Hybrids

  • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, Valencia, Spain, January 2019

    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 about in terms of bringing hybrid power to other sports cars. The details were first revealed in an interview with Porsche's recently retired sports-car product chief, August Achleitner, in Autocar magazine in Britain last month. DON'T MISS: Porsche Taycan sold out for a year—to mostly Tesla...

  • 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
    Chrysler to electrify the next Dodge Challenger, boot the V-8?

    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...

  • 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

    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 at the Brownstown facility that assembled battery packs for the Volt, as well as a few other models, including the Buick LaCrosse and its eAssist system. DON'T MISS: What will happen now that the Chevy Volt has been discontinued? Twitter poll results This news comes in addition to GM’s...

  • 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...

  • 2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan pursuit-rated police car
    Ford hybrid police cars are pursuit-rated, ready for NYPD action

    Ford is in the process of applying hybrid technology to a vehicle type that seems like a natural fit for it: police cars. It’s about time. Ford claims to have the industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid police car with the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan—the police-duty version of the...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius AWD-e: Going light on the rear motor helps it hit 50 mpg

    The all-wheel drive version of the Toyota Prius introduced last week at the LA Auto Show earns an astoundingly good EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg combined—nearly as good as the 52 mpg earned by much of the Prius lineup (LE, XLE and Limited). But the system isn’t nearly as capable as...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius
    Lithium-ion vs. nickel-metal hydride: Toyota still likes both for its hybrids

    Toyota continues to stay the course with nickel-metal hydride battery cells for many of its hybrid vehicles, even though most other hybrid vehicles from other brands have moved on to using lithium-ion cells exclusively. According to Prius chief engineer Shoichi Kaneko, in an interview this past...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius
    2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e priced at $27,300

    Toyota has released pricing for the new all-wheel-drive version of the Prius that it revealed at the LA auto show last week. The base version of the all-wheel drive model will start at $27,300, including a $920 destination charge, according to our partners at CarsDirect.com. That's a premium of...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla, 2018 LA Auto Show

    With the introduction of a 50-mile-per-gallon Corolla Hybrid at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota is keeping true to a mission it undertook a long time ago: democratizing hybrid technology, and making it mainstream. The carmaker has long aimed to deploy its hybrid system aggressively into pretty much every product in their lineup. Suddenly within the past year or two, it appears to be truly happening, with the latest members of Toyota’s hybrid family arriving smartly designed and surprisingly close in the fuel-efficiency numbers to the Prius. DON'T MISS: Toyota Corolla hybrid will join...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius AWD-e earns 50 mpg with all-weather treads

    If you want one of the highest-mileage non-plug-in vehicles on the market—like the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, or Honda Insight, there’s been one quite significant deal-breaker for many Snow Belt families: All-wheel drive simply isn’t a possibility. That’s due to...

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
    2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: At 39 mpg, the highest-mileage SUV without a charge port

    Yesterday, when we brought you our 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid first drive review, we missed one very important point. At 39 mpg, the RAV4 Hybrid is now the highest-mileage sport-utility vehicle (as the EPA lists them) without a charge port. All the more impressive is that it’s not a low...

  • 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
    Commentary: Plug-in hybrids shouldn't just be California compliance cars

    With 17 miles of all-electric range, all-wheel drive, and a rugged-hatchback body style, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid could be the perfect entry point for a lot of buyers who'd like to get started driving on electric power. Electric-car advocates, who've already moved on to one of several...

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4
    2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid first drive review: All the bits and pieces in place

    The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is Toyota’s way of flexing its corporate might. It’s as if the automaker called on each of its departments to create the new hybrid crossover SUV. The folks from design coughed up some 4Runner and Tacoma cues to give it a butch look. The Lexus team chiseled the...

  • 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
    2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid: First drive of 17-mile, 35-mpg plug-in crossover

    To understand the complicated path for Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid, first we needed to hike a mile in the automaker’s shoes. OK, more like 10 miles, actually—driving the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid gingerly up a dusty, bouldered, steep trail, past signage cautioning...

  • Ford partners with Walmart for self-driving delivery service

    Toyota announces it will build a hybrid version of the Corolla. Rivian teases images of its upcoming electric pickup. Mercedes-Benz launches a consumer fuel-cell test fleet. And we crunch the accident-rate numbers on Tesla's Autopilot. All this and more on Green Car Reports. At a California event this week, Toyota announced it will build a hybrid version of its most venerable economy car, the Corolla in 2020. It's not clear what that means for the Prius. Rivian plans to introduce a new electric pickup and SUV pair at the LA auto show later this month and gave a glimpse of the truck in a few...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla
    Toyota Corolla hybrid will join Prius next year

    The redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will soon spawn a hybrid variant, the first gasoline-electric version of the automaker's popular compact car. Toyota made the announcement Thursday as it unveiled the Corolla sedan at simultaneous events in California and China, underscoring the model's...

  • All-wheel drive Toyota Prius teased
    Toyota teases all-wheel-drive Prius for LA auto show debut

    Toyota has teased what is probably an all-wheel-drive Prius, slated for introduction at the Los Angeles auto show late this month. In studying the picture the company teased, with a Prius churning through the snow, it’s hard to come to another conclusion. The automaker says in a...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Best deals on electric, plug-in, and hybrid cars for November 2018

    With the new 2019 model year in full swing, and the holidays around the corner, a lot of consumers are looking for new cars. That means the deals aren't quite as good as they were in August and September when dealers and automakers were trying to clear out old inventory in preparation for the new...

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid recalled for stalling, fire risk

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 10,021 Chrysler plug-in hybrid vans for an issue that could result in a stall, or possibly the increased risk of a vehicle fire. In the vehicles affected—2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid models with production dates of August 16, 2016 through...

  • BMW iX3 Concept front 3/4
    BMW says 85 percent of cars will still have engines in 2030

    Once a leader in electric cars, BMW now says it expects 85 percent of its cars still to have internal combustion engines by 2030. Speaking to Australian reporters for GoAuto at the Paris auto show earlier in October, BMW board member for development Klaus Froehlich said, “A very optimistic...

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