Hybrids

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

    Norway was one of the earliest nations to set a coherent and broad-based national plan to cut its carbon emissions, and then stick to it. For road transport, it plans to phase out sales of cars with internal-combustion engines by 2025 using a variety of carrots (financial incentives and special privileges) and sticks (very high taxes on conventional vehicles) to get there. Sales data for 2017 reveal that the country is well on its way to achieving that goal. DON'T MISS: Norway's Goal: All New Cars Will Be Emission-Free By 2025 To Cut Carbon (Aug 2015) The Norwegian Road Federation, or OFV as...

  • BYD Qin EV300
    China extended tax breaks on hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles through 2020

    As China stares down climate change and smog alerts in numerous cities, the central government has extended its tax rebates for hybrid and electric vehicles for another three years. Announced on December 27, the move is one of many recently that will eventually see traditional internal-combustion...

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz C350e, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2017
    2018 Mercedes-Benz C350e: plug-in hybrid luxury sedan driven

    It's been two and a half years since we drove the plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan at its San Francisco launch event. It took a while for the car to go on sale in the U.S., which it did in January 2017. Now we've had a chance to spend a weekend with the Mercedes-Benz C350e...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Six Flags Magic Mountain, California, Dec 2017
    2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid first drive review (pricing from $28,840)

    Some plug-in hybrid models are easily distinguishable from the rest of the cars their maker sells. Others, like the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, are all but invisible. It takes a sharp eye to see the charging port door on the left-front fender or the trim and badging differences that distinguish...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Volt
    Which plug-in hybrid would you buy today if you had to? Twitter poll results

    The Chevrolet Volt, now in its second generation, has long been the king of mass-market plug-in hybrids. With 53 miles of battery range, its electric performance is exceeded only by the BMW i3 REx range-extended electric hatchback. But the BMW's starting price is close to $50,000, taking it well...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid   [photo: owner 'Viking79']
    2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: early owner's first impressions

    We only published our first-drive report on the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid last week, and the car is just now showing up at Honda dealers across the country. But that means the first examples are already been bought and driven. A couple of readers indicated that they were among the buyers...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016

    Sales of plug-in electric cars are rising steadily in North America, Europe, and Asia, with roughly 2 million now on the world's roads. China is debating when it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines. Meanwhile, Toyota—one of the four largest global automakers—is only reluctantly planning to launch its own battery-electric car for 2020, the first it will have designed for mass production. DON'T MISS: Toyota, Panasonic agree to study prismatic battery cells for electric cars On Monday, Toyota's Japanese headquarters released a plan for the "popularization of...

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    Four of Wards' Top 10 Engines are actually electric or electrified powertrains

    The industry trade journal WardsAuto has been giving out "Best Engine" awards for 24 years now, and this year's list includes some interesting choices. For starters, there are no engines from German manufacturers on the list: The sole luxury recipients this year are Infiniti and Jaguar. But more...

  • Frame from 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid "Beyond the Battery" ad
    Can Honda break through buyer confusion about plug-in hybrids?

    With the launch of the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid sedan, the Chevrolet Volt now has its first serious competition among long-range plug-in hybrids. About 25,000 second-generation Volts were sold last year, and this year's number will be about 20,000. Honda says it may sell about the same...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drive, Napa Valley, Caifornia, Dec 2017
    2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid first drive

    There's a new plug-in hybrid in town, and it could expand the audience for cars that provide useful electric range for daily driving while retaining an efficient gasoline engine for longer trips. The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is the third and most important model in the Clarity lineup...

  • 2017 Kia Soul EV
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for December 2017

    If you're looking to give the gift of efficient motoring this holiday season, numerous manufacturer incentives are available this month that'll save you from breaking the bank. For December, CarsDirect has uncovered leases as cheap as $159/month and discounts as much as $18,100 on fuel-efficient...

  • Mopar-modified Jeep Wrangler features all-new items from the performance parts catalog
    Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid to go into production in 2020

    Looking back at last week's Los Angeles auto show media days, one new vehicle sucked up a disproportionate amount of attention and airtime. That would be the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, a once-in-a-decade redesign of the iconic off-roader that's the linchpin of the Jeep brand image worldwide. While the...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Willamette Valley, Oregon, June 2017

    The 2018 Toyota Camry is the latest generation of the car that launched a category—the mid-size hybrid sedan—way back in 2007. While competitors in that segment now include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima, the Camry Hybrid remains one of the most popular and best-selling hybrid sedans. Now we've had a chance to drive the new 2018 model, and discuss among ourselves how it's changed and improved, and where it sits these days. DON'T MISS: 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid first drive There are actually two versions of the 2018 Camry Hybrid. If you want the...

