased in Japan, in sporty STI form

    Subaru’s STI performance skunkworks has helped enable some very fast, exciting versions of the Japanese automaker’s vehicles. And with its 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid, Subaru has shown it can engineer a full hybrid—a plug-in with a 17-miles range rating. However, the Forester STI...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    GM battery facility discharge suggests no immediate successor for Chevy Volt

    Will the Chevrolet Volt get an immediate successor, or will any other model soon carry on with the potential of its brilliant Voltec plug-in hybrid system? Considering what General Motors announced yesterday, both of those possibilities are now looking less likely. GM said that it will cut 50 jobs...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLE  -  First Drive  -  Wisconsin, December 2018
    2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e: First drive of 50-mpg all-weather hybrid

    Between the unexpectedly wild styling, the very wide model range, the Prius Prime plug-in, and now the all-wheel-drive 2019 Prius AWD-e, it seems that Toyota has opted for a mix-and-match philosophy for the current fourth generation of America’s favorite fuel-sipper. The big news for...

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