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Plug-In Hybrids

4 fast facts about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid
4 fast facts about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid

The police officers stopped where I was parked on the sidewalk in front of one of Chicago’s landmark attractions. I hustled to get one last picture of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, and told them I’d be on my way. “Is that the electric one?” One officer asked. I...Read More»

2021 BMW X5 xDrive 45e
Plug-in 2021 BMW X5 SUV gets $3,300 price bump, big pump in performance and range

BMW's newest crossover with a plug will manage more than double the all-electric range of its predecessor, the automaker announced Wednesday. The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive 45e upgrades from a 308-horsepower turbo-4 with a 9-kwh battery to a 389-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with a 24-kwh battery. All...Read More»

2021 BMW 330e
2021 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid sedan rated for up to 23 miles of electric range

The EPA this week released its ratings for the upcoming 2021 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid sedan and said the updated powertrain can manage up to 23 miles of all-electric range on a single charge. The 330e xDrive all-wheel-drive version is rated for up to 20 miles of electric range. The ratings are...Read More»

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Review update: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the ultimate family vacation vehicle

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is so nice we awarded it twice. First, we named the Chrysler Pacifica The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy 2017, and then our sister site named the gasoline-electric Pacifica Hybrid Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy 2018. It deserved both. After a week...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLE
Toyota to make its electrification tech open-source

the maker of the original mass-market hybrid car is feeling generous. The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that it will share its electrification tech with rival automakers in a bid to reduce vehicle emissions. The automaker said it will offer about 24,000 patents it currently holds for other...Read More»

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX review update: Kia's stepping stone

As automakers roll toward electrification there are various routes to take. Kia's taken a three-prong approach with a new hatchback called the Niro. It's available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and soon an all-electric model, giving consumers the ability to choose what powertrain best fits their...Read More»

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid priced at $35,970 ahead of LA auto show debut

Subaru's first plug-in hybrid has a price tag. The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will start at $35,970 (including a $995 destination fee) when it goes on sale. The brand said Monday that the Crosstrek Hybrid will make its formal debut at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show in a week. The powertrain combines...Read More»

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid recalled over powertrain module, fire risk

Another recall has stung the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The automaker filed the recall with the NHTSA last month over the minivan's powertrain control module. In some cases, the powertrain control module may cause an improper engine start after the Pacifica Hybrid operates in electric mode. The...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid price cut to $34,135

In an effort to spur sales amidst the onslaught of crossover SUVs, Hyundai on Thursday sliced the cost of its 2018 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid sedan by $1,350 to $34,135. MORE: 2018 Hyundai Accent, 2018 Kia Rio pass stringent IIHS crash test The top-tier Limited trim gets a price bump of $250 to $39,750...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
Hyundai gets the hint, focuses on battery-powered electric cars, not fuel cells

Today, you'd be hard pressed to find an major automaker that's still in denial about electrification. Even vocal skeptics like Volkswagen and Mazda have come around to the idea that tomorrow's cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs will run on electricity, not gasoline or diesel. But the electrification...Read More»

Solar powered electric-car charging facility, Mitsubishi headquarters, Cypress, CA
Can electric cars be 'contagious'?

When we think about contagious things, we tend to think of diseases. But other things can be contagious, too: dancing, laughing, yawning, and, of course, enthusiasm. That's how some people have begun thinking about electric cars--specifically, by the way that interest and ownership spreads through...Read More»

German Flag
Germany could follow Norway and the Netherlands, banning gas & diesel cars

Last week, we told you about plans to end the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in Norway and the Netherlands by the year 2025. Could Germany follow suit? At least one government official hopes so, and he'd like to see it happen by 2030. That official is Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake. Speaking...Read More»

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid To Get Updates; Plug-In Discontinued

The 2016 Honda Accord is one of the smartest mid-size sedan choices on the market today; and if you’re especially mileage-minded, the Accord Hybrid, with its 47-mpg EPA combined gas mileage rating, is the way to go. Only you’re going to need a lot of luck finding one new, as there is no...Read More»

I-95/395 reversible HOV lanes, located in the middle of the freeway (pic by Mariordo at Wikimedia)
How Do You Encourage People To Buy Hybrids & EVs? Offer HOV Lane Access

Not so long ago, many analysts and eco-advocates were bemoaning the slow adoption of hybrids and electric cars. The sales stats just didn't make sense: consumers prioritized fuel economy, prices of hybrids in particular had become very competitive, and most folks agreed that cutting emissions was...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Volt
EPA Rates 2016 Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid: 42 MPG, 53 Miles Of Electric Range

Electric range is obviously a crucial specification for battery-electric cars, but the upcoming 2016 Chevy Volt shows that plug-in hybrids too can benefit from bigger batteries that provide more electric miles. The EPA data released today for the 2016 Volt rate it at 53 miles of electric range...Read More»

NRG eVgo electric-car charging station
Electric-Car Incentives: Oregon Charges Up, As Georgia Pulls The Plug

Electric cars have operating costs far lower than those of gasoline vehicles. And even considering the point-of-source emissions of power plants that make the grid power EVs are plugged into, they’re cleaner, more energy-efficient picks for the future—especially if they can meet your...Read More»

2015 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Readying Plug-In Hybrid Minivan: Would It Fit Your Needs?

Would you reconsider a minivan, if it offered an advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain that would be able to do short errands and perhaps your commute on electricity alone? It’s a question that Chrysler—now FCA, as the broader automaker that includes Fiat, Dodge, Ram, and Alfa...Read More»

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Video

Volkswagen needs more SUVs, and over the past few years, it’s been showing future utes as concept cars. This year’s model? The Cross Coupe GTE. ALSO SEE: Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE: VW’s (American) Future Of Crossovers The GTE shows off the new styling cues and powertrain...Read More»

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE: VW’s (American) Future Of Crossovers

Ahead of its debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week, Volkswagen has just given us a first look at the future: a future that’s U.S.-built, aimed directly at America, showcasing an all-new design direction, and sized for American wants and needs. It’s called the Cross Coupe GTE, and it...Read More»

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