  • 2018 Volvo XC90
    2018 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV: bigger battery, slight range boost

    It's a shock to realize that the Volvo XC90 large luxury SUV is now in its third model year. The first new Volvo in more than five years when it debuted in 2016, the seven-seat XC90 was an entirely new design that redefined luxury in a Swedish vein and won numerous awards, including North American...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2017
    2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: further thoughts on 50 mpg after 1,200 miles

    We've now spent more than 1,200 miles in a variety of Hyundai Ioniqs, but the bulk of them were covered in the conventional hybrid version of the five-door compact hatchback. That's the highest-volume version, while the battery-powered Ioniq Electric sells in lower numbers and the plug-in hybrid...

  • 2018 Ford Escape
    2019 Ford Escape to get plug-in hybrid, plus Expedition SUV hybrid, Lincoln versions too: report

    In recent years, Ford Motor Company's plans for putting more plug-in electric cars on the road have been, shall we say, murky. GM has the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, sales of its Chevy Bolt EV 238-mile electric car have risen every month, and it plans a pair of all-electric SUVs by...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius V
    Toyota Prius V hybrid wagon ends U.S. run; RAV4 Hybrid took its sales

    After six model years, the 2017 Toyota Prius V will soon leave the stage, and there will be no 2018 version. Toyota has confirmed to Green Car Reports that it is ending production of the hybrid wagon for the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The reason is simple: Its sales have fallen considerably since the...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid starts at $34,290 with 47-mile range

    The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will start at a recommended price of $34,290 including delivery, making it the least expensive plug-in hybrid sedan on the market this year. Honda says it will go on sale December 1, and it will be offered at all Honda dealers in the U.S. That means that for...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Willamette Valley, Oregon, June 2017

    This month's best deals for hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars are in and buyers will find a handful of eco-friendly bargains. Most cars have held their spots from October 2017, but a few newcomers may surprise shoppers, including the brand-new 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Read on to see where the best deals can be had. DON'T MISS: Costco members now get GM Supplier Pricing on Chevy Bolt EV, Volt And, as always, check out CarsDirect for more pricing and car-buying insight. Hybrids Back again is the Ford C-Max with an identical lease rate to October's deal, but with slightly less money...

  • 2018 Ford C-Max
    Ford C-Max Energi plug-in production over; Hybrid has only months left

    The Ford C-Max, launched as a 2013 model, never really served the purpose its maker intended. The tall five-door compact hatchback was intended to be Ford's counter to the successful Toyota Prius hybrid line, more stylish and comfortable inside with almost the same fuel-economy rating. Its owners'...

  • 2018 Hyundai Ioniq
    Finalist for Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018: Hyundai Ioniq

    Hyundai is known in the auto industry as an aggressive and very capable competitor, and the world's largest makers watch it closely and take it very seriously. The company didn't introduce its first hybrid car in the U.S. until 2011 and, frankly, that year's hybrid Sonata sedan wasn't very good...

  • Toyota PriuSRT8 by American Racing Headers
    What is a Toyota Prius Hellcat? You may not want to know

    The huge annual SEMA show for builders and owners of highly customized cars brings out some truly bizarre creations. Only at SEMA will you see vehicles like the one-of-a-kind PriuSRT8, a Toyota Prius with a gas-guzzling V-8 engine under its hood that effectively turns the hybrid's green credentials...

  • Workhorse W-15 extended-range electric pickup truck
    Workhorse CEO: $300 million in preorders for plug-in hybrid pickup trucks

    Over seven years of plug-in electric cars and 20 years of hybrids, the pickup truck sector remains largely untouched. GM sold hybrid Chevrolet and GMC pickups for a few years, and Ford plans an F-150 hybrid in 2020. A startup company now called Workhorse (nee AMP) noticed that white space and made...

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018 finalist: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

    If ever a green family vehicle had a rocky launch, it would be the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Only two months after deliveries of the eagerly awaited plug-in hybrid seven-seat minivan began in April, sales were halted for several when a potentially faulty diode was identified. In June, 1,368...