McLaren plug-in hybrid sports car could have 20-mile electric range, arrives late 2020

McLaren 765LTA McLaren plug-in hybrid sports car with 20 miles of electric range could arrive later this year, according to Autocar magazine. The sports car, which is expected to sit on a lower rung of the McLaren lineup, will debut this summer, with first deliveries later in the year, according to the report. The powertrain will reportedly consist of a…

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First drive review: 2020 BMW 745e plug-in hybrid luxury sedan goes your own way, all so posh

2020 BMW 745e xDrive - drive reviewSometimes it’s okay to just acknowledge the elephant in the room, and accept that as a starting point. Here it is: This uber-luxurious 2020 BMW 7-Series plug-in hybrid I recently drove isn’t really any step forward in efficiency. It has a bigger internal combustion engine under its hood versus last year’s model—a big…

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2021 BMW 3-Series plug-in hybrid gets more electric range, new home-charging options

2021 BMW 330eThe 2021 BMW 3-Series plug-in hybrid gets a redesign, migrating to the G20-generation 3-Series platform and gaining more electric range in the process. BMW will offer the plug-in hybrid sedan, which was first announced in 2019, in both rear-wheel drive 330e and all-wheel drive 330e xDrive guises. Both models use the same powertrain, consisting of…

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2021 Honda Insight again has highest city mpg of any sedan, gets more safety tech

2021 Honda InsightThe 2021 Honda Insight hybrid enters the new model year with minor changes, including more safety tech. Gas mileage ratings remain unchanged, at 52 mpg combined (55 mpg city, 49 mpg highway) for all trim levels except the top-level Touring, which is rated at a slightly lower at 48 mpg combined (51 mpg city, 45 mpg highway). That gives the 2021…

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FCA has the highest percentage of hybrids but the lowest fleet mpg: Why?

eTorque mild hybrid system in 2020 Ram 1500In 2019, Fiat Chrysler sold a higher percentage of hybrid vehicles—of its total U.S. sales—than Toyota. And yet for the eighth straight year, FCA is anticipated to post the lowest U.S. fleet fuel economy among vehicle makers. That comes from the 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report, released earlier this month by the U.S. EPA with…

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2021 Kia Sorento: Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions potentially on the way

2021 Kia SorentoAlthough Kia previously provided a look at the next-generation Sorento crossover, it released new details on the vehicle that will make it more of interest to efficiency-focused shoppers. The 2021 Kia Sorento could get hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants, marking the first time electrified powertrains have been offered in Kia’s midsize crossover…

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Why the CR-V Hybrid plays a critical role in Honda’s electrified plans

Honda CR-V Hybrid technical detailHonda is aiming for two-thirds of its global sales to be electrified by 2030, and the launch of the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid plays a critical role in laying out the path to that. To that 2030 goal, Honda aims for battery electric vehicles to be about 15 percent of its sales and hybrids 50 percent—the largest portion of its vehicle pie by the…

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2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid debuts: 50 mpg or more promised from new compact sedan

2021 Hyundai ElantraEven as electrified crossovers trickle into the market, automakers such as Hyundai increasingly turn to sedans to deliver high efficiency without high price tags. Case in point: The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid that made its first appearance Tuesday in Hollywood, California. The 2021 Elantra Hybrid rides on a new platform shared with the…

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First drive review: 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid teases an EV experience with no charge port

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid - First Drive, March 2020In the Zen environs around Tucson, Arizona, this past week, It didn’t take any level of meditation to understand what the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid brings to the increasingly crowded cohort of compact hybrid crossovers: poise. The CR-V Hybrid drove with the flow along stop-and-go boulevards, and it felt easy to pilot as my co-driver and I…

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Plug-in hybrid versions of Mercedes-Benz compact cars and SUVs introduced, but not US-bound

Mercedes-Benz GLA250e, CLA250e, and CLA250e Shooting BrakeMercedes-Benz is adding plug-in hybrid versions of three recently-redesigned compact models—the CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, and GLA—but none of them are slated for the United States. In keeping with the automaker’s naming scheme, the plug-in hybrids are designation CLA250e, CLA250e Shooting Brake, and GLA250e. The CLA Shooting Brake (a…

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