Hybrids

Nissan drops Pathfinder hybrid

7:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Nissan has quietly discontinued the hybrid version of Pathfinder crossover as U.S. consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups.... Read More »

Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan.... Read More »

China's Wanxiang plans to build Fisker Karma in S. Calif.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group plans to revive production of the Fisker hybrid sports car in a new plant to be built in Southern California.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC to get coupe version

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will offer a coupe version of its up-sized second-generation compact crossover, with plug-in hybrid and performance variants coming, as well. The 2016 GLC unveiled this week goes on sale in mid-November. It replaces the GLK.... Read More »

Subaru adds Impreza Sport Hybrid, its second hybrid, for Japan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Subaru is adding a second hybrid vehicle to its lineup, a gasoline-electric version of the Impreza hatchback it hopes will tap booming demand for the fuel-efficient technology in Japan.... Read More »

London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers.... Read More »

Porsche defeats Audi at 83rd Le Mans endurance race

June 15, 2015 12:32 CET

Porsche won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time since 1998, defeating Audi, which triumphed in 10 of the 11 prior contests. Porsche's 919 Hybrid car took first and second places, while Audi's R18 e-tron came in third.... Read More »

UK niche carmaker Bristol to use BMW power for new model

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET

UK niche automaker Bristol Cars said its first new car since it was bought out of bankruptcy in 2011 will be a grand tourer that uses a BMW hybrid engine. The model will launch in the autumn, Bristol said.... Read More »

Ford GT maker will build new London black cab

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET

Canada's Multimatic, which specializes in building niche cars such as the Ford GT and Aston Martin One-77, will start production in the UK next year of the Metrocab plug-in hybrid taxi to meet growing demand for low-emission cabs.... Read More »

VW, SAIC sign deal to build EVs, plug-in hybrids in China

June 4, 2015 12:02 CET

Volkswagen Group says it has signed a cooperation agreement with partner SAIC Motor Corp. to ensure the production and research and development of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China. VW said over the next four years it plans to localize more than 15 different green models in China, that will include plug-ins and EVs.... Read More »

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BLOG: Mitsubishi should focus on SUVs to boost Europe sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

Mitsubishi should become an SUV-only brand in Europe positioned below Land Rover to boost its profitability and sales volume, the brand's UK boss believes.... Read More »

California bends but doesn't yield on ZEVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2015

Jaguar, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo may be small, but California won't spare them from putting electrified vehicles on the market.... Read More »

Ford to make EV technology patents available to rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Ford is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehicles.... Read More »

Renault cautious on plug-in hybrids

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is ready to launch its first plug-in hybrid but will wait for costs to drop before launching the model, a senior executive said.... Read More »

BMW, Nissan will build charging network in S. Africa to boost EV sales

May 25, 2015 13:44 CET

The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid of charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to help expand sales of greener vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market.... Read More »

Porsche recalls 918 Spyder on cooling system risk

12:05 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Porsche today launched a precautionary worldwide recall of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sportscar, which can cost up to $937,000, saying a carbon fiber part could damage the cooling system and needed to be checked.... Read More »

Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid decision to come this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche AG is considering whether to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 sports car, and company leaders will make a decision later this year. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says plug-in technology will help save fuel and also boost vehicle performance.... Read More »

Dutch plug-in hybrid boom set to end

May 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers expect a sales boom in plug-in hybrid cars in the Netherlands will end next year as the government reduces a tax break for company car drivers. The tax break has helped to make the country Europe's biggest market for plug-ins.... Read More »

PSA's new EVs will be cheaper with longer range; production plug-in hybrid nearing completion

May 3, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA's new electric cars will be cheaper and have a longer range than the automaker's current EVs, CEO Carlos Tavares said. The automaker also is close to completing development of its first plug-in hybrid, he said.... Read More »

Next BMW i to be based on 5 series, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

BMW will add a plug-in hybrid based on the 5 series to its i subbrand, according to a German auto magazine.... Read More »

VW C Coupe GTE will be brand's low-emissions flagship in China

April 25, 2015 06:15 CET

VW plans to launch a production version of the C Coupe GTE plug-in hybrid concept in China, where it will be the flagship of the automaker's low-emissions lineup.... Read More »

Audi prepares electric SUV to fight Tesla

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi is set to launch a full-electric SUV with a 500km (310 mile) range that will challenge Tesla's Model X crossover, but CEO Rupert Stadler remains cautious about EVs. Plug-in hybrids will be the preferred choice for customers looking for a vehicle with some form of electrification for the next 10 to 15 years, he said.... Read More »

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Plug-ins poised to be Europe's top electrified drivetrain

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Plug-in hybrid cars are forecast to outsell standard hybrids by 2019 and reach 1.2 million sales annually in Europe in 10 years. The rapid rise will come as automakers strive to meet tougher European CO2 rules that start to take effect in 2020.... Read More »

EVs need more fed support, study finds

11:32 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

A study commissioned by Congress says the federal government must to do more to support the market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.... Read More »

BMW will expand i lineup with plug-in hybrid based on 5 series, report says

April 21, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add a third model to its i subbrand called the i5 that will be based on the 5 series, a report said. The i5 plug-in hybrid will go on sale in 2018 and it could become the subbrand's best-seller, AutoBild said.... Read More »

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