Hybrids

 
NHTSA finalizes quiet-car rule for hybrids, electrics, to take full effect in 2020

NHTSA finalizes quiet-car rule for hybrids, electrics, to take full effect in 2020

The idea of adding noise-makers to vehicles that are "too quiet" didn't exist until the first hybrid-electric cars hit the market in 2000. Within a few years, however, organizations representing the blind began to raise alarms that cars operating at low speeds solely on electric power couldn't be... read more

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2018 Lexus RX L, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

Lexus lowers hybrid prices to reduce premium over gasoline substantially

Gas is cheap in the U.S. and has been for years. Hybrids are no longer a cutting-edge or cool technology; they're just another powertrain. The result is that hybrids have... read more February 26, 2018 by


 
2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius recall in 2014 failed to fix problem, lawsuit says, may have cut mileage

Early in 2014, Toyota filed a voluntary recall notice with the NHTSA to fix a defect in roughly 800,000 third-generation Prius Liftback hybrids sold in the U.S. from 2010... read more February 25, 2018 by


 
2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive

Subaru plug-in hybrid to use Prius Prime parts, coming in 2019

When Toyota and Mazda said last September they would form a joint venture to produce electric-car parts, that answered the question of where Mazda's future plug-in vehicles... read more February 14, 2018 by


 
2018 Toyota Prius

Maine to hit hybrids, electric cars with fees higher than gas tax?

Maine has become the latest in a growing string of states to propose adding registration fees for hybrid and electric cars to make up for tax revenue on the gasoline they... read more February 13, 2018 by


 
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid video preview

As they say: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. The first Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, launched for 2011, wasn't one of the better examples of the class for... read more February 9, 2018 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius - first drive, Laguna Niguel, CA, Nov 2015

Toyota Prius hybrid sales have tanked: here are 4 reasons why

The Toyota Prius hybrid has been its maker's "halo car" and an example of its most advanced technology for two decades. Launched from an early-1990s project to halve the fuel... read more February 9, 2018 by


 
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid released at Chicago auto show

What the auto industry calls a "mid-cycle refresh" can range from indistinguishable to very evident. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid falls into the latter category, with new... read more February 8, 2018 by


 
2018 Lexus RX L, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

2018 Lexus RX 450hL hybrid three-row SUV priced from $51,600

Lexus invented the idea of a luxury hybrid utility vehicle in a version of its RX crossover well over a decade ago, but sales haven't been strong of late. Cheap gasoline... read more February 8, 2018 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid winter gas mileage review

Nearly a year ago, we published a gas-mileage review on the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, the South Korean brand's Toyota Prius challenger. We saw 49.5 miles per gallon over 565... read more February 4, 2018 by


 
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

2018 Kia Niro preview

Most highly fuel-efficient dedicated hybrids are compact five-door hatchbacks, the most popular vehicle segment globally. When Korean maker Kia was drawing up plans for its... read more January 31, 2018 by


 
2017 Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto show

Unlike rival Rolls-Royce, which may go directly to an all-electric model in future, Bentley has set its sights on plug-in hybrids first—and the Bentayga luxury SUV will... read more January 21, 2018 by


 
Honda Insight Prototype, 2018 Detroit auto show

2019 Honda Insight video preview from Detroit auto show

Pickup trucks took the limelight this year, but a significant green car made a quiet debut. It's an interesting and handsome model that revives a familiar name for Honda. The... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
Honda Insight Prototype, 2018 Detroit auto show

2019 Honda Insight prototype debuts in Detroit; 50 mpg or better projected

At the 2018 Detroit auto show, the Honda Insight Prototype was unveiled Monday to preview a production sedan due later this year. Any new hybrid car from one of the pioneers... read more January 15, 2018 by


 
2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid debuts with more evocative style, promise of improved efficiency

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid that debuted Monday at the 2018 Detroit auto show goes where no full-size sedan has gone before. Well, except for last year's Avalon Hybrid... read more January 15, 2018 by


 
Tesla Supercharger for city centers

Electric cars will fail, but we'll build them anyway, say global auto execs: KPMG

Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent global carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global... read more January 12, 2018 by


 

 
 

 
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