Hybrids

  • Johnson Controls 48-volt lithium-ion micro-hybrid battery

    Public concerns over diesel cars, and their ebbing sales, have become a well-documented phenomenon in Europe after decades of popularity. When the VW diesel scandal exposed deliberate cheating, and real-world testing revealed that virtually no diesels certified for sale actually met emission limits, automakers across the industry adopted rapid plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. One immediate solution will be fitting 48-volt mild-hybrid systems to gasoline engines. DON'T MISS: 48-volt mild hybrid systems: what they do, how they change the car While affordable long-range electric cars...

  • Honda CR-V Hybrid prototype, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Honda CR-V Hybrid displayed in Frankfurt; US likely next, but when?

    Five months ago, Honda showed a hybrid version of its CR-V compact crossover utility vehicle at the Shanghai auto show. Now, a European version of the Honda CR-V Hybrid is being shown at this week's Frankfurt auto show. Having teased it twice around the world, will the hybrid crossover come to...

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica
    2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid sales have resumed after recall

    The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the sole plug-in hybrid minivan for sale anywhere in North America, but it hasn't had a particularly smooth rollout. Its seven seats and 33 miles of EPA-rated electric range make it appealing to families who want a plug-in vehicle with more than five seats and more...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
    Toyota Prius owners: Hyundai will give you $1,000 to buy an Ioniq Hybrid

    The Toyota Prius is undoubtedly the world's best-known hybrid car, and it's now been in production over four generations for more than 20 years. There have been more than 6 million Priuses built so far, and the U.S. represents the car's largest single market. That means lots of current Prius...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius C
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for September 2017

    Another month has gone by, which means it's time for another round of superb deals for hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars. For September, many of last month's cars hold their place on the list, though incentives have gotten better for some of them. As always, offers listed here reflect the...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius C
    Complex engine tech gets better ratings, does little in real world: report

    Lately, automakers haven't been touting the rising fuel economy of new vehicles, but it has to continue rising to meet reductions in the legal levels of carbon emitted. While major strides in fuel economy have been made over the past five years, the complex engine technologies and other...

  • 2018 Lexus NX

    Drivers shopping the luxury crossover market have a new proposition to consider, and it comes with hybrid power. The updated 2018 Lexus NX 300h hybrid crossover will go on sale with a recommended price that's actually lower than the outgoing 2017 model. Despite the price drop, this year's hybrid NX 300h actually boasts more standard equipment. DON'T MISS: Lexus has sold 1 million luxury hybrid vehicles in 11 years A 2017 Lexus NX 300h started at $40,715, including the $995 destination fee, but a 2018 Lexus 300h will be priced from $39,330. That equals a price decrease of $1,385, according to...

  • Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London
    Uber to go all electric or hybrid in London by 2020, ban diesels, add clean-air fee to rides

    Uber has announced it will require its 40,000 drivers in London to switch to hybrid or fully electric cars, and ban diesel vehicles from its fleet, by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021, it will extend that policy throughout the United Kingdom, where it presently operates in 40 cities. Uber said...

  • Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid (U.K. version)
    2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale in UK

    The Kia Niro Hybrid has been on sale in the United States since early 2017, but at its launch, the brand promised a plug-in hybrid version would arrive by the end of this year as well. Ahead of its U.S. launch, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid has now arrived in the United Kingdom with a 36-mile rated...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
    What happens to plug-in hybrids over time? Take our Twitter poll

    Last week, for the first time, we reminded regular readers about our regular Twitter poll in an article announcing the question of the week. That article seems to have earned us about three times as many responses as in previous polls, so we're going to make it a regular practice henceforth. This...

  • Cadillac XT5 Hybrid China
    Cadillac XT5 crossover gets mild-hybrid system in China

    Cadillac revealed its latest addition to the XT5 crossover range in China at the Chengdu auto show—and it has fuel efficiency in mind. General Motors' luxury division introduced the Cadillac XT5 Hybrid, which replaces two trim levels solely powered by gasoline engines. The Cadillac XT5 Hybrid...

  • 1946 Chevrolet pickup Toyota Prius conversion
    1946 Chevy pickup truck is world's oldest Prius hybrid. Really.

    There are countless tales of classic cars and trucks receiving new life via parts from a completely different automobile. Whether it's an engine swap, a new platform, or a mix of a few different vehicles, project cars make for some of the greatest stories. This 1946 Chevrolet pickup truck is...

  • Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius

    As rules to boost fuel economy and lower carbon emissions in vehicles around the world continue to stiffen, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? This glossary is your chance to enter a veritable Twilight Zone of terminology--and find out, say, whether a PZEV is related to a PHEV. (It's not.) DON'T MISS: GM says green-car buyers should consider its diesels: here's why To help you in your journey, our glossary is divided into categories: Vehicle Types, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, and Energy Storage. This glossary is by no means...

  • Teaser for Volvo XC40
    Small 2019 Volvo XC40 crossover teased before launch, will offer plug-in hybrid

    Volvo has never tackled the small crossover segment in the United States, but it's ready to change that with the new XC40. The Volvo XC40 will join the larger XC60 and XC90 as its smallest crossover option in the United States, though a previous generation of the model has found success in Europe...

  • 2018 Honda Accord
    2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: more trunk space, higher fuel economy promised

    Over three sporadic model years, the hybrid version of the Honda Accord mid-size sedan has led a peripatetic life. The 2014 and 2015 Accord Hybrid was built in Marysville, Ohio, along with almost all the rest of the Accords sold in North America, its largest market. It skipped 2016 altogether, and...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for July 2017

    The month of July brings plenty of juicy deals on battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, conventional hybrid, and fuel-efficient vehicles. Much like last month, many of the deals remain. However, there are a few newcomers to the list for July—including one vehicle that may startle a few consumers...

  • 2019 Audi A8
    2019 Audi A8 to offer plug-in hybrid version; 48-volt mild hybrid on all models

    Audi may have taken an evolutionary approach to the design of the newest, largest luxury sedan, but it is positioning the car as a technical force to be reckoned with. The 2019 Audi A8 ushers in a new era for the German luxury brand—starting now, every single model will soon feature a...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
    Why two-motor hybrid systems are better than those with just one

    Six years ago, we wrote that a number of single-motor hybrid systems were about to enter the market. They represented a new approach to a technology pioneered in 1997, when the first-generation Toyota Prius was launched in Japan. Through 2010, all the full-hybrid vehicles introduced by Ford and...

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

    The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is, for the moment, a unique vehicle. It's the sole plug-in hybrid minivan for sale anywhere in North America, and its combination of seven seats and 33 miles of EPA-rated electric range have attracted huge interest. Deliveries of the partially electric minivan began early in April, but over the last several weeks, reports of a widespread lack of availability have emerged. DON'T MISS: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: first drive of plug-in hybrid minivan Now we know why: Chrysler has recalled roughly 1,700 of the Pacifica Hybrids built and sold to date. The...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype
    Electric-car noise rules to be canceled under Trump deregulation plan?

    Modern electric cars have been on U.S. roads for seven years or so, and owners love their smooth, quiet, close to noise-free operation. That silence has been a bone of contention for even longer, however, since hybrids operating purely on battery power are similarly quiet. For years, the U.S...

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

    The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient version of all-new range of Toyota's popular mid-size sedan, its best-selling vehicle in the U.S. until very recently. The new Camry Hybrid is based on some of the same underpinnings as the 2016 Prius, and uses that car's updated hybrid system...

  • Hypermiling a Ford C-Max Hybrid
    How to drive Ford C-Max Hybrid for best gas mileage? Owner video explains

    Purchasing a hybrid vehicle makes for a slightly different ownership experience than a traditional gasoline-only car. There are always a few tips and tricks for owners to return the best mileage and range from electrified vehicles, and now a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid owner has shared his secrets...

  • Nissan Gripz concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Nissan Gripz Concept uses Note e-Power series-hybrid system

    The series-hybrid powertrain, in which motive power is provided exclusively by one or more electric motors that run on electricity produced by a combustion engine, has been popular in trains and boats for many decades. In cars, it's been confined to the BMW i3 REx and the Fisker Karma (now Karma...

  • 2017 Ford Fusion Energi
    2017 Ford Fusion Energi: low electric range, no public charging frustrating

    Electric-car charging infrastructure in the United States is getting better, but still has a very long way to go. While anyone that's given even a passing glance to plug-in vehicles would likely tell you the same thing, I experienced the impact of a charging-free society first-hand while driving a...

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